A blog from Grenada in the West Indies provides information about the island and what you can do to enjoy your holiday.
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If you’ve yet to dine with us, then you are probably wondering what delicious delights our kitchen serves to guests and visitors to our restaurant. Our dinner menu changes daily and we don’t know exactly what the chefs will decide to create until that same day. (After all, the magic of cookery is that there’s...
If you’ve yet to dine with us, then you are probably wondering what delicious delights our kitchen serves to guests and visitors to our restaurant.
Our dinner menu changes daily and we don’t know exactly what the chefs will decide to create until that same day. (After all, the magic of cookery is that there’s HUGE scope for creative license!)
However, our chefs are keen to please, so if you’re looking for something specific, do ask and there’s a good chance that they could cater to your wishes (depending on how busy we are).
We’ve been working for some time with the unusual but highly effective model of three head chefs.
Meet Alicia, the head of all kitchen staff.
Also meet Denson.
And Jomo (below on left).
They’ve all had a lot of experience and work hard to develop their repertoires.
So we’ve been in the kitchen asking the chefs what the favourite dishes are here at the hotel. This is what they told us.
1. Rotis. A local favourite, rotis originate from Trinidad where there is a strong east Indian influence in cooking thanks to the number of East Indian population. We make our own roti skins onsite which is an art in itself! Chicken, fish, seafood and vegetable rotis are available, served with salad. The outer wrap is made of chickpea flour. Price: EC$20-EC$45.
2. Shrimp or seafood alfredo. Another big favourite here at the hotel restaurant is shrimp of seafood alfredo pasta. Although neither the seafood or shrimp is locally caught, it’s a big passion for many of our guests. Alfredo is a sauce made of white wine, garlic, cream, parmesan cheese and black pepper and it’s delicious! Price: EC$50.
3. Beefburgers. Whether you know it as a beef burger, a hamburger or even just a plain ‘burger’, our recipe is unique. We make our own with herbs to give it that traditional hamburger-y taste that everybody loves. Served with fries OR a salad, you can opt for cheese with pineapple, bacon or go all out for a complete change with a fishburger or veggie burger. Price: EC$30-EC$35.
4. Seafood penne. Pasta is all the rage and one of our most popular dishes. Our seafood penne contains fish, seafood mix with calamari (octopus), shrimp and mussels. It’s generally served alone but you could opt for a side of salad or garlic bread to really get an Italian vibe going on. Price: EC$50.
5. Pizza. There’s no doubt about it, our pizza looks great and tastes even better. Thin crust and loaded with a tasty tomato base, cheese and your choice of toppings, you’ll be instantly transported to Italy. Choose from Margherita, pepperoni, vegetables, cajun chicken or other veggies. Price: starting at EC$40 for a 12-inch pizza, EC$5 per extra topping.
6. Lobster. Not always in season, but when it is, it’s very popular. Our lobster is caught off the coast of Grenada by local fishermen. We serve it butterflied and it’s flavoursome. Price: starts at EC$95.
7. Seafood grill. Seafood grill contains shrimp, fish and lobster. The fish is determined by what we have available on the day. Price: EC$110
8. Beef tenderloin steak. An all-time favourite, beef tenderloin steak is cooked to your preference. Sliced if it’s your preference and served with your choice of sauce, you’ll be blown away by the flavour. Price: EC$110 or striploin EC$100
9. Tuna dinner. Tuna is caught locally and served as a steak. Grilled to perfection, it’s served with steamed vegetables, rice or potatoes. Price: EC$80
10. Mahi mahi fish dinner. Again, this fish is caught locally and prepared at the hotel. We cook it just how it tastes best and it’s perfect with steamed vegetable with a sauce. Price: EC$80
We make this banana bread recipe often, whether we have a glut of bananas or not. It’s great for our buffet breakfast table, moist, delicious and fills a gap. Guests will ask for it with a cup of tea or coffee for an afternoon snack to keep them going. Swimming in the pool or...
We make this banana bread recipe often, whether we have a glut of bananas or not. It’s great for our buffet breakfast table, moist, delicious and fills a gap. Guests will ask for it with a cup of tea or coffee for an afternoon snack to keep them going. Swimming in the pool or the beach can certainly work up an appetite.
