St. Kitts Trip ReportAuthor: Helen Reeder
Date of Trip: May 2006
We headed into the port town to find a place for lunch. I stopped at a liquor store and inquired about a nice lunch spot. She sent us back out past Four Season to a new restaurant she had just tried called Mingles. It was cute and if successful could turn into a happening spot. They are on the beach as well and will be having concerts on a newly set up stage. They are also building an outdoor bar as well. I will be interested to hear how they make out.
They had a good selection on the menu. My husband got the fish plate that had several sides. He said he didn't realize how hungry he was and gobbled it up. My poor starving baby! I ordered the conch fritters that I thought were "just okay." For some reason (and I hope they smarten up to this) they had a radio program on where little kids were calling in spelling words. It gave me a headache. We could hardly wait for the program to end.
We have just about had it with our visit to Nevis except I think I might like to see the horse track. It was a LONG drive off the road and is probably one of the most picturesque horse tracks in the world being situated on the water. Nothing was going on the day we were there. They use it about nine or ten times a year and I guess it is a big deal on Nevis on race day!
We are both tired now and ready to leave. We made the 4 pm ferry back.
Did we think it was worth it to spend the day on Nevis? Yes and No. It is impossible to get a true feel for a place with only a few hours driving around. We are glad we saw it but wouldn't have felt we missed much had we not. We like to see new and different places all the time so it is unlikely we will be returning to St Kitts so this was our one and only shot at Nevis.
Fortunately our conch chowder dinner is ready and waiting for us. It truly tastes even better today. John continues to enjoy his coladas but he is running dry. We think we don't have enough days left to warrant buying another batch so from Sunday on it will be rum punches instead!
Sunday was to be another day of R&R. We had our usual morning routine and by this point have knocked off a couple more books each. I read eight books in all--but I had more time to devote to reading without hikes and day camp in my schedule.
After relaxing all morning we debated about going out to lunch. I had read and heard about the Gold Lemon Resort and wanted to give it a try. In the end we decided against it and John finished up the conch chowder for lunch. He played golf again.
This was a particularly hot day so I opted for those tuna stuffed tomatoes again over a hot parrotfish dinner. It was a good choice.
Yet another relaxing evening with some tasty cold beverages and a cold supper.
It is now Monday and our last full day! We are rested and relaxed. We also feel we have seen a good bit of the island and have a feel for it at least. We have done pretty much all we had hoped to do.
We went downtown after our early morning routine and all seemed quiet. The usual vegetable truck was nowhere to be seen. Very few were working the veggie market. It seemed like a deserted town. I got a couple of things I needed (not sure what at this point). We were to find out later it was Labour Day on the island and a big holiday for them.
We relaxed and read all morning and headed out to Golden Lemon for lunch. It is a lovely spot on a black beach--a former sugar factory I believe. This was to be the best lunch/meal we had on the island. It is charming and relaxing and the food was pretty good. John had their specialty a rum beef stew that he enjoyed. It came with some nice sides. The breadbasket was good and Mr.Diet indulged as he was so hungry. I ordered the tomato soup with mint served cold. It sounded good and with the delicious native tomatoes I thought I was in for a treat. However in all honesty it tasted like Campbell's tomato soup with mint chopped in it. I was disappointed and didn't eat it but my starving husband took care of that in short order. I also ordered the steak burger that was served on a whole wheat roll with fries and baked beans baked with bananas and cheese. There was also a little salad. This was a good lunch and John loved the baked beans. We had a leisurely time there and walked around a bit. We spoke with a nice couple from DC who were to be the only guests there that week.
They were on the all inclusive plan and were quite pleased with it. All their meals and drinks were included and they found the food to be quite good. They found the staff gracious and eager to please.
They told us the Prime Minister of St Kitts had been there to lunch the day before and they had been introduced to him.
The owner of Golden Lemon is quite famous on the island and has been here for a very long time. He was the one with the vision to transform the Sugar Factory and it is a beautiful property. He was having lunch when we left and we introduced ourselves. It was a nice way to wind down our trip and I am glad we stopped by the Golden Lemon.
Hark and Hear Ye!! It is the last night of our trip and my husband doesn't have us all packed up and ready to go. Believe me this is a first of ALL time!! I say not a word! We enjoy our last meal and would you believe we are out of tuna fish? We went through eight cans!
It is the Parrotfish in foil with sweet potato again and is quite good. Our last relaxing night and we make the most of it. How I will ever sleep again without the crashing waves I do not know. Yes I have a clock radio with the wave sounds but it just doesn't compare.
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