The Apotheek is officially open
At the location of former Garufa, on Wilhelminastraat, a new bar is now open and in full swing with mixologists Maki Wiggins and Marksonn Maduro, playing the pharmacists in the Apotheek roles.
You must admit, Apotheek, a very cute name for a bar offering prescription pick ups including Remedies, Herbal Concoctions, Painkillers, Elixirs and Dr’s Orders.
How does it work? Patrons are invited to pluck an Rx. off the wall and hand it to the bartender, basically, their drink recipe.
From what I’ve seen the two handsome entrepreneurs turned craft-cocktail makers scoured bar books from around the globe for most original libations, and are now making them, no corners cut, to a crowd of mostly single gorgeous women.
I wonder why?
Maybe because M & M are so easy to look at. Or because their cocktails are delish?
We tried an Rx called Dr. on Duty: 2 oz of Bourbon, muddled orange slices, muddled blackberries, and ginger ale. Rocks, muddle, stir, strain, garnish with orange peel and blackberry. Tada.
Famous pharmacist M.X Wiggins says the recommended dosage is one every 30 minutes, and he does not want me to drive or operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities while taking his remedy. #Amigodidi.
He also advises to respect the prescriptions and adds that the Apotheek is not responsible for clients’ hallucinations. Smart move.
Oranjestad Aruba. Apotheek Remedy Cocktail Bar #730 0801
La Brasas Peruanas, an authentic Peruvian Roast Chicken and more @ POLLO A LA BRASA PERUANO
At Paradise Beach Villas as a charming branch of Asi Es Mi Peru, restaurateurs Jan & Roxana Van Nes now operated a Rotisserie Chicken Hut, eat-in or take-out.
The charcoal burning rotisserie was made in Peru and shipped to Aruba, and it traps heat and steam internally, thus producing no smoke, while retaining full flavor, in juicy, moist birds.
Roxana reports the chicken is marinated for 24 hours in a special mix of Peruvian herbs and spices including garlic, cumin and Peruvian pepper then spit-roasted for an hour and twenty minutes!
The recipe is Peruvian, the chef is Peruvian and the nicely browned beauties live up to their reputation of being delicious.
The birds are accompanied by French fries or Chaufa rice, Peru’s version of Chinese Fried Rice, and a fresh garden salad.
One version, Brasa a lo Pobre includes rotisserie chicken, fried eggs, fried platanos, French fries, and garden salad.
My take-out in a nice brown bag was greatly appreciated by son#1, wolfed down in one seating.