Showcasing Rent a Chef’s Bas amazing skills A culinary tour de force at De Suikertuin Restaurant

page-02The Food and Wine pairing with Pepia Est’s Raymond Kok and Rent a Chef’s Bas Kuurstra at historic mansion De Suikertuin Restaurant in the Wilhelminastraat has been a truly amazing culinary event. Each of the small plates was delicious, beautifully presented and filled with surprising flavors; the wines that accompanied the six courses flawlessly complimented as well as enhanced the six tasty courses.

Held last Friday, September 5, De Suikertuin’s guests were treated to a `calling card’ of Chef Bas, whose newly established company has already been getting rave reviews. The menu started off with a rustic puff pastry pizza with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil leaves  accompanied by a glass of Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio from the Dolomite mountains in Italy.

Today is Tuesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year

Gotthold Lessing, German dramatist-critic (1729-1781)Thought for Today:

Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself – Gotthold Lessing, German dramatist-critic (1729-1781).

 

Local Musician Travels to the United States for Book Release and Band Reunion and Local Musician’s Photograph Leads to Reconnection with 30 Year Old Lost and Undeveloped Film

page-02ORANJESTAD – Richard Verge, an American born entertainer living in Aruba who entertains under the moniker “Ricky Thomas” will be travelling to the state of New Jersey, United States this fall for the release of a new book. The book is written by Rick Bandazian who was a former co-owner of the Circus Circus Rock Club. The book, titled “Rock and Roll Meltdown; The Circus Nightclub Story” tells the story of the Circus Circus Rock Club in the years 1979-1983; when Mr. Verge performed there as a member of the musical group the Badlands Band.The Badlands Band performed at the popular Bergenfield, New Jersey’s nightclub’s opening night and then went on to become the club’s top drawing acts. The Badlands Band would consistently draw 800 -1000 fans every Tuesday night at the Circus Circus Rock Club. The Badlands Band and their exploits are featured prominently in the book.

Already 60 Players Qualified for October’s PPC Poker Tour Aruba World Championship

pokor arubaARUBA – The PPC Poker Tour, which hosts US and destination poker events, recently concluded yet another successful stop at the Horseshoe Tunica and is now at Fort Pierce Jai-Alai and Poker in Florida for the 2014 Fort Pierce Poker Open. The three-event series will feature a $250 buy-in, $50,000 guarantee Main Event, which will run Sept. 4-7.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 8th, 2014

page-05THE WINDMILLS OF OUR MINDS. The concerned residents of Urirama who mounted quite a successful campaign to nix the windmill development project won a small battle, but it looks like they lost the war. Only 8 windmills will be erected instead of 10 planned in order to conserve the aesthetic look of the neighborhood. A few weeks ago, on a Sunday evening, having visited the Fontein Plantation we drove past the windmills farm at Vader Piet, and they were quietly whooshing and whirring the night away. My source tells me that the neighbors invested more than Awg 80.000 in the effort to change the government’s mind about the viability of the project, by sounding the alarm regarding the harmful effects of acoustic pollution.

Insel Air Aruba takes delivery of first Fokker 50

pjmddInsel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) has taken delivery of its first Fokker 50, formerly with Avianca (AV, Bogotá). According to Skyliner Aviation, the Fokker Aircraft (Woensdrecht), P4-KVL (cn 20278), arrived in Curacao on August 31 to be followed by another later this year.

The Insel Air Aruba (8I, Aruba) subsidiary also operates two Fokker 70s, an MD-82 and an MD-83 on flights to Venezuela, the United States, and Guyana.

Sail Jolly Pirates! Get in touch with the spirit of adventure aboard Aruba’s most entertaining sea-bound adventure

jpARUBA – STEP ABOARD the teak decks of these charming teak Schooners and you will discover the colorful personalities of Captain Harald, the ship’s hands-on owner and his crew, who literally turn flips to please their guests. The typical hospitality offered by the high-spirited crew is what keeps guests returning year after year and recommending the fun aboard the Jolly Pirates snorkeling and sunset sails to their friends.

