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  1. #61
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    Re: Things Remembered and No Longer There

    How about the parrot at Trois Forces? O’Corail- is it coming back? PR’s Italian restaurant at Manypany pre remodel- was it called - Fellini maybe?

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    Fellini at Manapany is right
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    Definitely do, Nancy . . . one of the first places where Wendy & I ate on SBH. Wonderful, decadent, rich, traditional French cooking. Long before Maya came along & forever changed the culinary scene.
    We dined there on our 1st trip when staying just below Castelet at Bertrand Lentz's place. Just remember very dark interior, probably rack of lamb or chops, creme caramel.

  4. #64
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    How bout “mi chines” in 1970-74?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancySC View Post
    We dined there on our 1st trip when staying just below Castelet at Bertrand Lentz's place. Just remember very dark interior, probably rack of lamb or chops, creme caramel.
    ”Dark,” yes . . . smoky (as in from-the-kitchen) & romantic. Definitely crepe caramel! One of the places that said to me, when advising that they didn’t take credit cards . . . “Oh! You’re a guest of Brook Lacour — we’ll send her the bill!”

    It was the start of Sibarth, & Brook cajoled & charmed for nearly 40 years in villa rentals. Actually, much more — Brook & husband Roget were foundational in the best of what we know today in terms of island standards of tourism.

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    How about the old pre remodeled airport compared to today’s? Don’t have photos to compare the two.

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    Heading back for our 40 th year in February. Our memories of days gone by
    The shack under the tree across the runway which was the “airport “ and renting a Moke or Guergel from Remy. My dad had to get out of the car to walk up hill to Castelet because car didn’t have the power to get 4 of us up the hill.
    Shopping at Sodexa in St Jean . Mostly frozen meats that were rabbit goats etc. But they had jambon fume and fromage so we were all set.
    Buying hydroponic tomatoes at Le Cave
    The ladies of Guadaloupe selling fresh veggie in town
    The Rotisserie in town kept us fed with take out and watching her little girl grow up.
    Le Beach Club beside Eden Roc and Le Pelican. Sad day when it burned.
    I love this thread and realizing how many wonderful places have disappeared.
    Very few hotels rooms then . We were told 63 rooms on the island.
    Thank you for the memories. Looking so forward to getting back .

  8. #68
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    In reference to Bart’s question about Chez Pompi and Kevin’s comment—we had lunch there a couple of times in the 90s. It was on the left side of the road as one headed from Marigot towards Toiny. Pompi was a character—-a prolific artist and the little restaurant was intended to showcase his bright and colorful paintings. I don’t remember a water view but the house is still there. It would be easy to stop and check it out.

    it is always fun to read a “nostalgia” thread. Most of the places mentioned are in our memory bank. And I am sure the new places on the island will form a beloved memory album for those visiting now.

  9. #69
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    . . . another ancient memory -- La Gloriette Restaurant when it was operated by a fellow named Dom, who was brother-in-law of Albert . . . then the proprietor of nearby Restaurant Flamboyant. After a great afternoon in conversation with Dom, in early days of the restaurant, he gave me a napkin on which he wrote "Free Drink," signed his name, and told me to take it to Restaurant Flamboyant. Which I did for dinner that evening.

    Albert, going along with Dom's sense of humor, of course gave me a free drink, and as I was leaving after dinner, gave me a napkin -- "Your turn free drink." While Dom ran La Gloriette & Flamboyant was open, the back & forth continued during each island visit . . . to much laughter among the three of us.

    After a few years (the period was early 80s), Albert came to be the owner / operator of La Gloriette (later adding the adjacent "Cocoloba") . . . and Dom moved to Gustavia, opening a small "restaurant" called Chez Dom. As I recall, it was on the street just above Le Select . . . and to call it a restaurant is something of an overstatement. It was principally an open window for service (a bar with pizza and limited pasta selections), and a few tall tables in front.

    These were the "Sorry No Telephone" days . . . communication relied heavily on the "coconut telegraph," and locals got together each evening at one or more of a few places to drink & gossip. The Normandie was one of them . . . with its thatched roof bar and above-ground pool set in a jungle-like thicket of tropical plants & palm trees. For a time, there even was a restaurant that specialized in couscous.

    Happy memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwater View Post
    Kevin just reminded me of Au Port. Before the new post office was built. Sitting on the veranda eating the best lamb medallions in the world.
    One of the nites dining there, Claudia Schiffer was too !

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    Quote Originally Posted by stbartslover View Post
    Agree with Amy,
    FACT: 20+ years of coming to this island....my good friend Dennis Carlton is the finest host (and nicest guy) ever to hold a gathering on St Barth
    Was this about 2006, Normandie grand opening?
    Attachment 51049

    Man in the middle looks like younger Manu from Santa Fe ?

  12. #72
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    Yes, Nancy . . . with Jeff's wife, Caroline.

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    I think that Chez Dom was located where the Victoire boutique is today, and where Café Victoire was next door. It was gone prior to the creation of my first Resto List circa 2004/2005.

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    I think you're correct, Kevin.

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    I ate at chez dom, the food was very good, there were no tourists in the restaurant besides me, the rest were all locals, but the place was always full. did Dom work at au regal later on?

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    Don't know about au regal.

  17. #77
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    Just remembered Le Sapoltier when the tree was in the dining room.

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    Good one. And great host Adam-he ran a tight ship!
    Remember Yesterday, Dream About Tomorrow, But Live Today.

