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Dear Friends of St. Maarten,
I would like to briefly speak about love. I've often heard people say that they love Paris, the City of Lights. Many become exuberant when speaking of London, its magnificent museums, the Thames and Big Ben. I've also heard people glorify the charms of Geneva and its proximity to the majestic snow-capped Alps. Some people declare "You cannot get a bad meal in Italy!" Others swear that Rome and the Vatican are both gifts from Heaven. There are those who, when dipping their toes into the blue, crystal waters of the Mediterranean Sea, call the French Riviera "Paradise on Earth!" I, too, love all of these cities and places and I'm happy to say that Barbara and I will be visiting one of these locations very soon.
In addition to the already mentioned places, I love St. Maarten/St. Martin; but I must say, we! Barbara has often said she loves two islands in the world: Manhattan Island, alias New York City, and St. Maarten/St. Martin. So then, what makes St. Maarten/St. Martin so special that we have come back several times each year for more than 30 years? Although the beaches are pristine and beautiful, they are not very different from others that you find throughout the world. The island does not have great churches or ruins dating back thousands of years. There are no snow-capped mountains that leave you breathless to contemplate. You cannot visit buildings or monuments where the history of the world was established or view cities that have seen the creation of the world's great religions. So, what is it?
In addition to its magnificent Caribbean setting, St. Maarten/St. Martin's biggest asset is its people. They are just naturally friendly. And this friendliness even makes newly arriving tourists say, "Hello." Island friends usually offer hugs and kisses, and people that Barbara and I have met several times in business will say, "Welcome home!" Bartenders at favourite casinos, bars and restaurants will have our favourite drink ready as soon as they see us enter. World politics and the problems of the universe are never discussed. But the local people have strong opinions about their own government as people generally do in most cities, towns or countries around the world.
In seeing the smiling faces of the people of St. Maarten/St. Martin, you, too, will very naturally smile back. It's infectious! Visit the island several times and the islanders will treat you not as a tourist but as someone who belongs. And little by little, St. Maarten/St. Martin will become your second home. Now you see why we love it so.
Enjoy our Newsletter!
Winner of the 2006/2007 St. MaartenHospitality & Trade Association's Crystal Pineapple Award for Outstanding Tourism Journalism
Featured in this issue:
1. Newsletter Sponsor: La Cave Restaurant
2. Poem: Field of Gold by Laura Richardson
3. Featured Villa: Villa La Savane by Pierres Caraibes
4. Sign Up to Win a Dream Vacation for Two
5. Featured Shop: Roland Richardson Gallery
6. Featured Restaurant: C Le Restaurant
7. 37 Tips for Travelers
8. Featured Hotel: Oyster Bay Beach Resort
9. Wine Cellar: Taste Wine with Your Nose by Jean Rich
10. Featured Event: Radisson Weddings by Design
11. A Tasty Recipe: Dino's Angus Prime Rib
12. Complimentary FREE Gift Certificates
13. What's Happening in Paradise?
La Cave Restaurant at La Samanna Resort
Perfect for a private celebration, business dinner, or just to enjoy life… La Cave offers to our guests a completely different dining experience. Sit among some of the finest wines in the world, experience the finest cuisine of our Chef Vincent Wallez, one of the best Caribbean chefs, complimented by elegant and attentive service.
Private Dining This is a great opportunity to enjoy a private dinner in our Restaurant La Cave, surrounded by over 12,000 of our very special wines. A five course or a nine course menu will be served with a wine paired with each course by our Head Wine Waiter.
Exclusive Dinner Enjoy a special dinner featuring some of the very best vintages from exceptional wine appellations including: Bollinger, Dom Pérignon, Cheval Blanc, La Bourgogne, “Parfums du Sud”, USA.
Wine Tasting Traveling through the world, guided by our expert Sommelier, you will discover the hidden secrets of the wine accompanied by a selection of fruits and French matured cheese.
--------------------------12,000 bottles of wine - 1,250 labels - 13 countries
--------------------------- Best of Award of Excellence Wine Spectator 2008
--------------------------- Best Wine List of the Caribbean Gault & Millau 2007
----------------------------- Best of Award of Excellence Wine Spectator 2007 -
-------------------------------- Award of Excellence Wine Spectator 2006
----------------------- For reservations, tel: 1.800.854.2252 or 011.590.590.87.64.00.
----------------------- Please visit us at: www.lasamanna.com/web/omar/wine_cellar.jsp.
Field of Gold
St. Julien's land was plowed without trace
of its glorious sunflower landscape.
Our retreat a bit sad, we resigned to pursue
our search for a golden venue.
At Market, the sunflowers appeared.
Their radiance drew us, happy faces aglow,
mauve heather their feathers,
Queen Anne's lace lightly graced the bouquet.
