When you plan to travel to Florida as a tourist, the wonderful places is what you initially signed up for. What you do not know, is that you are in for a surprise. Few people look forward to the cuisine of the new places they set foot on, but everyone, both knowingly and unknowingly, does experience a bit of ecstasy in this regard when they do come to Florida. The only thing better than Florida itself is the exotic and diverse fusion dishes known as the Floribbean cuisine.
The Sunshine State gets sunnier days than most of the United States, thus it is possible to grow tropical fruits such as papayas, coconuts, and mangoes in this state as well as sweet citrus fruits like oranges. The peninsular state is also home to America’s longest coastline and is sitting with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean within close reach, so there is a bounty of diverse fresh seafood catch. This, paired with the cosmic medley of spices and an extensive range of peppers, gives emphasis to the distinctive flavor and cooking techniques that are originally Floribbean in taste. For both passive and passionate food lovers, coming back from your travel to Florida will give you a sense of gastric satisfaction.
Floribbean is a fusion of Florida and the Caribbean, however, this is a general term coined to describe all the fusion dishes in Floridian restaurants and residences that are influenced by other parts of the world, not just the Caribbean, including techniques learned from but not limited to Native Americans, African Americans, Europeans, Asians, Latin Americans and Hispanic Americans. Centuries back, immigrant workers enter the United States via Florida, thus different nationalities leave footprints in the sunshine state. Influences that are typically fond of spicy foods were also passed down to Floribbean fusion, but incorporated with locally grown tropical fruits that offset the stronger spicy flavor with complimenting mild sweetness. Near the panhandle area are strong influences of Americans, where burgers and barbecues are a specialty but with a tropical citrus hint in the sauces and marinades. Salsas, an essential part of the Latin cuisine, is considered more as a condiment in Florida. Floridians also put high regard in plating and presentation, as well as the aroma of the dishes, not only satisfying the taste buds but the other senses as well.