Blue Chair Rum Review

Kenny Chesney & Blue Chair Bay Rum review


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Blue Bay Rum Review

Well, I finally got my hands on a couple of bottles! Talk about something catching on …and fast. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are buzzing with fans asking the same question …”Where can I get a bottle of Blue Chair Rum?“. And the distributor has responded by getting more bottles on more shelves and quick!

“We took all the beauty out there and bottled it up in here.” – Kenny Chesney

Blue Chair Bay Rum reviewUsing the Rum Locator on their site I found a shop near me. Short drive, if 30 miles is a short drive. When my wife and I got home we decided to try one of the signature drinks, an Island Girl. It uses Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum and we like coconut anything. So, here’s the drink recipe and our review:

ISLAND GIRL
1 1/2 oz. Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum1 oz. orange juice
1 oz. pinapple juice
2 oz. lemon-lime soda

Mix all of the ingredients in a tall glass half full of ice, stir and serve with a garnish of orange or pineapple

Now for the Review
Full disclosure,
I tried some straight so I’d have a better idea of the true taste of this premium rum. Glad I did because the soda in the Island Lady was just a bit too sweet for me. What I will say is that it is definitely easy to drink. It’s a clear white rum with a nice but not over powering flavor of coconut. It definitely puts some distance between itself and say Malibu Rum. It’s a lot more subtle coconut flavoring. And surely not as sweet as some coconut rums on the market. And Blue Chair Bay Rum would be a great rum choice for just about any of our favorite rum mixed drinks. On the rocks it was smooth and cool …warming as it went down without any hints of fake coconut flavoring. IMO, it stands out from some of the other coconut rums in its balance and drinkability. It’s a true premium product …no doubt and no disappointment. This will be one of the top rums in a very short time.

Find out where you can pick up Blue Chair Bay Rum using their handy store locator.

So pick up a bottle and give it a try then let me know what you think.

St John Beaches – Spotlight on Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay - St John beaches


Panoramic view of Trunk Bay – mouse over or tap to scroll left and right!


Trunk Bay beach mapTrunk Bay is St John’s most famous beach, the most photographed beach and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine! Located on St John’s north shore and under the protection and management of the Virgin Islands National Park – Trunk Bay should be on everybody’s short list for destinations beaches.  Conveniently located with amenities, good parking and taxi service, you’ll find plenty of  beautiful white sand beach, coconut palms, aqua blue water and terrific snorkeling. Trunk Bay is the only St John beach with a lifeguard(s); and the only beach with an admission fee.

” …snorkel at Trunk Bay, where you might end up swimming with a Hawksbill turtle.” – Condé Nast Traveler

Trunk Bay underwater snorkeling trailSnorkeling the underwater snorkeling trail is great for first-timers, kids and adults. Although this site sees a lot of visitors, it’s still one of the best snorkeling spots on St John to see colorful fish and corals in less than 20′ of water. Keep an eye out for clusters of indigo-blue tunicates. They are a rare treat – and seem to thrive in this location! Snorkel around the rocky cay is more adventure than sightseeing. Waves increase and corals decrease as you reach the far side. The eastern side of the cay is relatively barren of corals.

Getting there:
Taxi service is available in town. If traveling by car – you’ll take North Shore Road out of Cruz Bay. Travel along the winding road for about 2 mi and you’ll come to a scenic overlook. This is where the majority of Trunk Bay pictures are taken. Continue on down to the bottom of the hill and the entrance to Trunk is on your left – you can’t miss it.

NOTE: Because of Trunk Bay’s popularity – it’s best hit the beach early …or later in the afternoon.

 

Snorkel Waterlemon Cay / Leinster Bay

Waterlemon Cay, St John


Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay panorama. Mouse-over scroll left and right!

Waterlemon Cay, St John mapSt John’s #1 Snorkeling Destination!

Waterlemon Cay / Leinster Bay
The #1 “St John attraction” on Tripadvisor is also one of the top spots to snorkel on St John! The water is clear, corals are abundant, fish and sea life abound. This should be on everyone’s “must see” list when visiting St John.

