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Month: June 2015

Lakeland – Rollie Introduces Vertical Cooking

Lakeland – Rollie Introduces Vertical Cooking

I have been sent the cutest little kitchen gadget ever.  It is called a Rollie and it has made it’s way over here from America (where they have a plethora of little kitchen gadget for every need!). It is simple and portable, you may want […]

Grenada:  Blue Horizons Garden Resort

Grenada: Blue Horizons Garden Resort

Our first three nights in Grenada we stayed as guests of Blue Horizons Garden Resort – a lovely resort about a 5 minute walk to the famous Grand Anse Beach (Two miles of beautiful white sandy beach). Blue Horizons is owned and run by Mr […]

Coffee Brewer – A Simple Idea

Coffee Brewer – A Simple Idea

You know the feeling. You turn up at your hotel desperate for a cup of coffee and there on the tray is a selection of instant coffee and budget tea!  Aarrgh!!

Now you have an alternative. Coffee Brewer from Growers Cup offers the traveller a simple solution.

Flat and lightweight packets of freshly ground, single estate coffee in a packet that doubles as a caffetiere! Genius.

The coffee is Fair Trade and the packaging recyclable.

Each bag will, after the addition of 300ml boiling water and a brew time of 3-6 minutes (depends how strong you like it) produce two cups of freshly brewed coffee!

The coffee comes from countries like Brazil, Guatemala, Columbia and Bolivia.

For the tea drinker there is also a range of teas for when you want a perfect cup and forgot the tea pot! There is a range of black teas, green teas and fruit teas.

We stayed in a hotel recently to visit family and tried these out!

So light and easy to pack, there will always be one or two packs in my suitcase!

Thanks Growers Cup for my selection. All photos and opinions are my own?
Grenada and the Nutmeg

Grenada and the Nutmeg

When I found out that Grenada was the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world I became obsessed with picking my own nutmeg from the tree! As part of our island tour we stopped at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Plant.  From the outside an […]

Grenada; Island Paradise – part 2

Grenada; Island Paradise – part 2

Grenada is an island paradise that I was invited to visit and to blog about upon my return home. The southern tip of the island lies along the line 12oN of the Equator offering it a pretty stable climate averaging around 23oC/80oF year long making […]

Grenada; Spice Island Paradise – part 1

Grenada; Spice Island Paradise – part 1

When
I was invited to visit Grenada by the Grenada Tourist Authority I really didn’t
know what to expect. Grenada is one of three islands along with Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Grenada is also known as The Spice Island and this was a dream of mine to visit and pick my own spices.

I had been to The
Caribbean before, visiting Barbados many times which is why I expected it to be
more or less the same. It was similar but nowhere near the same!

I
had been told by friends who had been there before that it would be a life
changing visit and how they were right! 
I want to give you a brief account of my visit and will go into greater
details about some of the places we visited in subsequent blog posts the subjects of which are highlighted in red below (hopefully
you will be waiting with baited breath for the next installments!).
Time
seemed to stand still whilst we (Mr R was able to come with me) waited for the
day to arrive for our trip and the prospect of a long flight was not a pleasant idea but you have to experience some of what you don’t like to find
paradise and Grenada is truly an island paradise.
The
main purpose of our trip was to experience all the island had to offer and
coincided with The 2nd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival, however we
arrived a few days before the festival started which gave a chance to
experience more island hospitality.
We
were greeted at the airport with platters of Grenadian chocolate and a hint of
the smiles and hospitality to come.
The
first three nights we stayed at Blue Horizons, a stunning property owned and
managed by a family whose roots were in the hospitality business for many
years.  The Blue Horizons is a series of
detached and semi-detached self-contained villas.  Ours was up a path, quite steep for my
liking, but you are rewarded when you got to the villa by spectacular views of
the surrounds.  We stayed for three
nights enjoying a breakfast menu which highlighted the fresh fruit and local
ingredients we would get so used to by the time we departed the island.

One
evening the owner, Mr Arnold Hopkin, entertained us to a meal at the restaurant
on the premises, La Belle Epoque.  Arnold
kept us entertained with stories of island life including the hurricane Ivan in
2004 which almost decimated the island.

Our
itinerary was jam packed, and on the day following arrival we embarked on an
island tour that even the most intrepid travellers would have been exhausted at
the end.
We
visited Concord Waterfall, nestled on the way up an extremely windy, narrow
road.  Concord is one of 7 natural
waterfalls on Grenada.

Second
stop was the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station. 
Grenada is the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world and one of
the main reasons I was excited about this trip. 
I wanted to pick my own nutmeg off the tree which I would get the chance
to do in our second week.
First
all of the farmers send their nutmeg to the processing station followed a few
weeks later by the mace.  Mace is a
lesser known spice that grows around the nutmeg inside the nutmeg fruit but
more of that later in the nutmeg blog post.
I
have never seen so much nutmeg in my life (in fact I usually only see a row of
6-8 bottles of 4 nutmegs in the supermarkets at any one time!) but here was
hundreds and hundreds of thousands of nutmegs in one place and from only one
month’s harvest!
Back
to our transport and a tour of Crayfish Bay Organic Farmers Enterprise awaited
us. Owner Kim Russell and his wife Lylette welcomed us to their property and
Kim took us on a slightly shortened tour as we were running late, giving us
cocoa farming in a cocoa shell (small joke there) and finishing with a drink of
cocoa tea and the most chocolatey chocolate cake I have ever tasted!  

I planned to return to Crayfish Bay to take
part in the Bean to Bar – be a cocoa farmer for a day program later on in the
chocolate festival which I will go into detail later.

The
next stop was the River Antonine Rum Distillery, a rum plantation still
extracting, fermenting and distilling in the old fashioned way and producing
the strongest rum I have ever tasted.  

The 75% abv was so strong that you cannot export it as the airlines
won’t accept anything that flammable on board! 
They make a slightly weaker product 63% abv for export although most of
their rum is consumed on the island!

All
this and it was still our first full day on the island!
The
following day we set out for the Aquatics Grenada Dive Centre to depart to the
Underwater Sculpture Park we would spend the morning snorkeling around.  The water was warm, beautiful blue and so
clear we could see loads of local fish on our way to the sculptures.
Lunch
stop was in the centre of St Georges, the island capital, at BB’s Crab Back,
sitting right on the waterside with a pleasant off-shore breeze to keep us
cool.  The food was great and I want to
go into more detail on my restaurant round-up so please forgive me for not
indulging you with photos of our delicious lunch.
After
a quick shower and change we departed our hotel, for dinner and a chocolate
buffet at Sandals La Source Grenada. 
Sandals, a luxury couples resort well known in the Caribbean hosted us
in their Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant Kimonos where we were treated to food
theatre Japanese style and where the audience got to eat the theatre creations!
The
chocolate buffet is a Thursday night entertainment feature of Sandals where the
guests are asked to wear white if possible. 
I was lucky enough to have loads in my wardrobe to pick from – my mother
always insisting that we have a white collection when we traveled to hot
climates!  Mr R and I had lovely
chocolate martinis which the photo shows we were enjoying immensely!
Our
next stop was a visit around St George’s and it’s environs before returning to
our hotel to make the transfer to the Chocolate Festival host hotel, True Blue
Bay Resort.  The afternoon we chilled our
in our nearest pool then got ready for the opening of the 2nd annual
Grenada Chocolate Festival.
I
was a guest of the Grenada Tourist Authority and was not required to write a
positive review, only to enjoy myself. 
As usual all opinions and photos are my own or taken by Mr R unless
otherwise stated.