Resh seafood as I read the book A perfect book for starting summer vacation One can always dream Ok so while I was pleasantly surprised by how this turned out to be sort of a foodietravel book it still wasn t the best account out there It had many strengths #to it but in all just wasn t #it but in all just wasn t interesting as it could have beenMelinda and Robert Blanchard after selling their business at far below what they should have decided they want to ive on the island of Anguilla Not as well known to the tourists but still with a thriving tourist economy they decide they will open a restaurant on the beach and make their The Facial Nerve living that way The only problem is that things are very very expensive in Anguilla and bringing things in from the outside even expensive And running a restaurant is tough enough when you can get everything easily The easy peacefulife they were Surgery for Cochlear and Other Auditory Implants looking for uickly evolves into something aittle fast paced and difficultI found Melinda a somewhat ok narrator She focuses on the hardships than the pleasures of island Uncommon Leadership: How to Build Competitive Advantage by Thinking Differently living and even insults her husband by calling him an optimistike its a bad thing I guess I just didn t
the negativity husband seems ike he d be the enjoyable narrator but he doesn t really write this book despite his name being on the cover She does describe the island people fairly but I would have iked to hear a ot about themMost of this book as opposed to being about the island and the people was about the running of a restaurant And while I enjoy books about food immensely that wasn t what I expected going into this novel Although I was happy that she included several recipes for different foods But the food they did cook Wasn T Really Island t really island per say It was fancy stuff as they opened a fancy restaurant I guess thats what happens when you re in a tourist area though To be honest the food places they visited sounded appealing to me than their restaurantAn ok travel book with food elements thrown in Not my favorite of the travel books I ve read but not the worst eitherA Trip to the BeachCopyright 2000296 pagesReview by M Reynard 2012More of my reviews can be found at wwwifithaswordsblogspotcom This explains why mealsaccomodations on some Carribean Islands can be so expensive The first half of this book is fun and interesting to anyone who has ever visited Anguilla A middle aged Norwich Vermont couple relocate to Anguilla and open a restaurant It is still in business and is called Blanchards Import duties taxes delays weather and the relaxed approach to ife by Anguillans contribute to stress eual to that of any restaurant opening in NYC The second half drags a bit then Hurrican Luis hits with full force and destroys everything in its wake including the restaurant Everything is under water and rock The community all pulls together with the oyalty and hard work the Anguillans are so known forand with the Blanchards continued commitmentthe restaurant rises from the ruin Loved this book Not the most well written book but a good non fiction account of following your dreams I finally got to visit Blanchard s the restaurant the authors opened on the island of Anguilla a few weeks ago It is now a world renowned restaurant The food was delicious and the atmosphere and ocation out of this world I highly recommend the book and the restaurant even If you ever make it to Anguilla Blanchards is a MUS. Midst of hilarious pandemonium there are moments of blissAs the Blanchards Angels Whiskey learn to adapt to island time they become ever deeply attached to the uirky rhythms and customs of their new home Until disaster strikes Hurricane Luis a category 4 storm with two hundred mile an hour gusts devastates Anguilla Bob and Melinda survey the wreckage of their beloved restaurant and wonder whethereaving Anguilla with its innumerable challenges would be any easier than walking out on each other Affectionate seductive and very funny A Trip to the Beach is a Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities loveetter to a place that becomes both home and escape. Part one is a whirlwind and exhausting move to Anguilla along with building stocking and staffing the beach restaurant An expensive and tedious process undertaken on Island Time Part two is an endless and tedious day in the ife Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between like year of being a restaurateur This section was endless and repetitive though some of the staffs antics were rather amusing Part three involved a disaster and a rebuild All in all a well written book that readike fiction than non fiction I m glad I read it since it totally turned me off of moving to an island and opening a restaurant This is the memoir of a Vermont couple who moved to the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla and poured their heart and sweat and ife savings into creating a world class restaurant there It was recommended in the Travel Section of The Ultimate Reading List that had provided me with reading for years and this is the penultimate book eft On that ist travel memoirs seemed to split into two kinds tales of tourists such as with Bill Bryson s In a Sunburned Country or expatriates such as Frances Mayes Under the Tuscan Sun or Charles Stewart s Driving Over Lemons A Trip to the Beach falls into the second category It s not the sybaritic sensuous experience delivered by Mayes book which dealt with an Italian villa and was written in yrical prose Like Mayes Blanchard included recipes and they share a The Seventh Witch love of fine food However as much as Blanchard might wax poetically when writing of sand that might have been poured from a sack of sugar and azure skies and water so warm it s swimming in a bathtub no one would call her styleiterary At first in fact the book seemed routine to me and I thought I might abandon it after trying 100 pages but it grew on me The Blanchards weren t as engaging in personality as Charles Stewart or as #good as conveying a sense of the country and personalities around them The book certainly wasn t as funny as Bryson #as conveying a sense of the country and personalities around them The book certainly wasn t as funny as Bryson nor as wise and insightful as the best of the books on the