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The Boyfriend and I recently had some visitors, which turned out to be a great opportunity for us to see new places and try new restaurants on the island.  I had to take B and our guests to Rosemary’s in Marigot.  Unlike the many other lolos on the island, who serve grilled chicken and ribs, Rosemary’s offers genuine creole cuisine.  My favorite dish is her super tender conch creole.

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After lunch, we headed north to check out Happy Bay. We parked at Friar’s Bay and the menfolk stopped to get drinks at what I think said “Bob Marley’s Bar”? There was about a 10-20 minute walk through Friar’s Bay, then a hike up to Happy Bay, therefore, refreshments were needed.

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Happy Bay never fails to impress. The left side of the beach is dotted with rock formations and the water is crystal clear in an amazing shade of blue.  There were few people out, which made laying on the beach quite conducive to napping. If that is not your thing, check out the beach shack, stocked with beer and liquor.  The boys said Danny, the barman, made a pretty decent rum punch.

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For dinner, we decided to check out Karakter on Simpson Bay Beach. We arrived just as the sun was setting. It was the perfect Kodak moment for our friends.  I don’t think I could put into words how amazing the atmosphere at Karakter is. Let’s just say, it was so amazing that I didn’t care how slow the service was!  My favorite appetizers include the fried plantains and the goat cheese and honey bruschetta.

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For lunch one day, we ate shwarmas at Abu Ghazi (the best on the island, in my opinion) and Hilma’s Windsor Castle, both in Simpson Bay.  Hilma’s was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s first show, A Cook’s Tour (sense a theme here?).  I have to say, Hilma is one of the sweetest ladies with the warmest smile on the island. Her food is also TO DIE FOR. B and I have tried her pulled chicken and pulled pork Johnnycake sandwiches.  These little things are packed with flavor!  Her Johnnycakes are light and chewy and not a bit greasy. The sandwich is not complete without the local Scotch Bonnet hot sauce (in the old ketchup bottle). Mmmmm, my mouth is watering!  Her fried chicken drumstick is also worth trying–the batter has a touch of curry powder, making it slightly different from good ole American fried chicken.

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Tucked in a little waterfront space in Porto Cupecoy is Le Bateau Ivre or “The Drunken Boat.”  Hands down, some of the best food I’ve had on the island. The appetizer special was escargot aux cepes (snails with mushrooms) and it did not disappoint. I found a similar recipe here, though I have no clue where to find fresh snails? The Boyfriend had the best meal at the table, in my opinion–seared duck breast, cooked medium rare with honey sauce. I could have licked the plate! P.S., try the red blend from the Cote du Rhone region.  My favorite!

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Our visitors left on Friday afternoon, missing out on the Westin Resort’s Sunday brunch.  This is significant because:  ALL YOU CAN EAT SNOW CRAB and ENDLESS MIMOSAS.  Oh yeah, and the Westin sits on the shores of Dawn Beach, where the view is not too shabby.

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I will be leaving the island soon. I thought I was ready to get back to the States, but as the date looms closer, I’m having a hard time letting go of this beautiful island.

Dawn Beach

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