Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meals and Mangoes

Some recent meals of note...
my first time adding Tofu to the Mango Avocado Salad at Mafolie. Wasnt as spectacular as I had hoped...
Polenta with Fried Tofu and Stewed Garbanzos for brunch at Shoreline Bar and Grille. Really good, but next time I will take half home, it was a colossal amount of food...
Shoreline is known for the huge Tarpon swimming in front of the restaurant. They are cool, but this visitor also came by while we ate. I was in heaven.
Feta-less Greek Salad at Jen's Island Deli. A surprisingly light and fresh Salad for a place that leans more towards comfort food, just what I needed. (Thanks again, Unknown, for telling me about these).
So tons of Mangoes have been hanging off the trees the past few weeks. We have a couple small Mango Trees in our yard, but none are big enough to fruit. Fortunately, a neighbor has been putting out his extra Mangoes for passers by...
see, he has so many coming down...
At first, I thought he was giving them away cuz they are so small, they are worthless. Turns out, you just need about ten of these little ones cut up to get a nice big meal. When Mangoes are free, cutting them up is much less stressful and I have become rather adept at it. 
A Skink at Phantasea Botanical Gardens. Sadly, these passive reptiles are endangered due to habitat destruction and predators. That is all. Thanks for looking. Bye for now.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thirteen

Doesnt look like much on the outside, but this is the number three restaurant on TripAdvisor...
after almost two years of reading rapturous reviews, I finally ate dinner here last night. To say my expectations were high is a major understatement.
The bartender, Mary, could not have been more friendly and attentive. Explaining the difference between the Bar Menu and Restaurant Menu to us took patience, but I think we finally got it. I opted to indulge in one of their many inventive cocktails - the 'Spicy Prickly' Martini $13 made with Jalapeno-Infused Vodka (hot!), Cruzan Pinapple Rum, Sour Mix, Fresh Lime and Cilantro. Nice and strong!
My 'Leafy Greens' Salad - Arugula, Shaved Fennel, Kale, Red Onion, Parmesan, Pickled Blueberries, Onion Crunchies and Lemoncello Vinaigrette. I asked them to leave off the parmesan, but they didnt do it, so that was a bummer. Tasty Salad anyway and a good value for $14.
The Mr. said his 'Garlic Chili Edamame with Togarashi Sprinkles' $7 was overcooked. Didnt even eat it all, which is unusual for him, he loves Edamame.
While waiting for our mains, they sent out a little treat - Tortilla Chips and Beet Chips with Smoked Tomato Aoli. I can only vouch for the Chips which were good.
My main 'Sesame Tofu' $26 Soba Zucchini Noodle Salad, Miso Vinaigrette, Cilantro, Smoked Corn, Radish and Peanuts was completely meh. Hardly any seasoning on the Tofu, overcooked Soba, six bland Radish Slices for color. This is not a dish I can recommend, possibly wasnt even vegan, fortunately there wasnt much of it.
Additionally, most of the reviews rave about the view, and I guess if you look straight out it is good...
but looking down, I was majorly concerned by all the (assuming) homeless cats I saw. These are just a few...
also wasnt expecting to be looking at this apartment building from our table, another one of my assumptions was that the restaurant had an unobstructed view of the water. So in summation: while my expectations for dining at Thirteen werent quite met, I will continue to carry out  their cheeseless Veg Head Pizza because that has always been stellar.
Completely unrelated, an Egret on a motorboat in Frenchtown. Thanks for looking. Bye for now.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Louie's Market

Louie's is a recently renovated and expanded market in Smith Bay...
looks much better than it used to, but it never would have crossed my mind to shop there...
till the Mr. noticed the word 'vegan' on their scrolling neon sign...
Fully expecting to be let down, we entered and lo and behold! 
they prepare two hot vegan food items daily!
my first order of Dogs and Cabbage with Pasta was super delish!
yes, they used Loma Linda products, but I happen to like that stuff...
another day was Fungi and Veggie Burgers...
this was my first time ever enjoying Fungi. Even the Okra in the Fungi was good!
today I picked up more faux mystery meat and some Pasta Puttanesca...
this is my kind of eating! Any vegans coming down to St. Thomas and heading to Coki Beach should stop at Louie's for a platter. Highly rcommend!
An orchid at Phantasea Botanical Gardens. Thanks for looking. Bye for now.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All Natural

