|Barnes Bay in the morning|
We drank some coffee out on the balcony at Caribella and enjoyed the quiet while waiting for the time when Straw Hat might be open for breakfast. Though in truth I prefer the selection of pastries and breakfast sandwiches at Geraud's, it has now become tradition for us to break our first fast at Straw Hat. It's where we ate our first breakfast, ever, on Anguilla, and we love that place so much.
It was around that time that I was frantically searching You Tube for possible solutions for fixing my computer. Thank goodness Caribella has wi-fi and I could use my smart phone for posting questions. Worrying about this darn laptop took far more energy than it was worth!
|Straw Hat patio|
After lingering over breakfast with our books and enjoying the last drops of coffee in the carafes, we finally got up to leave. Incidentally, the service charge is clearly marked on both the menu and the bill when it's brought--perhaps the most clearly marked of any restaurant we visited on this trip, FYI.
We stopped at Best Buy for a few more provisions. We were pretty amazed at both the breadth and the depth of their selection and felt spoiled for choice for some of the items we wanted to pick up. It had better brands of rum and tequila, more varieties of ice cream and cheese, than any place else we've seen on the island.
We stayed "home" for lunch, sharing a grilled cheese sandwich and some iced coffee, as we didn't want to interrupt our busy reading and gazing-out-to-sea schedule.
NB: the mosquitos were worse on Barnes Bay than they've been on any other trip. As you can see in the photo above, we kept three kinds of insect repellent on the table, as news of both dengue and chikungunya had us a little spooked. We sprayed down assiduously, multiple times a day.
|Our beautiful and private swimming cove on Barnes Bay|
We were only the second table to be seated when we arrived at Picante, but it filled up quickly, including a large table comprising the families from Carrie & Jerry from Veya and from Trip Advisor forum member, iluvdanny. Wanting to repay a bit of hospitality that they've shown us through the years, we sent a round of drinks to their table.
We always start off with an order of guacamole and a pitcher of margaritas, which are so smooth & easy going down, that's it's no wonder I have no photographic evidence of what came after. I barely recall what I ate, much less what DH ate, but I think I had the Picante tacos with ground beef, which are hard-shelled tacos encased in soft-shelled tacos, with insulating layer of refried beans, guacamole, and sour cream in between. I order those on a semi-regular basis. We also shared the bananas foster chimichanga. My DH and I are constitutionally incapable of NOT ordering a warm banana dessert.
Jovaughn, who always seems to be our server when we're at Picante, chatted with us some more. I had a photo of him, but it was too blurry, but you can see him here, chilling out with some of the other folks at Picante. We ran into him later on the island, but that is a story for a different day...
And so before long, we were headed back home to Caribella, soon to be in the land of nod.
Up next: Sunday on Anguilla means Geraud's and THE PLACE.