There will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade

March 3rd, 2012

The Quiet Mon Pub has had a rough few weeks.

The Quiet Mon won’t close…it will close….it did close…it might reopen…and, it did reopen. (February 24.)

And, worries that there would be no St. Patrick’s Day parade.







Lunch of the Week: Joe’s Rum Hut

March 2nd, 2012

We’ve taken you to lunch at Joe’s before, but it’s always worth another stop. The specials board is the star, but the menu’s pretty solid too. We’ll order from the menu today.

Here we have the chicken Caesar salad, with a twist. Chicken salad, atop romaine lettuce with croutons and Parmesan, for $12. (Lobster for $4 more.)

And the Gyro. Lamb, lettuce, tomato and a heap of taziki and feta on a homemade nann, for $11.

The Wharfside beach and people-watching location is included.







Funny boozy undertones story

March 1st, 2012

An attentive server will notice when your drink needs refreshing.







Cruz Bay SUP soon come

February 29th, 2012

Big Planet’s long-planned second location at Wharfside Village, in the former Low Key Watersports space, is open for business…and you can learn to paddle board right there soon.

“The store build out took us about six weeks or so,” says owner Pretlow Majette. “You know how building goes on St. John, plus I built pretty much everything myself and apparently I’m terrible at estimating how long stuff takes.”

The new location (the original at Mongoose Junction is alive and well) will also soon be renting Stand Up Paddle boards (that’s SUP to you hipsters) on the beach, and the staff will be doing classes right there. Pretlow promises to make us look like fools SUP-ing on the water for all to see soon.

Meantime, back inside…check out the cool, back-lit mural behind the store’s register.

“It’s called the WaterBase. It was done by a 17-year-old in Australia and he’s licensing some more of his artwork to us too.”







Where to get your cigars

February 28th, 2012

You should be able to do whatever you want on vacation, even stink up your respectfully selected private, outdoor space with a cigar if that’s your pleasure. (Is that politically correct enough?)

But there aren’t many places left where you can find your stink on St. John.

Captain’s Corner, on the park in Cruz Bay, is still a cigar outpost.

“We can’t sell Cuban cigars but we do have Cuban seed cigars, and lots of others, including Royal Barbados and cigars from the Dominican Republic, ” says Peggy, at Captain’s Corner. “The average cigar sells for about $7, and we sell a lot of them, ” she says.

Captain’s Corner also sells Virgin Island Rum Cigars, rum-flavored cigars so you can knock back two vices at once. It’s vacation.

You can get a stinker for as little as $4, or as much as $13 for a fine, hand rolled Montecristo. And Customs says you can take up to 100 cigars home.

We just saw in the Tradewinds that Ronnie’s Pizza also now sells cigars. We’ll check that out too.







Pizza at Da Livio

February 27th, 2012

Check out Joseph at Da Livio in Cruz Bay making us a Casalinga pizza…mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Fontina, pepperoni and spec.

And a special last ingredient.

Ask him about the special oven from Italy. Have a glass of wine and get it to go. Hand tossed pizza at Da Livio, below…







St. John without kids

February 26th, 2012

And now we conclude our story of Claire Mele and husband Frank, who, for the first time ever, made their annual trip to St. John without their kids, and got out on the town thanks to your suggestions.

“We went to ZoZo’s and met the niece of the owner for whom the restaurant is named, sat upstairs at the bar, everything was delicious and the view was beautiful, ” says Claire, who took full advantage of her husband’s offer not to eat at the villa every night. (He’s a devoted member of the Cooler People.)

“La Tapa told us we didn’t need a reservation, but when we showed up for dinner, they were booked, so we went to Ocean Grill, which couldn’t have been nicer, and I managed to include our first drink at Woody’s. ”

Claire says their solo trip included several other firsts, including their first swim from Hawksnest to Gibney, their first visit to Annaberg and their first Bushwhacker (at Caneel Bay.)

“I almost forgot! We were so emboldened, we had TWO drinks at the airport bar. We’ve never done that!, ” she says.

With kids grown up, Claire and Frank have crossed over to the world of boozy undertones. Welcome to the team guys.







Trash goes solar

February 25th, 2012

Look what showed up on the Cruz Bay ferry dock.

A solar powered trash compactor and accompanying recycling bin.

Less trash on the ground and an efficient way to dispose of it. Oh no. Another step toward making St. John look just like America.







Best Bushwhacker Round 5: Shipwreck

February 24th, 2012

Meet Shipwreck Landing bartender Sharon, whose personality is even bigger than her smile.

Sharon is also full of confidence, greeting us with “I’m going to win this competition.” She’s already got the Virgin Islands Daily News Best Frozen Drink award under her belt.

The Shipwreck Bushwhacker, with no fewer than nine ingredients, is $9 all day long.

How does Sharon make her Bushwhacker?







Midseason football league update

February 23rd, 2012

The St. John Football Association’s 2012 flag football season continues until April 7th, and halfway through the season it is the Wildcats and 1st Phase Bulldogs (squaring off above) who are in the lead.

Current League Standings:

1- Wildcats, 6-0
2-1st Phase Bulldogs 4-2
3- Going Green 4-2
4-Contra 3-3
5- Boondox 1-5
6 Green Flash Chupacabras 0-6

You can follow the schedule of games and standings at the Association’s Facebook Page.

The kids get to play too. Junior League teams below, including the 13-15 year old Wildcats and Jr. Boondox, and the 8-12 year old Junior Green Flash, with coach Mo.







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