For migrants lost in the middle of the sea, after fleeing persecution and war, these three words mean all the world.
Born in a tiny fishing village on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas, Lovely Reckley was raised on a cuisine straight from the sea. “Growing up in Fox Town, we were actually right on the water,” she recalls. “The waves put you to sleep and they wake you up in the morning.”
“We basically grew-up on seafood,” she recalls. “We would eat other stuff, but the seafood we really loved. My mom was a great cook. I watched and saw everything she did and I really learned a lot from her.”
So it’s no wonder that many years later, Lovely runs a small restaurant in Marsh Harbour known for its affordable, delicious traditional Bahamian comfort foods: seafood, chicken dishes and burgers, always served up with a new, personal and innovative twist.
Aptly named Lovely’s Delight, the restaurant also became a critical community hub in the months after Hurricane Dorian slammed into her home island of Abaco last year, and many islanders lost literally everything. Homes. Belongings. Many also lost loved ones.