A drought can’t keep a Flamboyant down

July 31st, 2015

The brown hillsides all around St. John are dotted with bursts of bright red.

Summer is blooming season for the Flamboyant tree, and the tree (the Royal Poinciana) is hearty and drought tolerant.

The Flamboyant’s spread across the Virgin Islands started in the late-1940’s, or so the story goes, when a St. Thomas businessman and a pilot friend took to the skies and dispersed seeds all across the territory.

Flamboyant trees and water trucks have something in common right now. They are both doing very well.







New Boo bob

July 30th, 2015

Fresh off her honeymoon with hubby Wade, Boo is sporting a new bob.  If you see her, ask about it. It’s quite a story, but one best told by Boo.

Boo and Wade honeymooned in the Dominican Republic. JetBlue from San Juan to an all inclusive.

“I don’t care to see another Presidente again, and Wade will never drink another frozen drink,” Boo says.  “But the DR is great.”







A healthier Painkiller

July 29th, 2015

This is why you should limit the number of Painkillers you treat yourself too. Coco Lopez solidifies in the refrigerator it is so full of fat and sugars.

One tablespoon contains 130 calories, 23 percent of your daily saturated fat allowance and 20 grams of sugars. Watch a bartender make a Painkiller and you’ll see twice that goes in.

Let’s see if a healthier Painkiller passes a blind taste test, (like replacing French roast with Folger’s crystals.)

Half a St. John bartender’s 120-calorie pour of rum and just a half a tablespoon of Coco Lopez.

Let’s see what happens…







A bargain breakfast at Starfish

July 28th, 2015

Make a morning run to Starfish Market one morning and get breakfast to bring back to your villa.

It might be the best food value on St. John.

It’s a pretty basic lineup: Eggs, pancakes, French toast, hash brown cakes, sausage and bacon, but it’s fresh, hot and very good. Fill up your container, all for about $5.

Use the real maple syrup in your frig though, and take a pass on the “Smucker’s Breakfast Syrup.”







St John: the “Beverly Hills” of the Caribbean?

July 27th, 2015

Travel + Leisure just ranked St. John #4 on its 2015 list of best islands in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

It should be #1, but #4 is respectable.

Travel + Leisure says St. John is sometimes referred to as the Beverly Hills of the Caribbean.

I’ve never heard it referred to as that, but then again we don’t run with a Beverly Hills kind of crowd.

It also says “Travel to St. John for a taste of the good life and look at the epitome of Caribbean beauty.”

Now that we can agree with.

It’s top 5 in the Caribbean and Bahamas: Harbour Island, Jost van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, St. John, Anguilla.







February in July

July 24th, 2015

Villa managers, retailers and restaurants all say it is a good summer this year.

Air fares are pretty decent right now and low season villa rates are good for another four months.

Book your trip. August, September and October are great St. John months. The water doesn’t get any warmer.







The best business on St. John right now

July 23rd, 2015

We made it this far without buying water, but we were down to less than three feet in the cisterns.

One phone call. One hour later, one truck, 4,300 gallons of water and 12 minutes to transfer it.

St. John Water is the Domino’s pizza of water delivery.

“If I push, I can do 11 loads a day,” says Vee…who enjoyed an ice cold glass of the water I just bought when he was done. “It will rain, that’s for sure, and then we’ll be out of business for a while.”







The Kidd Kraddick St. John tour

July 22nd, 2015

Syndicated radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning host J-Si and his wife Kinsey did their St. John visit, courtesy Island Getaways, up right.

Island Getaways’ Leah Randall, a show fan, helped make it happen.

They stayed at the fabulous Chateau Margot on Bordeaux Mountain, hit the British Virgin Islands, including White Bay, and got to hang out with Foxy, spent a lot of time touring the North Shore, ate at Coral Bay’s new Indigo grill, and Cruz Bay’s new Vista Mare.

The highlight of the trip might have been the fresh and free seafood.

“I caught a lobster while we were out on charter,” says Leah. “And Sean at Skinny Legs cooked it for us. It was amazing.”

Leah’s nickname is  “Lobster Leah.”

You can see pictures of J-Si’s trip here. (Click on the audio and scroll forward to about 1:40 to hear the morning show talking about J-Si’s St. John trip.)







Painkiller 101

July 21st, 2015

Soggy Dollar owner Jerry will never share the exact recipe for a Painkiller, but the ingredients are pretty basic.

We found a Pussers bottle in the freezer and that is the original Painkiller rum (though you’ll have to go to Barbados or Tortola – or Annapolis – to get it that way.)

With a little refresher course from an expert, here’s how you make a Painkiller…







Bar Wars 2015

July 20th, 2015

Sunday was Bar Wars 2015 on the beach in front of the Beach Bar.

It’s an obstacle course-relay race pitting local bartender teams against each other and, in keeping with their profession, there is drinking.

If you watch nothing else of this short video, watch the last 10 seconds. No beer goes to waste in Bar Wars, not even that spilled on a tray.







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