Thursday is our last full day on the island, so we decide to splurge. Go big or go home! (Or more like, Go big, then go home.) For us, this means eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner away from Caribella. We got off to an early start, arriving at Geraud's around 7:00 for another pastry breakfast, then back home to enjoy Barnes Bay and have a chat with Vandra.
|I don't know this flowering plant at Caribella is, but it's lovely|
|The ixora was in bloom at Caribella|
|The beautiful setting at Jacala|
|I love the crisp, cool interior|
|Grilled watermelon and goat cheese salad|
|This is one of my favorite soups, ever|
|Simple, grilled crayfish with garlic lemon butter.|
|Looking left from Jacala|
|These chairs are complimentary with lunch at Jacala|
|Looking right towards Malliouhana|
After that thoroughly leisurely meal that was satisfactory in every way, we were surprised and delighted that Jacques came by to offer us a taste of one of their special house-made infused rums. I tried the vanilla rum, but DH's choice of the spicy vanilla rum was the better choice. Both were good, but the spicy one was of a higher order altogether. We vowed to ourselves after this superlative experience that we'd never let Jacala slip from our vacation roster again.
|Our infused rums|
|One last panoramic shot before leaving|
|Another lovely sunset|
We had another great table that night, this time on the eastern end of the patio. Because we didn't want to rush ourselves, we enjoyed a cocktail before placing an order. Despite my track record from Jacala earlier in the day, I decided to try something new, Straw Hat's take on a Long Island Iced Tea. Like it's eponym, it's good but strong.
It was a beautiful evening. Peter and Doris came by to chat, and we so enjoy talking with them. Peter's always great for sharing island news and tidbits, which we appreciate. Eventually it was time to order, and to my surprise, my carnivore-leaning DH ordered their special eggplant dish. It stood out on the menu as one of the very few vegetarian entrées available on Anguilla that's not a pasta dish, and afterwards, Peter, DH, and I talked about how surprising that is. We all three agreed that it was an excellent dish and think that the many fine restaurants on the island should take note and provide at least one vegetarian option on their menus.
|Doesn't that look yummy?|
Foregoing our usual caramelized banana dessert, we decided to try the warm coconut tart instead, thus rendering all future dessert decisions at Straw Hat to be impossible, for it was divine. This may well become one of those restaurants where I
We enjoyed the breeze and the warm night and lingered there until we could no longer stave off our yawns. We don't usually stay out late, but we were the last table remaining, but one. It's hard to say goodbye on the last night, isn't it? So thus it was that we went home heavy hearted to pack the last few remaining items.
Since we transported a kitty from AARF on the way back to the States, I'll do a concluding post soon that features our travel day and any kind of trip wrap-up that comes to mind. But in the meantime, thanks for traveling along with me and for sending me your encouragements, both here as comments and on the various travel forums where these trip reports are also posted. I so appreciate it!