Monday, November 8, 2010

Hurry Hurry, Come for Curry

It's been an excellent two days at home with HB and the dogs. I'm ridiculously happy to be back in the BVI. Probably the best event since I've been back was the curry dinner held at Maria's by the Sea.

While I was in Denver, HB bought two tickets for "Hurry Hurry, Come for Curry". Neither of us really knew what to expect, but both of us were extremely pleased by what we found.

Hosted by the BVI Catholic Society, the curry dinner is an annual event, presented in an "around the world" buffet style. The entry fee is $15, and in exchange, each guest is given a plate, eight meal tickets and one dessert ticket, to spend as you please. One meal ticket purchased a one-cup portion of an entrĂ©e.

Inside the main dining room, approximately 10 buffet lines are set up representing different countries in the Caribbean, and the world. Each country's table had five or six options. HB and I sampled delicacies from the tables representative of Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and "a taste of Africa", but the options were almost endless.

The vast quantities of people participating both as guests and hosts made the event extra special for us, as we crammed into the dining room, attempting to navigate through the crush of bodies without spilling our foam plates of food on other diners (or having theirs spilled on us). Despite the crowds, everyone was in high spirits, representing the best qualities and friendliness of BVI social life.

The Jamaica table was my favorite, with excellent boneless chicken curry, some jerk chicken that was almost too spicy even for HB, and a loquacious server that was happy to explain all the choices.

In all, the curry dinner was one of the best experiences I've had in the BVI, and I can't wait to go again next year.

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