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Carlisle Bay :All Inclusive Fun In The Sun

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When you think of Barbados what is the first thing that comes to mind? After Rihanna .. the sun, sea and sand of course! My fellow beach lovers can attest that no two beaches are created alike. Some just have a special place in our hearts; after all, saltwater soothes the soul.
There is one beach you absolutely have to visit when in Barbados: Carlisle Bay. For us who live in the neighbourhood, it is affectionately known as Browne’s beach. There are so many reasons why you must pay a visit to this beach. I must admit I am a bit biased it is my neighbourhood after all. I promise after you read this post you will understand why I think it is one of the best beaches on the island. It is simply an all-inclusive fun in the sun experience.

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Browne’s beach is one of the largest beaches in Barbados. These calm pristine waters are perfect for a sea bath, diving and swimming with the turtles. The golden sands will entice you to grab a beach chair and lounge, not to mention you can lime at any one of the four beach bars/ nightclubs. Each has something to offer to suit anyone’s tastes.

On this beautiful stretch of beach you can find :

Harbour Lights: They are well-known for their  Beach Extravaganza and Dinner Show; which happens every Monday and Wednesday evening. This show gives you an authentic peek at Barbadian culture.

Copacabana:  They offer day passes and one of my faves Pudding and Souse Fridays.

The BoatYard Barbados: A beach bar offering watersports and so much more.

The Pirates Cove Barbados: They offer Black Pearl party cruises.

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Just hop on a route 11 van and you can get to the heart of Bridgetown or in a few minutes you could be on the south coast. After your wonderful soak at the beach, you can take in a bit of history at the Barbados Museum or pop over to the Garrison Savannah.

Take a tour of George Washington House and have some breakfast or lunch at Coffee Barbados. This gem is tucked away in Bush hill on the same site as the house If you prefer you can grab a bite at Cuz’s fish shack for some of the best fish cutters (sandwiches) in Barbados. It is located in Aquatic Gap behind the Hilton Hotel.

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If you are looking for somewhere to stay that is close to the beach this area has that covered as well.

  Hilton Hotel,

Nautilus Beach Apartments 

Savannah Hotel,

Sugar Bay,

Banyan Court Apartments 

Just to name a few.

This beach is a hive of activity. Whether you want to get a tan, spend a fun day with the family, have a taste of local cuisine or simply just want to relax and take in the scenery there is something here for you. 

Have you ever visited Barbados? Share your experiences I would love to hear from you 🙂

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Flower Alley : All Things Bajan Independence Feature

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Flower Alley is located on Broad Street next to the Lower Broad street taxi stand. This caught my eye because of the street wall art. Am I the only one that thinks street murals are creative and attention-grabbing. This one captures some scenes from traditional Barbadian life. Kudos to the artist.

Flower Alley is also named after a horse owned by Eugene Melnyk, a Ukrainian Canadian businessman who lives in Barbados. In honour the horse he adopted the street in 2012.

If you are ever on Lower Broad Street you can take a peek.

Information Source The Nation News Barbados.

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Pride Of Barbados : Bajan Things An Island Like No Other

 

 

Hi there Lovelies,
I have decided to do a series on Barbados during the month of November. Barbados became independent on November 30th, 1966. If you are curious about this beautiful island that I call home: stay tuned for some fun facts, pictures and tidbits. Welcome to Bajan Things: An Independence Series. 

 

 

Today’s highlight is The Pride Of Barbados or Caesalpinia pulcherrima.It is also known as peacock flowers, dwarf poincianas and red bird-of-paradise.A member of the pea family this vibrantly coloured flower embraces the heat as it grows all year round. This one is truly a gardeners’ delight as it flourishes in almost any type of soil. If untrimmed it can grow as tall as ten to  fifteen feet. The most common varieties are a mixture of vibrant red/ orange and yellow petals. There are also some which are all yellow; a perfect representation of the glorious sunsets we get to experience daily.

 

 

 

You can find the Pride of Barbados in Queen’s Park and Independence Square in the heart of Bridgetown. The capital city of Barbados. Since it grows in any soil you are likely to spot them while out and about around the island. If you are a plant lover or just a lover of exquisite things this one will surely grab your attention.

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Does your country have a national flower? Share your answers in the comments 🙂

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Tuesday Photo Challenge : Sun , Sea And Sand

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This week’s challenge is the perfect opportunity to feature my favourite place on earth: The beach. Island life is all about the sun, sea and sand and of course lounging with a little cup of something to give you a buzz. Here is my entry for this week ‘s challenge: SAND 

 

 

Sand Art 

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Sand In My Toes  

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The tamarind takes me back to childhood. Tamarind balls are a favourite snack here. 

