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Between the rum, fresh seafood and tasty desserts, there’s a lot Bermuda has to offer food lovers. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for five Bermuda food experiences you simply should not miss:
1. Sip a Swizzle. No dyed-in-the-wool rum-loving visitor should ever depart the island without dropping by the Swizzle Inn for its famous namesake cocktail “Swizzle” (dark rum mixed with sugar and fruit juices) or the even more enticing “Dark & Stormy” (dark rum and ginger beer).
2. Grab a bowl of Bermuda fish chowder. Head to Tom Moore’s Tavern, a charming landmark restaurant known for its classic French and Italian cuisine served alongside fresh seafood specialties. Order a bowl of the traditional Bermuda fish chowder — it’s a Bermuda staple. This is a spicy and thick dish that is often served with rum and sherry pepper sauce. It is made of salt pork, fish, onions, herbs and tomatoes.
3. Snack on a Cassava pie. This authentic recipe dates back to the 1600’s and is made with chicken, pork, eggs, cassava and sometimes brandy. It is meaty, but sweet and you can eat it any time of day.
4. Get a scoop of homemade ice cream. Be sure to stop by Bailey’s Ice Cream in Hamilton Parish for a scoop (or two) of homemade ice cream in local flavors. A few popular choices are the Dark & Stormy, a rum and ginger flavored ice cream.
5. Order Hoppin' John. This local favorite is a casserole made of papaya, rice, peas and chicken. This dish is typically a side, but can be stretched into a main dish as well.