St. Croix Appy Crawl #2

For this evening’s Appy Crawl, we have decided to hit three of Christiansted’s most established eateries. To make the crawl more lively, we are hitting the town in the teeth of tourist season—the people watching/meeting was SPECTACULAR! We meet a couple on their honeymoon, escaping the cold of Philly with an interesting toasting style (Cheers, Big Ears). Then, a woman who worked for Frank Zappa in the 70s—a true Gypsy Nester—she has just finished raising… CONTINUE READING

For this evening’s
Appy Crawl, we have decided to hit three of Christiansted’s most
established eateries. To make the crawl more lively, we are hitting
the town in the teeth of tourist season—the people watching/meeting
was SPECTACULAR! We meet a couple on their honeymoon, escaping
the cold of Philly with an interesting toasting style (Cheers,
Big Ears). Then, a woman who worked for Frank Zappa in the 70s—a
true Gypsy Nester—she has just finished raising her son and
now is an artist/botanist/traveler. Kudos! Overheard a foursome
using a beautiful meal as a vehicle to whine about the horrors
of bad domestic help. Accosted by a passionate Italian hell-bent
on trading our condo for his sailboat—apparently, he’s fallen
in love with St. Croix.

Kendricks
David
and Jane Kendrick have a beautiful garden of palm trees,
innovative foods, and fabulous service. Candlelit, dreamy
and a well appreciated menu with a large print! We sat at
the bar tonight and tried out a few appys:

Tuna
Char Sui with Asian Slaw, Soy Wasabi Vinaigrette

A barely there char on a deliciously fresh tuna, nice wallop
from the wasabi

Alaskan King
Crab Cakes with Lemon Habanero Tartar Sauce

Does St. Croix have crabs, you ask? Yep, and people eat them, too.
But they’re land dwelling little fellas and these cakes definitely
benefited from

their Alaskan cousins. The consistency was crabtensive
and juicy. The tartar sauce was yummy.

Wines
A quick note on Italian whites—watch out for the lighter alcohol
content, you get that funny metalic “turned” taste. As
a wise Italian once told us, “Italian white wines should never
cross over the Alps.” If you can’t drink it in Asti, then try
to stick to 12% by volume at least, it handles the plane ride better
than the by-the-glasses we had at Kendricks. We took a peek at the
Kendricks wine list—some really nice whites live there, they
may want to rethink the reds. But who drinks red in the Caribbean
anyway?

Bacchus

Hidden away upstairs past the sign that says “These steps
are ancient and irregular.”These
folks know their food! The staff is aware of culinary nuisances
and are very willing to share their thoughts. The menu has
a fun flair, naming gourmet dishes “Get the Duck Outta

Here” and “Try This Rasta’s Pasta” keeps
it casual. We didn’t miss snooty pretense one little bit.

“Still
Dancing To Our Old Beet”

Pay attention here: A salad of roasted beets, greens, candied pecans,
gorgonzola with white truffle oil. Oh. My. God. Veronica
has been seen devouring a piece of cardboard

drizzled with truffle
oil and a smile on her face, so this salad seriously rocked her
world.

Ravioli of the Day
Tonight’s had lobster, garlic, leeks and other deliciousness. The
pasta was so meaty, it was like eating a steak. The crème sauce
was lovely.

Also, a wonderful spiny lobster bisque and a well rounded wine list.

Rumrunners
On the Boardwalk

A short
stroll to the Christiansted Boardwalk and the romantic,
on-the-water Rumrunners. We loved this place, complete with
huge tarpons swimming right up to shore sniffing around
for scraps. We came in a bit late, but our waitress was
very happy to have us come in for dessert. We snagged a
water-side table.

Flourless
Chocolate Torte

Not messing around, this dessert. Dark, dark, dark and decadent.

Also see: The
Appy Crawl Philosophy

David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com

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Fredriksted at San Tropez

 The city of Fredriksted is an oft overlooked spot on St. Croix as it is the designated cruise ship stop on an island with a non existent cruise ship trade. Sadly, Fredriksted has suffered a terrific blow tourism-wise. This once quaint little tourist town has lovely beaches, shops, eateries and a really nice pier that is a blast to jump off of!

Restaurant Le St Tropez is a favorite is a favorite with the people that live on the island of St. Croix. Imagine a Caribbean style open air European bistro ala St. Maartin or St. Barts without the unattractive nude people frolicking about. This is the stuff… CONTINUE READING >>


The city of Fredriksted is an oft overlooked spot on St. Croix as it is the designated cruise ship stop on an island with a non existent cruise ship trade. Sadly, Fredriksted has suffered a terrific blow tourism-wise.

This once quaint little tourist town has lovely beaches, shops, eateries and a really nice pier that is a blast to jump off of!Restaurant Le St Tropez is a favorite with the people that live on the island of St. Croix.

Imagine a Caribbean style open air European bistro ala St. Maartin or St. Barts without the unattractive nude people frolicking about. This is the stuff of dreams.An attentive owner who’s glad to share a glass of wine with you, intimate ambiance and an amazing menu are just the beginning of the San Tropez experience. Though mostly French, menu items include pasta dishes.

We were lucky enough to spend an evening of bliss with three intelligent and humorous couples who enjoy food and conversation as much as we do.

It also happened to be the week that this year’s Beaujolais nouveau arrived on St. Croix. Word was that this was an especially good year, we’re certainly not experts, but it was delicious to us.

Beaujolais nouveau is an annual event, a harvest wine that is only fermented a few months and then served young and lightly chilled. Comes around just in time for the holidays. It works well in the tropics since the weather is still quite balmy this time of year.

We mostly stuck to seafood dishes. Plate trading abounded.

