Travel has been an integral part of the fabric of our family since day one. Even before Kim and I were married, her parents used to let me come along on family vacations with them. I think they figured that if I wasn’t going, neither was Kim! So they let me come.
Great Trips Always Have Great Food!
One of our favorite family conversation starters always brings one of those trips with Kim and her folks to mind. Here is the question:
What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
We qualify the question be suggesting that the food itself can’t be the only criteria. The real “best meal” has to take into account the overall scene. Where were you? Who were you with? What was the weather, the surroundings, the sounds and smells. All of that goes into the answer.
It’s no easy task, and after twenty years of playing, we still love this game and then answers still change.
Stir Fried Fresh Fish and Conch – Stingray City Style
Stingray City is a dive site (scuba diving) just off the leeward coast of Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands. It is beautiful, it is tropical, and it is way fun! Snorkelers and divers are in for an adrenaline pumping treat as they enter the water surrounded by hundreds of huge stingrays.
We sailed out on a catamaran. About a dozen people, with our group being four of those. I still remember the thrill of laying on the net stretched between the front of the hulls and looking down into the crystal clear water. The ride out was worth the trip!
As we played in the water, the captain (and owner of the small boat) did a little bit of snorkeling of his own, but he had a spear. He speared plenty of fresh fish, and collected some conch shells, which anyone who’s been to Key West knows are great food! Then he stir-fried it all up on the deck of the little sailboat and served it fresh.
Swimming in the ocean one minute, on our plates a few minutes later. That’s fresh.
Of course I was highly enamored with the beautiful young girl who was my date for the trip, which didn’t hurt!
That meal, on the bow net of a catamaran, as the sun dropped low in the sky over the clear waters of Grand Cayman, was…
one of the best meals I’ve ever had!