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St. John USVI Trip Report

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Greetings all. Just returned from my first vacation to St John in the US Virgin islands. What a beautiful place. Sun, sand, snorkeling, sailing, and swimming. Perfect weather. And mostly unspoiled island beauty.

I am happy to say we had a lot of good chow while there. Some we brought with us from New Jersey and prepared our own grilled meals three nights of our weeklong stay.

But we also sampled the island's restaurants, including the funky Skinny Legs, a waterside bar with great burgers, and Shipwreck Landing. The standout, however, was Sweet Plantains (http://www.sweetplantains-stjohn.com/) which celebrates the food of the Caribbean. And what a celebration.

The place, sitting next to a harbor on the east side of the island, has open doors and windows to let in the sea breezes and the glorious views of sloops at anchor. On Friday night, Prince and Chef Rose Adams, the husband and wife team that owns and operates Sweet Plantains, served up Indo-Caribbean fare, East Indian influenced West Indian cuisine.

For starters, I had West Indian Saltfish Cakes. For main course, I had the pork loin with yuca root fries with cilantro mojo sauce. For dessert, coconut flan. Lastly, the owner treated us to a chilled mango rum.

If I ever return to St John, I will be sure to dine at Sweet Plantains.

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