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Friday, October 30, 2015

Bonaire Insider Dining Review--Blue Garden Brazilian Grill and Pizza Gourmet

I recently had the opportunity to try out the newly opened Blue Garden Brazilian Grill & Pizza Gourmet.  This new Bonaire eatery opened on the site of the previous Casablanca Restaurant, on Kaya Julia A. Abraham Boulevard #6.

I have to say that this new restaurant–in one visit–made it my Favorites list.  The renovated restaurant has a cool and refreshing blue look to it, the staff were attentive and pleasant, and the food was simply excellent!

Blue Garden specializes in gourmet pizza, creating 17 specialty pizzas that you probably won’t find anywhere on Bonaire.  I personally enjoyed the Blue Garden special, with mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, arugula, fresh mushroom, capers, green olives, bacon, and buffalo mozzarella


Others in our party enjoyed the Four Cheese Pizza, with mozzarella, Italian Gran Padano parmesan, gorgonzola, and Requeija gourmet Brazilian cheese, served with black olives.  And yet we had another pizza to try out, the Spectacular Shrimp Pizza, served with flambéed tiger shrimp, mozzarella, Requeija gourmet Brazilian cheese, crispy fried garlic, parsley, and green olives.

Are your mouths watering yet?  With only three taste-tested, I have only 14 more to try!

For those wishing a lighter fare, there is a veggie pizza, as well as a fresh tuna pizza, and those who wish to eat green can enjoy either a Salad Navegantes, made with tiger shrimp and mussels, croutons, and slices of Gran Padano parmesan cheese, or the Salad Primadonna with lettuce, croutons, Gran Padan parmesan cheese, and served with the house’s specially prepared sauce.

But what about the carnivores?  Meat lovers will not have a problem with finding something as well. The grill offers three choices of fine Brazilian meats:  Picanha Brasileira Combo, a prime cut of the top sirloin, sliced and light seasoned.  This is served with a small grill on your table so that you may cook the meat to your own preference.  And for those who cannot choose just one meat, there’s the Mix Grill Combo with Picanha, Sausage, Chicken and Brazilian Cheese Bread and yucca, or the Carré Combo, a New Zealand Rack of Lamb (12 oz/350 grams), also served with Brazilian Cheese Bread and yucca.

Although all of my dining companions and I tried to say no to dessert, we were just too full, our hostess wouldn’t hear of it.  She informed us that we simply could not leave without sampling one of her dessert pizzas, so she made a small personal-sized Banana pizza with ice cream for the four of us taste and share.  I have to say it was sublime.  The mix of the mozzarella with the sweetness of caramel and the bananas made the dessert almost savory, and I will have to return to try out (just a bite!) the Choco Noir Pizza Mango or the Choco Noir Pizza Cherry.

All in all, Bonaire has a wonderful new restaurant to enjoy!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 30, 2015 at 3:19pm AST
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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 26, 2015.

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.

There will be two seatings on this day, in order to accommodate everyone.  Please make reservations for either 6:00 PM or 8:30 PM by clicking here.

And a Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it!  (Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 20, 2015 at 1:49pm AST
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Coco Beach Opens October 1st, 2015

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Coco Beach, a new beach bar and restaurant, is rising from the ashes of the old Sunset Beach Hotel.

The new bar and eatery is scheduled to open tomorrow, October 1st, 2015, just in time to also celebrate this year’s Regatta, which will take place at Coco Beach.

Coco Beach will be open seven day s a week, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM, and it will offer a variety of lunch, dinner, and snack options, as well as fresh-made cocktails, ice-cold beers, and your favorite mixed drinks.  It’s a great place to watch Bonaire’s fabulous sunsets, with your toes in the sand and your favorite beverage in hand.  Enjoy!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 30, 2015 at 11:28am AST
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sebastian’s Restaurant Welcomes Pastry Chef Janos Vermaat

In the two years since Sebastian’s Restaurant first opened, it has become one of the most popular of restaurants, known for its chic and romantic decor as well as the fine dishes which Chef Sebastian creates using only the freshest of local and high-end imported ingredients.  But now, Chef Janos Vermaat has joined the kitchen crew and he is creating some delectable desserts.

With his arrival, now all pastries at Sebastian’s Restaurant are created by Chef Janos.  He’s a former Michelin-starred pastry chef, and he crafts each and every home-made pastry that is served in the restaurant.  He’s known for his fusion of traditional and new age methods, and he melds many flavors and textures into tantalizing desserts.  The dessert specials now change as frequently as the savory menu, to take advantage of whatever is fresh and in season.

For more information on Sebastian’s Restaurant, visit their website at www.SebastiansRestaurantBonaire.com.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 16, 2015 at 11:49am AST
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Friday, September 04, 2015

The Weekend Brings Champagne, Oysters, and Patriotism!

There’s no lack of interesting things to do this weekend on Bonaire, and they run the gamut from champagne and oysters, to celebrating Bonaire’s flag day, Dia di Boneiru.

First, open the weekend in style with an Oysters and Champagne Night at Sebastian’s Restaurant. Only available every once in a while, Sebastian’s is hosting another one of these favorite specialty events on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, or whenever the oysters are all gone! Sip on a bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne, and get a pair of oysters for free. For reservations, call 717-1697, or visit their web site at www.sebastiansrestaurantbonaire.com.