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    Times Fax
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    Quote Originally Posted by julianne View Post
    In reference to Bart’s question about Chez Pompi and Kevin’s comment—we had lunch there a couple of times in the 90s. It was on the left side of the road as one headed from Marigot towards Toiny. Pompi was a character—-a prolific artist and the little restaurant was intended to showcase his bright and colorful paintings. I don’t remember a water view but the house is still there. It would be easy to stop and check it out.
    Thank you!!

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    Tois Forces ? Or something ...
    My first raw egg on a pizza, what?, of course L'escale.(spelling)
    Donuts across from the airport ?
    Chez ______... that I think burnt down?
    Feelings. I always wanted to go...
    Colonial. My first coconut chicken soup thing.
    Cafe Massai ?
    Can't wait to arrive.

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    Massai, we dined there twice one year within same week or so, was quite good, the next year not so much especially when the server brought the unasked for check as soon as dessert was finished, there was no line at the door. Never back then failed & gone soon after.

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    Love this thread. Sipping espresso with a chocolate muffin at the pool bar at Filao chatting with Mario every afternoon at 4.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    . . . another ancient memory -- La Gloriette Restaurant when it was operated by a fellow named Dom, who was brother-in-law of Albert . . .
    I'm reminded by an island friend & chronicler of island info that Albert's brother-in-law was named Serge . . . not Dom. He did go on, after leaving La Gloriette, to work for a while at Chez Dom . . . which, I have learned, previously was Chez Joe -- owned by Joe Felix who still has the restaurant at the airport.

    Important historical footnotes in SBH lore!

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    Jacky Bertrand, Bartender at Carl Gustaf.
    The waves of the sea bring me back to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluemoon View Post
    Heading back for our 40 th year in February. Our memories of days gone by
    The shack under the tree across the runway which was the “airport “ and renting a Moke or Guergel from Remy. My dad had to get out of the car to walk up hill to Castelet because car didn’t have the power to get 4 of us up the hill.
    Shopping at Sodexa in St Jean . Mostly frozen meats that were rabbit goats etc. But they had jambon fume and fromage so we were all set.
    Buying hydroponic tomatoes at Le Cave
    The ladies of Guadaloupe selling fresh veggie in town
    The Rotisserie in town kept us fed with take out and watching her little girl grow up.
    Le Beach Club beside Eden Roc and Le Pelican. Sad day when it burned.
    I love this thread and realizing how many wonderful places have disappeared.
    Very few hotels rooms then . We were told 63 rooms on the island.
    Thank you for the memories. Looking so forward to getting back .
    The airport shack under the tree was before my time, but I recently ran across pictures of us in Mokes and Gurgels. I too remember shopping at Sodexa, the hydroponic tomatoes from La Cave in Marigot, the Guadeloupe ladies, and shopping at La Rotisserie in town. I don't remember if Le Beach Club (or was it St Barth Beach Club?) burned down before or after we started visiting, but I do remember the burned out shell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guenther View Post
    Tois Forces ? Or something ...
    My first raw egg on a pizza, what?, of course L'escale.(spelling)
    Donuts across from the airport ?
    Chez ______... that I think burnt down?
    Feelings. I always wanted to go...
    Colonial. My first coconut chicken soup thing.
    Cafe Massai ?
    Can't wait to arrive.
    Tois Forces ? Or something ... Trois Forces, now said to be leased to Le Guanahani as staff housing.
    My first raw egg on a pizza, what?, of course L'escale.(spelling) L'Escale, and if you were sharing a pizza, Supplement Oeuf, so that you could both have one.
    Donuts across from the airport ? You've got me on that one. I don't recall donuts.
    Chez ______... that I think burnt down? Chez Ginette, purveyor of flavored rhum in Anse des Cayes?
    Feelings. I always wanted to go... Some would say that you didn't miss much, and if you arrived before 22:00, there wasn't much to miss.
    Colonial. My first coconut chicken soup thing. Le Colonial, up the hill behind Le Glacier. Later Zanzibarth, and then Le Z.
    Cafe Massai ? K'fé Massaï - I can't keep track of the name changes it went through before it was successfully reborn as the Lorient branch of Boulangerie Choisy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cec1 View Post
    I'm reminded by an island friend & chronicler of island info that Albert's brother-in-law was named Serge . . . not Dom. He did go on, after leaving La Gloriette, to work for a while at Chez Dom . . . which, I have learned, previously was Chez Joe -- owned by Joe Felix who still has the restaurant at the airport.

    Important historical footnotes in SBH lore!
    You had me a bit confused with Dom/Serge, but I figured that you know the family better than I do... Did Serge go on to run Le Creperie?

    As to Joe Felix, I believe that he once had a restaurant in Corossol, upstairs, on the corner where the road turns to parallel the beach. I still think of the airport restaurant as Chez Joe, which is why it is listed as "Aerosnack (Chez Joe)" on my Resto List.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinS View Post
    You had me a bit confused with Dom/Serge, but I figured that you know the family better than I do... Did Serge go on to run Le Creperie?

    As to Joe Felix, I believe that he once had a restaurant in Corossol, upstairs, on the corner where the road turns to parallel the beach. I still think of the airport restaurant as Chez Joe, which is why it is listed as "Aerosnack (Chez Joe)" on my Resto List.
    I don't know about Serge & La Creperie, Kevin. Last I knew of him, he wasn't working & was caring for his father, who was quite sick. That, however, was many years ago.

    Funny that you mention the airport snack bar as Aerosnack . . . I thought it's still Chez Joe! (By the way, they have quite good sandwiches at lunch!)

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