USVI FOOD DELICACIES

THE ANNUAL STARVING ARTISTS' FOOD FAIR


You don't have to be a starving artist to enjoy the annual Startving Artists' Fair in the U.S. Virgin Islands, featuring arts, crafts and cuisine

This years' fair was held at Estate Whim Plantation Museum. From noon to 5 p.m., local artists and craftsmen display their framed prints and handmade paintings, sculptures, jewelry, watercolors, dolls and clothing.

An "Artists' Café" serves a tempting menu of foods for sale, including Johnny Cake bread, barbecue ribs, shish kabobs, kalaloo, local juices, maubi, banana frost, hand-churned ice cream and much more. A cash bar is staffed by friendly volunteer bartenders. Admission for adults is only US$3, and admission for children is free when accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds benefit the St. Croix Landmarks Society, whose mission is to advance understanding and appreciation of the unique historical and cultural legacy of St. Croix through preservation, research and education. Additional information about the fair is available by calling Estate Whim Plantation Museum at (340) 772-0598.

LET'S DINE ON ST. JOHN

Enjoy the extensive selection of prepared foods, top-quality meats and delicious wines at the new Dolphin Gourmet Supermarket at Boulon Center in Cruz Bay, St. John. The new supermarket caters to the growing number of visitors choosing villa-style accommodations. Hours of operation for the supermarket are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. For additional information, call (340) 776-5322.

THE CROSS

For an assortment of health foods can visit The Cross in Coral Bay. The Cross, the only health food store on the island, is a family-run store brimming with bags of wheat flour, brown rice flour, soy-based protein foods and more.

Shelves are lined with packages of rice cakes, pumpkin seeds, brown rice crackers, vegetable crackers and seaweed crackers, all rich in natural minerals. In addition, there are fresh vegetables and fruits, regular pasta, organic pasta, sesame oil and safflower oil, liquid amino acids and apple cider vinegar.

Eggless mayonnaise can be found, as well as organic salad dressings, cheese, coconut sugar cakes, stewed tamarind, dry spices and sea salt. The store also offers juices, teas, soups and much more. More information about The Cross is available by calling (340) 776-0720.

THE MARKETPLACE

The newly opened retail space, The Marketplace, in Cruz Bay, St. John, provides shoppers an array of exciting stores with a variety of available goods and services. Dramatic architecture, native stone, verandas, courtyards and mahogany and glass storefronts are just a few of the Caribbean accents the new shopping center boasts. The anchor stores are the Starfish Market and St. John Hardware. Additional shops and service-related businesses include: Kaleidoscope Video, Functional Furnishings, The Alabaster Box, ABC Construction Corporation, Baked in the Sun, Gym in Paradise and Health Care Connection. For additional information, call (340) 776-6455.

LUCY'S CAFÉ AND FULL MOON PARTIES

Wanting a true taste of Caribbean-style cuisine? Then visit Miss Lucy's Restaurant, located seaside at Friis Bay on St. John. During the "full moon parties," try roasted pig or freshly caught wahoo served along with such local trimmings as pigeon peas and rice, sweet potato stuffing, okra, fungi, plantains and sautéed vegetables, completing a meal priced at US$10.

Delighted customers also enjoy Miss Lucy's scrumptious paella, a pot full of shrimp mussels, deep-fried chicken, hot Italian sausage, a variety of vegetables, and the restaurant's special seasonings, served over saffron rice.

The house specialty dessert, bread pudding with rum sauce, is just one of the appetizing dishes that keep customers coming back. Traditional-style conch fritters served with homemade picante sauce, kallaloo soup and fresh Caribbean fish are just a sampling of some of Miss Lucy's other culinary treasures served for lunch and/or dinner. Sunday brunch features such delights as piña colada or banana pancakes and eggs Benedict. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details about Miss Lucy's Restaurant, call (340) 693-5244.

GOURMET TO GO

Vacationers on St. John wanting gourmet food to take on trips to the beach or on biking and hiking excursions should visit Tropicale. This unique gourmet store offers delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, including: gourmet pizzas; fresh fruits, bread, fish, meats and cheeses; deli sandwiches; picnic items; and beer, wine and spirits packaged for vacationers on the go. Vacationers staying in St. John's many villas and condos especially like the meals-to-go option. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tropicale provides visitors with appetizing cuisine to feast on during pleasure trips in America's Paradise. For additional information, call 340/693-7474.

