Cafe Roma Now Serving Lunch on Wednesdays

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For those of you who are looking to get your Cafe Roma fix at lunch, you’re now in luck! Well on Wednesdays, that is. :)

Cafe Roma, the longstanding Italian spot right in the center of Cruz Bay, is now open for lunch on Wednesdays only. They’re not offering their full menu, but they have some pretty good deals on pizzas, salads and cheap drinks.

For just $6, you can get a slice of cheese pizza with either a soda, Smirnoff cocktail or a Coors Light. For $10, you can get two slices of cheese pizza with either a soda, Smirnoff cocktail or a Coors Light. For $7, you can get a two topping pizza slice and for $12 you can get two two-topping pizza slices. Both of those deals come with either a soda, Smirnoff cocktail or a Coors Light as well.

Cafe Roma will be offering these deals on Wednesdays only from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And for those of you who love Cafe Roma and perhaps want to own it, it’s listed for sale. Click here to read about all the businesses on St. John that are currently on the market.

Ferry Service Between St. Thomas and St. Croix May Start This Month

St. Croix on a clear day

St. Croix on a clear day

Back in May, we told you how a man over in St. Croix was attempting to launch a new ferry service between St. Thomas and St. Croix. Well, if all goes well later this week, the new ferry service will begin by the end of the month.

Warren Mosler, a prominent businessman who ran for public office three times, has spent nearly $2 million of his own money to create the QE4, the new vessel that’s expected to begin ferrying passengers between the two islands. According to Mosler’s Facebook page, the ferry will undergo a “man overboard” scenario on March 24th as part of its Coast Guard inspection. If that goes well, ferry service will launch on March 27th.

The ferry service will run between Charlotte Amalie and Gallows Bay on St. Croix. It will leave Charlotte Amalie at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. It will leave St. Croix at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. Each trip will take approximately two hours.(We’re not certain what the cost will be.)

I’m not sure about all of you, but I think this is a very cool addition to our current ferry service. We’ll let you know when it officially starts running. In the meantime, happy Tuesday everyone!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Under a Minute

Taken from the rail up at Quiet Mon… Enjoy!

Beautiful Space at Windy Level Now Available for Events

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I get a lot of emails here at News of St. John inquiring about event space. Some people are looking for wedding ideas or meet and greets, while others are simply looking for a cool space to throw a party. Well there’s a great new spot that has recently come available, and it won’t break the bank. And even better, it has amazing sunset views! Check out Windy Level…

Windy Level is located in Grunwald on Centerline Road between miles one and two. It’s a beautiful space – run by Mathayom Vacharat of St. John Catering – which has both a large inside dining space, as well as a large outdoor deck area. The two spaces can comfortably accommodate up to 80 people. Check out a few pics:

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Windy Level sunset (prior to deck)

Windy Level sunset (prior to deck)

For those of you who know St. John well, you’re most likely familiar with Chef Mathayom (Mat) Vacharat who has lived on St. John since 1995. Mat has been professionally working with food since 1993 and has been Executive Chef at several of St. John’s premier restaurants including Asolare, Paradiso (which used to be located at Mongoose Junction), Chateau Bordeaux, and Chloe and Bernard’s (a previous restaurant located at the Westin). Although his culinary forte is Asian Fusion, he also is experienced in Caribbean Flair, Progressive American, and Italian Comfort cuisines. I recently attended one of Mat’s Full Moon Dinners at Windy Level, so I can say firsthand that his creations are top-notch. More on that momentarily…

So as we mentioned, Windy Level is now available to private events. There is a $2,500 minimum in catering costs (food and beverages), and the fee includes all furniture and glassware. There is not an additional rental fee for the venue. The space is great for all types of events, including weddings. You can have a cocktail reception on the deck during sunset and then move indoors for a formal dinner, for example.

