Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Movie Place at Excel Plaza

Movie Theater in Grenada?  Absolutely!!!  The Movie Palace contains all the elements of your usual American theater, minus the Costco sized screen, surround sound, and overpriced tickets.  In the structure you will find two show rooms that each contain around 100+ seats, a little play area for little kids, and a little food section where you can buy candies, popcorn, and hot dogs.  The rooms are air conditioned so you can watch your movie in comfort.

I went with my great partners in crime, Angela and Grace (also significant others) to see a movie called "Jack and Jill," and we had a blast.  We bought snacks and had the whole theater to ourselves and after the movie, we went crazy with picture taking (as we do everywhere we go).  

Even if I could easily obtain up-to-date movies (by using special sources wink wink) at home, I still went out to the Movie Palace relive the movie going experience I grew to love.  The theater was cute and comfy for and not for one second did I miss American theaters at all.  Call it a good old fashion experience.  I will definitely come back again to the Movie Palace.

There's the usual ketchup, mustard, and relish for the hot dogs and the popcorn had a good flavor and crunch (Even if we were the only ones there. I thought it would turn out stale but I was wrong). 

As we seek to create a pleasant environment for our partrons, we solicit your co-operation in adhering to the  following rules.
The following will not be tolerated:
1.  Men with seeveless or armless jerseys
2.  Ice cream or chewing gum
3.  Smoking
4.  Littering
5.  Food or drinks, unless purchased from our facilities
6. Electronic devices such as cell phones
7. No video cam or camera are allowed in the cinema
Management reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone.  We thank you for your undersrtanding and co-operation.
bullies in action

Business Information

-Address: Grand Anse, St. George's
Grenada, W.I.
-Phone: (473) 444-6688 (If you call this number, you will be directed to an automated system that will tell you showtimes).
-Fax: (473) 440-0500
-Click HERE for the Movie Palace's website. Check to see what's showing and at what time. 
-Getting There:  From Saint George's University,  take the Grand Anse bus.  Press the stop button right after you pass Texaco.  The bus will stop after ~1min at the next stop in front of Excel Plaza (a big orange like building). 

Mondays - CLOSED

Tuesdays - Student Tuesdays
Students with identification$15.00 EC 
General Admission$18.00 EC
Children (12 Years and Under)$12.00 EC
Infants$5.00 EC

Wednesdays - Crazy Wednesdays
Two for the price of one!
Adults - $18 for 2 persons!
Kids (12 Years and Under) - $12 for 2 persons!

Thursdays - Movie Thursdays
General Admission$18.00 EC 
Children (12 Years and Under)$12.00 EC
Students with identification$15.00 EC

Fridays - Crazy Fridays
Two for the price of one!
Adults - $22 for 2 persons!
Kids (12 Years and Under) - $16 for 2 persons!

General Admission$22.00 EC 
Children (12 Years and Under)$15.00 EC

Sundays - Family Sundays
General Admission$22.00 EC 
Family Package of 3 - Any Combination$55.00 EC
(Any Additional Adult)$18.00 EC
(Additional Kids)$12.00 EC
Children (12 Years and Under)$15.00 EC
Grenada's top models hahahaah.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Cravings- A "stuffing" Kind Of Sandwich

Today, I thawed out a portion of candied yams I made a couple of weeks ago and every single time that I have them, I get into the Thanksgiving mode.  Yes, this is classical conditioning at its best (once you bite into anything "Thanksgiving," you'll get into Thanksgiving mode and crave everything Thanksgiving hahaha).  So naturally, I scavenged my refrigerator in hopes to magically find the missing parts to my Thanksgiving feast puzzle.  
I normally make cranberry sausage stuffing on Thanksgiving and fortunately I had everything I needed except stale bread (I only had fresh) and time.  I decided to make a stuffing tasting dish in the shape of a sandwich.  I ended up with a great tasting sandwich that satiated my Thanksgiving food cravings in less than 20min.

Candied Yams, A stuffing kind of sandwich, and pumpkin soup.  Thanksgiving has been served.

Servings 2; Time 15-20min
2 fresh baguettes (IGA deli section)
2 tbsp unsalted butter
garlic powder
cheddar cheese to top

2'' log breakfast sausage (IGA)
1 small onion thinly sliced
1/2 small fuji apple thinly sliced
handful dried cranberries (foodfair)
big dash cajun seasoning
dash black pepper

1 large ripe tomato

1. melt butter in a non stick pan over medium high heat
2. as soon as butter melts, saturate baguettes as evenly as possible
3.  once saturated, take bread out of pan, sprinkle garlic powder and shred cheese on top of each
4.  place bread face down one at a time, pushing tops down in a circular motion so cheese cooks away from pan bottom.  occasionally press top down in a circular motion until cheese has toasted a bit.  place to side when cooked
5.  break sausage into small chunks and brown.  If you want, you can remove excess fat, but leave enough to cook onion.  add onion and cook until translucent.  add apples. cranberries,, cajun seasoning, and black pepper and cook until apples are tender.
6.  place sausage mixture on garlic bread and add lettuce and tomato

Monday, February 13, 2012

La Sagesse Beach, Country Inn, Restaurant, and Beach Bar in Grenada

La Sagesse is a beautiful tranquil getaway spot nestled in a peaceful part of Grenada.  It's located  ~30 minutes away from Grand Anse, St. George's, and Maurice Bishop International Airport.

