Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Fall Festival on Bonaire

May 20, 2017

Press Release

BONAIRE LAUNCHES THE 3RD ANNUAL BONAIRE FALL FESTIVAL

**Program Supports Airlines’ Fall Service to Island and Offers an Array of Hotel, Excursion and Cuisine Specials**

Kralendijk, Bonaire (May 16, 2017) – In continuous efforts to support United and Delta’s fall airlift to Bonaire, Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) will be launching the 3rd Annual Bonaire Fall Festival: Dive-Dine-Discover program. From mid-August through early November, the Bonaire Fall Festival has a lineup of accommodation packages, unique excursions, underwater and topside adventures and culinary specials that will make Bonaire the top spot to Dive-Dine-Discover this fall.

 

“Maintaining a continuous flow of visitors from North America to Bonaire during the fall season is not only a top TCB objective, but a priority for the entire island and this can only be achieved by uninterrupted airlift,” commented Maurice Adriaens, Director of Tourism Corporation Bonaire. “The Bonaire Fall Festival will serve as a catalyst to attract visitors to Bonaire during this time of year. From mid-August through October, divers can witness Mother Nature’s phenomena of the coral spawning; visitors can enjoy the festivities surrounding the 50th International Sailing Regatta in October; and foodies can discover the award winning culinary scene the island has to offer. A fall vacation to Bonaire should be on everyone’s bucket list!”

 

United Airlines flight 1402 departs George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Saturdays at 1:00pm, and arrives in Bonaire International Airport (BON) at 6:50pm. The return flight 1401 departs Sundays at 8:20am, and arrives in IAH at 12:25pm. United’s non-stop from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) returns October 7, 2017. Flight 1422 departs EWR Saturdays at 9:00am, arriving in BON at 1:40pm. The return flight 1420 departs BON Saturdays at 2:45pm, arriving in EWR at 7:40pm.

Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your windsurf, dive or wellness vacation today!

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Bonaire’s premiere oceanfront villa!

 

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.

10 Must Do Dining Delights in Bonaire

November 15, 2016

IMG_4781I am a self-professed foodie. I pour over food blogs and websites daily. I am an Elite Member of Yelp and I met my boyfriend of three years on Foursquare over a dining review. When traveling, I seek to immerse myself in the site and sounds of the country and love to savour the cuisines. Since traveling and living on Bonaire, I have discovered some sublime culinary treasures. Today, I will reveal my top 10 dining favorites. I assure you, they represent the best tastes on island. Let me know if you approve.

1. Pasta 007 at Capriccios- homemade pasta, light tomato sauce and delicate pieces of fresh local fish, tasty shrimp and fresh spices. Each forkful tantalizes your taste buds. I also want to add one more dish, the Carbonara. My daughter’s chef boyfriend professes it is delicious. This restaurant has the best wine list on island. Ask Lola to make a recommendation. Oh, Pasta 007 is not on the menu, you have to ask.

2. Tarte Tatin  at Bistro de Paris – light pastry and fresh apples with whipped cream, ahhh. This dessert brings much delight to my palate. Scoop up the sugary sauce and drizzle over the lovely apple treat.  The marina view location is perfect.

3. Tres Leche at Mi Banana- oh so decadent and oh so lucious. Sweet, milky cake with cream and sugary bliss. This dessert is house made so don’t miss it. Mi Banana features Columbian fare in a friendly, laid back atmosphere.

4. French Fries and BBQ at Bobbejan’s- What’s so special here? Crispy, salty fries and  the fragrance of BBQ sauce that wafts through Kralendijk. Weekends only, this spots packs ’em in due it’s reputation for the best BBQ on island. My daughter loves the ribs!

5. Bami and Sate at Mati’s – this Surinamese hole -in- the wall next to Flamingo TV, serves up the best Bami, a flavourful noodle dish with  grilled  chicken sate with peanut sauce. Lunch only! Try the Roti, a Surinamese version of a burrito.

6. Fresh Salads seaside at Hang Out Bar – It’s hard work, sunning at Jibe City. When I crave some food, I leave my ocean view beach chair, cross the sand in my itty bitty bikini and plop myself in one of the seaside tables and enjoy a colorful, delicious fresh salad. My favorite is the Greek, chock full of tangy Feta.  The sangria is the best on island

7. Pizza at Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- made in an iron pan, served hot, the blend of unusual flavours thanks to unique spices makes this pie awesome. While waiting, enjoy a house made Caipirinha. Divine!

