Archive | May, 2011

Red bananas!

On a traffic light green means ‘go’ and yellow means ‘yield’, but on a banana it’s just the opposite. Green means ‘hold on,’ yellow means ‘go ahead,’ and red means, ‘where the fuck did you get that banana at?’ -Mitch Hedberg Red bananas are just like yellow bananas but with one obviously striking characteristic. These […]

Recipe for Ginger Beer, creole style!

If you didn’t feel enough burn from the chili cabros in the local cuisine, wash it down with a tall pitcher of ginger beer! This is a popular Caribbean creole favorite usually brewed for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. It can be a bit strong and will sting going down if you made it […]

White Lobsters on the Mosquito Coast

Here is an interesting article from TIME magazine about the lucrative cocaine-smuggling trade up the Caribbean coast. This one seems much more up-to-speed than some of the other articles floating around on the internet about cocaine and the coast. Ever since the “white lobsters” started washing up on Nicaragua’s Caribbean shore a decade ago, life […]

Meat market on Big Corn Island

There is nothing like eating fresh food. Tomatoes picked from the garden, mangoes plucked straight from the tree, bread right out of the oven… and you know that, with the lack of refrigeration in most areas on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, you can almost smell the freshness! Take the local meat market, for example… […]

Pre-Columbian treasure hunt

  The Caribbean coast of Nicaragua has a history that goes far beyond Zelaya, far beyond Blauvelt and his pirate marauders, far beyond the Kingdom of Mosquitia. Unfortuantely, this history is written only in artifacts that occasionally come to light. The CIDCA museum in Bluefields has a very interesting collection of artifacts found in the area. […]