December 7th, 2011
Here’s a steep switchback for you. It’s on the Upper Monte Bay road, on your left, just before Point Rendezvous.
There are some killer views up there and if you can afford it, the lots are for sale. If you can’t afford it, take the drive up anyway. No mortgage required just to check out the view.
The Upper Monty Bay switchback is 24 degrees. This is 24 degrees:
December 6th, 2011
This bad-ass Jeep could be yours, if your $10 raffle ticket is drawn.
Money raised from the raffle will help pay for a spring trip to Costa Rica for Gifft Hill School students.
“It’s a 1985 CJ-8 Jeep Scrambler with a 4.2 liter in-line 6, frame off custom restoration with full fiberglass body, GM Yellow paint, heavy duty custom bumpers, 33 inch BF Goodrich all terrain tires with Pro Comp wheels and Skyjacker shocks,” says Colette Rethage, who is helping with this year’s raffle.
The Jeeps’ designer and builder is Alvin R. Nazario, Director of Facilities at Caneel Bay. Paint and body work by Hector Olivieri Torres.
Tickets are available at Connections, the Tap Room, iScream and St. John Hardware. The drawing is set for February 14 at 5 p.m. at the Gifft Hill School field.
If you’re off-island, and would like to buy a ticket or two email GHS here and put “Jeep Raffle” in the subject line.
December 5th, 2011
Today’s Painkiller mixed by nice Nielu, at Castaways Tavern in Cruz Bay.
Nielu starts with Cruzan vanilla rum, adds Cruzan dark rum, and adds “just a touch” of Coco Lopez, more orange juice than pineapple juice, then adds her twist…a shot of amaretto. Shaken, precisely four times, served with fresh nutmeg and just a cherry in a plastic glass.
The Castaways Painkiller. $6 all day long.
December 4th, 2011
Big Planet is offering free shipping and stateside retail pricing on Naish Stand-Up Paddleboards. No shipping, no tax, and if you order this week, you’ll have it in time to wrap up for a Christmas gift. email for details here.
That’s the advertising part. Here’s the paddleboard story part, an activity called SUP, for Stand Up Paddleboarding.
“We got our first boards a couple of years ago and that’s when it started catching on here on St. John, ” says Big Planet’s Pretlow Majette.
“The only equipment is a board and a paddle and it’s super easy to learn. Most people spend a little time doing the ‘Pocahontas’ paddling around on their knees, then shortly learn to stand up. ”
St. John’s calm waters aren’t usually great for surfing, but are ideal for paddleboarding and Pretlow says it’s good exercise and he says it’s winning over even serious Watersports enthusiasts.
“My buddy Eric likes it because it doesn’t make his butt itch like his kayak does. Just saying the word ‘kayak’ makes my butt itch. ”
There’s a story about SUP on St. John in Sunday’s New York Times.
December 2nd, 2011
Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us to Mongoose Junction and the patio tables at Sundog Cafe.
Here we have a chicken Chimichanga served with fresh guacamole and tortilla chips on a salad with black beans and feta cheese for $15.
And the fresh baked turnover of the day, nicknamed The Puff, today a Cheeseburger Puff, puff pastry stuffed with beef, cheese, pickles and tomatoes, served with a Caesar salad and a spicy aioli for $14.
Some serious food comes out of that tiny little kitchen.
December 1st, 2011
Word of mouth is king on St. John, so we figure we should start sharing good experiences we have. If you’re looking for a guy with a truck, or a designer, we’ve got two to recommend.
First, meet Michael Marsh from Tropic Service and Supply Co. This guy is super-friendly, professional, reasonable and on time. When we asked him why the front of his truck says “The good, the bad and the ugly,” he flashed a smile and said “Because on any given day I might be any one of the three.” But we’re pretty sure he’s never bad or ugly. Deliver, haul away or, in our case, both.
And meet Leslie Whitney, of Designs of Aqua Bay, Inc. Leslie is the new owner of the bed & breakfast Aqua Bay Villas in Frank Bay, and if you want a feel for her skills as a designer, stop by and see how they’ve transformed the place. Working with Leslie was as easy as telling her what we wanted, and then sitting back and waiting for the phone to ring telling us it was on the way.
Michael Marsh: 340-626-4946. Leslie Whitney: Designs of Aqua Bay. Oh, and meet Bongo Bongo’s new chairs!
November 30th, 2011
The fourth year for St. John’s flag football league is coming up, but this time the league has formed the official St. John Football Association, hoping to help broaden its influence and appeal.
“One of the advantages of having the Association will be a more involved Adult’s League, ” says STJFA’s Chantel Hoheb. “All players will be required to participate in at least one community service activity, and will be encouraged to set good examples for the young children watching them play on a weekly basis. ”
Adult League players will also coach and referee the Junior League games, giving grown-ups another chance to help St. John’s kids.
“STJFA stands by good sportsmanship, self-discipline and teamwork, all part of our mission to improve our community by positively influencing the next generation, ” Chantel says.
You can read about the Flag Football League, how to sign up a team and participate, here.
( League members Josh Germain, above, and Shaiman Lalich, below – note Shaiman’s cool US Virgin Islands tattoo.)
November 28th, 2011
Today’s Painkiller is masterfully mixed by friendly Myona at Snorkel’s poolside bar at the Westin.
Myona makes her Painkiller with Cruzan dark rum, and equal parts Coco Lopez, orange juice and pineapple juice. She adds a Meyer’s rum floater and tops it with nutmeg with an orange slice on the rim and a free-floating cherry.
Served in a plastic glass. The Westin Painkiller. $9 all day long. Watching the sunset on the beach is worth the extra dollar or two.
November 27th, 2011
We cheer when there is A-1 Steak Sauce left in our refrigerator, and sigh when there is not. Steak Sauce runs $7 or $8.
But this stuff is the bomb.
“Better Value Steak Sauce, Salsa de Bistec” tastes exactly like A-1, and it’s less than two bucks. We found it at St. John Market.
So far, there is no Better Value version of the actual bistec on St. John, though the prices for steak at St. John Market are pretty reasonable.
November 26th, 2011
When a little island raises more than $140,000 for breast cancer research, the American Cancer Society notices.
St. John’s first annual Relay for Life did just that in February.
Pictured second to left, St. John’s Mary Bartolucci, the event chairman for Relay for Life St. John, in Florida recently, receiving the Rookie of the Year award on behalf of St. John’s Save Second Base efforts.
Also pictured, Arnold Altman, chairman of the board of the American Cancer Society’s Florida division, Maria Cristy, chairman of the American Cancer Society of Puerto Rico and Ralph Devitto, CEO for the American Cancer Society’s Florida division.
The 2012 St. John Relay for Life is scheduled for February 11-12.
Money is already coming in. A Woody’s Block Party earlier this month raised almost $19,000, and an event at La Plancha del Mar last week raised more than $3,100 for its team.