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Seaford Town September 30, 2009

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Seafood Town Welcome Sign

Seaford Town Welcome Sign

Seaford Town– Westmoreland

Seaford Town, also know as “German Town” has the most unusual history of all communities in Jamaica.

Abolition of slavery

The history of Seaford Town begins with the abolition of slavery on 1 August 1834. Many landowners were concerned that the abolition would leave them with insufficient labour to tend their fields. There was also a concern that abolition of slavery would tip the balance of power towards the black majority and a rebellion may occur. As a result, immigration of indentured labourers from Europe was encouraged. Labourers were sought from European countries, most notably Germany and Ireland.


Historical building in Seafood Town

Historical building in Seaford Town

The establishment of Seaford Town

As part of this initiative, Lord Seaford donated 500 acres of land for the establishment of a German settlement in 1835. The settlers were promised cottages to occupy and an allowance to be paid to them until they were able to support themselves. However, when the Germans arrived there was insufficient accommodation and many had to build their own homes. The working conditions were also very harsh and long hours were demanded.


House in Seafood Town
House in Seaford Town

The early years

Many of the settlers died within weeks. Over the forthcoming years many more settlers died of tropical diseases and malnutrition, others emigrated to North America. Those that remained had to adapt to the harsh conditions of rural Jamaica, learning how to plant hardy crops such as yam, bananas and cocoa.


Development of the town

In the last half of the 19th century development began to happen in Seaford Town. Land titles were distributed, a priest was sent from Austria and a church was built. However, unlike other European settlements, the residents of Seaford Town did not integrate with the black community. As such, the community remained entirely Caucasian for many years.

Seaford Town today

Eventually, the German settlers began to integrate more with the black population. However, evidence of German heritage exists to this day. Many of today’s residents have noticeable Caucasian features such as light skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. There is also evidence of the German archaeological style with many traditional German cottages still existing. Nowadays around 160 residence of Seaford Town claim direct German lineage and several German words feature in the speech of older residents.

The story of Seaford Town is told in the Seaford Town Historical Museum.


Recipe: Boiled Dumplings September 28, 2009

  • Boiled Dumplings

    Boiled Dumplings


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Sift the flour, cornmeal, and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Add the water 3 teaspoons at a time, just enough to bring the dough together with a firm consistency.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well, for about five minutes.
  3. Boil a pot with water
  4. Break off pieces and form the dough into slightly flattened biscuits, about 2 inches across. For spinners roll the pieces between your palms into a pen shape.
  5. Place the pieces, uncrowded, into the pot of hot water –(Approx 5 -8 minutes)
  6. Service hot with other food (Serves 6-8)

New Rum from Appleton! September 27, 2009

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New Rum from Appleton

New Rum from Appleton

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has introduced a new luxury rum that will only be available at the Appleton Estate Rum Tour.

Appleton Estate Exclusive Edition is a luxurious blend of rums that were created to celebrate the territory of the Nassau Valley where the Appleton Estate is located. The edition was made available on Monday. It is presented in a proprietary bottle, (the design is inspired by Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum’s signature bottle), with a cork finish, and is packaged in a beautiful wooden gift box. It will be sold for US$250.

According to Judy Schoenbein, general manager of the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, the new rum will make a wonderful addition to the rum tour experience.

“In addition to making a journey of discovery of the rich history and heritage that are our legacy and learning how we make our rums, visitors will now have a chance to take home something that is exclusive to the Appleton Rum Tour experience.”

Master Blender Joy Spence said she carefully selected the rums that make up the exclusive edition for their unique qualities.

Perfect conditions

“The Nassau Valley’s rich fertile soil and unique microclimate that features warm days, gentle afternoon showers and cool nights are the perfect conditions for growing sugar cane and tropically ageing rum,” she said.

She also noted that the pure water from the estate’s natural spring, the varieties of sugar cane that are cultivated and the one-of-a-kind copper pot stills all contribute to the unique qualities and distinctive character of Appleton Estate Exclusive Edition.

