Posts Tagged ‘Antillean food’

Posada Para Mirar

July 3, 2010

Outside the little hamlet of Rincon heading towards Dos Pos and Gottomeer, on the hill to the left is a secret new spot I am ready to reveal. Posada Para Mira is one of Bonaire’s newest restaurants. Julius and Jovianka Clarenda have created an kunuku oasis in the hills of Rincon. This retreat is a nature center, bar, restaurant, and entertainment center with an local twist. The Clarenda’s decided to take their parcel of land and create a place that will welcome friends and tourists, family and locals in the midst of a little bit of heaven. The views are splendid and the wind constantly blowing creating a very ambiante setting. They have gardens to supply their kitchen in the future and have plans to create nature trails.

Posada Para Mira

Open weekends, happy hour commences 4 PM on Friday and music follows. Jovianka’s mother mans the kitchen creating local specialties including Papaya Stoba, Gobritu (goat) and other local flavours. I went Sat. morning and was treated to pampuna (pumpkin pancakes) and hot tea. Sat. and Sunday breakfast is served 9 AM and then lunch and later music. Jovianka recommends the local homemade chocolate tea. Most Sat. nights a local band entertains into the wee hours. Today we watched FIFA Football on big screen. It was a lively scene with energy and some crazy antics.

The first Bonaireans I met were Team Bonaire in Florida in 2001. I was captivated by their kindness and their Joie de Vivre. When I traveled to the island a few months later and was embraced by the people and culture I knew I had found home. As our island faces many changes what remains as strong as ever are the lovely Antillean people. Julius and Jovianka will welcome you into their “home” and insure your visit is filled with joy and enjoyment.

Posada Para Mira is the perfect spot for a wedding, party, reunion or team building activity. Check out their Facebook at Posada Para Mira.

Jovianka and Juliandrick

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Rose Inn – A Local Antillean Experience

June 1, 2009

Rose Inn

A group of friends and I dined on a recent Sat. at Rose Inn in the little town of Rincon. This popular Antillean owned and run spot is both the local watering hole and culture stop. Run by lovely Malfina and assisted by her wonderful son, Vernon AKA Nonchie, it’s serves the best local food around.  My friend Sharon organized the dinner requesting a family style meal with all the favorites.  Malfina served this amazing fish  (photo above thanks to Larry and Mary) prepared with love. The spices were incredible. We also had Baka Stoba (beef stew), Gabrito (goat), Galina Stoba (chicken stew), fries, white rice, local rice and beans and tutu and pumpkin fungi. Tutu is a bean type polenta that is sweet and filling.  I sampled the fish and chicken and the sides. It was a delicious meal.

Even during the heat of the day, it is cool and relaxing at Rose Inn. Rose Inn is closed on Wed. each week.  After your meal, I recommend a stop at the local museum or Lourdes Grotto. Climb to the top and you have amazing views of Rincon. This is also a popular bird watching spot. The first Sat. of the month Rincon hosts an open air market with crafts and local food and music.  Maria from Soldachi Tours can also organize a highly recommend walking tour of Rincon and the surrounding areas. Contact Maria at wilmari@bonairelive.com.