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Yesterday at 11:58 PM Club O Chairs [by Tom8042]
HI Everyone,

Thought I would give the heads up. Just saw a post from Cedric at Club O on Facebook. If you go early morning to reserve chairs you need to be back by 10am to pay for the chairs. At 10am they will remove your towel or marker from the chair and anyone can claim it. Works for me, thought people here may like to know. Just the messenger.
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Yesterday at 10:23 PM SuperU [by CJIMI]

We are heading down on March 16, for a 10day stay. We rented a ground floor studio in Orient Village via AirB&B.
We usually stop for groceries at the SuperU in Hope Estate. Does anyone know if they are still giving one to one , euros/dollars, for USD cash ? Thanks to all.
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Yesterday at 06:40 PM when should we provision [by tangerine3]
Hi all, we have a charter coming up May 3rd. Have only provisioned once before about 10 years ago. Can't remember when before the charter we put in our order; used bobby's don't remember which location and they were about an hour late . Was wondering how far in advance we should put in our order and with whom? looking for the establishment that has the easiest online ordering; or do they still only do faxing or emailing? I only know of riteway pasea and bobbys in roadtown. We will not need anything special as we are probably going to eat most dinners out, but will want breakfast items, deli stuff, snacks, water, beer, condiments, dry good stuff like that. We will be chartering from the moorings. Thank you in advance.
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Yesterday at 04:42 PM Now That's a Breakfast - Reveil Matin [by Whale Tail]
I should be full until dinner. The French Toast Baguette was so fresh, it was like biting into a donut
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Yesterday at 01:24 PM Trip report Day 1 and 2, Feb 24-March 5 trip [by FatCat04]
We (husband, 6 year old daughter, and I) got back to our favorite island Sat the 24th.

Day 1 Saturday

Flights were nice. We were on Delta from Nashville thru ATL. ATL is daunting and last minute gate/terminal changes not withstanding, it went smoothly.

Flight got in early. Good thing too. The arrival complex was packed. We spent almost 2 hours on the bus and then in line. We had only carry ons. I asked 2 separate people about having carry ons only. They both said it didn't make the process any faster but it was nice to breeze out after immigration, no waiting for bags. Once we got in the immigrations building, we were out in maybe 10 mins tops. Lots of hot heads in line but I think most folks were just confused and frustrated as to the multiple line situation, why lines moved differently, the very humid conditions, and just the kind of organized chaos of it all. But in the end it is 2 hours of inconvenience and sticky heat for paradise. I'll live. But, I will probably book midweek flights next time if this situation is still going on next trip.

Hertz was waiting for us, they said they always wait for their last customer even if it is past closing time. It took about 20 mins to get the car even though they were absolutely slammed. First time with Hertz at SXM. We have been Avis people for 15 + years. Hertz was as easy as Avis has been in the past The vehicle is a no frills island rental with 28k kms on it and the battle scars to prove it but it will get us where we wanna go and has good AC. I ask for nothing more.

We got over to Orient in about 25 mins. The island is so nice and green so rainfall must be good now. The downside to lots of rain is little biting insects. I must be their version of cheesecake because they can not resist me. Our rental agents met us at the apartment. Nice folks and a very nice place with a large balcony and great views. We got everything in from the car then hit up the Casino for a few necessities. Always amazes me how much stuff that little grocery has on its shelves. It is such a nice little grocery store. I love the Super U but the Casino really has all the necessities and so much more, and the prices are not bad. We will hit up the Tabac for beach toys tomorrow.

Off to Yellow Sub for dinner as is our tradition on our first night. Melvin took care of us. We both had the yummy garlicky mussels for appetizer and the very affordable entrecote steak for plat because we were hungry enough to eat a horse, and that steak was as big as a horse. It was perfectly cooked and tender. Husband had the blue sauce, I the mushroom sauce. They do sauces very well at Yellow Sub and both our meals were excellent. The bottle of Cotes du Rhone to wash it down was perfect. But the dessert.... oh... the dessert! Pistachio creme brulee... it was heavenly. We both got our own and good thing too. No fisticuffs at table. 6 year old daughter had the kids cheese burger and fries which was huge. No dessert for her as she was so exhausted and didn't want dessert... so you know she is tired. I gave her a couple bites of mine and she was happy. It was karaoke night and there was some real talent there. Made for a super fun night. We will probably go back again this trip on one of their music nights.

We made our sleepy way back to the apartment and sat on the balcony listening to the sea. Then collapsed into bed about 11... and slept like the righteous until 7:30.