JUST PEPE'S

"Just Pepe's," an all-American sports bar, recently opened in the quaint town of Coral Bay on St. John. Offering a delicious menu, oceanside seating and full sports coverage on four television screens, the new restaurant extends to sports enthusiasts a fun dining experience with a breath-taking view. Located in the former Coral World Sports complex, the restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. For additional information, call (340) 776-6800.

CHLOE AND BERNARD

The Westin Resort, St. John, provides guests an eclectic menu with intriguing dishes from all over the world. The newest restaurant is named "Chloe and Bernard" after two fictional characters that pend their days and nights traveling the world in search of new and delicious recipes to add to their mouth-watering menu. Located on the second floor of the Westin's lobby, the newly decorated open-air dining room provides guests with an atmosphere of world travel and intrigue. The restaurant is open for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, call the Westin Resort at (340) 693-8000.

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LET'S DINE ON ST. CROIX

ST. CROIX FOOD FAIR

Visitors wanting to sample delicious Caribbean foods, fruits and vegetables should attend the Annual Agriculture and Food Fair held during President's Day weekend, at Estate Lower Love. Join in this annual St. Croix exhibition featuring food, music, crafts and tropical plants from farmers representing the USVI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other Caribbean islands. For more information, call 340/778-0997.

CASE PLACE AT CHANDLER'S WHARF

The Case Place at Chandler's Wharf recently opened in Gallow's Bay, tempting guests with an unique selection of Caribbean-inspired dishes. The restaurant's eclectic menu provides a diverse selection of entreés that includes fresh daily seafood specials, conch, lobster, prime-rib and more.

Recipes at the restaurant impart a variety of flavors that are easily found on St. Croix from fresh bananas and mangos to spiced Cruzan Rum. The menu also includes a selection of well-known favorites, like nachos, salisbury steak and corn-dogs. The new eatery is open Monday - Saturday, serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (the lunch menu extends into dinner hours) and dinner from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. For additional information, visit www.thecaseplacevi.com or call (340) 719-3167

THE GOLDEN RAIL CAFÉ

The Golden Rail Café recently opened at the St. Croix Marina in Gallows Bay. The American-inspired menu is comprised of homemade soups, grilled fish sandwiches, burgers, steaks, pasta and a delicious selection of fresh seafood each day. Located on the waterfront, the dining room offers a beautiful view of Christiansted Harbor. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is open from 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. For additional information, call (340) 778-8974.

THE AVOCADO PITT

The Avocado Pitt restaurant is the latest edition to downtown Christiansted, St. Croix. The restaurant offers guests a diverse menu of delicious breakfast and lunch options. Serving everything from omelettes and pancakes, to "Kahuna Burgers" and tuna sandwiches, the restaurant is an ideal venue to prepare for a day of duty-free shopping and sightseeing in historic Christiansted.

Vegetarians will enjoy the veggie or soy burgers, sandwich, fresh salads and variety of protein-enriched fruit smoothies which are available. The Avocado Pitt offers daily local delivery as well as a to-go service that makes the perfect boxed-lunch for half-day or all-day sailing adventures. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m., and serves lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. For additional information about The Avocado Pitt, call (340) 773-9843.

THE POINT OF VIEW

St. Croix recently welcomed the opening of the harborside restaurant A Point of View, located at the western start of the new Christiansted boardwalk in Holger Danske Hotel. Breakfast, served upstairs poolside, includes island French toast, overstuffed omelettes, the "Strammer Max" and more.

Lunch is served upstairs under the gazebo in the "Sip n' Dip"-offering a refreshing dip in the hotel pool and drinks at the bar for restaurant patrons bringing swimsuits. Downstairs, the enlarged new bar serves a wide variety of tropical drinks and offers a special bar menu.

For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers delicious fresh seafood, steaks, pasta and nightly Alpine specials. Friday is all-you-can-eat barbecue night. Piano entertainment is presented on Tuesday and Saturday nights. More details are available by calling, (340) 773-5762 or (340) 773-6464.