HumanHints, today ‘How’

I just got off the phone with my mom, who just found out that one of her clients is a millionaire. I told her that she could be one too. Her instant reaction was to say, “Oh, how would that ever happen?” Since she couldn’t imagine HOW it would happen, she instantly defeated her Self. My dear, courageous mother is not alone in her thought pattern.

Today is Monday, September 8, the 251st day of 2014. There are 114 days left in the year.

T.H. Huxley, English biologist and author (1825-1895)Thought for Today:

That pestilent cosmetic, rhetoric – T.H. Huxley, English biologist and author (1825-1895).

 

BBQ and Beach Tennis…it’s a perfect match!

page-02EAGLE BEACH – Aruba’s new favorite pastime is beach tennis.  The sport is growing by leaps and bounds in Aruba, with several hundred players hitting the sand weekly for leagues, tournaments, and just for fun.  This past Saturday evening, a group of dedicated players came to The Hollywood Smokehouse to refuel after a day of tournament matches.

The Hollywood Smokehouse, now located at the Alhambra Casino & Shops in Eagle Beach, is Aruba’s only authentic smokehouse, featuring hickory smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs, burgers, and more, served with homemade sauces and side dishes.

5 signs it’s time to buy a home

Miriam EngelnAs seen on Aruba real estate blog www.arubaconnections.blogspot.com 

1. You want control of your surroundings and environment

If you find yourself wanting to put in a swimming pool, remodel your bathrooms or make other  changes to the property, it is a sign you should be looking to buy, There are things you can’t do when you’re sharing/ renting a space. If you want to install a new kitchen or build an outdoor pizza oven, you can’t do that if you’re a renter.  

Today is Saturday, September 6, the 249th day of 2014. There are 116 days left in the year

Ernest Dimnet (deem-NAY'), French priest, lecturer and author (1866-1954)Thought for Today:

“The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.” – Ernest Dimnet (deem-NAY’), French priest, lecturer and author (1866-1954).

Warm Welcome back to Mark and Marian at Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill!

page-02Palm Beach – Welcome back Bugaloe Guests of the Week: Mark and Marian O’Neill! These two lovely people aren’t just visitors on the island, they are a part of the island after visiting 4 times a year for 14 years straight! The memories they have made last a lifetime!

The O’Neill’s are from Wallingford, Pennsylvania and choose to stay at the prestigious Tierra Del Sol during their visits. Falling in love with the island is simply an understatement. 14 years ago Mark and Marian touched their toes in the white sandy beach, and knew this was paradise.

The people and the weather is the perfect combination for a relaxed stay.

Ron and Leslie Turcotte honored at the Marriott Ocean Club

002ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a very nice couple  whom are loyal and friendly visitors of Aruba, as Ambassadors of Goodwill , at the Marriott Ocean Club. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years.

Welcome to Aruba’s gourmet bistro Amuse Bistro and its mouthwatering menu

Amuse    -   Bistro-arubaAmuse Bistro, the restaurant which recently was awarded four and a half stars by TripAdvisor, is a wonderful place, not only because it is elegant, yet cozy and relaxed, but because it treats the palate and the taste buds like royalty. Before you read on, you should know that Amuse Bistro’s chef makes everything, but really everything, from scratch.

HumanHints, today ‘Judgment’

human_hints_logoThere is a lot of talk in the Enlightenment Movement about not placing judgment. These are good intentions, but to say Dont Judge misses the point that Humans relate to the world through judgment.

Heres the paradox. We shouldn’t place judgment, but judgment is how we relate to the physical world.

Today is Friday, September 5, the 248th day of 2014. There are 117 days left in the year

Anatole France, French author and critic (1844-1924)Thought for Today:

It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg – Anatole France, French author and critic (1844-1924).