Day 2 Sunday

Woke up to sea and sun and delicious coffee. Husband was off on the daily ritual beach walk and pastry run. The sea and beach looked stunning. It will be a slow beach day for us today anyway. We planned to lounge on the beach, do nothing, and then rest afterwards. snore

We decided to go to Kontiki as we know the beach manager Geoffrey having met him a couple trips back when he was at Bikini and he has always done a great job making us feel welcome. We got there around 11, ordered some wine, some lunch (a double Kontiki platter to share which was plenty of food, I love the chicken spring rolls), played in the ocean with the kid, made some sand castles, took a 45 min walk, and generally just enjoyed the wind and waves. The sea and wind were calm and perfect. It was pretty crowded so we knew that while the service was great, patience would be a must but we were in no hurry.

About 4 we headed to the pool for a quick dip and then back for showers and prettying up for dinner.

Maison Mere tonight. The food and service were very good as usual. For starter, husband had the special "perfect egg" and I had the mahi mahi cerviche. Both were excellent. Husband's egg was smothered in speck ham and cooked to perfect creaminess. My mahi was soft and buttery and the coconut milk and lime added such a nice flavor. Daughter had the kids fish and chips which were very tasty. For main, husband had scallops and truffle risotto which was loaded with truffle. I had the sole with table side service. The sole was very well prepared though it was not the usual buttery lemon prep with mashed potatoes but a creamy butter sauce with hints of almodt a Thai seasoning served with basmati rice. It was a nice change up and very tasty and the serving itself was big, hard for me to finish but I did it. Both our mains went well with the Loire white my husband chose. For dessert, daughter had 2 scoops of salted caramel ice cream, her new favorite. I had the roasted pineapple rum baba flambee and husband had the old rum souffle. All excellent and sadly we totally forgot to get pictures of half the meal. I'll do better tomorrow. All in all the food and service were wonderful.

We stopped by Le Bouchon to make a reservation for the next evening and then made our way back to the apartment for a glass of wine, the sound of waves and sleep. Another beautiful day.
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Yesterday at 08:14 AM Trip Report Day 4 & 5 [by lhbsurf]
Our 4th day was a trip to Friar's Bay and lunch at Friar's Bay Beach Club. The water was so calm it looked like a swimming pool. It felt hotter today and we later discovered that it was higher humidity and the haze we noticed in the air was due to Sahara Dust. Lunch was good - my husband had a cheeseburger and fries and I had the stuffed mussels. We shared my favorite dessert, the coconut ice cream with warm chocolate sauce. We went to Long Bay for the sunset, which was pretty much a bust due to clouds (or maybe the dust? I'm not sure) blocking the horizon. It was still a beautiful walk. Dinner was charcuterie at the condo with the desserts we got from the Sebastien Quillere Patisserie that we located on the way home from Pinel yesterday. I didn't eat a whole lot of cheese and such so I could save room for the beautiful desserts. They did not disappoint - both were fabulous!

We've had beautiful weather most of the time, with just a few sprinkly showers here and there, except for Monday, day 5. A couple of pretty good down pours. Although Saba was not visible, it did not seem as hazy today and I think most of the dust is forecasted to be gone by Tuesday. We ended up back at Cupecoy beach to rent chairs - it's just so easy - and split a rib/chicken combo for lunch. Back to the condo to lounge in the hot tub (some of it during the rain!) and rest before heading to La Villa. Parked in the $5 lot, which was refunded by La Villa, but attendant long gone when we got back to the car. Checked in with La Villa since we were a little early, then went to Java for a quick cocktail. The food at La Villa was excellent, but the 45 minute wait for the table which was reserved weeks ago was not fun (we were 20 minutes early - no traffic - table was 25 minutes late). I know it happens - the patrons at the table were "late" and lingered, but definitely no fun to stand out in the road. If you're dining late, my advice would be to get the 8:15 reservations here as you get the first tables that are available - later and you are just at the mercy of diners to leave. We did the prix fixe menu - I had lobster bisque, lamb, and pistachio creme brûlée w/ chocolate sauce. My husband had frog legs, duck breast, and a trio of ice creams. I only remembered pics for the appetizers, but all the food was great. We will return and try for 8:15 next time.

