S T Y L I S H S PAC E S S P EC I A L
STYLE & BEAUTY
ADDIN G SUM M ER TO IN TERIOR DESI G N
M A H I MA H I TACOS W I TH EX T R A S P E C I A L F L A I R
CO O L ATTI R E FO R T HE G U YS TH I S MO N T H
Stylish Spaces Results are here for the most prestigious Virgin Islands competition!
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WE ARE EXCITED TO INVITE YOU on an extra special journey this month as we unveil the winning properties of our annual Stylish Spaces competition. If you’re not already familiar, this is the second year VIPY is hosting this slick event, that showcases the best-looking properties—commercial and residential—in a number of categories. Our judges—industry experts of architecture, design, and everything in between—seek unique properties that combine a multitude of elements to present an eye-catching work of genius; we hope you enjoy the visual feast of the results within our 20-page feature! Things We Love complements our front cover piece this issue by offering product suggestions that will allow residents an opportunity to make their property as stylish as our winners. Habitat brings summer colour to the table in interior design perspectives that will inspire your creative spirit, and Villas & Views grants a rare treat from the expert opinions of Smiths Gore; what will allow property sellers to list their pride and joy with greater success with buyers? Find out! Renowned architectural firm OBM International permit a peek into the mind of their Managing Director Marvin E. Flax; his talent for integrating art into the home—serving form and function—affords us spectacular insight into smooth home aesthetics. Delish presents extra tasty summer treats in Mahi Mahi Tacos with Chef Kayleigh’s adventurous and phenomenal skill with cuisine. And finally, our Style & Beauty Editor Pearlette indulges men’s fashion for a nice change this month, bestowing cool apparel for the summer time. Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.
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PAGE 17 Fendi Casa Suite, Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda. Winner: Best Living Room, VIPY Stylish Spaces Awards Photo by Christian Horan
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Food Editor Kayleigh is the Coldwell Banker/BVI Villa Rental Property Manager and Villa Chef. She loves to work with fresh island produce and looks forward to sharing fun recipes with you in Delish.
Marvin E. Flax
Marvin is the Managing Director of OBM International, leading the global master planning, architecture, and design firm in its Tortola office. Creative by nature, Marvin uses the beauty of the BVI for inspiration.
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Lambert Beach Estate above Beautiful Lambert Beach is currently under full renovation. The new Hotel will be opening in October 2017 under a Wyndham Brand as Wyndham Turtle Bay Resort. Villas and Condos on Sale now... Great Buying Opportunity!
Villa 28 Lambert Beach For Sale Luxury 3-bed Villa with Pool & Stairs right to the Beach!
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Palatial 5-bed Home with Pool on 2 Acres Land
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Exquisite in all details, this 3-bed Home with Pool on 1.295 Acres Land
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Beautifully Decorated 2-bed Home Close to the Beach
Asking US $525,000
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THINGS WE LOVE Some great suggestions for improving the aesthetics of the home
Learn how to list your property for successful purchase
Mahi Mahi Tacos are on today’s summer menu and they are great
VILLAS & VIEWS
The grand unveiling – results are in! Check out these winning properties
OBM International show us how to integrate art into the home for form and function
BLURRING THE LINES
STYLE & BEAUTY Some fashionable seasonal apparel for the fellas
We illuminate your interiors with a splash of summer colour
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Indoor outdoor cushions for a stylish outdoor space
This statement table lamp is 4’ high and creates a good talking point
Oval rope mirror – casual chic piece at home in a polished or shabby chic scheme
Octopus shot glass holder – every home should have one
Add this coral beaded cushion to dress up a chair or sofa
Brushed wood cross legged desk or console piece
Grey linen covered upholstered wingback chair with pin nails
No stylish space is complete this year without a nod to pineapples! This brass cup comes in four sizes
Coral prints for extra style!
