Pina Colada French Toast
I woke up today and read The Thief Lord in my rented bedroom. Dad called us out for breakfast. We had some delicious pina colada french toast and sliced bananas. I didn’t love the temperature of the pina colada syrup very much, but the flavor was all right. It didn’t turn out to be as good as it sounded. Sorry, Dad!
We took the breezy ferry to St. Thomas for the day and first, we drove to Coki Beach. It was one of the best beaches I have been to all week! Right when you step into the water, fish swarm around you! It was gorgeous! This is the only beach where you can feed the fish that are close to shore, but I did not enjoy it very much.
Playin' in the Sand
Although Dad said it was probably nothing, I could have sworn that I got a little nibble on my finger. Ouch! After eating seafood all week, I think they are finally biting back! On the beach, we were also able to order pina coladas from a drink stand. Icy and flavorful, just how I like it. What a great beach Coki was. I hope we can go back soon.
Saying Goodbye to Magen's Bay
After about a 10 minute drive, we jogged down to Magen’s Bay Beach. The water was beautiful and full of glowing white angelfish. The sand was so white and delicate. I love the fact that this beach almost has my name, so much that I decided to get a hat. Finally, we had to leave the precious bay, and I was so sad to go. Bye, Magen!
Magen's Bay From a Distance
For lunch, we dropped by The Greenhouse, a bar with a restaurant too. We only ordered a few appetizers: conch fritters, bang bang shrimp, and crab rolls.
They were all amazing, but the bang bang shrimp were my favorite. At last, we walked across the street to the local outdoor marketplace, and we bought Mom a tropical green and yellow dress. We bargained for the dress, lowering the price, but the seller was a tough negotiator! Mom decided to wear her new dress out for dinner tonight.
Brainstorming on the Ferry
Speaking of dinner, we rode the ferry back home and headed out for a mystery dinner. This dinner was a mystery, but only because we didn’t have a restaurant in mind, so we had to find ourselves a good-looking one in time for dinner. We ended up picking Spyglass … or perhaps it chose us. A man from Spyglass came out and gave us a flyer. “You gotta check it out,” he said with a thick Caribbean accent. “It’s really good food.” So we followed him to Spyglass, a restaurant that had “dining with a view,” as they put it.
Crab Cake Salad
We were seated by our waiter, Rob, at a four-person table with a view of the busy ferry dock. After a long look at the menu, I decided to order the Jamaican Jerk Wings, and Dad decided on the lobster risotto and a crab cake salad, topped with pineapple cilantro vinaigrette. Mom ordered two appetizers: the comforting warm spinach salad and the melt-in-your-mouth seared ahi tuna. Tabitha ordered a savory tomato-based conch chowder. When Rob came around to take our order, he passed on a disappointing message: no lobster risotto! They were out, so with a hint of disappointment in his eyes, Dad decided on a new entree: the beef short ribs in a rum and Coke sauce with parmesan truffle potato slices. And of course, he also received his crab cake salad. Actually, they were quite satisfying ribs, so there was no need to look wistful.
When our food came, everything looked great! Tabitha’s conch chowder was a deep red-orange, and Mom (who ordered a Blue Lagoon cocktail) had a martini glass full of mysterious-looking bright blue liquid in front of her. Oh … and what a shock the food’s arrival was for me. “I’m so sorry about this inconvenience,” Rob said, “but our guess-timing for the wings was wrong, so we would like to give you a plate of mussels on the house.” “Would you like them?” Rob asked.
I was too shocked to answer! “Do you realize what that means?” Dad whispered. “Free mussels!” “I know what ‘on the house’ means,” I said slowly. After a short pause, I quickly nodded and looked down. “Allrighty then,” said Rob, and he placed my mussels in front of me. Wow, that is a lot of mussels, I thought. Everyone at our table had some mussels, but of course, I had the majority. They were the perfect mussel texture: sort of chewy and really smooth on the outside. I don’t like when mussels are flaky and chalky, bit luckily, these weren’t. They were really good and meaty.
Pink Juicy Slabs of Tuna
Mom’s seared ahi was spectacular, but the Beach Bar’s might have been better. (It was raw…) It came with an Asian slaw, pickled ginger (which I ate with enthusiasm; I LOVE PICKLED GINGER!) and a dollop of wasabi. So good! Mom’s warm spinach salad, which included pieces of apple-smoked bacon (yum!), walnuts, and crumbles of gorgonzola cheese, was a great choice. As Mom puts it: “The flavors melted together, and the salad was so tasty that I ate it up in seconds!” I have to admit: that was some good salad.
Tabitha’s conch chowder was delicious and reminded our family of the cioppino at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing, California. In the tomato broth, there were some familiar spices, but I couldn’t quite place them. The broth was creamy and milky, unlike chicken broth. I really loved it, and so did everyone else.
Dad’s ribs were incredible. The meat fell easily off the bone, and the potatoes had a wonderful cheesy flavor. To me, the rum and Coke sauce just tasted like regular Coke.
My Dad can’t believe that I haven’t yet told you about the best part, but I ALWAYS save the best for last! As an appetizer, we ordered a half-dozen oysters on the half-shell. I added wasabi, tabasco, cocktail sauce, and lemon. It is my favorite oyster concoction yet. They were small, but salty, without grit, and, well, fantastic!
Sunset at Chocolate Hole
Today, only Dad and I will rate the restaurant. Dad says 4 1/2 seashells, and I agree. So … 4 1/2 seashells it is! While we were there, we met a nice family from Connecticut, and we had a great time! We only have two more nights on St. John, so we are going to try to find some more good restaurants. ‘Bye for now!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
Tel: (340) 774-7998
Second Floor, Wharfside Village
Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI 00830
Tel: (340) 776-1100