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    When we are near Zeerovers we pick up some fresh shrimp ( Cameroons) by the kilo. Boil them up with some balashi beer( so easy in room) and then peel, and chill in fridge. We pick up some great Aruba hot sauce called "Hot Delight" Papaya. Nothing like a cold beer on the beach and some chilled shrimp & hot sauce. Makes us feel so special! Another reason to bring a soft sided cooler. We also bring a 2 pound bag of red Twizzlers licorice to hand out. I don't know if they sell it in Aruba or the locals just don't know about it. But we share it with our local friends and they are just wild about it. Cant wait till February (our first time going in Feb.) when we are heading back to ABC. Hans from Tropic, Black Pearl sunset cruise already reserved. Thanks to this forum for some gems we found 7 years ago here! You just cant beat the tips these forum members come up with. IE; food tips, papasons, vacation vault, coozies, woozies and tons more. An of course all the booze tips and happy hour places to go. You would almost think most of the forum members here just drink and beach it. Oh my!
    Sean and Susan

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    EVERY ash wednesday, i give up twizzlers (artificial strawberry) for lent.
    every year i fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    EVERY ash wednesday, i give up twizzlers (artificial strawberry) for lent.
    every year i fail.
    Maybe time to switch your sacrifice.....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crimms View Post
    When we are near Zeerovers we pick up some fresh shrimp ( Cameroons) by the kilo. Boil them up with some balashi beer( so easy in room) and then peel, and chill in fridge. We pick up some great Aruba hot sauce called "Hot Delight" Papaya. Nothing like a cold beer on the beach and some chilled shrimp & hot sauce. Makes us feel so special! Another reason to bring a soft sided cooler. We also bring a 2 pound bag of red Twizzlers licorice to hand out. I don't know if they sell it in Aruba or the locals just don't know about it. But we share it with our local friends and they are just wild about it. Cant wait till February (our first time going in Feb.) when we are heading back to ABC. Hans from Tropic, Black Pearl sunset cruise already reserved. Thanks to this forum for some gems we found 7 years ago here! You just cant beat the tips these forum members come up with. IE; food tips, papasons, vacation vault, coozies, woozies and tons more. An of course all the booze tips and happy hour places to go. You would almost think most of the forum members here just drink and beach it. Oh my!
    Sean and Susan
    Zeerovers for fresh shrimp by the kilo is right up our alley. We're looking for place for fresh fish, but why filets, not whole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    There is a thread out there that talks about not dining out every night while on island.

    Of course if you are in a unit without kitchen facilities, you dont have much of an option to cook/prepare a meal.

    I am NOT a fan of cooking......at home or on vacation.
    That being said, I do cook and am pretty good.i can follow a recipe (baking, not so much)

    This morning I began to take inventory of our upcoming trip's "eating in meals" that are currently in foodsaver bags in the freezer.

    When we get to Aruba, I do not cook, but i do thaw and heat up and serve

    Ribs and home made baked beans. (Paul's favorite, i eat neither and will have something else)
    Broccoli/riced cauliflower/chicken casserole
    Meatloaf with scalloped potatoes
    Riced cauliflower with red sauce and sausages
    Mojo chicken with italian green beans
    Chii and corn bread

    and yes......... and in our experiences over the last 15 or 20 yrs..the stuff stays rock solid frozen, packed in a checked bag in a soft sided cooler.


    I am sure there will be numerous bags of salad kits bought while there.

    Although i have been trying to "low carb" my life, Aruba will not be low carb.

    So although i won't be cooking in Aruba, I did my fair share of preparing, cooking and freezing at home.


    We have had this discussion numerous times.
    But....do you bring any prepared meals to Aruba?

    Meal plans sound yummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaltVB View Post
    In the weeks leading up to our trip I smoke a turkey breast, ham and Boston butt. We slice the meat, pull the pork and freeze it for the vacation. When we get there we thaw the meat out and have sandwiches for lunch or dinner for the whole three weeks. We've thought about freezing more "meals", but never do. The food always stays perfectly frozen till we get to Aruba and if there is any left at the end of the trip we leave it for friends to enjoy.
    Smoked turkey, ham and Boston butt. I would love all of this. I am a meat eater. We do not have smoker but love the taste of anything done this way.

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    We do not eat fancy every night either. We usually fix a small breakfast and something for lunch and dine out for dinner. Some days we dine out for lunch. I like to cook so this is fine for me. One of things I have really enjoyed since retirement is cooking.

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    With my first trip to Aruba, my plan was to ONLY cook breakfast while there and eat sandwiches for lunch at the beaches and then go out to dinner at night. However, I did cook a few times (dinner) while there.

    However, next time I come, I will be bringing "supplies" with me that's easy to throw together and make (such as pasta and sauce and so on). Nothing prepared ahead of time, but things easy to throw together and eat. Dining out nightly is a fun and great experience, but it's also an expensive one.

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