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A Trip to the Beach by Melinda Blanchard
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May 09, 2012

really liked it

The story of this couple selling everything in Vermont and struggling to open a high-end restaurant on Anguilla, an idyllic Caribbean island, is inspiring. The writing was clunky at times, but I don't think people read this for the writing but rather to see the details of a risky, big life change. The author and her husband are entrepeneurs with experience starting food-related businesses and a strong sense of adventure and lifestyle creativity. I admire them. They are dreamers who can deal with a last-minute customs delay on their perishable gourmet food items, they can simultaneously deal with the demands of persnickity pampered wealthy customers and the laid-back island perspective of their employees, they can even survive a hurricane. It is clear that these two are resilient and joyful in the way they live. I checked out their website and they seem to have built meaningful relationships with the people who work with them at their restaurant. There are photos of trips they have taken to Vermont and Europe with their "employees" - they really do seem like peopel who enjoy each other's company. The Anguilla-Vermont dichotomy is especially pleasing.

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