Thursday, April 30, 2015

Caribbean Eats and Sweets

I love food.  I love to create it and I love to eat it. I enjoy going out to restaurants and trying creative combinations and I think it's safe to safe so does the rest of the family.

We don't eat out a lot, maybe once a week, when we do go out we usually opt for locally owned restaurants that provide a nice dining experience. It's not always fancy, in fact we have a favorite local Mexican restaurant that Guy Fieri could feature on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives! We tend to stay away from the casual chain restaurants that seem to have inundated the suburbs, I often feel like I could make a healthier meal for my family at home than what they offer.

With that said, we enjoyed several meals out on St. Thomas! Here's a peek at some of our EATS and SWEETS...
Coconut Cove Conch Fritters
Coconut Cove Lump Crab Salad with Mango Jerk Dressing
Coconut Cove Passion Fruit & Almond Cake with Raspberry Coulis
 Pesce Homemade Spaghetti and Signature Meatball
 Pesce Affogato
 Pesce Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Island Time Pub Tuna Salad, Cheese Pizza and Steak & Cheese Sandwich
Essenza Proscuitto di Parma e Melone
Essenza Lampuka Gigante 
(seared Mahi over roasted cauliflower and goat cheese gnocchi with a Chianti sauce)
 Essenza Chicken Tagliatelle 
Essenza Chocolate Almond Four Cake with Peanut Butter Filling
 Grand Palazzo Club Beet Salad
Grand Palazzo Club Mahi Tagine
(coconut curry, jasmine rice, plantains, mango, tomato, cilantro)
Grand Palazzo Club Chocolate Mousse and Key Lime Pie
Bleuwater Garden Carrot Cake

Needless to say we ate well!  I'm so grateful to our Club residence owner who suggested several of the restaurants above, she was right on!

I think that concludes the vacation recap unless I get some amazing photos back from our water camera (highly unlikely after Rowan got a hold of it!).

I'll be back tomorrow with some Mother's Day gift picks.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's the Scoop Wednesday

It's been a long time since we've done one of these posts!  My family is always willing to help out when it comes to reviewing homemade ice cream.  This week's edition comes from St. John in the US Virgin Islands!

St. John Scoops
St. John Scoops occupies a small corner storefront of the Mongoose Junction shopping plaza in Cruz Bay.  It opened in early 2014 and serves homemade ice cream made on site.
There is one 2 scoop cup size available for $5 and you have the option of upgrading to a fresh waffle cone for another $2.  Fair prices considering you're on an island!  While there were none available when we visited, they usually offer "adults only" flavors such as Painkiller (a popular local cocktail) and Cruzan Rum Runner. They also offer smoothies, slushies and root beer floats made with St. John Brewers' own root beer.
We had just visited St. John Brewers for lunch so Mr. PS and I opted to hold off on the ice cream.  The kids opted for Chipped Raspberry and Cookies + Cream which had a light chocolate base.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their treat!

I'll be back tomorrow with more travel eats!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Vacation Water Fun

We're coastal people, Mr. PS and I can't imagine not living near the water.  We've further determined that we're island people and hope to eventually live on one full time!  Give us some sand, saltwater and an ocean breeze and we're happy!

St. Thomas did not disappoint, the pool and beach were steps away from our Club residence...
Pool Time
SUP on Great Bay
Wading with Dad
Snorkeling on our way back from Virgin Gorda
Hanging out on the Blast on the way back to St. Thomas

I'll be back tomorrow with What's the Scoop Wednesday...St. John edition!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Menu Monday

Just back from a great week in the Virgin Islands!  A much needed respite after this winter!  Lots to share, but first our weekly menu...

I did most of our meal planning on the plane ride home on Saturday and then got up early Sunday to do all of the food shopping.  The kids and I are heading to Nantucket on Friday for the weekend while Mr. PS attends his annual "GOLF" weekend...there's no actual golf involved, it's an acronym for Guys Only Ladies Forbidden.  Nice, right?

Monday- Tomato Tortellini Soup and Cheese Panini
Tuesday- Beef Tacos/Taco Salad and Mexi Rice
Wednesday- Grilled Chicken, Cole Slaw, Roasted Seasoned Red Bliss
Thursday- Thai Turkey and Green Bean Rice Bowls
Friday- out (Cooke's in Hyannis)
Saturday- out on Nantucket
Sunday- TBD

So back to our spring break, we truly enjoy visiting new places each spring and this was no exception.  We stayed on St. Thomas at The Ritz-Carlton, we opted for a club residence that I booked through http://www.vrbo.com.  This worked out really well for our family of five, we had two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a full kitchen and laundry! Here's what it looked like...
View from our balcony, Club Pool and Beach
Hotel Pool and Beach looking at St. John
Foyer with Half Bath
Living Room
 Dining Room
Kitchen
 Master Bedroom
2nd Bedroom

Honestly the place was spotless and the kitchen was well equipped.  I had some groceries delivered so that we could have breakfast each day, we ended up hitting a local market for dinner makings one night.  I made a spinach bolognese pasta with freshly dried bay leaves that we picked on St. John!  This worked perfectly since we had been on a boat all day and everyone was wiped out!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a bit more about our trip!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday...Spring Break

In honor of spring break which officially kicks off tomorrow afternoon, a look back at some of our beach trips from years past...
Miami 2006
Marco Island 2007
Atlantis 2008
Grand Cayman 2009

We're off bright and early Saturday morning for some more beachy fun!  Can't wait especially after this winter!