Friday, April 29, 2005

Caribbean Culinary Adventure Aka: Eating your way through paradise !

I recently returned from another trip to the Caribbean, namely St. Thomas, St. John, and Anegada. (US and British Virgin Islands) How many of you have ever heard of Anegada? This island may just be the “true paradise” but that’s another conversation.

Being a frequent flyer to the islands I am very familiar with many of the out of the way places the Caribbean has to offer. Places like the caves on
Norman Island, Tortola, The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Yost Van Dyke and the party locations such as world famous Foxy’s, William Thornton Floating Bar (and deck diving), Skinny Legs and the Soggy Dollar. This is a world ~ out of this world. The most important thing to remember when visiting the US Virgin and British Virgin Islands is be adventurous. Although I have logged over twenty years of trips for both business and pleasure to USVI and BVI, I’m still amazed at the completely new adventures I find each time I visit. .

I must confess ~ I have a distinct advantage when heading to islands; my cousin has been a resident of St. Thomas for man years. Her husband is a resident and successful business man on St. Thomas for 35 years and he owns a beautiful
Bertram boat that gets us just about everywhere. As you can surmise, I’m not your typical tourist. Over the past several years when visiting the islands for business or pleasure I have been very fortunate to create some wonderful friendships. Like me, many of these friends are in the hotel and restaurant business. As I attempt to recount some island experiences let me suggest you take down the names ~ these are people you will want to visit. And when you do, feel free to use my name ~ it may increase the wait for a table ~ but then again it may not! J I’m not really sure how many will admit to knowing me ~ after all I am a restaurant critic from the main land.

To keep my sanity (yeah right) I will start this Caribbean adventure with a list of places you should visit while on the prowl in St. Thomas. I assure you, they’re all worth a visit. Keep in mind these places run the gamut from breath taking romantic dinner experiences to novelty drinks and party songs at
‘The Love Shack’ which happens to be located in a parking lot! There is something for everyone on St. Thomas. My intention here is to help my friends who own or work in these special places ~ and to help you navigate your way around the tables of paradise. Oh yeah ~ please don’t forget to tip the bartenders and waiters.

Here is a list of some of the places you should experience while on St. Thomas. In order to keep the length of this writing reasonable, I will review each of these locations along with many of there secrets under a separate posting.

Who knows ~ maybe you have already visited some of these sites? In that case I would love your comments.

My short list of favorites haunts includes,
Oceana Restaurant & Wine Bar, Secret Harbor and the Blue Moon Cafe, The Ritz Carlton, Herve’ Restaurant, Indigo, and Romano’s. Yes, there are many more ~ but there is a lot of island go cover ~ so let us look at these first. Bon Appetite ~

6 Comments:

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Billy McDermott said...

Bob:

Really freakin impressive! wow! will dive in more - hopefully this weekend.

Billy McDermott

 
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