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LAND / STYLISH SPACES WINNERS
Fendi Casa Suite, Oil Nut Bay, Virgin Gorda. Winner â€“ Best Living Room
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THE WINNERS See who has taken the Supreme Winner spot this year
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LAND / STYLISH SPACES WINNERS
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A LUXURIOUSLY STYLED LIVING ROOM FEATURING SIGNATURE FENDI CASA DÉCOR AND FURNISHINGS, A VILLA THAT EPITOMISES CLASSIC CARIBBEAN COLOURS AND FLAVOUR, AND A BEDROOM SOPHISTICATED IN ITS BEACH-CHIC STYLE... …...we are proud to announce the winners in the VIPY Stylish Spaces Awards! Our industry expert judges had tough decisions to make, but in the end, there could only be one winner in each category. Enjoy this stunning 20-page feature!
LAND / STYLISH SPACES WINNERS
BEST CREATIVE SPACE
CORAL HILL HOUSE â€“ BELMONT, TORTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
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“Creativity should not require walls. Thankfully, this property showcases the natural beauty of the BVI, using sympathetic planting, simple furniture, and furnishings which do not detract from the natural setting.” – PAU L M E L LO R , S E N I O R A S S O C I AT E AT H A R N E Y S P R I VAT E C L I E N T D E PA RT M E N T
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BEST INDOOR/OUTDOOR FLOW
STOWAWAY – BREWER’S BAY, TORTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
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“The property fits in perfectly with the surrounding environment; enjoying the many views of the ocean. The overall design of the home integrates an extensive veranda, natural elements, and the surrounding lush environment creating seamless transitions of indoor and outdoor living spaces. The placement and shape of the home maximise the ocean views and lush environment. The interior incorporates hints of colours, textures, and materials that echo the outdoors, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside.” – B E N B U T L E R , PA RT N E R AT B C Q S I N T E R N AT I O N A L
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BEST LIVING ROOM
OBM INTERNATIONAL FOR FENDI CASA SUITE â€“ OIL NUT BAY, VIRGIN GORDA PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTIAN HORAN
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“Harmony and balance are the words that spring to mind for this attractive living room. Functional as a living space as well as luxurious without fuss, the simplicity of the monochromatic scheme emphasises the surrounding view. Different textures of the rug, seating, and both tables complement one another perfectly.” – F R A N M O R R E L L , M A N AG I N G D I R E C TO R AT H O U S E
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BEST SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
SMITH ARNEBORG ARCHITECTS FOR DOVELAND â€“ TORTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
“Doveland has an open plan design with an abundance of shaded outdoor areas. It’s located on a large home site, preserving a lot of existing natural vegetation. The villa was cited on a ridge, and with its large doors and windows, maximises the BVI’s abundant wind as its natural air conditioner – passive cooling. Natural materials have been used where possible exemplified by local stone used to clad the building and also build stone planters. Rain water is harvested for domestic consumption. Drought tolerant, native plants have been used in the landscape along with an array of fruit trees creating ideal sustainable architecture.” – E L L I O T S T E E R , D I R E C TO R O F S A L E S AT O I L N U T B AY
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BEST USE OF COLOUR – COMMERCIAL
SASHA CREQUE FOR ADAGIO DANCE SCHOOL – TORTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
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“The choice to use a monotone colour palette with shades of pink and lavender was executed very well and creates a cool, fresh, and inviting space. Those colours complement the use of the space exceptionally well.” – S H A L I N A P I C K E R I N G , M A N AG I N G D I R E C TO R AT PA I N T FAC TO RY
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BEST USE OF COLOUR – RESIDENTIAL
WINNER SOUTHWATCH – TORTOLA
PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
“The fun mix of vibrant colours utilised across the buildings are characteristically Caribbean. The use of a unifying roof colour pulls it all together. Honestly, it feels as though the colour palette was lifted directly from the flowers in bloom across the landscape.” – S H A L I N A P I C K E R I N G , M A N AG I N G D I R E C TO R AT PA I N T FAC TO RY
LAND / STYLISH SPACES WINNERS
JUDGES’ WILD CARD
VILLA VENTANA – TRUNK BAY, TORTOLA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
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The judges were unanimous in adoring the elegance and simplicity of the home; the way the kitchen and living areas flow seamlessly make the villaâ€”which has a reasonably small footprintâ€”appear more expansive. The fixtures and furnishings are modern and simple, creating an effortless look.
