The following is the November newsletter for the crewed catamaran charter Caribbean Dream:
As we made our way back to the Virgin Islands, I thought about our time south. Besides the hard work of upgrading the Caribbean Dream, there were many fun times.
This newsletter is devoted to many of the discoveries I encountered along the way. Hopefully, this information will be helpful if you book a charter down south.
Best Restaurants (Obvious starting point for me):
- The Oriental is located at the Grenadian by Rex on Grenada. Thai food with an actual Thai Chef.
- The Aquarium is located near the airport in Grenada. Beautiful location on the beach. The restaurant is covered by palapas and is all wood inside. Open to the ocean breeze. I recommend the Curried Lamb… it was outstanding!
- Bogles Roundhouse is located at Sparrow Bay/Bogle Bay on Carriacou. This restaurant is straight out of “Hobbit Land.” It is a unique, round, stone building with a mushroom-shaped roof. The windows are huge circles with an intricate wood spiderweb design in them. The food is excellent, and the restaurant was written up in Bon Appetit Magazine in 2009. Reservations are necessary. This is my favorite restaurant by far!!
- Razmatazz is located outside of Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Authentic Indian food. The portions are huge and can easily be shared.
Gourmet Food Shops:
- Patti’s Deli in Hillsborough, Carriacou. She has a fabulous selection of cheeses, deli meats, and frozen items. She is an amusing proprietor, and it is worth a visit to talk with her.
- Spronk’s Provisioning on Grenada. Several locations: Port Louis, True Blue, and Martin’s Marina (I think?) Best meats and seafood around. However, it is all frozen. They supply some of the best restaurants on the island.
- Rasta Market on Bequia. The best fruits and vegetables around. Do not let them intimidate you. Be firm with them, and they will back off.
- Mike Taxi & Tours on Grenada. He drove us to many places during our time there. He is very knowledgeable and relatively inexpensive. He seems to be available day and night. Cell#: 473-407-4874/473-414-6595
- Pancho Services on Dominica. Pancho took us to Victoria Falls and proved to be one of the most entertaining people we met on this trip. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on channel 16 if you are in the area.
On another note, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Moreover, did you know that the majority of the annual house fires in the US happen on Thanksgiving? The reason being is that people attempt to fry frozen, ice-covered turkeys.
In honor of the holiday, here is my favorite chocolate cake recipe. I know it should be traditional, but I promised the recipe last month. So continuing with the Grenadian chocolate kick…
Recipe: The BEST Chocolate Cake
- 2 cups Sugar
- One ¾ cups All-Purpose Flour
- ¾ cup Grenadian Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Milk
- ½ cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 cup Boiling Water
350-degree oven- combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk or beat. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Slowly mix in the boiling water. Bake until done.
*This cake is so moist that it doesn’t need icing if you are trying to reduce calories. Just sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with some whipped cream.
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