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Yesterday we went back to our favorite Francis, just to swim.  Husband was still babying his knee a little bit after bashing it.  We got our usual spot at the end, away from almost everyone else

 

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We decided to keep food light yesterday, and went to town to eat dinner at the bar at Rum Hut, mainly because there's a nice view of the sunset there.  Here's the menu

 

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Husband's margarita

 

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The view

 

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We split the blackened mahi mahi bites and the sesame shrimp from the snacks section of the menu

 

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And then shared an order of the tuna tacos

 

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Everything was tasty, but we both agreed our favorite thing was the salad with the mahi bites!  I think we are officially veggie deprived by now, compared to how many we eat at home.  Another shot of the sunset

 

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And of the bottles behind the bar in the afterglow.  I'm curious what that big blue and white ceramic bottle is, but forgot to ask the bartender

 

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After dinner we walked across town to get some ice cream at St. John Scoops.  I chose toasted coconut and husband chose guava

 

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Both were delicious.

 

And one unrelated photo: I am a big reader, and love looking at all of the books the house owners and prior guests leave behind in the vacation homes we rent.  I often leave the books have read while staying there behind too.  (One time we rented a house down here for three weeks and left behind twelve books.  When we rented the house again two years later, all but one of the books had been taken.  I took the sad rejected book back home with me haha).  Anyway, I always nominate one book I find at each rental house as the most unusual option.  Here is my selection from this house  🤣

 

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Very nice.  what was the sauce with the mahi bites and shrimp?  It looks to be the same....  The blue and white bottle is tequila - Clase Azul.

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On 5/30/2022 at 9:58 AM, KennethT said:

Very nice.  what was the sauce with the mahi bites and shrimp?  It looks to be the same....  The blue and white bottle is tequila - Clase Azul.

 

The mahi had a remoulade style sauce, and the shrimp had a spicy sriracha-mayo type sauce.

 

Yesterday we woke up to a rainbow.  It brought rain to the island in the photo, but not here unfortunately.  By the way, the island in the photo is a private island that was owned by the disgraced and deceased Jeffrey Epstein.  It is on the market and can be yours for the bargain price of $125 million.  Creepy vibes and bad karma included for free!

 

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Yesterday was a big beach day for the locals and the tourists.  Parking at the sandy ones was basically gone for the day by 10AM.  I think a fight broke out for our spot when we left.  We went to Cinnamon and walked down towards the end.  The roped off area in the photo is a leatherback turtle nest that was laid a few weeks ago.  I don't think there has been a viable leatherback nest on St. John since 2005 (there are lots of green and hawksbill turtles here, but the leatherbacks tend to nest on St. Croix).  Hopefully it is viable.

 

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Beachy blues

 

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Last night we went to dinner at La Tapa Plage in town.  We had a gift certificate from Christmas 2019 that was a gift from my parents to spend.  Our 2020 visit to St. John was cancelled because of Covid, and then the restaurant closed for a couple of years to move to a new location.  They just reopened on St. Patrick's Day of this year, and we were looking forward to eating there again.  Here's the menu.  It's quite similar to the one they had in their old location.  They were out of the artichoke and the mussels last night.

 

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The restaurant (I took this photo right when we arrived.  It filled up very quickly thereafter)

 

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The view from our table

 

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Husband's cocktail

 

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I really wanted to try the conch stew but the sun was shining right on me and I was pretty warm, so I went with the gorgonzola caesar to start.  It was very good

 

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Husband chose the bacalao fritters.  I tried to gently dissuade him from getting these.  Every time we eat here, he wants to order these, and every time he gets them he says they have too much potato.  He got them again, and guess what?  He thought they had too much potato!  He needs to listen to me haha

 

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For mains, my husband chose the mahi mahi.  He said it was excellent

 

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I chose the tuna.  It was fantastic, probably my favorite tuna dish of the trip so far

 

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We had a nice sunset with the main dishes

 

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We knew we still had some money left on the gift card at this point, but were not really hungry, so we decided to get a couple of ice creams to share.  We tried the lemon lavender and the carajillo.  We both thought the carajillo was spicier than we were expecting, but the lemon lavender was nice.  

 

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By the way, it's hard to tell from the photo, but these are really small--less than a kiddie cup size.  If we did not have the gift card we would not have chosen these at $15 each.  But, as you can see, it worked out perfectly haha (the waiter got tipped in cash on top of the gift card of course!).  

 

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We have no reservations today so not sure what we are doing for food, but I am sure we will think of something.  🙂 

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Yesterday we drove around the island--to a neighborhood we were considering renting a home in for a family trip next summer (turned out to be a hard no, the house is beautiful but the road to it is a horrible chore), and then over to one of the furthest spots in Coral Bay for some snorkeling.  You need four wheel drive to get over here, so we usually have the place to ourselves.  We had not ventured here since the storms, so were unsure what to expect underwater.

 

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The moonscape beach

 

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Unfortunately, this area has not recovered well from the hurricanes, so no underwater photos today.  It was nice to snorkel for a couple of hours though.

