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Sunday, November 28, 2004

Christmas Dinner at Ripples

As always, Ripples will be doing Christmas dinner on Christmas night, traditional with 3 courses and alternative main course for those who do not eat turkey, at $26 per person. Christmas Eve Santa will as always be at Ripples, giving presents to all the children who visit (regular menu). They will as usual have a 4 course dinner on Old Years Night at around $45.

Ripples has taken over the Barrel Stay and the new restaurant will open on Dec 14 with master chef Graham Belcher, who has worked at several Michelen star restaurants and hotels, with his partner Jill and also Jacquie.
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Friday, November 26, 2004

Altamer New Years Eve Gala Menu

Friday, December 31, 2004. Five Course Prix Fixe $150.00 Per Person.
Course 1: Chef Leduc's Surprise.
Course 2: Celebration. Choose one: Beluga (Black) Russian Caviar, Served with blini pancake, onions, capers, sour cream and sieved egg yolks accompanied by chilled glass of Stolichnaya vodka. Canard Foie Gras "Island Style", Duck foie gras pâté garnished with mango jelee and home made ginger spice bread accompanied by a chilled glass of Sauternes.
Course 3: Starters. Choose one: Crayfish Bisque, Made from roasted Anguillian crayfish with a touch of hot pepper, cream optional. Heart of Romaine Caesar Salad: Crisp heart of romaine lettuce tossed with garlic Parmesan dressing and croutons topped with shaved cheese. Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters on the half shell baked with creamed spinach. Turban of Smoked Salmon: Thinly sliced smoked salmon wrapped around Boursin cream cheese with fruit garnish.
Course 4: Entrées. Choose one: Seafood Melange, Filleted sea bass, crayfish, sea scallops, shrimp, clams and mussels presented on a delicate passionfruit sauce with risotto and asparagus. Lobster Medallions Thermidor Style: Lobster meat is simmered in a sauce of mushrooms, cream and dry sherry, served with ratatouille risotto. Prime Rib Roast of Beef, Served off the bone medium rare Au Jus and Bearnaise sauce with potatoes Dauphine and crisp vegetable purse. Smoked Duck Breast: Chef Leduc's apple wood smoked duck garnished with spiced pineapple carpaccio served with wild rice, French green beans and asparagus. Vegetarian Purse: Petite ratatouille risotto baked in a crisp pastry purse served on a light tomato sauce laced with basil oil, with coconut dumplings, glazed carrots, French green beans and fennel.
Course 5: Dessert. Choose one: Chocolate Farewell To 2004, A chocolate creation of almond paste, two tone chocolate and raspberry coulies. Home-made ice creams and sorbets.
COMPLIMENTARY GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE AT MIDNIGHT. Entertainment: Piano: 6pm to 10pm - Dmitri Loutsiv Steel Pans and Vocals: 10pm to 1am - Michael "Dumpa" Martin. Subject to 15% service charge. Executive Chef: Maurice Leduc.
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New Years at CuisinArt

The Pirates' Ball: Ring in the new year at our First Annual Pirates’ Ball with live music, spectacular fireworks, popping champagne corks and tasty Caribbean Cuisine. Start your evening with a nipperkin of grog and a host of hors d’ oeuvres, followed by a veritable feast from our chef’s extensive repertoire. Dine on Rum Barrel Shrimp, island salads, rotisserie meats and grilled lobster, crayfish and seafood at stations set up throughout the resort. Dive into dessert treasures alongside the swimming pool and visit the beach bar for your favorite cocktail. Come in full pirate drag and enter our costume contest for a chestful of loot. Dance the night away with the Mussington Brothers Band and enjoy a midnight champagne toast and fireworks on the beach. Included in the $175 admission, $45 for children under 12, are your meals and welcome drink, pirate mask and cap, noisemaker for each table, fireworks, midnight champagne toast in your keepsake champagne flute. (Beverages and gratuity not included)
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Blanchard's New Year's Eve

December 31, 2004. Menu includes: Calypso Shrimp with Lime and Coconut, Caesar Salad with Roasted Red and Yellow Beets, Lobster and Asparagus Risotto with Handmade Parmesan Toasts, Roasted Mediterranean Veal with Potato-Shiitake Gratin and Blanchard’s Cinnamon Apples. Dessert: Mango and Berry Shortcake with Passion Fruit Cream. Champagne toast at midnight. 160.00 per person. Live music by Happy Hits String Band. Please note that a 15% service charge will be added. They accept Visa, Master Card and American Express.
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Anguillian Dog Story!

