You know you’re on island time when:
You find yourself sipping “Lime in ze Coconut” at several meals, and you really feel like you gotta shake it all up.
Your Dad had put one-too-many limes in the coconut and looks a little funny.
You swim for what seems like 42433 miles to shore to explore gigantic rocks.
The mass-consuption of protein/snack bars is totally necessary when spending a day in the sea on a gluten-free diet.
You take 329423 pictures of the same scene from dangerously hanging out of the boat, and they all prettymuch look the same.
It’s worth my life/camera/pride anyway.
You devour a gigantic bowl of mango gazpacho full of sugar and get ready to bounce off the walls for the rest of the evening, and maybe put some more limes in ze coconut.
(they just told me what was in it – no measurements, sorry!)
Mangos, sliced + pureed
Rice wine vinegar
Cilantro, jalepeno extract, basil and mint!
Viola! Out of this world delicious. Promise.
What’s your favorite type of gazpacho?
Part of your morning routine includes getting harrassed talked to at the breakfast bar by Esmerelda.
I love birds, they’re beautiful. Esmerelda was quite the charmer fo sho.
Your morning routine also MUST include saying hello to Max, especially if you’d already seen Esmerelda.
You enjoy breakfast with a side of papparazzi, allowing you to make supa cute faces.
Ok, let me redeem myself. When the humidity is 110%, my hair likes to channel it’s inner Jimi Hendrix.
You also know you’re on island time when you eat oatmeal for breakfast…oh wait…I do that everyday anyway.
You realize how crispy you are only after spending a few hours asleep on a beach chair – fail.
But, you feel a lot better about yourself when you realize that your Dad is still a lot toastier than you.
You know you’re on island time when you get the catch of the day, and it’s your favorite fish EVER!
I didn’t ask for this recipe because there’s a good chance I’d eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner for the next 70 years. (I figure 70 years because anytime after that I’ll probably be eating blended chicken and peas and juice. In diapers.)
St. John was absolutely amazing, and every time we go back to the Virgin Islands I discover so many new things to appreciate about life, the planet and all of the beautiful critters that live with us on this Earth. God has created some amazing stuff, guys. Go out and find it.
Between exploring the beaches, diving off of rocks, snorkeling and swimming in the sea, I kept in mind always how blessed I am to be able to do this kind of stuff, and get a glimpse at another side of the world. You think this water looks cool on TV, you should see it in person. The sea creatures as well. I had such an awesome vacation – and I’m sad it’s over! But, I am happy to be back home with my dog (who got a little chunky on her pet-resort vacation…) and friends.
I’m definitely gonna miss stuffing my face with amazing cuisine, fresh fish and tropical fruit and all them shenanigans. It just tastes THAT much better when you know it came from 3 feet in front of you.
It’s also my Dad’s birthday in a few weeks, and I really need to get him something good, because he is so incredibly good to me!
What was the best gift you’ve given to a family member?
I’m off to unpack…you’d think I’d be a pro at it by now with the amount of traveling I’ve done this summer, but I still can’t tame my clothes, they’re so unruly!
Back to “normal” blogging soon 🙂 Hope ya’ll enjoyed my little recap!
Peace and love!