Archive for January, 2017

Middle Eastern Delight- Mezze

January 11, 2017

My fondest food memories include Saturday trips to my grandmother’s kitchen in Watertown, MA. She was born in Turkey and was a lovely Armenian woman.  Her food was sublime. My favorite dishes included her Boereg, her Dolma and her Choereg. Mom has carried the tradition, spinning out amazing Middle Eastern treats which I enjoy each time I visit.  I cook the basics but anytime I have a chance for Middle Eastern food,  I  indulge. When I heard Bonaire was soon to have a Turkish restaurant, my taste buds started dancing.

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I dined twice recently at Mezze, once on a week night and again, Christmas Day. The setting is on the oceanfront on a sleepy end of Kralendijk. Dining is under a covered patio. Inside, there is a lovely bar complete with hookahs. Music is low and subtle allowing for a comfortable conversation. The vibe is very chill. The menu is comprehensive featuring traditional appetizers including stuffed grape leaves, hummus and my favorite Baba Ganoush.  Entrees include delicious lamb dishes and vegetarian options. I loved my stuffed eggplant. The smokey flavor was amazing.  The best part of the meal was the Baklava. It was absolutely perfect. My grandmother would have enjoyed it. It had the right amount of sweet and was crispy.

We loved our waiter, an old friend, Eushon. Firas runs the front of the house with professionalism. He makes everyone feel very welcomed. Mezze is the new kid in town and shows promise.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacation’s owner, Ann Phelan offers complimentary Social Concierge Services for her discerning clients.   Email Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

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iPhone Photo Contest

January 8, 2017

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I love taking photos with my iPhone 6s. I feel the quality of photos is quite good. The photo on this page was taken recently. The location is Cargill Salt Company.  I was inspired by the perspective of my photo and equally enjoy viewing the amazing photos captured and shown on Instagram and other social media outlets.

I thought it would be fun to have a little photo contest. Everyone is welcome, the only requirements are amateur photographers may submit. Submit your photo on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Caribbean-Wind-Sun-Vacations-43269467011/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf before March 1. You may also email your photo to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Prizes include Bonaire swag including t shirts and more. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Any shot is welcome; nature, people, things.

Questions and feedback may be sent to ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. Decisions made by the judges are final. By entering, you retain copyright and remain the owner of your images and may also continue to use them in any manner you choose. You agree that the images you submit may be used on http://www.bonairebliss.com and http://www.bonairecaribbean.com

The Beach, a New Dining Hot Spot

January 8, 2017

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I am so excited to share my recent cool vibe discovery, The Beach, located on EEG Blvd., across Windsock Apartment. Two cool dudes, Niels and Dennis manage this newest hot spot. A spectacular seaside setting makes this a must go to spot. They open up early for coffee and breakfast and serve into the night. Their menu is creative with Dutch and local treats. The wine and cocktail menu is inspiring. I  enjoyed cold, crisp Savignon Blanc on several occasions. Food was always fresh and tasty. My favorite was the rare tuna burger I enjoyed during a recent visit. Their sate is delicious as well.

The beach is man-made and rather small so but we never had to wait for a lounger. There are side tables and benches for cocktails and social time. There is also a large dining table perfect for a group. The side area offers 6 – 4 tops.   In short, everyone will enjoy the casual comfortable setting to share a libation or meal.

I have taken Yoga on site as well. There is a Flow class Monday and Friday, at 8 AM. There is also Pilates at 8 AM every Tue. On Thur., enjoy an early 7:30 yoga class.  I cannot express how serene it is to enjoy Savasana seaside with the waves lapping below.

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If you love to snorkel or enjoy a delightful swim, step into the crystal clear sea. This is the perfect setting to jump into the Caribbean blue for a dip or laps along the coast.

To learn more about The Beach, contact Ann Phelan, Social Concierge. She may be reached at ann@bonairecaribbean.com. Ann offers complimentary services for her discerning clientele.