We managed to have a proper Saturday this weekend, a nearly work free Saturday, which is rare in our household. We took the dog to Leeward beach and enjoyed a bright, glassy turquoise ocean for a snorkel and swim. I took a few travel books to help us plan our next trip over lunch. We decided to stop at a little place we pass often that had a new sign hanging over the front entrance. Indian Kitchen has only been open two weeks and I highly suggest everyone give it a try before it gets crowded. Two Corona’s and two delicious vegetarian roti’s set us back only $28. The open air cafe sits just beside Alverna’s Market, perfect for tourists to take a browse at the local craft, seashell, and Haitian art selections. For those of us that live here, it’s one of those places that remind us we live in the Caribbean; simple white painted wood structure with splashes of color here and there, lattice and shutters to catch the breeze, and a small grassy courtyard area nestled between the market shops. We asked the friendly owner if we could move our table and chairs under the shade of a coconut tree and she eagerly obliged us. A nearby native lantana and a red hibiscus were visited by a hummingbird while we polished every last morsel off our plates.
I heard a radio ad recently advertising Point Grace‘s Hutchings restaurant so suggested the spot when a girlfriend and I were planning a luncheon. Point Grace is one of my favorite boutique hotels on Providenciales, one truly feels nestled in the Caribbean thanks to it’s turn of the century British Colonial architecture and gorgeous landscaping. Many people, including myself in the early days, would assume that Turks and Caicos’s famous 12 mile Grace Bay Beach is named so by the feeling of divine favour one feels when visiting, but it is actually derived from a person, Grace Hutchings, who sailed here on her honeymoon in 1892. As you guessed, Hutchings restaurant, also borrowed it’s name from this remarkable lady. I suggest Point Grace for couples seeking a romantic place, and after a fantastic spinach and apple salad with seared tuna, I would have to recommend anyone make an affordable lunch date at Hutching’s. Grace’s Cottage is the hotel’s fine dining establishment and should be reserved for a special occasion.