Tuesday -- Summer Solstice and our 8th anniversary
Eight years ago today, my husband and I married on the island of Antigua at sunset on the summer solstice, surrounded by our family and closest friends at the Long Bay Hotel, a small family-run inn on the eastern side of the island. Now we're back in the Caribbean celebrating our anniversary. I know it's a cliche to say that time passes by more quickly as one ages, but I can hardly tell where the years have gone.
We rise early and breakfast on our balcony. Or at least I do. DH mostly has been drinking his tea in the morning and not been interested in food. Something's up with his appetite, which is a shame on Anguilla, but on the plus side, it means we're saving a lot of money by sharing all of our plates instead of ordering separately. There's something about being thankful for small favors…
Anyway, around noon we pack up a beach bag and head to Meads Bay. We'd never lunched at Straw Hat before, so we set up shop there for a few hours since they give lunch guests complimentary use of chairs & umbrellas. I ordered the warm tomato tart, a pastry shell filled with a cheese, something a little horseradish, and topped with beautiful, locally grown tomatoes, and which was accompanied by a small salad. DH opted for the hot dog platter, which was huge. Neither one of us was able to finish our meal, I'm afraid. I think there's something about eating during the heat of the day that stanches our appetites. We did, however, manage to polish off our Tings and Ti punches--one of my favorite rum punches on the island is Straw Hat's Ti punch, which is full of piquant, lime-y goodness. I'm definitely not a fan of the sweeter punches, especially those topped with amaretto! Lunch came to $47, plus an additional tip.
|Two Hobie cats on Meads Bay|
|Meads Bay looking east toward Carimar|
|Meads Bay looking west toward Viceroy|
|Double self-portrait under the umbrella at Straw Hat|
|Dressed for dinner--unintentionally out of focus|
Veya is absolutely our favorite fine dining restaurant on the island and it has never disappointed us. Everything from Chef Carrie's cuisine to the warm greetings that every staff member brought to us, to the pleasant treetop setting, to the overall value makes it an experience we can bank on. We've now been there seven times over the course of five trips to the island and it has proven to be as delicious and consistent from first trip to last.
|Straw Hat's eponymous chandeliers|