Destination Jamaica

The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

Recipe: Fried Plantain January 26, 2010

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Jamaican Plantain

Jamaican Plantain

Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon or nutmeg

Directions:

  • Peel plantain by making 2 incisions on opposite sides of the plantain skin and then peel
  • Slice the plantains into 2 in the middle (width not length – like breaking it in half)
  • Cut up both pieces of plantains into 1/4 inch slices longways
  • Heat the skillet filled with just enough oil to cover the 1/4 inch slices
  • Fry plantains slices until golden brown on each side
  • Each slice needs about 45 seconds to a minute to cook
  • Be careful not to burn
  • Place cooked plantain in a dish layered with napkins so as to drain/soak up the oil
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

 

 

Ital Stew January 19, 2010

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Ital Stew

Ital Stew

Ingredients:
 
2 C dried beans (any kind)
2 medium Idaho potatoes
1 C diced yellow yams
2 medium sweet potatoes
12 medium okra
2 C fresh corn (cut kernels off cob)
3 medium carrots
3 stalks of scallions
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 small green Scotch bonnet (habanero) pepper
3 C natural coconut milk
1 T soya margarine
7-12 pimento seeds (allspice)
7-12 pimento seeds (allspice)
3 pieces fresh thyme
2 C whole wheat flour
Fresh cilantro (garnish)

Directions:

 1.Soak beans in distilled water overnight to remove the gas.

2.Chop garlic and thyme and dice remaining vegetables.

3. Put beans to boil with scallions, pimento seeds, thyme, garlic, and pepper.

4.Add coconut milk to boil along with beans until fully cooked, then add vegetables to the pot.

5. Knead flour with a little water to make small dumplings (spinners).

6.Add spinners to pot and boil until cooked.

7. When stew starts to thicken, add soya margarine and simmer to flavor.

8. Garnish with cilantro.

 

Serve with  rice and a salad.

 

 

 

 

Morgan’s Harbor January 14, 2010

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Welcome mat at Morgan's Harbor

Welcome mat at Morgan's Harbor

 This Kingston Jamaica hotel is aptly described as the old meeting the new between the galleria of Port Royal and the Kingston docks. The Morgan’s Harbour hotel guests are already in full view of the old cannon standing guard in the Jamaican hotel with a façade preserving the historic appeal in the way that only fine red brick can, you can see the reception area.

The Captain is waiting to welcome you to Morgan's Harbor

The Captain is waiting to welcome you to Morgan's Harbor

Reception area at Morgan's Harbor

Reception area at Morgan's Harbor

Room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Bed in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Bed in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Entertainment area in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Entertainment area in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Lamp in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Lamp in room 117 at Morgan's Harbor

Main pool at Morgan's Harbor

Main pool at Morgan's Harbor

Decor around Morgan's Harbor

Decor around Morgan's Harbor

The Morgan’s Harbor  hotel has also gone into gaming in its varied forms of Roulette, Royal Ascot Horse Racing and the familiar Slot Machines, using the apt title of Pirates’ Gold. The newly opened Old Goal Gaming Lounge is located in the eastern end of the property. Patrons 18 years and over are welcome seven days a week, from 12 noon until the last patron leaves. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages are served as a matter of course.
The bay at Morgan’s Harbor,  Hotel Port Royal will excite the palate, lift the spirits, and invigorate the senses. The ideal spot for yacht travelers, Morgan’s Harbor hotel offers  travelers space in their marina. The Jamaican hotel was once in colonial style hotel has recently renovated to ensure visitors with a maximized level of comfort and simplicity. The  hotel is located on the Palisadoes peninsula, with a breath taking view. The Jamaican hotel overlooks the Blue Mountains and the well known Harbor.
 

Recipe: Roast Beef January 12, 2010

Roast Beef

Roast Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium rib eye
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • Thyme
  • Scallion
  • Crushed pimiento seeds
  • ½ hot scotch bonnet pepper
  • Pick-a-pepper sauce
  • Paprika
  • Corn starch
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Oil
  • Salt & Black pepper

Directions:

       1. Dice all of the seasoning and mix with a little pick-a-pepper sauce and salt.

  1. 2. Make small holes in roast and stuff the mix seasoning in the holes, all around, leaving enough seasoning to make gravy.
  2. 3. Add Soy sauce, ketchup, salt, black pepper, paprika, pick-a-pepper and rub along meat.
  3. 4. Let stand for a while.
  4. 5. Heat oil in skillet, shake excess seasoning off. Add meat.
  5. 6. Cook over medium heat, turning constantly to prevent sticking. Let it brown on each side. Do not add a lot of water. Just a little each time it dries out.
  6. 7. Keep adding water until cooked.
  7. 8. When cooked, remove from skillet to make gravy.
  8. 9. Make corn starch in a paste and add to stock to make gravy. Serve over a bed of white rice or rice and peas
 

EXCLUSIVE: Jamaica to Welcome Casinos by End of Year January 6, 2010

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NEW YORK CITY — At media luncheon hosted by the Jamaica Tourist Board on Tuesday we learned the country could open its first casino as early as the end of this year.

We’ve been following Jamaica’s plans to legalize casinos in its country since the news first broke roughly a year and a half ago, but it looks as though plans are finally coming to fruition.

Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, says legislation to approve casino gaming may be approved by the first quarter of this year with the first casino in operation at the end of 2010.

The governemnt, Barlett told us, is currently ironing out details and regulations about the facilitation of casinos and which companies would get approval to build them. Some things that we already knew are that there are currently three developers, including Harmony Cove and Celebration Jamaica, that are interested in building casinos. All three, as well as any other casinos in the future, will not be standalone operations, he says.

Bartlett also says that, unlike most Caribbean islands that allow gaming, locals will most likely be allowed to gamble if they wish, but will be discouraged to do so. Bartlett added that, although the country doesn’t want to exclude its own people from a right they will offer to tourists, Jamaica is also looking into ways of “making it less attractive for Jamaicans to come,” meaning that the country will only have casinos in places where locals are less likely to congregate.

Although there is no official cap on the number of casinos that will be allowed in Jamaica, three seems to be a number that will be around for a long time with one casino planned to open in Montego Bay, another in Ocho Rios and the last on the southern side of the country.

 

Flower Power in Jamaica for Weddings

Bridal bouquet for Jamaica

 

Some of the favorite flowers when having a wedding in Jamaica are : Orchids and Calla Lilies

Popular Colors : Fuchsia and Orange or Green, Fuchsia and White

Hot Trends for 2010 : Using materials that depict the beautiful island of Jamaica (seashells, starfish), as well as natural, local materials such as bamboo, twigs and palm fonds

You want your wedding florals to be unique, chic and beautiful. The above ideas will help get you started on a color theme for you upcoming wedding in Jamaica.