Day 2-3

After a long flight and good night sleep, we awoke to clear skies and a windex colored Caribbean sea. This place is spectacular, beyond a 5 star resort. Staff are just around the corner ready and willing to assist. Cisco really takes good care of their people!

I've been asking around and talking with locals. Many have suggested markets and areas to visit to try different tastes. Coconut, banana and guava seem to draw the most interest, so I will focus on developing those flavors.

We are taking the Jitney into Nassau soon to go to a market called "fish fry". Locals have recommended conch fritters, fry snapper and a Bahamian specialty, macaroni & cheese.

Swam in 2 of the 9 pools, jumped off a 12 ft. cliff into a blue hole and visited with a couple turtles and lots of fish in the ocean in front of the Baha Mar.

On my way, but here are a couple photos of my day so far...

 Plumeria everywhere.

Plumeria everywhere.

 The beautiful Baha Mar resort from the crystal clear caribbean sea.

The beautiful Baha Mar resort from the crystal clear caribbean sea.

 Cable beach.

Cable beach.


Rode the Jitney (local bus) into Nassau proper. Cost was $1.25 each way and a fun experience with locals and tourists alike! First stop was to the "Fry Fish" area on Junkanoo Beach. This area is loaded with street vendors and stand alone restaurants selling everything from conch fritters to amazing BBQ along with some pretty funky drink options. Missing was a caramel booth!

After feasting we continued down the way and visited with even more food vendors. Met a representative from the Ministry of Tourism and was invited to meet even more local food producers including a chocolatier and rum producer..

 Coconuts for my caramels!

Coconuts for my caramels!

 Banana caramel lady at Frankie Gone Bananas at the Fry Fish on Junkanoo Beach.

Banana caramel lady at Frankie Gone Bananas at the Fry Fish on Junkanoo Beach.

 Conch Fritter caramels? Uh no. But they were delicious!

Conch Fritter caramels? Uh no. But they were delicious!

 Enjoyed talking shop with local vendors! Amazing BBQ pork and jerk chicken.

Enjoyed talking shop with local vendors! Amazing BBQ pork and jerk chicken.

 My next caramel flavor? Curious as to who would be brave enough to try this drink!

My next caramel flavor? Curious as to who would be brave enough to try this drink!

 Conchs everywhere! 

Conchs everywhere! 

Day 1 - Are we there yet?

Noon PST

So this happened.

A short time ago, my adult son and world traveler asked if I would like to join him on a business trip to the Bahamas. Took me about half a second to accept.

My son explained to me that we will be having two entirely different experiences on this adventure. He will be working. I will be playing and researching different tropical caramel flavors. Research and development in paradise. Oh happy day!

After polling my wonderful caramel lovers for the past week, some great suggestions have been presented: Coconut, Mango, Guava, Mojito, Daiquiri and of course that stuff of legend, Caribbean Ruhm.

This is my first official "blog" and I will post updates when I am not diving with sharks, swimming with pigs, visiting James Bond filming sites, or lollygagging by the pools. I plan on visiting local markets and distilleries, farms and restaurants for suggestions. I will be on Island Time.

So, we depart tomorrow morning and have a long day of travel ahead of us. I am the luckiest Mom in the world to have been included on this trip and am ready to go. Are we there yet?

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