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6 CONTENTS HOME 08 The Coast Is Calling Season Trends 10 Enter The Gates of Security Your Agent For Life 12 The Home Tour 12 Charleston Lane 38 Get Decorating with Top Online Sites Cyber Trend Shops
TRAVEL 40 Decorator Diary: Amanda Lindroth Designer Spotlight 46 Get a Whiff… Maven Candles 48 Top Coastal Buys Bahamas Design Centre The Island Store
50 Coastal Living at Columbus Cove 54 The Orchind Show – NYC Interesting Sites 56 Hotel or Vacation Home? Trip Easy 58 Sandals Emerald Bay The Perfect Getaway
66 Compass Point Suite Escapes
72 Da Bahamian Vegan Vegeterian Lifestyle
84 Seafood Ceviché A Perfect Palate
68 Konnichiwa from Japan Travel Blog
78 Bodine Johnson Artist Spotlight
86 Sur Club Sushi Restaurant Review
70 What’s in your beach bag? Travel Must Haves
80 The Key to Wellness My Alkaline Lifestyle 82 Nutella & Sea Salt Stuffed Cookies Sweet Tooth
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Why We Love Homes On The Ocean!
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FROM THE EDITOR
Editor-In-Chief Kendeno Knowles
It’s also the part of earth that we look to for sustenance – a place some of us go to when the weight of the world burdens us. Somehow a daze out at the ocean can bring closure, healing and a sense of calm; serenity perhaps not found in anything or anywhere else. But whatever the reason you look to this amazing place that helps make up planet earth, it is always there for us when we need it. And those of us that chose to live around it, find healing and relaxation, and we are all the luckier for it. Now that you understand why we love homes on the ocean so much, I want to welcome you to the new Bahamian Escapes. Since our last issue, lots of exciting things have been going on behind the scenes and I am so thrilled to finally share all that we’ve been up to. We forged new partnerships, added new segments and have a few more new faces. Right after we launched in April, our team scoured the island for properties lined on the shore. It was no easy task, although you might think otherwise, considering we live on an island surrounded by miles of beaches. But for us, it couldn’t be just any of the many homes sprinkled across the coastline. It had to be spectacular enough and grand enough for readers like you. And we found it. The address? 12 Charleston Lane, Old Fort Bay. But more than falling in love with this swanky island abode, we bring you practical ideas and introduce you to a world of design trends that is anything but ordinary. We’ve got more products, more tips from design experts, trend reports and input from lifestyle experts who can share advice about turning your home into the place that no one ever wants to leave. And for those of you that are still chained to that desk at work, Travel Editor Theandra Thompson takes you on a vacation rental journey that is sure to save you money this summer. Appropriately, we have dubbed this our “coastal issue”, and will also introduce you to some interesting dishes in our lifestyle section that are sure to make your next gathering or special event one of the best this season. And whether it is for the entertainment of family and friends, or for your own enjoyment, or perhaps you’re putting your home on the market, we hope that our stories and products will inspire you as you evolve the look and feel of your home this summer. Once again welcome! K. N. Knowles
Fallen trees, weathered by the elements in time grace the shores of many breathtaking beach scenes. Bringing in textures like rattan, sisal, distressed wood and grass plaits contribute depth and interest to the design. No longer is everything flat; now it has detail that will make you look a little closer and appreciate the design as a whole. You can accomplish this with a woven sisal area rug, a rattan club chair or even decorative rope balls sitting in a bowl. Also, a piece of drift wood, whether as a sculpture or in photo frames, will always take your mind to the coast. There are many choices in décor nowadays that can help you to achieve this.
The Coast is Calling Home
by David Wygant
Adding, but not overwhelming a space with accents and prints of sea life will define your design, giving clear direction to the theme. It’s kind of like garnishing your dish with a hint of what you want your guest to know is in the meal. A few accent pillows with tasteful prints of sea life such as sand dollars and the starfish. Even the octopus is trendy now. It’s another way to add icing to the cake. But if that is too literal for your taste, try adding a few shells from your last beach visit to a tall glass hurricane along with a dried sea fan or just use an assortment of sea sponges. It’s up to you. However, remember not to overbear the space to the extent that it ends up looking like an aquarium or water pet store.
There is something about the coastline that makes one escape into relaxation and dream of serenity. The blue hues of the ocean, white powdery sand, open sky and friendly breeze are universally considered components of paradise. There is so much to desire from the natural landscape of the seaside and much of it can be translated into our own homes. Why wouldn’t you want to wake up and live each day in your own beach house? Here are a few tips on how to create this feel in your own space:
Lighten Up! There is nothing about the coast that speaks of weightiness. Be sure that your space is free of clutter and is well organized. Choose light textiles like cotton, gauze and similar fibers that will allow for casual comfort. The drapery you used in the fall will not work here. Natural light coming through your windows will also add to the airy feel of your scheme while accentuating and lending height to your room.
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Add some White! One of the things we love about the coast is the crisp color combination. Adding white to your room will allow accent colors to appear more vivid and will create a refreshing contrast that makes everything feel fresh and new. You may choose to bring in a white couch in cotton or canvas or if you’ve already invested in another one, purchase a white slip cover. Painting an old piece of furniture like open book shelves or an old coffee table can also achieve the “beachy” flair. Other decorative accents like white vases or sculptures are simpler ways to add white to your space. Undoubtedly, your room needs white!
Living near the coast is considered a status symbol of living well and living free. Now you can have that same sense of accomplishment right in your own home whether you are five or twenty-five minutes away from a seascape paradise! Coastal Home Decor: 1
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Enter the Gates of Personal Security Matt Sweeting Your Agent For Life
With violent crime reaching record highs, it’s no wonder that gated communities in New Providence have grown in popularity. And with recent home invasions making headline news, it begs the question: Are you really secure? Our recent crime reports have crossed international borders, with warnings to cruise ship passengers, particularly those from the United States. It’s my belief that there is no true form of security when it comes to avoiding crime entirely, but there are certainly some things that you can do to decrease your chances of assault. With the goal of becoming Your Agent for Life, it would be wrong of me not to guide your family into a place that gives you peace of mind. Some of these properties not only have unique real estate value and high potential return on investment, but more importantly, a sense of community. The properties that make my list boast attributes like an appreciating location, new selling or sold out development, relatively low density, successful developers and relative affordability. Entry-level communities are those that give a first time homeowner
an opportunity to buy at affordable prices. Communities like Serenity, West Winds and Lyford Hills Subdivision fit this bill with lots starting at $100,000. The median range for single family properties are marked at this price point.
The 7,200 square foot lots at Charlottesville start at $140,000. A unique offering in this community is its zoning, boasting only residential lots. This also suggests a much lower resident turnover than other communities.
These communities have all met my qualifying criteria, although Serenity is a bit too dense for my taste with over 300 lots for sale. These communities have opportunities for lot, condo, or home ownership.
Developments like Dunmore Court and The Venito offer the same amenities and security. In fact, your fees will go towards general maintenance inclusive of security. Something that should also play seriously into your real estate search is whether you want a yard.
In lone with my theme of security, all these communities boast 24-hour security, where no one enters without communicated permission from a resident. Stepping up from that price point are communities such as Indigo and Saffron Hill, which offer comparably sized lots and direct sea views. These lots start at about $175,000. Charlottesville is conveniently located opposite the brand new Old Fort Bay Plaza and reminds me of those sought after communities that saturate affluent cities in Florida. Residents here enjoy an impressive multiple acre shopping destination, with everything from banks to pharmacy and, of course, the first Solomon’s Fresh Market. This shopping outlet certainly helps neighbouring developments.