 

 

 

The Main Attraction Always is the Beach  

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Trying to capture Mr Crab, of course, he ran away 

 

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Birthday Dinner At Umi Barbados

This past Sunday, October 1st I celebrated 36 crazy years on this planet. I usually keep it simple and just have a birthday dinner. This year I wanted to try something different as I was browsing through Facebook I stumbled upon Umi Barbados page.

What first caught my attention was the fact they offered a free birthday cake. Hello ! Free cake is a cake lovers dream. My friend Marvin was my date for the night. I think he probably loves eating even more than I do. He is like the best boyfriend I never had; what can I say he keeps me young. Good company and delicious cuisine it was the recipe for a night of sheer perfection.

Umi Barbados is located in The Sugar Bay resort, Hastings Christ Church. They serve Asian Fusion. I give them five stars.  Everything was just legit. If you are ever in Barbados this is one of my recommended places to try.

 

Location 

Clean and elegant surroundings and you have a view of the ocean while you dine.

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The fountain at the hotel’s entrance. I just wanted to dive in
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Front desk area

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View of the pool from the restaurant’s balcony

 

 

 

 

 

Service 

The staff was super attentive, courteous and accommodating.

Price 

Excellent Value for money. The entire meal was 123 Bds. I think that was a steal. Check out their menu here Umi Menu 

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Taste 

I never had sushi before. This was a great tasting first try. The cake was rich and moist and the cocktails to die for. Did I mention we got a complimentary bottle of Champagne?

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Complimentary appetizer of stir fry veggies
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Sugar Bay Heaven and it was!
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Me trying to use chopsticks and failing miserably
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Crispy California. Wasabi packs a punch
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Marvin’s selection The Alaskan
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Shrimp Pad Thai Special You can also get it with Chicken . I had to take home half of this
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Birthday Cake. #chocolate-wasted

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Free Champagne. Yes we finished it all

 

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And To top it all off there was a live band. They sang all the latest hits and also took requests.

 

A night well spent. I wish I could go back this week 🙂 

 

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Tuesday Photo Challenge Hour

Tuesday photo ChAllenge

 

For this week’s challenge, I found some inspiration in Bridgetown the capital of Barbados. I took a few shots of various clocks about town as I was doing my weekly errands. I also, of course, have a throwback and of course, no hour post would be complete without Happy Hour! 

The Careenage and Parliament Building Clock 

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A shot of the Parliament building clock October 4th 10.32 am

 

Broad Street Bridgetown  

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The Diamonds International Clock. I don’t think it works. October 4th 207 11.00 am

 

 

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The Collande Mall October 4th 12.05 pm
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Close up of the clock

 

St.John’s Parish Church 

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The Sundial St . John’s Parish Church Cemetery December 2nd 2012

 

Happy Hour 

 

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Happy Hour At Cafe Sol
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Happy Hour at Limegrove

 

Old Year’s Night 2016

This was an extended happy hour we hit three bars that night our last stop was at Drift Beach Bar for pizza and fireworks. Time Flies!

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Fireworks on the Beach 12.00 pm January 1st, 2017 On the deck of Drift Bar St.James

 

 

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Women Who Paint Rocks

 

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I  was scrolling through Facebook one day and stumbled upon a post that one of my friends tagged by Women Who Paint Rocks. Being the creative craft lover that I am I decided to check out the page.

It took me back to my days in Primary school when I was in the Brownie Guides and I had to decorate some sea rocks for a project. I can not wait until my daughter is older so we can add this to our list of craft activities.

I  think this is such a wonderful idea. Something as simple as rocks is being turned into art. How cool is that? I reached out to the lovely Admin of the page and asked her a few questions about this community of creative-minded ladies.

 

 How did the community get started?

Women Who Paint Rocks was set up mid-2017 as the result of a group of free-spirited women getting together on a beautiful afternoon with one key objective: you guessed it, to paint rocks. Well, there were snacks and wine involved too!

A couple of the ladies had been doing this for a while and the rest of us saw it as an amazing way to relax and unwind and unleash our creative talents.

It was a great afternoon and I was immediately hooked. Before I knew it I had a clutch of the most gloriously coloured acrylic paints and a handful of paint brushes of every size and shape. That enjoyable, social afternoon with what has since become my dear, wonderful friends coined the phrase, ‘Women Who Paint Rocks’ and I wanted to find a way to share our designs, both amongst the group and beyond, hence the Facebook page. It isn’t exclusive, it’s an open community to which anybody can post. I also set up an Instagram account to share some of the rocks that are being posted to the Facebook page.

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Where are the materials sourced?

