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Local Livin’: Baked With Love in Love City

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A while back, I was privileged enough to sit down for dinner with two dynamic and talented St. John born women to chat about their homegrown business in Coral Bay.  An ingenious build out of a shipping container with the lingering smells of freshly baked treats sits adjacent to the building that used to house Pickles in Paradise.  And within the walls of this shipping container, Ann Monsanto and Brenda Stephenson create magical, freshly baked flavors on par with the quality of a decadent corner bakery in Manhattan with the charm and hospitality of Love City.  Building their dreams, one muffin at a time.

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A St. John Favorite Opens in South Carolina Today!

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If you are traveling through the Charleston area and are hungry for a taste of St. John, you’re in luck!  A favorite restaurant, located in Cruz Bay, will be opening a second location on Sullivan’s Island today.  Bringing some favorite familiar flavors from Love City to visitors and residents of one of South Carolina’s top travel destinations.

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The Restaurant Report- Fall 2021 Seasonal Closures

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Good Morning everyone! Wow, have I missed updating you over the past little bit…A HUGE thanks to Jenn for taking the reigns while I took some time off to get Asante safely to Grenada for hurricane season 🙂 I have plenty to mention to you about that amazing journey in future posts, but, for now, the long awaited seasonal closure “Restaurant Report!”

FRESHLY UPDATED- AUGUST 11, 2021 (Restaurant owners/staff- Please continue to PM me with any changes or updates to this list!)

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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It’s a tequila drinking, taco eating, salsa dunking, mariachi dancing kinda Wednesday and the weather on St. John today is looking beautifully cooperative for a mid-day Margarita in the sun and sand.

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If you’re on vacation on St. John right now, you might be thinking about where the best spot is for a little afternoon or happy hour fiesta.  Well, there are quite a few options for those of your feeling festive on island for a tasty tequila libation, south of  the border snack or simply a good time in the sunshine!

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Governor Bryan Loosens Restaurant and Beach Restrictions

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Happy Hump Day! And, we are halfway through the week!  How’s everyone doing out there?  Things seem to have calmed down a WEE bit on St. John this past week.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still super busy, but it doesn’t feel like we are bursting at the seams anymore.  And, seemingly, the government imposed mandates in regards to COVID-19 have remained effective through the Winter and Spring Break booms.  On Monday, Governor Bryan announced a few more small steps to loosen some of the current COVID restrictions in light of positive cases remaining low and vaccination distribution remaining high in the USVI.

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Local Livin’ – Mr. Hill – The Roti King

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A few days ago, I FINALLY made it over to the Lumberyard parking lot to check out the new food truck and pick up some of my favorite island cuisine for lunch.  Abdue “The Roti King” Hill officially opened his food truck for business last Monday.  And business, and the roti, has been very, very good.

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Popular Eatery Closing in Cruz Bay

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Good Morning!  I’m afraid I have some not so great news to share with you today.  Many of you may have stopped by the popular deli on the third floor of the Marketplace for one of your favorite sandwiches or a beach breakfast to go.  I know that Sam and Jack’s Deli has always been super high on my own personal lunch list of priorities.  Today, I’m very sad to say that the pandemic and economic uncertainty of the past year and the foreseeable future has claimed a long standing favorite breakfast and lunch spot on St. John.

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Local Livin’- Local Cuisine with Smitty at Island Breeze

Local Livin'- Local Cuisine with Smitty at Island Breeze 11

Good Morning and a happy Friday to you!  I hope that all of you are wrapping up your work week with a smile on your face and ready to get into some fun this weekend.  I’m excited to be revisiting the Local Livin’ series this morning with a highlighted local business that offers amazing food, weekend specialties and really, really good company.

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