Here's a great story from "The Capitol Times", Madison, WI about a stray dog adopted here in Anguilla, it's trip to the states, and how American Airlines went "above and beyond" to make sure this dog made it: Stray ends up with royal treatment. JUST HOW a wonderfully friendly stray dog, Maggie, whose ancestors cavorted with Caribbean pirates, recently left O'Hare airport in the back seat of a limousine is a tale worth exploring....

If any of our reader's would like to adopt, they should visit www.aarf.ai
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Rumza: New Nightclub

The LA Cafe has been upgraded and reopened as the Rumza Nightclub. From The Anguillian: "It is something special about Anguilla when an American couple, making a lot of money at home, fall in love with the island, sell their investments and come to live, invest and work here. So is the case with Jason Howe and his wife, Robin. He was a Senior Executive Vice President of a software company who traveled around the world doing lucrative business and she was a physician with a skin care medical practice. She was a long time visitor to Anguilla. Two and a half years ago they were married at CuisinArt Resort and Spa and over that time decided to take up residence on the island."
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Prince Albert of Monaco in Anguilla

Anguilla this week welcomed to its shores His Serene Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco, a tiny enclave on the French Reviera. The Royal visitor, who was on a tour of the United States and the Dutch Caribbean, came to Anguilla at the invitation of Chief Minister the Hon. Osbourne Fleming. His visit here was part of a developing relationship between the two islands. Click link for full story in The Anguillian.
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Loblolly Gallery: Wine, Cheese and New Works!

Friday December 10, 4-7pm, on Crocus Bay Road. New art by Marge, Iris, Heather, Georgia and Paula. Click link for their web site.
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Spa Go Services

If you are in a villa this year, remember that Kirthly Richardson offers spa services at your villa, including Swedish relaxation massage, Deep Tissue massage, Aromatherapy, Sports massage, and personal training. tel: 264.497.6352. cel: 264.235.8005. email: cutty25@hotmail.com
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Caribbean Christmas Cuisine At Cuisinart

This year Cuisinart is starting a new family tradition. The staff is bringing in their family recipes and using them as inspiration in holiday planning. Not only have the chefs brought in holiday recipes, but everyone has gotten in the spirit: dumpling recipes from the gardeners, goat recipes from the engineers, sweets from housekeeping and rum punches from the guys down at the beach. They hope you enjoy these updated recipes that will be on the Christmas Day Buffet.

Special Holiday Drinks: Coconut Martini, Sarsaparilla Rum Punch, Sweet and Sour Tamarind Drink.

Christmas Menu: Conchy Dumplings, Salt-fish Patties with Creole Sauce, Baby Back Ribs with Papaya, Mango Chili sauce, Triggerfish Salad with Scotch Bonnet Peppers< Parrotfish Croquettes, Corn Soup with Pig Tails, Stewed Goat with Potatoes and Allspice, Fresh Ham with Garden Herbs, Black Pepper and Local Salt, Island Fowl Stew, Root Vegetables and Bush Herbs, Rotisserie Beef with West Indian Spice Rub, Grilled Reef Fish, Braised Pigeon Peas with Organic Tomatoes, Sauteed Callaloo with Smoked Bacon, Baked Breadfruit, Green Rice with Okra, Cornmeal Fungi, Island Provisions, Johnny Cakes, Spicy Cornbread Muffins, Island Oven Breads.

Desserts: Christmas Black Cake, Island Citrus Pound Cake, English Fruit Cake with Rum, Sour Sop Ice Cream, Potato Pie, Bread pudding, Pineapple Compote.

