Bikini’s on the Beach, Honeymoon Beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands have many nice, quiet beaches unspoiled by commerce, and no island has more than St. John. Over 60 percent of the island is a National Park. We visited a number of unspoiled beaches on previous trips, as well as Caneel Bay, which is now closed — and utterly devastated. This time, Scott (Hammons, of the annual barbecue Hammons) suggested Honeymoon Beach. Honeymoon … Continue reading Bikini’s on the Beach, Honeymoon Beach, St. John, US Virgin Islands

XO Bistro, Red Hook, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Let me say up front that it taxes my abilities to keep up with everything when I’m part of a party of nine. Prepare yourself for a steadily deteriorating report. While we were in St. Thomas, our next door neighbors, Scott and Julie Hammons and their son, Hudson, also were there. We’re all great friends, and Hudson (5) plays regularly with Ella (4) and Lily … Continue reading XO Bistro, Red Hook, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Duffy’s Love Shack, Red Hook, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

If you go to St. Thomas, you have to go to Duffy’s Love Shack. It’s a rule. Michael had been here a number of times before during the Boyd’s sailing days. Duffy’s is in a nondescript building perched incongruously on the edge of a small shopping center’s parking lot. But the exterior bodes well, and once inside, you’re at a beach bar. Music is playing, … Continue reading Duffy’s Love Shack, Red Hook, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Ayden Collard Festival is Back On — Tentatively

A popular groundswell has prompted Ayden to revisit its decision to cancel the annual Ayden Collard Festival this year! They are forming a new committee and now plan to have a one-day festival on September 11. All depends, of course, on state officials and federal guidelines. Keep your fingers crossed and pencil this onto your calendar. Follow the links for background information on Ayden, the … Continue reading The Ayden Collard Festival is Back On — Tentatively

Salvage Barbecue, Portland, Maine

Well fed after our dinner at Buck’s Fishing and Camping, our dear friends, Jon and Nancy Breul, shook the dust of Washington from their feet and left for their new home in South Portland. Actually they’d been living Maine for over a year, during which time they established themselves as our Senior South Portland Correspondents. Our Correspondents nobly spurned, for at least one meal, the … Continue reading Salvage Barbecue, Portland, Maine

Whole Hog in Chesapeake, Virginia

I just saw this on Facebook — This Saturday, Taste Virginia barbecue history as Pitmasters Alex Bazemore, Sam Clayton and Southern Grit will be cooking two whole hogs the Virginia way- pit dug over wood fired coals. Live stream from Big House Farm in Chesapeake, Virginia of the cook, followed by the pickup of the barbecue by the pound at friends, Now You’re Cooking Culinary Studio also in Chesapeake. For more … Continue reading Whole Hog in Chesapeake, Virginia

Buck’s Fishing and Camping, Washington, DC

Ah, another wonderful meal within walking distance of our house! Our Senior South Portland (Maine) Correspondents, Jon and Nancy Breul, recently completed their move to Maine to be near their granddaughter, Charlie, full time. Oh, and Charlie’s parents. Yeah, them, too. Jon and Nancy were in town to empty out the last of their house. They’ve been close friends for more years than I care … Continue reading Buck’s Fishing and Camping, Washington, DC

Reposting Nancy Tanner’s Crab Cake Recipe

It’s that time of year again. Crabbing season opened on the Chesapeake Bay on April 1. That means that the window is now open for you to get those incomparable Chesapeake Bay crabs. The season will remain open until mid-December, which leaves little room to eat great crabs. Seize the day! You can boil or steam the crabs with lots of seasoning — Old Bay, … Continue reading Reposting Nancy Tanner’s Crab Cake Recipe