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Chef Lakay- Haitian Red Snapper in sauce. (Poison en Sauce )

My all time favorite meal is Haitian style whole red snapper either fried or in sauce. I’ve never actually made this meal but last night I got this itch and I had to try it. I called my mom and had her give me the step by step for how she makes Haitian “epis” and I took over the rest. Here was the result.

Ingredients:

  • three whole red snapper
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • One Maggie cube
  • Tomato sauce
  • Oil
  • One cup of water
  • Two lime
  • Goya seasonings
  • White vinegar
  • Onion
  • 1 Green bell pepper
  • One scotch bonnet pepper
  • Green onion
  • Thyme

First, If the fish isn’t cleaned then clean and gut it. I had the store clean my fish. Once the fish is clean, rinse with white vinegar then wash with cold water. Then squeeze the lime on the fish and rub the lime all all over the fish. Leave the lime and the fish in a bowl until ready to season.

Next, it’s time to make the Haitian epis. I used about two green onions and chopped them up really tiny. Then I used half of the parsley, a quarter of the cilantro, three garlic cloves. Throw all ingredients into a blender along with the Maggie cube, 1/4 of water, oil, and dash of vinegar and blend. Taste and adjust until the taste is just Right.

Now cut three slits on the sides of the fish and rub a generous amount of the epis all of over the fish. Sprinkle Some Goya seasoning over the fish as well. Cut onions and green pepper all over the fish also. Throw in the scotch bonnet pepper and thyme then cover fish. Let the fish marinate for a minimum of one hour.

Heat a pan and place the fish in the pan. Be sure all of the marinade is also in the pan. Add in oil, 1/3 or tomato sauce, and enough water to cover the fish only half way. Cover the fish and cook on medium high for 15 minutes. Halfway during the 15 minutes stir the sauce and cover the fish with sauce.

I served the fish with a side of Haitian style rice and beans. Enjoy!

–Esquire in love ❤️

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Jaco City, Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Adventures of a girl with the travel bug.

I am the type of woman who sets a goal and allows nothing to stop her from achieving that goal. I am determined, ambitious with life, and persistent with it all. I set a goal to travel more and much to my surprise I visited 5 countries this year. The last country of the year (until next year of course) was Costa Rica. Tropical, rainforest, volcanos, and great times with great people.

My initial thoughts upon arrival was the atmosphere reminded me of a Haiti–it was tropical and humid. We ordered a transfer service provided by the hotel. Though the transfer service was timely in their arrival, we waited for one more couple to join us. As we waited we were directed to a cafe a few steps away and decided to wait there. The food smelled amazing. Rather than fill up on rice and beans and chicken, I ordered a cheese and ham croissant. It was fresh, warm, and flaky! The absolute perfect combination.

The drive from the airport to Jaco City was about an hour and a half. Our driver stopped at local store where we picked up snacks, drinks, and water. (By drinks I mean alcohol..because…vacation). Our driver made a second stop at a bridge where we could see tons of albino gators. It was like a fish pond, only it was filled with gators. Yikes. Not the type of water I would suggest falling into.

We got to the hotel, checked in and relaxed. There wasn't much time for adventure, so we decided to find a restaurant and have some drinks. If you've been following me, I'm sure you can guess what I had to eat. If you guessed whole fish, then you are absolutely right! At this point, I'm convinced it's impossible make a bad whole fish meal. The fish was amazing, I would have preferred red snapper or a thicker fish, but this was delicious and I would definitely order it again. This restaurant was great except for that fact that they jacked up a $20 bill to almost $100. I guess we got hit with a tourist tax and hidden fees? Is that even a thing? The server wasn't even able to clearly articulate or defend the extra charges.

The next day we geared up for some
Adventure ! We decided to go Zip-lining. I was skeptical at first because of my unrealistic fear of heights. The Zip line was set up throughout the rainforest and there was a total of 10 stations. One station was titled "the big daddy" because it was a mile long and it was the fastest zip-line. After the first Zip-line I realized it wasn't all that bad and was actually fun. Actually, I would zip-line over going on a rollercoaster any day.