The farmers offered them all as their gift,
as we asked where the sunflowers grew,
whose gold would engay, and pose for a day,
while my husband could paint a tableau.
Beni smiled like a child, though thirty he made,
his straw hat and bare feet spoke of farming his land,
digging dirt, tending plants,
wearing soil on his hands.
We bought basil, long onions,
fromage from his cousins, and with our bouquet,
a map drawn to measure
our magical route to their treasure...
Honeybees swarmed from hive to field,
living their life in their own special world,
sucking till swollen their sweet, golden pollen,
while helping the plants go to seed.
My own eye was in gaze of the tiny white daisies
that sprang from the grass where we passed.
Hundreds of sunflowers basked in the sun,
each and every one of them,
turned their sweet heads together in tune
to a song the sun played at noon.
We soon met the father, Ivon,
shaking hands in his pasture beyond
where a quilt sewn of smiles
reached out for miles,
all aglow, was a fortune of gold.
Poem by Laura Richardson
Photo of Sir Roland Richardson painting
"Sunflower Fields, St. Julien"
Visit us at: www.rolandrichardson.com
Villa La Savane
Beautiful 3+1 bedroom, colonial –style villa nestled in the hills of Terres Basses overlooking Baie Longue beach and the Caribbean. Built on two levels, La Savane has superb panoramic views from the large pool and terrace area and a gazebo with outdoor living area, perfect for viewing the Caribbean sunsets. All four bedrooms are accessible from the interior making this an ideal family villa. Within easy reach of Plum Bay beach.
• Property Location
• Terres Basses, Baie Longue, St. Martin
• Pool Person
• Swimming Pool
Number of Bedrooms: 3+1
The three bedrooms have king size beds, one bedroom has a queen size bed. All bedrooms have bathtubs and or showers, hair dryers, air conditioning and ceiling fans.
Living Room Description
Colonial style and comfortable Furniture, satelite TV, DVD & CDs, phones and ceiling fan.
Private Bathrooms with Showers or Bathtubs
Number of Bathrooms: 4 and 1/2
• Two Living Areas
• CD player
• Ceiling fans
• DVD player
• Electric Gate
• Hair Dryer
• Hi-Speed Internet Access
• Satellite TV
• Coffee Machine
• Ice Machine
• Children Friendly
• Voltage 110/220
• Washer / Dryer
• No Smoking
• To Marigot: 11 min. drive
• To Nearest Grocery Store: 10 min. drive
• To Beach: 3 min. drive Long Bay.
• Drive to Airport: 15 min.
Apr 15 - Dec 14 2012
Dec 15 - Apr 14 2013
Apr 15 - Dec 14 2013
All rates are quoted weekly in US $ and subject to an 8% Government Tax & Service.
Rates subject to change without notice.
Pierres Caraibes Real Estate
Telephone: 011.590.590.51.02.85- From the US 213.805.0840
To view our complete selection of villa rentals visit us at: www.pierrescaraibes.com
and for villa sales visit us at: www.exclusivecaribbeanproperty.com
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Roland Richardson Gallery
Dedicated to the art of "Plein Air" Impressionism, Sir Roland Richardson's paintings of his Caribbean homeland have become true symbols of the region's beauty and rich culture. Sir Richardson's "Plein Air" creations, always accomplished on location, from living subjects, joyfully communicate the natural wonder and history of his native Caribbean, specifically the island of St. Martin, where the 66-year-old artist was born.
Sir Richardson's paintings emanate the glorious light that bathes our verdant landscape. His portraits speak the soul of a whole community, young and old, their work, their introspection. His turquoise seascapes roll in rhythmic waves while fruits and flowers on their vine, or bundled in bouquets, transform their moment's beauty to ever-lasting brilliance through the energy of light and color.
An on-going exhibit of Sir Roland Richardson's work is featured at a beautifully restored 19th century Creole townhouse in Marigot, St. Martin, at #6 rue de la Republique, where nature abounds with the colors of the Caribbean. Visitors are invited to tour the historic home & concealed courtyard garden, rich with indigenous beauty and history, including stone-laid walls and soldiers barracks dating back to the court of Louis XVI, before the French Revolution of 1789.
Born on the island of St. Martin, Sir Roland Richardson is emerging internationally as a leading artist in the School of Caribbean Art, offering a unique view of his native West Indian culture as a "Plein Air" Impressionist. His mastery of multiple mediums including painting on location in oil, watercolor, pastel, drawing in charcoal and extensive fine print-making is rapidly earning the recognition and respect of art collectors and appreciators worldwide. Painting for over 45 years, Sir Richardson's work has been exhibited extensively around the globe. His list of patrons include the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Romare Bearden, Martha Graham, Harry Belafonte, Susan Lucci, former Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke and the Getty family among many others. Sir Roland Richardson was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2007 for his lifelong artistic contribution to his community. He has also received a Life-time Achievement award from the French Government for his work.
