Anchored in the Tobago Cays, a number of friendly boat boys dropped by Nightingale Tune to offer us an opportunity to book a barbecue dinner on the beach. As we neared the end of our stay in the Cays, we decided it would be the perfect way to get our buds together in this beautiful place before we move on to different destinations (plus, no planning, no dishes, and no need for one boat to host – score!).

Marc, who works as a charter captain and sailing instructor in the Cays when he’s not out sailing s/v Discofish with his wife Joanna, hooked us up with Romeo, the boat boy who handles barbecues for many of his charter clients. We were joined by our friends Sandy and Tom of s/v Renaissance II, and the crew of Corpse Pounder.

There was lobster, snapper, chicken and stewed lambi (conch). Rice and peas, stuffed potatoes, roasted vegetables, avocado slices and the hottest sauce I’ve tasted in the whole Eastern Caribbean. With the waves gently lapping beside us and the conversation flowing, it was my favorite experience eating local cooking in the Windwards, and that includes the months we spent in Grenada.

Cheers to delicious food, great friends, and these amazing islands! Tobago Cays, we’ll never forget you.