Table Talk: Da Conch Shack


Da Conch Shack
Blue Hills Beach
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Last month, I was lucky enough to go to join the Caribbean Tourism Organization for the annual GObeach festival in Turks & Caicos. The islands are gorgeous, and it didn’t hurt that I was surrounded by super cute volleyball players that knew all the good local spots. My favorite was Da Conch Shack, an outdoor eatery with a very low key vibe.

When I arrived at this outdoor restaurant my group and I decided to sit at one of the white picnic tables laid out on the beach. My new found friends knew exactly how to begin our meal and promptly ordered a pitcher of their signature rum punch. By my second glass I was definitely on “island” time, relaxing and listening to that night’s local band. They won’t tell you the secret ingredients in the popular punch, but it’s delish! For food, we started off with the conch salad, similar to ceviche. It was very refreshing and had a nice amount of citrus flavor with the onions, peppers, and lime. We then moved on to a seafood platter of conch fritters, cracked conch, lobster, and curry chicken. The conch fritters were pretty good, although I favored the cracked conch, which is whole pieces of the lightly battered shellfish. The curry chicken had great flavor too. I’m usually not a big fan of curry, the seasoning was subtle and the chicken was very tender.

All things conch are the highlight of this spot. It may have something to do with the fact that they literally fish it from the ocean and crack it right in front of you when you order!


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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

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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