From Vanuatu! With some great buys
The heat can be tough on the skin but fortunately, Vanuatu has its own range of products ready to help.
has released its top seller, An all natural ointment handcrafted from five of The Summit’s fabulous oils for relief from the pain and irritation of skin problems caused by everyday stresses. Fabulous has introduced its new
range. Beautiful in every way and perfect to spark up those great summer outfits. shop, on Port Vila’s main street, has lovely
for her and yes, for him as well! Those wanting a small speaker with a big sound, will find it at the colour Bluetooth speaker, perfect for that impromptu BBQ on the beach. is stocking Organically Certified, grown in Lololima, Efate, great to have and great to give. keeps surprising us with their beautiful things, pop in and see their in store. Baskets, and lots more at just gets better every week. Now with two locations, Port Vila main street and Vanuatu Handicraft Market, Pandanus is the shop for all those lovely things, from Vanuatu and beyond! is the name of the beautiful turquoise stone, bronze, leather and silver bracelet found at Great for Valentines, and any other time! Visit the shop for watches, jewellery, handbags and accessories and more - but beware, it is hard to pop into Prouds and come out empty handed! ‘ what a great slogan! Many more great t-shirts for him and for her at the
Elysium Swarovski Jewellery
Organic Paradise 100% Arabica coffee
latest bikinis Pandanus shop! Pandanus
“Love from Venus”
Drink Kava and Keep Calm’,
Hot Hot Hot… I have always loved chilli! Luckily in Vanuatu lots of different varieties of chilli abound on the markets’ tables. Habanero chilli is the hottest and most common, red in colour, small, round and wrinkly, followed by the popular Bird’s Eye tiny chillies and the Serrano traditional long-shaped red and green chillies. Jalapenos are harder to find; green, meaty and with an oval shape, they are mild and lovely when stuffed with cream cheese, crumbed and deep fried… very tempting! Vanuatu’s hot and humid climate means chillies are easily subject to spoilage and mould. To avoid this, chillies can be preserved by drying them in the oven for six to eight hours depending on their size, at 40C if fan-forced oven or 80C otherwise. Serrano chillies are best for this, cut in half, deseeded and placed on a baking dish skin side up. They are ready when they start to brown and should be kept in a cool and dry place. Dried chillies make beautiful chilli-infused oil, an easy way to have a precious condiment in your pantry. Take 250ml of good olive oil, 5 to 10 finely chopped dry chillies depending on size, and a couple of whole dried chillies. Gently warm up the oil while adding the chillies and cook for at least 5 minutes to infuse. Leave to cool and filter the oil through a fine sieve before placing it in a sterilized bottle with the whole chillies and store in the fridge. I also like preparing a delicious chilli jam to enjoy with cheese and cold meat platters. You will need 200g of fresh red hot chillies, 800g of red capsicum to add texture and sweetness, 500g sugar, 1 pinch of salt and 50ml of red wine. Wash, de-seed and chop the chillies and capsicum into small pieces. Cook all ingredients in a pot partially covered over low heat for one hour. Pass the
the mix. Fry with a little oil in a pan.
Tuna Mayonnaise One tin of tuna, green onion and Japanese mayonnaise. Cut onion thinly and mix all ingredients well.
Nigiri Sushi - Slices of raw fish such as salmon or tuna and boiled prawns.
To make the sushi
You will need a Sushi rolling mat and sheets of Nori seaweed. Place one sheet of Nori onto the sushi roll mat. Spread a thin layer of sushi rice on the Nori sheet, pressing down with your fingers or a spoon . Place one of the ingredients in the middle of the rice, then roll into a sushi roll using the sushi mat. Lightly wet the edge of the Nori sheet with water to make the edges of the sheet stick together. Cut into slices and place in the fridge until ready to serve. Do the same using the rest of the fillings. Located on the Wharf Road, Kanpai Restaurant is one of Port Vila’s favourites and super-popular with locals and expats. The sweeping views over the harbour are stunning and all around French doors opening onto the outside veranda, ensure there is always a lovely breeze to keep you cool. A great spot for lunch or dinner, the food is always fabulous, with an extensive menu, lunch specials and consistent quality. Everyone has their favourite dish and there is so much to try that it is easy to keep coming back. Ph 26687.
Vanuatu may be a small speck of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean but as far as dining possibilities go, these islands offer as much as any world capital. From Thai to French, Indian to Italian or Japanese, Vanuatu has it all.
Aquana Beach Resort, Eratap, Efate. Located on the way to Teouma, Aquana is a great place to go and spend the day with or without children and try the restaurant which is causing a sensation due to the quality of its food. Sun-loungers, swimming pool, beach and theme nights. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Upon booking, ask about their free pick up and drop off service. Phone: 5900401.
Au Fare Port Vila, Efate. Located opposite Tana Russet Plaza, right on the bay. Enjoy some delicious French/ tropical fusion cuisine and pick your fresh lobster straight from the tank! Beautiful views of the harbour, daily lunch and dinner specials and on Saturday night pop in for some great live music and spectacular fire show! Ph: 25580. Benjor Beach Resort, Devil’s Point Road, Mele Bay, Efate. Dine on the lovely deck overlooking Mele Bay or next to the river. Sample the signature Chocolate Soufflé or Benjor’s famous Kick-ass Curry and their homemade pasta and homegrown vegetables. Bring the kids for the day and have a lazy lunch; indulge in a fabulous cocktail or come for a romantic dinner. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Only 15 minutes from town. Bookings recommended. Phone 26078. Coco Beach, Pango, Efate. Located on the beautiful Pango Peninsula the lovely open-air restaurant is right on the water’s edge and the menu showcases the best of Mediterranean cuisine with dishes such as beef carpaccio, tuna sashimi, lobster tail salad and roasted pork belly. Crystal-clear calm waters, kayaks, snorkelling gear and stand up paddleboards available. Ph: 5559874 or 35904. Eratap Resort and Restaurant, Eratap, Efate. Fine dining in a location dripping with style and elegance. Dine right on the beach and sunset lounge in which to relax while gazing at the ocean, cocktail in hand. The restaurant offers an extensive menu with daily specials and a superb, well-priced wine list. The Eratap Seafood Antipasto is a must! Open from 11.00am. Children aged over six are welcome during school holidays. Ph: 5545007 or
Exotic Thai @ The Lookout, Port Vila, Efate. Situated next to Ocean View Apartments, Exotic Thai offers delicious authentic Thai food and stunning views over Port Vila Bay in lovely surroundings with a great atmosphere. Daily lunch specials available, full a la carte menu. Every Thursday night Thai Buffet. Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Sunday dinner only from 5pm. Ph 7731751. Francesca’s, Havannah Harbour, Efate. Located in Havannah Harbour, this fabulous restaurant has private massage booths, elegant tables, dinnerware made of polished coconut wood and stunning views over the bay. The menu showcases the best of Italian cuisine with something for every mood; Italian home-made pasta, fabulous grills, authentic Italian pizza and fantastic desserts. Come and spend