|My honey is twice as sweet as most guys, so he took me out to celebrate Valentine's day twice. We had planned to head west on Saturday, a few days after Cal's party. However, that Friday, we were invited to a wedding - the very next day! Only in Roatan. So, our down island outing was postponed until the following week.
Finally, on Wednesday, the weather cooperated and we set out. First stop - Coxen's Hole, to meet up with a "friend," who had renewed John's slightly overdue passport for him at a fraction of the cost of the pirates at the airport. He had accidentally gone over his 90 days, and the fine for that is steep.
With business done, we stopped for lunch at Gio's on the Beach - Gio's new restaurant in Flower's Bay which opened about a year ago. The original Gio's Restaurant, in French Harbour, was opened by Giovanni Silvestri Ferez and his wife, Rosa almost 20 years ago. John and I enjoyed meals there several times a few years ago, when we anchored the boat down at French Cay.
I was looking for a restaurant to feature in the next version of the newsletter that I write for our friend Alex. I was itching to check out the new Gio's. I wanted to try the signature dish, King Crab. Supposedly it had been voted one of the 30 Wonders of Honduras and the first wonder in the culinary category.
We noticed that a few of the items on the menu were named after well known islanders. The "Eldon's Special" is a dish that was created for frequent customer Eldon Hyde, who favored a combination of crab, lobster and shrimp. "Charly Big Fish" was a dish inspired by good friend Charly Frissel, who preferred a large, hot dish of grilled shellfish and vegetables.
After an appetizer of conch chowder, we shared the Eldon's Special. The presentation was amazing, the service excellent, and the setting ideal. I had been told that the food in the French Harbour location was better and I'd be tempted to agree. The lobster and crab were both overcooked.
Next stop - West End - the funky little island town that always strikes me as a place that could really only exist in a novel, but there it is! Lounging on the beach, with a cold Salva Vida in hand, I was relieved to see boats anchored in the bay once again. Last we heard, the mooring balls had all been removed and boats were no longer permitted to stay there.
On the way home, we stopped in Sandy Bay at the Blue Parrot, where despite our seafood feast a few hours earlier, we could not resist what we believe is THE BEST jerk chicken and rice and beans on the island. It's always fun to stop and visit Carol and Annie and observe the odd mix of Sandy Bay gringos that frequent the place.
No matter where we go on this island - north, south, east, or west - the view is simply the BEST!