About

Flavors of St. Martin / Sint Maarten was created to help travelers and locals discover the hidden culinary and cultural treasures in the off-the-beaten-path areas of St. Martin / Sint Maarten.

Our Story

We at Flavors of St Martin were inspired to create Sint Maarten’s *original* and finest culinary tasting and cultural tour in 2015 by the very spirit of the island, its people and cuisine. The Flavors team is proud to share our wealth of experience and discoveries with you. If we can tease your taste buds and share with you our passion with this dual nation with the sights, flavors and way of life in St Martin/Sint Maarten then we have accomplished our goal.

We’re passionate about connecting people with local food makers, creating bonds through breaking bread and making the fun nooks and crannies of St. Martin your neighborhood, too. Come with us where we take pride in eating locally.

Eat Well, Be Inspired® is our motto, which we think everyone who loves to travel, explore and eat well can share and identify with.

Bon Appétit!

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Our Team

LesliePresident & Foodie in Chief
Leslie exchanged grits for mofongo when she moved in 2008 from Atlanta, GA to Puerto Rico. A graduate of University of Georgia, Leslie began her career as a journalist and has written/edited for Lonely Planet, CNN, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Que Pasa Magazine, etc.
In 2009 she founded the first food tour in the Caribbean: Flavors of San Juan Food and Culture Tours, highlighting Puerto Rico’s unique cuisine, culture and history. Flavors has since expanded into Sint Maarten, St Thomas USVI and is growing unique, curated experiences across the globe.

Fun fact: When she’s not butchering the Spanish language and having fun being a “Sorta Rican” she spends time with her hubby, 2 kids and puppy, Max

YaribellDirector of Finance
Prior to joining the Flavors management team, Yaribell worked for a decade as the Compliance and Operations Officer at San Juan Asset Management. Before joining SJAM she worked as the CFO for a public corporation of the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Yaribell earned her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from The University of Puerto Rico.

She is fluent in English, Spanish and salsa dancing. A big fan of mofongo, homemade rice and beans and crème brulee, she’s found her perfect home here at Flavors. Her favorite travel experiences include visiting the Colosseum in Rome, Sunset Helicopter drive to the Grand Canyon in Colorado, a Gondolas tour in Venice, swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman and swimming with dolphins in Xcaret, Mexico

Fun fact: when she’s not salsa dancing or crunching numbers she’s taking care of her TWINS!

Cristina Senior Ops/Logistics Associate and Marketing Specialist
Cristina’s originally from San Juan, where she earned a degree in Labor Relations and and MA in Media Editing by the tender age of 26. She moved to NYC in 2012, returning 5 years later to her homeland.

Cristina’s always been inspired by people’s behavior and psychology, which led her to create Spiral of Bliss in 2012: a personal blog and forum that inspires readers to live more fulfilled lives.
In her spare time she enjoys the company of loved ones, food, music, writing, traveling and, if the beat is right…dancing (sometimes all night!)

Fun Fact: In 2016 she traveled across 9 countries in 6 months. Favorite places: India and Japan.

NyrmahOps/Logistics Associate, Tour Guide and Partner Relations Liaison
When Nyrmah is not reading classic books, traveling to New York (which she calls a gateway to other cultures) or being daring and dipping oreos into orange juice for kicks she’s making sure your food tour experience runs 100% smoothly…and taste-ily (is that a word?)

A native of Dorado, Puerto Rico she has her BBA concentration in Accounting and a Certification in Theatrical Arts. She’s currently studying for her MA in Creative Writing.

Fun Fact: We call her the “Flavors whisperer” because she can melt the heart of even the angriest vendor, guest or frustrated tour guide with her excellent people skills

VanessaOperations Assistant
Vanessa was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.

She earned a BA in Sociology with a minor in cultural studies, Aesthetics from Chile.
When she’s not working in operations/logistics at Flavors she’s busy earning her Master’s Degree in Cultural Agency and Administration.

A true foodie at heart, she enjoys cooking with new recipes and trying new restaurants.

Fun Fact: If you find her out and about ask her about her struggle with keeping her cat on a diet. Hey, cats can be foodies, too right?

GabrielaOperations Assistant
A self described trailblazer, Gabriela enjoys her free time in nature hiking and being in landscapes that are “completely overwhelming.”

When not helping our Flavors foodies she’s busy earning her BA in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Weirdest thing she’s eaten: fermented tofu, which is probably the farthest thing away from a nice steak.

Fun fact: Gabriela is a fast learner and an organizational whiz

AnkieLocation Manager & Senior Epicurean Host
CandiceEpicurean Host
HeatherEpicurean Host
ChristelEpicurean Host
PJEpicurean Host

Caribbean delight

Traveling to the other islands? We’ve got you covered!

Puerto Rico

Sample the best Puerto Rican cuisine that has made it a culinary icon.

St. Martin

Think outside the beach: enjoy authentic Dutch, French and Creole cuisine.

St. Thomas

Make your own rum cocktail while learning fun pirate’s lore seaside