FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Bahamas, Conch

Feb 28, 2014
2014 / March 2014

We’ve all held a conch shell to our ears and listened to the call of the ocean; however, we probably haven’t all sampled the mollusk’s meat. Conch, a medium- to large-sized sea snail, is commonly found in the warm, shallow waters of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.

I first sampled the chewy seafood in the Caribbean. On the near-desolate island of Anegada, part of the British Virgin Islands, I bit into the fried warmth of a golden-brown conch fritter. Skeptical at first, I enjoyed the snack and have since sampled it many times, most recently on an early-summer visit to the Bahamas, where conch is the national food.

The most commonly eaten type, the queen conch, can grow as long as 12 inches and as heavy as five pounds. All parts of a conch are edible, and it is considered a complete protein as well as a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Countless variations of conch exist — gumbos, fritters, chowders, even burgers. In the Bahamas, conch is king, enjoyed as a snack, a main dish, in salads. Conch chowder, a popular preparation, is mixed with tomatoes, potatoes, sweet peppers, onions, carrots and seasonings. Conch may turn up in your lunch salad, usually raw and marinated, with peppers and onions. Cracked conch is another favorite, battered and sautéed and served with peas and rice. Steamed, fried, curried, creamed and stewed — there’s a conch dish for you.

My favorite, the conch fritter, typically combines conch and sweet peppers, onions and tomato paste, deep-fried and served with hot sauce. What’s not to love? When I conjure the image of conch fritters, I go back to that first bite. I see a red and white checkered cardboard container with five or six of the fried delights nestled inside. If I close my eyes, I hear the ocean lapping at the shore. It’s probably the ease of life on an island I’m yearning for, and conch is most certainly a food that transports me to that ideal. Since my first taste, I’ve sampled conch as chowder and salad, the Bahamian and Caribbean seasonings bringing the meat to life.

In Grenada, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, lambi is commonly served as a curry or spicy soup. And in Puerto Rico, conch ceviche is marinated in lime juice and served with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, green peppers and onion. Of course, the Caribbean is not the only destination in the world where one can enjoy conch. Around the globe, it appears in even more incarnations. In East Asia, it is typically steamed or stir-fried.

Visit Turks and Caicos, where conch is featured in a soup known as callaloo, for the annual Conch Festival. The restaurant “Conch-e-tition” ranks the best salads, chowders and other specialties from a number of eateries. Other activities at the family-friendly event include conch blowing and quizzes. And, naturally, consuming quite a lot of delicious samples.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Jan 17, 2022

Galei Kinneret Hotel Opens in Israel

London-based Saar Zafrir Design unveiled its latest project: Galei Kinneret Hotel. Located on the Sea of Galilee, the restored 123-room property was one of Israel’s first luxury hotels, originally built in 1946.

IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs

IHG® Business Edge: Working Together with SMEs for a smarter way to manage travel

Daily
Jan 14, 2022

New Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedication at Plant Riverside District

With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Plant Riverside District, also known as Savannah’s Entertainment District, is officially dedicating a park to Martin Luther King, Jr. Located on the Savannah riverfront, Plant Riverside District will hold a ceremony to unveil a commissioned bronze monument dedicated to the late Civil Rights leader.

Daily
Jan 13, 2022

Nayara Alto Atacama Launches Private Plane Transfers

Nayara Alto Atacama, in Chile’s Atacama Desert, recently launched private plane transfer service for guests, allowing up to eight people to depart Santiago and fly directly to San Pedro de Atacama aerodrome in one hour and 50 minutes. Previously, guests would have to fly two hours to Calama, followed by a one-hour, 20-minute drive to Nayara Alto Atacama. The new private jet option saves guests 90 minutes of transfer time each way.

 Reconnect with the world in The Islands of Tahiti

Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.

Daily
Jan 12, 2022

What’s New in Norway 2022

Norway’s travel curator Up Norway revealed some of its top recommendations for travelers visiting Norway in 2022. Whether guests seek new hotels, activities or other offerings, Up Norway includes it all in its 2022 list.

eFlyer Deals
Jan 12, 2022

QuintEvents’ 2022 Super Bowl Offer

For guests wanting the ultimate VIP experience at this year’s Super Bowl, QuintEvents offers an exclusive opportunity. Guests can choose from a variety of QuintEvents’ offers to not only have a seat at the game but also to enjoy cocktails, chef-prepared dishes with legendary football hall of famers like Dan Marino, and a stay at a luxury premium hotel with a beachside option.

eFlyer Lead
Jan 12, 2022

Sonesta Select, Sonesta Simply Suites Celebrate First Anniversary

Introduced and managed by Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Sonesta Select and Sonesta Simply Suites celebrated their first anniversary since launching in December 2020. Responsible for almost 2,500 new hires in the last year, Sonesta Simply Suites and Sonesta Select allowed Sonesta as a whole to become one of the fastest-growing hotel companies in the United States.

Daily
Jan 11, 2022

7 Reasons to Put Cologne, Germany, on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Cologne, Germany, with us.