8. Ceviche at Rum Runners- ask for the Lover’s Table and dive into their light and fresh seafood ceviche loaded with lime, Scotch Bonnet Peppers and cilantro. Oh so good. They have really good pizza as well and always, fresh local fish.

9. Fish Tacos at Wil’s Restaurant- Fresh fish is the order of the day, prepared with love. Enjoy the serene garden setting and be prepared for  a memorable dining experience. Chef Wil samples cuisines from around the world and brings an exciting menu to his tables. Enjoy!

10. Fresh sashimi at Kite City Food Truck. First off, the guys are super sweet and super handsome, second, you eat smack dab in the sand, seaside and three, the fish is fresh and wonderful. Located at Te Amo Beach across from the airport, go here! When you are done, hop in the sea for a nice snorkel sesh.

When booking your vacation I offer free individualized Concierge Service, so call today.  I love sharing my passion for the island and welcome the opportunity to plan your escape.

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King Kong Burger

October 12, 2016

20161001_141839Just when you thought Bonaire was complete with some of the best dining options around, a new food truck made it’s way on the food scene. Welcome to King Kong Burgers.

Craving a burger? Need a quick snack in between diving?  Want to dine seaside at one of the best sunset vantage points? Make a beeline to King Kong Burger Food Truck. Located at Bachelor’s Beach, King Kong features foods that will tantalize our taste buds and make your wallet sing.

Owners, Asko and Jana have created a fun and funky food truck experience complete with fresh and tasty eats. Jana, an accomplished chef and her dive master boyfriend decided to embark on a food adventure.  So far, reviews suggest they scored a win.

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I recently interviewed Asko and Jana. Take a peak and when next on island, stop at sunny Bachelor’s Beach for a culinary experience with King Kong Burgers.

Why King Kong? 

Asko: We were looking for an easy to remember name and good to combine with a logo. I saw King Kong somewhere and it stuck plus a friend made us a cool logo. 

What inspires you to cook?

Jana and I always liked cooking. We love food made with good products. All senses are enticed and it is legal.

What’s different about King Kong?

Besides that we make it with love. We use fresh products and we don’t use plastic like straws and cups or styrofoam. 

We cook for meat lovers and vegetarians.  We want a menu available for all tastes and wallets.

We sell burgers hot dogs and fries, keeping it really simple. But our burgers are far from simple. 

Tell me about your background in cooking?

I did hotel school worked in several hotels, cruise ships and restaurants.

The Details

Hours 11 till sunset 18.30

Open Tue. – Sat. 

Cash Only

Bachelor’s Beach

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New Website, New Look

February 14, 2016

Bonaire – Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, owner, Ann Phelan announced  a complete rebranding and  new website for her specialty niche agency. Phelan specializes in the windsurf market and is a windsurfer herself. At the cusp of her 27th anniversary in business, Phelan, celebrates her many years in the  industry and is enthusiastic to share her new website for her discerning clientele. The new and improved features of the website include a navigation bar that ensures travelers can quickly find exactly what they are looking for; tourist information, detailed accommodation listings and an online inquiry process that will lead to almost instant replies.  A special feature is her informative blog which highlights island information including weather and wind updates, dining reviews of island hot spots and windsurf news. Phelan also unveiled her new product, Bonaire Intimate Properties, a collection of what she describes is the best of Bonaire’s windsurf accommodations. She chose her select inventory considering location, management, amenities and quality. Ann inspects her properties often and takes pride in knowing all she sells. For more information click on http://www.bonairecaribbean.com/

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Blue Garden Brazilian Grille and Pizza Gourmet- Food Nirvana

January 4, 2016

 

Dining options on little Bonaire are diverse and plentiful. Just when I thought I had my favorites, I find a new spot. Such as the case this weekend when my family and I discovered Blue Garden.  Recommended by a fellow foodie, we made a res this past weekend. I know the manager, Paolo so knew we were in good hands.