It’s easy to make and you won’t even need a mixer. Just some basic baking ingredients and you’re all set. Egg, ripe bananas, vanilla, baking soda, flour and sugar.
Our banana bread is easy to make. You can add extra bananas or sugar to make it match your taste. As I said, there’s no need for a mixer, just a wooden spoon or a fork is enough for a good mix.
Alternatively, you can add extra ingredients such as chocolate chips, rains or chopped nuts.
Even before the hotel was open, Philip and Annie used to make this banana bread to eat over their plans and shopping lists.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 55 minutes
You’ll just need one bowl for this and it makes one loaf.
Bananas that are overripe are the best bananas for this recipe. It doesn’t matter if the fruit has gone a bit squidgy and has started to turn brown.
2 or 3 ripe bananas
50g/1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
200g or 100g if you’d like less sweet 1 cup, 3/4 cup or ½ cup sugar
200g (1 ½ cups) flour
1 large egg
Preheat oven to gas mark 4, 350F or 175C and butter a loaf tin.
Mash the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl until smooth and stir in the melted butter.
Mix in the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Now stir in the sugar and add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour and mix.
Now pour your batter into your loaf tin. Put it into the oven. Now, bake it for between 50 minutes to 1 hour. You can test it with a knife to see if it comes out clean. If it does, it’s ready.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan. Now remove it from pan and allow to cool completely before serving. We recommend using a bread knife for slicing for a cleaner cut.
We welcome a wide range of guests to the hotel. Some of them are global travellers who enjoy several trips a year to far-flung corners of the globe. Others rarely leave home due to work and family commitments. Then there are others who despite being able to travel anywhere they would like to go, choose...
We welcome a wide range of guests to the hotel. Some of them are global travellers who enjoy several trips a year to far-flung corners of the globe. Others rarely leave home due to work and family commitments. Then there are others who despite being able to travel anywhere they would like to go, choose to return to Grenada – time and time again.
Grenada is a place that stays in people’s hearts. It’s not a place that you leave and forget about. It’s an island that gets carried around with people. It’s a powerful place where the people have soaked in the sunshine to the point that they can’t help but emit warmth, happiness and rays of brightness when you meet them.
Having been here for over a decade and really seen into its charismatic core, we’re quietly confident that if you come here with the right expectations and prior knowledge, that you’ll feel appreciative that you found Grenada and that you’ll want to return.
With this in mind, we want to share with you some of our favourite places for you to visit on what we cannot hesitate to categorise as one of the best islands in the world. If you’re only coming here for a few days to a week, then here’s what you really must tackle.
Eat freshly caught fish
We might be biased after having lived here for so long, but the fish of Grenada is some of the best you’ll find. Whether it’s red snapper, mahi-mahi or tuna, it’s fresh, it’s tasty and it’s going to blow the flip-flops off your taste buds!
Visit Sandy Island
Hop on board a fisherman’s boat and head across the azure waters to our local paradise – Sandy Island. After a refreshing snorkel in the very calm waters off the white sand beach, you’ll dine on fresh fish cooked in the local way – steamed in foil parcels over hot coals and typically topped with local pumpkin.
Take a walk
Explore the local flora and fauna with a walk through the local countryside. There are many different routes you can take, and if you’d like company then we host a walk every Sunday morning to the local village of Duquesne. You’ll pass cocoa and mango trees and be greeted by the friendly locals on your way along the coast to the nearest ‘rum shop’.
Watch leatherback turtles nesting
Leatherback turtles are one of nature’s most fascinating sights. At over 1000lbs, they are remarkable creatures that give you a glance at how things were in prehistoric times. Each year leatherbacks arrive on Grenada’s Levera Beach to lay their eggs. Your heart will miss a beat as you witness these 6-foot-long and 3-foot-high turtles land on the beach and walk towards you to nest in the sand.
Visit the Welcome Stone
This may involve climbing a steep hill, but the view is outstanding. You’ll get fabulous selfies from this spot and be rewarded with one of the best views on Grenada. You’ll see Green Island, Sandy Island and more.
Try a Roti
There are East Indian influences on Grenada, including a love for curry and the roti. A round flatbread is used as a wrap of chicken, seafood, beef or vegetables. You can try one of ours or on your travels as they are available over much of the island.
