My Anguilla: Shellecia Brooks-Johnson
Shellecia Brooks-Johnson is passionate about tourism and is in love with her island home. Her passion for Anguilla led to the creation of the My Anguilla Experience, a popular lifestyle blog that shares information about Anguilla and to encourage locals and visitors explore all that Anguilla has to offer.
Describe Anguilla in three words.
Tranquil island home.
Which area are you from?
I am from North Side which is central and close to The Valley.
What is your favourite traditional dish?
My favourite traditional dish is rice and peas and goat meat. This stems from growing up with my grandmother who reared goats. I still can’t find anyone who made goat meat as tasty as she did.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
My favourite childhood memory is going to the east where there are family land and big mango trees and picking buckets and buckets full of mangoes. We went multiple times each mango season and I loved it because it was a family event. We would ride in the back of pickups and everyone would be there from my grandmother, aunts, uncles and my cousins. It was a lot of fun and on top of that, we ate mangoes which are my favourite fruits until we couldn’t eat anymore.
What was your favourite subject in high school?
My favourite subject in school was English. I love to read and write which is why I enjoy blogging so much.
What is your favourite restaurant?
This is a tough question for me to answer. Anguilla has so many amazing restaurants and new ones are popping up each day. I was recently asked what were my favourite three restaurants on the island were and that was a struggle to answer. In terms of an everyday restaurant, I like Nico’s because I love their baked chicken. I have favourite dishes at Straw Hat and Blanchards too. I have only eaten at De Cuisine once but the food was amazing.
Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first-time visitor to Anguilla?
A first-time visitor to Anguilla should definitely go the beach and grab a cocktail from any of our fabulous beach bars. I love Rendezvous Bay and you can grab lunch and a drink from Sunshine Shack.
Where do you go to kick back and relax with family and friends?
Most of the times we pick a restaurant and we go out to eat since most of our outings revolve around food. After all, we have amazing restaurants here. Recently, I have re-discovered how awesome and relaxing it is to spend time on the beach with friends, from early morning walks to picnics.