Club Med Bahamas- Gazpacho Recipe + more blogger pic’s!

by on March 4, 2009


Chef Stephanie Izard

I’m backtracking a bit here to the first evening at Columbus Isle. The first 1/2 day flew like the wind and I’m finally getting around to looking through the photographs of the whirlwind day. Thank goodness for pictures to remind me of what all happened or else I’d have little reminder of what I ate and ……how skinnier I was 4 days ago.

Believe me, four days of Club Med gluttony has me wearing elastic waisted pants now. My size 9 jeans that I wore on Saturday into the Bahamas can’t button up any more. Sigh.

What I enjoy about Food and Wine Festival week at Club Med are all the fabulous food demonstrations throughout the day. Presented by talented chefs from around the United States, each demonstration is a reflection of his/her specialty talents, cooking techniques and  flavors. And, of course, there’s plenty of free samples for all the guests!

Lucky I brought my sweat pants to wear towards the end of the week. Again, sigh.

Stephanie Izard, last season’s Top Chef winner, presented a cooking demonstration for her mango & almond white gazpacho with spiced shrimp. Now I’ve never been won over by a gazpacho soup because really, to me, soup needs to be hot. I grew up eating soup that was HOT and anything that was cold was no good and a sacrilege. Cold soup in my household was a neglected soup.

So when I heard of the dish, I wasn’t too ecstatic about it, but when I did taste it, Stephanie won me over. I was floored at the nutty undertones and bright, crisp layers of mango flavor. The bounce of the perfectly cooked spiced shrimp gave a wonderful bite to the smooth gazpacho. This dish is beyond EXCELLENT. I had two servings. Oh yes I did.

Why not have two servings, right? At an amazing all inclusive resort like this, it’s all part of the deal!

I played blogger paparazzi for a while and captured some hot pics of some hot bloggers. I thought about asking them for their autograph, but they were too busy drinking margaritas on the beach. What a harsh life!


above: Deb & Matt


above: Adam & Jaden


above: Elise & David


Last but not least: “Someone” is getting a lucky Asian girl body massage on the beach. Can you guess who the lucky blogger is? (photo credit: Matt Armendariz)

Mango & Almond White Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Yield: 2 Servings

Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 whole mango, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole English cucumber, peeled & sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced and toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sriracha
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Pass through a sieve.
  4. Serve with shrimp salad
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 The Daily Colander March 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm

It has to be Lebovitz.


2 Phoo-D March 4, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Mmm, the mango gazpacho sounds wonderful! Now for a heat wave to strike so I can make it… In those skivies it has to be David!


3 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary March 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I was looking forward to some thong pics too! Your photos are great Diane. Everyone looks so beautiful and happy. Tell Adam I was checking out his site today and he has the most beautiful food porn I have ever seen!


4 Food Woolf March 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I’m disappointed he’s not wearing the thong, but I’m gonna guess that’s David L. Pale, talented David L.! You look like you’re having so much fun!!!!!


5 Luna Pier Cook March 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm

They needed to rub him down with ice cream. ;-)


6 amy March 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I copied and pasted the recipes. Thank you! : ) You guys are SOOOOOOO lucky.


7 Heather March 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

ohhh. that gazpacho sounds amazing!! and your vacation looks like so much fun!


8 Louise at Livin Local March 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm

The striking blue of the water, the white of the skin …

You do so know we are all waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay jealous!


9 Hélène March 4, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Inviting pictures. Love to follow your trip.


10 Jen Yu March 5, 2009 at 2:14 am

Wait wait wait – that CAN’T be David! He’s not donning the camo THONG :)


11 toontz March 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

I try not to look at your holiday pics, because, you know, my view is still SNOW! (I am screaming this). Seriously, I have enjoyed reading your updates (and Jaden’s). It looks like you all are having a grand time. Wish I could be there, too. :)


12 Sara March 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm

That looks like so much fun, I am totally jealous!


13 Paula Maack March 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

What a shame David isn’t straight! Cute butt!!! ;)

Thank you for the delicious sounding recipe you have shared. Yum!!
It is cold and rainy here at the Bay, so I shall save this baby for warmer (and hopefully, drought-free) days, and live vicariously through your great photos.

What a blast!!! Give David’s skivvy-clad right cheek a big squeeze for me, will ya?

~ Paula


14 Babeth March 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm

you should be with David L. in the Bahamas. have fun and get a nice tan ;-)


15 Manggy March 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Aah, he’s just so white! My retinas have burned through! Kidding ;) Sorry I’m late to the party but I am loving these pics and I can’t wait to see more! By the way, where’s *my* blogger pic, eh? Hee hee :)
You know I can’t resist anything with mango in it… It’s really my favorite fruit– that looks delicious and refreshing!


16 Diana March 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

What fun! I’m so excited to try this recipe, all I need to get is mango and some almonds.


17 Kevin March 6, 2009 at 6:59 pm

That Gazpacho sounds really good!


18 Asianmommy March 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Ooh–the gazpacho looks fabulous!


19 Heidi Robb March 17, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I looooove the picture of Elise and David.


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