The St. Thomas Food Tour had some of the most delectable dishes made in the Virgin Islands! It was fun to live life like a tourist for a day and eat my way through a variety of local restaurants that were all in walking distance in Downtown Charlotte Amalie; the capital of the United States Virgin Islands.
I met my Tour Guide Gerard at Fort Christian, a historical landmark that was operable since 1680. However, it is currently closed and under renovations. Afterwards, we walked over to the Frederik Lutheran Church, another historical landmark and Gerard shared the history as well. He did the same at the Alvaro De Lugo United States Post Office. Upon the completion, of the history portion of the tour, we headed over to our first restaurant, E’s Garden Tea House!
The interior, decorated with its signature light green color and subtle decor adorned the tea house. Painted on the wall was the E’s Garden Tea Menu. There was an assortment of teas that were categorized under imports, tea blends and local herbs. The atmosphere was soothing, and it was relaxing. After I was greeted and led to my table by the waitress, she served me a cup of Hibiscus Raspberry Ice Tea. The fusion of flavors in the tea was delicious and refreshing. The saltfish quiche paired with a fresh green salad was the next item to be served. Honestly, I have tasted variations of quiche before. However, nothing beats the saltfish quiche. It was superb! After much laughter and a friendly conversation with the employees, my next stop was My Brother’s Workshop!
The sweet smells coming from the bakery permeated the air. Everything smelled delicious. My Brother’s Workshop reminded me of a Pastry and Cafe Shop in Portland, Oregon. It was small, welcoming and the interior decorations were colorful and modern. The employees were very friendly. In continuation of the St. Thomas Food Tour, I had a healthy slice of Cruzan Rum Cake. One bite placed me in remembrance of my mother’s rum cake that she usually bakes during the Holiday Season. Strategically, made to perfection was the Cruzan Rum Cake! It was moist, hard on the outside but had a soft texture on the inside. Except for the brown exterior, the yellow color was consistent throughout the cake. The Cruzan Rum Cake smelled delicious, and it was a treat that I savored with every bite. My next stop was Gladys Cafe!
It is a small quaint restaurant that specializes in cooking local dishes. Therefore, if you are visiting St. Thomas and wish to tantalize your taste buds with local cuisine, I will recommend dining at Gladys Cafe! The friendly waiter served me a combination of appetizers. Fungi, conch fritter and a bowl of kallaloo were on my plate. I drunk a glass of water to wash down my food. The entire dish was delicious. My next stop was at Tropical Creations, a souvenir shop.
There were all sorts of cute, creative and locally made souvenirs at Tropical Creations. Some of my favorite items were the mini yabba pots used for outdoor cooking, the Virgin Islands Christmas Tree and of course the handmade dolls dressed in Madras from head to toe. The owner was an excellent conversationist and she shared fun personal stories about what her life was like growing up in the Virgin Islands. After much laughter at Tropical Creations, my next stop was another local restaurant, Cuzzins.
Ooh la la! The brick interior design was unique. I love the combination of tropical colors that complimented the brick walls. At Cuzzins Restaurant, I had my final meal on the St. Thomas Food Tour. The mini plated selection happened to be one of my personal favorites. It was stew mutton, rice, and peas with steamed broccoli and a glass of water. Oh yes! I really enjoyed this dish. Not only was the food delectable but it was an excellent way to end the eating portion of the St. Thomas Food Tour. My last and final stop was at the Rum Shack.
The Rum Shack is a cool hangout spot for tourists and visitors alike. The open-air restaurant is welcoming, and you can quickly grab a drink at the bar and hang out with your friends. Here is where my tour guide and I sat and had a sample of their semi-frozen Bushwhacker. It was icy, refreshing and it was tasty. We sat there for a while chatting and enjoying the sea breeze that blew over from the waterfront. It was a great way to end the tour.
Overall, the St. Thomas Food Tour was delicious and tasty! I would highly recommend it to residents and visitors alike. Reserve your tour today at 340-642-1995 or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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