Grenada is a lovely island. It’s full of the warm personalities of the local people, has flowers year-round, a rainforest to keep it green and offers tropical adventures. To find out more about availability and rates, click here.
Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest. You are not alone. Most people haven’t seen this awesome sight. It’s not surprising, leatherback turtles may travel the world as they seek feeding and mating regions, but they are not visible all over the world. I want to tell you that I’m happy you’re...
Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest.
You are not alone. Most people haven’t seen this awesome sight. It’s not surprising, leatherback turtles may travel the world as they seek feeding and mating regions, but they are not visible all over the world.
I want to tell you that I’m happy you’re reading this. There are so many things to tell you.
I could tell you about the magnificence of the leatherback turtle. I could tell you that it’s said that only 1 out of every 1000 eggs make it adulthood. I could tell you that the sight of the leatherback turtle mother arriving on the shoreline is something that you’ll never forget.
I could tell you that what you’ll feel like is like the same way you felt when you first saw dolphins. That same feeling you had when a first child arrived. The awe and wonder of nature. Witnessing something that makes you feel so touched, so emotional, so much like you’ve melted inside.
Or I could just tell you to go and watch the leatherback turtles as you never know how much longer they will be here. There is so much plastic in our oceans. Those poor leatherback turtles easily get confused between a plastic bag and a jellyfish.
They are gradually making themselves ill on the rubbish and discarded manmade items that us greedy, selfish and lazy humans leave all over the planet. Refuse caused directly by our laziness and materialism.
The plastic bags that we use to carry everything from snacks to cleaning products to pasta to bottled drinks, all wrapped conveniently in plastic for us to carry home and use. The same plastic that is now making it difficult for our sea life to survive. The same plastic that could even change our own DNA forever or will eventually at least make us ill as we consume it from our own food chain.
Here at Petite Anse we usually write about fluffy nice things. Walks through the countryside, what we love about passionfruit, how to take nice pictures of Caribbean flowers. But today the mood is different.
Seeing a leatherback turtle is unforgettable. It could also help the turtles to live longer. The small fee charged is for you to be accompanied by a guide along Levera Beach. You’ll learn about how the leatherback travels up to 10,000 miles to return to the same beach they were born on. The fee will be used to keep the program going. This makes it more available to others and spreads the word about how magnificent these creatures are, how they need to be protected and not to throw plastic bags into the sea because they confuse them and cause illness and fatalities.
Dear person who has never seen a leatherback turtle nest, take it upon yourself to do so. You won’t regret it and you’ll remember it for the rest of your life.
Discover our leatherback turtle watching activity.
Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop with a changing of the seasons. One option is to plan a getaway with your family so that you can continue enjoying each other’s company and give yourself a little break from the chaos of your daily life. What’s...
Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop with a changing of the seasons. One option is to plan a getaway with your family so that you can continue enjoying each other’s company and give yourself a little break from the chaos of your daily life.
What’s most important is that you make your trip truly memorable, so you can look back and recall what a perfect time you all had together. Plan to sort out the details of your vacation well in advance, so you’re not scrambling at the last minute and causing yourself unwanted stress.
Your first order of business is to do your homework and research various destinations you might want to travel to with your loved ones. Go online to get ideas, ask family and friends where they’ve enjoyed going in the past and then start to collect a list of options to consider. Take a vote with your family members and see where the majority of the group would like to go this time around, so everyone’s on board and looking forward to the trip.
While hotels are nice, an even better option to consider is renting out a home you can call your own for the week. This way you can have your own space and privacy away from the other vacationers in the area. You’ll have access to your own kitchen too so you can still have memorable and relaxing family dinners even though you’re on vacation. Visit VacationRenter.com today to start scoping out your options and comparing prices.
Another tip for creating a memorable getaway this autumn is to make sure you take time to plan out a few activities to do. Doing so is a great way to enjoy each other’s company and have some fun while exploring new terrain. Book your reservations early, so you’re guaranteed a seat once you arrive at your various excursions. While sitting around relaxing is enjoyable, activities will keep you busy and entertained throughout your trip.