Sir Roland Richardson Gallery
#6 rue de la Republique, Marigot, St. Martin
(up the street from Marigot Harbor by the French Pharmacie)
Island Tel from the USA: 011.590.522.214.171.124 - Magic Jack USA-based Tel: 443.982.0683
Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm
To visit Roland's complete artwork, go to: www.rolandrichardson.com
Portrait photos: Laura Richardson
Artwork Copyright © 2010 Sir Roland Richardson
------------------------------ At Radisson Blu resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin
----------------------------------- ...where you expect the unexpected!
Dine at the water's edge at our chic, beachfront gourmet venue, C Le Restaurant the place to see and be seen.
During the day enjoy lunch or late-afternoon appetizers with excellent ocean views. At night, C Le Restaurant transforms into an upscale lounge and gourmet restaurant that showcases Executive Chef Bruno Brazier's contemporary French/Caribbean culinary style and takes French cuisine to a whole new level. In addition, the restaurant caters to Weddings and Group functions where Chef Brazier and his team can customize the menu to your liking.
Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin is minutes away from Grand Case, a quaint village recognized as the “Culinary capital of the Caribbean.” Many restaurants in this area are housed in colorful traditional houses, known as “cases,” and range from fine dining bistros and beachside cafés to traditional lolos – casual open-air eateries specializing in fresh grilled local fare.
------Lobster Salad----------------------Desserts-----------------------Gourmet Grouper
The Gourmet Getaway package takes advantage of the property’s ideal location and offers opportunities for exploring its celebrated attractions; a 4 Night stay package starts at only 1500 Euros per couple and includes:
*Two dinners in Grande Case
*One dinner at C Le Restaurant
*Daily breakfast at Le Marché, a market-style restaurant
*Choice of one of the resort’s signature Guest Enrichment activities, which includes French lessons, French-Caribbean cooking classes or St Martin rum tastings
*Champagne upon arrival
During our November trip, Barbara and I had the pleasure of having dinner at C Le Restaurant, which was a wonderful and memorable experience. The restaurant is situated in a lovely plantation style open-walled building with pull down canvas shades that protect you from the wind or rain. Located several feet from the beach and the yachts at anchor in the Bay of Anse Marcel, we could see the twinkling lights of Anguilla in the distance. The dress code is casual and the décor, furniture and setting is contemporary Caribbean.
With soft music playing in the background, we sat there enjoying our apéritif and admiring the surroundings while Marie-Annette, the maitre d' hôtel, presented our meal to come and Mimi made suggestions on wines. During the evening, we shared good conversation and several laughs with these two charming ladies. As the evening progressed, we listened to the modulating soft waves lapping upon the shoreline, held hands across the table, smiled, laughed alot and, and, and... Let's get to the meal!
Appetizer: Served on a long, rectangular, black-slate, flat plate, adorning the four corners, were a hibiscus leaf with baked sugar, coconut shavings cut into a circle with decorative tomato skins on top, a "coulis" of passion fruit, and a very special "verrine" with chopped mango chutney. And in the center of this incredibly innovative dish were several slices of seared tuna on a plantain.
Entrée: A mouth-watering piece of filet mignon cooked to perfection, penne pasta in a white cream sauce with foie gras served in a red mini crock pot, side vegetables included carrots, sweet potatoes and snow peas. All extremely savorous!
Dessert: Black Forest cake like I have never tasted before, prepared in a solid, solid dark chocolate edible "carton" with whipped cream laid on a base of tasty, crunchy nuts. A marvellous finish to an outstanding dinner! Barbara and I have dined at C Le Restaurant several times over the years and, on each and every occasion, Chef Brazier and his team have overwhelmed us. Of the many fine restaurants that St. Maarten/St. Martin has to offer, C Le Restaurant is one of the three best on the island.
--------------------Click here to book your Gourmet Getaway to St Martin!
C Le Restaurant At Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa,
Anse Marcel, St. Martin, F.W.I.
For direct reservations, telephone: 011.590.590.87.67.00 or
Visit us at: http://www.clerestaurant.com
Traveling to a new destination can sometimes create anxiety. Not knowing what to do and where to stay can become a major concern. Getting tips, advice or recommendations on things to do, restaurant reviews or other suggestions from people who have "been there done that" can be extremely helpful. Our tips below will help to make your vacation a wonderful experience full of beautiful memories.
1. Rent a car for your stay on the island. If not for the whole week then at least a few days. There is so much to see and experience on the island that a car will compliment your trip. Besides beaches, restaurants and the towns, there are other attractions such as the Butterfly Farm. Let me say this again. Rent a car for your trip.
