Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Haute Cuisine on Palm Beach – Quite Amuse-ing!

February 6th, 2012

Chef Patrick and his wife Ivette welcome you to Amuse, their French inspired bistro, where they share their passion for fine food and the classic art of cooking, enhances with a dash of Caribbean flair.

Patrick has opened his own place after years of esta­blishing the reputation of some of Aruba’s finest res­taurants. He is adamant about creating his sauces and specialties strictly from scratch; nothing is out of the box or can and all ingredients are fresh – he even grows his own herbs and spices, and believe it or not, churns his own fresh made ice cream daily! Imagine a sump­tuous desert of the creamiest Red Wine Ice Cream served up with a rich, moist, brownie, or Pineapple Carpaccio with fresh churned Cinnamon Ice Cream, and you have a finish for your dinner that will have you returning again the next day to try one of his other remarkable specialties.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

DePalm-adise: Meet Charlie

Link: DePalm-adise: Meet Charlie: There is no better way to enjoy the sweet life, or as we say in Papiamento (the local language) “e dushi bida” (doo-shee bee-dah), than...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Azzy is on the look-out for friends and family

We would like to introduce Azzy to you, one of the donkeys that is cared for at the Aruba Donkey Foundation. Two years ago she was found sauntering in the middle of the road, together with three other donkeys, in Santa Lucia. That was too dangerous with so much traffic there. The volunteers of the sanctuary lured the four donkeys inside with treats, where they have stayed. Azzy has a malformed behind and one of the volunteers has renamed her Jennifer Lopez, Jay Lo. She listens to that nickname even better than to her real name Azzy. She is a quiet donkey who has made friends with donkey Cloudy; they are always together. Donkeys are that way, very faithful. They often have a friend (boyfriend or girlfriend) for life. They are truly grieving when they lose their good friend, for whatever reason.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Revelations From Recent Excavations!

February 9th, 2012- Aruba’s archeological team of the National Archeological Museum of Aruba, has uncovered a sixth grave in Santa Cruz. Based on certain characteristics, they have concluded that this must be a prehistoric graveyard. In the opinion of the team, what makes this discovery unique is not only that it was previously unknown, but that they were able to identify that there were several persons buried at different levels of importance buried at the site and buried in different ways. It is also interesting that the persons buried have different European characteristics as well as Amerindian; but there were no Caquetios in this find.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Aruba for the Amorous

Romance in Aruba

Link: Aruba for the Amorous

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Aruba Driving Tour: Nouth End of the Island

Aruba Bound
From Oranjestad exploring the northern end of the island, it is easy to take the main road, 1A/1B towards the north past the low rise and high rise hotels. For the longer route and view of the beaches, make the first left for the low rise hotels and follow the road, past Druif Beach, Manchebo Beach, Eagle Beach and then the high rise resorts on Palm Beach. Turn right at the South Beach Mall onto Palm Beach Rd. in Palm Beach (3A/3B), and then turn left at the next traffic light onto the main highway 1A/1B. ...more

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Roland is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Roland to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. A big, fuzzy sweetheart of a donkey, who has stolen the hearts of all the volunteers. Roland can always be found in the company of his friend Pepper. Roland always grooms Pepper, so the volunteers hardly need to brush him. This grooming entails softly biting the fur and scouring, cleaning the donkey in the process. The hooves keep their right length because of the many stones that are on the property: the hooves wear themselves down this way. Roland is a model donkey: always friendly, always happy and quiet. He loves to watch the action from a distance.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

2 Fools and a Bull Now Open on Palm Beach

February 8th, 2012

Popular chef Fred Wanders and super restaurateur Paul Faas have recently opened their Fool Fantasy kitchen, on Palm Beach 17, opting for an unusual name: 2 Fools and a Bull.