Information on the communities and some crime stats mentioned here is available at www.mattsweeting.com BAHAMIAN ESCAPES
Stepping up the ladder to developments like Columbus Cove – a beachfront community – gives buyers what I believe will be among the last set of opportunities for beachfront ownership, particularly on the sands of Love Beach. You will be sold on the immaculately designed units with over two thousand square feet at first sight. Caves Heights, a sea view condo development, offers similar design and puts you next to Caves Village – a super-shopping destination – all within minutes of the airport. The peak of our market where the wealthy reside now and in the future will be developments such as Baha Mar, Albany, Ocean Club Residences and Ocean Club Bahamas, which I will discuss in future articles.
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RODERICK WELLS SUMMER 2013
Words by N. Knowles
12 Charleston Lane Old Fort Bay, Bahamas Breathtaking views and breezy hallways make this ultra exclusive but humble island abode difficult to leave behind. And just what does the view entail? Well only a picturesque canal that’s got tons of million dollar homes sprinkled all around it. No wonder we found it hard to leave even after 12 hours of shooting spread across two days. But isn’t that what home is supposed to do? Shouldn’t you never ever want to leave the place that perhaps knows you better than yourself? Well it certainly kept us there, even after our time was up. But its not just the million dollar view, or the cool summer breeze that makes 12 Charleston Lane one of the finer properties in the posh Old Fort Bay gated community, it’s the special attention to detail in the interior and architectural design that catches the eye. It’s those same things that caught our attention. From the swivel in its structural design, which carries from one end of the property to the next, to its charming interior flow, 12 Charleston is quite exquisite. Five plush bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a guesthouse, gourmet kitchen, 20-foot pool and an accompanying dock. This all topped off with a boardwalk entrance and a massive balcony. Home Editor Tahira Kemp sums up 12 Charleston as a “coastal” heaven sent. Kemp breaks down the many rooms in this brilliantly constructed home and how to get the same look affordably.
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Entryway The exotic appeal of the entryway makes a tasteful statement for this coastal residence. Details such as the entry table add pizzazz and remind us of the pattern of the waves of the sea. A collection of sunburst mirrors add the right amount of contemporary boldness and mimic a group of spiny sea urchins. Hurricanes are a beloved dĂŠcor piece; these ones made of wood and glass, create a nautical feel with little effort. Without tropical flora, this entry would be cold and empty. The plant of choice; a potted orchid that makes the composition complete. 18
CREATE THIS LOOK Keep your wall color neutral so that the details and décor take center stage. We appreciate the way the grey tones allow the gold finishes and light fixtures to glow. Choosing a table with a wrought iron base would be great. Look for one that has an ornate curvilinear motif. Whether you go for gold or another finish, keep your major pieces cohesive for good balance; but don’t get stuck making things too “matchy-matchy”. A casual piece similar to the wood base hurricanes will keep things interesting. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is leaving out a tropical plant. It’s the one thing that shows that the home is “lived in”. SUMMER 2013
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Dining Room When my team entered the dining area, we were enticed by the unique chandelier, which then lead our attention to the arched wood ceiling. It was an unexpected but pleasant change in pace from the conventional ceiling style in the entryway. This room had no shame in showing off its curves. The lines were repeated in the furniture, lighting and complimented that of the ceiling. Our team created this table-scape with a few yards of burlap that was cinched at both ends and tucked. In the center, a driftwood planter of botanicals made for more of a coastal feel.
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Living Room The colors of sand and coral are the palette chosen for creating casual comfort in this living room. Appropriate pops of this energetic orange brightens everything. The simple line of the sectional is a â€œno fussâ€? approach to seating and is ideal for family time. Adding simple touches of the coast such as shells and tropical influences such as philodendron plants subtly concoct an island oasis. It really does not matter where you sit, you are sure to get your fill of the surrounding ocean views.
CREATE THIS LOOK You can replicate this look by adding a little flair to any neutral room with accents of warm vibrant tones. An area rug with a consistent pattern like the quatrefoil and other weaving prints work well. Spread the color around the room with cushions or even a throw. Adding a few interesting pieces, especially a wall art that reflects light around and acts as a focal point will score big points as being an impressive space.
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Master Bedroom If comfort is of any importance in a master bedroom, this one is definitely not lacking. This master suite is outfitted in rich walnut wood flooring and a tasteful application of white washed wood in an exaggerated tray ceiling. Dangling from its center point, miniature shells are meticulously set elaborately on an oversized chandelier â€“ undoubtedly the coastal showpiece of the room. Underneath, a plush king sized bed is dressed in textiles that remind us of the sandy shore. A statement headboard like this one calls you to rest your cares away. We added these coral pillows from Bahamas Design Center to spice things up. Another favorite, the three stacked urchin lamps also add color, coastal appeal and are also available at BDC West. After a long day of work and a relaxing bath, there is nowhere else one would want to be.
CREATE THIS LOOK Be sure to dress your bed with basic white “hotel” sheets and layer with casual linens like woven spreads or waffle knit covers. Faint colors of sand or other neutrals are ideal. Layering your bed will express casual style in a richer way. Buy extra pillows and a throw to achieve this. Adding a little color will break up the monotony of neutral hues. Options other than coral are greens or blues if you don’t want too much energy from warm tones like those of the red family. If you are lucky enough to purchase a grand chandelier covered in shells to suspend over your bed, by all means don’t hold back. However, other choices such as capiz shells or even wood bead chandeliers or lamps work nicely for creating coastal flair. It will be very difficult to substitute the lamps we got from BDC West, but adding a simple shell on your night stand might suffice while you plan on your purchase. Linen blend panels on your windows will make a significant difference as well. SUMMER 2013
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Master Bathroom What most people really long for in a master suite includes a bathroom not lacking the prestige of the rest of the room. Here, the master bath is up to par. The floors and walls are covered in a sandy version of slate. Their irregular placement is especially warm and rustic. Approaching the lavatory, it becomes easy to imagine that you are on a ship. The large circular wood framed mirrors are reminiscent of the windows inside a ship’s cabin and are a tasteful application to the “his and hers” vanity area. Bronze fixtures tie together with the doors and mirrors refining traditional flair. Clean white sinks and an elegant white soaker tub make the design fresh and classic. We especially loved the designation of the bath tub in its own archway alcove.
CREATE THIS LOOK If you are planning on a bathroom remodel and want to acquire this style, select rustic tiles of stone or those that are patterned after it and try to get those that are irregular in the box. It will give a realistic application.
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Guest Room SUMMER 2013
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Kid’s Bedroom The kid’s room offers a wonderful surprise. Made for a pair of twin beds, this room has configured space in unimaginable ways. An alcove with the homes signature archway is set just off of the entry of this adorable chamber and functions as a niche for one of the beds. It’s own chandelier hanging above the bed carries a unique statement of little luxuries for little people. Comfortable linens attractively adorn the beds. The multi stripe pattern carries nautical influences and the starfish accent pillows by Bahamas Design Center added the pop of color the room needed to keep things kid friendly. The en-suite bathroom is outfitted with gorgeous green slate, white tub, toilet and sink.