 

We stopped by a little bar/restaurant for lunch while on that side of the island, Aqua Bistro

 

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We got an order of the mahi tacos and the shrimp tacos.  They were pretty paltry.  Mahi

 

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Shrimp

 

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We had planned this to be our only meal for the day, but obviously plans would have to change!  We encountered heavy traffic while leaving Coral Bay

 

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And then went for a late afternoon swim at Trunk Bay.  There were cruise ships in port on St. Thomas yesterday, but we figured the cruisers would be gone by now.  In prior years, the call for "Back to the Ship!" came at 3PM.  We discovered that unfortunately that is no longer the case

 

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Back to the Ship!  Is apparently at 4PM these days.  After 4PM the beach was much nicer

 

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We got back to our rental house to see the sun set from the deck.  It was a bit cloudy.

 

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We were hungry, so headed in to town to find something casual.  Husband lobbied for the Beach Bar, one of his favorites.  The bar was crowded so I did not want to take a picture of it and disturb anyone.  It's very funky inside.  Here is the area where we were sitting

 

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Menu.  Typical bar food

 

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Husband's margarita

 

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Tuna down now

 

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Fried shrimp

 

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Fried mahi mahi. 

 

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Our last fancy dinner of the trip is this evening, and I am hoping for a good sunset.

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Yesterday was our 25th anniversary, and our last "big" meal on this trip.  But first, lunch at High Tide.  I kept things lighter with a caesar salad with shrimp (I basically ate the shrimp and left most of the salad).  Husband got fish and chips.  Drink 

 

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And we had to get some soft serve from Irie Pops

 

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We spent the afternoon at Trunk.  Here is a photo from the scenic overlook.  Trunk is consistently voted one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

 

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Later that night it was off to Zozos at Caneel Bay for dinner.  Here's a sailboat bringing a party in to dine.  I meant to set something like that up for us, but never got around to it.  

 

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The resort is still destroyed from the 2017 hurricanes, but the current leaseholder's option runs out next year, and someone new will be taking over, and hopefully restoring it to some form of its old self.

 

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View from the check in area

 

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The restaurant from the dock

 

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We had the table on the rail all the way to the left, with a nice view of the water and dock

 

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Here's the menu and wines by the glass list

 

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Husband got a cocktail named "Two Butt Beach" after one of the seven private beaches on the resort's property.  The beach was definitely big enough for more than two people, but that was its nickname back before the storms.  It was actually our least favorite of the seven beaches so I thought it was funny that he picked that cocktail.  

 

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The menu is prix fixe and you chose one option from each section at the start of your meal.  They bring out an antipasto to start.  This is tasty and hard not to eat too much of it, knowing all the food that is coming.

 

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We both chose the wild mushroom pappardelle for our first course.  

 

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And the mahi mahi for our main course.  My husband added a butter poached lobster tail to his, but I did not get a picture.

 

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We picked two desserts to share., the vanilla cheesecake with blueberry compote and the chocolate torta.  Neither of us were hungry at this point, so most of the desserts went uneaten, though they were both very good.  We both agreed the ice cream on the chocolate dessert was our favorite part of either dish

 

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View of St. Thomas and the moon to end the evening

 

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55 minutes ago, kayb said:

A very worthwhile celebration of 25 years!

Loved seeing your trip and your great dishes.  I am SO envious!

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19 hours ago, weinoo said:

Happy Anniversary...is that a Cape Cod T-shirt on husband at lunch?

 

Nope!  It should be though, we spend enough time there haha.  

 

Yesterday we basically punted on food.  We did stop at a local deli and pick up a couple of sandwiches for lunch.  I got a rock shrimp, remoulade and arugula one (bread is universally terrible down here, probably because of the humidity, so I just scooped out and ate the filling), and my husband chose a more traditional cold cuts style of sandwich. Shrimp

 

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Cold cuts

 

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I thought I would go a bit off topic and use this post to show why we keep coming back here over and over--the snorkeling.  Here are a couple of things we spotted yesterday.  Spotted trunkfish

 

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Feather duster worm

 

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Arrow crab pair

 

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Horse-eyed jack

 

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French angelfish

 

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Blue tang with porkfish

 

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Needlefish

 

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Barred hamlet

 

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Baby sea turtle

 

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Porcupinefish (when they are excited or threatened, they have big spikes that stick out everywhere!  I've seen this in a mating pair once)

 

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Full grown sea turtle with remora attached

 

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The beach, post snorkel

 

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And dinner, a frozen coconut popsicle from Irie Pops in the pool with sunset

 

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It's the last full day of our visit today.  Time to get out there!

 

 

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Wonderful underwater pics! Love the remora + turtle. I follow Sherman's Lagoon so nice to see a real one  in action.

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Now that I am home--back to the chaos that is three bathrooms being renovated at the same time--here is the final installment of our trip.  For our last lunch, we drove out to our favorite, Miss Lucy's.  The sargassum had abated a bit

 

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We shared an order of callaloo soup with crab

 

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and then ordered a grouper reuben and a crunchy grouper sandwich and split them

 

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We spent the afternoon at one of our favorite beaches, Cinnamon

 

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And had dinner at Rum Hut, where we split an order of mahi mahi sliders and tuna tacos

 

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One final sunset from the deck of our rental villa

 

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And then the next morning, the saddest view of all, the island's downtown from the water taxi to the airport

 

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We'll be back!

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