By Ann Vanderhoof
Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a scrumptious chronicle of leaving the type-A way of life at the back of -- and studying the seductive secrets and techniques of lifestyles within the Caribbean.
Who hasn’t fantasized approximately chucking the activity, asserting so long to the rat race, and escaping to a couple unique vacation spot looking for sunlight, sand, and a distinct lifestyle? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did simply that.
In the mid Nineties, they have been pushed, forty-something execs who have been determined for a holiday from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. in order that they surrender their jobs, rented out their apartment, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat known as Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.
In lavish element that may have you ever packing your suit and rushing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, mesmerizing characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new way of life. Come alongside for the journey and be seduced by way of Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island acquaintances, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the ocean, and adapt to existence on “island time.”
Exchanging company outfits for naked ft, they drop anchor in sixteen nations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded shorelines and store vigorous neighborhood markets. alongside the way in which, Ann documents the delectable dishes they stumble upon -- from cracked conch within the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to vintage West Indian rum punch -- and comprises those engaging recipes into the textual content in order that readers can perform the adventure.
Almost nearly as good as making the adventure itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all of the impossible to resist good looks and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and simply may possibly compel you to make a rash determination that may land you in paradise.
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The mortgage was smaller, the work rut deeper. The stream of boating catalogs and books coming into the house had grown to a torrent. ”) He was soaking up information like a bilge pad under a leaky diesel: on oceangoing sailboats, sailing gear, maintenance and repairs, passage-making strategies. By now he had also put numbers on how much sailing to and through the Caribbean would cost: $1,000 to $1,500 per month. “That’s only $18,000 a year, max,” he said jubilantly. ” Yeah, and he’d better build in a big cushion for when we came back and didn’t have any work.
I can barely brush my teeth without a deadline,” I joked to friends. But increasingly I didn’t find it funny. On the surface, Steve remained calm and unruffled, letting the pressure swirl around him, seemingly as casual about business deadlines as he was about his standard business attire (T-shirt and jeans no matter what, unless the weather permitted shorts or required a sweatshirt). ” Yet I knew he was growing more and more resentful of the constant demands on his time and his perpetual state of overcommitment.
She points down the street. “Ruke’s Store, ’cept it’s closed. ” That doesn’t sound promising. ” We splash around the village some more, until we spot a wind-hardened man unlocking the store, then wander in behind him. As we slide into one of the old-fashioned booths that fill a corner of the general store, he tells us we still can’t get dinner: The cook is trapped at home by the exceptionally high water. “Happens three times a year or so now,” he explains. ” Some people blame global warming—as the sea warms, it is rising and nibbling away at the land—others say the island is sinking.
An embarrassment of mangoes: a Caribbean interlude by Ann Vanderhoof