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Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruits and vegetables are found on St. John throughout the year in grocery stores. Below are some of the local fruits found in season on St. John. Starfruit (AKA carambola) has a slightly waxy skin and crunchy, firm flesh that is entirely edible. The texture of starfruit is compared to that of grapes. Read … Continued

Celebrate St. John

Tough times can prompt gratitude for what we have, and for that, we celebrate! May the spirit of St. John dance freely within you. When staying safe means staying at your St. John vacation villa, it’s time to kick back and relax with any number of lovely local libations and enjoy the day. Cheers! For … Continued

Bake St. John

On St. John, we bake because we can. Cookies, cakes and breads are the comfort confectioneries of isolation. Mac-and-cheese may work for a bit, but nothing beats the joyous aroma of fresh baked goods. Starter Time Always wanted to make sourdough bread but never had time to make a starter? No time like the present! … Continued

St. John Living

Like almost every corner of the globe, Coral Bay folks are sheltering in place and trying to stay sane. Longtime St. John residents know how to pass good time using only what they have, Islanders are familiar with the isolated life. The tacit expectation that the electricity will go out or the car won’t start … Continued

Folklife Festival

  Join the celebration on February 27-28, 2020 from 10am to 3:30pm on the VI National Park ballfield in Cruz Bay, St. John for the 29th annual Folklife Festival. The theme of the 2020 event is “Sharing Plenty”. Free for all to enjoy!   Since 1996, Friends of the Park has sponsored the annual Folklife … Continued

Hangover Cures

We’ve all been there. A night of total joy and celebration that leads to a morning of nausea and fatigue. What do you do when you’ve overindulged in last night’s libations besides curling up in the fetal position and praying for it all to pass? Let’s look at what got you there in the first … Continued

Bake Red Snapper

If you’re not lucky enough to catch your own red snapper, you can find fresh red snapper in local markets and restaurants throughout the Virgin Islands. When you do find yourself with some, here’s a recipe for how to make it a delicious meal! Ingredients Olive oil 1/2 white onion, diced 
3 cloves garlic, minced
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Mango Hurricane Drink Recipe

December 1st officially marks the end of hurricane season, so we thought we’d celebrate with a drink of the same name, the Mango Hurricane. Recipe for Mango Hurricane 1 part Cruzan Mango Rum 1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum Orange juice Splash of grenadine Combine ingredients with ice in a hurricane glass. Add a splash … Continued

Guavaberry Wine

Guavaberry trees (myrciaria floribunda) can be found growing wild on various islands throughout the Caribbean. Guavaberry is similar to guava (myrtaceae) only in that both are tropical fruit trees with smooth bark. Unlike guava, guavaberry is rare and not commercially grown. Guavaberry (aka rumberry) is primarily known in the Caribbean for making rum. Early settlers … Continued

Rum Runner

One of the most popular rum drinks in the Virgin Islands is the Rum Runner. Here’s the recipe we use with no complaints. Rum Runner Ingredients 1 oz Light Rum 1 oz Dark Rum I oz Banana Liqueur 1 oz Blackberry Brandy 2 oz Orange Juice Dash of Grenadine Blend with ice until smooth Garnish … Continued

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