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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ATBB..thank you ARUBA!

One year ago, on January 27th, while sitting in Aruba I decided to start a blog. I’m not sure if I was inspired by Aruba or a lightning bolt…haha. I honestly wasn’t sure I could do this at all. I gave it one or two posts and figured the novelty would wear off. Instead, I found a sense of release and purpose.  So this particular blog is dedicated to ATBB and Aruba.

This has been an amazing vacation. My husband planned it 10 days prior to our arrival…..spur of the moment! I of course was thrilled; this is our favorite getaway. What’s not to love? Great weather, great food, the locals are friendly, helpful, and speak English. It’s called “One Happy Island” and for good reason.

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Aruba is a 19 mile long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea. It’s 15 miles from the coast of Venezuela. On a clear day the Venezuelan mainland is visible from the south-eastern coast. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, it forms a group referred to as the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles, the southern island chain of the Lesser Antilles.

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We met a couple on this trip from Connecticut; Chris and “Bah”. Feels like we have known them forever. We have shared stories about our families and friends, laughed a lot, and eaten some amazing meals. Suffice it to say, we have a lot in common. Food is definitely a love we all share. Hopefully I’ve talked Bah into starting her own blog. She, also from an Italian family, loves to cook and is willing to share her recipes. I can hardly wait!!! A friendship we hopefully will enjoy for years to come.

This trip we stayed close to the airport at the Renaissance Marina Resort, which is now owned by Marriott. It is within walking distance to some of Aruba’s best restaurants. This resort boasts its own private island with pink flamingos that will eat from your hand. A free boat ride escorts you to the island to spend the day lazing in the sun, or playing in the crystal blue water. If you prefer to be out of the sun, cabanas are available so you can just enjoy the island breezes. There is also a restaurant that has great local food, cocktails, and beer. If you prefer, you can stay at the resort and enjoy one of their three pools or a beach lagoon. Like to gamble? There are Casinos as well. Let us not forget the shoppers. Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Tommy Bahama, Nautica, Nike, and many jewelers, just to name a few.

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http://www.renaissancearubaresortandcasino.com/resort-accommodations/marina-hotel-en.html

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It’s only fair that I include some of the restaurants we really enjoyed. Keep in mind, we couldn’t go to all of them but the ones I am listing are well worth the trip. I strongly encourage you to make reservations. Fish is in abundance and fresh. Their meats and produce are flown in and treated with great respect. Dining is an experience here that you will truly enjoy. If you like to fish there are several places that will prepare your catch for you at a decent price. Here are some of our favorites.

http://www.bingoaruba.com/  (Best beef carppacio I have ever had. Also famous for their dutch drink Shroebbler)

http://www.yemanja-aruba.com/main/  (A wood fired grill, the stuffed portobello mushroom was to die for. Their toasted bread with olive tapenade was killer too.)

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http://legaragebistro.com/  (French cuisine. We had a fantastic lunch there.)

http://www.solemarearuba.com/  (Italian at it’s best. We have been dining here for 24 years.)

http://www.thedutchpancakehouse.com/  (Always busy but what a great breakfast. The cruise ships dock at their back door.)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wacky-Wahoos/278125168880426  (Very difficult to get into. When you book your vacation book a reservation here and hope you get in.)

http://papiamentoaruba.com/  (Beautiful surroundings in an old farm-house. Great food and friendly atmosphere.)

https://www.google.com/search?q=Big+Mamas+aruba&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari  (On Baby Beach, get the fish sandwich, it’s amazing.)

http://www.madamejanette.info/joomla2/menu  (A bit more upscale, great for dinner, a nice treat for your and your special someone.)

http://casibaricafe.com/  (Biggest grouper sandwich I have ever seen and very tasty. It’s where the locals go.)

https://www.facebook.com/midudurestaurantaruba/https://www.facebook.com/midudurestaurantaruba/ (Another local hangout with the best view on the island of the island.)

https://www.casatuaaruba.com/casa-tua-renaissance-marketplace/  (Best pizza on the Island)

http://www.bugaloe.com/  (Fun, great seafood, dancing,  kareokee, entertainment.  Do not miss this one)

So, get your vacation on, come sit under a divi divi tree and relax. Come to Aruba! It is “One Happy Island”.

Til next time,

Ciao xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ristorante Antipasti

There is one thing you have probably figured out on your own. I love food, I love to cook, and I love to eat. When I think of Italian food, this is the place for me.  I was treated to Mother’s Day dinner there yesterday. This place never disappoints!!

Antipasti is located in Ocean City, Maryland, land of sun, sand, and fun, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is considered one of the hot vacation spots in Maryland. There is something for everyone, young and old alike.

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The owner and chef, Fausto, makes you feel like you are dining in your own home. Quite a handsome fellow, I might add. He makes it a point to come to your table at least once and more often than not, several times. His olive colored skin, striking blue eyes, and beautiful smile, add to his charismatic charm and appeal. Doesn’t hurt that he also makes sure all the ladies get a kiss. This is true Italian hospitality.

When you walk through the doors the walls are lined with pictures of Fausto and his guests. Joe Namath, Henry Winkler, Sir Paul McCartney, are just a few to mention. It is quite a gallery.


 

With so many selections on the menu to choose from, it’s hard to say that one item is better than the other. I am absolutely in love with his gnocchi. Little pillows of heaven, that melt in your mouth. It’s hard not to moan out loud when I eat them. From appetizers to desserts, the whole dining experience is phenomenal.

http://www.ristoranteantipasti.com/menu

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He also teaches cooking classes. My husband surprised me by signing us up. I did learn one valuable lesson about tomato sauce, or “gravy” as true Italians call it. You MUST use San Marzano tomatoes. So named, for the region they are grown in. Cooked low, and slow until they render all of their sweetness. I added absolutely nothing to them and turned out the best “gravy” I have ever made.

If you happen to be in the area, stop in and say hello. I will caution you, it is best to make a reservation, especially during the high season which is summer. If you want authentic Italian food and an authentic Italian atmosphere, don’t miss Ristorante Antipasti. Maybe I will see you there!

http://www.ristoranteantipasti.com/find-us

Til next time,

Ciao xoxo

 

 

 

 

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