Friday, October 30, 2009

It’s my (blog) birthday party and I’ll go where I want to



It’s my party and I’ll go where I want to, go where I want to, go where I want to. You would go too when it happens to you.



Welcome to My Carolina Kitchen’s first birthday. My other blog, Island Time in Abaco, is also one year old. I’ve decided to celebrate by taking you on a virtual trip down memory lane to a pink birthday party at one of my all time favorite places in the world - Wally’s Restaurant in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Located in a pink and white Nassau-style Colonial villa overlooking the harbour, its grounds are dotted with pink hibiscus and bright rosy pink bougainvillea. It’s a balmy 75 degrees there today and I have friends waiting, so grab your passports, throw your sunglasses and flip-flops in straw bag, and hop on board. You take the window seat so you can so enjoy the view. Isn’t that a gorgeous private beach?



We’ll land at the Marsh Harbour International Airport in the northern Bahamas where we’ll take a taxi to Wally’s.












Hi ladies, it’s great to see you. How have you been? We’re meeting friends, so we’ll just go on in.



Hi Pattie, Penny, Barometer Bob. Hope we haven’t kept you waiting too long. I’ve brought along a few friends. Notice the Haitian art work on the pink walls. Even the tablecloth and napkins are pink. Wally's is one of the most upscale restaurants in the islands.


Every time we come to Wally’s the first thing my husband does is to give Wally's daughter Maureen, the owner, a great big hug. Hi Mo. Maureen attended the Cordon Bleu and returns to Paris each fall for a visit.


Hi Angie, our usual, please.



Here’s why we came – to share a bite of Wally’s special birthday brownie. One of their specialties, it’s a huge, sinfully rich brownie, smothered with vanilla ice cream, and covered in a dark chocolate sauce, rich whipped cream, and topped with a birthday candle. It comes with extra spoons, so dig in. The brownie is a little hard to see in this picture, but it's in front of me with the candle on it.



Before we leave let’s slip in the boutique and say hello to Angie’s daughter. Maybe I’ll pick up a cute swimsuit and one of those colorful pareos to match. Look around, I’m sure you’ll see something you can’t live without.


I hope you’ve enjoyed our trip to Marsh Harbour. Thank you Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting this fun pink Saturday party. I’ve met so many fabulous people this year blogging that I now call friends. Thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Pink Saturday.

These pictures were taken several years ago and reflect how the author remembers Wally’s and her friends.

63 comments:

  1. Sam, happy first blog birthday! Thank you for bringing us along on your trip to Marsh Harbour, it looks like paradise! It great to have a place like Wally's, a place where everybody knows your name. The brownie dessert sounds amazing!

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  2. Happy first birthday! Darn--I really want to go to Wally's! I want to go so badly..we really loved the Bahamas and the people!!

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  3. oh wow happy birthday for your lovely blog and what a fun post love it lol Rebecca

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  4. Happy first birthday Sam. Loved taking the virtual party tour:D

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  5. Lucky,lucky you celebrating in paradise! Happy blog Bday!

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  6. Happy blog birthday. Wally's looks amazing.

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  7. Happy blog birthday, I loved your virtual visit!

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  8. Happy Blog Birthday! I enjoyed the trip to the Bahamas!

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  9. Awww Happy Birthday You (blog)!!!

    We are all celebrating somewhere aren't we... I am with my step sister, Donna, and we have had wine, champagne, and watching the water hit the rocks in Maine for her 63 birthday!

    We wish we were on a cruise ship heading towards you :)

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  10. Happy Blog Birthday! My gosh that was beautiful!

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  11. What a great "trip". Happy Blog Birthday :)

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  12. happy blog birthday - this looks like a great place to visit.

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  13. Happy first blog birthday Sam! It has been a pleasure to meet you through your blog.

    Marsh Harbour looks spectacular! I;m sure you rnjoy each visit.

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  14. Happy Blog Birthday, Sam! Great to have you around!

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  15. Happy blogiversary!

    and quit taking pictures of my beach!!!! ;)

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  16. That's so awesome...happy blogoversary/birthday!!! I love the "Slow down mon, you're in the bahamas" sign!! Wish I really was...gorgeous :D

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  17. Happy Belated First Blog Birthday. WOW, what a beautiful virtual trip. So much fun and a great idea to celebrate. Love your blogs. Would have rather been there, than in this weather here in NC yesterday. Happy blogging to you, and many more....

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  18. What a fun trip! Thank you for inviting me along, Sam.
    And Happy Blog Birthday to you!!!!
    and many more 'cause you do a great job and many of us enjoy it a great deal. thank you!

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  19. Happy blog(s) birthday Sam!

    We leave Monday to live in Hope Town. Our house will be done late in January, so we're renting for three months. Will see Wally's probably on Tuesday, or on another trip over to Marsh Harbour.

    I loved your photos!

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  20. Happy blog birthday! Thanks for the awesome virtual tour!

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  21. What a wonderful trip - thank you for taking us on the tour! Happy 1st blog birthday and Happy Pink Saturday!

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  22. What a fun trip down memory lane, and a great virtual vacation for me! (Especially considering the gale force winds I really have waiting for me outside!) Thanks, as always, for visiting Sam. And Happy blogging birthday!

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  23. Happy Blog Birthday. I enjoyed the visit so much. Beautiful water shots!

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  24. Sam,
    Happy Birthday for your blog. I've really enjoyed your postings this year. You have a fantastic blog and I've enjoyed all the recipes. Happy Birthday!!!

