Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
How was your weekend? I'm thinking I need one more day for my weekend and I'm taking Monday off to show my friend around St John. I will have lot's of fun photos to share with you all very soon - hope everyone has a fantastic Monday! Here are a bunch of links of beaches and attractions on St John HERE.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This week I've heard St Thomas referred to as Never Neverland on multiple occasions - how appropriate!!! In one way or another we are all on a permanent vacation here on island and this is something I plan on taking full advantage of in the next week while I have a friend visiting. I'm looking forward to showing my friend all that the island has to offer and remembering why I love living on St Thomas. What is the one thing you always do when friends come to visit?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Wishing it was Sunday today!
Have you eaten at Pesce's restaurant on the east end of St Thomas? It's my new favorite place for Sunday brunch on St Thomas. They have a Build your own Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar that is BOTTOMLESS and an eggs benedict that is I fell in love with. Defiantly worth trying next Sunday you're on St Thomas, take a look at Pesce's menu online HERE. They serve brunch from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm.
PS My favorite brunch spot on St John is The Donkey Diner!!!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Last week I cooked the yummiest dumplings with a soba miso soup for dinner!!!! Since I'm a little new to cooking I've noticed that it's really difficult to go exactly by a recipe, so there where a few modifications but everything tasted amazing! This is the dumpling recipe that I found on Design Sponge's blog HERE (substituted ground pork with ground turkey) and the easy miso noodle soup recipe on Steamy Kitchen's site HERE.
This week I'm thinking Italian! I just picked up a new book called The Silver Spoon Pasta and it has some amazing recipes that I can't wait to try.Happy Cooking!!!
PS Next week I hope to have made my own photos of the food I make (the above photos are linked back to sources.)
Monday, January 23, 2012
Oh Monday why are you not as wonderful as Sunday?
How was your weekend?
I had yet another weekend where I'm happy the weather is (almost) the same all year round here in the USVI. I'm also grateful for moments when you do something repeatedly and it still feel fresh and new - like a Saturday afternoon at Megan's Beach. I think one of the first things I did after leaving the airport when I moved to St Thomas was go for a swim at Megan's Beach (that was over 5 years ago) and I have lost count of how many times I've been to this beach, yet I still have a great time here!
Happy Monday friends!!!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Dominica is known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean and is the destination for nature lovers, people that love to hike, scuba dive, and that are looking for an amazing relaxing Caribbean island vacation. Dominica doesn't have an international airport which makes it relatively quiet for tourist activity. Here are a few quick tips to help plan a vacation on Dominica:
A quiet apartment rental that makes you feel like a local at The Trafalgar Cottage.
Renting a room or the whole house at Villa Passiflora is a wonderful place to stay.
A simple guide of where to eat HERE.
Middleham Falls Hike - one of the largest waterfalls on Dominica.
Extreme Dominica - a canyoning adventure you will talk about for the rest of your life.
Papillote's tropical oasis that has gardeners all over the world in a state of awe!
The Boiling Lake Hike.
One of the oldest churches in the Caribbean next to the sea HERE.
A short list of Dominican literature HERE.
Hot Spring Spa's - Rainforest Shangri-La and Screw Spa.
Photographs of Dominica HERE.
I highly recommend picking up a Bradt Dominica guide by Paul Crask.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Another week just flew by, wowzer!! Again I haven't made any weekend plans to do anything fun - have you made any plans? The weather seems to be nice again here on island so we might do a little beach adventure and of course I still want to get to the yoga class at the Buddha Temple on Sunday (still trying.) Did you get a chance to see the photos from last weekend HERE?
PS Don't you love the little candle my mother sent me (above photo)? They are so little and sweet - I have one on my desk while I work for a little ambiance in my office.
This morning I woke to the sound of an owl!!! I love the way an owl sounds - have you ever heard one? I've yet to see what the owls look like here in the Caribbean. It was much better than the typical bird that you hear on St Thomas in the morning - a rooster. Of course not long after the sweet sounds from the owl I heard these guys HERE.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Last year at this time I traveled to Maine and was doing this and that. This year my family is coming down to visit me instead (way better.) I'm thinking about getting a fancy thermometer like my mom has on her deck, so I know the temperature. Do you check the temperature before going outside where you live? It feels as though it's been much cooler here in the USVI this winter.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Villa Botanica on St Thomas has to be one of the most magical places in the US Virgin Islands. It is truly a tropical garden dream in paradise. Can you imagine having a garden party here or a destination wedding? Look HERE for more photographs of the venue where they hold events.
For more information about Villa Botanica please visit their website at villabotanica.com.
PS You might also be interested in this tropical garden on Dominica HERE.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Last weeks cooking lesson with my friend was amazing! Jane is a master baker for sure and she taught me some wonderful baking basics like how to measure flour (this might explain my failure with Popovers.) We baked a lot of bread last week: a Garlic & Olive Bread (since I'm the only one that likes olives we substituted with chopped capers), the best Blueberry Scone ever with Passionfruit Curd (out of this world yummy), a Wholewheat and Flaxseed Loaf (amazing for sandwiches), and a Yeast Coconut Bread (that I still haven't tried). I'm searching for a yummy bread recipe to try this week and also drooling over these dumplings HERE.
Monday, January 16, 2012
It was a good thing I wasn't standing where this gigantic coconut fell five feet from me!!!
Well, for not making any plans this weekend it turned out to be a lot of fun! We went to the BVI on Jon's new boat to make some photographs of it for his website and ran into a group of friends on Jost Van Dyke. On Sunday we made it out to the other side of St Thomas to the Agricultural Fair in Bordeaux - it seems to grow each year!!!
Hope everyone has a great week!