Tapas, Sangria and Paella in St. Thomas: Amalia Café…Best Spanish Fare on Island!


Amalia Cafe on St. Thomas is a special place for me. It’s a Spanish restaurant and one of my favorites on St. Thomas. I first visited there in the spring of 2014 after meeting the owner, Randolf Maynard (he goes by Maynard), at the Taste of St. Croix where we were both judges. That night was one of my highlights of living in the islands. Pure magic!

A couple of weeks after Continue reading

Lovin’ Your Grill-Friend…How to Keep the Fire Burning!

At the beginning of the process...
At the beginning of the process…

Grilling means good times, good friends, and hopefully, great food.” ~Bobby Flay

 Grilling is one of the best parts of summer cooking. When it’s hot outside I try to keep the inside of the house cool…so I do much of my cooking out on the grill. I have both a gas grill and a Big Green Egg. I won’t talk about the Egg today – oh, so many tasty meals have come out of it, but I’ll have to post on that separately! No, today Continue reading

Travel and Airports and Food…Challenges!

Today I finished up my last [scheduled] trip for a while. For the past three years it has felt as if I’ve been traveling non-stop. At one point I even made Executive Platinum on American Airlines. It was nice to have the perks that went with that, but all of that travel was taxing. I was stressed and felt constantly rushed and like I wasn’t fully committing myself to anything. Thankfully, that time seems to be ending. I look forward to spending time in my own home for a bit. I can get back to the movement I love that I have not made time for (Nia), and most of all, I will be back in my own kitchen to unleash my creative foodie side once again. Continue reading