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  25. Happy first blog birthday. Now I'm wanting to go to Wally's and have one of those desserts. Yummmmm. :).
    Happy Pink Saturday and hope your weekend is a lovely one.

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  26. Happy Happy Blog Birthday... I so so so enjoyed our little trip, I was hoping to see the brownie picture, sounds heavenly. How fun this post was!

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  27. Happy Halloween and Pink Saturday!!
    Beautiful pink post !
    Love from Rini the Netherlands

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  28. happy birthday to your blog, and many happy years to come, in good company, of course.
    Beautiful pictures. Would really love to take that tour myself.

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  29. Happy First Birthday and thankyou so much for taking me on the trip. I was in the Bahamas many years ago and always wanted to return, thanks to you, my dream came true, Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Halloween, Char

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  30. Yes! I loved the trip and tour of Marsh Harbour! Great photos! Hope your weekend is fabulous! Have fun! Enjoy!!!

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  31. Happy first blogoversary, Sam! I thoroughly enjoyed accompanying you on this trip down an Abaco memory lane. It's so great that we share such close blog start dates - we will somehow have to celebrate together next year!

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  32. Happy birthday to your 1 st year blog. Awesome! I see that you are enjoying yourself on this special day!

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  33. Looks like a fun way to spend your birthday! Happy Pink Saturday, Happy Halloween and especially Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day. Lovely post : )

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  34. Dear Sam,

    Happy 1st Birthday to your stunning blog!!
    Thanks so much for this virtual trip that you shared with us!

    I wish you a lot of inspiration & fun in the foodblogging world!! thanks to you & others, I have made such goofd friends from all over the world!!

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  35. One year is a milestone, Sam Congratulations! I loved your post today. It was most welcome as we had rain all day long. I hope you had a wonderful Pink Saturday.

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  36. Happy B-day! I enjoyed the trip!

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  37. Sam, glad you enjoyed your blog's first anniversary. Great celebration for a great blog!

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  38. Sam, Congratulations on your Blog Birthday. Your blog is Number One. I enjoy it regularly.

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  39. Happy Blog Birthday!

    I loved the tour and felt a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside with your wonderful pictures.

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  40. I'm so glad you invited me to celebrate your birthday. It has been great meeting you.

    And, Wally's was fabulous. I'm glad the plane didn't mind waiting while we strolled and enjoyed the ocean breeze.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Sam.

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  41. I don't know if I ever told you this, but I spent most of my youthful summers in St Maarten. My dad bought a house there in the 1970s so he could become the island doctor. Well, we barely had electricity and the road to our house was impossible to navigate by auto so we had to walk over a mile to where our car was parked. The idea was to live there full time... but my mother nixed that and we only spent the summers there! Your pics remind me of those days. GREG

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  42. Happy blog birthday and congratulations! The place is beautiful. Look at the water and the sand! and the way you described that brownie is delicious :-)

    mizpah,
    Li

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  43. Happy blog birthday Sam. Mine is coming up in January. You have been there from the beginning. I wish you many more. It has been great getting to know you.

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  44. Happy Happy Blog Birthday!!

    I wish I could hop a flight over there right now! I love the color of that water! :D

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  45. Happy first blog birthday! Thanks for the trip.

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  46. Yes, slow down and enjoy the Bahamas and your new award!
    Go to my blog to discover all about an award I have given you!

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  47. Oh, non, I never did that again after I left Uruguay! Old souvenirs ... !

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  48. Wow, what a nice way to celebrate blog anniversary and birthday :-) Nice nice place...love the pictures and thank you so much for sharing such special time :-)

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  49. Happy Blog Birthday Sam! You have a terrific blog and I'm looking forward to the coming year!

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  50. Gorgeous! I want to go, NOW!
    Happy First Blog Anniversary. May you have many more!

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  51. Dear Sam,

    Happy, happy unbirthday. I'm sick I missed the real day.

    I love your blog and the way you incorporate your life in the most heartwarming way into each post. And, as I mentioned in the beginning of our so far short-lived, but I'm sure it will be long-lived blog friendship -- I have the utmost admiration for women who re-invent themselves.

    Bravo. Keep up the wonderful work.

    And, let's stay in touch.

    Tishxo

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  52. Happy Blogversarry, Sam :)

    A wonderful journey of your food blogging...

    So nice to see your trip to Bahamas.

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  53. The crystal clear water is calling my name. Thanks for sharing Abaco with us... happy blogiversarys.

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  54. Congratulations....was a lovely post as well!!!

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  55. Happy Blog Birthday!
    Thank you for taking us along on this wonderful journey, I enjoyed it immensely. Just what I needed after another grey day around here.

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  56. How fun! Happy birthday to the blog :)

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  57. Hi Sam! Love the photos and I want to be that gorgeous water right now!

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  58. Happiest birthday to your blog! Best wishes for more years to come.

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  59. Happy Birthday, Sam! Looking forward to many more. And thanks for the *virtual* vacation. Awesome photos!

    ~ Cleo Coyle
    author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries
    Mystery Lovers' Kitchen
    "Six mystery writers cooking up crime and...recipes!
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com

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  60. Sam, that looks like such a fun place! Love it. And happy 1st Birthday to you! :-) Long may you blog!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  61. Ah, Sam, I missed your birthday but it looks like you celebrated in style (whether in real life or in your mind it's all the same!) What a wonderful day and wonderful trip you've taken us on! Thanks for sharing - tho I would've loved to share a bit of the brownie decadence.

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  62. I am late:( Happy Birthday.Blog Birthday~

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