LET'S DINE ON ST. THOMAS

LULU'S CAFÉ

Lulu's Café has a new location at 13-A Dorothea on Crown Mountain Road in St. Thomas. Also they operate Lulu's at Blackbeard's, the Mediterranean-style restaurant offers everything from fresh seafood to a variety of gourmet pizzas. The chef's favorite dishes consist of fresh seafood prepared according to its availability, which is reflected in the constantly changing menu. The small, three-room café is open for dinner Tuesday - Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The entire menu is available for take-out and the bar stays open until 11:00 p.m. For additional information, call (340) 774-6800.


MARISOL RESTAURANT

Marisol Restaurant, specializing in Pacific Rim with a Caribbean touch, recently opened on St. Thomas. Marisol serves such mouth-watering dishes as grouper with shrimp mousse, steamed in a banana leaf with sesame soy noodles; grilled beef tenderloin with grit cakes; ham and cheddar kallaloo; lamb or feta and tomato panini sandwiches with a cucumber yogurt sauce on the side and much more. Prices for lunch range from $6 to $13 for salads, sandwiches and appetizers. For dinner, appetizers are priced from $6 to $12, and entrées range from $12 to $22. The restaurant is open at 4 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails. Dinner will be served every night except Sunday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant will be closed Sundays until the week before Thanksgiving, when it will open for dinner only. For reservations call (340) 776-1200.

SINCLAIR'S CARIBBEAN CAFÉ

Sinclair's Caribbean Café is aNew Addition to St. Thomas - Formerly Head of Pave Street Café, Sinclair's Caribbean Café has recently opened in downtown St. Thomas. Specializing in Caribbean Fusion (a unique blend of Latin, Italian, French, European and Caribbean cuisine), Sinclair's features some of the finest in Caribbean cuisine with dishes ranging from West Indian crab cakes to conch and shrimp fritters. Available for lunch, dinner and catering, Sinclair's is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To make reservations or place an order, call (340) 774-2340.

LELOLAY PUERTORICAN CRUISINE AND CAFÉ - Authentic Latino

LeLoLay Puertorican Cuisine & Café, located on St. Thomas, has opened its doors to USVI residents and visitors and offers a unique experience of authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine. A wide variety of native foods are served ranging from breakfast foods such as revoltillo (scrambled eggs) to ravo-asado (broiled turkey). Lelolay is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with music throughout the night. For more information or to make reservations call (340) 714-0082.

LE CLUB - TAVERN ON THE WATERFRONT

A new entertainment hotspot to enjoy during weekends when visiting the picturesque waterfront in downtown Charlotte Amalie is Le Club. The five-star restaurant Tavern on the Waterfront converts into the upscale Le Club Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. until early morning.

Le Club features carefully chosen entertainment, including the hottest Latino sounds, jazz music and dance contests. Lighter fare and a wine list is available from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. when operating as Le Club. The restaurant offers its full menu during regular hours, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner, Monday through Sunday. More information is available by calling (340) 776-4328.

MANGROVE LAGOON AND TREASURE ISLE CRUISE

The Merry Ferry passengers enjoy a range of mouth-watering cuisine with Treasure Isle Cruises' Dine-A-Round Plan. The Merry Ferry circles around St. Thomas' tranquil Mangrove Lagoon making six stops at various restaurants and pubs, featuring international choices, from Japanese to German, as well as American and West Indian fare.

Transportation packages are US$20 per adult and US$15 for children under 12. The package includes roundtrip transfers from any hotel to Compass Point Marina; a ferry ticket valid all evening; two Cruzan Rum drinks at any participating restaurant or pub; and a tropical shell lei. This unique experience is offered every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. More information is available by calling (340) 775-9500 or email inquiries to loveto@islands.vi.

Treasure Isle Cruises also offers a new seven-night, soft adventure cruise showcasing both the U.S. Virgin Islands and other neighboring islands. The "V.I. Explorers Cruise" spends two nights on St. Thomas at Secret Harbor Beach Resort and sets sail on a 76-foot catamaran for a trip to St. John. The final day's sail returns to St. Thomas for an overnight stay at the Secret Harbor Beach Resort. The package is US$1,675 per person including all accommodations, tax and service charges at the hotels, open bar aboard the catamaran, most meals, transfers between hotels and the boat and sightseeing tours. For more information and reservations, call 88/TAKE-A-DIP or visit www.treasureislecruises.com


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