Tag Archives: food

Coconuts: The island’s deadliest fruit?

assassin coconut

From the desk of Noticias de Bluefields – A young tourist named Noel, age 23, who was vacationing on Little Corn Island lost his life yesterday (15 January), accidentally, when he tied his hammock between coconut trees and one fell on top of him. Last night the municipal authorities and islanders held a vigil at the […]

Lobster season is open!

Lobster season officially opened this month! If you like to eat, now is a great time to come visit. Seafood is always abundant, cheap and tasty, and especially now. To celebrate, here is a snippit of a lobster rundown recipe from our friends at Graces Cool Spot on Little Corn Island: Cube and boil the […]

A quick lesson in Coconuts

Pull out your machete and prepare to get schooled on the fascinating and mysterious coconut, thanks to Chris at his blog, bigtingsagwan. Common coconut misconceptions: Coconut milk is the water inside the coconut. Once, while watching the food channel I saw a recognized chef chop open a dry coconut and use its few drops of water […]

All about Rundown

First, click on the video below and jam out to Los Gregory’s Rundown Pot. This little tidbit is reprinted from the RightSide Guide magazine. Check out the audio clip below of Jimmy’s interview for more info on what he knows about the history of the Caribbean coast’s favorite dish! I sat with restaurant owner and […]

Dinner from the forest

Oh man, Sunday afternoon, nothing to eat and no food in the kitchen. Then I thought that instead of complaining I should get creative. So I decided to cook dinner with food found in my backyard. Here is what I found: From left to right you are looking at a medium-sized (and still a bit […]

RightSide Guide Magazine is Here!

Introducing the first issue of the survival guide to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the RightSide Guide magazine! It’s 32 pages packed with information on activities, transport schedules, upcoming festivals and more for the Corn Islands, Bluefields, Pearl Lagoon and Greytown. This edition will be 1,000 copies and, starting in 2013, will be printed every […]

Fresco of the year: Carao aka Stinking Toe!

The spanish name is carao. Google it and see what comes up…”natural cure for anemia?”, “central american miracle fruit” and “blood builder”. Ask locals and they say that doctors prescribe it for patients with anemia and constipation. In Creole English they call it stinkin toe and as soon as you crack it open you smell […]

Happy Bday, Chris!

This is why I love the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua… Chris recently had his birthday and he was given a birthday cake (mis)spelled to order: Tona cake: winner. I can forgive the cake speller if she/he  thought the “C” appeared handwritten on their Write out what the cake should say form as a funky-looking “T”. But […]

Dog food

It isn’t often that I post photos of things like…dog food. Nothing gets tossed out…not even chicken heads and feet. On the contrary, what could taste better to a dog than fresh beak n talons on a bed of rice? Actually, I am making a huuuge assumption here… Nobody told me this dish was for […]

Mondongo Stew!

Like beef? Nothing fills an empty stomach like… a cow’s stomach! Mondongo is just that. And mondongo stew is one of the best creole delicacies on the coast. While you can find mondongo on the Pacific side of Nicaragua, they sure don’t cook it like this. Ingredients: 1 cow stomach (aka mondongo) 2 liters coconut […]

Gallo Pinto Recipe, Creole Style!

Nicaragua’s most famous dish is gallo pinto. You can find it on 90% of plates for any breakfast, lunch or dinner around the country. It’s a simple dish and very filling, though without much flavor. Needless to say, for most visitors to the country, gallo pinto gets old. Fast. On the Caribbean coast the creole […]

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 […]