Monday, August 30, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sweet & Sour

The first Krispy Kreme doughnuts store in Santo Domingo is set for an opening next week on Winston Churchill Avenue, next to the Burger King. I for one am overjoyed to see this addition to the area. I have been hard-pressed to find pastries in SDQ that satisfy me.

Neither Miss Dominican Republic nor Miss Haiti placed in the top 15 at the Miss Universe pageant held last night in Las Vegas. This is a surprise considering how well the Dominican Republic has fared in the pageant in recent years.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010


Where in the world is Enrique Cruz? I always enjoyed the goodies featured on his website and I also thought his blog was interesting, as well as a great way to stay abreast of what was going on in his life and to see what was coming up next for the site.

As you know, there was a disturbingly long period of time that the website remained idle. No updates, no blog post, nothing. Crickets. Now that the site has been revamped I expected something spectacular, something that would live up to the precedent Cruz created with the original version of his site. That has not happened. From what I can tell the site simply reposts clips that have already been posted previously. And the blog is nowhere to be found. I also sent an email to EC inquiring of his safety and well-being that has gone unanswered.

Knowing that a co-moderator or webmaster can do what is being done with the site currently, it leaves me to wonder...where in the world is Enrique Cruz?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Me Hungry

I often hear "me hungry" from the street hustlers or shoe shine guys who approach you for money. I wonder what I would get if I turn the tables and use the phrase.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Balmy Bermuda

Mark Twain once wrote, "Bermuda is the right country for a jaded man to 'loaf' in. There are no harassments; the deep peace and quiet of the country sink into ones body and bones and give his conscience a rest." Decades later those words still ring true. it's possible that it's the locals-friendly and helpful. Or the signature pink sand beaches and dining options.

But what's more likely is that it's the islands proximity to the eastern United States-it's a direct two hour flight from more than a half dozen major cities. All of which means that instead of allotting two days for travel, you can instead enjoy that time on one of the stunning beaches or at a spa.

American Airlines is currently having a fare sale that includes Bermuda. Click on Fare Sales or NetSAAver fares when you visit the site.

With its British influence and conservative attitudes you will find gay clubs in more subtle forms. You may need to polish your cruising skills, but social life is existent. Caseys Lounge is located at 25 Queen Street (seriously) in Hamilton. Splash is a gay-friendly nightspot if you are looking to party and relax. The patio is appealing or you can choose between two bar services. The Veranda, also gay-friendly, offers an island jazz bar and a beautiful terrace that peeks onto the ocean.

If new, grand and intimate accomodations is what you're looking for, consider Tucker's Point Hotel and Spa, the only property to open in Bermuda in the past 37 years. It boasts four lighted tennis courts, two freshwater infinity pools and a private beach. The 88 guest rooms and suites have British West Indies decor and all modern amenities. One of the properties most appealing traits is its privacy. You can spend a week there and not interact with another guest.

Make like a local and rent a moped. Skip the tourist-packed Horseshoe Bay and spend the day at a private beach like Warwick Long bay or Jobson's Cove. Visit the Royal Naval Dockyard where you'll find the British Maritime Museum. There you can explore old munitions warehouses, the Bermuda Slavery Exhibit, the Dockyard Glassworks, Bermuda Rum Cake Company and Bermuda Perfumery. Over in downtown Hamilton is where shopping (Louis Buitton, Max Mara), dining and nightlife are the draws.

Head to restaurant row on Bermudiana Road for some of the best dining on the island. Latin, one of the bewest eateries, has house-made sangria that perfectly complements the savory paella. For an upscale experience make a resrvation at The Point Restarant and Terrace, but gents must wear a jacket. Or consider Elbow's Veranda Bar and Terrace, an intimate rum bar that featurse live music on Fridays and Saturdays or enjoy a cigar on the outdoor patio.

The best times to go to Bermuda are April, May, September and October, the latter being less crowded, less humid and downright spectacular.