The Return of the Zen-Man

I’m back! Well, i’ve been back for a few days already but i was greeted by a lot of work and no time to update the blog. In other words, i went from 85’F degree weather to a 85’F degree kitchen in just a day so the transition wasn’t too difficult – at least temperature-wise. Thank you, thank you for all your kind words and for not trashing the place in my absence. Whoever did the mopping did a hell of a good job and is hired on this blog. No pay! Anyway, i’m back in business, i’m here, i’m alive!

On the above picture is my hotel in Tortola, with central air conditioning which in the Virgin islands means no window. Isn’t it charming? No, not reaally! This is a Bomba shack on the beach, the inscriptions on it make me believe Bomba must be some kind of respected spiritual figure [ex: give your panties to Bomba and be blessed]. I can’t testify though, these parties only occur on full moons and i only got up to a 1/4 moon while i was there and Bomba was still in hiding. Did i miss out on something? Can someone shed some light on my ignorance regarding Bomba shacks? Geez, i feel so out of the loop, i even discovered my first white hair recently. Yea, you heard me right! The sneaky little sh*t was hiding in there – on my head! But that’s another story. There’s mushroom tea on the menu if you look close enough (or click on the picture)… er.. i think i get the idea of a full moon party. Very popular in the Caribbeans.

Anyway the trip was good. Lots of food, rum and Cuban cigars. I did a terrible job at photographing the food though. By the time i remembered the plate was already empty. Sorry! And there was lots of water and boats and yaddi yaddi yadda and none of them sank while i was on it which is a good thing.

I will resume my regular posting schedule as soon as my left ear will stop peeling (got a sunburned left ear for chrissake!). I have some recipes to post and i will giveaway something yummy early next week. Stay tuned and enjoy this view of a Carribean evening. Glad to be back!

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  • AzAzura

    Yeah!!! Zen chef is back!!!! we all missed you!! xoxoxo

  • A Z R A

    hello Zen, at last!!! welcome back!!!!~ eh that yummy something, i want! i want! i want!!!!!!! 😉

  • canarygirl

    Welcome back, Zen Man!!! I missed you and your culinary delights while away. Glad to hear you had a good time, and sorry about that ear and pesky grey. 😉 :)

  • Claude-Olivier

    bon retour alors ! pis alors ces cigares, ils étaient bons ^^?

  • Manggy

    I just told you to pack lots of sunscreen and now you’ve gone and forgotten about your left ear! Hahaha!
    Here in the Philippines, “Bomba” is old slang for “naked.” Not that it has any connection to anything O_o
    Welcome back! Can’t wait to see what you cook from your “tropical climate” kitchen!

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  • Ben

    Welcome back, where are the pictures of the tan you were supposed to be working on? Wasn’t that the whole point of the trip? :-p And no food pics?!?!?!?! What’s up with that?

  • glamah16

    Cant wait to see. I havent been back the Virgin Islands in ages.

  • Elle

    I’m so glad you’re back–missed your posts! Seems like you had a great time…who wouldn’t, right?

    And um…how do you get a sunburn just on your ear??? :)

  • We Are Never Full

    hope you had a great time.
    i’m jealous… welcome back to the chilly rainy spring here in NYC!

    can’t wait to see what food inspired you over there.

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  • Dirty Kitchen Secrets

    Welcome back Zen Man! Hey don’t lie you did the full bomba!!! Yea that’s right you just can’t remember it after all that Rummmmba! My turn now…I’m off to me homeland! Yay! x

  • Clumbsy Cookie

    Welcome back! Aren’t you glad you’re close to a hot oven to remind you of vacation?! Yeah right… I din’t mop the floor, but I’ve cleaned the inside of your microwave!:)

  • Claire

    Hé, la pleine lune c’est dans deux jours… il va falloir y retourner, juste pour vérifier si tu avais bien compris, haha!

  • Jack

    Welcome back, mate! And now Ann and I are about to head off on our trans-America trip. We have to get up at 4:30 am tomorrow (AIEE!) and then it’s out to LA, pick up some wheels and… well, we aim to make a few posts to the blog en route.

    First grey hair? You youth! Next it’s the first grey chest hair. Then it’s the first grey…. well, never mind. :-)

  • b

    So great to have you back and I’m happy that you enjoyed yourself! I was admittedly the one who did the mopping. I’m happy to clean up after myself, especially when you left a lot of great stuff to eat!!! Merci.

    Looking forward to upcoming food posts to drool over. :)

  • Chicken & Waffles

    Back and badder than ever. Get down with your bad self, your Zen-ness!

    But don’t let it go to your head–there is food to be made,

  • waliz

    me glad u come home safely…:D

  • Catherine Wilkinson

    See what Bomba does to a guy??? White hair!
    Ok, Ricky Ricardo, get cracking on those Caribe culinary pics…!
    I didn’t mop, but I made sure the corkscrew was working….sorry about the missing Montrachets.

  • Kate / Kajal

    welcome back Stephan. And dont say shrooms !!! i was supposed to be in Amsterdam for my Bday, having those shrooms, not at the lake !
    Well how was it, i’m sure u had some of that soulful tea. I’ve seen a full moon party at Koh Samui …madness ! i’m sure the Caribbean would be no exception. Sorry u missed it.

  • Anali

    Welcome back! Glad you had a wonderful vacation and thanks for sharing the pics! ; )

  • Heather

    Welcome back! It hasn’t been the same around here without you.

  • taste memory

    must have been hard to leave the good time! ~ look forward to great pix + read about your trip…..

  • foodhuntress79

    Wow, this is the ultimate vacation – cooking, cigars, and a Bomba shack whose spell you can take back to New York. Glad to see you back! :)

  • farida

    Welcome back, Zenchef! Looks like you had a great time, and tan, too?:))

  • Cindy. Lo.

    Welcome back!!!
    We missed you so much here!

  • SteamyKitchen

    welcome back my friend!
    how the heck did you sunburn just ONE ear???? did u fall asleep on your side?

  • Emiline


    Sorry about the white hair and the peeling ear.

    Rum and a cigar sounds good to me.

  • cakebrain

    Now that’s a fabulous excuse to buy a Tagine. Looks delicious!