The best way to remember your getaway this autumn is to make sure you bring your camera and snap plenty of pictures. Ask people around you to take a few group shots too so everyone can get in the image. Documenting all you do along the way will make it easier to recall what fun you had and all you did once you’re back at home. Upload them online or print out a photo book after the trip so you can look back on these memories whenever you choose.
Autumn is a nice time of the year to plan a trip and get away with your family for a while. Use these tips to help you make your experience more memorable, so you always remember what a perfect time you had travelling together. Take note of anything you want to change for next time and then prepare to start planning your next vacation and look forward to creating even more memories ahead.
Petite Anse is in the beautiful lush parish of St Patricks. Out of the 6 parishes of Grenada, we do think that this is the best one. Is that biased? Here are a collection of facts we want to share with you to broaden your knowledge about this beautiful area. Some you probably know and...
Petite Anse is in the beautiful lush parish of St Patricks. Out of the 6 parishes of Grenada, we do think that this is the best one. Is that biased? Here are a collection of facts we want to share with you to broaden your knowledge about this beautiful area. Some you probably know and others could be new to you.
Leatherback turtles. The turtles agree with us about St Patricks being beautiful and Levera Beach is their favourite beach to lay eggs every single year. Over 800 leatherback turtle mums return to this beach as it was the same one they were born on.
Leapers Hill. The Kalinago (previous known as Carib Indians) were forced to jump from this point when threatened by the French in 1650. Rather than be taken ‘ownership’ of by the French who they had allowed to stay on Grenada through their good nature, they opted to jump from this hill to their deaths.
Close to different islands. St Patricks’ not only overlooks the islands to the north, but this proximity makes it very easy to get to some of them. We offer a trip over to the paradise of Sandy Island where you can enjoy a freshly caught fish BBQ lunch. Otherwise, you might want to enjoy a boat trip around the nearest islands, it’s not for the faint of heart.
Great for walking. It’s peaceful, it’s green, you won’t really see any traffic and it has incredibly fresh air. What’s not to like about walking in this area that is crisscrossed with a huge number of trails to choose from Visit the hotel office when you’re here to get ideas on where to go. Failing that we walk as a group every Sunday morning to the local village of Duquesne Bay, just 2.7 miles away. It happens to be the site of the petroglyphs too.
Farming. This area has a long history of agricultural production. There’s a produce market in Sauteurs, one in Grenville and in St George’s. We use much of our own produce or source it from trusted local farmers. We are big fans of organic produce and will use it whenever we can.
The breeze. It is cooler and breezier and therefore more refreshing. Being up at this end of the island is far better than being down in the town, it’s got to be said. Unless of course, you cannot leave shopping behind. But if you want to escape it all and reconnect with yourself, then this is the place to come.
Indian connection. Now for a bit of history. In 1867, HMS Maidstone arrived with just 289 of the 357 Indians who had left Calcutta. Unfortunately, almost 25 percent died on the journey. Later joined by another 2022 Indians, this increase in labour meant that many abandoned estates could be reclaimed and put back into operation. This is the reason why you’ll see people with East Indian genetics in the local populace.
The jetty of Sauteurs. Built in 1891, it’s made a huge difference for the town when it comes to hauling in fish. Back in the 1700s and 1800s, further up the coast, Irvin’s Bay was the big harbour for shipping produce from the island including sugar, nutmeg and cocoa. This was because there are several estates in this area. Ships would sail to England and France.
Johnson Beharry. The highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth was awarded to St Patrick’s, Grenada born Lance Sergeant Johnson Gideon Beharry for his bravery in saving the lives of his regimental colleagues in Iraq. Beharry was born in the local village of Diego Piece.
Local language. Although English is the main language, there are ties with Urdu and Hindi in addition to French Creole patois. You will still oftentimes hear the word ‘oui’ at the end of sentences spoken by Grenadians.
Volcanic features. There are several volcanic craters and cones in the Parish of St Patricks including Lake Antoine and Punchbowl.
Irish links. St Patricks is named after the patron saint of Ireland. This is because Grenada has ties with Ireland and the Irish Brigade joined the French army to fight and defeat the English in 1779.
Now, do you see some of the reasons why we love it here!?! St Patricks is a special place and we want to tell the world! Do come and stay with us sometime, and you can see it for yourself.
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