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Friday, November 28, 2014

This Weekend Provides Unique Opportunities to Lend Bonaire’s Nature a Hand

There’s two not-to-miss events this weekend, both celebrating Bonaire’s nature.  On Saturday, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire a fund-raising auction of “all things turtle” and on Sunday, Bonaire will be on the beach to celebrate the Bonaire Marine Park’s 35th anniversary.

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) has over 100 pieces of turtle art which will be on the auctioning block on Saturday evening, when there will be 37 lots of live auction and 69 lots of silent auction.  It all starts with the previewing all the pieces at 6:00 PM, and then relax with a drink and wait for the auctioneers starting call at 8:00 PM.  All pieces will be sold, with proceeds going to STCB’s turtle conservation efforts.

Then, on Sunday, November 30th, head to Sunset Beach from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM when the island will celebrate 35 years of marine conservation.  In coordination with the anniversary, there is a Lionfish Derby in process, and the proceeds of the derby (lionfish) will be enjoyed by anyone at the party.  The bar will be open from the beginning to the end with beverages at a very reasonable price with all proceeds going to the Bonaire Culinary Team, your chefs for the day.  Come taste the variety of lionfish and goat dishes, all free of charge.  But take note…you will need to bring your own plate, cups for soup and drinks, spoons and forks. Otherwise you will have to buy biodegradable plates and cutlery at the event, if you wish to taste lionfish or goat--this way the party will produce less garbage and help keep Bonaire clean.

The bands Equal Rights and Justice and Wayaka will be in charge of the music.  There will be a variety of activities and a bouncer for the kids, as well as some surprises throughout the afternoon.

The day’s agenda is as follows:

12:00 noon—start with music, kids activities and bar is open!
1:30—start with goat dishes for tasting
1:30—3:30 Marine Park boat rides
3:00—start with lionfish dishes for tasting
4:30—Celebration 35th anniversary Marine Park
5:00—Awards for Lionfish Derby

(Source:  STCB and STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 28, 2014 at 3:45pm AST
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Minister of Interior Affairs Plasterk Visits Bonaire International Airport

Last week on Monday, November 17th, 2014, Minister Plasterk of Interior Affairs paid a visit to BIA, Bonaire International Airport, to acquaint himself with the many developments of the airport. Minister Plasterk was accompanied by the Head of Internal Affairs, Mr. Erwin Arkenbout and the State Representative, Mr. Gilbert Isabella and the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Edison Rijna. BIA was represented by the Director, Mr. Les Laplace and the President of the Supervisory Board of Directors, Mr. Etienne Ys.

(Pictured from left to right: Etienne Ys, Minister Plasterk, Les Laplace, Edison Rijna, and Gilbert Isabella)

After thanking the Minister for his interest he had shown, Les Laplace gave a brief but thorough explanation on BIA developments. The minister considers BIA a very important part in the social economic well-being of Bonaire. In saying this, the Minister will further support the continuous development of BIA in his efforts to enhance the economic development of Bonaire. Mr. Ys and Mr. Rijna also elaborated further on this topic. The airport remains not only the Gateway to Paradise but also the Gateway to the Economy of Bonaire.

After a very fruitful meeting and a press conference, the Minister boarded his flight on his onward journey. (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 25, 2014 at 1:43pm AST
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sanikolas Arrives on Bonaire This Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Each year, Sanikolas, also called St. Nicholas (English), or Sinterklaas (Dutch), arrives on Bonaire via boat amid much fanfare.  The old gentleman, along with his Zwartepietnan, will visit with the children (of all ages) on Bonaire over the coming weeks. 

This year, those wishing to see this legendary man should be in Wilhelmina Park Saturday morning, where festivities are planned.  There are activities and music before his arrival, to keep everyone happy and in a holiday mood.  The Zwartepietnan do acrobatics and engage the audience, and the entire event is quite a show.