2. Major credit cards, MasterCard, VISA, and US Dollar traveler's checks are accepted almost everywhere with photo ID. American Express is not accepted everywhere.
3. The Dutch side of the island (St. Maarten) is like being in the USA or Canada, everyone speaks English and the US Dollar is accepted everywhere. The French side of the island (St. Martin) is like being in France; most people speak French as well as English and most prices are in Euros; but, you can pay in dollars.
4. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located throughout the island at the Bank of Nova Scotia, RBTT bank, and Windward Islands Bank branches as well as BDAF Bank in Marigot. Also, at Princess Juliana International Airport, Sonesta Maho Resort and Pelican Resort Shopping Plazas.
5. Island banks are open from 8:30 AM - 3 PM, Monday through Friday,
6. The bank at Princess Juliana International Airport is open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
7. There are two medical centers on the island, one on the French side and one on the Dutch. Each is staffed with qualified trained medical personnel who can handle most medical problems that may occur.
8. If you have an illness and are traveling alone, you should keep a notice or medical tag in your purse or wallet indicating your illness. Upon arrival at your hotel, you should inform the staff of your illness.
9.There are numerous doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses on the island.
10. There are many pharmacies on both sides of the island.
11. There are 37 sandy white beaches on the island. Each one different from the other. Investigate and explore them. They are all beautiful and inviting.
12. There are major food supermarkets and small local food stores throughout the island; so, if your accommodations include kitchen facilities, you can easily buy food products to cook and eat in.
13. Need to rent a cell phone or check your email? You can do that at one of the island's cyber cafes or business centers: including The Mailbox located on Airport Road at the Palapa Center or the Yacht Club Business Center located at the Simpson Bay Marina Yacht Club. There are also cyber cafes on the French side of the island.
14. Spend a day at Orient Beach. It is St. Martin's equivalent of the French Riviera in the south of France. A fabulous beach; a dozen wonderful little restaurants with color coded beach chairs and umbrellas; spectacular scenery; lots of fun activities, watersports; and, great people watching. (Semi-nude).
15. The waters at Orient Beach are a marine reserve sheltered by reefs which protect the shore and have a calming effect on the waves as they hit the beach.
16. Orient Beach has numerous water sports of all kinds including para-sailing, wave runners, etc.
17. The Dawn Beach side of the island is on the Atlantic Ocean which has rougher seas and larger waves; so, be careful while swimming or surfing. I am told that the surfing is great!
18. StMaarten/StMartin is a duty-free island, which allows you to take advantage of great prices on jewelry, clothing, alcohol, electronics, cameras, leather-goods, etc. Enjoy yourself, shop, shop, shop.
19. Pinel Island which sits about 1,000 feet from the mainland of StMaarten/StMartin is also worth a day trip for the relaxation. It's a small piece of land with two restaurants, a fabulous white sandy beach with shallow calm waters which is just great for small children. Ask your hotel for directions. It's located on the French side near the Radisson Resort & Spa.
20. There are approximately 400 restaurants on the island from the guy grilling chicken, fish and ribs on the corner to the gourmet restaurants which will keep you coming back for more. Spoil yourself, try everything and live life!!
21. Many of the island restaurants have entertainment and dancing nightly. There are also numerous nightclubs.
22. Tipping is confusing on the island. In Dutch side restaurants, you tip, like in the USA, 15% or more if you are satisfied. In French side Restaurants, the tip is included in the meal price just like in France. If you are happy, you may leave a 2% - 3% additional tip. Some restaurants on the island add a 15% tip at the bottom of your bill. So check it or you may be tipping twice.
23. There are twelve casinos on the Dutch side of the island. The French side does not have any casinos. Princess Casino at Port de Plaisance Resort has entertainment most nights and lottery give-a-ways.
24. Rouge Beach, on the French side, is said to be the best beach for snorkeling. But, you may wish to check out other beaches and find your own.
25. If you are a fort person, you'll enjoy imagining the past as you walk the ruins of Fort Amsterdam located on the hillside by Divi Little Bay Resort. Likewise, Fort St. Louis named after the French King located on the hillside of Marigot, once protected the bay from pirates and other scoundrels.
26. Or, you may wish to visit Pic Paradis which at 1400 feet is the highest point on the island and offers spectacular views of the island from the mountaintop.
27. The island of Saba is only 55 minutes (by ferry boat) from StMaarten/StMaarten. It has no beaches, but is said to have the best scuba diving in the area. I've also been told that there are many good scuba diving attractions in the sea around StMaarten/StMartin.
28. Saba is also unique with hundreds of steps leading up to a "rain forest" at its top. The local villages are located at approximately 1200 feet above sea-level. The island is great for hiking.