 

Aruba welcomes Robert Jacobvitz and the docu-drama Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

Foundation respeta vidaOranjestad – Foundation “Respeta Bida… Semper Corda!” invited Robert Jacobvitz, founder of the international committee to commemorate Dr Aristides de Sousa Mendes, and currently the State of Florida representative of the Sousa Mendes Foundation to visit the island in the first week of September.

Jacobvitz will present a movie titled Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, about one of the great humanitarian heroes of the Second World, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who was the Portuguese consul stationed in Bordeaux, France, who despite the threat of the harsh dictatorship of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar began to issue visas to as many refugees as he could, more than 30,000, an estimated 10,000 of them Jewish, so that they could escape to Spain, during the period of Nazi terror in France.

Loyal Venezuelan visitors honored at the Playa Linda

??????????Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Playa Linda Beach Resort, as Ambassadors of Goodwill. The symbolic honorary titles are presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 20 or more consecutive years.

The Casino at the Radisson offers a great mix of fun promotions

The Casino at the Radisson offers a great mix of fun promotions 02Palm Beach – Weekends at the Casino at the Radisson are dedicated to Bingo, played on Saturdays and Sundays, at 1pm, at $6 a card, with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and a giant bingo progressive jackpot, available for just $1.

The casino’s Players’ Club is offering members a unique opportunity to win double and triple points on slots, double on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 12noon to 4pm and Sat & Sun from 4pm to 8pm; triple on Tuesday and Thursday from 10pm to 2am.

Loyal visitors honored at the Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino

??????????ARUBA – Recently the Aruba Tourism Authority had the great pleasure of honoring a group of loyal and friendly Visitors of Aruba, at the Marriott Ocean Club, as Distinguished Visitors and Ambassadors of Goodwill. The symbolic honorary title is presented in the name of the Minister of Tourism as a token of appreciation to guests who visit Aruba for 10 to 19 and 20 or more consecutive years.

The Francis family from Jackson, NJ, spotted at Salt & Pepper

Francis family from JacksonThe Francis family, consisting of father Robert, mom Wendy and son Robert Jr. were spotted at Salt & Pepper Restaurant in the Arawak Garden this week. Something to put in the newspaper, you might ask?

Yes, because these second-time visitors took the time to tell us why they are having the time of their lives on the island.

McDonald’s Aruba presents new McFlurry flavor and Happy Meal toys

McFlurry M&Ms Peanut August 2014Aruba, September 2, 2014 — McDonald’s Aruba announced the launch of its new McFlurry M&M’s Peanut. This dessert is a sweet delight made of creamy vanilla ice cream topped with M&M’s Peanut and chocolate swirl.

“As part of our commitment to menu innovation, and because we love surprising our consumers with new flavors, we have launched the McFlurry M&M’s Peanut.

HumanHints, today ‘How to Transform Your Moods’

Humans are moody creatures, and our emotional swings are usually beyond our conscious control.  With practice, we can learn to recognize our bad moods and in an effortless moment, to purposefully transform them in real-time.  External stimuli from the physical world cause the body to release hormones that generate our emotions.  We have been emotional slaves to our hormones until now.

Today is Thursday, September 4, the 247th day of 2014. There are 118 days left in the year

Daniel Webster, American statesman (1782-1852)Thought for Today:

Labor is the great producer of wealth; it moves all other causes – Daniel Webster, American statesman (1782-1852).

 

Green Aruba where Europe meets the Americas

page-02This Conference is part of the continuing commitment of the Government of Aruba to develop our island as a strategic business hub from and to the Caribbean Region and Latin America. Building on the momentum of the Green Aruba Conference IV (October 2013) and the last Europe Meets the Americas conference (May 2013), this combined conference ‘GA-EMA’ aims to bring companies and investors from Europe, Latin America and Aruba together on the subject of bringing sustainable solutions to the Caribbean and Latin America and the economic possibilities that Aruba has to offer in facilitating such business and trade relations.