And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake list I can t uite give this a four since it s not the kind of book I can ever imagine rereading or urging on a friend but I thoroughly enjoyed it in the end I think for me what did stand out for me what I found most absorbing were the challenges of building a business from dealing with officious customs agents and obnoxious customers to the disastrous Category Four Hurricane Luis Also I really want to try that recipe for Banana Bread A nice easy book that gave a general idea ofife in Anguilla the sights the sounds etc I couldn t help but wonder how much money Melinda and Bob Blanchard had to pull off their move to Anguilla the movement of all of their possessions and the opening of their restaurant And of course their Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America lunches at all the expensive Anguilla hotelsAh well The book is a nice bit of fluff easy to pick up or put down at any point Nothing mind blowing but generally pleasant And the recipesook uite nice to try I seem to be one of a few that didn t give this book high ratings Why the The Pocket Wife low rating A few reasons the book is poorly written for starters It s a slow read and to be brutally honest not all that It feelsike a The Color of Our Sky long time since I read a really good travel book Or maybe it s just that it s the end of February and reading about a warm sunny island feltike such a relief Whatever the reason I oved this story of a Vermont couple who move to Anguilla to open This is the true story of a trip to the beach that never ends It's about a husband and wife who escape civilization to build a small restaurant on an island paradise and discover that even paradise has its pitfalls It's a story filled with calamities and comedy culinary disasters and triumphs and indelible portraits of people who ive and work on a sliver of beauty set in the Caribbean Sea It's about the maddening exhausting outlandish complications of trying to Obsession live the simpleife and the joy that comes when you somehow pull it offThe story begins when Bob and Melinda Blanchard sell their success. ,like the negativity
Restaurant and make a Cabaret: A Roman Riddle life for themselves thereThis is the kind of travel book Iike best the ones where the writers have done than just vacation in their chosen spot they have ived there and because of that they can give the reader a much richer experience They immerse us in the culture et us get to know some of the ocals and see A Bit Of What Their Lives Are Like And Show bit of what their ives are ike and show both how great and how difficult operating a business in this paradise can be It s so much than a trip to the beachThe Blanchards tell their story beautifully I was completely absorbed They put me right there on the island of Anguilla feeling the hot Caribbean breeze on my skin and breathing the salt air I aughed with them over the cultural idiosyncrasies that sometimes tripped them up shared their frustrations with the egal hassles and the aid back island attitude toward time and grieved with them when they were victims of that enemy of tropical existence the hurricaneWhile telling their story the authours share some of their recipes in the book including Grilled Tuna With Coconut Rice Cakes Gazpacho Cornbread Crisp Tai Snapper and Banana Bread a mix of
Island and Vermont staples They know food Melinda Blanchard grew up cooking and perfecting her own recipes and together they runand Vermont staples They know food Melinda Blanchard grew up cooking and perfecting her own recipes and together they run addition to their highly rated restaurant a successful business selling gourmet dressings and saucesAs a ast bit of enticement I l The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis leave you with these fewines from early in the book when they had made the decision to move and were sitting on the beach making plans for the restaurantWe had trouble paying attention in Anguilla Unencumbered by walls our blue beach umbrella created a delightfully distracting office We forced ourselves to concentrate to work in a spot where the rest of the world comes to play We sketched floor plans our toes wriggling deeper into the sand as each new idea struck Fat izards puttered around us their tails creating intricate patterns in the sand They snatched tiny bugs with the tips of their ong ong tongues we were hypnotized Concentrate we told ourselves concentrateI most definitely recommend A Trip To The Beach I finished it a week or so ago and already I m eager to read it again It would be the perfect I m tired of winter book to soak up every #year If I can wait that ong After reading reviews for this book #If I can wait that Just Cause long After reading reviews for this book it moved very slow and didn t grab attention I didn t have high hopes But after reading this I couldn t disagree with those reviews The story of the Blanchards was rather interesting I admire their dedication toive out their dream It had to have been terrifying eaving all they knew so they could ive in paradise Sometimes I tried to picture myself doing what they were doing and I almost could see it But I think Anguilla might be a ittle too detached from technology for my iking But the whole idea is rather enticing And I could not put the book down for the entirety of part three Reading about the hurricane and worrying about the safety of all the people they knew and oved made my heart race Wonderful book My dream to ive at the beachHow one couple can find the courage to give up everything they have to go ive at the beach is beyond me Wish I had the guts to make such a bold move The island sounded beautiful already checking it out for a future vacation destination and I really just wanted some rum punch and Ful Vermont food business and decide perhaps impulsively to get away from it all Why not open a beach bar and grill on Anguilla their favorite Caribbean island One thing eads to another and the ittle grill turns into an enchanting restaurant that uickly draws four star reviews and a celebrity studded clientele eager for Melinda's delectable cooking Amid the frenetic pace of the Christmas high season the Blanchards and their kitchen staff Clinton and Ozzie the dancing sous chefs; Shabby the master obster wrangler; Bug the dish washing comedian come together ike a crack drill team And even in the. .