The World in Cruz Bay

December 27th, 2012

The World, an 835 foot floating private condominium with 165 luxury apartments on board, pulled into Cruz Bay waters this week.

The ship cruises around the world nonstop, with its owners voting where they’ll go every year. The World came to St. John from Puerto Rico and is off to St. Bart’s next.

See where The World went this year, here.

Also spotted in Cruz Bay, the MS Prinsendam a Holland America Line ship, which cruises the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South America.







Reasonably priced lunches at Gourmet

December 26th, 2012

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.







Merry Christmas from the other Street Sign Elf

December 25th, 2012

This is Lucy Banks, and, though Lucy was more than happy to give all the street sign decorating credit to Jane Kyser, we’ve learned that Lucy is also a Street Sign Elf.

So if you’re staying in Great Cruz Bay, say “thanks” to Jane for the holiday cheer, and if you’re staying in Chocolate Hole, say “thanks” to Lucy.

Merry Christmas.







Cruz Bay will have a White Christmas

December 24th, 2012

 

The forecast calls for snow in Cruz Bay Christmas Eve.

“I bought a snow machine and it will be snowing Christmas Eve at Motu,” says owner Dawn Burgess. “I expect snow flurries around 8 and a real snow storm by 9.”

Motu will be having a little holiday party with wine and martini specials tonight too.  Bundle up.







A pre-Christmas parade, with Segway

December 21st, 2012

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.

Drum along, below….







ACC’s first open house adoption

December 20th, 2012

The St. John Animal Care Center’s Tuesday open house started at 5 p.m., and the first adoption, a kitten with no name, was at 5:03 p.m.

This is Andi Valentine, from Born to Rhum, and 3-year-old daughter Scarlett.

“I used to work here at the ACC and our dog came from here,” says Andi, “but even though we’re a dog family, Scarlett wanted a cat. Don’t post this right away though. I haven’t told my husband yet.”

(We gave you a day Andi.)

Scarlett named her new kitty TC, for Tom Cat.

The ACC had several adoptions, and got about $6,800 in donations and two laundry baskets full of treats and toys.







Jeep’s new color: “Gecko Green”

December 19th, 2012

We love Jeep for coming up with new colors every year, and the latest couldn’t be more St. John appropriate.

It is called Gecko Green, and, while awfully garish, you’ve gotta love the name. Gecko Green Jeeps are now everywhere.

Jeep’s other color choices this year include Black, Commando Green, Crush, Dozer, Deep Cherry, Pearl, Bright White, Silver and True Blue Pearl.

No more Yellow, a color that has thankfully faded from popularity, just like white sunglasses.







Gin will keep those bugs away

December 18th, 2012

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.







That time of year again

December 17th, 2012

The Street Sign Elf has outdone herself this year.

Just about every Great Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole street sign has a holiday wreath.

What a classy neighborhood this is.







The Most Ignored Law on St. John

December 14th, 2012

Who’s to say what’s noncompactable?

Everything from futons to refrigerators ends up in or around the dumpsters. And, where exactly is a transfer station?

And, who wants to dumpster dive for stuff that is compactable?







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