Snorkeling is the reason most visitors come to Waterlemon. Each year thousands of people make the snorkeling pilgrimage. Waterlemon Cay is one of the best snorkeling  spots to see schools of fish, rays, turtles, star fish, conch and beautiful hard and soft coral reef formations. Access to the water is fairly easy via a sandy beach or a coral stone beach closest to Waterlemon Cay. This location is famous for the variety and density of sea life. You see lots of mustard hill coral, yellow and red sponges, huge purple sea fans, fire coral and large elkhorn. The variety of fish is equally as rich – with schools of blue Atlantic Tangs, parrotfish, blue runners, Seagant Major Damsels and an assortment of colorful and inquisitive wrasses species. Leinster Bay and its sea grass beds are a great place to spot turtles, rays and Queen conch.

Getting There:
The Leinster Bay Trail to Waterlemon Cay leaves from the lower parking area of the Anneberg Ruins on St John’s north shore. The short hike takes you along the shoreline of the beautiful aqua-blue waters of Leinster Bay. The best spot to enter the water is along the coral rubble shoreline – nearest the little island or Cay just off shore. Snorkel out to Waterlemon Cay and you’ll likely see lots of huge red and yellow cushion starfish.

CAUTION! - Depending on the weather, tides and moon phase – there can be a strong current on the western edge of the Cay. Use common sense and never exceed your abilities and always snorkel with someone.

Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay video

Uniquely St John – Trinidad Charlie’s Hot Sauces

St John hot sauces by Trinidad Charlie

Trinidad Charlie hot sauce St JohnNothing captures the soul of a place quite like food does. And although St John doesn’t have a signature dish it does have some really great hot sauces produced right here, on island. One of the first and one of the best is made by Trinidad Charlie.

“Trinidad Charlie” Deyalsingh arrived on St John in 1968. With him he carried a handful of pepper seeds from his native land. He planted those seeds and created his first hot sauce. Those first batches were sold locally – and provided Charlie some important feedback. People came to him furious that his sauce had ruined their meals! Deyalsingh discovered that the pepper sauce enjoyed by people of Trinidad was just too hot for St John. So Charlie set to make a pepper sauce that packed all of the flavor of his original – but better suited the foods and culture of his new home. The rest is history …

The birth of his West Indian Sizzle – hot but not too hot. He combined the heat of the peppers with the sweet of the papaya and the subtle pucker of vinegar. The sauce was a huge hit and today enjoys fans from around the world!

One of Trinidad Charlie’s biggest fans is none other than famous country singer Kenny Chesney. It seems Chesney spent an afternoon at Island Blues sharing drinks and stories with our very own Trinidad Charlie. That experience made its way into Chesney’s song “Nowhere to go, nowhere to be”.

“Nowhere to go and nowhere to be,
“Trinidad Charlie” on a stool next to me,
 Readin’ his book ’bout the “haves” and “have-nots,”
 In between chapters we take another shot.
 And one by one we slide from reality,
With nowhere to go, and nowhere to be…” – Kenny Chesney / Lucky Old Sun

REVIEWS
West Indian Sizzle
REVIEW: Hot but not too hot, with a sophisticated blend of West Indian spices and sweet papaya

West Indian Pumpkin Pepper Sauce
REVIEW: Not as hot as the Sizzle and with a hint of fresh sweet pumkin and Indian spices of cumin and turmeric.

West Indian Key Lime Hot Sauce
REVIEW: Hotter than the Pumkin and a good punch of key lime blends into West Indian spices

I use his sauces on everything from eggs in the morning, to spice up a sandwich at lunch or as a marinade on fish and chicken dinner. NOTE: Each batch of sauce is hand made and the flavors and heat do vary a tiny bit based on the season/weather and vegetables.

Where to Buy
Most St John grocery stores carry his line of hot sauces. In Cruz Bay check out Starfish Market or Dolphin Market. In Coral Bay you’ll find his sauces at Calabash Market and Love City Market.

