Showing posts with label Restaurants St. Barth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Restaurants St. Barth. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

30 Years of Fabulous Food in St. Barths FWI

        This morning, New York set a new record in Central Park. It was 4F. For our friends who use Celsius, it sounds even worse: -15C.   So we likely couldn’t find a better day to travel south to the French West Indies and the island of St. Barthelemy or, as its friends and devotees call it, “St. Barths”. The island was named for Christopher Columbus’ brother Bartholomeo, when the explorer did a sail-by in 1493.  If he’d stopped on the island, I doubt he would have ever left. It truly is 8 square miles of pure bliss.  White sand beaches, glorious views around every corner and a climate that those of us struggling through the “Arctic Vortex” can only dream of.  And did I mention the food?  The key here is the word
  When attached to “West Indies” it means food that is taken seriously.  Food that is flown in from France, vegetables from nearby Guadaloupe, seafood from right off the island and a profusion of restaurants that offer everything that global cuisine now means.  This Fall, I was invited to write about our 30 year love affair with the food on the island. The offer came from WIMCO, the island's premiere rental agency.
 We’ve rented spectacular villas from them more times than I can count. WIMCO has, hands down, the island’s best properties, the best service and I wouldn’t dream of using anyone else.
  (WIMCO isn’t confined to St. Barths—you can use them everywhere from Tuscany to Nantucket). 

Monday, March 18, 2013

The St. Barth Diaries 2013 Edition: 11 Great Ideas about what to eat and where and what not to.

The Entrance to our Villa 

Vive La France!
         We just got back from our 20th visit to St. Barth, FWI, so you know we like it there.  You might say almost obsessively so.  But you can’t really improve very much on perfection.  Especially when you’ve found it.  Of course St. Barth has changed mightily since I first came here in 1981 when the island wasn’t yet on the radar.  Those days are gone and the island should be avoided completely over the Christmas holidays.  That’s when the newly rich and revolting descend in force, driving even the most loyal St. Barth enthusiasts to leave the island altogether or go into hiding.  Fortunately, they all check out the day after New Year’s and St. Barth goes back to its somnolent self, the one the rest of us know and love. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Back to Bonito in St. Barth and our take on their wonderful Peruvian Tiradito of Tuna

Bonito's Version of Tiradito de Thon
And mine...
Unfortunately, mine didn't come with this view from Bonito

Rue Lubin Brin
Gustavia, St. Barthelemy FWI
         Silken fish coated in citrus and soy, the earthy nuttiness of sesame oil, the sweetness of crabmeat and the crunch of perfectly dressed seaweed salad, that's the explosion of taste that left me, a month later, wistful for another plate of Tiradito of Tuna.  In my earlier post, “15 Things you really must eat in St. Barth”, I promised that I would share the recipe for the fantastic "ceviche" we ate at Bonito, a wonderful hillside restaurant overlooking Gustavia’s beautiful harbor. And  the food at Bonito is every bit as magnificent as the view.  The well-travelled chef, Laurent Cantineaux, has brought influences from all over.  Chef Cantineaux has worked at Daniel, here in New York, for Guy Savoy and the Troisgros brothers in France and then landed in Caracas, Venezuela where he was the Executive Chef at Café Atlantique. There must have been a side trip to Peru at some point because Peru in the birthplace of the Tiradito.  Without question, Chef Cantineaux' tiraditos are reason alone to head directly to Bonito right after you’ve touched down in St. Barth.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

15 Things you must eat in St. Barth, FWI


We’re back!  We’ve just concluded our 18th visit to one of our favorite places on earth, St. Barthelemy. That little 8 ½ square mile slice of France plopped down in the middle of the Caribbean Sea but so different from the rest of the West Indies, it might be on another planet.  St. Barthelemy never disappoints.  In fact, I would actually say it improves with time.  At the moment, a public works project is making the formerly terrifying roads heaven to drive. All kinds of roundabouts have made traffic, what there is of it, much easier to negotiate.  And not just the roads have improved.  The food has gotten better!  How can that be?  Well, not too many years ago, we remember spotting Orange Juice in the Match Super Marche.  There seemed be a huge supply so we decided to pick it up later.  There was no later. The last we saw of orange juice on the island was that one day. It was delivered once a week and if you missed it, you missed it. Now, a French chain called “U” runs the SuperMarche.  It is positively packed with fresh produce, wonderful charcuterie and sensibly priced wines and an unending supply of Jus d’Orange.  Now I am going to highlight the highlights of our Gastronomical adventures in paradise. But first, I have to pause to dedicate this post to Gil, Andrew's father.