Friday, June 24, 2016

Get to Know the Staff: Meet Tony!!!


Introducing . . .
the Terrific Tony!

Tony is notorious around Small Hope for his hilarious (and often quite accurate) impressions of other staff members.He has at least 3 of his own concoctions on our bar list and they are all favorites among the guests and staff alike. He definitely keeps us all laughing!

Fun facts about Tony:

# of years at Small Hope: 4

# of Kids: 2. Tyrese is 4, and Charisma will be 2 this summer

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work: Take his son snorkeling

Favorite Thing about Working at Small Hope for him: Great diving, meeting and forming relationships with new people

Favorite Food: Sheep Tongue Souse

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Movie: Kings of New York

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Kids Playing at Small Hope Bay Lodge!

Now that school is out, families are going on vacation! And what better place than Small Hope? Nowhere else blends the casual comforts, and fun activities, and family atmosphere like we do!. Check out some of the kids we've been hanging out this week. They decided to move their fun to the dock and were playing in our diver cubbies. Crazy kids!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Bahamian Peas n' Rice Recipe

 One of the many great things about Small Hope Bay Lodge . . . the food! Our wonderful kitchen staff continuously and consistently prepares the most delicious and wonderful foods. From breakfast though dinner and desserts, they are exceptional.

One of the most popular nights here is "Bahamian Night". This is the night when the chef prepares traditional Bahamian food. Bahamian cuisine has a similarity to Southern cooking, but with a distinct island flare!

Here is our recipe for Bahamian Peas n' Rice . . .

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 can pigeon peas (16 oz.)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 sweet pepper, finely diced
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • 6 cups long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp browning sauce
  • 1 2/3 quart vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce (We use goat pepper sauce. Hot hot hot!)
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, sweet pepper, tomatoes and cook until soft and turning brown, about 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook 5 more minutes. Add pigeon peas, stock, browning sauce, thyme, and pepper sauce. Bring to a boil, then add rice. Stir until it returns to a boil, then add the bay leaf. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot. and cook until rice is tender, stirring occasionally, about 25 more minutes.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Crab Fest on Andros Island . . .

Each and every June, the population on Andros Island triples for one weekend. People from all over the Bahamas, not to mention many other places, come to Andros to celebrate Crab Fest. Crab Fest is our celebration of land crabs which flourish on Andros.

We have the festival at Queen's Park in Central Andros. The party this year started Thursday, June 9th through Sunday, June 12th. There is live music, dozens of stalls with food and drink, crab served in more than a dozen ways, laughter, dancing, games, and fun!!!!

Have you ever been to Crab Fest on Andros?

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A 10 lb Bonefish!

One of our guests had a fantastic fishing trip to the West Side of Andros Island the other day. Not only did he get to experience the pristine natural environment and landscape, as well as go out with our excellent guides, Glaister Wallace, but he managed to land a 10 lb bonefish!!! Not too shabby.

Congrats on the great catch, Jeff!
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Our New Bahamian Night!

At Small Hope Bay Lodge, we have been doing a Bahamian Night once every week or so for decades. On these nights we offer traditional Bahamian dishes like peas n' rice, coleslaw, conch salad, fresh snapper or grouper, and barbecue chicken to name a few. Also tasty desserts like our famous guava duff (yum!) . . .

But we've decided to dd some things to make it a truly Bahamian experience. This past week on Bahamian Night we had live local music by some of our very own staff, and topped the night off with a beach bonfire in our new bonfire pit!

It was fantastic! Great music, dancing, food and fun!!!

Come and see for yourself!

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Feels Like Summer!

The way summer is  . . . at Small Hope Bay Lodge . . .

Morning: Water like glass. Perfect conditions for diving, snorkeling, swimming, bonefishing, or pretty much anything you feel like doing . . .

Afternoon: Right around 2 pm a gorgeous summer storm rolls through with rain, thunder and lightning. It usually lasts about 20-30 minutes.

Later afternoon: The sun is shining once again. We do our afternoon dive and come back to cocktail hour and gentle evening breezes.

Night: We frequently get to watch lightning storms over Nassau and to the north and east, while enjoying clear skies above and more stars than you can imagine . . .

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