A Lebovitz Isle

by Matt on March 5, 2009

Lebovitz Isle
Let’s make one thing clear: Club Med Bahamas makes you want for nothing. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that there are too many choices. Hungry? There’s food from sunrise to sundown. Thirsty? I can’t count the bars. In need of physical activity? You can snorkel, fish, scuba, yoga, you name it. And herein lies the problem: give me too much choice and I end up making none. Which I suppose isn’t a bad thing when you and your comrades decide to have long afternoon beach parties, the biggest decision being who to sit next to in order to catch up or who has the highest SPF. And since we’ve set up camp directly next to one of the outdoor bars the drink of your choice is only a sandy stumble away.

While soaking up the sun I’ve managed to consume some pretty decent cocktails. Both frozen and on the rocks margaritas, mai tais and piña coladas with an occasional Kalik thrown in for good measure have hit the spot, but it was during a drink run with the incomparable David Lebovitz that I discovered my new island favorite.

David appeared to be having the same dilemma I was having. When you can have everything you can’t think of anything. Does this happen to you? Luckily the ever charming American-Living-In-Paris came up with the most satisfying cocktail. I’m not sure if the bartender didn’t quite understand his request at first (you know there are a million and one languages being tossed around these resorts at any given moment) or if they were just being snooty but after a quick explanation we were both sipping on my new favorite drink. Yes, you could call it a Bellini or Spritzer or anything else really, but I’ve dubbed it A Lebovitz Isle. Why? Because you see David has this amazing presence when he walks into a room. Or onto a Veranda. And his legions of fans swamp him once they realize it’s him. Or that he might have a thong underneath his pants. And somewhere during this Bahamanian excusion this place has been referred to as Lebovitz Isle, as in “Welcome To Lebovitz Isle.”  And if you think I am going to let you make a Hervé Villechaize reference and then point at me you are wrong. Dead wrong. Nothing personal against him and yes, I do look pretty fierce in a white suit but for god’s sakes I’m not that short. Am I? Am I?

Lebovitz Isle
You need French or Brazilian pop music playing in the background, a tropical breeze and a group of fellow bloggers all around you to make this cocktail really work. And while a champagne flute is best it’s just dandy in a plastic solo cup since you’ll be enjoying it at the pool near hundreds of Parisians in thongs.

1 part pineapple juice
3 parts sparking wine or Champagne

Mix both liquids together and serve chilled. Garnish with pineapple slices, drunk food bloggers, a camera crew, hot Asian babes massaging your feet or sand in your buttcrack.

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Becca March 5, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Matt, you should go on vacation more often … you look so, um, Zen. AND You keep posting your gorgeous pics and entertaining stories. Love it!!

Laura March 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Ooooh…I want one. And I want to be in the Bahamas.

david March 6, 2009 at 7:39 am

Hot Asian babes? Sign me up!

Hayley March 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

I’m fairly new to the blogging world, but I don’t know how I haven’t stumbled upon your site yet. It’s wonderful, and so are you. Beautifully written and photographed, you have an amazing way of capturing the moment….Oh, and these cocktails sound fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

alina March 6, 2009 at 9:38 am

Sounds delicious…the trip and the drink! Thanks for sharing. Love the photography.

kitchenbeard March 6, 2009 at 10:33 am

What I want to know is how you’re keeping sand out of your lens casings.

Food Woolf March 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

A recipe and love letter to DL, I’d say. Can’t wait to meet the guy and/or hear all the stories about your escapades! Miss you. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

sarah herman March 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

I LOVE your site, the photography is amazing! I am finishing up my culinary degree and going on to finish a bachelors in photography. I love the creativity that food photography can provide me! Oh, what’s your favorite lens you shoot with the most?

sarah herman March 6, 2009 at 11:52 am

Oh and if you visit my site, please remember i’ve only been photographing food for a few months!

Narineh Mardirosian March 7, 2009 at 1:24 am

This sounds delicious! I have to try it!! Also – amazing photograph – beautiful work.

asian woman March 7, 2009 at 9:46 am

I like food, cooking, your website, massages, and David Lebovitz. But must you really perpetrate these stereotypical fantasies about Asians at your feet? Can’t the scene you are suggesting stand on its own without these racialized bodies?

Ann V March 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Sounds yummy and it looks like you all are having so much fun!

The Daily Colander March 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

So simple, so classic.

Rebecca March 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

Oh, you know I’m green with envy! Glad you’re having a great time–love the photos and stories…

Paula Maack March 8, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Yes, it’s David’s world, and we’re all just adoring groupies…! ;)

Lovely photo, Matt. The Bougainvillea are a nice touch!

Oh, and you looked damn fine in that photo with Elise on the lounge chair, btw… Meow!!!!


~ Paula

Astrid March 27, 2009 at 7:53 am

- add vodka and you have a flirtini – one of my all time favorites!

I should tell you more often how much I love your blog and your photos. Such an inspiration!

j.cro April 24, 2009 at 11:53 am

I stumbled on your blog from I can’t remember where and I’m so glad!
This drink sounds SO delicious and I can’t wait to try it.
I’ve added you to my links list, so I’ll be back!
Take care & Happy Friday!

j.cro April 24, 2009 at 11:53 am

I can’t believe how many times I wrote “so” in that last post.
Yikes. Many apologies.

Stephanie - Wasabimon January 14, 2010 at 9:03 am

OMG! This was such the perfect drink. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

(I know this comment is totally not contributing anything to the conversation, but I've had too many of these to express myself properly ;)

Tenina November 7, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Haha, what a great tribute, and lovely pics…I so want to come to Mexico and meet you guys! (I’m guessing you’re going as well!)

Chandler Bootcamp April 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

The photgraph make the drinks look mighty tasty. I could definitely be on the beach somewhere sipping a drink like that.

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