Light up your own Luminaria

December 21st, 2011

St. John’s Relay for Life fundraiser events for the American Cancer Society are still a couple of months away, but sales have begun of what became one of this year’s favorites: The Luminaria Ceremony.

“For many people who attend Relay For Life, one of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, ” says the Relay’s Mary Bartolucci. “As the lights dim over the field and team member’s complete laps, the night is brightened by the glow of lighted bags called Luminaria, each of which has a special meaning. ”

Some of the Luminaria are dedicated to cancer survivors. Others, to loved ones who died from cancer.

You can get a Luminaria to represent your loved one for a $5 donation.

They’re being sold Saturdays and Sundays at St. John Community Foundation’s office outside Starfish at The Marketplace and on January 7 and 14 and February 4 at the Post Office.

You can also get them at the Relay’s official Website.

See more picture’s of this year’s Relay from Alain Brin at Bluegrass Photography here.







Free Trunk Bay for Virgin Islands seniors

December 20th, 2011

If you’re 60 or older and live in the Virgin Islands, Trunk Bay is yours for free.

The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park is now giving out annual family passes for Trunk Bay to Virgin Islands seniors, and the pass includes your kids or grandkids that are 18 or under.

“Friends is pleased to provide these passes as a sign of respect to seniors in our community and to promote the local enjoyment of this iconic beach in the Virgin Islands National Park, ” says Friends president Joe Kessler in a statement.

You grown-ups can get your free pass at the Friends of the Park store at Mongoose Junction, or you can call Friends at 779-4940.

For the rest of us, Trunk remains 4 bucks a day, or 10 bucks for a one year pass.







St. John’s Best Painkiller

December 19th, 2011

Who serves St. John’s best painkiller?

After six weeks of exhaustive research, we’ve picked our favorite. Click below to find out who!







Villas for Sale: Kalorama

December 18th, 2011

We introduced you to Kalorama in 2008 when the owners came on board as advertisers. Now the villa is for sale, and we’ve just re-shot it.

Kalorama, in Virgin Grand Estates, ranks as one of our all-time favorite villas. It’s unlike anything else on the island and could easily be an Architectural Digest cover story.

Check out the listing here, and check out the video eye candy below,







Love City Live, take two

December 17th, 2011

(Inner Visions energizing last year’s crowd. Photo: Lamont Blake.)

The Second Annual Love City Live! weekend of music is scheduled for the last weekend in January, spanning four days.

Here’s the current schedule of events:

-Thursday, Jan. 26: Sundown Beach Lime at Oppenheimer Beach, 4-7 pm
-Friday, Jan. 27: Vibe a cocktail soiree/dinner at Ocean Grill, 10 pm-2 am
-Saturday, Jan. 28: The Main Event Morgan Heritage Concert at the Winston Wells Ball Park, 6 pm-1:30 am
-Sunday, Jan. 29: Ultimate Power Boat Part at One Love Bar on Jost van Dyke

Tickets for Saturday’s main event are $40 each if you buy before the end of December. $60 after that, and $80 at the gate.

You can see the current lineup of performers and learn all about Love City Live here.







Lunch of the Week: Westin breakfast

December 16th, 2011

Today’s Lunch of the Week is actually breakfast. At the Westin.

You don’t have to be a guest to eat breakfast here. Just show how cool you are, and when the hostess asks for your room number, say “We’re OP. ” (That’s off-property.)

Here we have the Homemade Granola Stuffed Papaya. Half a papaya filled with granola, sliced bananas and low fat yogurt, and drizzled with clover honey for $14.

Or you can go old school breakfast, with two eggs, any style, breakfast potatoes and smoked bacon or sausage for $16.

Or go nuts for the all-you-can-eat massive $26 breakfast buffet spread. (Or just sit back and marvel at how much teenagers going through the buffet can eat.)







JetBlue greeted by red carpet

December 15th, 2011

JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas Monday got the red carpet treatment.

Jay Lammering, an aviation mechanic at Cyril E. King Airport, sends us this picture of the first regional JetBlue Airways flight’s arrival, one of two daily flights between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Boston to St. Thomas is today (Thursday.)







Landing at the airport

December 14th, 2011

For some of our readers, landing at the Cyril E. King Airport means coming home.







Top Chef visits ZoZo’s

December 13th, 2011

Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season Five, will be cooking up a storm in the ZoZo’s Ristorante kitchen later this month.

It’s a Gifft Hill School fundraiser and it’s already sold out, but 60 people at $200 a ticket puts a cool $12,000 in the kitty for the school.

“Word barely got out before the event was sold out, ” says GHS’s Molly Murrill. “The proceeds will help pay for renovations at the GHS’s upper campus kitchen, and will also reignite the Culinary Arts program for our students. ”

Chef Rosenberg will work with ZoZo’s executive chef Mikey Fortino and ZoZo’s former executive chef Brett Smith on a five course meal for guests Sunday December 18.

ZoZo’s owner John Ferrigno, who has two kids at Gifft Hill School himself, came up with the idea for the fundraiser.

You can still buy $50 raffle tickets for a trip for two to Sonoma County wine country.







Best Painkiller, Round 6: Banana Deck

December 12th, 2011

Today’s Painkiller is served up by the very friendly Robin, at the Banana Deck in Cruz Bay.

Robin’s is a patriotic Painkiller.

“Pusser’s is a British Naval rum,” he says. “Here in the USVI, it must be the very American Cruzan.”

Robin starts with Cruzan dark rum, equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice and just a touch more Coco Lopez than many might use. “It takes the edge off the rum,” he says.

Shaken vigorously, until almost foamy, to completely mix the ingredients. Served in a plastic glass with just a cherry.

The Banana Deck Painkiller. $6 all day long. British naval history lessons are free.







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