The port of Freeport is almost an eyesore. Aside from a few cute shops and bars immediately off the debarkation, there is nothing but industry--the polar opposite of the beauty of Half Moon Cay. In order to appreciate this island, you need to take an excursion or tour. So the girls in our group (and one guy) went on the culinary tour. We were met bright and early at 7:30 at the port by Hue, our driver, who provided an entertaining and informative narration of the more interesting points of Freeport and delivered us about an hour later to a beachfront restaurant in Lucaya where we met our instructor, Chef Dawkins. He walked us through the preparation of peas & rice, conch fritters and cracked conch (basically, fried conch), then allowed us to prepare our own. We all thought there would be more hands-on involvement with this, but basically, all the ingredients were pre-assembled in bowls to which we just needed to add water, then add to one of two very unsteady and unsafe looking fryers. We then stepped down to the beach where a very flirtatious cohort prepared a conch salad for us. After we ate our meal, Chef Dawkins prepared a coconut beverage (with or without liquor) and a macaroon-type dessert for us. By the time we returned to the port, the Pride was sounding its horn to board at 1pm. Overall, I was glad we did this excursion, it was certainly enjoyable; however, I can't say I would recommend it or do it again.
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