Sweet family memories and recipes have given rise to the increasingly poplar hot spot in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay as homemade ice cream and deserts hit the spot for residents and visitors alike at Turtle Crawl Café.
For Dianna Lowe one disaster began a new chapter for her life as Hurricane Matthew changed the lives of many in Freeport, Grand Bahama and lead to her return home.
Dianna said that the opportunity struck not long after Hurricane Matthew struck Freeport and she decided to move home with her mother, purchasing the old home of her grandparents, Ernest and Mispah Sawyer.
She renovated the old home, which served as a restaurant in the 1970s, and started selling breakfasts and coffee, and lunch along with ice cream and treats in the evening. As the ice cream, most of which is homemade, became her biggest seller she decided to convert strictly into an ice cream parlor serving coffee and baked goods as well.
She said she does a lot of homemade ice cream, the most popular of which is the honey avocado, which is made from local honey and avocados and she supplements her stock of specialty flavors with regular ice cream from Fun Foods in Nassau.
She also does about 15 different flavors of coffee along with espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, frappuccino’s, shot in the dark; “a little bit of everything.”
Aside from doing some delicious baked goods like brownies and cookies, “we also do some of Ma Mispah’s recipes, like her pies that everyone loved when she was alive – she would do 100 pies at Christmas time just to give away.”
“We make everything from scratch here; nothing comes from a box.” She added “So far so good – so far I have had two or three marriage proposals because of my brownies.”
She said they also do special orders of gluten free items and as well as a vegan ice cream, “we try to accommodate anyone who comes in.”
She said that Turtle Crawl Café is open every day from 5pm until.