Our first stop was Ronnie's to check J's numbers. He lost, but we still had a fun trying to learn the game. We ran into Shauna Knowles, who had catered our wedding 3 years prior. We caught up with her for a little while, learning how busy her catering business has become. If you get a chance stop by her restaurant for lunch, The Harbour Inn on Cupids Cay. Great spot to get some take-a-way. She has daily specials and lots of choices. You pick your meats and sides then pay by the scoop. It is really good and super affordable.
Well anyway Ronnie's was hopping with people dropping in grabbing a few beers to go, for the Easter Monday beach celebrations scattered along the island. Shauna, along with many other Ronnie's patrons told us to head down to Alabaster beach and check it out, so we did.
The entire beach from one end to the other was full of families celebrating the Easter holiday. There were multiple BBQ areas set up offering food to all the families, I am assuming they were set up by the local churches. J and I went for a walk up and down the beach checking out the festivities and exchanging friendly greeting with many of the families. It was obviously still family hour while we were there, but I heard that it turns into a big party in the evening after all the children go home.
We thought that we would spend more time at Alabaster than we actually did so we arrived in Hatchet Bay about an hour or so before our dinner reservation. We had not spent much time in Hatchet Bay before so we decided to explore a little. We slowly cruised through town and wound up at the Hatchet Bay Easter Monday celebration. The people of Hatchet Bay were even more welcoming than the ones at Alabaster. Despite the smaller community and smaller beach it seemed to be a much livelier celebration. They had the music bumping and everyone was super friendly and waved and said hello as we passed by.
We had an appetizer of conch and grouper and then crab legs for our entree. It was hands down the best meal we have ever had on Eleuthera, if not the best meal we have ever had. The conch was cooked like I had never seen before, it was sauteed in a mild almost citrucy tasting sauce. It was so tender and delicious, I don't think I have ever eaten anything so divine.
As we were getting ready to leave our new friends from the beach came in for dinner. They had managed to squeeze in at the last minute and we were very pleased to see that they had not only found someplace open for dinner, but that they had made such a fabulous choice. We highly recommended the conch and crab legs, of course. I really hope they enjoyed their meal as much as we did.
After we paid J popped his head into the kitchen to commend Francis on the excellent meal and his superb singing skills. He is a genuinely friendly guy and we chatted for a while till he had to get back to the kitchen and cook for the large group that just arrived (our friends from the beach).
As we drove home a huge thunderstorm passed over the top of us. There is something about the storms on Eleuthera. There is no light pollution and it gets so dark that the lightning is just amazing to see. It's like there is nothing else out there but these giant streaks of light over the ocean. I was really glad I was not driving so I could enjoy the show.
J and I returned to DaVilla with an absolutely blissful feeling. It was such an amazing day, we really had a little taste of everything that makes Eleuthera so special. The warm, welcoming, amazing people along with mother nature in all it's glory. We could not have asked for anything more.