It had been a couple months since we’d seen each other, so mom decided it was time to rendezvous at her favorite place in the world. It didn’t take much persuading to get me on a plane to escape one of the coldest New York winters in history.
Mom has been going to St. Barth’s for the better part of the last decade and her fondness of it over the years has worn off on me. St. Barth’s is in competition for my favorite island on earth (and I was raised on one, so that should tell you something). It’s a tiny, albeit gorgeous mix of mountain peaks, beaches and people. The people, however, really give the scenery a run for its money. The crowd is an international mix, hailing mostly from France, and everyone has a good story to tell.
After a missed flight and traveling for the better part of a day, I was happy to see these two.
Years ago, Jean-Michel left his home in France and moved to St. Barth’s to start a water sports company across the street from our place and we made fast friends. In true French form, they had a glass of wine and plate of cheese waiting for me. We caught up while we waited for a few of our friends to arrive and quickly headed to one of my favorite spots for dinner on the island, Meat and Potatoes.
Among other things, the Mahi Mahi is must on the island. Caught every morning, it’s the freshest you’ll get anywhere in the world. Add sweet potato puree, and you’re in heaven (or at least my version of it).
Laurence and her friend, Kristin, joined us. Like Jean-Mi, Laurence also moved to St. Barth’s from France. Kristin lives in Hawaii, but had just arrived to St. Barth’s via pirate ship (stories, remember?). After the last sips of wine were downed, we finished the night off at Le Ti, a restaurant that turns into a club circa midnight. Upon arriving, it’s mandatory to visit their costume room and change into proper dance clothing for the rest of the evening.
If you fancy a steak at M&P, you can find them at the end of the road on the way to Saline Beach (Route de Saline, Saline, 97133 Saint-Barthélemy). If you’re visiting during the high season, be sure to give them a ring and make reservation ( +590 590 51 15 98).
If dancing is your thing, I strongly recommend a trip to Le Ti. They’re located in Loriente and also have a fantastic dinner and show (+590 590 27-9771).