Sometimes, you’re That Guy

March 3rd, 2015

Once in awhile, a very great while, the barge captain will say “Get that last guy on,” and that means “that guy” gets to drive head on, no backing up, to squeeze into that itty-bitty space that’s left.

Unfortunately, for this “that guy” this time, he ultimately did not quite clear the ramp.

Next barge in 30 minutes. Or maybe an hour. Or maybe 15 minutes.







St. John Vistas: Great Cruz Bay

March 2nd, 2015

If you’re staying at a villa in Great Cruz Bay, you’re in for great views. There is lots to look at.

See for yourself. Great Cruz Bay, below…







No more piano key toilet

February 27th, 2015

The elongated white seat, i.e the piano key look, on the black toilet is no more. Someone complained (someone with no sense of humor and no understanding of the rarity of elongated black seats in the Virgin Islands retail world). They said it looked tacky.

Even if the look was catching on.

So a $30 elongated black toilet seat took a $69 Express Mail ride from DC to STJ.

What does one do with a perfectly good, gently used elongated white seat? That’s a no brainer.

 







New First Bank officially opens March 9

February 26th, 2015

Shiny new ATMs and a shiny new First Bank is ready for your business at The Marketplace.

The official grand opening is March 9.

There has been no official news about what the old First Bank property in Cruz Bay will be – though lots of unofficial news – so here’s your chance to sound off.

What would you like to see happen to that very sizable, very prime real estate in the middle of Cruz Bay?







Maho makes TripAdvisor Top 10

February 25th, 2015

TripAdvisor’s new Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Caribbean Beaches includes Maho Bay.

“The snorkeling is absolutely amazing…It’s a postcard like setting…”

Here is why you should always take TripAdvisor reviews with a grain of salt though.

Among the 18 “average” reviews of Maho Bay are comments like “Greasy and blah food,” “very little sun exposure,” “crowded and no sea turtles as promised,” “attractions are the planes coming in to land,” and “my kids were quickly bored here.”

You will see no planes, restaurants or bored people at this Maho Bay. Revisit, if it’s been awhile, below…







Historic paintings at SJ Historical Society fundraiser

February 24th, 2015

The St. John Historical Society is holding an art show and fundraiser March 10, featuring historical paintings of the Virgin Islands now held in private collections.

Local artists will also have their owner works for sale, with a portion of sales going to the Society.

The show, called “A Look Backtime,” will also include a raffle, silent auction and live music.

March 10, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Westin Grand Ballroom. Read details here.







Awesome guest book entry

February 23rd, 2015

The Ricci family from Northern California filled Bongo’s guest book with renderings of the logos of their favorite restaurants.

Woody’s, Morgan’s Mango, Vie’s and the Tap Room.

(Note: The Tap Room is now the “Temp Room” in the Mongoose parking lot after January’s fire, and St. John Brewers will soon re-open The Tap Room on the opposite side of its former kitchen while its old space is rebuilt.)

Nailed the signs guys.

Everybody leaves St. John with memories and pictures. Here’s one of the Ricci’s. (You can click it.)







Myett’s Rum

February 19th, 2015

Guests leave behind the most interesting things.

Like this practically full bottle of Myett’s Rum, exclusive to Myett’s of Cane Garden Bay on Tortola.

Only one way to see if it’s any good. Rum cocktail. Delightful rum. (The bamboo straws were guest left behinds too. – Guest leftovers are often quite fun. Leave stuff at villas!)







Lunch of the Week: French Dip

February 18th, 2015

Many years ago, the Beach Bar had a great French dip sandwich on the regular menu (with a clever name I don’t remember. Do you?) and then it just disappeared from the menu.

You can find an even better one on the regular menu at Joe’s Rum Hut. Piled high, on a homemade, crunchy, airy, roll, with authentic au jus.

The au view is very tasty at Joe’s too.







A new hot sauce in town: Virgin Fire

February 16th, 2015

Mongoose Junction restaurant Virgin Fire is now selling its house-made hot sauce and if you’re not a big fan of really hot hot sauces, this one might be for you.

“I like to call it more of an aggressive condiment,” says owner and hot sauce recipe creator Michael Barry. “The first thing you taste is the passion fruit, then habanero heat balanced by the roasted vegetables.”

The recipe is passion fruit, habaneros, roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions, vinegars and spices.

The name “Virgin Fire” has a bit of a St. John history. First a hot sauce, then a boat, then a restaurant, and now a hot sauce again. (Read about it here.)

Virgin Fire hot sauce is sold at the restaurant, the Westin deli, St. John Spice and Pickles in Coral Bay.

Russ approves…







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