Plantation Hill seasoning spices, blended here in The Bahamas by local entrepreneur Julie Hoffer, will be featured in the preparation of Caribbean inspired dishes being presented by Chef Larry Forigone and his son Chef Marc Forigone at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival taking place this weekend (9-12 December). www.pbfoodwinefest.com
This was definitely a trip for the books. It seemed that whatever could go wrong in the Pavillion “went wrong”. Who ever thought that power outages would extend to Dubai of all places? -
“Did they want us to feel at home?” And the flooding of the building (a nice touch).
But what was amazing was that through all of the setbacks, major and minor (naysayers) we managed to successfully open and engage many guests in the Bahamas Pavillion. Phil Stubbs, Ronnie Butler and many other Bahamian musicians kept our guests entertained a little longer than just to obtain the stamp of the Bahama Pineapple. Many vowing to make it to our shores in the near future.
On my first trip to Dubai, some 15 years ago, I remember visiting the Dubai Museum in Old Town, near the harbour, where the traditional boats called abras that serve as taxis, bobbed about on the water and noisy seaside souks (just like the markets at Woodes Rodgers Walk and Rawson Square back in the day), were a cultural fixture, depicting bustling waterfront commerce in Dubai and Nassau respectively.
For the ease of accommodating critical meetings to do with the Bahamas Pavillion we started the week out at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai’s Financial District. A plush but understated abode, this time it proved to be too far away from EXPO City (45 minutes each way) and so we moved closer, relocating to Damac Hills, a burgeoning desert complex, already populated with multiple skyscrapers, foundations coming out of the ground for new structures and landscaped with thousands of transplanted palm trees.
I remember my first visit to Dubai in 2007. A group of us from Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, led by Vernice Walkine, Director General and the late David Johnson, Deputy DG were on a fact finding mission to see for ourselves, this dynamic, emerging tourism phenomenon that was dominating the travel trade news scene.
I was sitting in the lobby when a metallic sky blue convertible Rolls Royce pulled up on the door of the Ritz and the valet opened the door from the opposite direction than one would expect and a young Arab couple, their nanny and two small children disembarked. Such is the opulent lifestyle in Dubai.