Nutmeg grater with onboard storage

August 26th, 2015

You can’t make Painkillers at home without freshly grated nutmeg.

Check out the nutmeg starter kit at St. John Spice. Complete with a storage compartment for your nutmegs, and a hole to hang it on the inside of your cabinet if you want.

It’s a cocktail gadget. Perfect for your homemade Painkiller.







Villa Video: Solar powered Villa Tiffany

August 25th, 2015

Here’s a solar-powered 3-bedroom villa in Coral Bay with 180-degree, mountaintop views.

The villa is about 900 feet above Shipwreck landing in Freemans Ground.

Villa Tiffany is managed by James M. Miller Property Management and starts at less than $2,700 a week in low season.

That’s a lot of view for the money. Check out the Villa Tiffany video below…

Villa Tiffany from Steve Simonsen on Vimeo.







12 days on St. John for less than $2,000? Yes, if you work for it

August 24th, 2015

Outdoor adventure retailer REI is offering a 12 day volunteer package on St. John for $1,950 per person, meals included.

You stay at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS) cabins at Lameshur Bay, and work 8 hour days in small groups as a National Park Service volunteer, mostly doing trail and ruins maintenance, with two days off to do whatever you want.

Looks like everything is included, except airfare (and booze). Check out the details here.







Open wide: Sam & Jack’s

August 21st, 2015

I always marvel at the sheer size of Sam & Jack’s Deli sandwiches. It is the Katz Deli of St. John.

The sandwiches are not cheap. The Uncle Peep and the Sammy Hammy here are $12. But look at them!

They’re big. The slicer is set to thick. And it’s quality stuff.

Great beach food. Great pick up and take home by the pool food.

Here’s the menu.







Where’s the beef?

August 20th, 2015

St. John Waterfront Bistro does have fun with their chalkboard. That’s a good one.

They’re still doing the artisan and exotic burger menu. The peanut butter-bacon burger sounds weird but it’s actually pretty good.

You can also get a burger with macaroni and cheese on it. Check out the menu.







What to skip on a Virgin Islands trip

August 18th, 2015

You won’t agree with all of this (biking is not the best way to get around in the Virgin Islands) but it’s always fun to read Virgin Islands travel tips.

Here’s an article from Travelzoo. (This being the Internet, Travelzoo, by way of Good Morning America, aggregated by Yahoo news, and now linked to by us.)

What first time visitors should skip, and what they should do instead.

Sloop Jones gets a mention. “Don’t buy a t-shirt. Paint one.”

Read the article here.







Capt. Siska and St. John featured on Travel Channel Sunday

August 17th, 2015

Point your DVR to the Travel Channel for Sunday, August 23, for a Travel Channel feature on St. John.

Island Roots Capt. Jason Siska, along with fellow life-long St. John resident Jane Conrad will share the snorkeling secret of Hurricane Hole with young St. Johnian Craig.

Check out the awesome Travel Channel promo for the upcoming St. John episode, below…







That’s a bullseye

August 15th, 2015

Finally, some significant rain. Heavy today. Light and steady last night.







A closet cooler person

August 14th, 2015

Not everybody who brings food favorites to St. John is an overt cooler-person.

We caught St. John regular Rick Garvin at the airport with frozen bacon in his luggage. (And not just any luggage. A vintage 80’s Samsonite hard-sider.)

When Rick’s not sneaking pork products into the islands, he’s pursuing one of his other passions. Beer.

Here’s Rick at this week’s preview party at his newest bar and restaurant, the Mad Fox Taproom, in DC’s Glover Park.

(Don’t like coming into the city? There’s a Mad Fox in Falls Church too.)







Help get St. John-made bug spray in Whole Foods

August 13th, 2015

Emily Kernen, who discovered St. John a decade ago thanks to Maho Bay Campground and moved to St. John in 2009, is a self-described mosquito magnet.

“When I was in Ghana with the Peace Corps I was infected with Malaria on three separate occasions, so I have a heightened curiosity about repellents,” Emily says. “But I prefer not to use chemicals because for me it means using a lot.”

So Emily began tinkering with all-natural formulas and gave out samples to friends for feedback.

So was born a St. John-produced bug spray called Citizens of Nature, made with witch hazel, coconut oil, bay rum oil and a 19 other certified pure essential oils. No Deet or other chemicals, sold at several stores on St. John.

Now the goal is to reach a larger market, and a Kickstarter campaign could get Citizens of Nature in Whole Foods stores.

Would you like to try it? Here’s how to get a sample.

Emily is trying to raise a modest $5,600, for EPA approval, compliance issues, packaging, marketing and other expenses ahead of a meeting with Whole Foods regional buyers in Florida.

If you’d like to see an all-natural bug spray produced on island by a St. John entrepreneur in stateside stores, click here for Emily’s Kickstarter campaign and kick in a few bucks. Make a pledge, and you’ll even get to try it yourself.

Citizens of Nature Kickstarter.







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