CREATE THIS LOOK To create a nautical inspired kids room like this, opt for striped bedding and keep the sheets basic white for casual finesse. A touch of whimsy will top things off for adding a little playfulness. Apply these through art and other accents.
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Kitchen The kitchen is one of the most beloved places of a home. It is where meals are made, celebrations begin and conversations linger. This one definitely has the room to hold it all. Long stretches of high lacquered grey cabinetry assembles with walnut sections and a butcher block peninsula. The counter is topped with a peculiar natural stone and is altogether brilliant. Special attention is brought to the kitchen because of the up-cycled chandelier which is crafted of an iron frame and old fashioned soda bottles turned upside down. It is definitely a conversation piece to remember.
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Diary of a Decorator AMANDA LINDROTH DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Are you feeling worn out, stressed or simply unmotivated to do anything when you’re at home or at work? If so, the culprit may be the paint color that has been applied to the four walls of your home or office. Yes, the color of a room will totally affect your overall mood as well as your thoughts. It’s always best to choose colors that reflect your personality, but you must know how to blend these color combinations to make them pleasing to the eye. And that’s when you can call on Amanda Lindroth, one of the most sought-after interior decorators that The Bahamas has to offer. Amanda is the lead designer of Lindroth Design. The interior design firm located in the Lyford Cay Financial Center is a subsidiary of Lindroth Development, which is synonymous with developing the upscale, gated Old Fort Bay community. The development company is owned by Amanda’s Swedish-born husband Orjan Lindroth, who has been living in The Bahamas since the age of 2. “For 10 years I was in fashion journalism working with W and Women’s Wear Daily Magazine and even while I did that all I did was look at decorative magazines and study decorating at night,” Amanda recalls. “I read books on decorating and explored beautiful houses to learn more about decorating. I think the hours that I spent behind my
computer at night looking at things [related to interior design] and understanding these things actually helped.” Amanda moved to The Bahamas in 1988. It is where she met her husband and she’s been living there for the past 25 years. Amanda realized that there was an opportunity to pursue her passion for interior design on a full-time basis when her husband’s clients began to ask her to decorate their homes. And once these homes were transformed into eye-popping and jaw-dropping spaces, news of Amanda’s creative skills began to spread. Now, Lindroth Design has completed projects for clients at Old Fort Bay in Lyford Cay; the Dunmore Beach Club in Harbour Island as well as homes in Harbour Island and Gregory Town, Eleuthera. The company is now working on decorating the French Leave Resort in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera and also has major projects at Schooner Bay in Abaco and on Paradise Island. But don’t be misled, Lindroth Design also tackles small projects and can even transform spaces for weddings. “We do lots of small projects,” Amanda says. “We do maintenance projects and we have also fluffed-up houses on the real estate market that were considered to be stale. We will go in and add orchids and put some joy in these homes. I think part of the reason that our office gets hired is we take our clients work very seriously and we get it done.”
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“ You need a beautiful plant in the room. And if you cannot afford orchids, you can stick green leaves from the garden in a glass vase as this gives the room some scale.”
Lindroth Design has also received international exposure, having graced the covers of prominent interior design magazines such as Coastal Living, Veranda and House Beautiful.
her clients with homes in The Bahamas prefer homes that are beachy, and because of this, she is known for using grass matting as well as cotton and linen fabrics. She also loves rattan and wicker furniture.
According to Amanda, decorating is all about transforming and making use of spaces that are out of proportion. “That is what we do all day long. We make a person comfortable in a room that may or may not be perfect. We learn early what our clients want. Some clients are very tough, but we use room-byroom documents, and if we are on the right track then we budget the project. We then OK the project and we later end up with a [decorated] house.”
“There are also some signatures that are always in my schemes. I love good upholstery and you must have live things. All of the senses must be pleased. You need a beautiful plant in the room. And if you cannot afford orchids, you can stick green leaves from the garden in a glass vase as this gives the room some scale. It’s also nice to have a wonderful scented candle in the room, but a Jasmine bush outside would be even better. I also don’t want the houses to be too pristine. There must be books in houses, even if you’re not a reader, as well as shelves. We always buy beautiful shelves and we always have Bahamian art in all of our houses.”
Amanda’s most challenging and proudest project to date was providing furniture to decorate a 25,000 square foot home at Lyford Cay on a very tight deadline. “I am most proud of it because it was the hardest one and we aced it, but I had a lot of personal moments of terror thinking how I was going to get it done. I really sat up at night thinking how to make it beautiful. It is absolutely our intention to make everything beautiful. What we do in The Bahamas can be so logistically challenging, there is no point even attempting it if it won’t be legendary. I always go for legendary because [the final outcome] has to be memorable.” Amanda’s style often reflects the needs of her clients. She will always conduct an assessment of her clients in order to give them a house that feels “like them” and not how she wants it to feel. “I love to give clients magazines and ask them for a direction,” Amanda says. Many of
Amanda is also a diligent shopper when it comes to securing furniture to decorate homes. She wants to offer the best prices to her clients so she often visits local hardware stores or thrift and consignment stores in search of authentic, unique items. “There are beautiful things that you can buy at the hardware store and you don’t have to spend too much,” says Amanda, who sometimes shops at Kelly’s Home Centre in Nassau and IKEA in the United States. She also orders furniture from as far as the UK and India. “It is very important that we shop very diligently and get the best prices for our clients, and I am constantly aware of price because the duty to ship items to The Bahamas is so high.”
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Amanda says that decorating, regardless of the area that is being decorated, has to be happy. “I’m not talking about kindergarten happy but the rooms need to be beautiful. The fabrics must not be too dreary. There must be a punch of white in the room and there must be enough light coming though the curtains. A comfortable room, she says, will have a rug, a sofa, a pairs of club chairs or two wicker chairs, a coffee table, end tables, lamps and curtains.
this year they should keep moving with you throughout the years.”
“My theory about decorating is you have to accumulate your worldly goods. In other words, if you buy a good sofa in your 20s you should have this sofa in your 60s. And if you brought one or two beautiful things
Amanda Lindroth is from Boca Raton, Florida. She has lived in New York, Boston, Paris, London and she now lives in The Bahamas at Lyford Cay with her husband and their eight-year-old daughter Eliza.
Amanda advises others who are interested in interior design to study the field on the internet and read a lot of design magazines. She also suggests that fixing up a room for a family member or a friend on a budget would be a good way to start. The basic room in any home, Amanda, says, can be totally transformed for $10,000 to $15,000.
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“My theory about decorating is you have to accumulate your worldly goods.”
AMANDA’S FIVE TIPS TO MAKE A ROOM BEAUTIFUL 1. Make sure that the room has air and light. Open the curtains and turn on the lights. Ensure that all the light bulbs are working in your lamps. 2. Put some plants in the room such as orchids or palm fronds in a glass cylinder. 3. Pay attention to scale. If you have super high ceilings there must be some compensation in the middle. 4. Make sure that the room is clean. 5. Make sure that you have comfortable upholstery. There’s nothing like a comfortable sofa in a room. SUMMER 2013
The faint scent hits you just as you enter the doorway. It’s not overwhelmingly strong, but strong enough to draw you in. As you step inside, you’re drawn closer and closer as you try to decipher the mixture of the floral … no … cedar … or is it a fresh linen scent? You’re entranced by the subtle fragrance that has brought the whole room to life, but your curiosity still has not been satisfied. Alas! As you look around, the warm glow from the corner of the room brings you closer to the source; its flickering light burns bright. You take a deep breath, inhaling the rich aroma and smile realizing that your Maven Candle has once again brought you to a place of peace and tranquility. Whether its to assist in your spiritual well being, a statement piece, or quite simply to freshen a room, candles have been a staple in many homes, business and other spaces for centuries. They symbolize light in the darkness of life. Lit in times of death, they signify the light in the next world. But they also represent purification and cleansing.
