Imagine kicking back on a sugar sand beach, Ti-Rum cocktail in hand, inhaling the warm trade winds of a tropical ocean. France probably doesn’t come to mind, but Martinique is an overseas department of the country. A small island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, it’s also home to a magical blend of proper French and tropical Creole cuisines.
The people of Martinique savor their food slowly, just like the leisurely meals enjoyed a world away in Paris. The creative innovations of a French kitchen marry island-fresh seafood and juicy tropical fruit in creations like puff pastry with curried shrimp and mango mousse. Scents of spicy grilled chicken in aromatic coconut sauce and refreshing Vanilla-Scented Melon Soup will revive you after a day of sunbathing and exploring Martinique’s many gardens and parks.
If you’re craving a formal version of island fare, sample prawns with Pumpkin Mousse or braised hen stuffed with a sublime apple and pineapple dressing. A hearty appetite will appreciate a thick steak smothered with Balsamic Peppers, an island blend of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sweet peppers.
End any meal with rich Banana Tarte Tatin drenched in French Rum Sauce or a dish of light Watermelon Sorbet. The creative ministrations of French chefs with big ideas and sun-drenched, fresh ingredients are sure to weave a magic spell on anyone lucky enough to dine on Martinique.