Traveltalkonline.com Forums


SXM Cruise Schedule TTOL Sponsors SXM Travel Calendar
Forum Statistics
Forums39
Topics30,637
Posts231,094
Members25,455
Most Online2,218
Jan 21st, 2020
Top Posters(30 Days)
Fred 97
Zanshin 77
pat 67
tpcook 58
Member Spotlight
EdB
EdB
Boynton Beach, FL
Posts: 2,887
Joined: December 2008
Show All Member Profiles 
Today's Birthdays
nanoonan, Utopia, WildMeridian
Who's Online Now
62 registered members (cmh2sxm, Zanshin, IWIWSE, RatmansWife, Winterstale, KirkB, TomB, JimandBeth, FrenchLaundry, DannynGinger, Tom, captmonk, jbutah, jpfitzy7, Larkin, chazo, RebeccaTN, SXMNorm, Fred, Rbailey, Carib_Ian, PML, firstcharter, bc007, mark37, ChuckG, MKGrey, louismcc, beachbum1313, Kennys, Volle Maan, Tonythepilot, BarnacleBoy, pk5352, Kegoangoango, GeorgeC1, cwoody, pbd007, charlie, chuckval, doctorj, sleepychef, bigbobthib, JasonHelmbrecht, MrEZgoin, edaklein, tradewinds, 15 invisible), 294 guests, and 350 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR #211099
12/13/2019 06:07 AM
12/13/2019 06:07 AM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
jazzgal Offline OP
Traveler
jazzgal  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
Saturday, November 30

I had planned a beach day at Divi, where I own weeks in June, but a hard rain started and scuttled my Divi plans. When the rain ultimately stopped, I went to Karakter for breakfast. The food was fine, but service was a little spotty. Headed back to the Toad for the afternoon. I did get some beach time, but it was overcast.

[Linked Image]

The lovely couple who hosted the “cooking with friends” event last Saturday invited some friends over for cocktails tonight.

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

After watching another beautiful sunset, we enjoyed hors d’oeuvres catered by Fabulous Feasts.

[Linked Image]

The food truly was fabulous. It was a very pleasant time on their deck with friends and food. The plan was to go to Vesna Taverna for dinner; not many were hungry after the generous hors d’oeuvre spread, but we soldiered on. I had just a crab cake and chocolate mousse. I know a lot of people love Vesna, but I have yet to be wowed by the food there.

Sunday, December 1

Innkeeper Doug has a morning ritual of sitting on the seawall with a cup of coffee and his cat Ginger before taking his daily swim. Ruralcarrier dubbed this “a man and his cat” when he posted a picture on Facebook. I enjoy watching the sweet interaction from my balcony each morning.

[Linked Image]

Determined to have a beach day, I headed to Petite Plage for breakfast at Sunset Café before heading to the beach. Again, good food (goat cheese omelette with hash browns and bacon) but less-than-stellar service. And it was clear that any beach day wouldn’t be happening on Petite Plage as the sea was crashing against the sea wall. That appeared to be the case all along Grand Case Beach.

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

I decided to try Divi since there is generally a large beach at Little Bay. The beach was a lot more crowded than I am accustomed to seeing in June. Huge waves, very unusual for Little Bay, were creeping under the lounge chairs all along the beach. I lounged for a couple of hours with my beach bag on the table next to my chair so the water wouldn’t soak my bag. The final straw was a really large wave that came up on my chair, covering me with sand, and splashed into my beach bag. Enough! When I returned to the Toad, some guests had been driving around the island and said that the restaurants at Friar’s Bay were closed because the water there was all the way up to the restaurants and there was no beach. Angry seas all the way around today.

Since it’s close, I headed back to Le Moulin Fou for dinner, ordering the spectacular goat cheese salad and duck shepherd’s pie.

[Linked Image]

More than half of both ended out boxed up for me to take home. Crème brulee topped off the meal.

[Linked Image]

While heading back to my car, the throng of cats were waiting in the parking lot. I left my leftover shepherd’s pie out for them to eat. Poor babies; wish I could take a couple of them home.

Monday, December 2

I was awakened around 4:00 a.m. to the sound of the smoke alarm in the kitchen going off. It buzzed only three times and then stopped, so I tried without success to go back to sleep. It went off again shortly after 6:00 a.m. but stopped after a few beeps. Then shortly after 7:00 a.m. the one in the bedroom went off and.would.not.stop. Innkeeper Doug was sitting on the seawall so I yelled at him; he could easily hear the noise and came up to my unit. Lacking a ladder, he got up on a chair and removed the detector. Just as he was walking out the door to get a new battery, the one in the kitchen went off again so he also removed that one. Turns out it wasn’t the batteries, but Doug replaced both units.

[Linked Image]

Only three more full days on the island, and not enough time left to do all I’d like to do. But I crammed two things into today’s schedule so as to not lose a beach day. I spent the morning puttering around the Toad and working on this trip report. Then I met some friends for lunch at Sol e Luna, which has now become a three-time tradition. WendyK first introduced me to this experience, and we have repeated it each time we are on the island at the same time.