29. Anguilla is a British island and is only 15 minutes by daily ferry boats from Marigot. Anguilla has some very lovely beaches, several marvelous hotels and a beautiful Greg Norman golf course.
30. St. Barths is also said to be a lovely island, but very expensive. It is approximately 60-90 minutes from StMaarten/StMartin by ferry boat.
31. Some crime tips: Don't be the first person on an isolated beach early in the morning
32. Don't leave valuables in your car or locked in the trunk. Don't leave anything in your car!!
33. Don't go for walks or jogging late at night in dark isolated areas unless you're with a large group.
34. Don't flash your money in public places, stores, shops, restaurants, casinos, etc.
35. Don't park your car in the darkness of Mullet Bay near the Maho Resort. Park in the underground parking lot at Maho Resort. It is safe and only costs $3.00 and if you go to Casino Royale and gamble, they'll comp the parking fee.
36. Practice caution and common sense in unfamiliar areas as you would in those areas of your own home town.
37. If a heavy rain storm pounds the island for several hours or a day or two, watch out for flooding on the Mullet Bay road through the golf course and on the streets in the middle of Marigot. It can get pretty deep.
-----------------------------Oyster Bay Beach Resort
Perched on a palm-dotted promontory and surrounded by Dawn Beach and Oyster Pond is St. Maarten's most private and distinctive hideaway - Oyster Bay Beach Resort. Like St. Maarten - a beautiful island that embraces its dual Dutch and French ancestry - Oyster Bay truly offers the best of both worlds. A step back in time to unspoiled Caribbean beauty, with a nod to modern amenities that pamper your desires.
Nestled among the coves and curves of the pristine, mile-long Dawn Beach, the Resort is located on one of the island's most stunning landscapes. From the moment you arrive through Oyster Bay's private secured entry and gatehouse, you will feel your cares slip away as you immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience.
Most of the 178 units - comprised of two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units, all with private balconies - sit directly above the ocean or beach, with the rest overlooking the peaceful marina and tropical gardens. Just steps away from your room is our magnificent oceanfront infinity pool, whose gently curving edges drop dramatically above the sea. Relaxing in our whirlpool, you have an unobstructed view of St. Barths Island, visible across a 10-mile expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. From the aroma of sumptuous oceanfront meals at our gourmet restaurants and delectable hors d'oeuvres at our classy deckside VIP cocktail parties to the spectacle of sight and sound offered by our very own King Beau Beau, the island's most cherished and talented performer, everything here is designed to delight your senses.
At Oyster Bay, you can embrace adventure through fun on-site activities - or just find your own special place to sink into serenity. And there are no limits to what you can see and do elsewhere on the island. We are just minutes away from the hottest nightlife and shopping found in Philipsburg; the famous Orient Beach; and Grand Case, the gourmet capital of the Caribbean. With the help of our friendly activity desk staff, you can plan any number of extraordinary excursions. Take a closer look at Oyster Bay and discover why this is where you want to be.
To Be or Not to Be... A Timeshare Owner?
You have probably heard about timeshare ownership for years. You may have heard that such reputable large hotel chains as Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and Disney are deeply involved in the timeshare industry. You probably know someone – perhaps a relative, friend or neighbor – who is a timeshare owner.
Maybe now it’s time that you found out for yourself what timeshare ownership is all about. Whether younger or older, with or without children, single or married, most people benefit from the enjoyment of timeshare ownership. What are the advantages?
HAPPINESS AND WELL-BEING
When you own a timeshare at Oyster Bay Beach Resort, it’s like the song from the old television show, "Cheers" – where everyone knows your name. From the front desk receptionist and staff members to the sales specialists and Resort Manager, everyone at Oyster Bay Beach Resort understands that you are spending your hard-earned money in exchange for the guarantee of vacations like no other. As an owner, you will enjoy the respect, service and appreciation you deserve. Becoming an owner at Oyster Bay Beach Resort means more than just picking a vacation spot; it’s choosing a way of life that’s all about relaxation, freedom and peace of mind.
For more information about how to become an owner, please call our sales office at 1-866-978-0213 Ext. 3882 and ask for Susan Coquin or Henny Ruckert.
Emerald Merit Road #10, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten
For Hotel Reservations only (Toll Free) 1-866-978-0212 — front desk
For Membership Reservations (Toll Free) 1-888-784-6688
The Wine Cellar
by Jean Rich
----------------------------------------- "Taste Wine with Your Nose"
We taste wine with our eyes and our noses. Try to distinguish your favorite wines with your eyes and nose closed. As proof we need all our senses, professional wine tasters can't always tell red from white wine in a blind tasting. The wine's "nose" or "bouquet" is winespeak for aromas.