Aruba’s Social Column “Bati Bleki” by Rona Coster September 3rd, 2014

page-05NEW SUSHI BAR. Remember the darling Mylene Lapinid? The diminutive female sushi chef who made the House of Japan famous?! She also manned the sushi bar at La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino a few years back. Well, she has a new home, at the Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa where management built an entire sushi bar in her honor at the French Steak house. Our waitress Sheneequa, as friendly as she is exotic, delivered a very tasty Rainbow roll to share, followed by the Manchebo special,  which had a lot going on, besides smoked salmon, crab, avocado and cream cheese. Nyoka Edwards, Magdalena and Blanco the food & beverage manager contributed to the cheery dining room service.

A Journey to Italy at Papillon Restaurant

papillonitaly2014Come and savor a 6-course dinner with spectacular Italian top wines

It is called a Journey to Italy, but you do not need to leave the island to enjoy it: it is a culinary trip that will take you to great heights. Not only are the six courses sumptuous, but the accompanying wines are top-of-the-line as well.

RIU Hotels will open the luxury hotel in Aruba

RIU arubaCoinciding with the start of high season in the Caribbean, on the 11th of October RIU Hotels & Resorts will open its second hotel on the stunning island of Aruba: the luxury Riu Palace Antillas. This new resort, located next to the Riu Palace Aruba right on Palm Beach, will be the first on the whole island exclusively for over 18s to offer an all inclusive 24-hour service.

Self Care – an article written by Heidi Marchena, pharmacist at Botica di Servicio

heidi marchenaSelf care and self care products can empower by providing the knowledge and tools to improve the quality of life in general and your own in particular.  Taking regular exercise and a healthy balanced diet areeveryday examples.Minor symptoms such as a headache or a cold can usually be treated by yourself,  using products purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy.

Greg Asadoorian at Sopranos Piano Bar

Greg Asadoorian at Sopranos Piano Bar 01ARUBA – Greg Asadoorian is a professional piano bar entertainer for 10 years. He delivers an energetic rock ‘n’ roll show that gets the audience into the act. With accents of harmonica and percussion to his dexterous piano playing and versatile vocals, Greg is a true one-man band. In addition to a repertoire of crowd favorites, he also offers an R-rated, adults-only late night show.

HumanHints, today ‘Guilt Release – Dissolve Your Mental Prison’

human_hints_logoOur inability to forgive ourselves is one of the main obstacles we face as Evolving Humans. Guilt can completely eliminate our growth and as life progresses, we accumulate more and more of the emotional quicksand. We naturally accumulate guilt as our lives progress. If we don’t know how to use it and properly release it, our guilt will become a stagnant pond of virus.

Today is Wednesday, September 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year

Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and politician (1833-1899)Thought for Today:

Any doctrine that will not bear investigation is not a fit tenant for the mind of an honest man – Robert G. Ingersoll, American lawyer and politician (1833-1899).

Super Food’s Jack Bult receives the first Donkey Calendar 2015

Jack Bult en Desiree Eldering 00The first Donkey Calendar 2015 was officially handed over to Jack Bult, the well-known super power  behind Super Food last week. Shoppers witnessed the event with interest last Saturday morning.

The supermarket as well as its director are friends of many charities on Aruba; one of these is the Donkey Sanctuary.
From day one Super Food has been a faithful advertiser on the calendar and it has allowed the Donkey Foundation to sell the calendar inside the store.

Marriott Vacation Club Aruba Announces New Director of Marketing

MVC Aruba Announces New Director of Marketing 00Palm Beach, Aruba – September 1, 2014 – Marriott Vacation Club Aruba’s sales and marketing business proudly announces the recent promotion of Ligenne Trimon to Director of Marketing. In this role, Ms. Trimon will be responsible for the development and daily management of Marriott Vacation Club Aruba’s 45 marketing executives in 5 locations on the island.

“I am very proud of Ligenne and congratulate her with this well deserved promotion,” said Bettina Gonzalez, Project Director of Marriott Vacation Club Aruba. “Over the years we have seen Ligenne grow into this new role.

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