Festival del Mar 2015

Another beautiful Easter weekend has come and gone here in Anguilla!

Marked by one of the island’s most anticipated festivals, Festival Del Mar, it was two days of sailing, swimming, fishing and, of course, dining on the freshest seafood to be had on the island.

festival del mar setting in 2015

Sailboat races!

Swimming contests!

The BIG fishing tournament!

And, BBQ after BBQ serving up tasty mahi mahi, lobster and crayfish right on the beach!…
Mikey’s

Our good friend and neighbor, known for having some of the freshest lobster on the island and at a reasonable price (you can catch him at his road-side BBQ on weekends in the Farrington just before the turn off to Ocean Terrace Condos if you’re heading East)…

mikey at festival del mar

… we spotted Mikey with his pop-up spot on the beach!

Stacked high and grilled to perfection, lobser and crayfish were in no short supply at Mikey’s.

Tropical Treats

Kyle Hodge, owner of the loyally-loved Anguillian-made ice cream parlor, Tropical Treats, showcased a brand NEW flavor this Festival Del Mar weekend…

Caramel with Anguilla sea salt!

tropical treats caramel salted ice cream

A sweet and savory swirl of frosty flavor :-)

Elite

After walking the beach and taking in the jovial atmosphere, it was time to refuel.

Elite’s lobster ravioli, one of our favorite dishes, was on our mind. A Festival Del Mar special, it was melt in your mouth perfect.

elite ravioli

For good measure, we ordered some of our regular favorites, too, including the calamari, caprese salad with thick slices of fresh mozzarella…

And, my Mom’s favorite, the bolognese!

elite bolognese

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Seabirds Make an Appearance on Anguilla’s Wetlands

This week we have seen an uptick in seabirds on Anguilla’s wetlands. Brown Pelicans, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Boobies and Royal Terns have been spotted feeding vigorously. We have also witnessed nesting activity at the back of the pond along with our first Killdeer chicks of the season. It is a great time for birding with over 20 different species of shore and seabirds seen on one wetland in just over and hour of viewing.

nature-explorers-sea-birds

Book your tour today and come take a Walk on the Wild Side with Nature Explorers Anguilla.

Email: jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com or call: 1.264.584.0346

What’s Fresh at On Da Rocks

Quite literally “on the rocks,” On Da Rocks’ setting is second to none with its expansive views of Island Harbours’ crystal-clear seas that shine a special shade of turquoise.

view from on da rocks

My Mom and I recently popped in for lunch with restaurant manager, Neyda.  Sweet, kind and accommodating, she takes care of you well.  What was for lunch? We asked Neyda “What’s fresh?” At her recommendation, we ordered the Mahi Mahi plate, served complete with fries and salad.  Grilled and topped with a savory caper-esque sauce, it was truly high-value at a reasonable price.

on da rocks mahi mahi

Rule of thumb at On Da Rocks? Ask for Neyda and ask for what’s fresh!

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Nat’s NEW Palm Grove Creation

We all know this familiar, laid-back spot on Junk’s Hole…

nat setting on junks hole
With this tranquil view and soft, unspoiled sands…

beach at nats

 

That serves up fresh-from-the-fisherman’s-net crayfish and lobster…

fresh lobster at nats

 

And now, Natalie Richardson, owner Nat’s daughter, has developed a brand new creation!…

“Natalie’s Shrimp Stuffed Lobster”

 

nats lobster creation

Fresh Anguillian lobster is stuffed with tasty shrimps, all grilled on their BBQ, bathed in their special sauce.

Call 264-235-6528/ 264-584-6538 to order ahead!

(Photos From: https://www.facebook.com/palmgrove.richardson)

Fashion Show By Runway Anguilla

Save the date for Sunday, April 19th!

 

Runway Anguilla will be holding a dazzling fashion show that is sure to turn heads at Viceroy’s Coba Restaurant from 12-3pm.

 

Showcasing Anguillian fashion designers and fashions from some of the island’s best boutiques, the event will also feature a sumptuous brunch. For details, read below…

 

fashion show anguilla