Our Newest Advertiser: Just for Two

January 13th, 2013

Welcome our newest advertiser, Just for Two, a reasonably priced close to town guest house with drop dead views.

Just for Two includes three separate studio suites, two one-bedroom units with full kitchens and a master suite unit with kitchenette, and all have private balconies with awesome views. The property also includes a pool, two hot tubs and plenty of parking.

The panoramic views go all the way from St. Thomas to St. Croix, and you will find owner Jacqueline Perry a delightful host.

Great location, clean, comfy and convenient and budget friendly.







Lunch of the Week: Ronnie’s Pizza

January 11th, 2013

Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us to Ronnie’s Pizza An’ Mo’ in Cruz Bay.

Here we have the small Meat Lover’s Pizza for $17 (or $25 for a large), but you can get much more creative at Ronnie’s, like the Veggie Pizza, the Neapolitan, the Tex-Mex or the Pesto Pizza.

Slices to go too. Dine in or carry out. Free Wi-Fi while you wait.

Ronnie’s fiercely protected customer-only parking makes it an easy stop.







A little St. John ankle ink

January 10th, 2013

Say hello of Shannon’s ankle.

Shannon lives in New Jersey, but says her heart is totally on St. John, so as a New Year’s gift to herself, she decided on impulse to get a tattoo, but didn’t tell anyone what she was getting.

“When I walked out, I had the St. John petroglyph on my left ankle,” she says. “I couldn’t be happier but I just have to constantly explain to people what it is.”

Got a St. John tat? Send us a picture.







Painkiller Making Now Squeeze-Easy

January 9th, 2013

Finally, a product that makes homemade Painkillers easy. Cream of Coconut in a squeeze bottle. No more half used cans in the refrigerator that you end up tossing. And this stuff doesn’t clump up or get hard in the refrigerator either. Always ready.  Here’s a Painkiller refresher course for you.

A healthy dose of rum…

Two good squeezes of Goya Squeez-It Cream of Coconut…

A splash of pineapple juice…

A splash or orange juice….

Tossed vigorously back and fourth between two glasses to give it that foamy, creamy feel…

Topped with a cherry…

And some nutmeg.  A Painkiller. Cheers.







Rum Tax survives the Fiscal Cliff

January 8th, 2013

Stuck in legislation that extended Bush era tax cuts and raised taxes on high income earners was an extension of the Virgin Islands’ beloved Rum Tax, or officially the Rum Excise Tax Cover-Over.

It’s a fascinating piece of legislation. Uncle Sam collects a $13.50 per gallon tax on rum produced in the Virgin Islands and sold in the states, and sends $13.25 of it straight back to the USVI government…to use as it chooses.

It dates back to 1954 for the Virgin Islands (and 1917 for Puerto Rico), and it generates about $115 million a year for the USVI government.

If you’re looking for a little light lunchtime reading, learn the history of the Rum Tax here. Cheers!







All Vegan at Roaryal Abeba

January 7th, 2013

While more visitors clamor for vegan options, the locals know about a place that has been quietly serving up nothing but vegan meals for over a year now.

Roaryal Abeba Health Food & Lounge at Palm Plaza near the Westin is run by St. John native Tonia Tyrell, who hasn’t always been a Vegetarian.

“I didn’t know what tofu was before I went to college in the states,” says Tonia. “My Mom’s pork chops were the best.”

After being exposed to vegan cooking, Tonia decided she could make the usual vegan fare even better. “I can’t give my kids a boring meal,” she says.

The menu includes things like veggie lasagna, lentil balls, “Rasta Pasta,”, grilled vegetables, BBQ tofu, and natural drinks and smoothies too.

Try the fried cauliflower. Awesome.

Meals are $10 to $15, with larger meals enough for two. Or try a little bit of several dishes too.







Our Newest Advertiser: Seabiscuit

January 6th, 2013

If you’re a big group, or you’re just a couple who doesn’t want to bust the budget on a charter by yourselves, check out Lovango Charters’  Seabiscuit.

Capt. Dan Boyd will be happy to take you where you want to go, but he loves his trips circumnavigating St. John with snorkel stops in places you’ve probably never been and lunch someplace like Miss Lucy’s or Shipwreck Landing.

Dan likes to keep his St. John day trips to about 16 people, but he’ll go with less and he can certainly handle more. You can even check with him a couple of days before you want to go out to see if he’s got space available.

Meet Capt. Dan and get a look at Seabiscuit, below…







Mosquito fogging this month

January 5th, 2013

You can spray, you can zap, you can fire up the citronella, you can try gin, and now you’re getting some serious assistance in your battle against the mosquito.

The USVI Department of Health is pulling out the big guns later this month.

Fogging trucks will drive through neighborhoods to spray.  It looks like Bordeaux will get fogged Jan.15, and Coral Bay and Cruz Bay on Jan 17.

You can read the Department of Health advisory here.







Lunch of the Week: Fish Trap

January 4th, 2013

The Fish Trap, a popular spot for dinner, is now also open for lunch.

Here we have the Trio of Seafood Sliders, today it is Wahoo with Mango BBQ sauce and chili fried onions, Blackened Mahi with salsa and Lox Salmon with sour cream veggie mix, for $15.

And the Fried Shrimp and Chips for $15.

And the Sesame Stir-Fried Chicken for $12.

Stop by the restaurant’s fresh fish market on your way out, and you’ve got something to grill at home tonight.







Ballad of Pirate Bill art show opens Friday

January 2nd, 2013

The Ballad of Pirate Bill, a show featuring local artists at Bajo el Sol Gallery in Mongoose Junction, opens Friday with wine and appetizers, live music, artist signings at more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The show will help raise money for Bill, a longtime St. John fixture, who is suffering from cancer.

You can read all about the show here.







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