-Address: La Sagesse Nature Centre - P.O.Box 44 - St.George's - Grenada /West Indies 
-Tel & Fax. (473) 444 6458 
-Restaurant Hours: Open 7 days a week, including all holidays from 8am-10pm.  Reservations for dinner requested. 
-Click HERE for the restaurant Menu
-Click HERE for the La Sagesse Nature Centre Website (here you may make reservations for rooms and restaurant)
-Getting there: From Saint George's University, take the Grand Anse Bus. Get off at Texaco and hail a #1 local bus or walk up around the corner towards IGA to the local bus stop (2.50EC, 3EC holidays and Sundays).  Tell the bus driver that you are trying to catch the #2 bus and he will drop you next to the Shell gas station (so you don't have to go all the way to the bus terminal in town) where you can catch a #2 bus (4.50EC).
-For more pictures of La Sagesse, visit my Flickr album HERE.

What you will find here:
  • A picturesque beach lined with white sand and palm trees.  There was a subtle breeze the time that I went and had I had a hammock or beach towel, I would've fallen asleep within no time.  
  • Snorkeling approved water.
  • La Sagesse  Bar and Restaurant- Local type food.  They have a good selection of fish, though I ordered a veggie burger the time that I went.  It was interesting to taste, not your usual American veggie burger.  Their beet salad had an interesting dressing that was delicious.
  • An Inn with rooms 30 ft. away from the beach.
  • Nice quiet trails nearby to venture out in.
  • A visitor centre where you can request tour pamphlets and information about other attractions.

*Tips: Don't forget to bring a change of clothing, flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen, a plastic bag for wet clothes (if you decide to snorkel and get wet), money for food (or pack a lunch), and of course, a camera.

The Beach House Restaurant, Grenada- Review

-Cuisines:  International- American, Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, Seafood, Steaks, Burgers 
-Location: Pink Gin BeachSt. George'sGrenada.  Just off the airport road before the Grenadian by Rex Resorts, or take a daytime water taxi from the Carenage in St. George's.
-Hours: M-Sa 11am-10:30pm
-Phone: (473)-444-4455 (call ahead for reservations to avoid hassle)
-Price Range: $$-$$$
-MENU (prices and descriptions)

I had the pleasure of celebrating my friend , Grace's, B-day at this restaurant and boy did we have a celebration.

Had it not been for good company and heavenly butter accompanied by herb rolls, I would've noticed that service was slow (from an American point of view- slow.  From a Grenadian point of view- fast. hahaha).  Considering the fact that there were a decent amount of people to be tended to and also, the fact that everything is cooked fresh, I'd say that the wait wasn't bad at all.  The group was welcomed with smiles and the waiter was nice and took more than just one group picture of us without being told to do so.  Brownie points for him.
You can order on your own or go with the set menu (3 course, 130EC/person).
  • Duck- My favorite. Simple yet delicious.  It was so tender and flavourful unlike anything else I've ever tasted.  I'm not one hundred percent sure, but from what I can tell, the sauce it was cooked in was a balsamic type vinegar reduction.  It was smoky and had a hint of sweetness to it.  This  dish won my heart and I would highly suggest it. 
  • Eggplant Parmesan (vegetarian)- nothing special about this dish and I wouldn't suggest getting it.  It was a little on the bland side and I can tell the eggplant was boiled instead of fried in oil (less flavorful).
  • Scallops-  Just because they're so rare to find on the island, I say yes, I suggest getting them.  What was special about the scallops was not what they were seasoned in but more how they were cooked.  Tender and juicy, these scallops were definitely a treat.
  • Shrimp- Your usual grilled Cajun type seasoned shrimp. It was a little on the salty side and I wouldn't get this dish again.
  • Fish of the day- baked- Let's just say that I would have rather used the money to buy my own fish to marinade. The fish was good but a little on the naked side.  It wasn't dressed in anything special.   Fried-  mmmMMmm.  Then again, how can you mess up battered fried fish?
  • Tiramisu- I'm not even a coffee fan and I loved it.  Big portion and not too sweet. It had a nice coffee flavor and it was cute.  For presentation, they dusted the top off with cocoa power. 
  • Guava Cheesecake-  I loved it and it was a big slice too! The guava flavor is more prominent in the topping more than it is in the actual cheesecake slice.
  • Citrus Meringue- MMmmmmMm.  They made their meringue crunchy in texture.  It paired well with their passion fruit slurry and whipped cream.  the citrus part shines out throughout the dessert.  It can be a little sweet for those without a sweet tooth. 
  • Tuna tartare-  I didn't like the flavor and texture.  I've been spoiled in San Francisco with fresh delicious raw tuna, and this was no where near as good.  
  • Dinner Rolls and Butter- MMMMmmmmMMmmmm.  I dream about the butter until this day.  It's so creamy and delicious.
  • Crab Rangoons-  How can you go wrong with crab?  They were served with a delightful cilantro duck sauce (though the duck wasn't obvious).  For 35EC, you make them at home and get 45 Crab Rangoons instead of 4 hahah.  Need a recipe? Click here for my recipe.
Dim lighting.  Sounds of the waves right next to you.  Elevator type music played in the background. They have a cool lounge area around the bar for people that want to hang out closer to the beach side.  Hookahs available.
Very reasonable for the wide array of food they have available.  I would come back again for all of their desserts and certain dishes that stuck out to me (duck and scallops).  
I called to ask about dress code and the guy on the phone said "Just dress nice." hahahaha.
My Beautiful Friends Angela (left) and Grace the Birthday Girl (right)
*Bottom Line-
Did I mention that I loved their Duck breast? Haha.  Great location, great dessert (from what I've tasted so far in Grenada, the best), great duck, butter, and scallops.  I highly suggest this restaurant, especially for special occasions.  If you're looking to not spend so much money, they have a decently priced lunch menu!!!
Brian, Byung, And Wing (our adorable husbands)
*Tips-  Don't forget to make reservations and don't forget to wear insect repellent!  The mosquitoes in Grenada are persistent and unforgiving.  I suggest taking a taxi to this restaurant as it is not conveniently located on a main local bus route.  Don't forget to bring your camera!  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Umbrella's- Review

