Lunch of the Week: Sundog Cafe

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.







Referrals: A delivery guy and a designer

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!







Flag football league forms Association

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.)







Best Painkiller, Round 4: The Westin

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.







A budget-friendly steak sauce

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.







American Cancer Society names St. John relay “Rookie of the Year “

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.







Lunch of the Week: Gastrogrub

November 25th, 2011

Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us to the second level of Marketplace and the relatively new Gastrogrub. Here we have rosemary truffle Parmesan Tater Tots, for $6.

And a warm spinach salad with Feta, roasted peppers, pecans, balsamic vinegar and shrimp for $17.

And a roasted tomato soup with a “Grilled Cheez” sandwich for $10.

Check out the menus. The parking is plentiful…and free.







Hungry? Who’s open this Thanksgiving

November 24th, 2011

We dropped a few dimes to find out who is open and serving today and who’s offering a Thanksgiving menu, and the list is surprisingly long. Here’s who will feed you today, and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Aqua Bistro: Thanksgiving dinner from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
-Asolare: Open for dinner, a la carte special menu.
-Baked in the Sun: Open until 2 p.m.
-Banana Deck: Buffet-style dinner starting at 4 p.m.
-Beach Cafe at the Westin: Thanksgiving buffet 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
-Cruz Bay Prime: Special Thanksgiving menu 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
-Da Livio: Regular dinner menu
-Donkey Diner: Regular menu ’til 1 p.m.
-Fatty Crab: Open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with fixed price menu
-Fish Trap: Open 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with special $26 Thanksgiving dinner
-High Tide: Thanksgiving plate plus a la carte options starting at 3 p.m.
-Jakes: Regular menu until 2 p.m.
-JJ’s Texas Coast: Open with some Thanksgiving specials
-La Plancha del Mar: Dinner with regular menu and Thanksgiving specials
-Lime Inn: Dinner, regular menu, a chicken special and Thanksgiving sides
-Margarita Phil’s: Open for lunch and dinner with regular menu
-Tourist Trap: Open through happy hour with regular menu
-Waterfront Bistro: Open with regular menu and Thanksgiving specials
-Zozo’s: Open for dinner with regular menu and a turkey special







Caught on tape: Max performs

November 23rd, 2011

We told you several weeks ago about Max, the Westin parrot who can say ‘hello,’ bark like a dog, meow like a cat and whistle the Andy Griffith Show song, but we also said Max had never performed for us.

On-StJohn.com reader Caitlyn Thorburn sends us video proof that Max does indeed live up to her billing. (Max is a she.)

Listen closely. The Andy Griffith part comes at the end and you’ll only get a couple of bars of it, but it’s worth the wait.

Caught on tape: Max the parrot, below…

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How the Prom got its start

November 22nd, 2011

The 16th Annual All Island Holiday Party at Mongoose Junction is set for December 10 this year. The event, affectionately called “The Prom” (because it’s one of the few dress-up occasions on flip-floppy/work booty/tee-shirty St. John) is a fun yearly event that was born in the wake of disaster.

“The Prom has its roots in trying to rebuild the community after Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, and through the years it has become a social highlight for many full time St. Johnians and a homecoming for many seasonal residents,”says Michael Barry, one of the event’s sponsors.

“It’s an opportunity to dress up and celebrate the holidays and our life together on St. John.”

Ocean Grill, The Tap Room, La Plancha del Mar and the Mongoose Junction Merchants Association are other sponsors.

This year, look for champagne and oyster bars, live music and dancing. Adults only. Island Fancy attire. This year’s Prom: December 10 starting at 9 p.m.

 







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