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BEST BEDROOM AND VP BANK SUPREME WINNER
ANTIGUA SUITE â€“ SABA ROCK, VIRGIN GORDA PHOTOGRAPHY RAINBOW VISIONS BVI
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“Antigua Suite demonstrates a modern tropical beach vibe combined with a luxury feel of a high-end hotel. The great use of natural elements and patterns of wood, stone and glass make it a very liveable space. The design allows for the inside of the room to naturally blend into the outside area of the North Sound.” – S J O E R D K O S T E R , G E N E R A L M A N AG E R – C L I E N T B U S I N E S S AT V P B A N K
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L A N D / H A B I TAT
e h T nated i m e u c l l I xperien E Inspired by the Sun, Sea, Sky and Earth WO R DS BY D E B I C A R S O N P H OTO G R A P H Y BY R A I N B OW V I S I O N S BV I
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REFLECTIONS Pieces that reflect, shine, or reveal texture when washed in light add luxury to any setting. In our region, the sun provides a radiant, natural play of light. Implement artificial light sources with varying intensity to compose your ambience. Mirrors, polished items, and the metallic complement the warmth of natural tones and textures.
TOUCH THE EARTH Grassy weaves and carved wood grounds us to the earth and provides the contrast to all that glimmers.
SUMMER COLOUR SPLASH June is the quintessential start of the bright sunny season. In addition to the sparkle of metallic elements, simulating the shimmer of the sun on the sea, consider the play of colour to enrich your scene. From subtle movements to an intense burst of colour, emotion is created. With Caribbean Colours, the implemented scheme of Sherwin Williams paint colours: Workout Green SW6984, Tantalizing Teal SW6937, Splashy SW6942, Blue Chip SW6959, Navel SW687, Prominent Pink SW6846, Envy SW6925 ■ CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Open weave rattan lamp shade $48.95, Debi Carson original artworks include Sherwin Williams: Tantalizing Teal, Blue Chip, Navel & Prominent Pink (in addition to artist acrylics), large primitive rustic frame mirror $795, carved flower panel $745, round boat stool $95, bubble glasses clear flute $15/ea, purple napkin $21.95/set, lounge chair $695, royal blue pleated cushion $38.95, royal blue plain cushion $28.95, braided jute rug $180, square mercury mirror $195, silver glass vase small top $96.95, silver glass vase large top $69.96, classic colour cord with switch sets 15” $28.95, standard colour cord with switch sets + 3 prong plug $32.95. All from Arawak Interiors
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SUCCESS Expert advice to get your property sold! W O R D S B Y K AT E H E N D E R S O N – S M I T H S G O R E B V I P H OTO G R A P H Y BY S M I T H S G O R E BV I
It's important to set the stage in a property – first impressions are paramount
ONCE YOU’VE DECIDED TO SELL YOUR HOME, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Partnering with a reputable, experienced realtor can guide you through the processes and procedures, and maximise the exposure to potential purchasers. Before listing your home on the market, these simple steps will ensure that your property is appealing for the right buyer.
TELLING THE STORY
Every home has its own story and nobody knows the advantages and features of your home as well as you.
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What originally attracted you to this property? Was it the stunning views, quiet neighbourhood, interesting architecture, or maybe the proximity to town, schools, or airport? Even a new-build can have a fascinating history and highlighting to buyers what makes the story of your home so unique, will help it stand out from the rest.
PUTTING YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER
Any prospective purchaser will take comfort in a property that has been loved and enjoyed.
A few small, inexpensive improvements can make a significant difference, such as neatening landscaping to frame the view, or repainting in neutral, relaxing shades. However, a well-maintained property extends beyond the aesthetics, and it’s essential to ensure all documents are up to date and readily available. Valid licenses, boundary plans, architectural blue prints, and surveys will give any buyer the assurance that the property has been well-looked after and there are no nasty surprises in the future.
If stunning sunsets or romantic evening lighting show off your home’s best assets, viewings should be scheduled for these key times of day.
