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Anguilla, Part 3: Newbies by the Numbers

That evening our friends Hal and Donna invited us over to their villa in Island Harbour for sunset cocktails.

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I wore a very special outfit: Donna made this dress for me, using a sarong I found at Irie Life. Made it! Me, I can barely use scissors without adult supervision.

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After drinks we drove the short distance over to Ben's for dinner.

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See that pointy plant in the foreground? It had no sooner stabbed me right in the crotch when I heard a muffled "oooof" behind me, only to turn and see Trina nearly impaled through the groin by the same sneaky shrub. (It is only with great restraint that I do not make any bush puns here.)

Sadly, she hasn't been able to sit upright since.

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I knew I was having Ben's excellent pepperoni pizza, and came prepared in case I needed a slice for the road.

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The next day we decided to check out Cap Juluca. Obviously they'll let anybody in this place.

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Mother Nature ensured that we didn't overstay our welcome.

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Ferryboat Inn may not be as fancy as Cap Juluca, but the burgers are better and that guy Christian is somewhat ok, too, now that he's married to Jenn.

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Someone who is more than just ok is Marjorie, who made an entire casserole dish full of homemade scalloped potatoes just for me. Which I proceeded to inhale at a rate that would make Joey Chestnut break out in a sweat.

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Of course, we made sure that we weren't the only ones who ate well at FBI that day.

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Later, the guys dropped me and Trina off at CuisinArt while they checked out Christian's new venture, AXA Brewery. [NOTE: AXA Brewery is currently closed but should be back up and running soon. Save water, drink beer!]

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Meanwhile, over at CuisinArt, Trina and I were busy contorting ourselves into their egg chairs and making people jealous of our frozen mojitos.

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It had been a long day -- even more so for those of us who downed a bushel of potatoes at lunch -- so we picked up dinner at B&D's for a well-deserved night in.

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The next morning Trina and Scott kept to their routine of breakfast at Straw Hat, while Angel and I made a pit stop at Shoal Bay West.

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We split up for lunch, too, with Trina and Scott at Blanchard's Beach Shack and Angel and I just down the beach at Ocean Echo.

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For lunch, we feated on Caesar salad, shrimp curry, and pepperoni pizza before retiring to our rafts.

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The four of us couldn't stay apart for long, though, and met up that afternoon at the Dune Preserve.

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But the swim platform at CuisinArt beckoned, and after our encounter with the Pee-king Duck, we were powerless to resist. And so we sloshed aboard, chistening everything in our paths with frozen mojito.

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Trina was triumphant, while I pretended not to know her. I'm sure Scott can relate.

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It was our last night on island, and I had a perfect night planned -- sunset and Sancerre at Coconut Palm, followed by dinner at our beloved Dolce Vita.

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Abbi surprised me with a gargantuan veal parm, and Angel and I surprised Trina with an early birthday celebration.

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The next morning we were set to depart on the ferry back to St. Martin. It was a Sunday, so we negotiated a deal: If Ferryboat would open that morning just for us, we'd provide the sausage and egg sandwiches and the entertainment (a.k.a. Trina in any sort of hat).

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Although Marjorie was at church and didn't join us, she still did the Lord's work the night before and prepared some rum punch for us to take to go.

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Now that is how you travel first-class.

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Where to next? Burgers, bourbon, and bumpkins in the Hudson Valley; a very special birthday trip to Antigua; summer on Anna Maria Island . . . and TWO MONTHS(!!) in Anguilla. Click here to subscribe and you'll be notified when a new post goes up!

Want to know what we're eating in the meantime? Follow me on Instagram @escape.from.new.york. Hope to see you there!

Posted by TraceyG 12:37 Archived in Anguilla Tagged dolce_vita ferryboat_inn

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Have you ever had Marjorie’s fabulous Lobster Thermidor?? To die for…..

by Karen Babcock

Holy Cow Tracey! Did I need that Anguilla trip report. Looks like a great time was had by all.
Lovely writing and pictures. I'm greatly anticipating further trip reports-especially 2 MONTHS IN ANGUILLA!! Thanks for the pick me up!

by ToniP

A grand finale to a wonderful fun filled trilogy. And the handbag dahling - Gucci, Prada, Chanel ??? Nope a triangular plastic bag containing a slice of pizza, the next big thing! Loved sharing all your adventures (hope someone rescued the kids from the drifting swan - but they're famous now so never mind). Thank you for such an enjoyable read!

by Jan Clydesdale

👏. Bravo! Excellent trip report- much needed. I will just look at it again to see my much loved Anguilla!

by Quetsch

Tracey, another fabulous read. Marjorie is such a dear sweet woman, and Christian is a gem, love them both.
Every food picture had me wishing I was there, they were all wonderful.
Thanks for taking me along.
Ellen

by Ellen

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