Hadn’t been to one since I was a kid in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, where the drive-in movie theater was a place for teens to hang out. The closest I’ve been to one since is my passionate reading of Joe Bob Briggs‘ drive-in movie reviews. Here in Barbados at the island’s Globe Theatre the drive-in is a tail-gate party.
Greg and I met friends at The Globe last night, our cars canoodling in the front row where we set up four folding chairs. Sue and Chris brought sweet and sour pork and white rice; we brought Australian wine and dessert. We poured the wine, served the food, and enjoyed the warm, clear evening beneath the stars.
Normally, the drive-in shows three movies in a night: the headline movie, a second movie, and then the headline movie again. A long movie is shown twice in a row. Movies change every Wednesday.
A bottle of wine into the movie we saw – Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” – we decided the movie had every cliche a movie’s ever had, from a child that almost dies but doesn’t to protagonists who hate each other at first meeting but fall in love.
It was great.
Sue’s an amazing cook. The less ambitious buy food there. Pizza and hot dogs are served .. but we’re in a place where McDonald’s couldn’t make it; Bajans like their own food.
Fish cakes are flaked fish (usually cod) combined with seasoning and then fried. Rotis are curry mixtures of chicken, potato, and/or veggies wrapped in something like a tortilla. Visit the TotallyBarbados site for more on Bajan food. The short version is that Bajan food is starch-based (yams, potatoes, plantains are used a lot) and different from Jamaican or Trinidadian or other Caribbean islands’ cuisines. The food here is fattening and, like most food that is, darned tasty.
I’ll remember the evening for a very long time. Long after I’ve forgotten the name of the movie we saw.
P.S. Greg and I never did actually make out in the back seat. Since our teens we’ve become, um, more practical … and less flexible.