The real Donkey Diner

November 9th, 2011

From On-StJohn.com reader Carolee Collier, a picture of a bold donkey at Cinnamon Bay.

“We happened across this group trying to have a picnic lunch on the beach, but the donkey was making it rather difficult, ” Carolee says. “He kept trying to help himself to the food on the table and even grabbed a plastic bag with a peanut butter sandwich in it. ”

Carolee says one of the guys grabbed it back and, after a short tug-of-war, reclaimed the bag and the sandwich.

“Then he took the sandwich out of the bag and gave it back to the donkey, ” she says.







Culturalypso at Gifft Hill School

November 8th, 2011

About 200 people took part in Gifft Hill School’s second annual “Culturalypso ” last week, held in honor of D. Hamilton Jackson.

The school’s Lower Campus front office manager, Angelita Bolques came up with the name for the free community carnival, a family-friendly event that this year included relay races, games, face painting, jewelry making, performances by GHS dancers in kindergarten through 5th grade, science experiments and educational booths.

The VI Fire Department also handed out pencils, rules, crayons, coloring books and inflatable batons.

Don’t know who D. Hamilton Jackson was? Click here.







Best Painkiller, Round One: High Tide

November 7th, 2011

Our first Painkiller is served up by cute Kim at High Tide.

As our incumbent Rum Punch winner, High Tide will be the only repeat entry.

Kim makes her Painkiller with Captian Morgan Private Stock spiced rum. “I like using spiced rum, ” says Kim. “It adds a richer taste. ” Orange juice, pineapple juice and a light hand on the Coco Lopez, free-floating cherry and grated nutmeg.

The High Tide Painkiller. $7 all day long. The beachfront location is on the house.







Villas for Sale: Bordeaux Falls

November 6th, 2011

Here’s a new villa on the market at just about the highest point on Bordeaux Mountain. Bordeaux Falls is listed by Islandia Real Estate for $2.495 million, and includes four bedrooms with a separate studio.

Very nicely done. Check it out below,







Donna Christiansen on Colbert Report

November 5th, 2011

Congratulations to Congresswoman Donna Christensen for subjecting herself to Steven Colbert. We’re not sure she knew what she was getting into, but she was a good sport. Aloha.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Better Know a District – The Virgin Islands – Donna Christensen
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive






Lunch of the Week: Joe’s Rum Hut

November 4th, 2011

Good cooks don’t go away, they just relocate.

Mike Garbo left his own G-Spot Cafe at Larry’s Landing a couple of months before it ultimately closed, but he landed at Joe’s Rum Hut. And the menu is always changing.

“I get to work in the morning around 7, take my dog for a walk, think about what I’ve got, come back and work out the day’s menu, ” Mike says.

You might see anything from Italian subs to escargot on the menu board. (Ya. Escargot. He’s got the fancy little French dishes for snails and everything.)

Today we have white bean and ham soup for $6.

And Mike’s famous nod to the Big Mac, the Big G, with homemade fries for $10.

And a corndog for $3. “It took me a while to find a batter I liked, and I found this one from a little old lady in New Jersey online. I sold 40 corndogs the first day I made them, ” Mike says.

And there’s still pizza too. A slice and a soda for $4.







From Maine to Maho, again and again

November 3rd, 2011

Meet Carolee Collier and Sharon Phinney, repeat Maho Bay Camps guests who shyly introduced themselves to us as we were sitting at the bar discussing the finer points of outboard engines with Captain John.

Sharon, from Norway, Maine, was on her third trip to Maho. Carolee, from Harrison, Maine and who was married on Hawksnest in 2006, was marking trip number five.

“We love the atmosphere at Maho, ” says Carolee. “The staff and the volunteers make us feel like it’s our home. ”

Sharon let us in on a secret.

“The best tent is A-9, ” she says. “You feel like you’re literally hanging out over Big Maho and you can sit there are watch the rays and tarpon and turtles all day long. “







Dumpster Dive: Pool floaties

November 2nd, 2011

Who says St. John doesn’t recycle.

We took faded, but still usable pool floaties (they were bright red 6 months ago) to the dumpster on the way into town at 10 a.m., and they were reclaimed in short order.

They were gone on the way back at 11:30 a.m. It took 90 minutes, probably a lot less, for them to find a new home.

The lifespan of pool floaties is short, especially cheap ones. Maybe a year at best.

We replaced those pink ones with new, bronze ones from Frontgate (the model did not come with them.)







Got ideas for students anxious to volunteer?

November 1st, 2011

Correction: Give Back day is November 10, not November 12.

Gifft Hill students and faculty are planning their second annual Gifft Hill School Gives Back volunteer day, scheduled for November 12 10, and kids from preschool through high school will be spending a day working in the community.

The students will do everything from cleaning and raking to spending time with senior citizens, but they’re also looking for more ideas for their projects.

If you’ve got suggestions for Gifft Hill School’s community volunteer day, let GHS know. 776-1730, or Email them!







Searching for St. John’s Best Painkiller

October 31st, 2011

A Painkiller’s ingredients must all be the same rum, Coco Lopez, orange juice, pineapple juice and nutmeg so we’ll have to judge on other criteria.

Specifically, the kind of rum used, ratio of mixers, presentation and the bartender’s own style.

And, since this is St. John’s Best Painkiller, Jost van Dyke’s Soggy Dollar, which is said to be the birthplace of the Painkiller, won’t be included, but we’ll sure consult with them!

We’ll also be packing on some calories and saturated fat. A standard Pusser’s Painkiller:







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