March 14, 2019

Good Eats: Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant, Barbados


Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant  Skeetes Hill, Rockley, Christ Church, South Coast, 434-3463. 

water-side deck at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
water-side deck at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


Prime seating at this romantic restaurant is outside on the ocean-side deck.  Attractive original Caribbean art is found throughout.  Designed to please discerning palates, the menu features fresh local seafood and pairs well with an impressive international wine list.  My dinner started with coconut shrimp with chili sauce.  It was followed by a satisfying braised beef short rib with port reduction and garlic mash.  My dining partner started with a mushroom risotto that was bountiful enough to have been a main, but he saved room for a Parmesan-crusted barracuda mash he had been excited to sample.  Though we didn’t really need desserts, we wound up sharing warm bread pudding with Bajan rum and Champers signature coconut pie with coconut ice cream--and we managed to eat most of it. 

Caribbean art at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
Caribbean art at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


coconut shrimp at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
coconut shrimp at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


short rib and mash at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
short rib and mash at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


signature coconut pie at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
signature coconut pie at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


white chocolate cheesecake at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados
white chocolate cheesecake at Champers Wine Bar & Restaurant in Christ Church, Barbados


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March 12, 2019

Sights to See: Rihanna’s childhood home, Barbados


Rihanna’s childhood home  On Westbury New Road (now Rihanna Drive), in Bridgeport. 

Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados
Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados


Singer and starlet Rihanna (Robyn Rihanna Fenty) is a Bajan girl.  She lived in this modest house from age 5 until 16, when   she moved to the U.S. to pursue her music career.  Since then, her childhood home has become a tourist attraction.  Located on a street renamed in her honor to Rihanna Drive, the house is newly painted in bright colors and no one lives in it any longer.  When I visited, a neighbor lady a few doors up was relaxing on her own front porch, enjoying watching all the tourist activity.

fan at dedication sign for Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados
fan at dedication sign for Rihanna’s childhood home in Bridgetown, Barbados


Rihanna Takes Oprah on a Tour of Her Childhood Home:



Now when she returns to the island--which she does regularly--she resides ocean-side in an apartment at One Sandy Lane in St. James.  Simon Cowell also has an apartment here, and Oprah lives nearby.
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When Rihanna is on island, look for her in her favorite places:  Daphne’s restaurant, Waterfront CafĂ©, bars in St. Lawrence Gap, dining at Oistin’s Fish Market, shopping in Bridgetown, or at Sandy Lane resort relaxing at the roof terrace or enjoying tea.

According to Vanity Fair, Rihanna has sold more than 250 million records, has 14 number one singles, and has been awarded 9 Grammys.  Because she has contributed significantly to raising the island’s profile around the world, she was recently appointed by the Barbados government as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary with the specific responsibility of promoting education, tourism, and investment for the island.


Several of Rihanna's music videos, directed by Dave Meyers:

Where Have You Been




Loyalty (with Kendrick Lamar)




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