KTravel: The Taste of Haiti (Photojournal)

Where do I begin? I had an amazing experience last week traveling with Fleur de Vie to the island of Haiti. I will be posting more about the organization in a subsequent post but let me first say, this was a life-affirming visit. The work of this organization is nothing short of amazing.

I can’t wait to share my journey with you over the next few posts. The foodie in me has to start with one of the best dining experiences I have ever had abroad or in the states.

I am trying to decide if I am going to share the name with you (y’all know I am petty). For now, I will call it the Little Gem.

The Little Gem is an oceanside restaurant mostly for the guests of its neighboring hotel, and for those in the know. For us, our “guy in the know” was Cyril, our driver and guide.

Once you walk across the brightly colored threshold, you are greeted by a table of 10 jars of rhum, from raisin to vanilla. If you like your rhum to pack a punch, I would definitely suggest my choice, the Zo Devant. It is similar in taste to the Dominican drink Mamajauna, for those who need a reference point.

But hey, at the equivalent of $2.25USD a glass, you can definitely try a little of this and that.

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I won’t spoil the surprise of what I ordered for the main course, but let me tell you that after tasting this salad I was extremely excited. I have never heard people rave so much about the salad course… but it was well deserved.

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Smoked fish with baguettes… swoon.
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There is nothing better than being able to not only see your lobster being prepared but to know that it came from the ocean just a few yards away.
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Voila! I had the Langouste grillée flambée (lobster that is grilled and then flambéed). It had a delicious charred smokiness unlike any I have ever tasted.  Paired with the cheese potatoes, my mouth was in heaven.
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Aside from the food, the highlight of the meal was definitely when the chef/owner came to the table. Small in stature, the amazing energy of the Corsican ex-pat was encapsulating.
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