Coconut Telefax March 5, 2019
Gratitude is due today to all those fantastic disciplined and chaotic individuals who gave us such magnificent two-day parades in San Nicolas and Oranjestad, March 2 and 3, 2019.
Gratitude is also due to the Almighty for arranging equally fantastic weather. Ok, it was a tad windy, but the sun must have gotten instructions to dim its volume a bit and complied.
Thank you so much.
The Saturday parade in San Nicolas counted 4,550 colorful participants in 14 groups for a three-hour-plus parade, starting at 10 am and culminating past 6 pm. On Sunday, with more participants, 4,600—complete statistics and awards to come—the parade reached a historical record of more than four hours long, with the last group reaching the end of the route after 7 pm and continuing straight to the Burning of the Momo, the final hurrah, at the Harbor Arena.
Respect to Carl Roosberg, known as Galloway Jr., accompanied by Tsunami, for his fantastic “Memories” song, named the Road Jam of the Year and pronounced the most popular song played during parades by radio station Magic 96.5 FM.
Props also go to Jairo Grant, creator and presenter of the road piece of the century, “Indians Fantasy of Aruba.” The scope of the work and the amazing execution was above and beyond imagination and justly received the ultimate King of Bands award.
Romar Cash & Carry
One of the island’s biggest distributors, Romar Trading, opened a clean and modern Cash & Carry on Schotlandstraat 71, Oranjestad, Aruba.
Romar Cash & Carry offers low-price warehouse liquor, wines, and grocery items, and it is located off the Sasaki highway, halfway between the island’s two large tourist markets. It conveniently offers many popular brands at a discount, with very attractive weekly specials.
The store is geared toward supplying locals and visitors with their party and everyday supplies.
Some of the brands and products found at warehouse prices on the shelves at Romar’s Cash & Cash include Grand Old Parr, Johnny Walker (Red, Black, Gold & special editions), a great selection of Buchanan’s (including special editions), Dimple, Crown Royal, Jack Daniel’s, Seagram’s VO and 7 Crown, Cîroc, Smirnoff, Tanqueray, the entire portfolio of fine wines by Romar Trading (California, Italy, Chile, and Argentina), many favorite champagne labels, soft drinks like Pepsi Cola & 7UP, Amstel Bright, Heineken, a huge selection of snacks by Frito Lay, salsa brands, soups, sauces, and an affordable selection of cleaning materials.
Open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.
New Irresistible Menu at Que Pasa Restaurant
The new menu of Que Pasa Restaurant on Wilhelminastraat is full of absolutely irresistible options. This time around, the chef went out of his way to be truly spectacularly creative.
The quirky, relaxed restaurant now features a menu that combines culinary influences from countries near and far. But don’t forget to start your culinary journey with a cocktail, such as a Spiced Pineapple Mule, a Jagerita, a Blue Heaven, a Cucumber Basil Gimlet, a Mutual Friend, or a classic Disaronno Sour.
The menu starts off with traditional soups, tapas, and appetizers like European style salads, crispy frog legs, bacon-wrapped goat cheese, carpaccio, fried brie, ceviche, calamari, a variety of flatbreads, escargots, Cuban tacos, and spicy shrimp pil pil.
The delectable main courses include farmer’s schnitzel, kangaroo tenderloin, chicken cordon bleu, skirt steak, and vegetarian truffle pasta. Want more? There’s also mixed grill, Caribbean grouper, lasagna alla forno, braised neck of lamb, tuna pepper steak, pork shank, shrimp piña colada, Peking duck, and tenderloin steak, with an abundance of sides.
A pitcher (or glass) of sangria (red, white, sparkling, or rosé) will go well with everything listed. And the “deluxe” sangria should be tried to be believed.
For dessert, Que Pasa offers omelette siberienne (baked Alaska), coconut vanilla cheesecake, white chocolate amaretto mousse, Que Pasa coffee (made with Dom Benedictine, Cointreau, and whipped cream), and more!
Opens at 4 pm every day of the week.
ARUBA – ONE HAPPY BIKE ISLAND
An initiative to further stimulate and develop cycling in Aruba within the framework of sports took off here in 2016. Then in 2017, an Aruban team, in collaboration with the municipality of The Hague, Netherlands, developed Fietsvisie Aruba, a vision involving the Aruba Tourism Authority, the police, private entities, and representatives of Aruba’s cycling community.
The core of the Fietsvisie Aruba vision is an integrated approach, including hardware—the expansion of safe cycling paths and clearing cycling paths—and software—adjusting regulations, teaching dog owners to keep their pets fenced in, developing cycling education, growing a cycling culture, and setting up an awareness campaign.
In the summer of 2017, Jurgen van Schaijk (Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort) and Annemarie Melchers (TRI BIKE) had asked the government to give cycling broader positive publicity among locals and to promote cycling tourism, besides supporting greater collaboration between stakeholders that results in more exercise, which contributes to the health of the community. They also called for the government to create an affordable form of transport, especially for kids and the elderly, and to position cycling as a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to cars.
The vision to make Aruba the most bike-friendly Caribbean island, or “One Happy Bike Island,” continues to grow and make inroads here. Several government officials, including ministers, picked up cycling activities on the free bike paths along the Green Corridor, the Watty Vos Boulevard, Eagle Beach, and between Palm Beach and the California Lighthouse.
BREAKING NEWS—JOIN THE ORANGE CARNIVAL!
In order to promote the Aruban bicycling community and support the “One Happy Bike Island” mission, the Aruba Bike Party will be held in Boston’s Copley Park on July 20 from 11:30 am to 3 pm under the auspices of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte. A similar event is also planned in Aruba’s sister city of Doral, Florida.
In November, a dedicated week is planned here, titled Fietsweek, and the story of how a small island in the Caribbean is changing its biking culture and infrastructure to become “One Happy Bike Island” will be covered by some major U.S. cycling publications.
For more information, visit https://www.amsterdammanor.com/.