The Only Way to Counter Renovation Blues

ReCaFo | Real Caribbean Food:

Nice read. Escape from the winter blues here in the US with this post.

Originally posted on Earth Ocean Sky Redux:

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We’ve left on a jet plane, won’t be back ’til the floors are done and our psyches are renewed with a serious dose of sunshine. The only dust we want to feel is the sand of the Jamaican beaches between our toes.

I’m bringing an iPad so I can (and will) post photos from time to time. Sound Beacher has supplied me with some great pix for an EOS Weekend that I put together last night and programmed to run in a couple of days.

I’ve set the comments to “approve if they have made a comment before”. So gab away. Meanwhile, excuse us as we grab fresh pineapple for breakfast.

The house and Dawg are being lovingly cared for by son #1 who has been given instructions not to call us unless the floors turn out stained purple. Even then, maybe we’ll learn to love purple.

And finally, to…

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Reasons why I love Jamaica

ReCaFo | Real Caribbean Food:

Facts. Almost every Jamaican who lives overseas or even at home can relate to this. Nice read.

Originally posted on Inspire ME :

I have heard many Jamaicans complain about Jamaica, however when they migrate they learn to appreciate the wealth the country had to offer.
Guess the Jamaican proverb is to be true ‘ Never miss di wata till di tap run dry’ ( Never miss the water until the tap runs dry , translation for those who don’t know patios). The prevalence of the regret people have when they migrate seems to amuse me.

So here are some reasons I love my island and will never leave this tropical paradise.

1. Predictable weather – in Jamaica only two climatic conditions are experienced ,rain and sunshine.

2. Aesthetic value -beautiful mountains , amazing sunset , beaches. OMG, I could spend forever talking about this.

3. There is a fruit tree everywhere- in my backyard there is a banana tree , where else outside the Caribbean would that be possible?

4. The people…

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Returning To The Riu Palace Montego Bay!!

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Great place to stay in paradise. Read this short article about the Riu Palace Mobay.

Originally posted on Crushmonkey's Blog:

The countdown is on!

Yesterday I went to my travel agent!

With another foot of snow on it’s way for today I wanted to book a tropical destination BEFORE the weekend was over!

In April I will be returning to the Riu Palace Montego Bay!

All inclusive!  All food and drinks!

Excellent service!

Adults only!!!!!!

CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

This is the view from the lobby!

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This is the view from the beach looking back at the Riu Palace Montego Bay!

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Rick’s Cafe, Jamaica

ReCaFo | Real Caribbean Food:

Great pics and post. We can’t get enough of Rick’s Cafe. Read and enjoy.

Originally posted on Amelia Marie:

Rick's CafeRick's Cafe When we landed on the shores of Negril, Jamaica at a place called Rick’s Cafe, we saw these guys doing tricks for money. If you payed them, they would dive off of these high wooden platforms and cliffs, into the bay below. The more money they got, the higher they jumped. Made me want to be a little more adventurous with my life!

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Bob Marley’s Birthday! Play Some “One Love”

Today we celebrate the birthday of a legend. Who is that legend you might ask, well…the term is used rather loosely nowadays, but in the days that this man walked the earth, to be called a LEGEND meant something. The music from his era is today still some of the most copied and sought after work that anyone has ever produced. They did not know it then, but these trailblazers were trendsetters. Ok! We get it you say! Now who is it?

It is no other than the one and only, Rastafari, Rasta, Dreadlocks, Natty Dread, One Love general: BOB MARLEY

February 6, 2015 marks the 70th birthday of the legend who met a early demise on May 11, 1981 to cancer. He was 36. However, don’t think that this was a life of 36 years that went by without making a statement. Definitely not! Bob Marley as we know him today created a niche for himself and his country, Jamaica, within the world of music. From tours to magazine covers, radio shows, to albums, Bob became Jamaica’s biggest star. Never before had anyone stepped to the forefront and etch their name into the logs of reggae music as much as he did. His songs were captivating, soulful, heart rending, not too complicated, catchy, with a make you wanna rock kinda vibe. It was nothing overbearing and forceful like the music of today. Bob Marley made music that would live on forever with simple phrases such as “One Love,” “Stir It Up,”  “Redemption Song,” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”

Robert Nesta Marley was a man of simple creative talents, but he used those gifts to create a name that will live on forever. Thirty-four years after his death we all talk of Bob Marley as if he released his albums yesterday, because when you talk about timeless music, Bob comes to mind.

So today we say, big up and long live the true legend of reggae on this his 70th birthday.