Then, on Sunday, celebrate with the locals on Bonaire Day.  Official events will commence at 8:30 AM at Bonaire’s government house and in Wilhelmina Plaza.  After 2:00 PM, everyone will head to the Sentro Francisco “Chiku” Goeloe in Antriol for a cultural program.  View the day’s event schedule (available in PDF format) by clicking here.

And, no matter what you do, enjoy your weekend on Bonaire!  (Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant and Bonaire Island Government)

Posted by Susan Davis on September 04, 2015 at 12:36pm AST
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Final 2015 Taste of Bonaire is Sunday, August 30th, 2015

This Sunday, August 30th, 2015, brings the season’s final Taste of Bonaire event in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

The program will be filled with music, shows, food stands, and arts & crafts.  International dishes will be available from China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Holland, India, Jamaica, Suriname, Venezuela, as well as Bonaire.

Performing on stage will be The Genies, International Folkloric Dancers, Sensation Band, and Proyekto 2000.  Come and enjoy it, or else wait until next year! (Source:  TCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 26, 2015 at 12:47pm AST
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Friday, August 14, 2015

A Different Dining Option at Sebastian’s Restaurant

The many fans of Chef Sebastian’s dining creations now have another reason to visit the waterfront restaurant, known for its fine dining.  For a limited time, Chef Sebastian is offering an Early Bird Special, offering his very own take on a “burger and fries.”

Chef Sebastian is now well known on Bonaire for taking every-day ingredients, and presenting them with his very own personal spin.  Even a burger and fries gets elevated status at Sebastian’s Restaurant, as the “burger” is a fish burger made from the freshest catch of the day, the “fries” are sweet potato fries, and the mayonnaise is a truffle mayonnaise.  Now put them all together, and one has a tasty, healthy, after work meal.

The Early Bird special is served at the bar only between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM, and accompanying beers are only $2.00 during the special, and it is only available now through September 30th.  So now Chef Sebastian’s fans can stop in after a day of diving, or a day of work, and enjoy his great cooking.  For more information about Sebastian’s Restaurant, visit their web site by clicking here(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 14, 2015 at 1:50pm AST
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bonaire’s Culinary Team Brings Home the Gold from Taste of the Caribbean

Earlier in June, Bonaire sent a contingent of its finest chefs and bartenders to Miami to compete in the annual Taste of the Caribbean competition.  Once again, the Bonaire team made us all proud, by bringing home the gold.

Although the Bonaire Culinary Team brought home prizes in various categories once again, by far the most important achievement was their gold medal as National Team of the Year--a first time! The team brought home a total of six medals in different categories during The Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition held June 19-21, 2015.

Teams get the chance to showcase their talents before the judges during many competition events, both as a team and on an individual basis and with the assistance of team manager Floris van Loo from Rum Runners Restaurant. Miguel Saragoza had the best beef dish and also became the overall winner in the beef/seafood competition.  Giovannie Veld received a silver medal in the Junior Chef competition, Channetton Jansen won a silver medal in the chef-of-the-year competition where he prepared a wonderful dish to amaze the judges. Bartender Jay Frans fascinated the judges with his cocktails with a Bonairean touch of Cadushy Liquor, which garnered him a bronze medal. Also receiving bronze medals were Pastry Chef Junior Janga and Ronald Gosepa who competed in the cheesecake competition.

Congratulations once again to the entire team!  This annual event just goes to prove what residents and visitors to Bonaire already know--that these chefs and bartenders offer up enticing, innovative food and drinks all year round!  Pabien!(Source:  Bonhata)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 30, 2015 at 2:15pm AST
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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Next Taste of Bonaire is Dedicated to Bonaire’s Talented Youth

This Sunday, June 28th, 2015, brings the season’s third Taste of Bonaire event in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  This event will be dedicated to highlighting some of Bonaire’s talented youths.

The program will be filled with music, shows, food stands, and arts & crafts. Performing on stage will be Grupo Kara Kora, The Extreme Dancers, and a few other surprises.  Those who come to enjoy the event will also see the Bonaire Culinary Team, just back from Miami’s Taste of the Caribbean, as well as some of the local youth models and Bonaire’s windsurfing Pro-Kids.  (Source:  TCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on June 26, 2015 at 3:55pm AST
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Monday, June 01, 2015

Save the Date--Sunday, June 7th, 2015--for Washington Park’s Annual Open House

It’s an annual tradition for STINAPA to hold an annual open house at Washington-Slagbaai National Park.  Admission to the park on this day is free, and there are plenty of activities to keep one occupied from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

As usual, there will be a variety of food and beverages available. The kid’s corner will be present again, as well, with the very popular face-painting.  STINAPA will host a guided hiking trip for adults at 8:00 AM through Mondi Suit and a mountain bike race starting at 7:30 AM.  For those who don’t want to traverse through the entire park, there is transportation available to Slagbaai at 9:00 AM then again at 12:00 Noon. At 3:00 PM, transportation is available to bring everyone back from Slagbaai.

Local bands will be making music for anyone who just wants to dance starting at 1:00 PM.  There is a market specializing in local food and handicrafts. It’s a great day to come out, meet your neighbors and friends you haven’t seen, and enjoy the day.

Posted by Susan Davis on June 01, 2015 at 3:19pm AST
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