SETTING THE STAGE
Before you welcome any potential buyers through the door, ensure you are showcasing your property to its fullest potential. First impressions are paramount, and including special touches like fresh flowers will highlight the attention to detail which draws the eye. Decluttering surfaces and removing personal items—such as framed photographs—will allow any prospective buyers to envisage their own individual style throughout the house. If stunning sunsets or romantic evening lighting show off your home’s best assets, viewings should be scheduled for these key times of day.
ROOM TO GROW
Do you have plans for a pool, guest house, or helipad? Maybe you imagined a master bedroom expansion but you never got around to completing it. Whether you have sketches on
FROM TOP Showcase your
property – inside and out – to its fullest potential like these fine examples
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Escape for a Day on Your Own Private Yacht on the water
U N F O R G E T TA B L E M O M E N T S
Discover the British Virgin Islands from the deck of a private yacht on a Day Sail with The Moorings. You can island hop with a professional skipper or even indulge in a full crew with captain and chef. Find the freedom to swim, snorkel or simply soak in the sun while surrounded by crystalline waters. Phone: 284.393.2417 284.393.2436 Web: moorings.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the back of a napkin, or approved architectural designs, it’s important to share these ideas during the selling process. Room to grow and expand the property, thus increasing both functionality and investment potential, will appeal to any buyer.
SMILE! YOU’RE ON CAMERA!
Modern day marketing is all about the visuals. A picture really is worth a thousand words and a video is invaluable. Virtual walk through tours give prospective purchasers an instant sense of how the home feels and flows, whereas drone footage
Any prospective purchaser will take comfort in a property that has been loved and enjoyed
provides a tempting viewpoint of the surrounding areas. Whatever your reason for selling your home here, the numerous stunning properties for sale around the BVI, will tempt you to become a homeowner again before too long. Alternatively, a luxury rental can give you the feeling of home, without the commitment. Rest assured, that fabulous island lifestyle is always within reach! ■
14 acres of Freehold Waterfront acreage in South Sound, Virgin Gorda could be perfect for golf course, senior housing, eco-resort. Reef-protected bay neighbors tony Biras Creek, the jewel box villas of Oil Nut Bay, and Leverick Bay. This property has been held by the same family for over 100 years. Varied topography offers multiple options for development.
Exceptional parcel of FREEHOLD land located at intersection leading to exclusive Leverick Bay, the Gun Creek jetty, and Oil Nut Bay in South Sound, Virgin Gorda.
PARCEL 29, SOUTH SOUND VIRGIN GORDA PARCEL 11, SOUTH SOUND VIRGIN GORDA
DE BI C A R S O N Interior Designer, NCIDQ + Contemporary Artist TSM Manufacture Representative for Fine Architectural Products T 284.541.0505 E email@example.com
284.547.6142 (BVI) 340.332.9827 (USVI) THE VALLEY, VIRGIN GORDA, BVI
Debi Carson, among the Caribbeanâ€™s most prominent interior designers, heads one of the regionâ€™s most versatile full-service design firms. Boasting sixteen years experience in the Caribbean and NCIDQ certification, her designs are proven sustainable solutions. From producing interior architectural documentation, and site-work to procurement, her firm has expansive relationships with fabricators, suppliers and resources that are sure to be vital to any design project.
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Whether you need a place for your own staycation or a retreat for rental property guests, investing in a pool is well worth the time and effort.
