Thursday, April 4, 2013

St Lucia

Happy Birthday to Me!
I celebrated in paradise - St. Lucia.

I stayed at the Hummingbird Beach Resort on the 
southwestern end of the island in Soufrière.  
The resort is on the beach with a lovely view of the Petit Piton. 

 My room.

 A pink powder puff tree near my balcony hosted four to 
seven hummingbirds from sunrise to sunset.

Lucky for me, I met the delightful Jones family.


A visit to the Diamond Falls.

This is referred to as the Primitive House.

The beach at Soufrière.

A  Hike Through a Rainforest
The drive up the mountain to the rainforest.

My rainforest guides.
Trekking through the rainforest.

Later on, I spent the afternoon strolling through downtown.
Town Square & Church

While exploring downtown, I stopped at Orlando's Restaurant for lunch.  Orlando's is a lovely open-air restaurant.  The wait staff is friendly and welcoming and the food is exceptional.  My meal began with a complimentary concoction made with blood orange juice, other magic, and a piece of sugarcane - cool yumminess.  This was followed by a complimentary shot of gazpacho - more yumminess.  Lunch was a delicious fish entree.  Orlando, the charming chef/owner, stopped by every table to "share the love."  Of course, I enjoyed dessert,  coconut ice cream - more cool yumminess.  

Every afternoon, I sampled a different rum drink.  Mmmm goodness.

When I was planning for my trip to St. Lucia, 
I decided my birthday dinner would be at Boucan

The Joneses and I enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Boucan.
They made my birthday especially wonderful.  =)

My birthday dinner with champagne:

Citrus salad with White Chocolate Dressing (v)
Local organic basil and micro-green salad leaves, cashews and tomatoes with the zing of local citrus fruit and the soothing balm of our 
white chocolate dressing.

Aberdeen Angus Prime Beef with Dark Chocolate Port Wine Sauce
Matured and infused with cacao nibs, hand cut fries, port wine chocolate
sauce and cacao nib local spinach.

Refreshing and intense pick-me-ups, no alcohol, served in a shot glass, 
made with Saint Lucian chocolate.
 - Classic - Mocha Espresso - Praline - Chili -

Julie and I each had the Chili pick-me-ups - Y - U - M - M - Y

My birthday dessert:
Cacao Crème Brûlée
The ultimate rich dessert with a twist, cacao infused brûlée with
papaya-mango jelly.

My last morning in paradise was shared with a 
representative from the St Lucia Tourist Board.   
She fancied a little apple jelly.

St Lucia is a perfect place to celebrate special milestones!

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