Archive | April 2016

An unforgettable trip to the Seychelles

I was recently in the Seychelles and what a trip it was! Absolutely beautiful country, gorgeous beaches, and charming people. We stayed in some lovely villas:

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And of course the food was amazing – being made up of islands, Seychellois cuisine features a lot of seafood. Octopus is a specialty that I particularly loved! You can get it as a salad:

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I’ve always been a bit intimidated by cooking octopus because it is so easy to end up with a tough and rubbery texture. But this was so soft and tender! We brought an assyrtiko (that I had gotten on my last trip to Greece). It was a bottle of 2014 Wild Ferment by Gaia. It was a super crisp and citrussy. A perfectly refreshing glass of wine to drink with the tropical weather of the Seychelles. And precisely because this is such a light and refreshing wine, I would not choose pair it with richer and more complicated preparations of octopus but it worked perfectly with this light octopus salad.

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You can also get octopus as a curry. It was cooked and served with some cinnamon leaves. I don’t think I’ve ever had cinnamon leaves in food before so this was super interesting.

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With this dish, a fragrant wine like a riesling, gewurztraminer or a sauvignon blanc would work great. But sometimes, you just crave a beer and I had the local beer instead – Seybrew. I think lager and mild curries work really well together!

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While in Praslin, one of the beaches we visited was Anse Georgette. This beach is simply amazing! It is definitely my favorite in the Seychelles.

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At Anse Georgette, we also arranged for a picnic through Constance Lemuria. We ordered bento boxes that had the local specialties, including grilled seafood, prawn pancakes and octopus.

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They had a great wine list and we chose a 2013 Skurfberg by the Sadie Family in South Africa.

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This wine had lots of fruit aromas – white fruits as well some citrus (which I think complemented the seafood superbly. I always prefer wines with citrus to pair with seafood rather than putting lemon directly on the food, which I find often overpowers its delicate flavors.). There is a bit of oak in this wine but not too much – it is still quite fresh. Overall, this is a superb bottle of chenin blanc!

They sell coconuts by the beach and I had to get one.

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And you are constantly surrounded by nature so if you don’t guard your coconuts, the animals will come and get them 😉

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There are some fabulous beaches in the Seychelles. Besides Anse Georgette, we also visited Anse Lazio in Praslin:

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Grande Anse in La Digue:

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Petit Anse in La Digue:

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And Anse Cocos in La Digue:

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When you’re at the beaches, it feels like paradise and I will definitely be back! In the mean time, I’ll be thinking about the Seychelles as I drink the local rum that I brought back.

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