How to Order
To order the sauces in 5 oz bottles or by the case:
email trinidadcharlie@yahoo.com or call 340-693-8959

Minimum order 3 bottles – $24.95 includes shipping and handling
Case of 12 – $84.00 includes S&H
T-Shirt – $17.00 includes S&H

Spotlight on – Caneel Bay Beach and Resort

Caneel Bay Resort

Caneel Bay beach is part of the Caneel Bay Resort located within the Virgin Islands National Park.
Caneel Bay beach snorkelingCaneel Bay Beach

This lux-relaxed resort offers the perfect way to enjoy St John. The 170 acres and 7 beaches of the Caneel Bay are located within the Virgin Islands National Park – offering unparalleled beauty, privacy, convenience and adventure. Caneel’s main beach is it’s most popular. Soft white sand and a shallow entry to the aqua waters of the quiet bay make it the perfect spot for families of all ages.
Snorkeling – Caneel Bay beach is great for the beginner or avid snorkeler.  The shoreline that runs along the right side of the beach boasts plenty of coral, sea grass and sea life including turtles, rays and colorful Caribbean fish.

Guests can also enjoy the other (6) beaches and snorkeling: Turtle Bay Beach, Scott Beach, Paradise Beach, Salomon Bay Beach, Honeymoon Beach, Hawksnest Beach. Non-guests have access to Caneel Beach, Honeymoon Beach and Salomon Bay.

If one ventures around the tip of the bay, Cottage Point, the water is deeper and currents and waves increase but the snorkeling is fantastic. As a precaution, be sure to stay close to shore and look around frequently for boat traffic.

History
Caneel Resort was originally a Sugar Cane Mill and converted to a resort in 1950 by Laurence Rockerfeller. The 170 acres and 7 beaches are surrounded by the VINP.

Getting there:

Caneel Bay Resort is just a few miles away from Cruz Bay heading South on North Shore Road (Rte 20). On your left is the main entrance and gatehouse to Caneel Bay Resort. Visitors can check in at the gate and use the lower parking area. There is a $20 charge – refunded with a $20 purchase during your visit. Access is limited to Caneel Bay beach, Honeymoon and Salomon beaches and does not include use of beach chairs, towels or amenities.

 


Guide to St John Beaches

For more detailed information and map of St John’s beaches and best spots to snorkel on St John visit www.StJohn-BeachGuide.com

I absolutely love [www.StJohn-BeachGuide.com] web site! It’s really helpful to have the picture of the beach to match the description. – Skywater

St John Beach Guide - mobile friendly siteLooking for a mobile-friendly website that combines first-hand beach information, directions and maps along with pictures of St John’s beaches? www.StJohn-BeachGuide.com is the site. Discover St John’s top beaches, most romantic beaches, most secluded beaches along with information, maps and directions so that you can plan your St John adventure and make the most of each and every beach day on St John. The site also has important information for visitors to the island including transportation and the St Thomas to St John ferry schedules and more!

Lionfish Threat – You Can Help!

St John Lionfish

Zebra Mussels in the Great Lakes and invasive Snakehead fish showing up in greater and greater locations in the US South East. There’s no shortage of news stories concerning invasive species in the US and its territories. And sadly, St John is not immune to this type of threat.

CORE Lionfish sightings informationEnter the Indo-Pacific Lionfish
Originally from the Indo-Pacific Ocean and Red Sea; the Lionfish is believed to have been released by aquarists in the mid to late 80′s. Sightings along the South Florida Coast have become increasingly common. And the threat is spreading at an ever alarming rate! The Lionfish has no known predators and is able to produce 30,000 eggs in a single spawning! The result has been an explosion of the population and threatened territories.

Yes they are beautiful
The Lionfish is a dramatic fish with long striped spines and striped membranes like a bristle of flags. But as beautiful as the fish may be it does incredible damage to marine ecosystems by eating juvenile reef fish which form the foundation of every healthy reef. In fact, in some parts of the Bahamas the only fish reported on some reefs are Lionfish!

So what can you do?
CORE Foundation has been educating the public about the Caribbean Lionfish threat and organizing volunteers, teaming with local dive operations and collection dives to protect St John’s coral reefs.

SPOT ONE – REPORT IT. For more information about CORE or to report a lionfish sighting, call (340) 514-4625 or email nolionfish@yahoo.com.

St John’s Best Beaches

St John beaches

St John may be the smallest of the US Virgin Islands but it’s world-famous beaches are a huge attraction. Whether you want to enjoy the North Shore’s Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Beach and Caneel Bay beaches or favor the solitude of a beach that’s off the beaten path – like Vie’s beach, Lameshur, Haulover Bay and Salt Pond Bay – there’s a St John beach to match your mood.