Happy Earthstrong Bob Marley!

What is your favorite Bob Marley song?

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Curry Chicken & Potatoes with Scotch Bonnet Pepper

We all need a little spice in our live sometimes and having some good old spicy food is one of the best ways to do that. The Scotch Bonnet Pepper is one of the hottest spices in the world, it is a variety of the Chili pepper. So if you are  a lover of some real spicy food or you are looking to try something new and “dangerous” (just joking mon…), then you will LOVE this. Check out the recipe below and let’s turn up the heat in the kitchen….literally!

Cooking Time: 1h 10m

Prep: 10m

Cook: 1h

Level: Easy

Ingredients

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger
1 small Scotch Bonnet pepper, minced (do not touch face or eyes after handling; immediately wash hands)
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons Jamaican curry
1 1/2 pounds chicken, chopped into 1-inch pieces
2 large russet potatoes, chopped
1 (16-ounce) can coconut milk
8 ounces chicken stock

Jamaican Curry Chicken & Potatoes with Scotch Bonnet Pepper Directions

Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepot at a medium heat. Add the onions, ginger, and Scotch Bonnet peppers; let saute for 5 to 8 minutes. Add butter and curry powder and let sit until curry powder turns a dark gold. Add the chicken and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for another couple of minutes before adding the coconut milk. Let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Serve.

Enjoy

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

via Food Network

Irie,

ReCaFo

GoldenEye: The Jamaican Property Where James Bond Was Born

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Lesson of the day:

Originally posted on She Is Going Places:

James Bond fans: did you know that this suave British Secret Service agent was born in Jamaica? Literally.

Writer Ian Fleming, who created Bond in 1953 and featured him in 14 novels and a collection of short stories, first came to Jamaica during World War II for a conference and fell in love with the country. He made a promise to himself to return and after the war he went back and acquired 19 acres of property in Oracabessa Bay on Jamaica’s north coast for building a home.
The Fleming Villa - ExteriorLiving Room in Fleming Villa

It was in this basic bungalow retreat called GoldenEye where Fleming would begin to pen “Casino Royale,” his first book introducing Bond during his winter stays. He went on to write every single Bond thriller, every January and February he was there. (Bonus fact: The spy’s name is said to come from a reference book on birds by James Bond, an ornithologist.)

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Blue Mountains and What Not

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Fun article about a Jamaican vacation. :)

Originally posted on ramblingsofafitseeker:

We have been in Jamaica for about 4 days now and have figured a few things out. Many friends told us about the wonders of the Blue Mountain Coffee before we arrived, as well as its potent capabilities. I thought, “ok, whatever. I drink strong coffee all the time. I won’t be running to the bathroom.” To all those friends, I am sorry. You were absolutely correct. I think this stuff may be laced with pharmaceutical grade laxatives. There is just no other explanation.

Another thing we have noticed is the apparent allergy all of the other guests at this resort have to rain. A single drop and they scatter like cockroaches seeing light. Which is awesome, because it leaves the pools and grounds empty for us. Hehehe. At one point, I lived in Hawaii. The best part of that island was the occasional downpour. It doesn’t bother me. And…

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Have You Ever Been to Jamaica?

It is the winter months here in the Northern hemisphere and we all wish we could sail away to a destination where the sun shines almost 365 days a year and you never have to worry about a chill much less snow. Jamaica is the perfect destination. The flora, fauna, people, food, music, lifestyle, beaches, mountains, river, scenery, landscape, and much more will make you fall in love.

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So today we ask you this simple question?

Have You Ever Been to Jamaica?

If you have, please share your experience in the comments below. If not, tell us why you would want to go.

Irie,

ReCaFo

Recipe of the Day: Jamaican Papaya Drinks

Papaya is an awesome fruit. It is packed with nutrients and has a great taste. Today we give you a yummy recipe for a Papaya drink or “Pawpaw” as it is called in Jamaica. This will keep you in good shape during these cold months and also help you keep those fitness resolutions. Check it out below.

Ingredients

  • 1 small ginger root peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium overly ripe Jamaican papaya (pawpaw), peeled and seeded
  • ½ cup water or milk (add more or less depending on your thickness preference)
  • ¼  cup Brown Sugar
  • Nutmeg

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  4. The drink can be made thicker or thinner depending on how much water or milk is used.
  5. Refrigerate about 2 hours before serving.
  6. Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top
  7. Serve with ice cubes.

Enjoy

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

via Jamaicans.com

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