Technicalities aside, local candle manufacturer LaToya Moxey believes candles represent a lot more. For Moxey – the proprietor of Maven Candles – her love for perfumes and other great scents allowed her to capitalise on her passion. And although she, like so many others, suffers from sinus problems and other allergies, she did not allow this to put “out her flame.” In fact, its what helped to inspire her.
“Many allergies kept me limited in what I could smell. I became a bit more concerned about my health and wellness after a minor surgery in 2009. And during my down time, I did some research on paraffin wax, its benefits and hazards. What I found was that the things I was ingesting and burning in my home, was doing more harm [than good].“ “Having already learned how to make candles through art class in high school, I wanted to make a change. So, I did more
research, bought books on essential oils, different types of wax, ordered my first kit and then started making candles for my home. That turned into making candles for friends. And once word of mouth took over, I sold my first batch.” From there, LaToya committed herself to learning more about the candle manufacturing business and began operations in September 2009. She then quickly opened a flagship store in January 2010. Steadfast in keeping her business 100 per cent Bahamian owned, LaToya says this also includes using all Bahamian products. In fact, the oils from native trees and barks are extracted to create the signature Maven aromatherapy fragrance. With over 75 scents to choose from, Moxey has already set herself apart from other chandlers in the industry. The soybased candles are also environmentally friendly, containing no additives or artificial ingredients. The company is also reducing its carbon footprint by using recycled jars and
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CANDLES By Genea Ferguson
packaging. And by re-pouring new candles into used jars, the company conserves a lot more than many other manufacturers. The candles are also hand poured and cured to ensure the best scent. Additionally, Maven’s product offerings are expanding as the company forges ahead to create organic bath salts straight from Ragged Island and other natural products that have been proven to relax, sooth and invigorate. Maven Candles is also producing a line of massage and body oils that can be applied any and everywhere on the body. Constantly thinking of ways to infuse the Bahamian experience into each and every scent, the wax can’t harden fast enough before the MC creator is thinking of something else to invent.
“I am passionate about everything that I do. I believe in creating products that make people smile and feel happy. Knowing that someone loves what I’ve worked hard to produce for them is the driving force behind my passion.”
If you’re questioning how far can a local candle business really grow, already Maven Candles is providing candles for some of the countries most popular hotels, spas and clubs and has attracted big names by offering customisation for its growing clientele. Maven Candles has also been prominently featured in a series of publications that are distributed throughout the Caribbean and has also been featured on Good Morning America back in 2012. And if you’re still not convinced, MC’s catchy Bahamian themed names such as “Sweet Dreams”, “Peace and Plenty”, “Mango Skin” and “Long Hair Gal” are sure to get your attention! Like any other local business, Moxey says financial support has been the most challenging aspect of being in the business. She suggests the government consider more concessions for manufacturers, enabling them to be more competitive. “Keeping us in the same categories as the larger companies or setting a precedence across the board in banking, importing,
taxation, etc. is very challenging. I find it very difficult to maintain a balance financially.” But despite the set backs, the MC creator continues to let her light shine. Next month, she and her candles will make their international debut in Los Angeles, California at the Swin Collective Trade Show to bid on placement in boutiques, gift shops and hotels. Her candles range from five dollars to 100 dollars. And although the price may vary, she insists the quality does not. She prides herself on providing consistent service and believes that her products speak … or dare we say… smell for themselves. So the next time you’re thinking of livening up your space, do a scent check and make sure you’re making it a Maven.
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Interesting Sites The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has been studying, exhibiting, and conserving the world’s plants since 1891. And in places like New York City (NYC), green spaces are a commodity. There are multiple exhibitions at the garden throughout the year, but the one I look forward to most is the orchid show. Orchids are my favorite because they belong to a beautiful family of flowers, varying in colors, shapes, sizes and textures.
simply to see orchids might not be everyone’s taste, but imagine seeing this show in the evening with a cocktail in hand and music in the background. On select evenings, they start the night off with a champagne pre-party and your ticket includes special dinner offers at partner restaurants.
It is considered one of NYC’s most romantic date destinations and I can see why. Most guys bring flowers to the door, but here, you get the chance This year marks the 11th exhibition and is the to surround her with more than 7,000 orchids largest of its kind in the United States. Going from all over the world. You can even buy your
date a plant to take home. And every time she looks at it, she will remember what a great night you both had. Which guy would you rather be? This particular show is usually two months out of the year, from March to April. I wish it was year round! But there is so much more NYBG has to offer such as other cocktail evenings, summer concerts and poetry readings. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do, visit Botanical Gardens website www.nybg.org and see what they have to offer the next time you are in town. I promise it’ll be a great treat!
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By Theandra M. Thompson
It’s officially summer and most of you, if you haven’t done so already, are thinking about where to travel this year. I often think about packing my bags, flying to Paris and staying at a suite in Hôtel Plaza Athénée, with a view of the Eiffel Tower for weeks on end. But like most people, finances have halted that plan. At the very least, when planning your vacation you can’t wait for the opportunity to leave behind your everyday lives, even if just for a weekend. Don’t get discouraged! People all over the world have experienced the vacation of their dreams, while travelling on a budget. Once you decide on a destination, the next step is finding a place to stay.
Be aware of all your options! Not knowing what you can get is usually the biggest mistake, and easiest way to spend more money than you need to. Whether you are looking for a stress reliever, romantic weekend, or family vacation, you should be aware of all your stay options. Hotels are easy to book but not the most cost-effective or even unique option. I know you hear vacation home and think “this has to be expensive, how can it be any better or cheaper than booking a hotel?” Trust me, it can! Hotels can be great, don’t get me wrong, but even including all the amenities, you know exactly what it is you are getting. Even if you get a hotel room with a kitchen inside, it still doesn’t feel exactly like home. And guess what? It can be a lot cheaper! Why would anyone want to spend hundreds of dollars per night on a hotel when there are other options such as 56
renting a place, or swapping houses for less money!
Opt for more space and comfort!
According to VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner), the average vacation rental is 1,850 square feet, while the average hotel room is less than a quarter of that size. There are so many more things you can do with the additional space and privacy that you cannot get in a hotel. And if you could, it might cost you an arm and a leg! Features such as: • Access to a private pool and patio. • Pets being allowed. • Private common areas. • Dining in with your own kitchen and saving money on restaurants. • Flexible check-in and check-out times. • Escaping hotel noises. • Avoiding housekeeping disturbance (In vacation homes, they arrive when you instruct them to, or not at all.) • Access to private patios and decks. • TVs, DVD players, video games, internet connectivity and stereo systems sound are also better than the hotel mini bar, pay per view movies and pay per use internet access. • Enjoying a new experience without hundreds of other tourists around.
Spend less, get more!
rooms, it can begin to add up. With all the pluses we mentioned before, would you still want to spend more on four walls, beige carpeting, and possibly a two person balcony? Of course this can vary by location, property and budget. At more expensive homes, you could have country club memberships and transportation on site. But the point is, everything is customisable to your needs and wants, verses having everything already picked out for you in a hotel.
