Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Fur-Free Post

Been trying out new-to-us places using my new Canon Powershot, bought duty free last week. So far I am not noticing the camera taking better pics than my phone. First up was Rancho Latino for some Pasta Primavera (hold the cheese) with Plaintains on the side. Abundant and tasty, but, not worth returning for...
was still learning how to take a pic without my finger blocking the lens...
a better pasta dish was found at Sugarcane Grill. My 'Rasta Pasta' was made special for me using Olive Oil instead of butter. Excellent use of seasonings, we cant wait to return to this lovely open air restaurant...
fantastic views as well...
yesterday, we went to Slice where I enjoyed the 'VI Grown Mixed Green Salad' with Cucumbers, Cherry Tomatoes, Onions, Artichokes, Cranberries, Quinoa and Balsamic Vinaigrette. I added the Blackened Tofu. A Salad Tour De Force...
the restaurant faces the swimming pool at Sapphire Village, the inside is nice and clean, we will return and often...
Last, and very much least was Sandbar. My 'Caribbean Ensalada' was a rip-off for $14...
didnt detect a hint of rum in my Mango Passionfruit Daiquiri either. $12 eight ounce smoothie is what it was...
Sandbar only has the view going for it IMO...
another recent discovery was the Nirvana Temple in Mandahl Bay...
looking out at the BVIs from inside...
We had to take off our shoes and speak in hushed tones while exploring. Very nice place...
a Hibiscus for Sarah...
Lots more to come. Bye for now.



Saturday, November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving

This Thursday past was the first Thanksgiving I ever attended at the home of a non-relative. It was so pleasant and peaceful. I brought Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Cracker and Olives. Enjoyed alongside Green Beans, Sweet and Sour Beets(!) and Salad. It was all delicious and satisfying without bringing on the customary depression...
dessert at the gathering was not vegan but I had purchased a locally-made Pie for $15 for my own desserts at home...
at first I thought the crust was too tough and the filling too sweet...
but after a couple days in the fridge it tasted better and I have just been eating slices by hand....
Pie pics that were in focus were lost when a dog fight erupted and my camera hit the floor...so the above food pics were taken with iphone and ipad. Still diving on most days off. Below are a couple Spotted File Fish just to mix things up a little...
For those wondering about my 'grabbing' dogs off the street, I should have clarified that there is a pet over-population problem on the Island. The Humane Society is overloaded and has to fly dogs to the mainland to find homes for them. The two Pups I found may have originated from somebody's home at one time, but the below Pup was starving, covered in fleas and had a terrible skin infection when I found him...
Sadie had already had at least one litter and has since been spayed and has begun treatment for heartworm. Heartworm is another common tragedy down here.
Thanks for looking. I will work to replace my camera for future posts since my iphone doesnt take the pretty pics like everyone else's. Bye for now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fur Baby Influx

About a week and a half ago, I found this little lady wandering the waterfront...
grabbed her up, named her 'Sadie' and her wandering days are over...
last Thursday, I found this little piglet next to the dumpsters...
he worships his big brother, Calvin, even when bro barks in his face non-stop. He is still unnamed, but his days of scrounging around the trash bins are behind him...
through it all, Molly has been a champ. I have begun taking her to the beach with Calvin and she is getting brave enough to actually come stand in the water on her own and allow some waves to roll into her...
Unlike Molly, the Mr. is very unhappy with the recent arrivals, so it has been a stressful time. Below is a Tofu Sandwich recently enjoyed at Mafolie...
a Rock Beauty...Ommmm...
Trying to catch up. Bye for now.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pounding Pasta

The 'Vegetable Pasta Toss' is only served at Sunday brunch at Hook, Line and Sinker, wish they would add it to their daily lunch menu so I could partake more frequently...
the 'Go Go Pasta' with Arugula, Tomatoes, Olives and Capers at Pasta Go Go is a major deal for $8, includes lovely al fresco dining in a charming alleyway...
Tofu and Noodles carried out from the New Golden Dragon. If you are ever in Charlotte Amalie and see locals walking around eating from a stryofoam container like the one below, then it is most likely grub from New Golden Dragon. Only $3.50 for all this food...and it is good!
Pasta Salad carried out from Ma's Vegi Deli. Since Ma told me that she uses Vegenaise in the Pasta Salad, I have been buying about a quart a week. So grateful that Ma knows how to cook the Noodles till 'al dente'...
The gimmicks that Cruzan Rum uses to get tourists to pick up their bottles always amuses me...
Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Solo Saturday

The Mr. is back in Virginia till after the election (The VI doesnt vote in the presidential elections). I had a relaxing day to myself, starting with a Peanut Butter and Banana Panini at Pasta Go Go...
then I picked up Calvin and went to the beach...
where we made a new friend named Lester....
who has the most adorable underbite I have ever seen...
hope we get to see him again, such a fun laid back guy...
next it was on to De Coal Pot for some Veggie Delight...
picked up some Chicken Scratch, Yams for the Pups, Ice Cream and Cereal for myself at Plaza Extra...
once dinner time comes, it will most likely be some Tofu, Veggies and Lentils carried out from Love Livin...
one last pic of Calvin...
On a not so positive note, I found out too late that 'The Bachelor' was filming on the Island the past week. So I missed out on possibly seeing Nick Viall in person (and finding out what women see in him, they should have picked Luke IMO). Bet Chris Harrison would have been friendly and down to earth, had I met him. Alas. Anyway, more to come. Bye for now.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Souping

Soup has become a major part of my life since moving down here, I have no idea why this is. Below is the Vegetarian Red Bean Soup from Frenchtown Deli..Red Bean or Red Peas Soup is a tradtional and beloved Soup of Virgin Islanders, but often has meat added to it, so I was excited to find this veggie version...
most Soups I get from Natural Food Grocery and Deli because they always have two vegan Soups daily at $5/pint. Below are some of their recent achievements: Mung Bean Mushroom...
Lima Bean...
and Everything But The Kitchen Sink Vegetable.
On another positive note, one of the best Chocolate Bars the Mr. brought down with him in August was this Dark Chocolate Coconut from Whole Foods. If any mainlanders get the opportunity to try it, I highly recommend...
speaking of the Mr., it has been almost a year since a hat he ordered from Amazon was delivered. Since then, the empty box has been primo kitty real estate. Though only big enough for one cat comfortably, sometimes two must be on it. Thank goodness he ordered the hat.
Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Nicole Drenched Us

Saturday, we enjoyed the calm before the storm at Amalia Cafe ...
Sunday late lunch was at Melt. My Salad with Seasoned Tofu and Guac almost made up for there being no Chipotle on the Island...
Didn't detect much vodka, but it was still a huge drink for $5...
a return to The Pie Whole for Tuesday's lunch. This restaurant is a long time Island favorite, but had gone down hill, fortunately, new ownership is trying to right the ship...
They did good, my 'Spicy SDT' had the proper proportions of Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Capers, Onions, Crushed Red Pepper and Pine Nuts. Not too spicy or too oily as it had been in the past. This may be the first time I have ever experienced a restaurant go from good to bad and then actually back to good.  
a recent underwater snap of a school of Snapper...
Dory...
always thrilling to see a Turtle...
the below pic is of Steve Job's $200 million dollar yacht, Venus, which has been docked here a few weeks. It is super un-impressive to my eyes, but if they invited me on, I guess I would accept...
Lots more to come. Bye for now.