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by Robert Blanchard,Melinda Blanchard

  • Author: Robert Blanchard,Melinda Blanchard
  • ISBN: 060980748X
  • ISBN13: 978-0609807484
  • ePub: 1518 kb | FB2: 1672 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (November 20, 2001)
  • Pages: 295
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 221
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A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean ePub download

A Trip to the Beach book.

A Trip to the Beach book. As the Blanchards learn to adapt to island time, they become ever more deeply attached to the quirky rhythms and customs of their new home. Until disaster strikes: Hurricane Luis, a category-4 storm with hour gusts, devastates Anguilla. Melinda and Robert Blanchard, after selling their business at far below what they should have, decided they want to live on the island of Anguilla.

For the Blanchards the secret of "island time" is a life of breathing deeper and walking slower. The Blanchards are truly fascinating people, and I have found myself desperately pondering planning a trip to Anguilla, JUST to eat at Blanchard's a story. Along the way we meet the locals against a background of palms, bougainvilleas, frigate birds, blue skies, and sandy beaches.

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book by Melinda Blanchard. Also, just because Melinda and Robert's name both appear on the cover, and just one is the narrator, it does not mean that they both didn't write the book together, sharing their experiences and building the structure for the book. Published by Thriftbooks.

As the Blanchards learn to adapt to island time, they become ever more deeply attached to the quirky . Affectionate, seductive, and very funny, A Trip to the Beach is a love letter to a place that becomes both home and escape.

As the Blanchards learn to adapt to island time, they become ever more deeply attached to the quirky rhythms and customs of their new home. Bob and Melinda survey the wreckage of their beloved restaurant and wonder whether leaving Anguilla, with its innumerable challenges, would be any easier than walking out on each other.

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Robert Blanchard, Melinda Blanchard. Place of Publication. In the tradition of the bestselling books by Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson

Robert Blanchard, Melinda Blanchard. In the tradition of the bestselling books by Peter Mayle and Bill Bryson. Married for nearly 30 years, Melinda and Robert Blanchard divide their time between Norwich, Vermont, where they built their own home, and Anguilla, where they operate Blanchard's restaurant. Together they have started eight businesses, including Blanchard & Blanchard, the award-winning line of specialty foods. Bob is a 7th generation Vermonter, and Melinda was born and raised in New York. Country of Publication.

Melinda Blanchard; Robert Blanchard.

Living on Island Time in the Caribbean. By Melinda Blanchard and Robert Blanchard.

A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean, the Blanchards’ memoir about opening a high-end restaurant on the island of Anguilla offers anecdotes about their experiences with local bureaucracy and red tape that oscillate between frustration and fu.