A professional taster will smell their empty glass-if it hasn't been properly cleaned, rinsed, and retains detergent, those aromas and flavors will ruin the wines. A tip: keep a personal glass cleaned in clear water only for home wine-tasting.
Until you acquire a designer glass for each wine, choose a clear, tulip-shaped, stemmed "universal" wine glass for both red and white wines and a tall stemmed "flute" for sparkling wines. The stem allows you to hold the glass by its stem or foot, maintaining the wine's temperature in the bowl.
If wine is bad, your nose knows! A server should sniff the freshly released cork and present it only if it's good. The guest can smell the cork, but, except for identifying "corked" wine this has little use as aroma disappears rapidly from the cork. Mold on top of the cork, under the capsule, indicates the wine has been stored in a humid cellar which isn't a problem. "Corked" means the cork has deteriorated and allowed air and mold to enter the wine which cannot be rescued for drinking or cooking. Corked bottles used to occur 1 of every 12; but, with modern techniques are now rare.
An ounce of wine should be poured into the glass for tasting. Hold it, tilting, against a white background to appreciate the wine's color and clarity. Wines are usually described by jewel or Crayola colors: ruby, deep purple, pale gold, topaz, etc. Clarity ranges from clear to opaque.
To appreciate the wine's nose, hold still and sniff. Unless the wine is exceptionally aromatic ("has a huge nose") this may be unremarkable. Swirl the glass to aerate the wine releasing its aromas to be trapped in the glass between liquid and rim. Sniff the aromas with your nose inserted into the opening of the glass. Keep your mouth open slightly while you inhale. Once you have an impression of the nose, you can refresh your senses tasting bread and sipping water.
As the wine returns to the bottom of the bowl, an irregular, transparent film will roll down the sides called "legs or "tears." The higher the alcohol content, the more tears.
Professional wine tasters have trained eyes and noses that reveal what type of grape is in the wine and whether oak was used in its maturation. Pinot noir will be ruby colored and release aromas of red fruits like strawberries and cherries; cabernet sauvignon is purplish with a nose of dark fruits like black cherries and plums. Maturation in oak adds aromas of vanilla, smoke, toast, coffee and chocolate.
Wine lovers train their memories to recall a library of aromas from scents you have experienced: flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, earth and grass, toast or smoke. You may be reminded of shaved wood, freshly baked bread, burnt matches, mushrooms, a forest after a rain, leather, even barnyard….!
Sources: BelMar Restaurant, Grill – Seafood – Wine Bar, Billy Folly Road, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten for the finest steaks, lobster and seafood. Tel: 1.721.544.2614 www.belmarrestaurant-sxm.com
Contributor Author Jean Rich has lived in Sint Maarten for more than 20 years since she retired from cancer research. She explores her passion for wine, dining and people at BelMar Restaurant & Wine Bar on Pelican Key, Simpson Bay; and Vini’s Vino Wine & Spirits Boutique. Its wine bar features wine experiences and offers for sale the benefits of the Sommelier’s efforts to bring fine wine values to its clientele.
ST MARTIN WEDDINGS BY DESIGN at Radisson Blu Resort
Thank you for considering the new Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin for your wedding. Nestled on one of the island's best preserved coves, our tranquil sea side location inspires an environment for beautiful weddings.
The AAA four-diamond Radisson Blu Resort's 7,500-square feet of flexible indoor banquet space is complemented by the 5,000-square foot pool terrace and our lushly landscaped multi-functional parterre. Like an island plantation, this vast outdoor garden extends from the Grand Terrace behind the main house to the resort's expansive signature pool and white sand beach.
Our year-round island climate provides many viable options for outdoor weddings. Envision a beautiful sunset beach wedding or a cocktail party pool side under the stars…..whatever your heart desires, our experienced staff welcomes the opportunity to assist in planning and overseeing your wedding.
With the island's designation as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, our catering menu reflects a genuine appreciation for excellent cuisine, much of which is inspired by our French and Caribbean heritage.
Contact our bridal specialist who will help you plan all the wedding details and guide you through every step of the way. We welcome the opportunity to ensure your special day is a memorable one!
Civil ceremonies can only be held at the licensed Saint Martin Salle des Marriages (licensed wedding hall). Afterwards, a second ceremony can be held on the island i.e. a church or at a resort.
A letter will need to be sent to the President of the Collectivité (six weeks prior) to the address below, detailing the desired wedding date and the name of the bride and groom.
Send mail and/or overnight correspondence to:
Collectivité de St. Martin, Bureau du President
BP 374 - 97054 Saint Martin, French West Indies
Tel.: 05 90 87 61 80 Fax: 05 90 29 63 09
Prior to the ceremony the following are required: More details...