 

We arrived to a full house. The vibe was lively and welcoming. Service was earnest and considerate despite the crowd. We were given water and pizza bread sticks with a lovely tomato salsa, within minutes of being seated. Drinks came later. Food came slowly as the night passed.  I was mindful of the holiday peak time and settled into the slow flow.

 

The drink feature are the house made Caipirinhas. Our table sampled a traditional blend, Passion Fruit and Spicy Tangerine. The drinks were sublime.  I am a fan of Cachacha Rum and can say, the bartender at Blue Garden concocted a fantastic rendition.

We were famished so placed an order for Brazilian Cheese Bread. Baked with Yucca flour, we loved the flavours. I do recommend an order.

A bit overwhelmed by the amazing menu, we asked Manager Paolo for recs. The three meat eaters ordered a specialty pizza with sausage and cheeses. I opted for an Anchovy pizza.  We also ordered a Hearts of Palm Pizza. The pies are medium size and three was ample for 4 adults. I’d even say, two would suffice along with a salad.

I must digress and say, the aromas wafting in the restaurant are tantalizing. The source was the Brazilian Picanha, a grilled meat. If you are a meat eater, give it a go.

Prices are a bit high for pizza but if you consider all of the imported Brazilian products and the complexity of the menu. it’s well worth the cost.

Blue Garden was easily the highlight of our holiday dining. As always, clients of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations are offered free Concierge Services. Do allow me the opportunity to plan your dining experience soon.

 

Contact me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

 

 

At Sea- in dining heaven

December 16, 2015

My family and I have dined with Chef Rick and his wife, Kim, for many years. They started off in an unassuming location with only a handful of tables. Service was intimate and the setting was magical. The noticeable aspect of dining was Chef Rick’s creative plating and flawless presentation. Over time, Chef Rick and Kim wanted to grow so purchased a magnificent ocean view spot on the outskirts of sleepy Kralendijk. I have had the privilege of many dinners but recently, was blown away by a 5 course surprise tasting menu.

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Chef Rick invited my boyfriend and I to sample his new menu paired with some amazing wines. The 5 courses were truly sublime. Chef Rick was keenly aware of my dietary preferences (non meat eater) and a lighter fare.

We were seated in a corner high top near the bar. The place is bustling but the focus is on food. The waitstaff are supportive and efficient and seem to always know what you need and when. I was never searching around for the next course or water.

The food came at a slow but steady pace. Each course was presented in an artful way.  Flavors were undeniably some of the best I have experienced in 15 years living and dining on Bonaire. Each course tantalized our taste buds.

Wine flowed with each course. I loved the Saint Clemente Chardonnay. Seth loved his Malbec. Each course was paired perfectly with a wine well suited to compliment the food flavors.

Jay Frans is the man behind the bar. His skill and finesse is apparent and his charm enhances the bar experience. We enjoyed watching him craft some creative cocktails. For those enjoying a bar experience, At Sea has a cozy spot for you!

If you seek an amazing dining experience for a special evening, look no further. At Sea is your spot. I offer free Concierge Services for all of my Caribbean Wind & Sun Clients so email me at ann@bonairecaribbean.com or call At Sea at 011 599 701 0134.  Their holiday menu looks sublime. Groups are encouraged to book for the intimate Dec. 24 3 -course dining menu.

 

Bon Appetite

 

 

 

Gio’s Gelatto – Abrosia in Bonaire

November 14, 2015

I try to avoid Gio’s because A. it’s decadent and B. I love my clothes and they fit perfectly…however, I usually make it to Gio’s a few times a month. I tend to order a double of pistachio and vanilla. Recently, I had a sample of pineapple and lemon as well. Divine…

They are open 8 AM- 10 PM weekdays and Saturday and at 10 AM on Sunday. They also serve lovely pastries and sweets. Be warned it’s very chilly inside so pack a light jacket.

To book your Bonaire escape, contact Ann Phelan, the Bonaire expert at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Osaka- Sushi Bliss on Bonaire

September 1, 2015

If you’ve perused my blog, you notice I love to eat. One of my greatest pleasures when traveling, is the search for the ultimate in dining. On my little island, I am thrilled with the wide varied options of dining spots. One of my go to places when seeking “clean eating” is Osaka. Osaka is nestled up top in a open air dining room on Kaya Grande. The upstairs balcony offers a view of the often lively street scene. Cool breezes create a lovely dining experience. The wait staff are very efficient and professional but this places gets crowed, so sit back, sip some Saki and embrace a slow dining experience.

