Cel­e­brate Sum­mer

From Van­u­atu! With some great buys

Island Life - - Is­land Shop­ping -

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

The Sum­mit

Ely­sium Swarovski Jew­ellery

Bil­l­abong beach­wear

Sound Cen­tre;

Or­ganic Par­adise 100% Ara­bica cof­fee

lat­est biki­nis Pan­danus shop! Pan­danus

“Love from Venus”



‘Salve It!!’.

Bose Soundlink


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.

Efate Is­land

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

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