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    Traditional Food & Drink

    Hi all,

    I am coming to Aruba for my honeymoon 6th September, staying at Manchebo.

    Me and my wife to be are not the tourist type, we prefer to sit on a beach basking in the sun and dipping in the sea. However, I am keen to try some of the local cuisine and of course alcohol.

    What are the loca cuisines/delicacies/booze to try?
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    Keshi Yena is a popular Aruban dish. It consists of a round cheese shell filled with spiced meat (often chicken), cheese, and raisins that is baked. There are some interesting breads like pan bati to try as well. As for drinks, many will talk about the concoctions you find at the resorts like Aruba Aribas. Rum is also popular. A visit to a local rum shop might be fun.'

    You'll also find Dutch specialties like frickendellen and bitter ballen
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    Local Beer is BALASHI and the local Rum is Palerma

    Many Arubans love the local food trucks, see this thread Where are the Food Trucks?!?!

    There are some local non touristy places to eat and drink.

    Cafe 080 for ice cold beer and great fries.

    Uritaka Center for awesome Aruba hamburgers and pizza.

    Lindas for dutch panckaes or the Pancake House in the Seaport Mall

    Grocery stores....buy some Stroopwaffel cookies!

    However.........it is difficult to pry oneself from the beach.

    Happy Honeymooning!!

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    Hi all,

    I am coming to Aruba for my honeymoon 6th September, staying at Manchebo.

    Me and my wife to be are not the tourist type, we prefer to sit on a beach basking in the sun and dipping in the sea. However, I am keen to try some of the local cuisine and of course alcohol.

    What are the loca cuisines/delicacies/booze to try?

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    Our favorite drink at Manchebo is Brown Lady. While you are on the island, try a pastechi. They look like turnovers and are filled with meat or cheese. Enjoy Manchebo. We love it there.


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    Try West Deck for dinner one night - they have many local foods and love to sit with you and tell you about them, including a homemade hot sauce and amazing Aruban bread basket. Oh and Funchi
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
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