Trusted Sites The biggest fear, as with purchasing online in general, is how can you be sure as to what you are really getting? Just like that dress you bought online last week; it might look great in the picture, but not so much when it is in front of you. There are multiple options for vacations stays such as: • Short Term room rentals where travellers can rent a room in someone’s house. • Hostels are another option, although this might only provide a bed in a shared “dormitory”. • Home exchanges, where you switch homes with someone – anywhere in the world – for a short vacation.
The average nightly rate for a hotel room in Miami Beach is $180, compared • Vacation rentals allow you to pay a to $150 for a vacation rental. In nightly/weekly rate for a place ranging Rome, the average nightly rate is $223 from a villa in the Caribbean, a cabin compared to $181 for a vacation rental. on the lake, to a condo in New York If you have to consider booking multiple City (NYC).
For whichever option suits your budget and lifestyle, there are a lot of trusted sites to visit. HomeAway.com offers the largest inventory of rentals. There is also VacationRentals.com for last-minute deals. There is even the option of renting a condo or apartment in a major city if there is no real need to rent an entire home. The website Wimbdu.com is perfect for this.
As I have already taught you, and can’t stress enough, RESEARCH IS REQUIRED! When planning your trip, in order to get the best bang for your buck, you have to do your research. Look at some unconventional, extraordinary options. It is really no different from booking a hotel except; it is far from a cookie cutter vacation option. If you decide to go the route of vacation rental, apartment or home, still do your research. Look at the reviews of others who’ve already stayed there. Be openminded, because every ones experience will be different as we all have different tastes. But there are some things that are hard to exaggerate or ignore. Whether you are rich or poor, budget is a determining factor and you always want the best. Dreams of seeing the Eiffel Tower from your hotel room are not so farfetched with the right amount of planning. I know you procrastinate, and I do too. Don’t worry about it; just take a moment today to plan your perfect escape. I guarantee it won’t be time wasted. And if you use my tips, you won’t waste money either!
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THE PERFECT GETAWAY Itâ€™s got white sandy beaches splashed with the clearest of waters for miles and a greenness only found in some of the world greatest forests. But more than that, it boasts a quality sereneness and charm found nowhere else on earth. This is an unmatched paradise. This is The Exumas. Like many other destinations around the world, what makes The Exumas so special is all that it has to offer.
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But even if you canâ€™t cruise the expansive island chain on your own boat, you can still easily charter a dinghy by the day. While a lot of locals would rather pack their bags and head north for vacation, the island welcomes eco and water-sports-lovers who come to Exuma to enjoy the 176-square-mile nature preserve that encompasses more than 20 miles of cays between Conch Cut and Wax Cay Cut.
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And if youâ€™re a serious foodie or even just a casual diner, finding an authentically Bahamian meal is as easy as getting to the Fish Fry in George Town. But whatâ€™s perhaps one of the greatest treasures on the island is the all-inclusive Sandals Emerald Bay Resort. It sits on a celestial shoreline in Moss Town that stretches as far as the eyes can see. Deep within the idyllic waters of The Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easygoing rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands.
This privileged enclave is designed to ensure you will feel as if you are the only one there. The high-end resort prides itself on a service driven mantra where its customers reign supreme and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature.
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Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools —including a half-acre, zeroentry pool with dramatic fire pit in the middle — to seven exceptional restaurants. Guest get to enjoy a golf vacation with a round of championship golf on a Greg Normandesigned course, which was voted one of the Caribbean’s Best by Travel & Leisure Golf. Your trip to Sandals will take you to a deeper point of relaxation in its first-ever 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Spa.
With a unique blend of seclusion and sophistication, you’ll be able to explore impossibly beautiful turquoise waters renowned for their boating, fishing and diving. So before you’re quick to jet set further north, perhaps you might consider using the key to this unmatched paradise.
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Compass Point welcomes you to swim the cerulean depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tan by the poolside, or explore Love Beach’s many reefs. Once your hunger for life is satiated, visit our restaurant and bar to feast on the wide array of delectable Bahamian and International cuisine. The Compass Point Staff looks forward to serving you. Enjoy a heavenly sunset experience from this quaint resorts pier which extends 120
feet into the ocean, from our outdoor restaurant/bar or from the intimacy of each room’s private deck is second to none on New Providence Island. The Junkanoo colors of the property are 100% Bahamian. In a nod to civilization’s conveniences, and our founder’s music industry roots, we have air conditioned our “huts“, and added a state of the art surround sound music system to every room.
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Compass Point resort is the kind of place that not everyone will enjoy, which is exactly why a friend and I decided to go there for a girl’s getaway weekend. Neither of us wanted an Atlantis-type experience, and looked forward to being far away from the cruise crowds and casinos of many of the island’s resorts.
In that respect, Compass Point was perfect. It’s quiet, small, quirky and charming with huts smartly arranged so that you still have privacy. It’s next to Love Beach, which is nice for relaxing if you’re not up for lounging in the small pool area.
The bright multi-colored cabanas take you away to a world of fantasy on their own, but when set against the backdrop of the crystal aqua-marine waters the caribbean, the effect is awsome! Instant relaxation!
I wouldn’t stay anywhere else. If you’re looking for a big resort with all the amenities and crowds this is not your place. If you’re looking for a small, quaint, charming place that is clean and cozy with lots of character this is it! Local nightlife, great food, secluded beaches, and beautiful surroundings will await!
The rooms are great complete with a plasma TV and a home theater system. Who wants to watch TV in a place like this??? But if you bring some CD’s you will get the best sound in a hotel room ever! The views from all rooms are breathtaking and you’ll fall asleep with ease to the steady rythum of the waves hitting the beach.
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to my travel bunnies, jet setters and adventure seekers! You guessed it! Our next journey takes us to Japan! I was fortunate enough to share this experience with my dearest girlfriend. And let me say, next to my husband, she is the perfect travel partner. I am always wary of my company in travel and if you want to ensure a truly memorable experience, you should be too. If you like to relax, so should your travel buddy. If you like to sightsee, then so should your travel buddy. If you like to party or have carefree adventures ... you get the point. The first task at hand when planning our trip was the flight. We knew it was a long flight and we wanted to get there as fast as possible, so a direct flight was top priority. Some people believe that if you chose anytime to fly first class, it should be for a long flight. Business class is also an option. I say let your pocket be your guide. Splurge according to your priorities. The approximate flight time from New York to Tokyo is about 13 hours. If you are leaving from the west coast it’s about ten hours. Lucky for them! We stocked up lots of snacks, games and reading material. Armed with our list of “must see” attractions, we were headed to Japan! I should mention that we were extremely lucky to have a friend that was currently living in Japan for work and had been there for a few years. We were able to stay with her and have a personal guide for all the good things to do and the tourist traps to avoid. What she did for us, I will in turn do for you.
After an arduous 12-hour flight, we arrived at Narita International Airport. It was here we traded our dollars for yen and our undertaking of learning all things Japanese in 12 days began.
