Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oualie Beach

Oualie Beach hotel is described as a delightfully small, informal and ecologically sensitive 3.5 star beach front resort. It is situated right on the beach in a calm and sheltered cove. The sunsets over the western horizon are said to be spectacular, viewed from the balconies of the many cottages that dot the cliff side, overlooking the ocean.

There are many activities to be experienced, such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and mountain biking. But as a foodie, the star of the facility is the Chef of the grand little restaurant which is located practically on the beautiful white sand beach.

Michael Henville is one of the new breed of Chefs professionally trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America and he has brought his considerable skill, and his enthusiasm for native Caribbean cuisine, to the trendy Oualie Beach Hotel here on Nevis, where guests from all over the world, and the local population alike, gather to sample Chef Michael’s extensive menu of creative West Indian dishes.

Chef Michael is the son of a very dear friend of mine.  We grew up together on this little  rock called Nevis.  Mel, Chef’s dad, who has since passed away, was an early pioneers in the hotel industry; he was very instrumental in the early success of the Mount Nevis Hotel, another of our fine establishments, where Chef Michael, early on in his career, honed his culinary skills.

When I visited the restaurant at Oualie the tables were elegantly set in preparation for the evening dinning crowd, but the  Chef took time to sit down and talk with me and shared his recipe for a delightful Caribbean Fruit Salsa which I will try as soon as I return to the United States


1small pineapple, small dice
1 papaya, small dice
1 red onion, minced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped fine
1green bell pepper,  small dice
1 yellow bell pepper, small dice
2 mangoes, small dice
1 lime, juiced

- Toss all ingredients together
- Season with a little salt and pepper to taste
- Serve with chicken, fish, or tortilla chips

Compliments of Chef Michael
Oualie Beach Hotel
Nevis, West Indies

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