Tuesday, November 4, 2014

39th Anniversary of Grenada's Independence

St. George's Downtown and National Stadium
Grenada, West Indies.
© Katherine Fung, All rights reserved. 

Grenada, The Beautiful.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Cave House Restaurant at Mount Hartman Bay Estate Review

Type of food: International and local
Ideal for: special occasions, casual lunches, fine dining, holidays, views
Price range: $36 - $75
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Phone: 473-444-4504

4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor (out of 66 reviews)

About 10 min car drive from Grand Anse

Call for dinner reservations

I've been meaning to visit the Cave Restaurant as I've heard many great things about their breathtaking views and fine food.  I ran out of time  and didn't get a chance to visit before leaving Grenada, but my friend(Yunah), whose taste buds I trust 100% is still there and was happy and kind to share her thoughts with me about the restaurant.  Another friend told me that she and her husband went there for their 2nd anniversary and that the  Cave Restaurant's food was the best food she's had in Grenada.  She also told me that on Sundays they have special deals so be sure to call in and check them out.  Turns out, I missed out on some delicious food.

 Here's Yunah's review

My husband and I had a dinner date at The Cave House at Mount Hartman Bay Estate last Friday night. The restaurant in this lovely boutique hotel has an airy ambiance with huge glass windows that overlook a beautiful bay. The outdoor terrace part of the restaurant has a spectacular panorama and has a nice breeze at night. We enjoyed stepping out to the terrace to see the view and to catch the cool breeze before and after our dinner. 

Food and Service were excellent. We could tell the food was thoughtfully prepared and the staff were very accommodating to our requests. For starters, I had the local crab back, which did not measure up to the rest of my meal there. We were served a refreshing lime sorbet to cleanse our palate before the main course. For the entree I had the Prime US Fillet of Steak cooked medium, and the temperature of the meat was cooked perfectly. The quality of meat was good and wasn't masked with too much seasoning or a strong sauce. The sides of accompanying vegetables and mashed potatoes were subtly seasoned and delightful. My husband ordered from the chef's menu of the day. He had the crab cakes for starters but didn't quite like it as much as the rest of his meal. He got the baby back ribs for his main dish and enjoyed that very much. The meat just fell off the bones as it should, and the barbecue sauce on the ribs were sweet, tangy and flavorful. We shared a sticky toffee bread pudding with vanilla ice cream for dessert and that was very delicious. We enjoyed our dining experience here and will definitely be going back soon.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Flamingo Bay with the Aquanauts

For all of your Underwater Adventure needs,  Aquanauts is the way to go and if I had ten thumbs... I would give them ten thumbs up. Professional, down to earth, experienced, and reassuring, they effortlessly have made Grenada a hundred times more exciting.  How often will you come across an opportunity like this one? Take advantage while you're here and you won't be sorry.  Brian and I went during winter break and scored a special deal for open water certification.  It's so National Geographic down under and it's so great.  I love you Aquanauts <3 

Visit their website below and contact them for more details.

Click HERE for the Aquanauts website.

To break it down simply, here's what we did:
1. Called Aquanauts, inquired about different levels (from basic to advance, higher levels of certification will allow you to dive at deeper depths) of certification and pricing.
2.  Read required chapters from Padi Textbook for Open Water Certification and watched supplemental DVD (basically same content as what you read in their textbook). 
3. Took a test for each chapter (very simple).
4.  Depending on your schedule, you may start training on the same day or another day, in a swimming pool. In our case, training was scheduled on a different day at the Dodgy Dock swimming pool. 
5.  Training may take anywhere from 1-3 hrs.
6.  You go out on your first, second, third, and 4th dives (this is for open water level).  They work around your schedule.  At your first two dives, you will do all the skills you learned in the swimming pool, out in open water (test to make sure you're able to handle yourself).  Make sure you go over anything you're unsure of with your instructor in the swimming pool or else you're likely to panic when you're out in the sea.  For example, for the mask clearing exercise, you're instructed to fill your mask completely underwater.  In order to clear the mask, you must take a deep breath from your air regulator (without breathing water in from your nose), tilt your head up, and take a deep breath out.  You repeat this process until your mask is fully cleared. 

Some Quick Tips: 
*If you're prone to motion sickness, don't eat anything before your dives and take motion sickness pills as instructed  on box of pills. 
*If you freak out, you'll most likely to want to inflate your life vest and surface to the top of the water.  Here, the waves can be shaky and rough.  This is where you're more likely to get sick.  If you relax and stay under, the current won't be able to shake you up. 
*Invest in an underwater camera
*Sometimes, it feels as if there's water in your mask, when there really isn't any (due to the way you're breathing).  if your eyes aren't burning, leave your mask alone and try not to over-clear your mask. This can cause dizziness and cause frustration.  
*If you feel like scuba diving will be a favorite past time activity, investing in a good quality mask/tube that fits your face will be ideal.

Grenada, West Indies.
© Katherine Fung, All rights reserved.