As part of my “Less is More” ethos for this year I recently did a major clean out on board. Our wee closet and drawers were thinned out yet again, the cupboard in the head was decluttered and all the holds in the galley were sorted through. What I ended up with was pretty impressive rag pile, several tubes expired of sunscreen, some make-up that is embarrassingly old and enough to canned goods to survive the apocalypse, (zombie or otherwise).
I usually keep a healthy stock of canned goods on board (I write on the tops for easy indentification in my vertical storage compartment). Food in cans come in very handy when you’re sailing in more remote destinations like the Solomon’s and Papua New Guinea, where refrigeration is non-existent outside urban centres and the general population are subsistence farmers and fisherman. And to be honest there is nothing wrong with beans, lentils, tomatoes, corn, soup, mussels, pate, dolmas and tuna out of tin, just to name a few of my regularly stocked items.
We spent last weekend on the beach, but not just any beach. We spent last weekend on perhaps the busiest beach in all of the Philippines.
The island of Boracay (pronounced Bor-RA-cai) is only 9km long and 1km wide. White Beach takes up most of the western side of the island and is THE tourist hot spot, not just for locals but for the international crowd as well. With everything from hostels to exclusive resorts you can imagine that the scene on the beach is pretty interesting.
Although we did enjoying some world class people watching what caught my eye the most was the vendors, who make the rounds laden with goods, some practical, some absurd. Also, it wouldn’t be a day on the beach without some street food, or I guess beach food. So here, in no particular order, are:
The Top 10 Things You Can Buy on the Beach Continue reading
In no particular order, here are the Top Ten misconceptions I would like to break about cooking and eating on a small sailboat.
1.“Boat” food is different than “land” food.
It doesn’t have to be. Sure you have to think ahead, the grocery store is not just around the corner, and you may not be able to find all the ingredients you are used to. But with good planning and a little creativity we eat pretty much the same as we would on land. Food is food; please stop calling it “boat” food.
10. All the staff at the marina know you by name, that it isn’t your actual name no longer bothers you.
9. You know where all the local eateries and bars are in town that have the best air conditioning, making mid rainy season shopping trips a slightly less sweaty experience.
8. On said shopping trips to the market the vendors, some of which you know know by name, no longer try and charge you tourist prices, in fact they often put a few more veggies on your heap without charge.
7. You no longer have to order a drink at the bar; it is served automatically, just to your liking, and is often refreshed without having to ask. Continue reading