Lighthouse Burger- 6oz patty, pineapple, bbq sauce.
-Cuisines: American- Burgers Chicken Wings, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Fish N Chips, Cocktails
-Location: Grand Anse Beach (From SGU take Grand Anse bus. Stop at pavilion (the stop after IGA). walk towards beach and turn right. Umbrellas will be on your right. Walking: walk towards beach from soccer field in front of IGA past lifeguard tower. Turn left and walk about one block up.  You will see wooden tables and umbrellas to your left).
-Hours: Tu-Th 12pm-9pm; Fr-Sa 12pm-10pm; Su 12pm-8pm
Delivery: Weekdays 11:30am-8:30pm ; Fr & Sa 11:30am-9:30pm; Su 11:30=7:30pm
-Phone: (473) 439-9149
-Price Range: $
-Attire- casual
-seating and Bar available
-Click here for their Menu
Virgin Pina Colada.
OMG BBQ Maco Ribs.  The best meat I've tasted on the island.  They sure know how to cook their ribs. I dream about then day and night.
Catch of the Day Sandwich
Catch of the day fish on top on caesar salad.  I'd suggest asking for dressing on side you regulate amount.
Nachoes. Delicious, But I must warn you that they don't have traditional tortilla chips.  Instead, imitation Dorito like chips hahaha. Delicious cheese, Delicious jalapenos, delicious salsa.
Sweet potato fries.
Carriacou Fish Bites
To sum my experience up at Umbrella's-- great atmosphere, perfect location on the Grand Anse beach front, great prices, and great tasting food.  I went here to celebrate my friend, Grace's B-day so with her B-day celebration came a big feast.  What's a B-day without a big feast right?   
It's been 7 months and I haven't had a decent burger (I have high standards... In-N-Out hahaha).  Spiceland Mall's Grill Master's burger was a complete fail for me (I don't know what kind of patty that was and the buns were like dense dinner rolls).  Rick's Cafe had a better burger, but still, it lacked the burger spark.  So far, Umbrella's is in the lead for best burger (of the three I tasted so far here in Grenada).  ***Update. I just had Banana's burger and they also have a traditional American hamburger patty and bun (I love their bun the best. it's the one with sesame seeds on top ahah).  I enjoyed it so much and along with Umbrella's burger, it's in my top 2 burgers in all Grenada.

I ordered the flip flop burger and the lighthouse burger (a regular burger + pineapple and BBQ sauce) for my studious husband back home.  Both tasted like your traditional angus burger.  I order them all the time.  Don't forget to ask them how you want your burger done.

Best thing about Umbrellas is they offer delivery earlier than all the other restaurants, that normally start delivery at 6pm.  Keith, the owner, is the fastest with getting orders out.
Flip Flop Burger
I also tasted their Carriacou Love Bites- deep fried battered fish bites (MMMm), Sweet Potato Fries (MMmmm Delicious!), and  their Mocha Jumbie dessert (house made brownies topped with ice cream, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream (mMmm)).  Large portions for all. I highly suggest everything!
Mocha Jumbie for the Birthday girl
Service- On non peak weekdays, lightning speed, on weekends, expect to wait a bit longer, but for one of the busiest restaurants in Grenada, service is considered fast for me, on busy days.  Our waitress was super nice.  She knew about Grace's B-day and decided for the Dessert to be on the house. 
Tips: Nights can get pretty busy.  Try going at an earlier time.  Bring a change of clothing along with flip flops and a plastic bag just in case you want to get wet and hang out on the beach.  Also, don't forget to wear sunglasses and sunscreen as the sun can be pretty intense at times.  10EC to rent the white chairs.  You might want to wear insect repellent if you plan on eating inside (both day time and night).