In the shadows of two beautiful lush green mountains, the Radisson Blu Resort was the setting for our special event. The destined time of our wedding was eight o’clock. Just beforehand, as if god was putting his seal of approval on our special occasion, he sprinkled a light shower across the small valley. This was a sign to nature and so the beautiful gardens filled with flowers opened up as a choir of birds began to sing. Words can barely describe this magnificent experience. It was unlike any other in our lives.
The hour of our nuptials arrived and while we were caught up in the moment and the ceremonial activities, the staff of the Radisson handled the details with ease leaving us to enjoy the celebration. Their service was top notch.
Our wedding was like a dream and it was in an enormous way due to the Radisson Blu Resort’s staff, particularly our bridal consultant who turned our dream into a reality.
The Fontaine Family
For those with a life-long dream of saying “I do” at a romantic island getaway with charming French ambiance... let Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa St. Martin make your dreams come true, all while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
* Accommodations for bridal parties, guests and honeymoons
* Seaside, beach and lush tropical backdrops for daytime and sunset wedding ceremonies
* Poolside cocktail parties under the stars, plus outdoor garden terrace or ballroom settings for receptions
* Guest activities - secluded beach, watersports, infinity beachside pool, full-service spa and salon, marina with scuba, sailing and fishing excursions, day trips to nearby islands and guest enrichment programs.
Marina & Spa St. Martin, Anse Marcel, St. Martin, F.W.I.
For a detailed discussion, tel: 011.590.590.87.67.00
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A Tasty Recipe
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What's Happening in Paradise?
by Sam Fusco
Lee's Roadside Grill in Simpson Bay is closing for vacation and maintenance on September 10th and will re-open on October 1, 2012. Located at the Princess Casino Plaza, Peg Leg Pub & Steakhouse is not closing this summer or fall but will be closed on Sundays begining this Sunday, August 26th through October 28th, 2012. Le Petit Hotel is currently undergoing a major renovation from stem to stern and will re-open November 4th, 2012, to what is already a very busy season for them. The total overhaul includes new state of the art air conditioning system, new modern kitchens, bathrooms, and flooring making the entire building more energy efficient (green) with a sexy spin! Hotel L'Esplanade is open the entire season and will not close for vacations or maintenance. Pierres Caraibes, (www.pierrescaraibes.com), which has specialized in luxury villa rentals and sales on StMaarten/StMartin for more than a decade, has expanded their operations and now includes luxury properties on Anguilla and St. Barth's.
The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, which will celebrate its 33rd edition, had close to two hundred entries in 2012 and looks forward to hosting just as many participating boats from February 28th - March 3rd 2013. It is known as one of the “must do” events in the Caribbean whether you attend for the sailing or the concerts, you don’t want to miss it. For early entries please visit our website: www.heinekenregatta.com.
Tropicana Casino September Events...... The Winners Club September Monthly Raffle Prize is a Weekend for Two at Port de Plaisance Hotel, including Deluxe Room, Country Club and Massage Daily Pass, Dinner at Le Dolce Vita, Lunch at Peg Leg Pub, Complimentary Champagne and $100 in Slot Promo Play.... The Grand Drawing will be on Sunday, September 30th at Midnight. "Entertainment, Slots and Bingo"..... The friendliest Casino in St. Maarten located in Cole Bay.
The new Asha Stevens Hillside Christian Learning Center for elementary and early childhood students in Cay Hill is collecting children's books and art supplies. If you would like to make a donation, please telephone (721) 526.2288.
The St. Maarten National Heritage Foundation aims to promote, protect and study every aspect of the history, culture and natural environment of the island St. Maarten and its surroundings. The museum is open Monday - Friday from 10am to 4pm. For information, please telephone (721) 542.4917 or visit us at: www.museumsintmaarten.org.
23 - 25 November 2012, La Course de l'Alliance, originally the initiative of Marina Fort Louis, has been sanctioned by the Sint Maarten Yacht Club since its initiation. This year for the first time, the SMYC will also take on the complete organization.
The regatta cements the alliance between Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, St. Barths and Anguilla. For the 9th consecutive year, the 4 yacht clubs work effortlessly together to organize a regatta that will start and/or finish at each of the destinations.
Challenging courses take you to three different islands over the course of three days. Organizers keep in mind that all boats entered want to enjoy their weekend, as well as race to win and offer courses designed to offer both a challenge and fun.
It looks like JetBlue Airlines seems to be happy with their San Juan to St. Maarten service which seems to be growing. With new Caribbean routes which now include Grand Cayman Island, JetBlue will now be serving 23 Caribbean destinations by the end of 2012.
