After a rather difficult night at Elvis’, I wandered out onto the beach at around 11A after rehydrating and getting some much-needed rest. After a quick jump in the Caribbean, we rounded up the troops and headed over to Smokey’s for some beach time, local eats and some live music, courtesy of the Musical Brothers. The fish sandwich (which will likely be my lunch go-to for the remainder of my time here) was definitely crucial in helping my recovery process. After lunching and watching some pretty incredibly kite surfing action (apparently this is one of the top spots for it), we lounged on the beach for a bit before heading back to the Frangipani.
While a few of us got in on Friday, the majority of our group was slated to arrive on Saturday afternoon. After everyone arrived and got settled into their rooms, we cleaned up and headed out to Picante’s for a little low-key Mexican fiesta. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from Picante’s, but my expectations were pretty high. Boat Shoes has claimed that Picante’s is his most favourite restaurant on earth, which is saying a lot considering his foodie tendencies and extensive traveling experience. I have to say, if there was a poll for World’s Best Mexican Food, this place would definitely be a top contender. Amazingly delicious and, considering dining prices in Anguilla, one of the more affordable options. The fish tacos are out of this world, but the corn was a show-stopper. I’m still dreaming about grilled chili-queso corn on the cob and figuring out ways to Bobby Flay that bad boy at home.
With August Monday just around the corner, we headed to the annual Anguilla Band Clash, a Battle of the Bands-esque event at Landsome Bowl. The event was definitely a local one — we were quite possibly the only non-Anguillans present. We were there long enough to enjoy a few rum punches, some amazing local music and got to witness a few members of our group have a full-on silly string/firework battle with some local Anguillan children.
We ended the night with another run at Elvis’, before heading back to the resort to crash. Definitely a long but incredibly eventful day. On the menu for Sunday and Monday: a tie-dye fest, an excursion to Scilly Cay and August Monday!