Posts Tagged ‘Le Bistroy’

The Real Housewives of New York City at Villa Oasis de Salines in St. Barts – Have you tried Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio? Who was that sexy looking chef?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

The Real Housewives of New York City may have left St. Barts and our gorgeous Villa Oasis de Salines, but St Barth remains in the minds the show’s viewers. Three episodes of RHONY in St. Barts got the phones ringing and we are certainly receiving lots of positive feedback about our gorgeous island; so many people are grateful to have found St. Barth Properties and are booking villa and hotel stays through my company. Would you like to experience the magic of St. Barth? Please contact reservations@stbarth.com.

What a coincidence! I was able to meet Ramona Singer on Cape Cod this summer. Do you know that Ramona has her own line of Pinot Grigio? Yes, she is a business woman and was promoting her wine at a liquor store about one mile from my house on Cape Cod (where I spend my time when I am not in St. Barts). Authors sign their books, right? Well, Ramona was signing her bottles of wine so I hopped in my car, went to Luke’s and got in line (a long one). When I finally reached the front, I was able to chat with Ramona and bought 6 bottles of her signed 2011 Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio. To me, in real life Ramona is a nice lady and the wine “with crisp acidity and balanced fruit” is quite good.

Real Housewife of New York City's Ramona Singer with Peg on Cape Cod July 01 2012

Real Housewife of New York City’s Ramona Singer with Peg on Cape Cod July 01 2012

Some of you have asked us to tell you more about that sexy looking private chef who was cooking for the Housewives (and you saw Sonja trying to put the moves on him, too). Chef Jean Baptiste Barre is the owner of Le Bistroy wine bar in the St. Jean area. He owns Absolutely Wine and has a very impressive wine cellar where you can attend his wine school and also experience some wine tasting. Enjoy the Charcuterie with pairings of wine. You can also purchase delicacies to enhance your meals at home. Can you hire him to cook for you one evening during your stay? Bien sûr, our concierge will be pleased to arrange for a sumptuous candlelight dinner prepared and served in your private villa and be sure to try Le Bistroy while you are there.

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

Peg with Jean Baptiste Barre in the Wine Cellar at Le Bistroy

Peg with Jean Baptiste Barre in the Wine Cellar at Le Bistroy

Guest Blog by St. Barth Properties Team Member Connie Walsh

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Bonjour! Many of you know that I went back to St. Barts with members of our US team. This is the time of year when we do our inspections and meet with our partners. Connie Walsh our Marketing and Travel Industry Consultant was also with me because this is the time when we begin to gather materials for our next Live Your Dream® catalogue. Here is Part One of Connie’s Guest Blog.

A Peek at the PF by Connie Walsh

Connie Walsh

Connie Walsh

Our spring inspection trips to St. Barth encompass planning content for our annual publication Live Your Dream®. Internally, we call it the PF for short and we enjoy compiling it as much as we hope you enjoy reading it. Each year, we choose island residents who have pursued their passion to St. Barth – and are living their dream. It’s fascinating to talk with them and the interviews add a special perspective to the whirlwind of villa and hotel inspections. I love it!

St. Barth is well known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, so it was an honor to meet one of its most famous chefs, Jean-Claude Dufour. Late last year, he realized his dream of owning his own restaurant. The well known L’Esprit is now L’Esprit Jean-Claude Dufour and boasts a new open kitchen, a reconfiguration of its alfresco dining deck and a fabulous new menu. Our team really enjoyed our dinner there including J-C’s signature seared foie gras. Just up the road from Saline Beach, it’s perfect for a pre or post lunch stop.

Connie interviewing Jean-Claude Dufour and his wife Sonia at L'Esprit - Jean Claude Dufour

Connie interviewing Jean-Claude Dufour and his wife Sonia at L’Esprit – Jean Claude Dufour

If you’re looking to lunch “in town” (St. Jean’s Villa Creole) put Le Bistroy on your list. This unique venue artfully combines a gourmet deli and grocery boutique with a wine shop and a wine school. We caught the last of the sale days in Villa Creole’s boutiques and stopped in for lunch – charcuterie and chilled wine. This delightful little courtyard-style bistro complex is the dream of owner Jean-Baptiste Barre who made his bones in St. Barth’s culinary circles at restaurants like the François Plantation and Le Toiny.

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

La Charcuterie at Le Bistroy

We took the opportunity to get glammed up at Salon Fostokjian, which by the way, offers a picture-postcard view of St. Jean Bay. Owner Christophe Fostokjian is a skilled stylist and has developed his own line of organic products which we will feature in many of our villas. We slipped into I by Idalmi’s air-conditioned Make-up & Nail Bar late one afternoon for new shellac manis, sit-back-and-relax pedis and a talk with former model and owner Ida about her business and her luscious line of polishes named after the beaches of St. Barth.

Connie has a new do à la Christophe Fostokjian

Connie has a new do à la Christophe Fostokjian

Ida at I by Idalmi

Ida at I by Idalmi

For one of the interviews, I took to the sea for a snorkeling excursion with Plongée Caraïbes’ owner Thierry Balaska. His catamaran is the island’s largest and he moored it at Pain Sucre (Sugar Bread) where the waters were bath-water warm and crystal clear. While one of his crew was finishing up a scuba certification dive for a small group, I chatted with Thierry and learned how he decided to change his whole life by coming to St. Barth.

Thierry Balaska of Plongée Caraïbes

Thierry Balaska of Plongée Caraïbes

We look forward to sharing more of their stories in 17th edition which will be on the island in early November – and online. Don’t miss it!