|Image: The colourful food of Jamaica|
As a born and bred Aussie, I don’t know much about the Caribbean’s.
The only association I have of Jamaica, in particular, affectionately relates to Brian Lara from the West Indies Cricket Team and of course the comical movie, Cool Runnings.
Despite weather forecasts of a mild and sultry winter, I didn’t want to take my chances after last years’ brutal snow season. So instead of sitting in a tiny New York apartment, watching reruns of Cool Runnings and dreaming of a tropical vacation, I jumped on a flight bound straight for Jamaica.
Despite a host of different activities to keep you entertained in Jamaica, like Chukka Adventure Spots of Ziplining through the rainforest, Swimming with the Dolphins near Ocho Rios and visiting the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, you really must go to Jamaica for the food, glorious food!
|Image JTBOnline: Jerk Chick and Rice/Beans|
Eat like a local
Jamaica is definitely a foodie destination. The island is bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables that make the most organic, luscious Mango in New York taste pretty bland. The sweet, succulent flesh of a juicy, juicy mango is just the beginning of the buffet of foods and other unique delicacies you can try in Jamaica.
Breadfruit magically hangs on trees in the city of Negril where local eats come highly recommended. If you find yourself in the Blue Mountains, be careful not to step on fallen avocados and if you wander in the walls of a fancy resort like GoldenEye (Yes, home of 007, James Bond) be sure to try the rum fruit punch and not the martini.
|Image: JTBOnline – Akee and Saltfish for brekkie|
Putting a humble bowl of plain, old oatmeal to shame, breakfast in Jamaica is a colourful affair.
One of the luxury resorts and hotels in Montego Bay like the all-inclusive hotel Adults only Riu Hotel or Hyatt Ziva, in Montego Bay, go straight for the buffet and prepare yourself a heaping plate of ackee and saltfish, roasted banana and salted callaloo. Rumored to be Olympic Athlete and Gold Metalist, Usain Bolt’s favourite breakfast plate, there really is no need for guilt.
|Image: Scotchie’s Credit: Mary Asperos|
For lunch, small beachside huts come highly recommended with fresh-baked patties and bowls of chunky soup. But if you really must indulge in the most recognized dish of the country, follow your nose and find yourself an authentic Jerk chicken roadside pit. The aroma of fresh thyme, green onions and spicy scotch bonnet chile peppers are highly addictive, putting the Colonel to complete and utter shame.
Found in every neighborhood and city, Scotchies Jerk Centre is possibly one of my favorite lunch spots. Now with 3 restaurants around the island, you go for the service, the jerk chicken and the fiery hot sauce that really hits the spot with a bottle of fruit punch or White Stripe beer.
|Image: Gloria’s Credit Michelle Tchea|
|Image: JTBOnline – Faith’s Pen Plate|