(Menu subject to change with market and farm ingredients and Chef’s inspiration) Cocktails and Hors d’oeurves from 6-7. Dinner buffet 7-10. Adults $75. Children under 12 years $35.
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Piano Recital

You are cordially invited to attend a Grand Piano recital at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Island Harbour, Saturday, November 27th, 2004 at 7:00pm. Mrs. Irina Kaufman-Brooks will perform a selection of classical pieces as well as Christmas carols for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is EC$40.00/US$15.00 for Adults and EC$5.00/US$2.00 for Children. Tickets will be available at the door.

Mrs. Irina Kaufman-Brooks began playing piano at the age of 5, and performed as a solo pianist at age 11. She has played in many recitals and has been featured in various chamber ensembles around the world as a Piano Soloist. Mrs. Kaufman-Brooks was an Associate Professor at the Russian Classical Musical Academy, and is currently the organist at St. Mary's Anglican Church in The Valley. Her dream for Anguilla is a development of the aesthetic appreciation for various forms of music within the community.
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Johnno's Beach Clean Up

Participants in the "Johnno's Beach Clean Up" program were out in full force again this past weekend cleaning up Island Harbour beach and surrounding areas. Trash bags have been collected in the parking areas, by Smitty's and at the primary school. Program organizers have requested assistance from the AHTA to coordinate the collection of these trash bags and delivery to Corito Dump. Please contact the AHTA (preferably if you have a truck and available manpower) if you would be able to assist in the collection/delivery of the trash. - Mimi Gratton. Tel: (264) 497-2944
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Christmas Cards from Paradise

This year the Teacher Gloria Omololu International Institute is bringing you Christmas cheer and trying to raise money by selling student designed and drawn Christmas cards. Cards are $12.50 US a package of 10 (envelope included). They are also selling Thank You cards for $10 US. Cards are available at IGA, Passage Clothing, Bartletts, World Galleria, Rendezvous Bay Hotel, Paradise Cove Gift Shop and Why Knot clothing. Cards will also be available at the Teacher Gloria Omololu booth at the Soroptimist Christmas Fair on December 4th at the Govenors house. You can also contact the school directly at 497-5430 and ask for Teacher Marion

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Malliouhana Ranks Tops!

A story that Conde Nast Traveler published in the latest issue contains the Reader's Survey. Malliouhana scored the highest points in the history of the survey, with Anguilla as the 5th top destination in the Caribbean and Malliouhana as the top property in the Caribbean, due in part to the 100% mark awarded the restaurant. Malliouhana also scored 34th of the top 100 properties in the world.
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Tropical Construction

Mary Ann's Beachshack site has been updated with pictures and information on garden upgrades and bedroom renovation.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

You're invited to the Office Christmas Party for the Whole Business Community.

The Chamber of Commerce invites the business community – from new and established enterprises – to network, to hear and sing Christmas carols, then round out the night with a DJ and continue enjoying an evening with lively Christmas music ranging from Classic – Soca - Reggae and more! When: Friday, December 10th from 6:30 pm. Where: Coral’s Restaurant in Meads Bay. What? "Carols at Corals". Refreshments will include traditional Guava berry or fruit punch, plus Coral’s will offer a cash bar – and selections that may be ordered from their new Mexican menu. RSVP: Call 497 2839 or email: acoci@anguillanet.com Featuring Darby Dizard and Chris Cherney from New York ... accompanied by Russian Pianist Irina Kaufman Brooks.
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Monday, November 15, 2004

Anguilla Yoga Retreat

Held at La Sirena Hotel. March 2 – 9, 2005. Taught by: Jeanne-Marie Derrick.

Join Jeanne-Marie for a yoga retreat on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla. We will focus on the essential quality of asana practice, integrating the breath, to bring about a quality of quiet contemplation. Jeanne-Marie’s teaching method makes yoga accessible to all levels – beginner through advanced. With an emphasis on alignment, breath and mindfulness, yoga establishes a key support for well-being. The Iyengar Yoga method is characterized by precision alignment, refinement of the poses, self-reflection, and the aid of various props, all of which add to the overall understanding and sensitivity of a Hatha Yoga practice. $1,170.00 double occupancy for a seven night stay per person. $1,385.00 single occupancy for a seven night stay.

