I was able to sample a wonderful variety of food on my recent visit to Mexico’s Yucatan, but, looking back, my favourite was Sopa de Lima, Yucatecan chicken and lime soup. During my short visit, I enjoyed this traditional dish three times. The chicken broth features chopped tomatoes, onion, carrot and celery to which are added chunks of boneless chicken, strips of tortillas and the juice and slices of fresh, local limes.
When I think about genuine northwest coast food, First Nations cuisine comes to mind. When my wife and I were hitched about 15 years ago, we arranged for the Liliget Feast House to cater the reception, and it drew rave reviews from family and friends. Alas, the Liliget Feast House is long gone, but I recently discovered a new place that serves genuine BC First Nations food. It’s the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize was not only the first eco lodge in the country, it is one of the finest resorts in the Caribbean. As part of their commitment to sustainability, they have their own organic farm from which comes many of the fruits and vegetables they serve at their excellent restaurant.
Inexpensive ethnic restaurants are some of the things I love most about living in Vancouver. We are so blessed with authentic food from India, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Korea, Greece, Japan and a dozen more areas, and I try and patronize these small, independent cafes as often as possible.