Why Il Forno (Barbados) Wants Burning Down

July 17, 2008

I am sure those of you out there who are from Barbados or have visited the South Coast and dined up and down the stretch are familiar with an establishment called ‘the View.’ Famous for… um… Rihanna went partying there one night, that’s it! Anyway, because everything else about the establishment failed to be noteworthy The View closed down and the restaurant was rennovated by some Italian businessmen. Enter Il Forno- genuine Italian restaurant and pizzaria.

For a couple months I had been toying with the idea of venturing to Il Forno and see what it is they have to offer to the hungry patrons of the South Coast and I finally made it there this week.

Reasons for the burning:

  1. While waiting to be seated no one took notice of us for a few minutes to the point where we were not sure if we should just walk in and sit down or walk out.
  2. The person who seated us looked like that guy in The Machinist and I swore the temperature of the room dropped when he walked by.
  3. The waitress who served us was as pleasant as cold sore.
  4. When asked anything she gave half-hearted responses and was not very knowledgeable to begin with. (e.g. “That bottle there, is that extra virgin?” “No it’s olive oil.” not to mention “What does this dish come with?” “Pasta” “Yes, fine, but what type of pasta?” “Spaghetti” No, it was not spaghetti.
  5. The food was average at best and the wait time seemed too long for a simple meal of pasta and tomato sauce (no meat) and a calzone.
  6. The calzone was over-stuffed with ricotta cheese and made a mess when I cut into it.
  7. Who I suspect to be the owners or at the very least the managers of the establishment could not run the credit card machine because they did not have the code. The person who had the code was across the street at the bank making change for Il Forno and we saw him coming back after they told us to go along and settle our bill later.
  8. That person was then sent home for a week

The meal came to $48. The guy lost a week’s wage. Something about that doesn’t quite seem fair. Is it his fault that noone else has the codes? At any rate the situation could have been handled differently and it was the perfect ending to an unimpressive lunch.


DLP Launches Snail Picking Initiative

March 21, 2008

It appears as though the slightly used new government of Barbados has declared war on the Giant African Snail plaguing our island.

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In so doing they have launched what I call the Snail Picking Initiative which involves members of the general public assembling at 3 in the morning at Rock Hall, St. Thomas to pick snails . Given the fact that this said government has not rectified the public transport issues which have been brought to the table, I wonder how people are supposed to get there. At any rate, I guess that’s the difference between socialists and capitalists. Socialists would assemble a posse, rally troops, get uniforms to show their sovereignty and spend 2-8 hours picking snails one by one. Capitalists would make a call, work out a fee, and pay professional exterminators to deal with the problem.

At any rate, Click Here for a Giant African Snail Recipe I think may come in handy after the windfall I expect them to get. You know what they say, waste not, want not.


Fish: The Other Vegetable

March 21, 2008

The sun rises on yet another Good Friday, the day marked by many Christian sects as the day Jesus Christ died for our sins so that we may eat fish.

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I know I may have just lost some of you, but if you’re from the Caribbean, you may not be so confused. It is customary that on this day the eating of meat is not done. Enter Fish, the other vegetable, because I don’t understand why people separate fish from meat. Last time I checked fish are very much alive, given that they you know, swim, eat, procreate and die.

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Also, like any other meat, they were hunted down, stricken in their prime and served up in a variety of dishes with an array of garnishes.

 

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But beyond just that is the fact that many ‘vegetarians’ eat fish. Call me crazy but that just makes NO sense. Anyway, I have to go read up on some Mahi Mahi recipes… this day shall be long.

PETA Strikes Back

December 12, 2007

I remember the heat I got when I was invited on a turtle patrol and I asked if I needed to bring my own spoon for the soup, but it was NOTHING compared to the fallout being unleashed upon Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen by PETA.

The ‘ethical’ ones have apparently had all they could stand from the two fur loving media moguls and decided to take their beef to the internet. I find myself torn between the debate because… well… Animals are clothes and food however some people do carry the treatment of these creatures too far.

Click here to see how PETA dishes out their special brand of justice, vegetarian style!


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