At Union Island, there are a plethora of restaurants to experience the taste of the Grenadines! Our group of 17 students and the instructors explored different restaurants in Union Island for dinner including Jus Rite, D’ Back Yard Lounge, Chanteclair Cuisine, The Clifton Restaurant & Bar, and more. The restaurants had rows of tables and thoughtful set-ups. The food was absolutely amazing and consisted mostly of barbeque chicken legs, seasoned potatoes, salads, and pastas. However, some wanted something different and one night everyone found out we were having burgers and fries for dinner and the whole room was ecstatic!
Overall, the cultural food experience was wonderful and demonstrated a different viewpoint of what there is to enjoy. Not only were the people nice, but they cared about the different restrictions that we had in our diets while still providing nutritious food. This experience also helped people get out of their comfort zones which can be crucial in unfamiliar situations. Many of the foods were new to us, but accepting how the Grenadines or any culture lives is important to understanding why people do the things they do.
The authors of this blog are students enrolled in Tropical Marine Ecology and Conservation, field courses run in the Caribbean by the University of South Florida. During these courses, students learn scientific diving techniques over a 10-14 day period and carry out research and monitoring of coral reefs at various sites. Many of these courses are done in partnership with local environmental organizations, like the Union Island Environmental Alliance and the Soufriere Marine Management Association. In this blog, students will document their activities and how they relate to course material.