If the only Caribbean dish you can name comes from 7-Eleven and rhymes with "chief chatty," oh boy, have you ever been missing out. From Trinidad to Barbados, Jamaica to Bermuda, the multi-ethnic tropical islands responsible for international treasure Rihanna are also famous for a whole mess of drool-inducing eats.
Jerk chicken, curry chicken, oxtail, doubles, callaloo -- these dishes profoundly reflect the area's long, sorted history of colonization, reclamation, and cross-cultural exchange. Growing up with a Trinidadian grandmother, this was my childhood comfort food and just thinking about stew beef bubbling away on the stove makes my mouth water like I need an umbrella (ella, ella, eh, eh, eh).
Avoid looking like a dopey Club Medder next time you roll through the roti shop by using this handy primer for all 'tings Caribbean cuisine. As the good people of Jamaica like to say, "Betta belly buss dan good food waste" -- which roughly translates to, "You best eat all your dinner or else."