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in the old city of charlotte-amelie

Before we left, we had a few things to do in central Charlotte-Amelie. A brief luncheon was at Meson Amalia, in an ancient building sporting the same arches we saw in the eighteenth century plantation house a night before. (The building housing our cafe was erected in the early nineteenth century.) A block to the east was the original Danish monument of Fort Christian, done up in red brick and dating to the seventeenth century. Two blocks to the north on Krystal Gade was the second oldest synagogue for Jewish worship in the Americas, founded in 1796.


As we were flying later, we kept our luncheon light: bread and olives, together with gambas al ajillo and a gazpacho, with a few glasses of cava. Though light repast, we found it quite discharged the good recommendation we had received of it before departing. It fascinated me the melange of culinary styles we'd encountered -- Italian, Caribbean, fusion, French, and finally Spanish -- all executed with great skill.


Alas, then we had to return to New York. And so we did, regretfully.

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Taken on December 17, 2020