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    We cook in Aruba as well The only downside is the equipment in our timeshare. The stove is not great and the cookware is so thin, it's a joke. Everything will burn to the pot if you are not stirring constantly. I bring kitchen knives, tongs and a few other things with us every year so I can manage. The grills the TS provides are usually pretty good and I have no problem with grilling the usual stuff.

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    We cooked the year we traded our timeshare for Divi in Barbados. We had a minimal kitchen; microwave and two burner cooktop. We did several dinners there including that old standby pasta, salads, and got sliced roast beef and turkey. Not gourmet by any means but satisfying. We heated the gravy with the roast beef or turkey and served it as an open face sandwich with canned white potatoes and a veggie. We also made use of the outdoor grill. The supermarket in Barbados was a bit on the primitive side but we did well and expect to in Aruba where my sister and BIL (who have been coming to Aruba for 15 years) tell me the supermarkets are excellent.

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    We have a kitchen at Amsterdam Manor. We mainly use it for breakfasts, make a few sandwiches or salads for lunch to bring out to the beach on occasion (sometimes we go out to lunch and sometimes just use the beach bar), and once in awhile for dinner will make shrimp cocktail along with cheese, crackers, grapes and a good bottle of bubbly. Nice and light and really about all we need some nights.

    A couple of weeks ago we went to the store "Daily Fish" which is attached to Super Food - they had a great selection of fish. We bought our shrimp there but they had some nice mahi-mahi filets and a good piece of ahi tuna that would be great seared on the stove. Next trip we might add the ahi tuna to our list and have another "dine on the balcony" night.
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    As I said above, we don't cook much in Aruba. Part of the reason is that the "we" is me. Linda doesn't do any cooking. I am the in house chef in our family. Been cooking since I was 12 years old. My grandparents taught me a lot and I picked up the rest on my own. I like to take a break from cooking when I'm on vacation. I remember, as a kid, when our family of 5 went to Florida 3 times, my mother cooked almost every meal. Didn't seem like a vacation for her. That was in the early 1950s. I asked her about it when I was older. She said we couldn't have afforded to go if we had to eat at restaurants all the time. I like to try food at different places. Sometimes I get to try making it at home.

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    I will be cooking a lot of fish meals for dinner while at our timeshare. We used to purshase shrimp from the fisherman at the docks in town years ago but understand you now have to go to Saveneta to find the fisherman that sell the shrimp. Does anyone know the new location for the fisherman? My other question is which supermarket has the freshest and most reasonably priced fish other then frozen? Thanks for your help.
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    The best grocery store on the island is behind the Lacabana 1 block.

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    3 Avocado's worth of Guacamole with chips and cold beers. Who needs to actually cook?

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    Lings has fresh grouper filets in a green marinade.
    it is delicious grilled or pan fried

    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    I will be cooking a lot of fish meals for dinner while at our timeshare. We used to purshase shrimp from the fisherman at the docks in town years ago but understand you now have to go to Saveneta to find the fisherman that sell the shrimp. Does anyone know the new location for the fisherman? My other question is which supermarket has the freshest and most reasonably priced fish other then frozen? Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    I will be cooking a lot of fish meals for dinner while at our timeshare. We used to purshase shrimp from the fisherman at the docks in town years ago but understand you now have to go to Saveneta to find the fisherman that sell the shrimp. Does anyone know the new location for the fisherman? My other question is which supermarket has the freshest and most reasonably priced fish other then frozen? Thanks for your help.
    Used to be able to get fresh shrimp from the fishermen at the Barcadera but it became hit or miss as far as when they were there. We also tried Zeerovers for fresh shrimp and, again, hit or miss, as far as if they had it available or not.

    We now go to the new fish store which is attached to Super Food. It's called Daily Fish and their entrance faces the Super Food parking lot on the west side. We purchased great fresh shrimp there that we used for shrimp cocktail. Their other fish also looked great and we'll probably pick up more on the next trip. They had a wonderful looking piece of ahi tuna and also some nice looking mahi-mahi filets. This is our new fish place now.
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    Thanks Amy. I was going to ask a question about Daily Fish and their shrimp, but you answered it.

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