Love at first sight? (Aruba c. 2002?)

As mentioned in the previous post, I was going through my photo archives. I stumbled onto this one, an absolute favorite taken with my old Nikon F3. The location is Charlie’s Bar, San Nicolaas, Aruba. I remember turning from my drink at the bar and seeing this little girl look at Chavez the Cat and Chavez looking at her. Here it is (a photo of a photo):

A little girl and Chavez the cat at Charlie's Bar in San Nicolaas, Aruba, c. 2002.

A little girl and Chavez the cat at Charlie’s Bar in San Nicolaas, Aruba, c. 2002.

That is a photo of a print, which actually gives it a more archival feel, like a photo from many, many years ago. I’m fairly certain that I took this in 2002. I was using film back then, film by the mile actually. There’s boundless emotion in this little scene. I only wish I could find the negative and make more prints.

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Don Jacinto Restaurant, Aruba

Don Jacinto is a Colombian restaurant located in Oranjestaad, Aruba. The place serves all your favorite Colombian dishes in an air-conditioned environment. They do a busy lunch trade, so plan accordingly.

Don Jacinto Restaurant, Aruba.

Don Jacinto Restaurant, Aruba.

I enjoyed lunch here recently. Ordering a couple of favorites to test the quality of the food. First, here’s a quick look at the seating area:

Main dining room at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Main dining room at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Plenty of tables for groups large and small. Good service, too. Now, here’s a look at the grouper filet with sides of rice and potato.

Grouper filet at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Grouper filet at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Fish was perfectly prepared and that potato on the side is boiled with an onion flavor that really was clever and delicious. Next, you see their version of the bandeja paisa platter:

Bandeja paisa platter at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Bandeja paisa platter at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

This version of the platter was slightly different from what I’m used to. Instead of a steak, it was shredded beef in the upper center of the tray. Also, the beans were on the plate instead of in a separate bowl to the side. It was all quite tasty, however, and went down well with the local hot sauce. Finally, here’s a look at a page from the menu for a look at some other dishes and current prices (February 2014):

Menu at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

Menu at Don Jacinto, Aruba.

If you’re on the island of Aruba, this may be an easy stop with reasonable prices and decent food as well as something different. Enjoy every meal.

Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba (Feb. 2014)

Bavaria Restaurant is a unique spot in Aruba, a rare German restaurant among all the other eateries. I’ve been here several times before. The food, hospitality, and beer selection are all consistent. Let me repeat, if you like German beer, you’ll find it here, such as this example:

German beer selection at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

German beer selection at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

As mentioned above, the food is authentically German, such as a potato pancake appetizer.

Potato pancakes at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba. (apple dipping sauce on the side)

Potato pancakes at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba. (apple dipping sauce on the side)

Or maybe you’d like to have a real pretzel with mustard like this one:

Pretzel with mustard at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

Pretzel with mustard at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

There are a nice selection of entrees, including this mixed sausage platter with red cabbage and mashed potatoes.

Mixed sausage platter at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

Mixed sausage platter at Bavaria Restaurant, Aruba.

So, when you’re on the island and hankering for the different, give Bavaria a try. The people are friendly, the food good, and the prices very reasonable. You’ll also find some zany decor, including cuckoo clocks and various scenes from Bavaria. Enjoy!

High Tech Lunch (Aruba)

Compared to the previous post, lunch today was decidedly downscale. Still, it was very good. Since I was alone, I like to catch up on my reading and video viewing (something I would never do in the company of others.) Hence, I tote the iPad along. Here’s a view of the BBQ lunch at Lady Face a Chinese bar/restaurant in Paradera, Aruba, DWI.

Chicken, ribs, rice, and iPad at lunch in Aruba.

Chicken, ribs, rice, and iPad at lunch in Aruba.

Took a seat at the bar and took my time eating all that food, which is a typical Sunday BBQ in Aruba. Here’s another angle of just the food:

Sunday BBQ platter from Lady Face Bar/Restaurant, Paradera, Aruba.

Sunday BBQ platter from Lady Face Bar/Restaurant, Paradera, Aruba.

Normally, people stop by and get this to go. I’d rather enjoy it fresh from the grill, which is why I stay at the bar. You get about 1/3 of a chicken, several ribs, fried rice, coleslaw, and a bit of corn on the cob all for the current price of 15 florins, about US$9. You have to pace yourself to eat that much, which is the reason for the iPad. Some leisurely reading will take you through the whole meal. Enjoy!

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