Cinnamon Bay beach on St John

North Shore Beaches

St John’s top beaches are along the north shore and within the boundaries of the VI National Park. While each beach has it’s own character – they all share some common traits of soft white sand, incredible aqua blue water, palm rimmed shorelines and amazing views. Ranking them would be difficult but certainly Trunk Bay beach is at the top of the list for most beautiful beaches on St John.

Trunk Bay – is St John’s most popular and most photographed beach. It’s likely that your first image of a beach on St John was a picture of Trunk. But Trunk Bay isn’t just beautiful – it is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling and watersports. With a long white sand beach and the only underwater snorkeling trail on the island – you’ll have lots to do and see. More information about Trunk Bay .

Cinnamon Bay – is popular for its camping area and facilities. And what a great way to experience St John – under the stars! But Cinnamon Bay beach rivals Trunk for its beauty and fantastic soak-up-the-sun location and great swimming! Also a very popular beach – I recommend an early ( 9:30am >10:30am) or late arrival ( 3:00pm > 4:30pm); and you’ll usually find the beach is less crowded at the western end (left as you face the water). Facilities include a camping, snack bar/grill, souvenir shop, showers, restrooms, public telephones, and lifeguards. Cinnamon Bay Beach information .

Waterlemon Cay – while not a beach for sunbathing – Waterlemon Cay offers the best snorkeling on St John. For information and direction for Waterlemon Cay

East End Beaches

St John rental JeepThe remote East End of St John holds several wonderful beaches – each with unique charms. Visiting the East End will require a bit of a drive and some beaches require a hike – but the destination is definitely worth a spot on the itinerary!

Hansen Bay / Vie’s Beach – is the most popular and IMO the finest of the East End beaches. With a beautiful crescent shaped beach, fantastic swimming and some of the island’s best snorkeling you’ll find everything the heart desires. And when you get hungry, Miss Vie’s Snack Shack offers up some yummy Caribbean foods like conch fritters and her famous garlic chicken. More information on Hansen Bay / Vie’s Beach

Brown Bay – requires a moderately strenuous hike ( approx. 30 min each way). Take the Brown Bay Trail just of East End Road outside of Coral Bay. The location is secluded. The windswept beach has plenty of natural shade, sandy beach, shallow water and plantations ruins to explore. More information on Brown Bay, St John

The Tourist Trap – What’s in a name …

The Tourist Trap Restaurant on St John

2016 UPDATE – CLOSED!

Owner Larry Grenier has struck a chord with visitors by combining yummy food and island drinks in a funky atmosphere located, well, in the middle of nowhere! But don’t let the name or the location keep you from making this your next stop on St John. Your stomach will thank you!

“…brilliantly anomalous” – NY TIMES

Once a well kept secret – The Tourist Trap restaurant on St John has established itself as one of the top spots to enjoy drinks and eats! Ranked the #2 St John restaurant on Tripadvisor and over 1,300 “Likes” on their Facebook page – means they’re no longer a secret.

“What’s an exotic holiday without a stop at a tourist trap?” – Chicago Tribune Travel

Nothing highbrow here!
The menu is a mix of fun and casual options from nachos to sandwiches, tacos and hot dogs each with the chef’s signature panaché. My favorites are the Caribbean Lobster Roll, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and the “Trap Dog”. Wash any of these down with an ice cold beer or island drink and feel St John’s arms lovingly wrap around you!

Drink Right - Keep Left signLocated at the crest of the hill just before Concordia with plenty of outdoor seating. The Trap is closed Sundays and Mondays. Open Tues – Sat from 11am to 6pm.


Larry’s Drink Right, Keep Left Drink Recipe:

  • A short pour of each – Cruzan raspberry, mango, pineapple, banana, coconut and vanilla rums – 1.5 oz total
  • 2 oz. of mango juice, lime juice, strawberry puree and cream of coconut
  • 1 cup of ice
  • Pour ingredients into a blender and serve with a slice of fruit. Makes 1 BIG drink ; )

Finding the cheapest airfare to St John

How to shop for the cheapest airfare to St John, USVI.