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Osaka offers fresh fish whenever possible. Our server advised us they were serving fresh Tuna and Mahi Mahi as well as Butterfish. The fish did taste lovely. Presentation and plating are creative and artful. I wish the spicy tuna handroll had the traditional mayo Sriracha sauce to heat things up.

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If you are craving some sushi, Osaka is your best bet for fresh and tasty sushi. To book at table, contact your island Concierge, Ann Phelan at ann@bonairecaribbean.com

http://www.osakabonaire.com/

Surinamese Take Out Bliss – Mati’s in Bonaire

August 19, 2015

I am a self – professed foodie, always in search of the ultimate in food. My favorite dining is discovering a mom and pop style hole-in-the-wall. Today, whilst getting my manicure at the best place in Bonaire, Vanidades, Dee from Woodwind dropped in. After catching up on family and travel news, our conversation turned to food.  Dee, being from Trinidad and Tobago (AKA T&T) knows Roti. If you have sampled Roti around the Caribbean you know, Trini’s serve it up Burrito style while in Bonaire, Surinamese Roti is served with the curry and veggies on the side and the Roti separate. Me, I am prefer my Roti Trini style but hey, I will take what I can get here. I do miss Roti King from my life living in Antigua. My daughter and I would run, not walk there soon after arriving on island. Their Roti is delicious and big enough to feed two. Back to Bonaire Roti. You can get it many places now but it’s not always the best Roti. What makes a good Roti? It should be made with ghee and a Tawa (pan). It should be light and chewy but not stiff and thick.

So far, my favorite Roti is the one served by Jana at Dive Huts on Tue. night. Jana does not make the Roti herself but it’s very thin, buttery with Ghee and slightly flakey. The consistency is perfect. Someone labours with love making this Roti. Back to Dee! Dee, a Roti lover herself swears by Mati’s Restaurant on Kaya Korona. I thought I knew about all the local food hot spots but Mati’s was unknown to me.  Dee procured the number and suggested I go sooner than later.

I must digress; my foodie boyfriend, who happens to be 6’3″ 180 can eat anything. He just left Bonaire, rested and tanned. I remained behind having gained a few from a few too many cocktails and dinners out. I have a 5 K road race the 29th and am back to training, attending spinning and yoga classes and hikes up Sera Largu. Clean eating is the order of the day, food wise. Roti is definitely not on my eating plan anytime soon. Still, I wanted some protein and vegetables and soon would learn, Mati’s could deliver.

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I called ahead and spoke to a friendly English speaking woman. I explained I was eating clean and wanted fish or chicken and vegetables. She told me she would prepare something nice for my “diet” and to come on in.  Mati’s is located smack dab next to Flamingo TV and Alpha Omega Laundry. The side street is now paved, thank goodness for my ole Corolla. There is ample parking on the side and in front.

Inside, it’s sparkling clean and oh so friendly. The lady answering the phone is the co-owner, Marijke. Her husband, the chef is Rudolph Lamidi. Rudolph once ran a food truck near Cultimara (Top Grocery) and later moved back to Holland. Thankfully, he is back, spinning out some delicious Surinamese Cuisine. I had a lesson in Surinamese Food 101 as I navigated the incredible menu. The food is heavy on rice, noodles, egg and flavor. Fresh spices and herbs come in from Suriname to enhance the dishes. As I was speaking to Rudolph, a steady flow of locals came in for take out orders. I was able to sample a lovely Saoto Soep, fresh homemade chicken soup. It was the best soup of my life! My meal consisted of fresh chicken cooked in lovely spices with delicious veggies including green beans, bean sprouts and tomatoes. The price for a large portion was 7.50!

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If you are craving fresh and delicious Surinamese food, give Mati’s a try. It’s the real deal.  Try the Moksi Metie, sausage and meat or the Pom, healthy meat and vegetables. A customer who was waiting for her food suggested a few other Surinamese dishes on the menu. The steady stream of take out orders was a good sign of things to come. My food was satisfying and delicious. Bring your reusable container and say no to styrofoam!

Mati’s

Kaya Nikita 5

Telephone: 780 7911