The Berger Bungalow: An Authentic Culinary Experience with Tru Bahamian Food Tours in Nassau, Bahamas

An Authentic Culinary Experience with Tru Bahamian Food Tours in Nassau, Bahamas
Posted on:1.22.2018

If you are familiar with my travel style, then you know that I search high and low for authentic experiences. I always prefer to steer clear of traditional tourist restaurants, hotels, and experiences and instead find those local, hidden gems that many travelers have never heard of. 

For example, instead of going to Margaritaville or climbing the same waterfall that everyone climbs in Jamaica, we opted to go to local schools and donate time and supplies, we jumped 25-30 feet down into The Blue Hole Mineral Spring, and we traveled by boat to The Pelican Bar, eating some of the freshest seafood out there.

When I started planning Jenna's bachelorette cruise and I found out that we were making a stop in Nassau, Bahamas, I started my research. I knew that I wanted to find something that everyone on our trip would like, but I also wanted a really authentic experience, instead of just going to Atlantis, doing the same exact thing that every tourist does (no offense if you love it, it is just not for me). So, I did my research and found the best of both worlds - something that everyone would love (ie. food and culture) and something that was authentic and a bit off the beaten path.



Founded in 2012, Tru Bahamian Food Tours set out on a mission to offer the most unique and authentic culinary experiences in The Bahamas. They are professionally certified by Food Tour Pros, The International Culinary Tourism Association and World Food Travel Association, and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s Bahama HOST Program. On top of this, the culinary experiences that they offer are safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible. Our experience with Tru Bahamian Food Tours was amazing! 

Our ship arrived in Nassau around 11:30 in the morning, which was earlier than expected, so we stopped for a drink before meeting our tour guide, Captain Ron at 1:30. Captain Ron immediately called out my name and greeted us with a smile, information about our tour, and a much appreciated poncho to wear since it was raining. The poncho was such a nice gesture. He told us a bit about himself and why he loves The Bahamas so much. One of the first things he confirmed with us is a food allergy that we had in the group. It was much appreciated and made us feel so, so comfortable.


I do not want to give away all of our stops because I want you to take a tour for yourself, but I will tell you a bit about some of the stops. The first place we went to was Christ Church Cathedral. This is obviously part of the cultural tour experience, since it is a historical site in Nassau. Christ Church Cathedral is the first official place of worship and Mother of all Anglican Churches in The Bahamas. It is also home of all state funerals, which I thought was extremely interesting. Christ Church Cathedral is just down the road from the straw market, so it is very convenient to the cruise port, along with most other popular tourist spots in Nassau. 


The next spot we went to was special. It is 30 years old and has been run by three generations of Bahamian females. We enjoyed amazing, traditional Bahamian conch fritters (the best I have ever had!), macaroni and cheese, steamed chicken, peas n' rice, coleslaw, fried plantains, and then a switcha to wash it down. I had no idea what a switcha was before drinking it, but Captain Ron explained to us that it was basically the Bahamian twist on a limeade. It was the perfect drink to sip on while we walked to our next location.
We then went to the Towne Hotel, which was adorable! We tried a Planter's Punch, which is a traditional Bahamian cocktail, we got to see the hotel grounds, and we even got to hold their gorgeous blue macaw, Max. 


Everywhere we tried was amazing, but if I had to narrow it down to my top two favorite places, it would by far be the place that I mentioned above with the steamed chicken plate and conch fritters and Graycliff! 

Graycliff was jaw dropping - I could not stop taking pictures! It had so many unique additions, the chocolate was incredible, and we learned so much while we were there. Graycliff is a five star hotel and restaurant (I am dying to go back and stay + dine there), and is also home to chocolatier that was previously operated by an award winning chocolate maker and pastry chef, Erika Dupree Davis, a celebrity pastry chef. I wish I could go back right now and taste more of their chocolate. We also got the chance to check out The Graycliff Cigar Company. It was so much fun to see how the cigars were packed and rolled. I would definitely go back and take my husband - he would love it so much! 






Our last stop at Graycliff was the Drawbridge Patisserie & Gelateria at Graycliff. We tried the mango and banana gelato and it was heavenly. It honestly took me back to our Italy trip - it was that good!



We had a few more stops along our tour (11 stops in total), but I don't want to give away all of the surprises - you need to book a tour for yourself to find out what the other culinary and historical gems are.
Overall, I 100% recommend the Tru Bahamian Food and Cultural Walking Tour. No matter what physical condition you are in, you will be able to do it - the walking is totally do-able for most - the walk is very leisurely and we never felt like we were being rushed. I would only be concerned if you have someone in your party that is in a wheelchair and cannot go up and down steps. In addition, Tru Bahamian Food Tours is able to accommodate food allergies. I actually reached out to the owner, Alanna Rodgers, asking if they could accommodate us because my friend has a coconut allergy. I actually want to show you all what she said, because it was amazing customer service. Here is her response:

"Good morning Alex,

Thanks so much for your email and interest in joining our Bites of Nassau Food Tour an option for celebrating a bachelorette party!  We'd certainly love to host you all as our guests during your upcoming visit here to our island and show you a great time.

Thank you also for your question re specific food allergies and aversions in your group- we appreciate you reaching out to us in advance.

To answer your question: we can provide tasty substitutes for virtually any food allergy or food aversions as long as we have advanced notice. Coconut is not an ingredient featured in any of our tour tastings so if this is the only allergy in the group, then it sounds like no changes would be necessary in any case. However, if anything else comes up, we're more than happy to arrange substitutions accordingly.

I hope this helps Alex and if we can provide you with any additional information on our tours to help with your planning, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

Thanks again and best wishes to you and yours for a fantastic 2018!

Warmly from Nassau,

Alanna"

Just from that email alone, I knew they really care about their clients and that is very important to me when it comes to choosing tours, restaurants, hotels, and other travel experiences. But, that high level of customer service was shining throughout the entire tour, as well. Our tour guide, Captain Ron went above and beyond, to really show us and tell us about the "Tru Bahamas." In all honestly, Captain Ron is what made our time in Nassau so memorable and I definitely recommend requesting him when you book your own food and cultural walking tour with Tru Bahamian Food Tours! 


Have you been to Nassau before? If so, let me know what you did! 

Are you headed to Nassau soon? Please let me know if I can help you plan your trip - I would love to! 

I am actually headed back to Nassau again in December and cannot wait to visit some of the great places that I saw last week. 

Thank you so much to Tru Bahamian Food Tours for hosting us while we were in Nassau, Bahamas. Tru Bahamian Food Tours gave me a reduced rate in order to facilitate this review, but everything written above was my actual experience and I would go on the tour again in a heartbeat! Thank you all so much for supporting brands that support The Berger Bungalow.











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