Sol e Luna offers a three-course lunch for 24 euro. I had the beef carpaccio appetizer, a basil pasta entrée, and a lime crème dessert. Everything was very good although the pasta had more tomato than I was expecting.

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

Rushed home after lunch to change for a Meet and Greet I was hosting at Bar Code.


[Linked Image]
SXM Sponsors
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211115
12/13/2019 10:00 AM
12/13/2019 10:00 AM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 72,838
Central Florida!
Carol_Hill Offline
Traveler
Carol_Hill  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 72,838
Central Florida!
Thanks for the report! Amazing, going all around the island and seas so rough, no place one could sit on the beach! Those appetizers from Fabulous Feast look amazing! Great sunset and as always, such food porn!! clapping Thanks so much for soldiering on, to get this done.


Carol Hill
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211120
12/13/2019 10:17 AM
12/13/2019 10:17 AM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 15,704
Ohio
ruralcarrier Offline
Traveler
ruralcarrier  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 15,704
Ohio
Thanks again for the report and pictures. I really enjoyed watching Doug and Ginger every morning on the seawall. We also fed some of the cats and kittens that were hanging around where Cheri's was located.


J.D.
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211127
12/13/2019 11:05 AM
12/13/2019 11:05 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 12,782
Auburn, WA
SXMScubaman Offline
Traveler
SXMScubaman  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 12,782
Auburn, WA
Nice report and pictures.

Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211262
12/14/2019 10:50 AM
12/14/2019 10:50 AM
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 7,068
St Louis, MO
SXMNorm Online content
Traveler
SXMNorm  Online Content
Traveler
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 7,068
St Louis, MO
Thanks for taking time to post your report and wonderful pics.


Next SXM visit - January/February 2021
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: SXMNorm] #211265
12/14/2019 10:55 AM
12/14/2019 10:55 AM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,022
Maryland/DC Metro
BeachKitten Offline
Traveler
BeachKitten  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,022
Maryland/DC Metro
That spread laid out in the kitchen looks delish! Maybe I should use them next time instead of spending most of the day in the kitchen..... wink


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: BeachKitten] #211310
12/14/2019 02:58 PM
12/14/2019 02:58 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
jazzgal Offline OP
Traveler
jazzgal  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
Fabulous Feasts really did a nice job, and I thought the quality was very good.


[Linked Image]
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211312
12/14/2019 03:04 PM
12/14/2019 03:04 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont
sxmmartini Offline
Traveler
sxmmartini  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont
Fabulous Feasts table photo was very nice. It looks like it was set up in the villa of your friend? How many people were there and was it per person or a fixed platter price?

Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211315
12/14/2019 03:11 PM
12/14/2019 03:11 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
jazzgal Offline OP
Traveler
jazzgal  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
Yes, in a villa in Pelican Key. You'd have to ask the hosts about the price; we were invited guests. I want to say the hosts won something with Fabulous Feasts, but I may not be remembering that correctly. At any rate, the guests did not pay.


[Linked Image]
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: jazzgal] #211317
12/14/2019 03:17 PM
12/14/2019 03:17 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont
sxmmartini Offline
Traveler
sxmmartini  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont


Live your life the way you meant to live it!
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: sxmmartini] #211320
12/14/2019 03:50 PM
12/14/2019 03:50 PM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,022
Maryland/DC Metro
BeachKitten Offline
Traveler
BeachKitten  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 3,022
Maryland/DC Metro
Thanks for the pricing link!


"It is good to do nothing all day, and then to rest" wink
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: BeachKitten] #211432
12/15/2019 01:55 PM
12/15/2019 01:55 PM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,717
Galena, IL
indi Offline
Traveler
indi  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,717
Galena, IL
The cocktail party was at our villa and Fabulous Feasts' food and service were excellent! Just have them send you their menu options. I ordered too much for 18 guests....LOL.
Wanted it to be a very nice event and spent about $800, excluding wine, which I bought separately. Cost included 2 wait staff for 4 hours.....didn't have to lift a finger!
Would highly recommend!


Joyce M-C

[Linked Image]



Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: indi] #211436
12/15/2019 02:21 PM
12/15/2019 02:21 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
jazzgal Offline OP
Traveler
jazzgal  Offline OP
Traveler
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 3,851
Portland, OR
I didn't know if you were on TTOL, Joyce. It was a beautiful event and one of the highlights of my trip. THANK YOU for your incredible generosity!


[Linked Image]
Re: Trip Report 11/12/19-12/6/19, PART FOUR [Re: indi] #211439
12/15/2019 02:31 PM
12/15/2019 02:31 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont
sxmmartini Offline
Traveler
sxmmartini  Offline
Traveler
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 6,954
Vermont
Thank you! It was a beautiful catered table and I will think about FF if I am having a gathering in SXM.


Live your life the way you meant to live it!

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1