Daily Show on USVI delegate fight

June 23rd, 2016

If you followed the soap opera that was the Virgin Islands delegate fight (over something that comes with no vote) you’ll get a kick out of the Daily Show’s take on it.







Owners: This is your responsibility

June 22nd, 2016

A longtime St. John traveler who posts on STJ forums and blogs named SteveV once said he judges a villa by the sharpness of the kitchen knives.

He is right.

Why knives go dull unusually fast on St. John is unknown to me, but they do.

The property manager, house-keeping folks and the maintenance guys are not going to sharpen them for you.

If you own a villa, this is your job. And the honing steel does not sharpen knives. It just keeps them sharp.

Buy a knife sharpener and put it in the cabinet. Guests might even do it for you. It’s a perfect rum punch-fueled job.

If you’re a cook, you know it.  There is nothing better than a razor-sharp knife.







South Shore Road tree not looking so good

June 21st, 2016

The tree in the middle of the road in front of the Westin is looking a little long-in-the-tooth.

I say what green it has may be largely weeds growing on it. Russ says I’m wrong, and it’s still alive.

I think the tree might soon leaf us. (Puns in comments encouraged.)







Ferry building now yellow

June 20th, 2016

There is a lot of painting that goes on around St. John during the summer months.

Low season is spruce up season.

The ferry dock building in Cruz Bay now sports a sunny yellow paint job.







Virgin Fire to become a Mexican restaurant

June 2nd, 2016

As of June 19, Virgin Fire at Mongoose Junction will become Viva La Revolution Cantina.

The new restaurant has the same, seasoned owners…Michael and Barbie Barry, who also own the Sun Dog Cafe next door.

And, employees will get a 25 percent stake in the restaurant through a profit sharing program.

Viva La Revolution will use as much locally sourced ingredients as possible, including some it produces itself.

“We will be planting a garden with the supervision of Gifft Hill School’s Earth Program to supplement our sourcing, working with the Roller Farm in Coral Bay, our local boat captains and farmers in the US Virgin Islands whenever feasible,” Michael Barry says.

One of the menu items will be called Josephine’s Green Burrito.

A Going Away buffet for Virgin Fire is Saturday June 11 with live music and a $20 buffet price.

Tacos start at $5. The most expensive thing on the menu is $22. Click here for a peek at the Viva La Revolution Cantina menu.







BBB (Bongo Baby Backs)

June 1st, 2016

Baby back ribs at Starfish Market were $6.50 a pound. Kind of pricey.

A good rub with whatever you find in the cabinet (like Old Bay, chili powder, cumin, S&P, and paprika.)

The “coals on one side, ribs on the other” thing….

If you don’t make your own, make sure the BBQ sauce you buy lists tomato, not sugar as the first ingredient. This one does.

Bongo Baby Backs…







Six month Brinkmann review

May 27th, 2016

It has been six months since I replaced my trusty Weber gas grill with the less expensive and popular Brinkmann Grill.

The bottle opener still functions perfectly.

It goes downhill from there. Only four of the five burners still work, and the auto-ignition is dodgy and temperamental.

And some knucklehead fired up the side burner with the lid closed.

But it still a very hot grill and has stayed pretty clean.







Double rainbow over Chocolate Hole

May 23rd, 2016

Chocolate Hole neighbors Jon and Kathy caught this double rainbow a recent morning over the green hills of Chocolate Hole North.

“Does that rainbow end at Bongo Bongo on the other side of the hill?” emailed Jon. “Must be hiding a pirate’s pot of gold over there.”

The pot of gold is a secret Jon. Stop rainbowing us.







VRBO just won’t stop pushing that fee

May 23rd, 2016

Now you can’t even get what you’ve been paying for unless you let VRBO sink its fangs into your renters and charge them.

If you don’t allow online booking (guests paying VRBO a fat and needless fee) you can no longer have your property in the ‘featured properties” rotation.

For most, if not all St. John property owners and management companies, there is absolutely nothing to gained from letting VRBO collect credit card payments and hit guests with a fee. None.







Medical advice if you’re relocating to the USVI

May 18th, 2016

A friend who has lived on St. John for many years recently shared the medical advice she received when she first arrived on St. John:

“If you have a headache, take an aspirin. If you have anything else, take American Airlines.”

That’s an exaggeration, but the USVI is not known for its world-class medical care.

Which is why this St. John Source story stands out: A plan to promote medical tourism on St. Croix.

Liberty Medical, part of Comprehensive Orthopedic Global, which has operations on all thee islands, is seeking EDC benefits to establish a surgical center on St. Croix to tap into the growing medical tourism industry.

You can read James Gardner’s St. John Source story here.

I remember when I had a pretty great experience at the St. John clinic.







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