One of the great advantages of renting a vacation home is having the
flexibility to eat meals "at home." In our years of renting, we have come
to appreciate the ability to fix breakfast, make up picnic lunches, and
create a dinner from local specialties in a well equipped kitchen. We
have also encountered a wide range of equipment, supplies, and provisions
in villa kitchens. On the whole, privately owned homes seem to
be more completely equipped and provisioned (cooking oils, spices, etc.)
than professionally managed properties; when you?re making arrangements
with the owner, ask for detailed information about the kitchen.
While we enjoy sampling local cuisine, it is often wise to come prepared
with food or equipment you may need, from frozen entrees to a
few necessary condiments. In particular, the quality and cuts of meat
you?re used to will be expensive and hard to find on most islands, so you
might want to bring it from home. Before you pack any food, however,
inquire about island regulations about bringing in provisions. In some
places, you may have to pay a modest duty, but usually food for personal
consumption triggers a low duty assessment, if any.
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