If you’re looking to check out Windy Level and sample some of Mat’s creations, but you’re not planning an event, you can attend one of his monthly Full Moon dinners. There is a set fee for these five course dinners (the menu and cost changes monthly), and you can also opt to include wine pairings. Here is the menu from this month’s dinner, which happened last Friday:

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And here are a few food pics from previous Full Moon dinners:

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Squash Rainbow “Rose Tart” – Butternut Squash / Acorn Squash / Parsnip / Carrot / Local Squash / Cauliflower Crust / Herb Pistou

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Beterauve au Vin – Wine-braised Red & Yellow Beets / Fennel / Orange / Radish/ House Ricotta

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Broken Summer Roll – Shrimp / Black Rice / Sweet Chili

Looks great, doesn’t it?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Windy Level space, the Full Moon Dinners or general information on Chef Mat and St. John Catering, please visit www.stjohncatering.com. You can also visit their Facebook page by clicking here or their Instagram page here.

St. John Resident to Appear on The Amazing Race

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Well folks, we have some big news to share with you all today … one of our very own residents is about to appear on CBS’s The Amazing Race. How exciting is that??!!

Sara Fowler was chosen to be one of 22 people to participate in the Emmy award-winning reality show. Sara moved to St. John three years ago from Baltimore where she was a registered pediatric nurse. Like many people, she chose St. John after vacationing here several times. (It can happen to you too, folks!) Sara now works as a real estate agent with Sotheby’s.

For those of you unfamiliar with The Amazing Race, it’s a television show in which teams of two compete against each other while traveling the world for roughly 25 days. At each location, the teams complete a series of challenges and only after all tasks are completed, they learn where their next destination will be. The top team wins $1 million.

This season has a twist, however, according to CBS.com. For the first time ever, participants are paired up with strangers based on first impressions. Scary, yet cool.

Check out this quick bio that CBS posted online Wednesday morning:

This isn’t the first time that a St. John resident appeared on a reality show. Jason Siska, captain and owner of Island Roots Charters, appeared on Survivor back in 2008. Click here to read a little more about that. 

The next season of The Amazing Race featuring Sara premiers on Thursday, March 30th at 10 p.m. EST on CBS. In the meantime, you can catch up with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sara.fowler9212, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sarafowler_, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/saralynnfowler or on Snapchat at sarastjohnsnaps. You can also check out her real estate page here.

Price Reduction on Successful Short Term Rental with Views

Main Level Balcony Dining Area

After yesterday’s weather up North, I bet a ton of you are thinking about packing everything up and moving to gorgeous tiny island in the Caribbean. And those of you who don’t live up North, I’m sure the thought of owning a home on St. John sounds pretty good too. Well today we’d like to tell you all about a beautiful, six-bedoom home that recently had a nice price reduction. Not looking to buy on St. John, but still interested? Well you’re in luck because Riley’s Retreat is also a successful vacation rental. Check it out…

Riley’s Retreat is a beautifully remodeled six bedroom, five bathroom villa with amazing views of St. Thomas, St. Croix and Pillsbury Sound. It also has incredible sunsets. The villa features travertine floors and mahogany trim throughout. The upper level has three bedrooms, including a master. The master bedroom features an en suite bathroom with large stone shower and access to another outdoor shower. The upper level also includes a gourmet kitchen including top of the line appliances with custom Brazilian cherry cabinets and granite countertops centered around a large island eating area.

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Main Level Master Bedroom

Main Level Dining & Kitchen

The covered decks on both levels offer beautiful eating and sitting areas to enjoy the sunset views and cool breezes. The two bedroom, one bath lower apartment has its own kitchen and can be rented separately. It too features custom cabinets, granite countertops and travertine floors. It’s also fully air conditioned.

Main Level Balcony Sitting Area

Lower Level Bedroom 1

There is also an additional cottage on the property with a full bath and decorative concrete countertops.

The property is showcased with professionally landscaped grounds including mature fruit trees and large palms. The pool is 13.5 x 24 with a total volume of about 14,000 gallons The spa is a large, six-person hot tub. This area also has a large wrap around deck with bar area. There is an exercise room and additional full bath located right off of the pool deck.

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Pool area

Riley’s Retreat has solar H2O and 2.9KW/HR solar electricity, so you can save a ton on your WAPA bill.

Riley’s Retreat is also a popular rental villa. Check out the great reviews it has received on VRBO.com – www.vrbo.com/351432

Riley’s Retreat is listed for $1,395,000. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Tammy Donnelly at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340realestateco@gmail.com.