The bull is a leftover from the former Espanjola Way which occupied the charming cunucu premises for a short time last year. The 2 Fools prefix attests to the fact that both Fred and Paul are in possession of a typical self-deprecating Dutch humor, and that they are fearless innovators, in the kitchen and outside it, going out on a limb with a fun name for a Gourmet Studio, created by two good, life-long friends!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Launches Inclusive-Light

Aruba Bound
The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Launches the First-Ever Inclusive-Light Offering Along with a New All-Inclusive Option

Starting at $439 Per Couple/Per Night, Packages Developed in Response To the Budgetary Concerns of Today’s Upscale Leisure Travelers

Palm Beach, Aruba – February 10, 2012–
In response to the cost-conscious, spending habits of today’s upscale leisure travelers, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba is now offering the first-ever inclusive-light resort option along with a new all-inclusive offering.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Green Globe Certification Recognizes Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts

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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Recognized by Green Globe Certification With Highest Achievement Award

EAGLE BEACH, Aruba – January 23, 2012 – Adding to their list of more than two dozen environmental awards and certifications,  Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts has been awarded the Highest Achievement Award as the top performing sustainable travel & tourism business in the Caribbean by Green Globe Certification. This recognition is the result of Bucuti earning the highest percentage of sustainability indicators under the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism which includes criteria based on sustainable management, social economics, cultural heritage and environmental practices.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston Rest In Peace

God's choir has another angel.



Friday, February 10, 2012

10 Budget Caribbean Islands

Updated: 9/19/11 05:19 PM
It's no surprise that this Dutch - owned island is a popular destination for package holidays – sun - kissed and chockablock with sparkly casinos and pretty beaches, Aruba receives frequent direct flights from the U.S. and has a plethora of all-inclusive options. You’ll find great value on this budget Caribbean island in the form of spa resorts, private villas, and brand-name hotels like Marriott and the Hyatt Regency.

Great Value Hotel: Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa: This excellent-value beach boutique hotel is set on a pristine stretch of sand with a first-rate spa and rooms with fine Indonesian-style furniture, private patios or balconies, and flat-screen TVs. Rates from $169/night.

Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sassy is on the look-out for friends and family

We would like to introduce Sassy to you, one of the donkeys that are cared for by the Aruban Donkey Foundation. Not a spring chicken anymore, she is the great grandmother of donkey Sky. Sassy has a large family at the sanctuary and she recently bore twins. The volunteers did not know that Sassy was pregnant and even less that two donkey babies would be born. Unfortunately one of the two babies died at birth. The other one was called Surprise, but that donkey also died; after just eight days of living. Sassy received extra care during that period, but one would not notice that she is grieving for the loss of her twins. Actually, that is quite normal in the animal world. Sassy is sometimes likened to an Apaloosa horse, as she has a spotted coat.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Aruba Driving Tour: South End of the Island

Aruba Bound
From Oranjestad exploring the northern end of the island onto the Arikok National Park. From Oranjestad simply head south out following the main road 1A (southbound)/1B (northbound). The first major sight on the right hand side is going to be Queen Reina Beatrix International Airport. Not worth a stop I know, but at least you will know you are heading in the right direction. ...more







Monday, February 6, 2012

The Day after the Big Game, Team Can Recoup on One Happy Island

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- They may not have won the biggest football game of the year, but New England players can still find something to smile about this week on one happy island. The Aruba Tourism Authority is offering them the chance to touch down and score some happiness with all-expense paid trips to the tropical island known for its cheerful vibe. While only the MVP of the winning club has the opportunity to jet off to another well-known destination, Aruba is making the offer to the entire New England squad.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Aruba Airport Authority Reports Year-end 2011 Traffic Results

Passenger traffic increase of 5.4%

January 20, 2012- ORANJESTAD – With the closing of 2011 AAA looks back on a year that ended satisfactory; the total number of revenue generating passengers (RGPs) increased with 5.4% compared to 2010 and the number of aircraft movements with a modest 0.9%. The latter number was positively influenced by the number of private aircraft that grew with 6.3%. The total number of RGPs was just short of 1 million. With that, it was AAAs best traffic year ever.

Re-shop rental cars and hotel bookings a week before your trip

Link: Re-shop rental cars and hotel bookings a week before your trip

Thursday, February 2, 2012

At The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Sicilian Chef Brings New Italian Dishes to Baci Ristorante's Menu

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January 24th, 2012- After briefly closing for a bit of redecorating, Baci Ristorante is now open with new dishes added to a menu ripe with the best of Italian flavors.

Baci’s authentic ingredient is Chef Sebastiano Pinzone Vecchio, hailing from Taormina, Sicily, who brings classic and contemporary Italian cooking to Aruba’s dining scene.