Saturday, September 19, 2015

Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden

This is still a food blog, just wanted to rave a great tour we took on Sunday...
Cold drinks and snacks are sold at the front office as well as eggs from the owner's pet chickens...
a friendly greeting as soon as you walk up. This is my kind of service...
the woman who owns it is a real dynamo. I learned so much in such a short period of time..
it is a self-guided tour through a garden of rare and beautiful plants...
there were some plants I have seen here on the Island, but didnt know the names of (not this one though, it was extremely exotic)....
below is a decorative, as opposed to edible, Pineapple. The owner told us how to grow our own edible one. It will take a year to come to fruition after lopping off the top stem and germinating...
I couldnt get enough of all the Lizards..
this one kept trying to escape my prying lens!
hand rail rest stop...
a zen rest stop for humans...like Bachelor in Paradise...
I know you have seen lot of flower pics, but here are some more...
even He Who Likes Virginia Better Than The Virgin Islands took a picture of this flower..
like Eden...
I am sure this flower is used to lots of attention...
an Orchid...
another Orchid...there are a lot of Orchids there...
a lot of tasteful statuary around as well, this one was a frog...
plants like fireworks...that is the Atlantic in the background...
this flower really cuts to the chase...
good old Palms to rest one's eyes...
Pink and Purple...
Back to the food. I tried to recreate a Tempeh Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich like at True Food Kitchen, but wasnt able to do so....
Too much Tempeh, not enough Avocado. Gonna try again soon...
been eating lots of Breadfruit Fries. They are so tasty and easy to make,
I may buy another Breadfruit when I finally finish this one. In fact, I know I will. Lots more to come. Bye for now.

23 comments:

  1. Ha! I love the doggie receptionist!
    Those look like some really unique and downright bizarre flowers and plants... The orchids are so beautiful! I love them yet i have a black thumb so it's a lost cause.
    Maybe the tempeh sandwich needs thin slices like tempeh "bacon" ...?
    Do you eat breadfruit fries with ketchup?
    Brunching destination is in the air for tomorrow- i'm desperate to go to this new bagel shop that has pumpernickel everything bagels (!!) but. It's new, in soho, very popular (=megaline), and they don't have tofutti or bloody marys...
    Ttrockwood

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    1. No ketchup with the Breadfruit Fries. They dont need it (plus ketchup is outrageously expensive here). Never heard you say you were 'desperate' for anything! how did that Bagel place work up the hype so well? I hope their Bagels live up to your expectations.

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  2. The flowers are so beautiful! I want to live there! I love all the lizards, and the dog at the computer is my kind of scene! It just seems like you are surrounded by beauty! I think I have to put moving to an island on my dream board. I want to try breadfruit fries! Potatoes are so 2014!

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    1. As i keep saying, if only my photography skills could capture the beauty I see. I am not completely surrounded by beauty, there is a lot that mankind has junked up here, but nature still astounds.

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  3. Haha, I love that dog...how are his keyboard skills?

    The little lizards are darling. What a wonderful paradise.

    Is it really hot all the time? Or are there pleasant ocean breezes?

    I love the look of your double-decker BLT. Surely, you'll have it perfected the next time you make it.

    Does breadfruit taste sort of like plantain?

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    1. The Pup receptionist appeared to have great dexterity. it is always hot, but not the gross kind of hot (you would have to experience a D.C. summer to know that kind of heat). The Breadfruit is totally like Potatoes. Not sweet at all.

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  4. The Virgin Islands ought to cut you a check for the tourism you're inspiring. Such beautiful and interesting plants! I love the canine receptionist, too!

    The TLT with avocado looks pretty great, but I'm sure it'll take some practice to get it TFK right - seeing as you are working from a taste memory. They should just open one down there, and let you run it. ;)

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    1. I do miss that TLT. There you have a TFK right near you and you dont even take advantage of it. shame on you!

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  5. You should jump into MoFo just for today. The topic is "what three bonus foods would you take if you were stranded on an island"...

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    1. These MoFo topics are real thinkers. Glad I am not participating. I cant imagine what three foods I would take.

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  6. Your posts are starting to make me change my thoughts on lizards. In the past I prefer to admire from afar, but every time I see a picture of them, I don't see them the same way.

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    1. I am crazy for the little buggers. They are all welcome at my house.

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  7. What a great post!! I love this so much. The botanical gardens look absolutely beautiful, what a great way to spend the day. I especially love the beautiful pup receptionist and the fun lizards! The flowers are so unique and beautiful and those orchids!! Stunning!

    Your sandwich looks great but I know you are missing your favorites from Virginia. I'm sure you'll be able to perfect it. The breadfruit fries look great!

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes it is hard to focus just on the food with so many other things I want to post. I dont want this to be like "hey! look at my vacation pics!" even though I am technically not on vacation. Looking forward to your WIAW post:-)

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    1. There are quite a few German Shepherds around. I assume they were flown in, not bred here.

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    2. We actually used that pic of the shepherds as our screen saver at work for the day -thank you for the temporary loan- I didn't notice the guy below howling. It made me laugh so hard, every time I had a crappy book customer I'd go to the computer and look at these two giving excellent customer service and remember how it's done!

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  9. WOW! Those flowers!!!!! And the rest of the wildlife! Nice! The sandwich! It looks HUGE!

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