Frog Legs
Ooh la la–until last night Veronica was a frog legs virgin–and her buddy Vern gently insisted on her indulgence of a new thing.
She needed a cigarette afterward.

Escargot
Again, Ooh… little snail guys drenched in butter and garlic. Lovely bread to sop up the dregs. David passed on them. Said he’d had gastropods for breakfast. It was hard to believe though, because I’m pretty sure there aren’t snails in leftover tacos. However, normally, he will eat a snail in a heartbeat. There have been times, after a rain, he’s been seen following a slick with a clove of garlic and a pan full of hot butter.

Lobster Bisque
The consensus was that it was too salty and too watery. Bisque is originally French, but never having tried it outside of US territory, perhaps this is just a cultural difference. We love the thick stuff with chunks of meat, and this was neither thick nor chunky. Since everything else we ordered was amazing, we’re thinking it was meant to be like that.

Moules St. Tropez
A giant bucket of unbelievably delectable mollusks swimming in a white garlicky pool of sin. The bucket comes with a ladle. I think that is just to keep people from just climbing in and swimming around with the guys.

Other entrees involved mahi, scallops-beautiful scallops, shrimp and tuna. Veryfresh with great sauces. But then, French food really is all about the sauces, now isn’t it?

Crème Brûlée with Raspberry and Chocolate and Toasted Almonds
Rich, creamy and decadent–if they have it–get it.

Chocolate Mousse
You might think — hey it’s just chocolate mousse, but this one had some kind of spell cast over it. In fact, in the spirit of the season, we petty much all agreed that Santa really should consider switching from reindeer to this mousse.

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com

St. Croix Appy Crawl #1

We take making meals out of appetizers very seriously. Having them at multiple eateries is even better. For one thing, it forces us to walk off some of the food between stops, for another, we get to try several different places without destroying our credit rating. We decided to hit three brand new restaurants on the evening of the St. Croix Christmas Parade in Christiansted… CONTINUE READING>>

We take making
meals out of appetizers very seriously. Having them at multiple
eateries is even better. For one thing, it forces us to walk off
some of the food between stops, for another, we get to try several
different places without destroying our credit rating. We decided
to hit three brand new restaurants on the evening of the St. Croix
Christmas Parade in Christiansted:

Zebo’s
Strand Street

For
starters, a fantastic gem with an innovative menu. We were
greeted by the very French and beautiful hostess/owner.
She went out of her way to make sure we were seated at a
nice outdoor table in view of the jazz quartet. Our waiter
was very knowledgeable. Entrees are nightly specials, dependent
on availability of quality ingredients. Tonight, one involved
ostrich, we didn’t ask, but we’re pretty sure that ISN’T
one of the local ingredients. Peacock could be, Mongoose
perhaps, but not Ostrich.

Lobster Ceviche
This ROCKED! As in Caribbean Rock Lobster. Served in a won ton shell
with fresh local greens. Yummy!

Scallops
with Fried Risotto

Also delicious. If there’s a bivalve involved, we’re all for it.
Very innovative, the accompanying sauce drizzled about was fantastic.

J. Lohr
Riesling

So good Veronica almost cried. Perfect with the food. The wine
list is one of the best on St. Croix. We think Riesling will be
the new Pinot Grigio. Kind of like 50 is the new 40, or 60 is
the new 52, or 70 is the new 65, 0r 80 is the new 78 or whatever.

Zizzlers

Strand Street

Zizzlers bills
itself as “Cajun-Cruzan Fusion” and the beautiful decor
is right on the mark. An open-air second story space lends itself
to a fun view of the goings-on in Christiansted. We staked a claim
to a corner table. It was the perfect vantage point to watch the
people watching the parade. Usually a better show than the parade
itself. Good fun. We were told upon entering by the hostess that
the menu was limited to cold appetizers, salads and sandwiches,
as this new establishment was having the customary troubles getting
the permits and inspections maneuvered through the maze that is
your typical Caribbean government. Our waitress was fun, attentive
and helpful.

Shrimp
Remoulade

A surprising large portion for a ridiculously low price.
Nice and authentic. Great shrimp is hard to come by on St. Croix,
and this was no exception, but it was certainly passable, even
above average for these parts and the sauce was wonderful.

Hummus
Plate

A huge portion
Three types–Black Bean, Sun Dried Tomato, Traditional. Nice and
cool. Served with pita.

Blue Fish
Riesling

Seems to be becoming a staple on St. Croix. From one of the fine
wineries in Germany going for the American market with goofy,
nonsensical names. See, we told you Riesling is the new Pinot
Grigio. Anyway, the wine list at Zizzler’s is limited, but in
keeping with price point and atmosphere.

Angry
Nate’s

On the Boardwalk

Nothing beats
a romantic walk on the Christiansted Boardwalk before dessert
and coffee. The boats in the harbor, lights on the water, music
and laughing from the bars and restaurants, hand in hand with
someone you love. Then on to–Angry Nate’s. Hmmmmm…doesn’t seem
quite right. We thought of asking to see Nate so we could inquire
as to what had gone so awry that he now was in a permanent state
of anger….but then the…

White Chocolate
Bread Pudding
arrived.
This bad boy was SWIMMING in decadent caramel sauce (as far as
Veronica is concerned, the more caramel sauce — the better the
dessert). The pudding itself was great and sopped up the caramel
sauce perfectly. Did we mention the caramel sauce?

Our waitress
was a doll. She put on a fresh pot of coffee for us. The coffee
was a perfect accompaniment to the caramel sauce laden pudding
and just enough sugar and caffeine to get us home.

Also see:
The
Appy Crawl Philosophy

David & Veronica,
GypsyNester.com