Arriving at our friend’s apartment, we realized we had an amazing view of the Tokyo tower. Check and check. It was the equivalent of having a view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or a view of the Empire State Building in New York. It was truly spectacular! Our first few days of sightseeing took us to the Imperial Palace, Ginza, Shubya and the Meji Jingu Shrine. Like most big
cities, the best way to get around is the public transportation system. Japan’s subways system was truly impressive, and I have spent 6 years in New York City. It was clean, well organized and, most importantly, the people were polite and patient. Not at all what I had become accustomed to taking the 6 train. There seemed to be an honor system with ticket purchase and riding the train. Again, very unfamiliar to a New Yorker, and we did manage to get ourselves on the wrong train more than once. At one point, we were so nervous we would be kicked of the train and we were also too anxious to attempt conversation in Japanese. Behind our oversized sunglasses and ear-buds in, we pretended not to see the conductor waving frantically at us. After he could no longer be ignored, we were relieved to find out our music volume was the problem, whew. Eventually we managed to navigate to our first destination with our pocket translator, only bothering locals once or twice. We completely butchered their language but they were always gracious. First stop was the Imperial Palace in the center of Tokyo where Japan’s imperial family, the emperor and his immediate family resides. The palace and its architecture were magnificent. The inner workings of the palace is not usually open to the public however, there are two times a year that tourists can enter the inner grounds and see
the royal family make several balcony appearances. The palace grounds were beautifully manicured and the buildings were reminiscent of buildings we have all seen in movies and documentaries. We actually sat in the gardens and relaxed. It was a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Next stop was Ginza, Tokyo’s most famous high-end shopping district. Restaurants, boutiques, department stores and art galleries as far as the eye can see. It was here that we had one of our most memorable dining experiences. It was not that we had expensive food, or we dined in an acclaimed restaurant. It was our first time choosing a restaurant and an entire meal with no English. The
menus are written in ... yes, Japanese! Each item had a photo attached and that, my fellow travelers, was how we ordered our meals – like first graders looking at a picture book. But it all worked out beautifully and we had a great meal. My advice to travelers with allergies or special food requests is to practice and master whatever that phrase is. The rest will be a piece of cake, which is exactly what we had for dessert. Up next, Shibuya! It’s Tokyo’s busiest and hippest neighborhood. It was in Shibuya that we saw the latest Japanese
street fashion. Bright clothing and ensembles reminiscent of cartoon characters, like Hello Kitty and Little Bo Peep. This area of Tokyo had an energy all its own. In Shibuya, we saw the wellknown Statue of Hachi, which is a bronze statue of the loyal dog who would wait for his master at the train station every day to arrive home. Even after his master’s death, he continued to go to the train station and await his master’s return – a story so touching it inspired a statue of the dog and many short films reliving the story. A dog is truly man’s best friend.
After such a solemn time in Heroshima, we ached for some fun. So we headed to the beach…Enoshima!
is a touristy island just off the coast. There are various attractions, shrines, an aquarium and on a good day views of Mount Fiji. Being a Bahamian, I never feel any beach can compare to those of my island. But the island girl in me can never resist a trip to the beach. We met a
There was so much to do in Tokyo, but we wanted to ensure that we saw other parts of Japan and we had to visit the city of Heroshima. This city gained notoriety young break-dancer named YoYo. He was happy to meet us and practice his English as he told us. YoYo was the gatekeeper to all Enoshima had to offer. He led us to Cabana. As we approached, we could hear familiar melodies. As we got closer, we recognized this sound. It was Reggae! Yes! Reggae in Japan. Who knew? Just imagine our delight. Yoyo had led us to a pleasant surprise. Corona in hand, on a beach listening to reggae, I forgot for a moment I was in Japan. As our trip was winding down, I knew there was one place we had to see.
when it was the first city to be attacked by atomic bomb on August 6th, 1945. We happen to be visiting on August 6th. Totally unplanned! It was kismet, perhaps. We were able to partake in the peace march. It was inspiring to see how a city could rebound from such complete destruction and thrive into a city that exudes peace. Ringing the peace bell and taking time to pause at the peace cranes and children’s monument are moments not to pass up.
It’s the city known for geisha’s and tea houses. I became familiar with Kyoto after reading “Memoirs of a Geisha.” I fell in love with the city in the book and saw it come to life before my eyes. It was here we saw young girls in traditional Japanese dress with white faces and red lips scurrying through the streets. It was here that we enjoyed a traditional tea ceremony. It was also here where we enjoyed what I like to call a cheat day. When we planned this trip, we knew we would be staying with a friend and we knew that we
would be submersed into the unknown. We booked a two day stay in a Westin hotel and enjoyed some of the comforts of a traditional vacation. No hustling around from sight to sight, just relaxing by the pool, eating familiar foods and putting our pocket translator to rest. It was a welcomed break. I highly recommended you schedule a day or two to relax during a vacation filled with activities. If not, you just might end up needing a vacation after the vacation. Our return to Tokyo meant our trip was coming to an end. We decided to enjoy the nightlife in Roppongi. I’ve got two recommendations. First up is Gonpachchi restaurant, also known as the “Kill Bill” restaurant. If you close your eyes and imagine all the people are gone, you can easily see the infamous fight scene between Lucy Lui and Uma Therman that was filmed there for the movie Kill Bill. Aside from that interesting fact, the food was delectable and the prices were reasonable.
Lastly you must try Nobu. I have eaten in the restaurant in several of its other locations and the original in Japan did not disappoint. Of course after dinner, sake and dancing is on the menu. Rest assured there is no shortage of bars and nightclubs. Alas our trip was over and it was time to turn those yen back into dollars. And while we accomplished a lot, there was much more to see. I wish I could share every last detail of our trip, but that would require at least ten more pages in this magazine! And although I can’t, I can only hope I was able to relay that Japanese are an amazing people with lots of culture and history. I do hope to return one day and Mount Fiji will be at the top of my must see/do list. Travel bunnies, your own adventures or misadventures await you. Thank you for sharing in mine, or should I say Arigato!
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Da Bahamian Vegan Never Put A Price On A Healthy Lifestyle. Meet Giovan “Gio” Cooper. He’s an average guy that loves cooking, tennis and spending time with his inner circle. But there’s more than meets the eye with this 27-year-old vegan who is the owner and proprietor of Happy Smiles – a catering company specializing in vegan and vegetarian catering and grilling services.
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“Once you you’ve made that decision, make the commitment...”
Becoming a vegan is something Gio decided to pursue while living in Austria. However, it was not an immediate decision, but something he eased into. During one Lenten season, the young vegan opted to give up meat, which began the transition for him. He remembers purchasing a book entitled, “The Ultimate Vegan Guide” by Erik Marcus. But besides making the change for dietary reasons, he said, diabetes runs in his family. So, making the switch was necessary. Da Bahamian Vegan is emphatic that one cannot put a price on a healthy lifestyle. So instead of limiting his catering services to solely vegan dishes, Gio says, he offers grilling as another healthy alternative for customers. But his mission when he’s preparing one of his healthy dishses is to never compromise the taste and presentation for cost. He says anyone who tries his cuisine should know that he offers only the best produce he can get his hands on. For those who may be considering transitioning to the vegan way of life, Gio says the first step is to realise what that lifestyle entails. “Vegans consume no type of animal products. So, that means no more of mom’s macaroni or your grandmother’s boil fish or stew conch. Personally, the hardest thing I had to give up during my transition was dairy. I loved cheese! But I had to discover ways of still getting that “cheese” flavour into foods.” He suggests talking to other vegans, as well. “I didn’t have anyone locally [to talk] to when I made my transition. All the individuals that helped initially with my transition were located in the United States,” he said.
