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Provisioning Options? #317242
04/03/2024 09:21 AM
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Heading to BVI next week and considering my provisioning options.
Personally I find it very annoying that every time we have provisioned online there has been so many substitutions. I know that the online provisioning is big business in BVI, which makes me wonder why their shopping lists are all so outdated and inaccurate. This year I plan on ordering the staples and going to the store in person for fresh produce and meats.

Looks like there is RiteWay, Bobby’s, and OneMart.

Who has best selection?
Best Fresh Produce?
Best fresh poultry/meat?

Thank you!

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Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317244
04/03/2024 09:31 AM
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We provisioned with Riteway last month. On the order form I always note "no substitutions please."
We got most of what we needed and then shopped at the smaller Riteway right near TMM charter company for produce. With the exception of sandwich makings, we brought our meats with us vacuum sealed and frozen in a soft sided cooler.

Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317254
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CottageGirl. I like your style. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a vacuum sealer. I will probably bring some steaks and chicken that way. I still need to decide on where to get fresh produce. We are going out of Nanny Cay. I know there is a small grocery outpost there, but I’ll probably make the trip into Road Town for final shopping. Would love some local opinions on best quality/selection.

Like who has fresh pineapple juice vs canned for PainKillers? No particular reason…just asking for a friend LOL.

Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317276
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We go to Tortola to shop about once a month, and usually wind up going to all 3 stores. To answer your specific questions:

Best selection: None of them. They each have different stock. Riteway is the largest, but they will fill a large expanse of shelf with the same item. OneMart and Bobby's have a lot of things that Riteway doesn't carry, but in much smaller quantities.

Best fresh produce: OneMart's produce is usually fresher. Riteway has a larger selection.

Best fresh poultry/meat: Riteway by a long shot. For the very best meat, go to Steakation.

Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317279
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Ahoy Captain,

I recommend using Riteways as your primary/only source.
Riteways has the most reliable delivery infrastructure - Relatively Speaking.
Please be Prepared for Substitutions and Omissions with every Delivery. Choose your Battles Wisely.
The more Venders that you get involved – the more chances for delays and other issues.
Here is a short list of Food and Liquor Provisioning sources in the BVI –

https://www.riteway.vg/shop-groceries.html - Riteways Food & Liquor

https://www.frenchdelibvi.com/ - European Food & Wine
https://relishgourmetfood.com/ - Specialty Food & Wine
https://grapeexpectation.revelup.com/weborder/?establishment=1#about – Specialty Food & Wine
https://www.steakationbutchers.com/ - Specialty Butcher - Now a Short walk from The Moorings / Sunsail at Wickhams Cay II
https://da-dk.facebook.com/seafoodkingdombvi/ - Frozen Seafood
https://onemartsupermarket.com/provisioning/ - OneMart Food & Liquor
https://www.bobbyssupermarket.com/provisioning/ - Bobb's Food & Liquor
https://caribbeancellars.com/ - Liquor
http://www.ticobvi.com/ - Liquor

As an Option -
I would suggest You drop your Galley Captain and Galley Crew at Riteways on the way in from the Ferry.
Then drop the remainder of the Crew at the Yacht.
Then send the same taxi back to pick up the Galley Captain and Crew.
Or
Everyone to the Yacht and then only the Galley Captain and Galley Crew do the Round Trip on the evening of your Arrival.
Or
The Galley Captain and Galley Crew do the Round Trip early the next morning while the Captain and First Mate do the Yacht Briefing.

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Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317322
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Originally Posted by Mchristo
CottageGirl. I like your style. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a vacuum sealer. I will probably bring some steaks and chicken that way. I still need to decide on where to get fresh produce. We are going out of Nanny Cay. I know there is a small grocery outpost there, but I’ll probably make the trip into Road Town for final shopping. Would love some local opinions on best quality/selection.

Like who has fresh pineapple juice vs canned for PainKillers? No particular reason…just asking for a friend LOL.

Our main reason for bringing a cooler is we do most of the prep work at home & then freeze - taco meat, grilled chicken, breakfast sausage, etc. It makes eating on the boat much less of a chore for whoever is cooking that night. We have a Polar Bear brand soft sided cooler that will keep things frozen solid for a good 48 hrs - highly recommend the brand.

As for fresh pineapple juice, I've never seen fresh anywhere. Most juices are now in paper cartons.

Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #317363
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I can't say enough about Steakation for meet and premade meals. Yes, it is a bit pricy but hands down the best meat in the BVI, not even close. Probably better than most meat I get at home as well. Recommend - Burgars, Mahi, Chicken breasts and anything on a skewer

Re: Provisioning Options? [Re: Mchristo] #318065
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I read where people bring food items with them from home. Isn’t there rules about what you can bring and get past clearance?


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