ReCaFo’s Version of Fast Casual

Note: Image above shows the food line @ our Sunset Park location in Brooklyn

Fast casual is considered a restaurant that does not offer full table service but promises a higher quality of food with fewer frozen or processed ingredients than a fast food restaurant. The first restaurant to really propel this new sector of the food industry forward was Chipotle, but since their start in 1993, thousands of new restaurants with the same mission statements have popped up all over the United States and around the world.

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ReCaFo is a fast casual restaurant that offers authentic Jamaican/Caribbean cuisine, and our mission is to bring great tasting Caribbean food to growing cities around the world with island flair and style. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors by not just centering our brand as a force to reckoned with in the food industry for years to come, but one that focuses on getting to know our customers through not only their tastes in food but also through what influences their passions. We are a lifestyle brand. Our focus on charity, health, the arts, travel, education and other elements of lifestyle sets us apart from the industry. We are focused on being trendsetters in a field that can be considered boring, and sometimes monotone. ReCaFo’s version of fast casual is not only food, but lifestyle.

What are your thoughts on the fast casual industry? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

ReCaFo is Coming to Bushwick!

Hi Fans,

We’re proud to announce that this Fall we’ll be opening our 3rd location in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s been an awesome year for us after opening the doors to our second location in Industry City, Sunset Park earlier this year. We’re always looking for growth opportunities to take ReCaFo to the next level and Bushwick is the place.

Bushwick is young, hip, full of life and even more so, creative and artistic minds who are hungry for new and unique tastes to complement their eccentric lifestyles. ReCaFo comes in with the perfect mix of not only food, but a lifestyle brand that embraces culture, entertainment, and charity.

We’ll announce our address and official opening date in a later post, but we’re so excited, we couldn’t wait to share the news. :) #ReCaFoinBushwick

A Tropical Fall

How do you feel about fall? Is it a season you yearn for? Here at ReCaFo, our roots are Jamaican, so adapting to an American fall has taken some adjusting. It starts getting cooler as the month of September begins and you have to start wondering what are you going to gather in your kitchen when Winter comes along, as your Summer fruits and vegetables will be missing from your table. Not to mention all the clutter you’ll have to stock in your clothing closet. Personally, I hate winter, so when Fall approaches, its just a grim reminder that the dreaded three months of over-padded coats, knee length scarves and thigh high boots are just around the corner, but then again this is all because we chose to live and start a business in the United States. It comes with the territory you might say, we knew this was the case before we came here. Yes, we knew all of this, but its still so easy to drift back to the tropical, all year round, 365 days, day/night, Summer, Spring, Fall or Winter of sunshine, warm breezes and Coconut Water.

A tropical Fall is one that is not too harsh, and prepares you not for despicable months of cold solitude and desperation but months of gentle warmth and sun blessed humility. A tropical Fall is one you can look forward to with a smile, knowing you’ll have all your Summer fruits and vegetables available anytime you want them, and not to mention the little to no stress that it puts on your wardrobe. A tropical Fall is one to smile about and welcome with open arms, it is something you’ll wish you could bring back to the cold north and store in a bottle by your bedside.

What are your thoughts on Fall? Do you prefer a tropical Fall that prepares you for more warmth and beautiful sunshine or a Fall that prepares you for 40 below zero? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Jerk Dressing

ReCaFo is the home of good tasting, authentic Jamaican Jerk. Nowhere else will you find a Jerk Chicken more succulent, flavorful and packed with spice. We have given you a few recipes before that involves using Jerk Sauce to help spice up the dish and today we take it to another level with the Jerk Dressing. Check it out below.

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 1 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup(s) White Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon(s) Jerk Seasoning (from your local grocer)
  • 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar

Jerk Dressing Directions

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Whisk or shake mixture until thoroughly combined and sugar is dissolved.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

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Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican White Rice

White Rice is one of the most popular and one of the simplest dishes the world over. However, as simple as it might be to prepare, many people cannot get it right. Some cook it too soft, too hard, too dry, too burnt, and the list goes on. Today we give you an A-B-C recipe to get your White Rice cooked to perfection. This dish is also served as a side to our entrees at our restaurants, so this recipe will help you step up your rice cooking game restaurant style ;). Check it out below.