He says social media also helped him to get in touch with likeminded individuals who were living the vegan lifestyle. “Once you you’ve made that decision, make the commitment,” he said. “It won’t be easy especially when you are around family and friends who don’t quite understand your new lifestyle change.” So, of course one question is what would a typical meal consist of? He shared how he’s made adjustments to one of his favorite recipes, banana pancakes. “Instead of using milk, replace it with almond milk (that takes care of the dairy aspect). Replace your traditional white flour with ‘Spelt Flour’ (spelt flour is top healthy organic non GMO flour). And for the eggs, you can simply use flaxseed meal (ground up flaxseed as it acts as a binding agent). The white sugar can be substituted with agave nectar and olive oil as your cooking lubricant. He also offered suggestions on a recipe for macaroni lovers. For starters, the milk/cream would be replaced with almond milk and the cheese with nutritional yeast (deactivated yeast). Butter can always be replaced with olive oil. “The most fulfilling thing I do is help inspire others,” he said. “People only need someone to look to for some inspiration. I love to see people go out and push for what they want. Whether it’s because of the healthy lifestyle I promote, or the positive and motivating spirit I exude. Most importantly I love what I do. I love food and its ways of preparations.” He admits though, “I’m not a certified chef. But who says only “chefs” produce good meals?”
LIFESTYLE Depending on whom you ask about Bodine Johnson, you just might get several descriptions. She’s a musician, actress, model, writer and the lists go on and on. But one thing that’s constant is the fact that this talented Bahamian woman is committed to anything she sets her mind too. In fact, when I first met Bo as her friends affectionately call her, she was doing double duties modeling and hosting Caribbean Flava. Fast forward to today and she has made quite a name for herself, particularly as a musician. With lots on her plate, Bodine says, “I’ve
been spending the last few months working on personal goals and projects. As a businesswoman, I’ve been developing a venture called ‘Party in Paradise’”. She explains that it’s an event series focused on authentically
Bahamian and Caribbean food, music and culture. It originated from the release of her famous ‘Intoxicated’ music video and has evolved into an amazing experience that is different from most.
However, she says, she appreciates the endorsements corporate Bahamas has made available for young Bahamians and others seeking to obtain contracts in the music industry.
“I’ve realized that outside of hosting events and corporate concerts, I have a responsibility to myself to build a brand of music and entertainment that will be synonymous with me,”
“I believe that it is a sign of respect and encouragement and should be continued, especially if we are making great music and strides the world-over,” she said. If there was something she would do says Bodine. differently, Bodine says it would be to reinvest money into the business and save Even though she continues to develop her more. She says she would pay herself brand, she says, there is one thing that has a salary and treat her music more like a not changed. business. “We still don’t have enough mainstream artists who can afford to continue to make the type of music they want too and ‘live’ or ‘prosper’. We have to constantly reinvest, and sometimes personal money, into what is intended to be a business.”
“This realization is something that comes with time and maturity. I think a number of artists go wrong by not factoring in the cost of performances, promotion, album/ cd production and salary for themselves, plus reinvestment into the cost for
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performances. So, we take performance money and it doesn’t become a return on investment. How many ‘broke’ entertainers are out there? Don’t get me wrong. I’m far from broke, but I am also a bit wiser on spending personal money to fund my music and being able to balance personal and professional expenses,” she says. As for new projects, Johnson says she is working on the third and latest installment of ‘Party in Paradise’. Last year she produced a stage play entitled “The Gualin Bride”, based on Patricia GlintonMeicholas’ ‘An Evening in Guanima’. The production – a musical of sorts – featured fire dancing, RuppaPumPum on drums, a band and costumes which she tailored personally. The production was held at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, with scores in attendance.
In addition, Bodine says she’s looking forward to doing another installment of The Gold Digger’s Handbook, a stageplay that started as a sketch almost 10 years ago.
“The new information and the lesson’s I’ve had in love and life have been invaluable. I am sure that this is going to be amazing. It’s currently in the developmental stage and I plan on staging it in 2014,” she says.
“Songs like, ‘One’ and ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’ speak to the experiences of a number of people who are either in love, have fallen out of love and are hurting. Create songs that come with raw emotion and make people feel something. Everyone wants to feel something,” she says. “Finally, PERFORM IT. Perform the music. Every time you step onto the stage sing from your soul.”
This positive and inspirational artist always has a word of encouragement for new artists. “I would advise them to create music that means something. Look at society. Look at where you fit in and empathize with what is taking place. Become the voice [for] a few people who need to be heard, that is what makes music everlasting.
By Jimenita Swain
The Key To Wellness My Alkaline Lifestyle By Karissma Robinson One year ago, my overall health was not good. I was at a doctor’s office almost every other month for various reasons and spending loads of cash. I never seemed to get better and became very depressed and confused. At the time, I didn’t realize that I was the cause of my own sickness. Yes! Sick, because of my poor diet that was filled with starch and acid forming food. I loved food and loved to cook, but had no idea what a healthy lifestyle really meant until the day I stepped into New Life Natural Vegetation Cell Food Ltd. in the new Independence Highway Business Park on East Street South. It was the day that I began my journey to an ‘Alkaline Lifestyle’. My food became my medicine and my medicine my food. The New Life team opened my eyes to a premise that is now spreading like wild fire throughout The Bahamas.
The alkaline lifestyle is definitely a transition from the standard Western diet. It’s a premise that has been around for centuries that entails us staying away from acid forming foods and eating foods that keep our bodies oxygenated. Because our bodies are carbon based, acid forming foods cause a build-up of mucus. And when our bodies are filled with mucus, diseases thrive. I was stunned by this revelation and made the decision to embark on the journey that has totally changed my life. I will admit, at the time I was afraid because I thought I would fail for sure! The beginning was definitely rough, especially since I had to learn how to cook all over again. But today I’m at optimum health and no longer suffer from the illnesses I had before.
It requires you to think about food and eating in an entirely new way. You’ll be challenged when eliminating dairy, starch, and meat. According to New Life CEO Jamal Moncur, “dairy, starch and meat are mucus forming.” New Life provides a nutritional guide that breaks down the foods that must be eliminated and the foods that should be eaten. It can be difficult to make a U- turn in your way of eating and cooking. However, in order to have success, you don’t have to make that turn in just one week.Decide to make small steps to change. Now, you may wonder what on earth do I eat…? Well, organic fruits and vegetables that are non-hybrids (made in a lab) are on the top of my
list! I stay away from all meats except fish on occasions, and I also stay far away from dairy, including eggs and milk. Often times I’ve created tasty recipes that incorporate loads of green vegetables and grains. One of my favorite dishes is my raw Mac n’ cheese, which I’m sure doesn’t sound too tasty. Mac n’ cheese or “baked macaroni” as we call it in The Bahamas was my favorite and I just had to figure out a recipe that would give me the satisfaction. So, one day I purchased a box of spelt macaroni, which has no starch. I created a sauce that tastes just like cheese. It was my dreams come true. I had finally created an alternative without the milk, eggs, butter and cheese.
As I’ve said already, this will require you learn a new way of cooking, but you’ll be surprised to know what you can come up with once you’re in it. For me, there was no other choice. It was either change my eating habits or continue to suffer. Throughout my journey, I’ve met many people who have taken this path and they’ve all said that while it has not been easy, it is totally worth it! Who knows, this just might be the change you need to get on the path to total wellness.