First, St John is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands and doesn’t have an airport. Visitors to St John must fly into St Thomas and come over to St John via an inter-island ferry system leaving from Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook to Cruz Bay, St John. For St Thomas to St John Ferry Schedule and information

St John On-Island Times wondered, as we all do, where to find the cheapest airfare to St Thomas. To find the answer we turned to the web’s top airfare comparison sites AND direct booking with the airlines. Here’s what we found:

Travelocity: $464.66 JetBlue        |       $473.40 American
Priceline:     $476.40 American     |       $526.40 JetBlue
Hotwire:     $446.40 American      |       $463.90 JetBlue
Expedia:     $453.40 American      |       $470.90 JetBlue
CheapOair:         $482 JetBlue      |      $502.00 American
Direct booking with JetBlue                 $415.00

All prices were for (1) traveler, RT travel between Dec 13, 2103 and Dec 20, 2013 from Boston, MA [BOS] to St Thomas, USVI [STT] as advertised on 05/17/13. Prices reflect non-stop and 1 stop flights. Prices incl taxes and fees. Prices listed are for comparison purposes only and may not reflect ticket prices or availability from your destination.

The Results
As you can see – booking directly with the carrier was by far the least expensive option! In this case, making your reservations and ticket purchase directly from JetBlue saves between $30 and $87 per person. That’s enough money to have a drink and a bite at one of St John’s top bars or restaurants!

Airfare Tips from Industry Professionals

Everybody wants to save money, right? And nobody wants to pay more than they have to for an airline ticket. So how do you get the best prices? We asked airline and travel specialists …and here’s what they recommend:

Those airfare Alerts
Yup, turns out that one of the best ways to grab a cheap flight is by being flexible and grabbing a deal.

Compare, Compare, Compare
With so many options for price comparison you’d be crazy not to use every tool available. And don’t forget, check pricing directly with the carriers. They often have lower prices than quoted by the big comparison sites.

Reserve Early
We’ve been trained to think that the best airfare deals are closest to the departure date. Not so, and waiting can cost you BIG MONEY! If possible, book 3 to 6 months in advance. Especially true if fuel prices drop and/or your airline has a price protection clause.

Be Flexible
If you are flexible on your travel dates and plans you may be able to take advantage of some great last minute deals. You’ll need to watch for them via sign-up travel alerts.

Check the Fine Print
Be sure to compare prices based on final cost of ticket(s) plus taxes and baggage fees.

One Last Tip: When searching look for a single [RT] ticket because you often get a better price quote. Breaking up the transaction can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars!

The Artistry of Sloop Jones

Sloop Jones painted apparel

Arguably St John’s most famous artist, Sloop Jones aka Terry McKoy, is as colorful as the clothing and signs he creates in his East End, St John studio.

Painted dresses by Sloop Jones on St JohnOriginally from the Point Breeze section of Pittsburg, Sloop Jones traveled and work in Central and South America before “discovering” St John. Along with his wife Barbara Alperen, Sloop moved from Massachusetts to St John’s undeveloped East End over 20 years ago. In the open-air studio below his home he began creating his signature painted tee shirts and sun dresses. The rest as they say is history. Over the years Sloop’s creations have gained a sizable following. And while you’ll find plenty of crude imitations, there really is nothing like a hand-painted work by the hand of the master himself!

Drawing inspiration from the island, Sloop mixes energetic splashes of deep indigo, vibrant aquas, shocking reds, yellows and golds. His painted apparel line now includes tees, sundresses, skirts, dresses and hats as well as hand-painted signs with wonderful and often humorous messages.

Visiting Sloop Jones Studio
The Studio is located off East End Road – about 15 minutes past Coral Bay. The shop is open all year round – but Sloop asks that you call for directions and hours. His number is 340-779-4001 or email at sloopjones@sloopjones.com.

Sloop Jones Paint-your-own-shirt Workshop
Join in a morning of fun and creativity under the expert instruction of Sloop Jones himself! The workshops are run from April to July with open enrollment on Tuesdays and Fridays reserved for parties of 4 or more. Price at the time of this article is $100/per person. Call to check availability and to make reservations – 340-779-4001

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