“I was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for ten years before I joined the Ross faculty in 2004. When I left Houston, a colleague there said to me in parting: ‘I have known many people that have fantasized about moving to a tropical island, but you are the only person I know that ever actually did it.’
Mary Shannon Moore, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy
Life in Barbados flows at a slow, relaxing pace. Barbados’ rich culture comes from its mix of English, and African people. Barbados traditions are drawn from the West African and British cultures that shaped the island. The island was a colony of the British Empire for more than 300 years and the English influence is very strong.
English is the official Barbados language. In informal settings you are likely to hear Bajan dialect spoken, which is a combination of British English and various West African languages.
Widely considered as the “culinary capital of the Caribbean,” Barbados offers several fine dining restaurants, including several top Zagat rated restaurants, a wide range of casual dining options and a variety of street food.
As a multi-cultural society, a diverse range of cultures are represented in themed restaurants and various food options, including Caribbean, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, and Polynesian fare.
Cou-cou and flying fish is the national dish of Barbados. Cou-cou, similar to polenta or grits but more creamy, is made from corn meal and okras. It is traditionally served with steamed flying fish in a tomato-based sauce but may also be served with salt fish, red herring or stew.
Other popular dishes and treats include: “pudding and souse,”macaroni pie, fish cakes, fish frys, snow cones and cutters of all sorts.
Information pulled from Barbaos.org