After zip-lining, we took ATV's and things through the rainforest and to the waterfall. At this point, it was pouring rain and the mud was flying everywhere as We sped through the rainforest.

On the last day, we took a boat out to the Sea so the men could fish. The boat was small and it rained a bit so the waves were violent. Still, it was a great time.


I would highly recommend visiting Costa Rica if you have the opportunity. It was an amazing trip and I would definitely go back and explore some more.

–esquire in love

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Santorini: you are beautiful 

I haven't traveled to as many places as I would like, however, of all the places I have been Santorini is my favorite. As the plane flew over the island and prepared for landing, I was instantly taken back. At this point, however,I wasn't  able to fully grasp the true beauty of the island. We grabbed our luggage from baggage and headed straight to the taxi zone. Still, I wasn't prepared for it's true beauty.
We drove up the mountain to our hotel, it was beautiful. We were ready to drop off our luggage and explore the island and all of its hidden beauty. Though, at 7 am our room was hardly ready as the entire island was sleeping and no one was checking out. We chatted with the receiptionist and she urged us to leave our luggage with her and explore the caldera.

The Caldere is a cauldron-like volcanic depression that collapsed after a volcanic eruption during the Minoan civilization. Long story short, this eurpution created the island.  When we first walked across the caldere, we were both stunned.  We've never seen anything like it. The view of the Aegean Sea, a view of other islands, and a view of the the entire coast of Santorini.  We walked to the  top untill we could go no further and with each step the view was simply amazing. 

Our first meal was grilled whole sea bass.  We wanted snapper but the restaurant was all out–bummer! For dinner we kept it simple with chicken and lamb Kaboobs.

The next day we took an ATV and found the city Karami.  It is located at the lowest level and home of the beautiful black sand beach.  Much to the surprises of my ignorance, the black sand beach was actually blacks rocks.  Walking on the beach was hot and very painful ! Even still, the beach and all its views was absolutely beautiful.

Our final day was a catch all.  We went back to Karami and this time tip toed into the cold Aegean Sea.  We then went on an adventure to try and find Oia. We followed all of the directions but unfortunately we couldn't find it and decided to go back to Thira and continue our adventure there.

One of the more surprising things about Santorini to me was the pizza.  The pizza was better than Italy and better than New York!

Last but certainly not least, the sunset in Thira was everything everyone said it would be plus so much more. For many reasons this is my favorite city and I'm excited to go back.


— Esqure in love.

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The Magical City of Athens 

This year I opened my birthday in Athens, Greece. I landed in this magical city on my born day, cheers to me!

To be completely frank, I initially used Athens as a layover for my true destination, Santorini. However, in true magical  form, Athens proved me wrong.  Powerful–it felt powerful to be in a city that has existed since 3000 BC. It felt powerful to take in a city that existed before God sent his only son to this earth. Athens is powerful. We visited the ancient city. We saw Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, The Parthenon of Athens, and Panathenaic Stadium. I vividly remember growing up in school and learning about greek methodology and being intrigued.  Being in ancient Athens, I learned that to read about these monuments is  one thing but to experience them is something completely different.

I never really believed in greek methodology and I am not sure that I believe in it now. What I do know is that it took an intelligent group of people with unimaginable strength to have built these monuments over 5000 years ago without the technological tools that we are so reliant upon today.  Even when considering the modern day restoration efforts in Acropolis, one must wonder why it takes heavy machinery to restore monuments that were built with only hands.

As a former track athlete with olympic dreams, I had to visit the Panathenaic Stadium–the home of the first Olympic Games. I climbed to the top of the stadium stairs (I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards)  and the view was spectacular. I even took a stab at triple jump, and my shins obviously hated me afterwards.

— Esquire in Love ❤