“I stay away from all meats except fish on occasions, and I also stay far away from dairy, including eggs and milk.” SUMMER 2013
BY MACARRA FOWLER
Nutella & Sea Salt
Stuffed Sugar Cookies
When you hear the word “dessert,” you think “sweet,” right? Funny enough, before I started baking, I thought the very same thing. I also never understood the purpose of salt in dessert. At least that’s until I forgot salt in a cupcake recipe. It was a good thing I made an extra cupcake to taste! It was terrible! And let’s just say I would have had a very dissatisfied customer with some choice words for Hello Cupcake! But believe it or not, salt balances out the sugar. And even though most dessert recipes call for no more than a teaspoon at a time, the difference it makes is astounding! Now that we’ve gotten all the fun stuff out of the way, I’d like to share with you a recipe adapted from cookincanuck.com, one of the many food blogs I subscribe to. Some of you might not be familiar with this absolutely sinful spread, but Nutella is a hazelnut-based sweet spread registered by the Italian company Ferrero. I love Nutella and came across this amazing Nutella & Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookie recipe. It’s very simple with ingredients that most of us already have, including my beloved sea salt.
Using a 1 teaspoon measure, scoop out Nutella and place in small mounds on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Place an oven rack in the middle slot and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter and 1Â˝ cups of granulated sugar with an electric mixer set on medium speed until the mixture is creamy and fluffy. This should take 3 to 5 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla extract.
Sprinkle 5 or 6 grains of sea salt on the flattened dough.
Use a small metal spatula to lift the mounds of Nutella from the baking sheet and lay on the bottom half of cookie dough, on top of the salt. If the Nutella starts to soften, place back in the freezer for a few minutes.
Cover the Nutella with the other piece of cookie dough. Seal the edges with your fingers. Roll the ball in the sugar to coat it and place it on a prepared baking sheet.
10. Repeat this method with the remaining
dough and Nutella mounds, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart.
11. Bake the cookies, one sheet a time, rotating from front to back halfway through baking. They are done when the edges are set and begin to brown. This should take about 10 to 13 minutes. The centers of the cookies should still be soft and puffy.
Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually beat in the flour mixture until it is combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir the mixture a few times to make sure all of the flour mixture is incorporated.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let 6. Place 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in a small 12. them cool for 10 minutes. Using a spatula, bowl. Use 2 tablespoons of cookie dough for each cookie. Split the piece of dough in half and slightly flatten the bottom half.
remove the cookies from the baking sheet allowing them to cool on a rack. They can also be served warm.
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By Chef Montgomey “MoKaMo” Penn
Besides its crystal clarity and variations of blue, the waters of The Bahamas offer up many tasty delicacies. From the all-famous grouper and red snapper, to the much sought after Bahamian lobster, there’s something for every seafood lover. If prepared correctly, these fish and crustaceans will dance splendidly on one’s taste buds! In this edition, I intend to introduce you to Seafood Ceviche. And while it may sound extra fancy, it’s a dish that’s not at all far reaching. If you’ve ever enjoyed crawfish, lobster and grouper separately, then I’m sure you won’t mind this brilliant blend. Ceviche is a dish that basically uses citrus or other acids to cook raw seafood without the application of heat. With only about fifteen to twenty minutes to prepare, this scrumptious salad will be easy to prepare for your next function. It’s simple and pocket pleasing, and offers an amazing blend of flavors found in no other dish. Let’s get cooking!
Slice red and yellow cherries into four equal sizes. Then, wash and slice purple onions. Chop the cilantro. Add all the ingredients above in a bowl. Next, take a sharp knife, place it at the tip of the lobster tail and cut straight down. Cut the tail in half lengthways then portion the halves into eight equal pieces. Wash and rinse conch thoroughly then cut into long match stick size strips (julienne). Butterfly the grouper (cut down the center of the grouper) then julienne the grouper. Combine the seafood with the rest of the ingredients. Add lime, lemon and orange juice. Next, season dish with kosher salt. Mix thoroughly, and allow your dish to sit in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes. This will create the marinade. Once the dish has marinated, serve and enjoy.
60 grams red cherry tomatoes 60 grams yellow cherry tomatoes 30 grams purple onion sliced & washed 6 grams cilantro leaves chopped 1 6oz lobster tail 2 whole conch julienne 1 4oz portion of grouper julienne
1/2 bird eye spice (finely chopped) 1 1/2 lime 1 1/2 lemon 2 orange Pinch of Kosher Salt *serves four
Sur Club Sushi Bar “We Hope To Exceed All Competition” By Jimenita Swain
“While it is very swanky, the It’s the first thing that grabs your attention. The fine interior décor screams all things Japanese. That – couple with an unmatched ocean view of Nassau Harbour – Sur Club Sushi Bar is one of the better restaurant choices this summer. The family oriented eatery nestled right on the waterfront at Elizabeth on Bay offers a little more than the ordinary, edging away from its competitors. General Manager Ron Breer explains that the prefix sur means to surpass. And for Ron, when it comes to this new venture, the only thing he’s set his sights on is exceeding expectations. “We have the ability to do anything here,” says Breer. And one of the main features of the restaurant is its outdoor deck, which according to Breer gives the restaurant a flexibility many other eateries lack. And while all those features are great attributes, just what will keep customers coming back?
Ron says the one thing that was key before opening was training staff and emphasizing the importance of great service. So far, he says it’s worked well, so well in fact that one of the waiters was recently presented with a $1,000 tip because the customer felt the service was “superb”. “We spent a few weeks training the staff. We want our servers to know how the food is made, not just what it is,” he explains. Ron says their chef’s take great pride in preparing all of the fabulous hot and cold dishes from its menu, which is constantly expanding. One of the more popular Sushi dishes is the ‘Twilight Roll”, which is a deep friend roll filled with salmon, cream cheese and crab mixed with avocado. This is all wrapped with seaweed and drizzled with eel sauce and spicy mayonnaise. Other favorites are the “Bay Street” and the Sashimi rolls. As for the dishes that tantalized my taste buds, the ‘Caterpillar
prices are very competitive.” Roll’, which consists of eel and cucumbers topped with avocado and drizzled with eel sauce and sesame seeds, was simply delightful. Even though it really does look like a caterpillar, it tasted divine!
I have a weakness for sweetness, so, I definitely could not wait to dive into ‘The Baked Alaskan” which looks like something you can’t wait to eat! Plus you can’t get it anywhere else.
The ‘Tuna Pizza”, another hot menu item, was something I’ve never tried before, but I absolutely loved it.
It’s a half of a full pineapple stuffed with vanilla ice cream and sprinkled with chilled pineapple chunks. This is all topped of with a meringue.
Admittedly, I’m a newbie to sushi, at least the raw dishes, but the raw tuna on a pizza was indeed intriguing. The first bite was pleasantly surprising because I really was not sure what to expect. The sashimi grade raw tuna sits on a grilled flour tortilla topped off with onions, tomato, furikake, jalapenos and a drizzle of wasabi cream that kicks a nice kick. The salmon tataki and the crab stuffed shrimp are appetizers that are sure to jump off your plate and find a welcomed place in your stomach should you opt to try them.
In one word: Yummy! On my next visit I will definitely take a stab at the short ribs or aged rib eye! But with food aside for now, Sur definitely provides a great family atmosphere, great service and fun and funky dishes that every family can share. While it is very swanky, the prices are very competitive. So if you’re minded to grab a bite while taking in an ocean view, then Sur Club Sushi is definitely the place to be!
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