by Vanessa

THIS + THAT // Seeing Sea Fans Pt.1

March 4, 2015 in THIS + THAT by Vanessa

Giving sea-to-table new meaning: hand-painted table numbers on sea fans, as captured by Tamiz Photography
In focus: a boutonnière made of sea grass twigs, a succulent and a miniature sea fan, as captured by Jasmine Art Photography

by Vanessa

David’s Special

March 3, 2015 in ANDROS, RECIPES by Vanessa

Among the many low-country flavours the Bahamas has inherited, one of the most popular is grits. An early-morning favourite in the islands, the ground-corn is paired with local dishes such as chicken souse, boiled fish, tuna salad, stew conch and stew fish. Though, if inhabiting the private island-resort and residences of Kamalame Cay, you will discover it in the ‘David’s Special’: a dish that marries the four S’s – sweet, salty, spicy and sour. Having craved the dish on more than one occasion, but landlocked to Nassau, I asked David – yes, the same who the dish borrows its namesake from – if he would be willing to share the recipe. Luckily for me, southern hospitality wasn’t lost on him:

| INGREDIENTS | Serves 2
2 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp sweet chili sauce (use honey if preferred)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 juiced Lime
1 rough-chopped onion
3 chopped scallions
Handful of rough-chopped basil (Thai basil is preferable)
1 rough-chopped tomato
1 minced garlic clove
1 inch (thinly chopped or sliced?) ginger
4-6 strips of bacon
Yellow Grits
Pinch of Coriander
2 poached or fried eggs

Cook the bacon to a crisp and set aside. In a medium sized frying pan add oil, onions, ginger and cook until softened. Then add the tomato, garlic, and scallions. Sauté until reduced to the consistency of a tomato sauce. Add fish sauce, lime juice, sweet chili sauce and basil. Finally, add crumbled bacon and stir well. In two small bowls serve atop yellow grits, under a fried or poached egg and sprinkle with coriander.

by Vanessa

Scuba Style

February 20, 2015 in ANDROS, ESCAPE ESSENTIALS by Vanessa

Next week, while visiting Kamalame Cay, I will take my first dive towards PADI certification. The private island resort, on which we honeymooned early last year, boasts a PADI rated dive center and a nearby sea of options that would excite even the most experienced underwater enthusiast. But more on that later. This week, in an effort to get the corners of my mind out of the office and in to the depths ocean, I began to think about what to pack. Here’s a round-up of my stylish, yet practical, dive essentials – many of which are customizable.

1. GoPro’s Hero4 Black. ($499.99)

2. Unlike a bikini, I will not need to constantly readjust this one piece swimsuit from Heidi Klein. ($270.00)

3. Constructed from water-proof vinyl, a Lolo bag with compartments to hold my camera, mobile phone and GoPro accessories. ($48.00)

4. From embroidery colour, to strap colour, to the addition of the T7E logo, my favourite customizable dive bag. ($129.95+)

5. At 200 feet iGills will allow me to take photos and videos with confidence that my housing will never leak and my depth and time will always remain top of mind. (299.99)

6. An Island Company beach blanket to wrap myself in post-dive. ($65.00)

7. A custom embroidered zip tag that will make my wetsuit easier to find in the pile. ($12.00)

8. Post certification I plan to reward myself with a custom hand-painted wetsuit from Sirensong. ($180.00+)

9. A long-sleeve cardigan that absorbs water quickly and dries just as fast. ($279.00)