Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things and here's a few more:
In November, we flew in and took them back to SXM on the return. The swells were huge. Captain Lyle assured us he would keep us safe and comfortable, and he did not exaggerate. He handled that wheel with precision and care, stroking it lovingly to perform under duress, a true professional, always my number one boat.
This guy goes out of his way to make sure you are happy, if you are not happy, he is not happy. I once called him about a flat tire and he apologized profusely for this happening and was there in 20 minutes to change it. If you need a car, and don’t have a favorite, please consider Ronnie, he will not disappoint
This was our send off meal and it did not disappoint, Jacques and Alain are such great hosts, the calamari risotto is still my number one meal, it makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Calamari is usually rubbery and tasteless, but not at Jacala, it is succulent, sweet and tender.
Read a good review with pictures here on Nori’s page - www.anguilla-beaches.com
I am a pastry addict, and Geraud’s pastries rank right up there with the top patisseries. Light, flakey and loaded with toppings, they are a “do not miss” for me. In addition to cookies, muffins and bread, I got cheese and lemon pastries – my favorites, chicken and meat turnovers, quiche and sausage rolls, they were all good and we enjoyed them on the porch for our sunset appetizers. They keep very well in the fridge and a light heating in the micro is all they need. Really wonderful.
Pumphouse has really stepped it up this year, they have hired Chef Ben from Big Spring and they have specials along with entertainment each night. Good food, reasonable prices, fun staff, a winner from start to finish!
Dolce Vita/AXA Seafood
We have been following Abbi around the island and believe he is one of the most caring owners we have met. He and chef Christopher and their team have an innovative menu at fair prices in a beach front setting. Casual dining at its finest, they do not disappoint. Like them on Facebook
Review from Nori:
This trip, we also had the pleasure of partaking of AXA Seafood House, their newest creation in the old Luna Rosa location. It did not disappoint, fabulous food, service and setting with Sylvestro at the helm, wish them well!
Here is another great review from Nori at Anguilla Beaches, I have been following her for years, her site is a wealth of information, - www.anguilla-beaches.com - sign up for her newsletter.
One of our favorites, we never miss. Straw Hat, is a friendly place, with good food at good prices. They have a fun staff and the location is great. Peter Parles runs a good house and always has time to say hi, I admire that about him. Chef Nick's creations are innovative and fresh.
Don’t change a thing, love you just the way you are.
We had a 7pm dinner reservation for our arrival night, but our flight was delayed and we did not make it. An island friend called for me and let them know we would not make our reservation and I called when we got to our place and they were so gracious, and caring. We ordered take out, which they carried over to Caribella, with a smile…at 9pm in the dark…when they were getting ready to close. Talk about service!! Consistently good food, great location, wonderful staff, we never miss. Can’t say enough good about this place. Love their conch chowder, crab cakes, Caesars salad and the fish is always fresh.
Everything is always perfect from start to finish, wonderful music and oh the food, we love to spend time with Gladys and Chantelle, but have missed Alan on our past few trips, we will have to go to lunch so we can see his smiling face.
We were there twice for lunch, what a great setting, terrific staff, good menu and wonderful views. Beautiful loungers and umbrellas. We were very impressed. Nori has a good write up here - with an opening review and a second visit.
This is now on my "do not miss" list, start to finish they do it right, the Johnny cake appetizer is fabulous, and I love the Pepperpot! They have a wonderful staff, with a great view and a menu that is so good, I have a hard time choosing. This was our second visit, and everything was fantastic. Thursday is "Jazz in the Garden" night and they have terrific singers down in the garden serenading the patrons above, very nice.
Here is another terrific review from Nori -
On da Rocks
It’s a long way from the West End to Island Harbor, in the dark, with those beams in my eyes, but each trip we make our way out there for their terrific $5.00 crayfish and $5.00 sides - we love their French fries, thin and crispy. The crayfish special is available on Sat and Sunday only, big portions, friendly staff, great views.
We do not go to see bands at home, but when we are in Anguilla, we can’t get enough, there is such a wealth of talent.
The “Santana” of Anguilla, whether playing with a group or solo, we love to watch him play. Sprocka is currently playing at Johnno’s on Sunday afternoon, Pumphouse on Sunday night, AXA Seafood on Tuesday and Straw Hat on Wed. Just a joy to be around.
Omari Banks and his band Eleven, our favorite is DaVida on Sunday afternoon, because we love their lunches and the acoustics are good, but he also plays at Smokeys, Veya and the Dune with his father Bankie Banx - check his website for venues:
And do go and see Bankie if you get the chance. Fridays is a $20.00 per person cover charge and well worth it.
Boss and the Horsepower Band
What an entertainer, he never fails to leave me with a smile, he does Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Marvin Gaye and many more, he is really good, knows how to work the crowd and get everyone feeling good. Monday and Friday nights at Spice at Cap Juluca 9pm -?
We love to watch them play - such talent. We went to their album release party at the Pumphouse and had a blast. They too play around at different venues, Smokey’s, Veya, On Da Rocks, Pumphouse. Catch them if you can, inspired music.
Have been home 3 weeks and I am missing it already, we can hardly wait to get there and never want to leave.
Happy holidays to all, may your days be merry and bright.