Table Talk: Cafe Claude

Cafe Claude
Mongoose Junction
Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, St. Lucia

When I was in St. Lucia and found out that I would be having breakfast with the Minister of Tourism I figured we would head to some chi–chi spot, but to my surprise we ended up at a small open–air bistro in the popular Rodney Bay.

Although Cafe Claude is known for their great lunch options, the breakfast was just as delicious. The menu offered up dishes that fused Caribbean and French cuisine and I was totally torn about what to have. So I did what I usually do when I’m being greedy and shared a few dishes with a friend. The banana pancakes and mushroom omelet were really yummy. But the highlight of my meal was the typical Caribbean breakfast. It included codfish and ackee (a fruit that looks just like scrambled eggs) with a side of bakes, which are like savory doughnut holes—the equivalent of the Caribbean pancakes. I fell in love with all the different savory tastes and the simplicity of the bakes balanced out the dish.

I was parched and started out with a very nice cappuccino and then switched over to a mango juice that wasn’t at all too sweet. Needless to say, this was not the place I had envisioned having breakfast with such a high–profile St. Lucian person, but after talking to Mr. Allen Chastanet about the beauty of this island I realized Cafe Claude was perfect. This little casual cafe represents St. Lucia and its people well: Stunning visuals and relaxed vibes combined with flavorsome local food and friendly down–to–earth people.

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A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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