Difficulty: Super easy

Preparation time: 10m
Cooking time: 30m

 

Ingredients

For 6 people

  • 3 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 28 ounce(s) White Rice

Plain Rice Directions

Put water to boil, add vegetable oil and salt.

Wash Grace Rice and add to the boiling liquid.  Bring to a boil, reduce the flame and steam for 30 minutes or until rice grains are tender.  Flake with a fork.

To Serve:  Serve with Curried Chicken/Stew Chicken/Curried Goat and a Tossed Vegetable Salad.

Enjoy

What do you think about this recipe, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

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Irie,

ReCaFo

It’s Vacation Time!

Ready to go to Jamaica?

Becoming the Oil and the Wine

The summer holidays are the best time for most people to take their vacation since the children are out of school for two months. Some people may stay at home during this time while others will spend their vacation in another country.

Every summer for the past twelve years I would return home to Jamaica to spend a few weeks. My children would look forward to this in order to spend quality time with family and friends. We also enjoyed spending a week or two in one of the all-inclusive hotels on the north coast in Jamaica.

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5 Healthy Breakfasts For Weekday Mornings

Great breakfast ideas to get your day off to a healthy start…

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The daily rush out the door makes mornings hectic, but that’s no excuse for skipping a healthy breakfast. Instead of ignoring the morning meal or swinging through a drive-through for a calorie-laden fast food breakfast for you and your kids, plan ahead for a quick and healthy meal from your own kitchen. Most of these recipes are simple enough that kids can help to make them, with a little supervision.

Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

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Quick and easy oatmeal doesn’t have to come from a packet!

In a deep, microwave-safe bowl, combine 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats with 2/3 cup of water. Microwave for two minutes. When the cooking time has ended, stir in a handful of frozen blueberries, a splash of milk, a dash of cinnamon and a swirl of real maple syrup. Adding in your own extra to the oatmeal allows for you to control the…

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Recipe of the Day: Fried Ripe Plantains

Plantains are a great way to add some vitamins to your body. It is a popular fruit the world over and is fried or eaten raw in many cultures as it is much denser than a banana. Here at ReCaFo we serve them up as accompaniments to our entrees. They are full of flavor when ripe and gives that extra kick to a hearty meal. Check out the easiest recipe you will ever see in your life below…lol!

Difficulty: Super easy

Preparation time: 5m

Cooking time: 5m

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 1 large Ripe Plantain
  • 1/2 cup(s) Vegetable Oil (use as needed)

Fried Ripe Plantain Directions

Peel and slice plantain on the bias.

Shallow fry over medium flame until golden brown.

Remove and place on paper towel to remove excess oil.

Enjoy

What do you think of this dish, have you ever had it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Lemon Sauce

The lemon is a flavorful tropical citrus fruit that adds a unique sour yet sweet taste to your drink, cakes and even your sauces. It is the perfect summer combination with whatever dish you’re serving up for family or friends. Today we give you an easy A…B…C recipe that will make your meals irresistible from now on. Check it out below.

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 5m

Cooking time: 15m

Ingredients

For 4 people

  • 1/4 cup(s) Anchor Butter
  • 2 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 cup(s) whole milk or water
  • 3 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon(s) lemon rind

Lemon Sauce Directions

Melt Anchor Butter in a saucepan. Dissolve cornstarch in a little water, add to the butter, then mix in the sugar and salt.

Gradually stir in milk or water.

Cook stirring constantly until mixture boils and becomes thick and clear.

Remove from heat stir in lemon juice and lemon rind.

Use as desired.

What do you think about this sauce, have you ever tried it before? Hail us up in the comments below.

Enjoy

via Grace Foods

Irie,

ReCaFo

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