We have some enterprising women on this island. Meet two ladies who are out there, bringing the best of Saint Lucian food to the street and the beach.
A Street Cart named Lydia’s
Lydia has a distinctive lime green food cart in the car park at Johnson’s, opposite IGY Rodney Bay Marina. She ordered the cart from China and it came complete with a generator, sink, refrigerator, stove, hot plate and deep fryer. All that Lydia had to add was water and gas tanks, plus her culinary expertise, and she was good to go!
Lydia prides herself on serving healthy, fresh foods with natural seasonings and with no MSG. Her biggest seller is dhal — fried or roasted — in several varieties: yellow peas, chicken and potato, tuna, and salt fish with mixed vegetables/peas. She also makes roast bakes with salt fish, tuna or herring and uses local chicken in her burgers and rotis.
Not content with the savoury, Lydia also sells fruit and sponge cakes. Up with the lark, Lydia serves breakfast including (by previous order) a full vegan option which she can deliver. On Thursday she prepares a goat bouillon made with coconut milk. It’s popular with locals so worth a try. And you can wash down your meal with cocoa tea that she makes to a special recipe using flax seed, coconut milk and custard or corn meal. Her local juices are made from seasonal fruits or try her turmeric and ginger beverages.
Lydia’s Cart and Private Catering
Cart: Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tel. (758) 727 8928
Yes, Liz is so famous for her delicious rotis that everyone knows her by that name. Every morning she cooks up fresh rotis filled with beef, chicken, fish, shrimp or vegetables, and then heads for Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay. Those who are busy enjoying the sun, sea and sand sure appreciate being able to buy lunch on the spot although she can provide private catering for beach parties.
Liz also has a selection of filling cakes — pineapple, coconut, cherry, banana, and rum fruitcake — plus local juices such as passion fruit, soursop, sorrel and pineapple. You will find Liz on the beach, seven days a week, between 12 and 1 p.m., in front of Bay Gardens Beach Resort, at the table with the red cloth.
Liz Roti – Facebook,
Tel. (758) 723 2911