Ventanas del Mar Restaurant hosts a “Reserve” dinner PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:32
While we often see the term reserva or riserva promptly displayed on bottles of wine we rarely give it a thought, as to what the term really means. Does it indicate a better wine? And does Gran Reserva mean the content of the bottle is even better?
The wine experts from Arion Wine Company educated and entertained a number of bon vivants this weekend at a Reserve dinner party, at Ventanas del Mar Restaurant, answering all questions, and pairing a careful selection of reserve and grand reserve wines with the exquisite cuisine of executive chef Jim Rooseman.
As it turns out in Spain and Italy, "reserva" and "riserva", are regulated terms controlled by law, ensuring that the marked wines enjoy some additional aging. In Portugal the same term indicates that the wine has an alcohol level of at least 0.5 percent above the regional minimum, and that it was made from a rated vintage. In South America, Chile for example, the term “Reserve” indicates that the wine has an alcohol level of at least 12% percent or more, and in Argentina, South Africa and the United States of American, surprise, the term has no indication at all!
Nevertheless, Chef Jim’s menu paired greatly with the wines selected among them Nederburg 2010, Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa, with a Goat Cheese appetizer, served on a bed of arugula salad, escorted by spiced walnuts, apple julienne and French honey vinaigrette, followed by Veramonte 2009, Chardonnay Reserve, Casablanca Valley, Chile, paired with a Tuna and Salmon duo of sliced seared black peppered tuna loin escorted by a smoke salmon surprise, filled with salmon tartar and ginger infused cucumber.
The third course poured Castellani 2006, Chianti Reserve Tuscany, Italy, matched with a Carpaccio of raw thinly sliced tenderloin with warm mushrooms, duck liver curls, pine nuts, truffle cream cheese and port reduction, chase by Salentein 2009, Malbec Reserve, Uco Valley, Argentina, presented with Beef Tenderloin with bacon and sweet onion comfit, served with truffle mashed potato and red port sauce.
The terrific dessert pitched a Kendall-Jackson 2006, Late Harvest Reserve, Chardonnay, with Chocolate Perfection, a cup cake filled with dark liquid chocolate, harmonizing with a poached pear.
Ventanas del Mar Table Haut set outside in the tropical veranda, enhanced the unforgettable experience even further.
Joseph Fennelly, rewarded with a giant jackpot PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 09:03
No investment specialist could have done better, that Joseph Fennelly, who played the progressive dollar slot machine at Cool Casino, Riu Palace. According to Joseph, he came in at about 11pm, determined to play just $20. It was his second casino spree, and he was heading to a certain slot machine, he knew, would be good to him. Indeed, his machine of choice started ringing to the tune of $5,385.17, making the NJ visitor, very happy!
Aruba is ready to host the first night of the Aruba Film Fest PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:55
Friday will mark the start of the second Aruba International Film Festival. This will take place at Paseo Herencia Mall in Palm Beach. For the opening night the main attraction will be the precencse of Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall. Her movie "Meet Monica Velour" will debut in Aruba. The red carpet event starts at 6 pm.

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Aruba Tourism numbers are up for the month of May 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:49


The Aruba Tourism Authority informs that during the month of May 2011 a total of 65,380 tourists as to 64,383 in 2010 visited Aruba. This equals an increase of 1.55%. Additionally it is relevant to mention that during the past 4 years Aruba did not see this figure for the month of May.


The Renaissance Marketplace unveils new eateries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:50

Located at the heart of Oranjestad, the Renaissance Marketplace is famous for its excellent eateries, diverse cafes & bars, and exciting restaurants clustered around the Renaissance Cinemas.

Joining the outstanding collection of stylish and contemporary eateries is Casa Tua Marketplace with a great selection of thin-crust pizza – often imitated, never duplicated — and Italian accented pasta dishes and salads, served inside in an air-conditioned dining room, and outside on the wraparound terrace which allows a perfect view of the entertainment program, on stage.

