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We arrived in Simpson Bay #258624
06/18/2021 07:54 AM
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St. John, USVI
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Christine and I sailed in from St. John and we are anchored in Simpson Bay. It was a very rough passage that ended up being a motor when winds went south. We are checking in this morning and we look forward to our pain au chocolat and cappucino at Zee Best afterwards. We'll enter the lagoon and be here through June 25 and then sailing south. Hope to catch up with Zanshin.

Cheers, RickG

Last edited by RickG; 06/18/2021 07:54 AM.

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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258625
06/18/2021 08:01 AM
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The wind and the waves here yesterday were kind of epic. Glad you arrived safely.


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258671
06/18/2021 04:05 PM
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Carol, it was epic! So glad to move into the lagoon just now. The wine glass will stay upright on the dining room table!

Cheers, RickG


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258672
06/18/2021 04:11 PM
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The waves are MUCH calmer here on Simpson Bay now than they were last night. Hopefully the weekend will be calm. Let me know if you want suggestions for meals onshore. For breakfast or lunch, you might check out Réveil Matin in Simpson Bay. They have a very eclectic menu.


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258708
06/19/2021 09:01 AM
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Reveil Matin we saw around the corner of Zee Best; that is a good option for this morning. We had dinner last night at Izi Italian. I would love any recommendations for restaurants as we'll be here through the 26th. We are picking up a car from Unit Car Rental next to the police station (dinghy dock) at the bridge this morning. $32 per day is nice to see after USVI rates.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258710
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Yes, do check out Reveil Matin. The location isn't the best, no view, and right by the road. They do have some inside seating, again no view, but at least you don't have to look at cars.. They have ceiling fans inside, no a/c.

As far as other recommendations, what are you looking for? Dutch side only? Casual? Steak?

And it's Unity Car Rental. Good folks. And prices in SXM in general are cheaper than either the BVI or USVI.


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258720
06/19/2021 10:51 AM
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What happened to the old Saratogo space? Anyone remember that?
irina

Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258727
06/19/2021 12:01 PM
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Fairly close to you, in order of our preference:

The Palms (casual, with the owners on site. Greg is the chef, and Joelle tends bar and everything else)
Astra (more upscale, on the lagoon)
Sale y Pepe (Italian, on the lagoon)
Avantika (owned by the same people who own Astra, Thai food)


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258733
06/19/2021 01:09 PM
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Two more suggestions close-by are:

Vesna Taverna
Isola

Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: The_Lurker] #258739
06/19/2021 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by The_Lurker
Two more suggestions close-by are:

Vesna Taverna
Isola

Yes. Very good suggestions.

Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258751
06/19/2021 03:47 PM
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Thanks! We are easy eaters and like international variety. Good French would be nice. We are going to go explore a bit and find something interesting.

Cheers, Rick


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258752
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Best French close to where you are is probably Moulin Fou (which sounds like Chinese to me, but is French). It is in Maho.


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: Carol_Hill] #258769
06/19/2021 08:56 PM
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I think it is the "Fou" that maybe causes you to think "Chinese", Carol. I do get it, but it is definitely a French name. It translates as "Crazy Mill". The "mill" refers to a grinding or wind mill, just like the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) in the Pigalle district of Paris.

The Moulin Fou certainly gets great ratings and the menu looks very interesting. We have never eaten there, but I have seen good comments about it by others here on TTOL as well. I have added it to our list for this coming winter. Thanks for the recommendation!

Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: irina] #258772
06/19/2021 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by irina
What happened to the old Saratogo space? Anyone remember that?
irina


It became Frenchy Ludo's, which has now closed.


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: jazzgal] #258774
06/19/2021 11:32 PM
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That’s too bad as it was a favorite of our friend.

Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258880
06/21/2021 09:55 AM
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Vesne Taverna was great. Nice people too. We went up to Grand Case yesterday and enjoyed the LOLOs. I'm working from the boat this week, so we'll be sticking around Simpson Bay. Need to try some more of the suggestions! Thanks.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: We arrived in Simpson Bay [Re: RickG] #258885
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Enjoy!


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