After, Sanikolas and his Zwartepietnan will make appearances all over Bonaire up until December 5th.  Legend says on that night, he will go to all homes to check who’s been naughty or nice and will leave gifts behind in your shoe! (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 21, 2014 at 1:11pm AST


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pure Bonaire 2015 Calendar Now Available for Purchase Online

The Pure Bonaire 2015 Calender features photography encompassing a wide variety of the Bonaire lifestyle.......from its nature, to sports, and to the island’s culture and people.  By looking at this calendar every day, those who wish for more time on Bonaire can spend it vicariously through the colorful imagery of life on Bonaire. 

This premium calendar features 13.5” x 19” sized pages, coil binding, white interior paper (100# weight), and full-color interior ink.  Bonaire’s holidays for the coming year are noted on the calendar.  It’s the perfect gift for Bonaire aficionados to give to themselves, or as holiday gifts for any Bonaire lover!  The cost of this deluxe calendar is $24.00 and it can be ordered individually or in small quantities online, and the calendar normally ships within five days of placing an order.  To preview the calendar or to make a purchase, visit http://bonaire.me/Zc85(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 19, 2014 at 11:40am AST
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bonaire Insider Review--The Latest When Dining At Sea

Recently, the popular restaurant At Sea has garnered some distinctive honors, so I thought it was time to visit the restaurant again to see how it has “grown up” since its opening in July, 2011.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant has surpassed even their own prior high standards.

Kim van Dijk and Rick van den Broek run a “tight ship” at their restaurant At Sea (pun intended).  They and their wait staff insure that everyone enjoys their meals, and it’s obviously working as the restaurant is sold out well in advance for most evenings.  The restaurant is ideally located on the waterfront promenade in Kralendijk, so not only does one have excellent food, but watching the boats pass by helps set the mood.

Upon arrival and being seated, we made our choices for the evening and were quickly brought a complimentary l’amuse, a light bite made for the day by the chef.  A unique bread basket followed, with roasted garlic and an herbed cream cheese spread for the just-baked brown roll.

What sets At Sea apart from most other restaurants is the whimsical pairing of different tastes and textures that every plate encompasses.  For our starters, my dining companion ordered the duck, prepared three ways--as a mousse, springroll, and a roleaux, served with quinoa salad and chip, pumpkin gel, and pickled, pear-ginger compote with fig-mustard syrup.  I was assured it was so delicious, it couldn’t even be shared!

I chose the springroll, which came filled with goat cheese, spinach, hazelnuts, and raisins, served on a green salad with a honey mustard vinaigrette.  It was beautifully presented, and would have made an ample meal all on its own!

We both ordered fish for our main courses, my dining companion opting for the barracuda on the daily special menu, while I chose the wahoo, as many of the components of the wahoo dish were favorites of mine.  The wahoo was served with a white wine sauce, mushroom risotto with parmesan cheese, pumpkin three ways (chutney, pickled, and sauteed), and cauliflower three ways (bavorois, sauteed, and as a creme).

The barracuda, also from the daily specials, was served with salsa verde, crispy rosemary polenta (or funchi, as it’s locally called), corn three ways (as a creme, roasted, and spiced popcorn--remember the whimsy?) and cabbage three ways (stewed, salad, and pastille). 

During our main courses, I did manage to convince my dining companion to share, so we each were able to sample the plates.  Every taste was new, exciting, and it was simply fun to work through the ingredients, trying each one separately, and then blended together.

Both fish were perfectly prepared, flaky, yet still moist and tender.  The team in the kitchen really outdid themselves the night we visited. 

At Sea offers a choice of about three daily specials, as well as their normal menu highlighting first or second courses of tuna, surf and turf with steak and lobster, duck, springroll, salad, or soups.  Main courses from the regular menu offer beef tenderloin, chicken, pork, or local goat, served a variety of different and unique ways.  There is a vegetarian dish as well, which changes weekly. 

