Exploring the Island's Cultural Roots, One Restaurant at a Time
By GERRY and PAMELA BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
Published May 10, 2019
Related: Coral World, Sightseeing Tour
ST. THOMAS_It's called the "St. Thomas Food Tour," but be prepared for much more: You'll learn as much about this Virgin Island's history and culture as its culinary trademark dishes.
We joined the Historic Main Street Food Tour on a recent visit there. Our tour guide was Gerard Sperry, a Boston transplant and sailing enthusiast who has made this island his home for over a decade. Our starting point was Fort Christian (that's it at the top of the page), the oldest standing structure in the islands, built by the Danes in 1671. It has served as a fort, government house and jail at various times, and worth a visit by itself.
For the next three hours or so, Sperry will be leading us through a walking tour of downtown Charlotte Amalie, where our cruise ship is docked. Right off the bat we learn about the real pirates of the Caribbean as Sperry details the history behind the buildings around us.
Our group is small -- about than a dozen or so -- which is a nice size for a walking tour. In fact, please join us as we head out to explore this beautiful place...
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Our first stop is E's Garden Teahouse...
Quiche, salad, hibiscus tea ... in a charming
setting. Off to a good start!
Next stop: My Brother's Workshop Bakery (MBW)...
We got to try their coconut rum cake -- out of this world good!
That's Julius Jackson, on the right, with Pam. Jackson is a professional boxer with 20 wins to his credit. His bakery is a non-profit that provides "mentoring, paid job training and placement to at-risk and high-risk young people in the USVI." Bravo!