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Friday, June 6, 2014

This post is about food. Many of you have asked what we eat so here are pictures of some foods that we eat and some foods that are available that we don't eat. Rice is a staple here and they eat it with most every meal. They like to put Pepe on their rice but it is too hot for us (Elder Dever eats it in small amounts). We are right on the ocean so fresh fish is available. We can get most any kind of food in the grocery but it is very expensive (40 ounce jar of peanut butter $15.00) and they are brands we have never heard of so it is hit and miss as far as getting something we are familiar with. We buy fresh fruits (pineapples, mangoes, bananas, papayas, avocados, etc.) and vegetables at fruit markets. We miss lettuce but now eat cabbage instead. We have tried some new foods and are enjoying bread fruit, mangosteens, potato greens, soursop etc. Some foods that we see on the streets are unrecognizable. You can buy raw chicken feet and lots of different looking stuff with hair on it like bats, wild monkey meat, gophers, etc. We don't eat those. There are fresh doughnuts and popcorn balls in wheelbarrows or on someone's head everywhere. We make yummy fresh coconut milk by using the water and meat from the coconut, adding hot water and blending thoroughly. Then strain through a cloth and the liquid is wonderful coconut milk, much better than you can buy. We also eat the coconut meat and it is delicious! We miss hamburgers, lettuce,  good apples, Ritz crackers, sour cream and Adams old fashioned peanut butter but we are actually eating pretty healthy here.
Our favorite bakery

I don't know what this is.

Bread Fruit

Our favorite fruit stand

Fresh doughnuts

Ice cream truck

Pineapples are delicious here
Not so fresh fish

Fresh fish

Smoked fish
We don't eat this

Banana delivery service

We don't eat these
Very fresh chicken

Fresh coconut meat



  1. Ok, you shouldn't eat hamburgers anyway. Or fresh coconut. But maybe the mangos. You both will be thinner when you get back.

  2. Do they kill those chickens for you, or do you have to do it yourself? And what is that child eating in the 2nd picture, out of the orange tub?

    1. I do not know what is in that tub, one of the many unrecognizable foods. They will kill the chicken for you or you can take it home and do it yourself. There are live chickens, goats, pigs, sheep, cows running around wild everywhere. They are not fenced in.

  3. Those chickens are REALLY fresh!!!

  4. Sorry, it took me awhile to get this story and visual of your diet. It actually sounds rather healthy. How cool to have the fruits! I hope you do eat the coconut - both water and meat.