Dinner at Virgin Fire

July 25th, 2014

We almost never go out to eat at night, so we fine dine when we do. Virgin Fire is at Mongoose Junction.

A cocktail.The Prisoner of St. John, Absolut Citron vodka and fresh watermelon basil lemonade, for $12.

An appetizer. Spring rolls.

Hand Cut Ribeye Steak, certified angus , grilled, with demi glace, au gratin potato and fresh vegetable, for $30.

Wicked Penne Pasta, in a four pepper blushed garlic cream sauce with sauteed chicken, sweet onions, olives and shaved parmesan cheese, for $24.

Dessert. Key Lime Pie, for $8.

And Mollydooker on the wine list. (And I should really dress up when we go out. The good hat, at least.)







LED light bulbs

July 24th, 2014

The incandescent light bulb is almost 135 years old, and hasn’t changed much, but oddly the Holy Grail of its energy-efficient replacement has been trying to come up with something that looks just like it.

This brand is about as close as anybody has gotten, and we’re going to go for it.

Cree 40-watt equivalent LED bulbs. $10.67 at Home Depot. Not counting track lighting, Bongo Bongo has a ridiculous 60 bulbs – counting them was a fun afternoon assignment.

They cast a nice soft light, they don’t get hot, Cree claims it will reduce energy consumption by 78 percent, and says they’ll last 22 years.

That would take Bongo to 2036. The mortgage will be paid off by then!

Advice or personal experience anybody?







Where’s That? Wednesday

July 23rd, 2014

Some bathrooms are locked, to keep them for customers only, but keys tend to disappear.

“The bigger the thing you put the key on, the less likely somebody is to walk off with it,” says this owner.

Do you know where the Pee Key is?

 







St. Thomas shopping day rules

July 22nd, 2014

Rule 1: Never EVER tell anyone you’re “Going to St. Thomas and can we get anything for you.” They will produce a list. WE have produced such lists.

(Somebody once gave us a list that included a can of blue spray paint and a full length mirror.)

Rule 2: Remember to bring bags to Cost U Less. Cost U Less is not a “bag it yourself” store. It’s a “we do not have bags” store. They’ll give you a box, but you’re supposed to bring your own bags. Or you can walk from the store to the Jeep a couple of times.

You can load up on bags to save if you shop at St. John Market. They double bag everything, You can buy an apple at St. John Market and they will double bag it.







Internet traveler and cook at Bongo

July 21st, 2014

Robin Benzle, who writes a travel and cooking site called Chow Time reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, recently stayed at Bongo Bongo.

And she sent us this video from her site.

She created a dish called Seashells with Coconut Rum Mahi Mahi in Bongo’s kitchen. Looks pretty good!.







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