If all this is too much to choose, then simply opt for the surprise four-course menu, and sit back and enjoy as your waiter or waitress explains the dishes.  Do note that the surprise menu has a two-person minimum.

We really were full from being pampered through the initial courses, but the Pina Colada Dessert caught our eye, so we just had to try it.  This unique dessert truly provided the taste of a pina colada, giving several presentations of the flavors and textures of pineapple, coconut, and local Rum Rincon, served in a pipette which you can smooth over one of the presentations.  Coconut ice cream, and coconut lollipop, pineapple gel......well, suffice it to say it was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. 

For those that prefer an ending on the more savory side, a selection of cheeses is available as well, in addition to a fruit dessert.  For those who want it a bit more sweet, enjoy the Friandise, homemade chocolates and pastries, the Lucky 7, which is seven new small preparatios of white, milk, and dark chocolate, or go for the Grand Dessert, with tastes of the various desserts and the chef’s latest creations.

In 2013, the Caribbean Journal named At Sea their pick for the best restaurant in the Caribbean.  And just recently, At Sea has been appointed the honor as a new overseas member for Les Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (Netherlands).  Currently, the Jeunes Restaurateurs are in twelve European countries with 330 active “jeunes chefs,” counting more than 180 Michelin stars.  The chefs of JRE combine high culinary craftsmanship with a passion for gastronomy and respect for local traditions and products.  I would say that after our dinner At Sea, I can see why At Sea has received so many stellar accolades!

For those wishing to visit, do make your reservation well in advance.  During the winter season, it is not unusual for At Sea to be booked up two weeks in advance.  To make a reservation, call (on Bonaire) 701-0134 or visit their web site by clicking here.  At Sea is open Tuesday through Saturday from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, they are closed on Sunday and Monday.  They are located at Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 25.  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 18, 2014 at 1:37pm AST
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Classical Music Board Bonaire Hosts Next Concert on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Classical music lovers won’t want to miss the next concert hosted by the Classical Music Board Bonaire.  This Friday, November 21st, 2014, Jeroen de Groot on violin along with Bart van de Roer on piano will present a violin and piano concerto.

The will play sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven (the Frühling Sonata) and the Sonata Number 2 by Edward Grieg. After the intermission, they will play selections by Brahms, Kreisler, Prokofiev, Chaminade and Waxman.  The highlight will be the dramatic Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint Saëns.

The concert will begin promptly at 8:00 PM and is being held at the Kapel Fundashon Mariadal.  Tickets can be purchased at Addo’s Bookstore, Flamingo Bookstore, or Valerie’s Airport Shop.  Price is US$ 25.00. Tickets at the door are US$ 30.00.  For more information and/or tickets, telephone 786-0455.  (Source:  Classical Music Board Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 17, 2014 at 4:19pm AST
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner This Year at Sebastian’s Restaurant

This year, Sebastian will be hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for all North Americans, visitors and residents alike, who would like to enjoy an excellent Thanksgiving feast, without all the work.  This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27, 2014.

Sebastian will be serving pumpkin soup, roasted turkey with apple-nut stuffing, mashed white potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, baked sweet potato, glazed carrots, green beans with bacon and almond, and pumpkin pie.  The fixed-price menu is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.  Please note that the regular menu is not available on Thanksgiving Day. 

To make a reservation, click here.  And a Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it!  (Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 13, 2014 at 4:17pm AST
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Friday, November 07, 2014

Antillean Wine Holds Monthly Wine Tasting Saturday, November 8th, 2014

It’s a new month, so it’s once again time to sample six different wines especially chosen for those attending Antillean Wine Company’s monthly wine tasting event. 

Tomorrow, November 8th, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, participants can enjoy a sampling of some of the wide selection of wines available.  Light snacks are served as well.  Entry is $10.00 per person, and it’s a wonderful time to meet and visit with friends--either old or new!  The store is located at Kaya Industria 23. (Source:  Antillean Wine Company)

Posted by Susan Davis on November 07, 2014 at 1:25pm AST


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