Mr. Jean-Marc Jalbert, General Manager of Radisson Blu Resort, Marina, and Spa in Anse Marcel is very optimistic with the new season. "We are expecting a very good season. Group buisness is very strong compared to 2012. We have already approximately 4,000 room nights booked for the first three or four months of 2013 and transient (leisure travellers) business is also strong. We have seen a slight decrease from Europe but an increase from the USA and South America, particularly from Brazil," said Mr. Jalbert.
Over a three day period, Le Galion Beach was returned to its pristine condition thanks to the efforts of the Béserve Naturelle and the Collectivité's Department of the Environment. The beach which is very popular with local people as well as tourist had become loaded with trash. The government is now taking steps to keep the beach clean.
Million Cruise Passenger mark reached for the year
The July cruise arrival figure were 74,707, an increase of 20,581 over the projection for the month made at the beginning of the year. To date, the tally for cruise passenger arrivals for this year is 1,146,198 from a total of 415 cruise ship calls. The one million cruise passenger mark was reached earlier than ever this year. This is the earliest the milestone has been reached in the past 11 consecutive years that St. Maarten has hosted a million or more passengers. The total cruise arrival figure for May was 994,280. The difference in cruise passenger numbers went over the million mark between June 1st and June 5th. Projections for the full year are slatted for 1,550,264. These statistics of the early million passenger mark proves St. Maarten's prominence in the cruise industry and its allure to cruise passengers.
Blue Mall, the $72 million high-end mall and residences in Cupecoy is sladed to have a soft-opening during October and November, which will be followed by a spectacular grand opening during the holiday season. Management expects the Blue Mall to become the number one destination for shopping, dining and entertainment for St. Maarten/St. Martin and its neighboring islands.
Closings & Reopenings
La Samanna Resort and Spa (www.lasamanna.com) closed September 1st for vacations and maintenance and will reopen on November 1st. Saratoga Restaurant is closed for vacations and maintenance and will reopen on October 15th. Club Orient (www.cluborient.com) will be closed from August 20th to October 6th, but the beach will be operating. The Good Life Spa (www.thegoodlifespa.com) will be open all summer and constantly announcing summer sales on Facebook and by Newsletters. Select Yachts (www.selectyachts.net) is open and booking charters worldwide all year around! The Villas on Great Bay (www.thevillasongreatbay.com) are currently under construction for renovations and will be reopening in November 2012. Scuba Fun Dive Center (www.scubafundivecenter.com) will be open all year round - business as usual - although some of the staff will be taking vacation in France this summer.
All Shipwreck Shops (www.shipwreckshops.com) stores throughout the island will be open - there will not be any closings. Pizza Galley (www.pizzagalley.com) which closed July 24 for vacation will reopen mid-October. Jimbo's Rock & Blues Café (www.jimboscafe.com) closed September 1st for approximately six weeks. They will reopen the middle of October. Lee's Roadside Grill (www.leesfish.com) will be closing September 9th and reopening on Monday, October 1st. Bleu Emeraude Residences (www.bleuemeraude.com) has announced that its Annual Closing for maintenance and staff vacations will be September 10th to September 30th. They will reopen on October 1st., 2012. Passaat Classic Schooner (www.sailholiday.com) will be out of the water for maintenance from September 3rd on for about three weeks.
New Ferry Service to St. Barts from St. Maarten. The Voyager 3 is a new high speed hydrofoil ferry boat that will get you to Gustavia, St. Barts from Oyster Pond in 30 minutes and from Marigot to Gustavia in 1 hour. This new vessel really speeds up the trip and offers a business class setting for luxury traveling.
Marigot is sprucing up some of its streets. The French government has paved and expanded the roadway beginning at the turnoff for Mario's Bistro near the Low Lands Road bridge and passed the Beach Plaza Hotel to the round-about in front of the French Tourism Offices. In the process, they have curved the road in front of the US Market (supermarket) and created a parking lot in front of the store for 50 cars. This also allowed them to create a parking lot in front of the Beach Plaza Hotel which was badly needed for 100 cars. In addition, they have also created on-street parking with brick sidewalks and another very large parking lot for the tennis courts. All in all, a splendid move by the French Government. It also helps to beautify the neighborhood.
St. Maarten's Dialing code 1-721 went into effect September 30, 2011. The Bureau Telecommunication & Post St. Maarten (BTPSXM) announced that the use of St. Maarten’s new dialing code 1-721 will commence as of September 30, 2012. Calls to St. Maarten using either 00-599 or 1-721 will be processed regularly during a “permissive dialing period” which will run until September 30, 2012. Callers using -599 will be advised that the dialing code has changed and the new code should be used. The mandatory dialing period will commence on September 30, 2012, and remain in effect until March 31, 2013. During this period calls to St. Maarten using 00-599 will not be processed and callers will be advised to dial 1-721 for calls to St. Maarten. The use of country code 00599 will be discontinued for St. Maarten on September 30th, 2012.