Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

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

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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

Take Away on Bonaire Part 2

August 6, 2015

My newest find is Jana’s Take Away, Tuesday nights at Dive Hut on Kaya Dialma. Jana’s creates the most delicious Thai/Indian influenced cuisine. Her flavors are amazing and the plating, creating and colorful. Jana also has a food booth at the Taste of Bonaire. I have sampled two of Jana’ s lovely menus and can attest to her culinary skills. Jana uses fresh ingredients and blends spices to create tantalizing flavors.

Bring your own container to contribute to a styrofoam free Bonaire.

Photo Courtesy of Jana

Photo Courtesy of Jana

Sample Menu:

Appetizer: vegetarian samosa

Main course:
Indian yellow rice with Nuts, Beef kebab with cilantro sauce and cucumber salad ( Tofu sate for vegetarian)

for $17

Photo Courtesy of Jana

Photo Courtesy of Jana

For a reservations call  780 2123 or use your free Concierge Services when booking your trip at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations.

Take Away Bonaire Part 1 – Lek Lek Take Out Thai Food

August 4, 2015
Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

Bonaire has Thai Take Out!

The culinary options in Bonaire are quite impressive. The island is a melting pot of cultures represented in our cuisines. One can enjoy Surinamese food, Colombian fare and other South American delights. New to the scene is Lek Lek Thai Take Out. Based out of the lovely Roomer Boutique Hotel, Lek Lek turns out amazing Thai food every Monday evening. Ruby, the brainchild behind this culinary delight takes orders up to a week ahead and often sells out before Monday. It’s that good! She has a loyal following and there’s good reason; the food is amazing. When can you recall the last time you didn’t want your meal to end? Last night was such an occasion. I arrived at 6:15 after a hike in the kunuku. Ruby, her husband and colleague were fast and furious behind the counter creating culinary bliss. Ruby welcomed me and advised me my 7 PM order would be ready in 30 minutes. Normally, I’d wait at the Roomer bar but my dog was waiting for her dinner so I drove two miles home, fed my girl, showered and returned. The aromatic fragrance wafting through the breezeway of the hotel was intoxicating. I picked up my order (17.50 or 20.00 with a well deserved gratuity) and headed home. I gleefully tore into my dinner, a lovely tofu dish so spicy and delicious. Pure ambrosia. There was also a salad with Thai seasoning and greens and a perfectly cooked fried egg. Ruby also offers a little dessert tasting. Last night she prepared a layered coconut milk Pandan steamed traditional Thai dessert called Khanom Chan. I devoured this simple yet flavourful sweet treat. As my dining experience came to an end, I was sad. I wanted more. Thankfully, Ruby’s here to stay on Bonaire, for now anyway, serving Thai street food cuisine.

To order, contact Ruby

Authentic Thai street food @ Bonaire
Roomer, Belnem
Tel: +599-7870370
leklekthaifood@gmail.com

Description
เล็ก lek meaning small in Thai. Thai street food without being pretentious. We keep it small and reaL

Capriccio’s New Menu – Delicioso

May 8, 2014

Our annual girl’s night out ventured to Capriccio’s last night. I have been dining at Lola and Andrea’s Italian Eatery since 2001. They offer the best wine list and homemade pasta on island, hands down. Their new oceanfront setting is chic and bright. Our group of 16 dined al fresco. Lola proudly revealed their new menu. I wanted something light with pasta so chose a lovely eggplant dish with grilled eggplant, homemade noodles, a light savory sauce and chicken ragout. It was divine. We had liters and liters of house Pinot Grigio and Cabernet and of course their amazing house made Foccacia.

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Lekker

When my discerning clients arrange their Concierge Service, I often add Capriccio’s to their list. Each year, my repeat clients return again and again. Quite simply, Lola and Andrea and Chef Mauro offer delectable Italian cuisine in a lovely oceanfront setting. Sit back, relax and allow the evening to unfold.

Ann Phelan at Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations offers free Concierge Services to her clients. To book your dive, windsurf or kite vacation, email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Fresh Fish, Dutch Fish and Breakfast too!!

January 14, 2014

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Restaurant & Bar & Fish Shop “It Rains Fishes”

Now open for breakfast, bagels & more, lunch, dinner , from Monday –Saturday. New menu!!!!
Fish shop, fresh local and international fish & seafood, herbs , oil etc. for sale in our shop inside the historical building.

Hours:

Breakfast 7:30-11
Lunch 11-3
Dinner 5-11
Call 717 8780 to book a table
Closed Sunday

Location:

On the waterfront across from the Water Taxi Fresh Dradu

Holiday Menus

December 18, 2013
Lekker Cuisine

Lekker Cuisine

Food for Friends has posted their Christmas menu featuring Indonesian Rice Table. Order now for Dec. 24, 25 or 26.
Food For Friends will be open 24th -25th & 26th December with a special Christmas menu……. Check it out now!!!
Call for reservations (+599) 785 8228 or e-mail:
foodforfriendsbonaire@gmail.com
FREE DELIVERY

Wil’ Grill is featuring a multi course culinary surprise menu for the holidays. I have dined at Wil’s for years and can attest to Chef Wil’s talent and skill. Call 717 6616 or email Sue and Wil today to reserve your spot. lhbonaire@hotmail.com

Wil's Culinary Delight

Ann Phelan offers free island concierge to her discerning clients. She has a list of all holiday menus including entertainment options for New Years Eve. Email Ann at ann@bonairecaribbean.com today.

Food For Friends – Food Delivery and Catering on Bonaire

November 26, 2013
Lekker Cuisine

Lekker Cuisine

Roland Aarts has recently opened, Food for Friends, a local catering and food delivery service on Bonaire. I met Roland awhile back when we both worked at a small resort. I personally sampled his sumptuous cuisine and loved his skill and style. Roland has a flair for creative food preparation. Now, he has full creative license with his own company Food for Friends. He specializes in Indonesian and Surinamese foods and other international menus.

Roland catered a private party for me last winter and made a trio of local fish ceviche. The lionfish tartar was the star of the night. His plating and presentation was magnificent.

Recently, I have sampled several incredible meals including Suriname spicy roasted chicken with bami, fried banana, tomato & atja. Roland respects my dietary needs and is able to adjust his menu when needed. Price per person is 14.50 with tax and delivery (gratuity extra).

Contact Roland at

Food For Friends (+599) 785-8228 foodforfriendsbonaire@gmail.com
Open from Sunday to Thursday.
Free Delivery on location.

Spice in Bonaire – Where I Ate Last Week

March 24, 2013

Huub, formerly of City Cafe and then Rains Fishes has really wowed the Bonaire dining scene with Spice. If you seek sunset dining, look no more. Located at Eden Beach, this oceanfront dining spot is trendy, fresh and fun offering a simple yet creative menu. Wine is priced at 5.50 a glass and up. I had a superior Savignon Blanc. The local fresh fish of the day was quite flavourful (tuna seared) and well priced at 21.00. My friend LOVED her Aranccini and her house made raviolis. We had island made Gio’s Gelato to add a sweet treat to our meal. Natalie was a vivacious outgoing server. LOVELY spot.

 

All clients of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations are offered complimentary Concierge Services.  Email ann@bonairecaribbean to book your island holiday!

Klein Bonaire as seen from Spice Restaurant

Klein Bonaire as seen from Spice Restaurant