As usual, we are having a wonderful time and getting lots of reading in!
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Yesterday at 12:08 AM Roma / Mr Chow Happy Hour Menu [by mahokid]
Can't seem to find Roma / Mr Chow happy hour menu that's getting all the buzz

Can someone kindly post

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02/26/2024 10:49 PM 4 legged braying visitors to Orient [by FatCat04]
We were just sitting on our condo's balcony enjoying some of our Super U loot, a nice Colombard/Sauvignon Blanc, when 2 sassy young donkeys went ambling down the frontage road right in front of Kontiki and Wai. Maybe they have dinner reservations at the Village tonight. wink

PS. My husband just let me know he got pictures. I'll see if I can post one. They were cute fellows. They are braying in the distance now.
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02/26/2024 10:29 PM Trip Report Feb 4 - 16 [by Clifford]
Previously I posted about our first few days on the island during a rare rain day. Now we are back home with the rest of our eleventh trip to the island behind us.
Weather was unusual with winds blowing from the south for the first few days. We stayed in Orient Village so south winds had an effect on the Dutch side of the island but was calm on Orient beach. During our stay winds shifted to the north west for several days, then to north east and finally to east for the final few days. With calmer winds it was hotter on the beach.
I don’t think I have seen as many people on the beach since at least seven years ago. The Club O section of beach had upwards of 400 people at one time. A large number were in the water at one time. There is a need for more chairs and umbrellas according to several people who couldn’t get them. If you are not marking chairs before 8:30 am you won’t get any. There was more people coming to the beach thru the Club O property. I didn’t check but it seems they may have been parking near the old entrance/security building.
The variable winds during our stay may have contributed to there being no sargassum on the beach during our twelve day stay. There was some sea grass on the south end of the beach one day and the north end the next day.
Even in 12 days we do not get to go to many of the fine restaurants in Orient Village and Grand Case. Several people liked Maison Mere. It is a little more open space than most restaurants. My wife liked the red snapper. I enjoyed the Triggerfish Mediteranean. It had a tomato bisque like sauce.
There are several new restaurants between Le Piment and Latelier. We didn’t go but they were busy. At the entrance to the village square is also a place that we heard was good. It has tables on the porch where there used to be real estate listings in the window. The ice cream shop is still there.
Long-timers said Ti Palm was the best restaurant in the Village. It’s first on our list for next year.
Overall I think the Orient Village restaurants have slipped a bit in quality over previous years.
In Grand Case the church is finally being restored. The choir is now up to about thirty members. Mass is celebrated in the open back of the church. The singing of the caraibes is so beautiful on Sunday morning.
For the third year we went to Le Bistronome restaurant in Grand Case. It is small and pretty. Thai soup, Buratta salad, escargot, a puff pastry topped lamb soup were some of the highlites.
We heard from others Calmos Cafe was good in GC. Two levels of dining overlooking the ocean. Hopefully next year.
For years I have vented about the airport/airline. Others have now taken up the cause. I’ll be brief. We got home with little delay. We booked travel days with the lowest airfare thinking they are the least crowded. On the return checked in online at the resort and paid our bag fee. We printed out our bag tag at the airport kiosk but they wouldn’t let us get in the bag drop line until 1 pm for a 3:30 flight. Then we waited half hour while a number of folks were directed to check in ahead of us. It’s a baggage drop. Should be able to drop and go. Up the escalator to the second floor for security screening. The 2nd floor has been returned to pre hurricane glory. Food is a little limited with only the Baccus sandwich, Domino Pizza and the ice cream lady. There is a duty free and a small bar. There was an AA plane at one of the 2nd floor jetways. Not ours. We went down the twisting wooden ramp to gates B1 B2. Like the underworld it gets hotter. No ceiling tiles. The PA couldn’t be heard from 20 feet. The overhead TV screens don’t work. My boarding pass said that was the time and place and I walked thru. A large bus awaited with 14 seats. Most stand. It took us almost to the Sunset Bar then a left turn to our plane with a narrow ramp with multiple switchbacks. Boarded, left and landed in Miami on time.
Plane pulled up to gate D2. A brisk walk to Passport Control which is about at D25. The overhead tram at Term D was not working. Global Entry was quicker than ever. Picked up our checked bag and followed the connecting flight sign. Our bag tag was scanned and we dropped it off with two attendants. This was new. Also there was not big line at TSA. It was less than an hour since we landed and we were looking for dining. Six pm on a Friday may just be a quiet time at MIA.
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02/26/2024 09:30 PM Sting Ray Pics [by Whale Tail]
Since it's raining pretty good right now and are stuck on the lanai. Not complaining at all. Here's a few pics from 7 stories up
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