This is the true story of a trip to the beach that never ends. It's about a husband and wife who escape civilization to build a small restaurant on an island paradise -- and discover that even paradise has its pitfalls. It's a story filled with calamities and comedy, culinary disasters and triumphs, and indelible portraits of people who live and work on a sliver of beauty set in the Caribbean Sea. It's about the maddening, exhausting, outlandish complications of trying to live the simple life -- and the joy that comes when you somehow pull it off.The story begins when Bob and Melinda Blanchard sell their successful Vermont food business and decide, perhaps impulsively, to get away from it all. Why not open a beach bar and grill on Anguilla, their favorite Caribbean island? One thing leads to another and the little grill turns into an enchanting restaurant that quickly draws four-star reviews and a celebrity-studded clientele eager for Melinda's delectable cooking. Amid the frenetic pace of the Christmas "high season," the Blanchards and their kitchen staff -- Clinton and Ozzie, the dancing sous-chefs; Shabby, the master lobster-wrangler; Bug, the dish-washing comedian -- come together like a crack drill team. And even in the midst of hilarious pandemonium, there are moments of bliss.As the Blanchards learn to adapt to island time, they become ever more deeply attached to the quirky rhythms and customs of their new home. Until disaster strikes: Hurricane Luis, a category-4 storm with two-hundred-mile-an-hour gusts, devastates Anguilla. Bob and Melinda survey the wreckage of their beloved restaurant and wonder whether leaving Anguilla, with its innumerable challenges, would be any easier than walking out on each other. Affectionate, seductive, and very funny, A Trip to the Beach is a love letter to a place that becomes both home and escape.
Nidora
Visited Anguilla a year ago and saw this book but didn't purchase it believing that it was simply a gimmick. Waited a year later and finally purchased this book. Wow. This completely transformed me back to those sandy shores and reminded me why I want to build a taco stand on a lovely island such as this one. How I wish I would have seen the island as Bob and Melinda did. I can't wait to read this book again to pick up the details that I missed the first time.
Qusserel
I really enjoyed this book. We have been to Anguilla several times so can relate to places and the good people they refer to. We have also been to their restaurant several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. We knew the owners were from Vermont but never really knew how they came to own on Anguilla. Was really impressed with the hard work that went into getting it up and running. We would not have known about the book except for a cab driver who took us to the restaurant one evening and told us about it. We met Bob one time when we were there but not Melinda. We are looking forward to a return visit and hope to meet them both.
Bukus
Caribbean vacationers who have ever wondered what it would be like to sell everything and operate a business on their favorite island retreat will find satisfaction in this easy going account of a Vermont couple who move to Anguilla. Anguilla is a sixteen mile long thirty-five square mile patch of land at the northern end of the gentle crescent of islands in the eastern Caribbean nestled close to the flashier and better known St. Martin. Here on this quiet island the Blanchards arrive with their life savings and a dream to open a restaurant. Their story is about the embrace of the gentler life rhythms of this special island paradise. For the Blanchards the secret of "island time" is a life of breathing deeper and walking slower. Along the way we meet the locals against a background of palms, bougainvilleas, frigate birds, blue skies, and sandy beaches. We follow the Blanchards during the holidays, a local election, a demanding wedding celebration, summer boat races, an employee's dismissal, a break-in, etc. Occasionally we are treated to a recipe, for example, banana bread or better yet, "banana cabana"! The gentle trade winds that are the text of this impressionistic account build to a natural climax - a direct hit from Hurricane Luis (1995). Stow this paperback in your carry-on bag for quick relief while you wait impatiently to board your fight to the island paradise of your choice.
Alianyau
A great book once the reader gets past the inordinate professionalism of the author. The tale of these entrepreneur's escape to paradise was quite an eye-opener, and I became completely vested in learning whether or not their business venture in the islands would pay off or break them forever. This was my third read of 4 books on the islands and found myself captivated and enjoying the book and stories immensely. Once the book was done I missed the retelling of conversations in the island dialect captured by the author on a number of recounts. A blessing to me, I would recommend it to the business-savvy and the casual-interest-reader. Truly a marvelous story unfolded in its pages.
Timberahue
This is a marvelous book! I have been to St. Thomas and St. John, so I know all about their beauty but now I MUST take a trip to Anguilla to visit that magical island and to eat at BLANCHARDS!!!!
Through this wonderfully written tome, I have fallen in love with this beautiful place and immediately upon finishing the book searched for the email address for Blanchard's, printed off their latest menus (!) and emailed the Anguilla Tourist Board so that I can begin researching my trip!
This accounting of Mel and Bob's dream and how they achieved it is superb - you feel as though you go through each step with them; the agonizing ritual of ordering and receiving ANYTHING for the house or the restaurant; the warm, wonderful, colorful people of Anguilla who took Mel, Bob and Jesse into their hearts and their lives; the sheer hard work they put into the creation of this wonderful restaurant; the horrific hurricane that basically wiped out 2 years work - and more is in this hard to put down book.
As a confirmed foodie myself, I feel as though I tested all of those recipes with Mel and WISH for the day that I can taste her creations myself - in person!
The only thing that could have possibly made this book any better would have been to have color photos of the creation of this restaurant! That is the only downside to the book at all - you don't want it to end!
Next step - get myself to Anguilla and have meals (lots) at Blanchard's!
INwhite
I was skeptical about this book, so I got a free sample for my Kindle. Within 10 minutes I was purchasing the full version!
I am a lover of a good beach book, and have read a few lately that fell quite short. Not this one, I LOVED it!

This is a fascinating story, written in an intriguing, relatable and interesting style. The Blanchards are truly fascinating people, and I have found myself desperately pondering planning a trip to Anguilla, JUST to eat at Blanchard's.

The story is told, just like that..a story. Could have easily been interpreted as fiction had I not known it was a true story.The setting is obviously amazing, and she does a GREAT job of bringing it to life! You can almost feel the tropical breezes, and hear the palms swaying. The characters are brought alive and you feel like you personally know each of them by the book's end.I have been to all of the islands that neighbor Anguilla, and she made me feel like I had just taken a vacation. This was one of those books that you looked forward to snuggling up with, instantly transprting you...where you find yourself trying to carve time out of your day just to read.
You will not be disappointed with this one!
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