Monday, February 13, 2017

Pizza, Pasta and Salad

Recently tried out some new-to-me places...a cheeseless Veggie Pizza to go from Senor Pizza...Not as great as Restaurant Thirteen's Pizza, but it was pretty and they definitely did not skimp on the vegetables...
Penne Pasta with Tomatoes, Peas, Onions and Crushed Red Pepper at Cafe Amici...
the service was pretty bad (the kind where they dont write down your order, and you know they're gonna get it wrong and then they do), so that kind of spoiled the pleasure of this dish....
 
the bread was definitely good...
had a fantastic feta-less Greek Salad at Fish Tails yesterday. The Lettuce was nice and fresh, lots of high quality Olives and Tomatoes. Cant wait to go back!
saw a nice looking flower recently...
Sadie, Molly and Scrat enjoying the sun...I had nothing to do with them posing like that, it was pretty weird. Lots more to come. Bye for now.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

An Extremely Lengthy Non-Food Post

Yesterday, I took a tour of Richard Branson's Necker Island. It has nothing to do with vegan food, but I thought I would share some pics just for people to get an idea of it (or just click on the link for better info)...
There is a cute little "deserted Island" adjacent to the main Island...
we didnt get to see Richard Branson, but we did meet his dog, Simone. I guess she wanders around freely, no worries about her getting lost...
there is a classy little air-conditioned gift shop to satisfy any shopaholic guests. It even accepts credit cards!
the walking tour began after the gift shop visit...below is the approach to the Flamingo Pond...
coming round the bend en route to the Pond, we passed the Bali Hi Guest House...
arriving at the Flamingo Pond, our tour guide, Gumption, detailed the figures forged into this big iron fire thing that is full of tinder. At the evening functions, a fire is lit inside and it looks cool apparently. I will never know...
Hard to see, but the figures of Branson's favorite people and things are there, including his daughters, Lemurs, Bono and below is supposed to be Mick Jagger...
next Gumption opened a fifty pound bag of Flamingo Food...
he scattered the entire bag in the pond and gradually the Flamingos made their way over to eat...
there were also White Cheeked Pintail Ducks and Scarlet Ibis...
seeing the Flamingos was the main reason I came. I have seen pics (and plastic replicas) of them my whole life, but never actually saw one in real life, so mission accomplished. Before yesterday, I never even knew Scarlet Ibis existed, so they were almost more of a pleasure to see...
then we walked about ten minutes to the area where the Tortoises hang out...
this one is eating a leaf from a Breadfruit Tree...
amazing creatures...
one last pic due to their incredible awesomeness...
next it was on to a Turtle habitat where I held a baby Red Footed Tortoise...
and Gumption showed us various rare species from around the globe...
the Turtle in the middle has a bad shell cuz it is a survivor of the 2011 fire. I wasnt aware that animals had perished in that fire, but sadly it was so...
then it was on to the Lemurs...
upon entering the enclosure we were all given treats to entice the Lemurs and everyone was taking selfies with Lemurs on their shoulders..except for me, why spoil a nice Lemur pic?
the different breeds of Lemurs are kept separated, so we got to interact with two of the three different kinds I saw there...
they were so sweet and gentle, never used their claws...
Simone was still around the dock area when we left. She got a good whiff of all my babies...
If one takes into account Richard Branson's conservation efforts, I can see that justifying the cost of staying on the Island. It is heartening to see such goodness in action. I will return to the vegan grub next post. Bye for now.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday

Breakfast at Gladys' this morning....
Fresh Mango and Papaya was awesome...
as was the Avocado Toast...
a cruise ship was docked in Havensight so we took advantage of Great Wall being open for lunch. Excellent Szechuan Tofu...
As I am posting this the Superbowl hasnt started yet, but already I've finished dinner...Nachos with leftover Avocado from breakfast...
Genip was trapped a couple weeks ago, but  before I could get to him, he squeezed out the back of the trap. Since then I reinforced the trap and have been putting out food multiple times a day, but he now knows not to step on the trigger plate. I just hope he doesnt knock anyone up before I catch him...
Another gratuitous critter pic...
Thanks for looking. Bye for now.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday in St. Croix

This morning we flew thirty miles south to St. Croix...
the flights were on time and very fun. We sat right behind the pilot which was cool, but not as cool as the passenger that gets to sit beside him. Approaching the runway in St. Croix...
we rented a Jeep from Centerline Car Rental and headed to Christiansted for breakfast at Baked Cafe...
set in a dog-friendly picturesque courtyard, they have lots of vegan options...
So many items to choose from...
in retrospect we should have come back for lunch...hopefully one day...
my Ginger Orange Turmeric Kombucha on the right and the Mr's Iced Coffee on the left. Bamboo straws from Bali. My Kombucha was fresh and only $5, less than any bottled Kombucha I've seen for sale in the stores. The ice cubes in the Iced Coffee were made out of Coffee!
I went for the special, Avocado Toast on fresh Baked Multigrain. Outstanding. If this place were on St. Thomas we would eat here every day. Only complaint is we didnt have the time today to appreciate the leisurely service...
after walking around Christiansted, which was lovely and peaceful, we headed to the west end of the Island. My navigation skills screwed us up and we lost valuable time with u-turns and what not...
managed to find the Cruzan Rum Distillery...
there were lots of people there for the tour, so we bailed and just continued to Fredericksted, the other big city on the Island...
Polly's On The Pier is number three on Tripadvisor, but we were completely unimpressed...
my Hummus Wrap was totally meh and the Mr wasnt thrilled with his Quesadillas either...
the highlight of Fredericksted was this woman sitting in front of a boutique. She was super great with all the kids excited to see her...
below is a pic taken on the flight back of the rainforest. St. Croix was much cleaner than St. Thomas, didnt see any stray dogs or cats, not as many pot holes. I will look forward to returning and seeing more. Bye for now.