Plan to arrive on Wednesday 3/2 and leave on Wednesday 3/9. Initial class Thursday 3/3, 8-10 AM. Last class Tuesday 3/8, 4-6 PM. La Sirena web has photos: www.la-sirena.com lasirena@anguillanet.com Phone 264-497-6827
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LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU EST ARRIVE!

This Wednesday November 17th, THE PUMPHOUSE presents the 2004 BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU.

Get together with us to be among the first to try the new 2004 vintage from Bouchard Pere et Fils. We will also be offering special French cheese, pate and saucisson platters to accompany the Beaujolais Nouveau, and playing all your favorite French tunes from the last three decades. From 7pm. Reservations recommended! VIVE LE BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU !
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Sunday, November 14, 2004

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Auction: Bid for a Week in Anguilla!

The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association is holding another of their exciting online auctions. You can bid on 7 nights at Brooklands (see view picture - they are located at the highest spot in Anguilla, overlooking Crocus Bay beach). And bids start at $300. There are 3 bedrooms, so that works out to $100 per couple, or $50 per person. Divided by 7, that would be $7.14 per night per person. Get in there and start bidding!
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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Tropical Paradise Newsletter #2

Thierry Dehove has posted his second newsletter from Anguilla, including lots of pictures and stories, including a feature on kite-surfing in Anguilla.
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Altamer: November Newsletter

New African Sapphire villa opens: "An exotic entrance, the latest technology and private snorkeling pond with architectural waterfall, the African Sapphire villa has it all. You enter and see an amazing chandelier and floral base all made by African women with over a half million beads sur-rounded by chieftain chairs. Mirrors on both sides reflect the endless views seen through the 21 foot high windows."

Selections from their dinner menu, including "Exotic Nut Coated Grouper Fillet of grouper coated with crushed blend of macadamia, pistachio and pine nuts served with potato Dauphine and fresh vegetables $ 32."
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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

New Email for Mitch Lake at Tennis Academy

If you have been trying to email Mitch and not getting through, he is having trouble with his aol account. Please use his backup email address: anguilla70@yahoo.com - thanks!
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Monday, November 08, 2004

Jazz Specials at C Breeze Inn

This coming weekend is the Jazz Festival in Anguilla. And C Breeze Inn in Sandy Ground is celebrating their new "dream patio" with a special for the festival. Call Carol at 1-264-235-7515 or click the link above for her web site!
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Thank You Notes from School Children

On www.islandbooks.ai, the children of Alwyn Allison Primary School have posted thank you notes to the people who have donated reading books. They are very enthused about reading, so even more books would be welcome.
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Anguilla News for November

The main news page has been updated for November, with a feature on Sile Bay beach.
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Sunday, November 07, 2004

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New Apartments for Sale at Sandy Hill Club

The Sandy Hill Club, in the east end of Anguilla, has sold 7 of the 8 apartments in the first building (one 2-bd+loft is still for sale at $270,000) and is about to put the roof on the second building of 8 apartments.

The swimming pool is done, the shoreline path to the beach at Sandy Hill Bay is open, the Italian influence guarantees a fun atmosphere, and the prices are amazingly reasonable for Anguilla waterfront. Such a good deal, that we bought one for our retirement!

Web site: www.sandyhillclub.com

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Friday, November 05, 2004

House Rental Bargain!