BLURRING THE LINES:
FORM AND FUNCTION Integrating Art into Your Home
WO R D S BY M A RV I N E . F L AX , M A N AG I N G D I R E C TO R â€“ O B M I N T E R N AT I O N A L P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F O B M I
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LEFT, BELOW Nevaeh Villa epitomises form and function with artistic design
INTEGRATING ART INTO YOUR HOME
THE DESIGN OF A HOME goes far beyond the structure and the features, and even the decor. Itâ€™s the personal touches that bring life and ambience into this space you call home. Art is colourful, delightful, and visual. But what happens when art integrates into the being of your home through the creative use of custom woodworking, studio furniture, and of course, traditional artwork? This is the growing conversation of how functional art can evoke emotions and pull together spaces that blur the lines between form and function, enriching the space into a delicate dance of art and design. Integrating art into the identity of your home can be accomplished in several ways; the most popular with serious collectors being the addition
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Studio furniture’s appeal is vast and wide-reaching with furniture galleries now representing furniture-makers in a gallery-style setting
of studio furniture throughout your home. Studio furniture is the name given to artists’ designs that are limited editions or custom. Studio furniture can take many forms and shapes, the most popular being lighting, chairs, cabinets, tables, woodworking, and more. Studio furniture’s appeal is vast and wide-reaching with furniture galleries now representing furniture-makers in a gallery-style setting, similar to how painters and sculptors are showcased. Collectors are now paying top dollar for handcrafted pieces of furniture both to adorn their abode but also as investments. And art museums, which previously only exhibited antique furniture, are acquiring and even commissioning contemporary works of studio furniture for their collections. LEFT Enzo Radikal Master welder Enzo Radikal (Miami), was commissioned to create a 14ft x 9ft canopy of a giant sea-turtle made of corten
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A familiar example of custom woodwork turned art, is the extensive tropical designs crafted for the Nevaeh Villa in Anguilla. In this instance, the designers and homeowners worked with the architects to create whole architectural structures laden with custom wood and stone carvings that complemented the home’s Balinese style turning the entire home into a gallery for custom art. A more recent example in the BVI, is the creative use of a giant sea-turtle sculpture designed into a private residence on Virgin Gorda, that not only serves as art, but also functions as a canopy. The homeowners initially envisioned a custom sculpture that reflected their tropical home’s beautiful environment. They approached the architect to see where an art sculpture could be prominently featured on the property. Working with the architect a massive outdoor canopy was designed that would provide functional shade, distinguished as artwork and seen throughout the home reflecting the Caribbean Sea. Master welder Enzo Radikal (Miami), was commissioned to create the 14ft x 9ft canopy. The giant sea-turtle was made of corten to further enhance its artistry as corten is a corrosion resistant steel, which displays an attractive fading effect from orange to brown creating a warm, natural look which complements the home’s colour pallet for years to come. The beauty of integrating art into your home is that you can express your own style in a myriad of ways. Working with designers, architects, interior architects, gallery owners, and custom woodworkers can help provide inspiration and guidance. Whether you are seeking to weave art throughout the design of a new home or wish to integrate art into an existing home, there are many ways to showcase your artistic style. ■
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stylish summer eats
A traditional dish from Mexico, these mahi mahi tacos are everything that I would expect to enjoy in the islands. Theyâ€™re so fresh, light, and full of flavour! Now that summer is here, you will find that you can get all of the ingredients locally grown or caught. These tacos are great for a crowd and you can replace the mahi mahi with chicken or beef if preferred. These were a winner at the VIPY photo shoot! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did! We would love for you to share your finished dishes with us on Instagram #delishVIPY. Happy Cooking! R E C I P E S B Y K AY L E I G H D R I V E R S T Y L I N G B Y E R I N PAV I O U R - S M I T H P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y R A I N B O W V I S I O N S B V I
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Mahi Mahi Tacos To start with, ensure that the fish is firm to touch and doesn’t smell ‘fishy.’ It should have a wonderful clean aroma of the ocean. If you are buying a whole fish, make sure that the eyes are clear; that is also a good indicator of freshness. When you’re ready to season the fish, pat it dry with some paper towels to absorb any liquid. This will help develop a nice char on the exterior. Be patient when cooking it – if it doesn’t want to release from the pan, then it’s not ready to turn. L E V E L E A SY M A K E S A P P R OX . 8 TAC O S INGREDIENTS 4 6 oz mahi mahi fillets 1 /4 cup Old Bay seasoning Salt & Pepper to taste 1-2 tbsp Olive Oil METHOD Start by heating up a heavy duty frying pan, medium high heat. Coat the pan with olive oil.
