La Belle Epoque

by Mark Graham on December 17, 2014

La Belle Epoque daytimeA nice place in Marigot, St. Martin for pizza and casual dining is La Belle Epoque, on the waterfront of the Marina Royale.  Very comfy, casual and local.  We usually get pizzas but tonight we had the Menu Creole which offers a choice of Cod Fish Accras or Stuffed Crab for starters and Mahi Mahi Pave with Créole Sauce or Chicken Colombo for the main and a dessert of your choice.  Not bad for 22 €!  We had one of each of the choices so we could share bites, which makes dining out kind of fun.  We enjoyed dinner with a bottle of Aegerter Jean-Luc Macon Reserve which was quite nice.

The owner was extremely pleasant and helpful as was our server.  No rush, very French service, with prompt attention when needed.  We went on Thursday night during off season and there were just enough tables to make it interesting without being crowded.

They were gracious enough to endure my attempt at French and only spoke English if it was necessary!  They do speak English quite well, so don’t be concerned if you can’t speak French.  It was an enjoyable evening which ended a bit too soon for me.

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Cowgirls and Seahorses?

by Mark Graham on December 8, 2014

CowgirlSeahorseInside“Eat like a horse, drink like a fish” is the motto at Cowgirl Seahorse, located in lower Manhattan right next to the Brooklyn Bridge.  We made it in for Brunch on Saturday to find some very interesting menu items such as the ‘Texas Two Step”, “Seahorse Cyclone” and the “Beach Blanket Burrito”.  They even have Southern Sausage Biscuits & Gravy and a Breakfast Burger for the more traditional brunchers.

If you have a sweet tooth, you can try out the Cap’n Crunch French Toast or if you have a more extreme palate you might consider the Rattle Snake Bites or Fried Dill Pickles for a starter.

They have a full bar with lots of beers and wines to pick from and a very relaxed and fun ambiance. Don’t miss their $2 Taco Tuesdays!

The neighborhood has done a great job recovering from Hurricane Sandy and is worth a visit if you want an interesting area to walk around and avoid the standard NYC tourist spots.

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Aux Vins Etc.

by Mark Graham on December 2, 2014

AuxVinsEtc A nice wine bar/restaurant for a great lunch and good wines in Marigot. The ladies who own the place are very nice and make all of their food on site. They have a daily menu which offers a nice selection of meats, fish and veggie plates. We ate outside which provides some nice people watching. Located inside the Marina Royale shopping area it is away from the large tourist crowds and offers some very fancy shopping for after lunch entertainment. (Don’t drink too much wine before shopping!) You can find them on Facebook.

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Sunset Beach

by Mark Graham on November 25, 2014

A great place to see the sunset and watch planes land in St. Martin is Sunset Beach. The runway begins right across a very narrow road so the planes are quite low when landing, and when they take off they blow people off the beach!

View from Sunset BarThe sunsets here can be spectacular. There are two bars to pick from, one on each side of the beach. The Sunset Bar & Grill is the most popular and is where we usually hang out if we come down here. The Sunset Beach Bar is probably as good, we will try it next trip. Both are super casual and most people will be in swim trunks. Topless women get free drinks at the bar!

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Ocean 82 – Grand Case

by Mark Graham on November 24, 2014

Grand Case is well known as the “gourmet capital of the Caribbean” and it does prove itself every time we visit. We enjoyed a very nice dinner at Ocean 82 on November 11. 

ocean 82 outside Ocean 82 sits on the ocean side of the road and the dining room extends out over the beach for some breathtaking views of the ocean and Anguilla across the water. They were offering a ‘Lobster Party’ menu which included a choice of starter, main and desert for €69.  All of the starter and main course options were, of course, lobster based. It was quite delicious, especially when paired with a nice bottle of Sancerre Blanc.  This is one of three excellent restaurants in Grand Case owned by the same group that insure excellent service, creative menu options and the highest quality food and beverages.  Their menu has many offerings but it is primarily sea food, and they have a nice wine list.  It is always a good choice for an enjoyable and romantic dinner.

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