Old Ta area, across from the Governor's house, 4 bedrooms, 2 bath, garage, wash room, fenced yard. Long-term unfurnished at $1000/month (also available furnished at a higher rate). Call Janine or Charles Connor at 497-2757, 497-4181, 497-5704.
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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Jazz on the Parkway

The Tranquility Jazz Festival gets underway next weekend with National Bank of Anguilla's lunchtime jazz event "Jazz on the Parkway" to be held on Friday, November 12th, 2004 from 11:00am to 5:00pm in the NBA parking lot. Kick back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in a sophisticated setting with the smooth sounds of jazz and a delicious "Taste of Anguilla" buffet. Cost: US$10.00 or EC$27.00 per person ( desserts and beverages extra)

Buffet selections to include: Salad Bar, Selection of Rice Dishes, Vegetable and Pasta Salad, Vegetable Dishes, Chicken Wings in lightly spiced mango sauce, Mahi Mahi in lemon cream sauce, Beef medallions in peppercorn sauce. Also available are yummy desserts ( carrot cake, double chocolate cake, coconut tart) and a well-stocked bar ( wine available as well). Live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Cool down with cool Jazz!
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Tennis News!

Here are some new October Construction Pictures for the tennis academy. Look at the walls progress!

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Anguilla Tennis Academy Partners with Grand Slam Tennis Tours

Grand Slam Tennis Tours was formed in order to offer tours to all of the Grand Slams plus other major tennis tournaments. Since 1991, Grand Slam Tennis Tours has escorted over 6,000 tennis fans to tournaments all over the world. From the beginning, thier goal has been to exceed the expectations of every individual who has traveled with Grand Slam. Now partnering with the Anguilla Tennis Academy and Topnotch Tennis Tours,
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Coccolobo to be Demolished

A new $120 development is coming. From The Anguillian.
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Information from the Planning Department

The Department of Physical Planning has issued two press releases and the corresponding policies that were recently approved by the Executive Council:

Coastal Slopes Planning Policy: the press release and the approved policy.

Building Heights Policy: the press release and the approved policy.

All documents are in MS Word format.
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Tourism Week Fun Walk

It's time to lace up your running shoes and join us for the Tourism Week Fun Walk on Saturday, November 4th, 2004. The route will be from ACE Hardware in South Hill to Meads Bay Beach ( a great workout!) staring at 5:00am. Registration fee is EC$20 which includes breakfast and a T-Shirt. To sign up please contact Brenda Gumbs at the Anguilla Tourist Board, brenda.gumbs@gov.ai or 497-2759. A great way to support Tourism Week and get in your daily workout at the same time.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

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BeachCourt Villa, Shoal Bay East has a new website

On one of Anguilla’s most exquisite beaches, BeachCourt Villa offers spectacular views, invigorating Caribbean breezes, and 10,000 square feet of luxurious living space. With six bedrooms, a 900 s.f. Great Room, a 600 s.f. covered deck, and a fully-furnished and modern kitchen, BeachCourt Villa can accommodate groups of any size.

Enjoy the fresh-water swimming pool and tennis court and the magnificent ambience. Available for this Christmas/New Years.

www.beachcourtvilla.com
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Monday, November 01, 2004

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See You Soon in Anguilla for the Tranquility Jazz Festival!

November 10 – 14, 2004

Wednesday November 10, 2004. Jazz on Scilly Cay. Enjoy lunch with live jazz. 12 noon – 4pm

Thursday November 11, 2004. Dinner with Jazz at Cuisinart Resort & Spa. Dinner: 7pm – 9pm With Cyrus Chestnut Trio featuring Carla Cook. US$60 (Dinner) US$50 (Jazz Show). Show: 9pm

Friday November 12, 2004. Main stage performance at Rumza featuring: Carmen Lundy Trio with special guests: Gary Bartz, Mingus Dynasty Band, Ronald “Boo”Hinkson, Michael Boothman, Corinne “Sprocka” Richardson US$50. 8pm

Saturday November 13, 2004. 8 pm. Main stage performance at Rumza featuring: Latin sensation, Ray Barretto sextet, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Anguilla Jazz Ensemble. US$50

Sunday November 14, 2004. Lunch:12pm – 4pm: Beach: 3:30pm. Sunset Jazz on the Beach. Jazz at Johnno’s from 12 noon – 4pm. Jazz on the beach at Johnno’s from 3:30pm onwards

Season pass for Friday and Saturday nights: US$90
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