Everything is set for Carubbian Festival this thursday PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 22:46


Beginning this Thursday, June 9, the festival will take place every Thursday night from 6 pm – 10 pm. An exciting Caribbean ambiance is created through special colorful tents; the music of Lee Conner, Impak and Prive will be in full swing. This festival is perfect for the whole family; there is a fun tent especially for kids.

Minister Otmar Oduber announces the Carubbian Festival is ready for its first edition on June 9, 2011.


This culminates months of hard work by the Carubbian Foundation to create a festival that will present the island’s visitors with a firsthand look at Aruba’s culture, arts, foklore and music.

Through the vision of Prime Minister Eman and the efforts of Minister of Tourism Otmar Oduber, the tireless and dynamic team has created a festival that not only provides the opportunity to try local cuisine and experience Aruban culture but also to know the people of Aruba.

It is so important that Aruba’s tourism promotes more of Aruba’s past, customs and festivals and all this and more will presented through the Carubbian Festival.


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Tourists can purchase a package at their hotel to enjoy this tremendous cultural show made possible through the Institute of Culture under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

Locals and tourists alike can enjoy Aruba’s local cooking and the delicacies of other Caribbean islands as well as fine workmanship and handicrafts, culminating in a tremendous Carnaval show with brass band. All tourists who purchase the package will receive a Carnaval mask especially designed for the festival which they can wear that evening and also take home as a memento.

The Carubbian Foundation together with Minister Otmar Oduber and the Aruba Tourism Authority extends an invitation to everyone on the island to join the party and share Aruba’s culture with visitors who will fondly remember not only this festival but the island’s warm and friendly people.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Receives TripAdvisor Certificate PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:53
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts , Aruba's number one TripAdvisor rated property, has been awarded with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2011 for the second year in a row. This recognition is given to properties that consistently receive excellent ratings at four and above from TripAdvisor members.

Long recognized by travelers worldwide, Bucuti has achieved other TripAdvisor recognitions throughout the past 10 years, including Top Ten Most Romantic Resorts in the World   for four years in a row (2006-2009) and, most recently, the number three spot for its location on TripAdvisor's 2011 Top Ten Beaches of the World , Eagle  Beach.

In addition to its strong standing among TripAdvisor users, Bucuti is also a Condé Nast Editor's pick and a recipient of the Five Star Diamond Award  from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS).

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Carubbian Festival starts on June 9th PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:46
On Thursday June 9Th 2011 The Ministry of Tourism together with The Aruba Tourism Authority are hosting the first Carubbian Festival. This is a festival that will combine elements from the Aruban and Caribbean Culture. A display of art, cuisine, music and many more will be available starting at 6pm in San Nicolas. One of the main objectives of this festival is to let the visiting tourists get to know the other side of the island which is San Nicolas. De Palm Tours will be responsible for transport from the hotels to San Nicolas.
Tuscany Residence Aruba delivers luxury living PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:03
The new residential project now under construction in the Noord area, the island’s best neighborhood, just across the Ritz Carlton site, brings luxury Island living to a new level. Within the walls of the residence, 78 comfortable apartments, 65 interconnected villas and 10 detached villas will be built.
The Renaissance Mall is Brimming with New Shopportunities PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 May 2011 16:57
Located at the heart of Oranjestad, the Renaissance Mall is famous for its upscale stores and boutiques. Joining the outstanding collection of stylish and contemporary stores Adolfo Dominguez, a Spanish designer whose origins go back to the 1950s, to a tailor's shop set up by Adolfo Domínguez Senior.
New Uniforms at Amazonia Churrascaria PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 May 2011 22:36
In the spirit of renewal and summer fun in the sun, the crew of Amazonia Churrascaria has just received new uniforms, sporting fire engine red shirts. “Red,” says restaurant manager Michael Ras “is everything we stand for, it’s an energetic and proactive color. It’s the color of great beef, which refers to our quality product and to the dynamic service enjoyed by guests. Pictured here the staff in their new uniforms, looking chic and sharp!

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