“It is a rich, smooth, full-bodied rum and I would recommend that it be enjoyed neat or on the rocks,” she added.

Taste notes

The Edition has a deep amber colour with red highlights that perfectly reflect the rich soil of the region. Lots of oak and vanilla notes that are developed naturally during long years of ageing under tropical conditions will waft to the nose. The fruity sweetness that arises as a result of the varieties of sugar cane that are grown on the estate, of perfectly balances the woodiness that is derived from ageing. The finish is long and smooth. Drink up!


Sandals Dunns River September 25, 2009

Sandals Dunns River

Sandals Dunns River

 Bordered on one side by a stunning sweep of gorgeous green mountains and on the other by the best stretch of white-sand beach in Ocho Rios, Sandals Dunn’s River represents an amazing melding of Caribbean charm and opulence with an Italian Renaissance style lobby with its vaulted ceilings, marble columns and ornate staircase. We have carried through an Italian theme to our staff, bringing nearly two dozen performers, musicians and chefs directly from Italy.

Sandals Dunns River Lobby

Sandals Dunns River Lobby


Sandals Dunns River Dining Area

Sandals Dunns River Dining Area

Gourmands will be ecstatic with the 6 dining possibilities presented by Sandals Dunn’s River as well as the additional 11 dining options at nearby Sandals Grande Ocho Rios—adding up to a grand total of 16 themed restaurants from which to choose. Whether your tastes run to the exotic flavors of the Far East or the sophisticated accents of France or whether you prefer the hearty fare of Italy or the bold cuisine of the Southwest—whatever cuisine lights your fire, even sizzling Teppanyaki, dramatically prepared tableside, you will surely find something to tempt your palate and satisfy your appetite when you stay at Sandals Dunn’s River.

And, with 16 bars to explore—6 at Sandals Dunn’s River and 10 at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios—you’ll have ample opportunities to mingle, greet newfound pals and raise your spirits with some of the most inventive libations in the tropics. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Marco Polo Lounge, a circular, air-conditioned bar built around an expansive, leafy tree—it’s the perfect spot to hoist a delicious, premium brand concoction and share a toast.

Sandals Dunns River Beach

Sandals Dunns River Beach

 Let the refreshing waters of our own version of Dunn’s River Falls wash over you before you dive into one of Jamaica’s largest freshwater pools and swim up to a fully stocked pool bar. Dip in the aquamarine waters off of our white-sand beach. Tone your body and excite your spirits with any of a huge number of top-of-the-line activities on land and sea, including fully-certified scuba diving, a workout in our state-of-the-art fitness center, a game of tennis and so much more—the list is endless. When you’re ready for some rest and relaxation, soothe your soul with a rejuvenating treatment from our full-service European spa. As night draws in, prepare for bliss as you dive into the countless entertainment options that await you

Sandals Dunns River Pool

Sandals Dunns River Pool

 Phenomenal views from every sumptuous room and suite invite you to simply stare out at the wonders of paradise and, with our 24-hour room service, an additional perk for our Concierge level guests, you’ll never have to leave your own private lovers’ sanctuary—unless, of course, you’d like to indulge in the immense array of choices provided exclusively for your pleasure.

Sandals Dunns River Suite

Sandals Dunns River Suite

A surprisingly intimate enclave in a central location. Rooms are situated in parallel two-story buildings (East & West wings) with a balcony or patio.

Room View: View of gardens

Certified Sandals Specialist

Certified Sandals Specialist


Thursday’s Travel Special – 9/24/09 September 24, 2009

Sandals Inn

Sandals Inn

INCLUDES round-trip airfare, 3 nights, Sandals Inn, The Luxury Included® Vacation & hotel transfers.

 BONUS save 65%.

Escape to one of the many quiet and romantic hidden spot at this Montego Bay resort, where personalized service, gourmet feasts, a boutique spa, and intimate accommodations add up to a memorable getaway. 

