Sunday, August 20, 2017

33rd Annual Chili Cook Off

I regretted missing last year's event, so I made a concerted effort to get to the Chili Cook Off today....
starting out with a 'Walk The Plank' to help me cool off and enjoy myself...
it was so hot, between the sun and the hot sand, this guy in the water with the umbrella was a genius...
I tasted five Chilis. This was the first from Dog House Pub. Surprisingly good for a restaurant that specializes in meat.
next up, Prosolar's Vegan Chili...
this Chili was even better!
local icon, Betsy, from Betsy's Bar..
again, not a vegan friendly menu in her restaurant, but she knows how to make a killer vegan Chili!
The Rotary Club's Chili was so good...
it would be impossible for me to judge the best.
Only Lattes In Paradise' Chili was kind of 'eh'.
maybe because it was the fifth one I tasted and I was dying from the heat.
there was fantastic live music...
fun and games for all ages...
and exotic birds to lure you to the Margaritaville Time Share tent. Glad I went out of my comfort zone and glad to be back in it (in front of the fan). Thanks for looking. Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Disappointing Meal

I am no longer sure what to make of TripAdvisor reviews. First, my dinner at Thirteen was a big let down...Saturday night I took the Mr. to Havana Blue for his birthday and that was even worse!
My "Pan Asian Risotto" ...Basically Rice in Coconut Milk with Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach and Fried Leeks. $28 for a pile of overly sweet Rice...
the only vegan dessert was 'Mandarin Sorbet' which turned out to be Orange-flavored dry ice that would absolutely not melt, not a tiny bit, even though the restaurant was sweltering. Fortunately, the 'Sorbet' only set me back $4...
the Mr., being Vegetarian, made a dinner of sides - Garlic Spinach, Manchego Potato Air, Citrus Jicama Slaw and Cuban Dirty Soba Rice - $28 worth of food that was really worth about $8...
The high cost is all for the ambiance. Two weddings were going on while we were there, so that was pleasurable to observe, even if the food and service werent pleasurable...
a wedding guest wandering off. Probably wondering where she can get something decent to eat...
This $7 Garden Vegetable Soup from Moe's Market had more flavor than my meal at Havana Blue!
But the most delicious thing I just discovered on Island is a 'Peanut Banana' Smoothie $5 from Love Livin. Activates all pleasure centers in my brain upon reaching my tongue. Before I go, I want to ask for anyone who has a few dollars to spare to donate to Norman. That is all. Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Healthier Stuff This Week

On Sunday, I had this fantastic feta-less Greek Salad at Fish Tails...
tons of Olives (sorry, Sarah)...
but speaking of Sarah, after lunch, I was browsing a nearby boutique and met 'Ziggy'!
He looks just like one of Sarah's nephews, either TJ or Tyler, I dont know which. I could not get enough of the little guy, and he didnt seem to mind.
Anyway, back to the Greek Salad. The leftovers were even better yesterday with FYH Thousand Island Dressing and Croutons. 
Love Livin is hitting it out of the park these days. For $15 I got this huge order of Dal, BBQ Soy Chunks, Beans, Pasta Salad, Veggies and Kale Salad. Meals for days...
Today, the Mr. and I enjoyed a romantic lunch at the Twisted Cork. They had a Salad special of the day with Quinoa, Sprouts, Roasted Peppers, Apricot and Kimchi Vinaigrette. I thought they said 'Avocado' when they said 'Apricot', but it was still very delicious and satisfying. That's all I got, but it is more than I thought I would have. Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Slow Week

There were some good eats this week, but the Miso Salad with Tofu at Lanai was pretty much the highlight ...
yes I ate the whole thing.
The 'Veg'd Out Quesadillas' at Shoreline Bar and Grille were the lowlight of the week. I have noticed that the food at Shoreline is not as good when the chef isnt there. Not sure how he would improve Hummus Quesadillas, but I dont plan to try and find out...
I am constantly checking bags of Croutons in hopes of finding vegan ones. Thought I hit pay dirt with this Reese brand...
but after rereading the ingredients at home, I noticed 'enzymes'. Wasnt gonna throw them out though...
this Salad Bar Salad from Moe's tasted awful for some reason, this has not been the best food week, but the Croutons were good. They will be eaten.
At $5/box, these Heritage brand burgers are the least expensive Veggie Burgers I have seen on the Island (Boca Burgers are outrageously expensive)...
These were tasty enough for the price (an actual Pea was inside, but not gross like Dr. Praeger's), so I guess I will start buying regularly. Should have left this meal in the toaster oven at least five more minutes...
The brothers taking in some sun. More to come. Bye for now.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Food Pics

On Sunday we decided to check out Latitude 18 since it is under new ownership with an updated menu...
I went for a feta-less Greek Salad with Blackened Tofu. It was fantastic.
The Mr. had Veggie Roti with Rice and Beans and Plaintains. Also a winner. Service was excellent. We will put this place back in regular rotation and hope some iguanas show up, there were none this visit.
Saturday was the annual Coal Pot Cook-Off. I have missed the past two, and was determined to not miss another..
Maybe we were there too early, didnt see much we could eat. Some Rice and Breadfruit...
Johnny Cake Dough...
Frying up the Johnny Cake...
Selling the Johnny Cake (you buy tickets and use two or four tickets per taste)...
Breadfruit, Salsa and Micro Greens...
combined...we didnt eat anything and left after about ten minutes...
Carryout from Love Livin on Monday...Bulgur, Kale Salad, Broccoli and Chili. Very nice.
Sweet Sadie decided to destroy my bathroom reading material. She was having such a good time, I didnt want to stop her. Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some Notable Meals From The Past Week

Yesterday's lunch of Soup and Salad at Virgilio's was one of the best I have had in a while...
the restaurant lighting is romantic, not conducive to food photography...
Black Bean Soup...
this messy thing is the Veggie Roti at Jen's Island Deli. Interesting depth of flavor. I really liked it...
On Sunday, we took the ferry over to St. John and gave Cruz Bay Landing a second chance. Last year we tried eating there, were ignored for 20 minutes and left. This time we got good, fast and friendly service at the bar. We both had their Tofu Scramble (with side of Guac). Maybe I am still a little bitter about last year, will probably go back to doing the Sunrise Smoothie from St. John Scoops on future St. John visits...
On the home front, been sticking to carryout from Louie's Market. Large portions last for days and taste great. Hope they keep it up.
An Orchid for sale at Phantasea Botanical Garden. More to come. Bye for now.