As I begin to search the boards, I realize that a week will not nearly be enough time to chow (and swim and hike) my way through the island. And so, as I begin planning, I thought it best to throw out a few requests for suggestions. I'm seeking to spend most of my time off the beaten path. That said, here are my priorities for food experiences -
1. local, local, local! Any farms / farm stands/ restaurants known for sourcing 100% local ingredients? Where can I eat something right off the tree/right out of the ocean?
2. New talent - any young up and coming chefs worth checking out (even if a little hit or miss sometimes)?
3. In my experience, the best adventures are often the cheap eats (NYC street vendors, hole in the wall dumpling shops in Chinatown, porchetta sandwiches on a hidden street in Rome, jerk chicken on the side of the road in Jamaica). What recommendations do you have along these lines?
4. Solo dining: I'm a female traveling alone. I love dining at the bar where you get to watch all the action. Recommendations? Fine dining is great as long as it's not stuffy/conservative. Rum shacks are cool, too. I'm pretty adventurous and can handle my own.
5. Authentic/unique - the term is the most used and abused and of course it's always debatable. But it would be great to experience cuisine that is unique to the island.
BONUS POINTS: destination food that I can bike/hike to. Now that's cool!
If anyone has any hotel/B&B/cabana recommendations I'd be glad to receive an email at olninenickel AT gmail DOT com.