We had some Papaya Trees spring up practically overnight...
on Sunday, we picked ten Papayas off one tree alone...
you have to wait till the outsides turn yellow to eat 'fresh', although cooked Green Papaya is also a thing. Unlike commercially grown Papayas, these are mostly seeds. Gotta cut up two or three in order to get a serving, but they do taste good...
St. Thomas is the first place I had ever even seen Fresh Green Almonds..
I bought a half pound and assumed there was a regular Almond inside, however, the inside contains a soft seed. That is when I decided to read up on what I had bought. Not unpleasant, but not exactly delicious either, wont be buying again.
When the Mr. came back from Virginia last month, he brought me a container of TJ's Everything Seasoning. Finally got to try Sarah's Avocado Toast. Very tasty and fun!
Speaking of Sarah, I often thank her for getting me off the wine and on to the Vodka. This week I found Vodka from the Dominican Republic. Exotic! I bought two bottles.
Recently stopped to take pictures of some flowers and saw a cool bumper sticker...
these are the flowers I stopped to photograph. Thanks for looking. Bye for now.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites

After feeling exhausted all week, I decided to take today off. Of course the Pups woke me up at 4:10am and would not let me go back to sleep...
At breakfast, Gladys' sister, Pauline, agreed to show me how she cuts up a Mango in seconds flat. She sure made it seem easy. It is Mango season now, so maybe I will pick some Mangos up off the street and practice preparing them...
also had my first Avocado Toast since being back...
Keeping with the theme of my vacation day, lunch was at De Coal Pot. First time there since being back. I think I am starting to feel 'normal' again...
En route back from lunch I picked up some Pineapples at a roadside stand. They said they were grown on Island, so it will be interesting to see if they are any good. 
While eating lunch at De Coal Pot, I noticed lots Soups being carried out, which was odd because there is no Soup on the menu. Turns out they have a Red Bean Soup that it is made vegetarian and they add the meat later. I got some to go for dinner. Unfortunately, the Soup was surprisingly sweet to my tastebuds, so I really shouldnt include this as a favorite, but I am posting about my day so there it is...
My Sweet Sweet Sadie is a huge favorite, she always makes my day. Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trying New Things

Shoreline Bar and Grill has some new-to-me vegan items on their menu...
Sunday breakfast was the 'Vegan Benny' - Layered White Potatoes, Spinach, Tomato, Avocado, Grilled Onions and Coconut Curry Sauce. I dont know if it was the Onions or Curry Sauce, but the dish was surprisingly sweet. Belongs on the Lunch or Dinner menu IMO...
now their 'Irie Veggie Medley' of Crispy Tofu, Stewed Chickpeas, Sauteed Spinach and Peppers with Rice was absolutely delectable! Huge fan of this dish and so thrilled to find another satisfying vegan meal on the Island....
'Balsamic Soy Roasted Mushrooms' at Sabroso is another great meatless dish. They use big fresh Mushrooms...
at home, still enjoying the carryout Soups. This was Black Bean Soup from Moe's Market. Great batch of Soup this week...
As far as actually making something for myself, that has been limited lately to Gardein Fishless Filets. Hard to believe, but they sort of are like fish (Pasta Salad from Ma's Vegi Deli in the background).,..
Breakfast has become all about PB and Banana! Thank you Sarah and Ingrid for reminding me of this option. Really been enjoying breakfast lately. Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Back In The USVI

Arrived home late Sunday night and all my babies survived...
Monday morning, Scrat, Calvin and Molly were back on the beach...lousy phone pic...
for some reason, I was craving Mexican, so we did Greengos for lunch...
Tuesday's lunch was Black Bean Soup carried out from Frenchtown Deli...
yesterday, we did Jen's Island Deli...
today I carried out Cashew Tofu from Saki House, but forgot to take a picture, so here is what is looked like when I ate there on April 29th. I am still kind of out of it from the trip.
Lots more to come. Bye for now.