This is an activity open to everybody, regardless of where you are in your life or your career and regardless of whether you feel you have a talent for painting or not. Everybody has the talent, we just need to find a way to unlock it. You need a few pots of acrylic paint, a brush or two and a bucket load of rocks!

With the crazy pace of life these days we all need to take time out, slow down, relax and do something that pleases us. For me, I have found that through painting rocks and I can spend many hours with my paints and a few rocks, either on my own or in a social group if I’m needing company.

Living on a small island in the Caribbean means that we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and some of those beaches on the east coast deposit some amazing rocks onto the shoreline. But you don’t need to live near a beach. River rocks are also amazing as they’re usually very smooth and whilst you can find very uniform shapes you can also come across some more obscure ones which are great to get the creative juices flowing.

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What inspires the designs?

My inspiration is what surrounds me; the ocean, the sand, the swirling skies, the lush plantations, the beautiful insects and anything else that my eyes fall upon. Sometimes I look at a rock and immediately know what it will become before I even get it home. Other times I turn that rock over in my hand whilst walking around the garden or along the beach until an image comes to my mind that fits the feel of that rock.

I had the idea of sharing the rocks with others and creating a range signifying Barbados, the mother rock if you like (all of the designs in this range include the words Barbados 2017). These rocks are placed around the island and I love to imagine the look on the persons face when they find it and are invited to take it home. I also adore the idea of that rock travelling one mile or thousands of miles before it reaches its new home. The idea of getting people to post their photos to the Facebook page was a way of sharing that joy even further. Also, I don’t have enough room in my house to keep all my rocks!

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Do you paint as a hobby or is your art for sale?

I don’t paint to order and I don’t sell my rocks. This isn’t about creating a business or turning a profit; it is purely about creating a community of like-minded people who take pleasure in this simple activity, whether that be painting a rock or hoping to find one. However, I have done a couple of commissions for people (that sounds a very grand term) and will typically ask that a donation is made to the local RSPCA in return. The individual gets something that portrays their sentiment, or grief in some instances, and the charity benefits from a small donation. Win-win! It’s a small way of giving back and one which gives me great pleasure.

 

If you want to join the community please like and follow our  Facebook page or follow the Instagram account, both of which can be found @womenwhopaintrocks

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Soursop Punch

It’s soursop season here in Barbados. I remember when I was younger we had a tree in our back yard with these funny shaped prickly green fruits. I decided to make some soursop punch today as I am trying to include some healthier foods into my diet.

 

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What is Soursop?

According to Wikipedia, The soursop is the fruit of the Annona muricata, a broad leaf flowering evergreen tree. Its exact origin is unknown.

 

What does it taste like?

It is creamy like a blend of banana and coconut. It may have a slightly tart citrus flavor with a hint of strawberry and or pineapple. The taste to me is really very unique and oh so delicious.

 

What are some of the Health Benefits?

The soursop is rich in Vitamin B, C, and antioxidants.
Some health benefits include :
Anti-inflammatory – Soothing pain and improving flexibility caused by arthritis or gout.
Relieves congestion and soothes irritation caused by respiratory ailments.
Relieves stress and can aid with insomnia.
The seeds can be pulverized, made into a paste and used as a beauty treatment which can reduce blemishes, wrinkles and age spots.
It contains unique organic compounds which can fight cancer.
It improves gastrointestinal health.

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What can I make with it?

Soursop can be used to make tea (the leaves ) drinks, ice cream, smoothies and other tasty desserts. It is also applied to the skin as a beauty treatment. 

Here’s what you need to make Soursop Punch 

A ripe soursop . You will know it is ripe when it is soft to the touch.
2 Plastic containers
A strainer 

 A fork and spoon for mixing
A pitcher 
Nutmeg and Vanilla essence (or extract )   Sugar or sweetener of your choice 
Water  and Milk of your choice (I used evaporated milk )

 

  1. 1) Peel the soursop and break in into segments. Remove the heart which is in the middle and usually harder and a different color to the flesh.

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2) Place segments in the strainer and run through until dry. Repeat until you have completed all segments.

3) Place dried soupsop and seeds into a container with water. You can run this through the strainer once more and toss.

 

 

Depending on the yield you can add more water (if it is too thick ) A bit of nutmeg, milk, vanilla essence and sugar (or sweetener of your choice). Mix according to your taste. 

 Place in the fridge and chill. You can place some of the punch in an ice tray and pop them in the freezer for a refreshing snack. Or if you have small plastic bags available you can make what we call In Barbados ”sucka bubbies”  or cool aids.  

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 I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe. It is quite tasty and exotic.Let me know if you guys would give this a try. Love and Blessings Tachi

Sources Wikipedia and Organicfacts.net . Featured Image from Google.