THE LOCAL STORE IS A HIT. My son David Coster, reports that the Local Store, at the heart of town, across Royal Plaza Mall is a hit. The ambiance and the vibe reminded him of the golden days of the Whiskey Road House on Palm Beach, where he practically lived in his early teens. The Harms brothers hit the ground running with the fresh concept. True to the bar’s name, Balashi Beer won the marketing branding bid, and will benefit from the partnership as much as the owners. We have decided to go with the local beer for the Local Store. Balashi it is, says Curt Harms Jr. who geniusly recycled wood cable reels for tables and some simple hardware for cups holders. The cool sea breeze helps control the temperature while the young and restless, meet and mingle. Looking for a new boyfriend/girlfriend? Head down to the Local Store, any Friday. You’ll find an extensive selection of candidates.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE ZUZUROH. Zuzuroh is a new Italian-Greek Tavern by Chef/ Owner Bas de Boer. He worked at Yemanja Woodfire Grill for a while, and longer at Chef’s Table, which proves he knows something about food. He ventured out on his own and settled on Eagle Beach at the end of the road alongside Screaming Eagle, behind La Quinta, where Dos Locos went out of business, servicing the condo owners in the area. Advertising Spaghetti Formaggio for 2 at $30, and all you can eat pizza and pasta for Early Bird dinner from 5pm to 6:30pm, he also promises very cold beer at $3.50, day and night. So far his Trip Advisor ratings are very high, give it a try!
JAIR BRITTEN LIVES THE ISLAND LIFE. He is a very talented percussionist, and a genius member of Datapanik. He was part of the much-appreciated Angela Croes combo. Jair plays with the best musicians in town, thus his current regular gig is with Ryan Maduro at the Taste of Belgium from 7 to 10 every Wednesday. Until not too long ago, he also piloted the Atlantis Submarine, but recently he decided to dedicate his time to his passions, fishing and music. Jair Britten, found his calling with AUWH, Aruba Underwater Hunters, a handful of divers who decided to purge our water of Lion Fish. He goes fishing almost every day, spearing about 30kg of Lion Fish, or as much as he can carry. While I knew and admired the musician, I first met his Lion Fish Hunter personae on De Palm Island, when the island organized the Lion Fish Derby. I also tasted his delicious Lion Fish Chowder, which is rich and creamy, and heard that he went on to develop a Lion Fish Ceviche and Lion Fish Tapas. This week he is supplying just-caught and cleaned Lion Fish to the Old Man & The Sea Restaurant, where an ambitious 4 course dinner menu of Lion-Fish dishes will be paired with Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, supplied by Pepia Est. Jair who is an expert on Lion Fish recipes reports it has exceptional nutritional values, besides the delicate taste of the white, light, meat. So that’s the story, watch the island as she wakes, play that drum sets, as the old-old Indians used to play them, living an island life, pursuing his passions, serving the environment, soothing our souls. You guessed, he grows the organic herbs used in his cooking, in his garden.
ARUBIANAS ARE HERE. Our very own designer Eva Zissu will be revealing her latest creations during Aruba In Style in early November, a line of fantastic flip flops, she designs in collaboration with Damilice Mansur and Evelyn Wever. She will pair them with a line of Chiffon and Silk tunics, printed with the flip flops images. Eva will be arriving here on Monday to prepare for the international launch of the line, in the form of a spectacular fashion show, at the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, on the program of Aruba’s fashion week, now in its second edition. The Arubianas flip flops have the flags and images of different countries on, so our tourists may buy them as souvenirs, expressing their individual identity, making them happy and comfortable. The images for the fashion line were taken by a woman of many talents, Damilice, and the launch here is masterminded by Evelyn, who also shares the credit for flip flop design. Eva report Arubianas are debuting simultaneously in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Netherlands, and Aruba. Arubianas also carry images of fauna, showing off irresistible iguanas, Shoco owls, and snakes, and animal prints such as zebras, and tribal images, are on the production line. I can’t wait to see them. They look spectacular, I think they will sell like hotcakes.
PILATIS PLUS IS CLOSING. After one year of operation, Pilates Plus is closing. It was a lovely exercise studio with expensive equipment and professional instructors, only the location, on the second floor of a building on the side of the road en route to the hospital, did not contribute to its popularity. It has been Christine O’Connell’s dream since I met her at the Radisson health club more than ten years ago. She is a passionate therapist, and marketing is not her strength. It has been one year since we opened, she says, we have loved meeting and getting to know all of our clients. We loved teaching the benefits of Pilates and seeing everyone, including the instructors, progress in their strength and flexibility. It is with much sorrow and regret that we must inform you that due to low attendance and economic times, we must close our doors. The studio will be history, November 15, 2012. So, hurry up, you have about three weeks to try it, love it, and buy it, then remember that marketing is everything.
CALL ME SPOTTY. My cute hairdresser Henna v/d Kuyp, who is the amazing petite rocker with Randy Dawson and the Equators looked at my spotty tan the other day – you know those pale sun spots we all share on our arms and legs, alas, no perfect tans – and suggested Selsun Blue, dandruff shampoo. Dab some of the thick blue liquid on the spots, when you are watching TV, or use it in the shower. Buy the Normal to Oily, it contains an active ingredient called Selenium Sulfide which should help spots vanish, mending your tan. You may call my Spotty, today, you may also call me Blue! [email protected]