While the pan is heating up, season the mahi with salt, pepper, and the Old Bay seasoning. When your pan is hot and the oil is rippling, carefully place the fish in the pan and cook for 4 minutes on the first side. Turn the heat down to about medium, and turn the mahi over on the other side for another 4 minutes. I also like to do this again on each side for 1 minute. Lightly press the fish – if it feels firm, it’s done. Remove from pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes. These can be served at room temperature, and when it comes time to build the tacos, you can flake the fish.
For the Pineapple Salsa M A K E S A P P R OX . 2 C U P S The pineapple salsa is something that I make and enjoy quite often. I put it on top of all sorts of things and have even made salad dressings using the leftovers. At this time of year, it seems that a lot of the produce stalls
are selling pineapples from Dominica; take advantage of this because the taste is unbelievably different to the ones you get at the grocery store. They are divine! If you wanted to, you could even grill the pineapple before you dice it into the salsa. INGREDIENTS 1 large fresh pineapple, small dice 1 red onion, fine dice 1 red bell pepper, small dice 1 /4 cup fresh cilantro, rough chop 1 jalapeno, fine dice (optional) 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar Salt & pepper to taste METHOD Mix everything together in a bowl and set aside, or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator, no more than a day. If you are making this ahead, it’s best to leave the cilantro out until ready to serve so it keeps its lovely colour. Delish on top of tuna, or chicken if preferred!
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For the Tomato Salsa M A K E S A P P R OX . 2 C U P S With the tomato salsa, I find it really is down to your preference on you how you favour it. Some people prefer a dryer salsa, while others favour a juicy one. If you want to take it to another level, you could try roasting the tomatoes along with a few cloves of garlic and adding that in instead of the raw garlic. Again, there are some beautiful local tomatoes around right now and they are stunning. I find I buy so many tomatoes and have them with everything; they are addictive!
INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups fresh tomatoes, small dice (about 10 tomatoes) 1 red onion, fine dice 1 /4 cup fresh cilantro, rough chop 1 clove garlic, crushed (or as fine as possible!) optional METHOD Mix everything together in a bowl and set aside, or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator, no more than a day. NOTE: if you prefer a juicy salsa, use the whole tomato. If you are not a fan, slice the tomato in half and use a spoon to remove the seeds and juices.
Sriracha Sour Cream Last but not least, the sriracha sour cream is just what this dish craves to tie it all together; a nice bit of subtle heat with the tanginess of the sour cream. I have done this with chipotle in adobo for a greater heat level and extra smokiness. Also, I have charred
up jalapenos, peeled them, and blended them in with the sour cream. All of these options are delicious; it’s down to your preference of heat. INGREDIENTS 8 oz sour cream 1 /4 cup Sriracha Juice of 1 lime METHOD
Mix together in a bowl and serve immediately.
Guacamole Please refer to our website for this recipe from our March issue– bvipropertyyacht.com/vi-bvi/ go-green/ For the flour tortillas Warm up eight in the microwave, or as I have done, slightly char them on an open flame using tongs. This happens quickly so keep an eye on them and turn them constantly. Keep in a zip top bag to preserve them from drying out.
To assemble the tacos Start with the tortilla as the base, spread a bit of guacamole, followed by the flaked fish, then the salsas and finally a dollop of the sriracha sour cream, topped with fresh cilantro for garnish. Yum! If you want to make these gluten-free, replace the tortilla wraps with some lettuce cups, to keep it really fresh and light! ■
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STYLING CREDITS Page 49 Teak cutting board $94.95, striped tunisie towel used as table cloth $54.95, classic colour cord in red with bulb $28.95 all from Arawak Interiors. Page 50 Natural wood tray with handle $125 from Arawak Interiors. Page 51 Natural round wooden bowls $39.95 (set of 3) from Arawak Interiors. Page 52 Teak paddle trays $42.95 each from Arawak Interiors
delish! Delish was shot on location at Sea Fans. Perched perfectly on the beach near the turquoise sea and teeming reefs below, this exceptional waterfront property is just steps from one of Virgin Gorda’s most beautiful beaches at Mahoe Bay.
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with chinos, denim, or shorts – it’s the perfect go-to-shirt. $89.95, Arawak Surf Boutiques
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