Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tortoise Racing at the Owl

the humpty dance
Tortoise racing?...More like Tortoise Humping hahahaha. The picture to the left is an accurate representation of exactly how much action you will get if you were to attend such an event.

the owner/laura's landlord
The Owl normally races crabs but they were unavailable at the time so the owner decided to race tortoises instead.  Lucky me since  I've never been up close and personal with a tortoise.  I felt as if I were in an episode of National Geographic. Back in America, I think the odds of seeing one up close is slim to none so I was excited as can be.

Aside from being able to meet beautiful Mr. Tortoise... doing natural things (haha), the audience turned out to be equally as entertaining.  Some students placed bets and encouraged their picks to win by shouting hilarious things like "Come on, daddy needs a new pair of shoes," and "There goes grocery shopping for a week."  A girl right next to them (I think she was somewhat buzzed)constantly flashed her tortoise in the eyes with her camera flash in hopes to deter him away from crossing the no crossing line.  Before I knew it, her camera was right in the Tortoise's face like a brick wall.  There was a point when all eyes redirected themselves to her, including mine.  Suddenly I hear "If that's not cheating, I don't know what is," from the guy right next to her.  I laughed hysterically.

Munching away on fish and chips, bonding with the friends, people sipping on cocktails, people betting their life savings on tortoise racing, and tortoise humping, with the sounds of nature playing softly in the backround-- this night was jam packed with fun and unforgettable memories.  I think this is a bucket-list must.

Visit the Owl's website here for more details including directions, hours, and contact information.

Race Breakdown:
1. before start of race, the facilitator informs the audience on what type of race will take place.
-last turtle who crosses the finish line last wins
-first turtle who crosses the finish line first wins
-last turtle left in the circle wins
2.  facilitator places boxed turtles in the middle for everyone to notate behavior in order to make a more informed guess on which one will win

3. humans place bets (turtles are identified by the number written on their shells)
4. race begins
5. shouting, picture taking, cheering, boo-ing, absurd remarks
6. race ends
7. winners cash out
8. repeat process using different turtles and different objectives
Soooooo much fun!

Table of Contentes - Things to Do, Sights to See in Grenada, West Indies.

 *A guide to Grenada's hikes, beaches, waterfalls, and sightseeing spots.

Click HERE to check out Grenada's Annual events.  They pretty much land on the same time frames every year. 

Fort George


Magazine Beach (with The Aquarium Restaurant and The Grenadian Resort Information)

Annual Events 

 Mount Qua Qua

Photo Credit

Annandale Falls and Grand Etang National Forest 

7 Sisters Waterfalls



La Boulangerie Review

Click here for the La Boulangerie menu. 
*Free Delivery from 6p.m. to the south of the island. Phone: 473-444-1131
*Hours: Open 7 days a week:  Mon.-Sat. 8:30-21:30 + Sun. 9:00-21:30 
*Location: Le Marquis "round houses" in Grand Anse, Grenada Across the street from the field. From SGU, take the Grand Anse bus.  Push the stop button or knock on window right after you pass the Movie Palace (big orange complex) or tell the drive you want to stop at the roundhouses. 
*Sitting available both inside and outside 
It's been said that La Boulangerie is the best Italian Restaurant on the Island... It's more like, the only Italian Restaurant on the island hahaha. Well, it's the only one that is within close proximity of Saint George's University.  That being said, thankfully, it does serve great fulfilling pastas and pastries at decent prices.

I've tried their shrimp pasta in a creamy tomato sauce (jumbo frozen shrimp, but still tasty... a little on the oily side), Bolognese (meat sauce MmmmM, oily as well), chocolate croissant (light on the butter, great taste), jam pastry, chicken sandwich (Chicken breast could be a little more tender but other than that, flavor is delicious. I keep buying them.), tuna sandwich (canned tuna, yummy).  Their pizza for me, is better than Rick's... but you pay a little more for it and also get a smaller sized pizza.  So far, Prickly Bay's pizza is the best in Grenada.

Also, their Calzones (big pizza pocket) are humungous. One can easily feed 2 people.

Tip: If you're eating out late night, wear insect repellant or better yet, pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Pastas range from $24-43EC,
Pizzas range from $35-44EC
Sandwiches ranging from $11-15EC

They also have a wide array of pastries/desserts and also carry red and white wines.
sometimes they have specials
happy campers
Chicken Sandwiches
strawberry jam pastry Mmmm