I’ve known the very talented artist Tanya Clarke for about 20 years now, so I was delighted to attend the opening of her exhibition “Straight Outta Africa” at her Phoenix Gallery in South Hill.  These new paintings were inspired by her travels through Africa in 2015, and are absolutely gorgeous.  Her safari adventures come to life in these new works.  Congrats!

Bravo to Marc Alvarez, new executive chef at Malliouhana Hotel!   Dinner last night was rather spectacular.  Started with “Little Gem lettuce and fine herb salad” – those oranges slices combined with a perfect vinaigrette peaked my appetite.  My “Seafood Spaghetti” was a decadent bowl of delights, with clams, mussels, snapper and calimari all heaped on lovely spaghetti with a gorgeous sauce.  I was absolutely too full for dessert till the dessert menu came.  Oh me, oh my, the Valrhona Chocolate Semifreddo was astounding.  I love a dessert who sends me to Google…..  That “tongue” of a cookie was made with caramel and sea salt……

Pierre-Louis Riche, is a well-known Haitian painter, known mostly for his Botero-like interpretations of his Haitian countrymen (and women).  I love those, and exhibit them, in fact.  These still life paintings, dating from the 1990’s are a completely different genre, and are absolutely captivating in their beauty.  I particularly love the way the bounty of the harvest is portrayed, and the extraordinary light that seems to eminate from the surface of the paintings.

No, that’s not the title, but her recent “An Elegant Start – Drinks at Zemi” really whets the palette for great art and great cocktails!  The artist just brought it in today, and it’s a painting of a custom-made drink made for her by Vincent, their gracious bartender.  Zemi Beach Resort is a gorgeous addition to Shoal Bay East, about to celebrate their first anniversary on Anguilla.  The gallery will be there with a pop-up gallery in their boutique on December 24!  Drop by and say howdy……….mason-zemi

Zowie Victor!  This mahogany masterpieve dazzles!  As you know, Victor Hempel is a devoted environmentalist, and would never dream of cutting down a tree for his sculptures.  This beauty, started life as a mahogany tree stump, floating in the sea near Rum Cay, in the Bahamas.  Three years later, after much artistic deliberation and mountains of wood dust coating the 2016-11-29-10-54-252016-11-29-10-53-18artist and his boat, “Mahogany Bowl” now graces the gallery’s front desk.

Many thanks to the artist Kim Workman for sending 3 new gyotaku-based pieces into the gallery.  I especially love “Tortuga Sunset”,  with  turtle shell rubbing from the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park in Key Largo.    Please read a short story recently publushed by Ms Workman in  http://islandjanemagazine.com

She is very much aware of the plight and beauty of these magical sea creatures.

Thankgiving at Jacala

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SUCH a wonderful evening last night with great friends at Jacala.  We all started with a warm pumpkin soup, with a heavenly cloud of goat cheese slowly melting into this silky bowl of deliciousness.  The turkey with stuffing was clasically prepared, and extra gravy was lovingly ladled onto our plates if desired.  Alas, there was an amazing tarte au tartin served for dessert, but I pounced and devoured before I remembered the pic!20161124_190953-120161124_193723-1

Super Moon!

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Brace yourselves loyal blog readers, for my Sunday lunch tour extravaganza started today.  And it started with a fabulous bang!  Four Seasons Anguilla (nee Viceroy) looks great.  Fresh, lean and clean, with a lot more organic surfaces to soften its look.  I landed up at Sunset Lounge today – always my favorite and was delighted.  The rum punch went down well, and it came with won ton chips and a bowl of spicy mixed nuts (there were more in each bowl before I stopped stuffing my face and took the pic).  SUCH a nice touch to offer a nibble – it’s always appreciated.   I asked my charming and lovely server to recommend something new of their menu, and was steered (pardon the pun) to the “12-hour Braised Korean Short Ribs, Gochujang Korean Scallion Pancakes, Sesame Seeds”.  Absolutely fabulous.  Such amazing and purely delicious flavors.  I can’t wait to see what the other restos do in the resort!fs1fs2fs3

Sunrise this Morning

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Glad I grabbed the camera as I headed out the door with the dogs this morning.  Just thought I’d share a particularly beautiful sunrise!sunrise