CRAB AND LIME DINNER SALSA: HOW TO TURN A FAVOURITE SNACK INTO DINNER FOR TWO
What’s for dinner? A protein-packed, zesty crab and lime salsa, that's what.
As a craver of bold and deep flavours, I adore the food of southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Mexico and Cuba. In addition to loving everything to do with food - researching, experimenting, making and eating - I love growing my own vegetables year round, stand-up paddle boarding, hill-walking and wild swimming in warm water (I’m from Florida and I can’t “do” cold water!). Oh, and travelling as much as I can get away with.
“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” - Anthony Bourdain
All the best places are usually ones we have happened upon. I find that getting “lost” is the best way to discover what’s authentic, whether that’s food, views, beaches, shops, walks, museums, or something else. A fabulous hidden gem just outside of my own hometown of Edinburgh is Rosslyn Chapel. Famed for its link to The DaVinci Code movie, it is spooky, beguiling, and very pretty. You will get shivers!
In Croatia our favourite place to stay is a hidden gem in itself. Take the ferry from Split to the tiny island of Brac and drive to Bobovisca. It’s a tiny drop of a place, but with a stunning inlet where traveling yachts moor up overnight. You can safely swim in its crystal clear waters, and enjoy spanking-fresh seafood in the only restaurant in this hamlet. I would live there if I could!
My favourite cuisine is Japanese, having been to Japan numerous times for work, and totally falling for the reverence afforded even the simplest of dishes. You haven’t lived until you've eaten a Kaiseki-style meal in Michelin-starred Daigo, at the top of Mt Atago, Tokyo. Expect enchanting and hugely creative vegan and vegetarian bliss in the most outstanding tea garden setting. As for natural spectacle, a whisper-quiet bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto is a must - hopefully you will see Mt Fuji in all her glory. Be sure to get a bento box from the train station before you board - practically gourmet!
In my stunningly beautiful adopted hometown of Edinburgh I often go to Maki and Ramen where, in a Tokyo sushi bar-style setting, you can sit at the sushi counter or a cosy booth and dine on the 12-course omakase (translated as “I’ll leave it to you”). Their delicious, slurpy ramen bowls, all with homemade noodles, is a real treat.
A foodie destination I hope to visit one day soon is Malaysia. Until then I happily make do with visits to Kampung Ah Lee in Edinburgh’s southside (student) district for deep bowls of fragrant curry laksa and sides of to-die-for roti canai. While you are in Edinburgh, check out the stunning city and countryside views from any of the 7 hills. But if you can only climb one, choose Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh’s own extinct volcano, views of the Parliament, Edinburgh Castle and across to the sea are stunning. And down at ground level, do amble around the elegant cobbled streets of the New Town (built in the Georgian era), as well as many of the little “villages” that string Edinburgh together.
I grew up near the “icing sugar” beaches of Florida, and this is still one of my favourite places to visit. Although I mainly hang with my family in St Petersburg, we venture out, too. One of our perennial winter favourites is a nearby coastal power plant. I kid you not.
The TECO (Tampa Electric Company) electric power plant is the winter home of dozens and dozens of manatees. These slow-moving, mini whale-like herbivores are just so serene to view from the manatee viewing center’s long boardwalks. They languidly bob around by the station’s warm saltwater discharge outlet, often with their babies tucked up beside them. This is one of the few places in the world to see them. Such a privilege. Hugely relaxing. And it is completely free!
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