Meet Lori Dudkin, originally from New Jersey, who moved to St. John with her husband about ten years ago.
Lori runs a bakery called Just Desserts by Lori, and now she is also preparing lunches and other goodies to go at Starfish Gourmet Monday through Friday.
“I cook according to my mood swings, and it all depends on what’s fresh, plus I have access to all this great stuff at the Gourmet store,” says Lori. “But I’m not just going for visitors. Locals don’t have many reasonably priced choices and that’s also my goal.”
Lori’s making things like flatbread pizzas for $8 to $10, salads for $6 to $7, and sandwiches for around $6. Vegetarian and gluten-free stuff too.
And Lori, who won the 2012 Flavors St. John award for best dessert, is also cranking out some mean sweet tooth goodies, like this fig jam and mascarpone turnover with chestnut honey.
I vouch for that one. Or the chorizo sausage in puff pastry.
The Julius E. Sprauve School kids marched through Cruz Bay Thursday morning with a pre-Christmas parade, led by…well, you’ll see.
The Sprauve School, 260 students in all and most of whom were in this week’s parade, does these parades several holidays a year. From the school, to the field by Mongoose Junction, and back to the school.
Say hello to Jonathan, who moved to St. John from Indiana a couple of months ago, and Jonathan considers himself a mixologist of the holistic sort.
And right now, mosquitoes are on his agenda.
“My mosquito spray is gin, mixed with lavender, lemon and lime juice, almond extract, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar,” says Jonathan, who has been reading up on combinations online. “Next time, Im going to add some cocoa butter, so it is more like a lotion.”
He says it works.
Jonathan also wants his boss to know that he used his shift drink for that shot of gin in his bug spray.