This extremely intimate hideaway with a huge heart is located on Montego Bay’s famed Gloucester Road and offers a true taste of Jamaica’s island pulse. Features include generously sized rooms, highly personalized service, 24-hour room service for all, and lovely boutique spa. Plus, Sandals exchange program allows guests to enjoy all the amenities and services at 2 nearby resorts (transfers included).

Package Includes:

Round-trip midweek air to Jamaica (except for land only packages)
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
Accommodations for number of nights selected
All meals, snacks, beverages
Activities & non-motorized watersports
Hotel tax & service charges 

Book by March 29, 2010.

Sample pricing:

01 Jan 10  –  01 Apr 10 Chicago from $625.00
01 Jan 10  –  01 Apr 10 Detroit from $559.00
01 Jan 10  –  01 Apr 10 Los Angeles from $659.00
01 Jan 10  –  01 Apr 10 New York from $555.00
01 Jan 10  –  01 Apr 10 Pittsburgh from $545.00

We have pricing from other gateways as well, so give us a call today at 310-722-3099  to book your 2010 vacation to Jamaica.

Prices are per person (unless otherwise noted), based on double occupancy accommodations (subject to change). Air-inclusive packages are based on round-trip midweek coach air (unless otherwise noted). Cruise rates are per person (unless otherwise noted), double occupancy, cruise only in US Dollars. Government fees/taxes are additional. Single, triple, and children’s rates, if available, on request. Prices are valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, may change without notice, and are not retroactive. Blackouts, peak period surcharges, cancellation charges, and other restrictions may apply. Air fuel surcharge is included in pricing. September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 is additional. U.S. departure taxes for international travel of up to $96 and PFCs of up to $135 may be additional and payable prior to departure. Foreign departure taxes of up to $41 may also be additional and payable directly to the appropriate foreign airport authority or prior to departure depending on destination. Advertised prices already reflect savings and free nights when applicable. Some package prices are based on the lowest available airfare at the time of pricing and may be subject to availability and change. Not responsible for errors or omissions in the content of the offers displayed here. Prices valid from U.S. departure cities only.


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Recipe: Curry Shrimp September 23, 2009

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Jamaican Curry Shrimp

Jamaican Curry Shrimp



  • 2 lbs of fresh shrimp
  • 1.25 fl oz of oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/4 shin of a scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped up
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup of water



  • Peel and devein shrimp, if necessary
  • Heat the oil
  • Add the curry powder and continue to fry for two minutes
  • Add the tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt, pepper and other seasonings
  • Add water
  • Bring to a boil then reduce the fire
  • Add the shrimp
  • Heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until shrimp is cooked

Best served with white rice


Waterloo Guest House in Jamaica September 21, 2009

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Waterloo Guest House

Waterloo Guest House

View at Waterloo Guest House

View at Waterloo Guest House

Waterloo Guest House – 44 High Street, Black River
Tel:- 965-2278

Nowhere in Black River has a more interesting history than Waterloo Guest House.

The house was built in 1819, built mainly from materials imported from England and named after the battle of Waterloo. It was originally owned by the Shakespeare family (who were believed to be related to the great bard). The Shakespeare’s sold the property to John Leyden, an English racehourse breeder. Leyden bought the first car to Jamaica and in 1893 made Waterloo the first home in Jamaica to be supplied with electricity. He then went on to wire the whole town with electricity, making Black River the only town in Jamaica with domestic electricity. However, when the family’s fortunes changed the electricity plant had to close. The town then went without electricity until 1936.
Black River High School
In 1940 the house was sold to Dr. Frank Ferdinand. Dr. Ferdinand’s wife established a school (the “Black River High School”) which was operational between 1945 and 1960, producing many great scholars.
Waterloo Guest House
Waterloo was converted in to a guest house in 1972 when Stewart’s daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Allen returned to Jamaica from the USA. The original building contains six bedrooms but a new wing, housing 16 rooms was added in 1992.