That knockout coconut shrimp recipe

February 8th, 2016

St. Thomas chef Julius Jackson (previously chef Fat Turtle at Yacht Haven Grande) showed up on Food Network’s “The Kitchen” this weekend, and shared his recipe for Knockout Coconut Shrimp.

Here’s the recipe. It looked awesome.

The segment ended with Julius, also an Olympic boxer, facing off with Sandwich King host Jeff Mauro, to see who could eat the most coconut shrimp…while wearing boxing gloves.







A canoe, from Hawaii to St. John

February 7th, 2016

The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s traditional, double-hulled voyaging canoe Hokule’a is making a worldwide voyage that started in Honolulu in 2014, and its next stop is St. John.

Hokule’a, and its companion monohull motor sailor Gershon II, are currently in Natal, Brazil and depart on their voyage to St. John on or about February 10, weather permitting. At 5 knots per hour, Hokule’a expects to make it to St. John by March 1.

They have no GPS, no compass, no cellphone, not even a watch or a toilet. It’s called “wayfinding,” using the sun, moon and stars as their map.

On board is Heidi Kai Guth, born in Hawaii, but raised on St. John, who is now the chief operating officer of the nonprofit Polynesian Voyaging Society.

It is really quite a story. Check out the voyage map and details here, and learn the history and the story by watching this video.







Another podcast: A Mermaid’s Life for Me

January 28th, 2016

Brandon Gross is one of nine students who took part in Atlantic Public Media’s audio story telling workshop on St. John, and he chose Leah Randall for his project.

You met Leah as “Lobster Leah,” in a series of stories we did about Kidd Kraddick visiting St. John, but Brandon’s story introduces us to another Leah.

Here is Brandon’s very personal story about Leah, a Texas school teacher turned St. John adventurer, and her healing ties to St. John, called “A Mermaid’s Life for Me.”







Boston Globe picks up on story of ACC’s Moose

January 27th, 2016

The Boston Globe has written about Moose, the pit-bull mix who spent 5 years at the St. John Animal Care Center who finally found a home in Boston after an ACC social medial campaign to find him a home went viral.

Moose got a private jet to Boston and a limo ride to his new home.

Read the Boston Globe’s story here.

And follow the ACC on Facebook here.







“Mister B. has been arrested”

January 26th, 2016

If your trip to St. John, or home includes the car barge, plan on some extra time. Maybe a lot of it.

The St. John Source reports the Mister B. barge has been seized by creditors.

The Source quotes court documents as saying the barge was “arrested” by the U.S. Marshal.

Taking Mister B. out of service, the biggest and fastest of the car barges, is a major hit to St. John barge service. By one estimate, it cuts barge capacity in half.

Plan ahead.







Do you have a ‘stranded by the storm’ story?

January 25th, 2016

For every family enjoying an extra couple of days on St. John because of the East Coast blizzard, there’s a family whose plans to get to St. John over the weekend were snowed out.

Do you have a stranded story?  Are you fuming because you’re not on St. John, or are you smiling because you still are?

Here’s what some of you are missing…

 







Stranded by the snowstorm

January 21st, 2016

There will be a lot of St. John visitors spending an extra day or two on St. John this weekend (and a lot of visitors coming that won’t get there for awhile.)

Airlines serving St. Thomas to places like Charlotte, Washington, New York and Philadelphia for Friday and Saturday have pretty much canceled all flights because of the monster storm that’s about to hit the Northeast.

This is kind of a crisis for villa management companies and, obviously, for a whole lot of visitors.

You can re-book without penalty. but that doesn’t make up for the major inconvenience.

If you haven’t already heard from your rental villa’s management company (and you almost certainly have) please communicate with them ASAP.

If you’re there, you’re going to get an extra day or two so you might as well enjoy it. If you’re supposed to be on your way… I am so sorry!







Deli for your belly

January 20th, 2016

Sam & Jack’s and North Shore Deli are really on par with each other.

Both are a a bit on the expensive side and you’ll wait a few minutes both places to get your sandwiches, but both serve huge, fresh sandwiches.

Here’s the Sam & Jack’s Uncle Peep turkey and cranberry sandwich ($12) and the Chuckles hot pastrami and swiss, hold the coleslaw ($12).

We got spaghetti and meatballs for dinner too ($13)…







The St. John way

January 15th, 2016

This plaster damage has annoyed me for three years. The only way to repair it is to re-plaster the entire wall, color match and all.

But sometimes, you have a rum punch-inspired “eureka” moment.

There. Fixed.







Are you a low-season STJ visitor?

January 12th, 2016

High season is just now heating up on St. John, but St. John makes Travel Channel’s list of “5 Destinations Every Traveler should Visit Off-Season.”

There are many reasons that is right.

Carnival is in early July, but after that things quiet down, the ocean August through October is incredibly warm, you can actually get a parking spot at Trunk Bay, and – I’ll just say it – low season travelers are, generally speaking, a whole lot more laid back.

Why do you choose low-season for your STJ trip?







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