World Travels: Fiji Islands
Last stop on my round the world tour brings me to beautiful Fiji. Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific ocean.
It is about 1,300 miles (2,000 km) north of New Zealand’s North Island. The country of Fiji is made up of more than 332 islands and only 110 of them are permanently inhabited.
The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and they account for 85% of the total population of Fiji which is at almost 885,000 people. Suva, which is on the island of Viti Levu, is the largest city and the capital of Fiji.
Due to the fact that Fiji has an abundance of forests, minerals, and fish resources, it is also one of the most developed economies in the Pacific Island realm. Its economy is mostly run by the tourist industry and its sugar exports.
Fiji’s culture is made up of a mixture of Indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian, and European traditions. Indigenous Fijian culture is very vibrant and very ingrained in every day life in Fiji.
The food, just like the culture, in Fiji is influenced not only by the native resources of fish, coconut, lime, and spices but also by Indo-Fijians that have blended into the native population. So you can expect lots of fish, taro root, yams, fresh fruit and a lot of it cooked with lime, coconut, and coconut milk.
While in Fiji I went to this nice restaurant on the grounds of the Radisson Blu Hotel Resort I was staying at called “Cross”. It has won several awards as well.
I had their signature dinner which was a crayfish (which is basically a warm water lobster – it’s not as high end as the cold water lobsters from Maine but nevertheless, it was lovely) on a bed of bok-choy with mashed potatoes and lemon-aioli battered onion rings. I had a Nautilus Pinot Gris from Marlborough County to start with which was nice and crisp and then I had an Ogawa Pinot Noir from the same region to pair with my bottom feeder.
Just to give you a taste of what Fiji is like take a look at this short little video: