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Some St. Barth tidbits for April 2014. What’s up?

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Just a short note today to update you on the latest news around here…

Les Coulisses restaurant in Gustavia has closed. The harbor side restaurant formerly was the home of Harbour’s. Me Gusta has just moved there from St. Jean and offers tapas with a Portuguese flair. I am going to try it and report back.

Me Gusta restaurant is now located on the harbor

Me Gusta restaurant is now located on the harbor

Pipiri Palace is open for lunch now! You can get French delights such as Croque Monsieur or an omelette and they have a daily special “Formule” for only 16 euros.

In addition to dinner, try Pipiri Palace for lunch

In addition to dinner, try Pipiri Palace for lunch

Oasis grocery store in Lorient has extended its hours. It is now open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm every single day including Christmas.

La Table de Jules (formerly K’fé Massai) in Lorient is closed for good. I wonder what will replace it? The sushi bar, Koya in the corner section of the restaurant is still open.

The Yacht Club nightclub in Gustavia is closed. (Carole of Le Ti St. Barth is the owner.) She has replaced it with The First Floor which is located upstairs above The Yacht Club. There is late night entertainment quite often. For you night owls, it is open Sunday-Thursday from 10:00 pm until 4:00 am and for you die-hards it stays open until 6:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Be aware that the venue has been enclosed to keep the noise from disturbing the neighbors and it can be very smoky. (I don’t understand why I see people smoking in some restaurants and night spots here because it is against the law in France but that is another story.)

Nightclub The First is on the First Floor (2nd floor to Americans)

Nightclub The First is on the First Floor (2nd floor to Americans)

R. Barth, the fancy rhum store has shuttered its doors. The entire contents of the shop including the very expensive old rum, other rums, furniture, a computer and glassware among other things will be auctioned off at 10:00 am April 23, 2014.

Au Revoir, R. St. Barth. We are sorry to see you go.

Au Revoir, R. St. Barth. We are sorry to see you go.

The Black Swan closed its Gustavia store but their larger boutique in St. Jean is open and still has a great selection of beachwear, t-shirts and casual clothing.

Les Soldes: French law dictates when the shops are allowed to have their Soldes (sales) in various areas. In France, for example, there is a period in January when this is allowed to take place but of course at that time of the year St. Barth is in the midst of High Season so full price, it is. People love the shopping here; many say the designer boutiques offer much better pricing than they can get at home.

Don't miss out on Les Soldes

Don’t miss out on Les Soldes

The dates for Les Soldes in 2014 were just announced. You will find a lot of items on sale with the exception of the Nouvelle Collections.

Mark your calendars and get ready to shop ‘til you drop May 03-June 06 and October 11-November 14, 2014.

If you haven’t booked your hotel or villa yet just email me or contact reservations@stbarth.com (1-800-421-3396) and we will begin the process to get you here ASAP.

Enjoy!

The shopping in St. Barth is a must-do

The shopping in St. Barth is a must-do

What’s new in the St. Barth restaurant scene?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Pipiri Palace and Océan

As you know part of my duties while I am living in St. Barth for the better part of the year, is to dine out all the time so that I can report back to you and keep you up to date on the latest. Of course you may just consider it to be one of the perks I enjoy but after all, someone has to do it, right?

Steve and I decided to dine at one of our favorite spots in Gustavia, the Pipiri Palace. Some of you remember that Pierrot the owner died unexpectedly a few years ago and his lovely wife Régine took the helm.

Pipiri Palace chefs are hard at work

Pipiri Palace chefs are hard at work

We had reserved our favorite table and ordered our apéritifs. The smiling bartender came over with the drinks and introduced himself as the new owner Rod Ravelson. It was a pleasure to meet him; he is very personable and told us that he has local ties as he is married to a woman from St. Barth who is a nurse at the hospital. We wished him good luck in his new venture. Never fear, the same talented chefs are still cooking; the wonderful menu is the same and there’s always a mouthwatering “special” on the blackboard. Steve loves the Ray that they prepare. He scrapes the fish right off of the wing – delicious. Pipiri is famous for its ribs as well as their langoustes. Choose yours from the tank that is next to the bar.

The new owner of Pipiri Palace Rod Ravelson

The new owner of Pipiri Palace Rod Ravelson

Océan: We had dinner again at this new restaurant, also located in Gustavia. Years ago it was called Le Sapotillier. Most recently it was B4. The setting is in an original St. Barth “case” with a lovely ambience. The restaurant is owned by Benoit, Florence and Cécile. Their theme is fresh local fish. They serve an 18 euro buffet lunch for people on the go and a leisurely gourmet dinner at night.

Océan Bartender and Sommelier Emmanuel with Chef Benoit

Océan Bartender and Sommelier Emmanuel with Chef Benoit

Vanessa prepares my Sole Meunière at Océan Restaurant

Vanessa prepares my Sole Meunière at Océan Restaurant

I can attest to the freshness because last week, Steve and I just happened to be spending a Sunday afternoon on Lorient Beach. At the end of the day, we saw a local fishing boat approach its mooring. We were fascinated to see how efficiently the two fishermen cleaned up their boat and went about the business at hand. First, they put away their lines and then unloaded their gear into a little dinghy and rowed to shore. When that chore was finished, they went back out to the boat to unload their catch. Fish after fish after fish were put into the dinghy. Again they rowed to shore and proceeded to take one fish at a time out of it, loaded each one into the cooler in their truck and began their delivery. First stop: Océan. I doubt you can get fresh fish like that at home. Another good excuse to come back to St. Barth. Bon Appétit.

The fishermen arrived on Lorient Beach with this Dorade, part of  today's catch which was that evening's Mahi Mahi special.

The fishermen arrived on Lorient Beach with this Dorade, part of today’s catch which was that evening’s Mahi Mahi special.

Perhaps you prefer Wahoo tonight - It can't get any fresher than that

Perhaps you prefer Wahoo tonight – It can’t get any fresher than that

Pipiri Palace – Au Revoir Pierrot

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Pierrot (aka Pierre) the owner of one of my favorite restaurants, Pipiri Palace, has passed on after a short illness. Pierrot’s personality and amazing mustache made La Palace a very special place and he will be sorrowfully missed. Please join me in sending our heartfelt condolences to Regine and their daughters.

L-to-R Gilles, Clémentine and Pierre

L-to-R Gilles, Clémentine and Pierre

Pipiri--sign1

Pipiri Palace sign

Rest in Peace, Pierre. You are sorely missed.

Memorial-Service-on-Shell-Beach-(Photo-Courtesy-of-Antoine-Heckley)

Memorial Service on Shell Beach
Photo Courtesy of Antoine Heckley

Adieu-Pierre-(Photo-courtesy-of-Antoine-Heckly)

Adieu Pierre
Photo courtesy of Antoine Heckly

Delicious Ribs at Pipiri Palace

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

I have been in St. Barth for more than two months and the craving for ribs overtook me. I had to have my fix and my first choice as to where to go is always Pipiri Palace. The Palace is located on one of the side streets in Gustavia and is tucked away in an original “case” (Pronounced caz, it means “hut” and is a little wooden house where the St. Barth people once lived— and some still do.) Walk in past the “no chickens allowed sign” and owner/host Pierre Montalti will greet you.

Pipiri Palace sign

Pipiri Palace sign

The Palace’s "No chickens allowed" sign

The Palace’s 'No turkeys allowed' sign

Guests can choose to dine in the case or sit in the garden. You can even choose to sit by the langouste tank. The ambience is wonderful.

Langouste tank

Langouste tank

We looked at the Specials Board and were tempted by it, but we had our hearts set on the ribs.

Specials board at Pipiri Palace

Specials board at Pipiri Palace

You may have noticed by now that I am a huge fan of chèvre chaude (warm goat cheese) so we chose to share the warm goat cheese salad with walnuts and honey for our appetizer. It was delicious and the honey complemented the cheese by giving it a subtle sweet taste.

Warm Goat Cheese with walnuts and honey

Warm Goat Cheese with walnuts and honey

Bring on the ribs! They were wonderful – moist, tender and crispy and the BBQ flavor was yummy. We needed lots of hand wipes after that.

The Ribs!

The Ribs!

On to dessert…This time we decided to be good and order the ananas frais. It was the perfect choice to finish the meal. The pineapple was so fresh and mouthwatering. The warm chocolate sauce on the side was ideal for dipping and, as far satisfying the sweet tooth, it hit the spot.

Fresh Pineapple with warm chocolate sauce

Fresh Pineapple with warm chocolate sauce

The Palace’s kitchen is an open one and we enjoyed watching head chef Gilles Soffietti and sous chef Clémentine prepare various menu items. Reservations are recommended and if you are staying in one of our villas or hotels, we would be happy to make them for you. Pipiri Palace is open every evening except Sunday.

L-to-R Gilles, Clémentine and Pierre

L-to-R Gilles, Clémentine and Pierre

Garden table looking into the restaurant

Garden table looking into the restaurant