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    Ellen Lampert-Greaux lives in Petite Saline and is the editor-in-chief of Harbour Magazine for Saint Barth and Saint Martin. When she's not organizing the St. Barth Film Festival, or writing for various magazines including Live Design, MACO, and All At Sea, she turns her all-seeing eye upon local happenings.

    February'09

OUT ON THE TOWN

I defy anyone to tell me there is nothing to do in Saint Barth. There may not be a golf course but who needs one? It’s much too hot here to play golf anyway. Better to spend the day on the beach, by the pool, or relaxing in a hammock, thinking about dinner. Ah, yes, dinner—the highpoint of many a day in St Barth. Rumor has it that many people are eating at home in their villas more these days, as the economic crisis has made a dent in eating out. But hey, you can certainly go out on the town and have a lot of fun without spending a lot of money. We recently went to Andy’s aka The Hideaway in St. Jean. Which was, by the way, packed on a Thursday night! We arrived for an 8:30pm reservation and waited until almost 9pm for our table for six. After we ate our appetizers (three shared by six people), and attacked the hot stone where you sizzle your own fish—tuna, mahi-mahi, salmon, shrimp, and scallops— the restaurant took on a party atmosphere. Andy cranked up the music from his iPod and started lip-synching to the songs, while Marco the hair stylist from next door, put on a pair of large black sunglasses and mimed along with Ray Charles. Tourists, locals, everybody in the joint certainly had a good time. Our bill, including a few drinks, a bottle of wine, and a few desserts came to 40 Euros per person…including a tip, and no extra charge for the entertainment… The next night we were back on the social circuit, with the opening of Alain Le Chatelier’s art show at Les Artisans in Gustavia. Our friend Tim played social director and organized a dinner across the street at the Creperie. We started out as a group of eight, but by the end of the evening a total of at least 16 people were seated at our table in a series of musical chairs. Frances Debroff from the music festival even joined us with a friend for dessert, and eventually the star of the evening, Alain, and his friend Roland, as well as the Yaphet-Quetel family from Les Artisans sat down as well. A great time was had by all, and for a mere 22 euros per person, with crepes, tuna tataki, steak frites, ice cream, red wine, white wine, you name it. While more expensive restaurants can be saved for special occasions, such as Peter O’Keefe’s recent birthday bash at Maya’s, or my own birthday brunch at Le Toiny, it is certainly a snap to be out on the town in Saint Barth without breaking the bank. Take my word for it!

More to come,

    Ellen Lampert-Greaux

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