jamaican cuisine – Reggae Shack http://reggae-shack.com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:45:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://reggae-shack.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile-120x120.png jamaican cuisine – Reggae Shack http://reggae-shack.com/ 32 32 Authentic Jamaican food restaurant in Sheffield that is a hit with Google reviewers https://reggae-shack.com/authentic-jamaican-food-restaurant-in-sheffield-that-is-a-hit-with-google-reviewers/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 11:04:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/authentic-jamaican-food-restaurant-in-sheffield-that-is-a-hit-with-google-reviewers/ Reggae Kitchen Sheffield has been serving authentic Jamaican cuisine to residents of the city for several years since opening at 200 City Road. Read more Read more Sheffield restaurant owner shares secrets of his success as lockdown continues The food spot has been a hit with customers, and many have taken to the internet to […]]]>

Reggae Kitchen Sheffield has been serving authentic Jamaican cuisine to residents of the city for several years since opening at 200 City Road.

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The food spot has been a hit with customers, and many have taken to the internet to write about their favorite dishes, including jerk chicken and mutton curry.

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Calvin Wisdom and Shenade Gordon of Reggae Kitchen Ltd based at 200 City Road. Photo: Brian Eyre

There are 125 reviews on Google, with an average of 4.5 stars – just short of the maximum five-star score.

James Finlayson said: “Delicious jerk chicken, with real homemade flavor of herbs and spices. Very generous portion too and drink included with the meal.

Another added: “We had a large chicken curry, jerk chicken and a small mutton curry. All three came with a dumpling, rice and peas and a drink.

“At under £9 a dish, the lot was very good value. It was really good and very filling.

Pictured mutton curry (boneless halal). Photo: Brian Eyre

Another customer described his meal as “beautiful cooking”.

Owner Calvin Wisdom once revealed the secret to the restaurants’ success: loyal customers.

He said, “We have had loyal customers since day one of our opening.

“The same customers have invited their family and their friends and their friends and their friends and their friends to try our food.

“Many of our customers seem to know each other and will recognize someone from school or elsewhere when they come for their food.”

“We’re also getting a lot of new customers from Google.”

The other integral element that Calvin helps his business continue to do well is having a small menu of a few popular dishes that always sell well.

He added: “A lot of places have 100 or 150 dishes on their menu and will never sell half of them. We only sell a few popular dishes. And all of our meat is boneless, which people like.

These dishes include mutton curry, which is served with rice and peas; jerk chicken, which is served with fried dumplings; chicken curry and brown stew chicken plus a selection of patties including vegetables, beef, lamb and chicken.

For more information about Reggae Kitchen, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/reggaekitchensheffield

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Maestro Marley Cup combines reggae music, football tournament and Caribbean cuisine https://reggae-shack.com/maestro-marley-cup-combines-reggae-music-football-tournament-and-caribbean-cuisine/ Tue, 08 Feb 2022 23:16:13 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/maestro-marley-cup-combines-reggae-music-football-tournament-and-caribbean-cuisine/ Join Ky-Mani Marley, a son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley for the Maestro Marley Cup Music Festival and 7-on-7 Football Tournament on Saturday, March 5 at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle. The event will feature live musical performances from Ky-Mani Marley, his brother Julian Marley, Yellow Man, Jesse Royal, Locos Por Juana, The Dubplates, […]]]>

Join Ky-Mani Marley, a son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley for the Maestro Marley Cup Music Festival and 7-on-7 Football Tournament on Saturday, March 5 at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle.

The event will feature live musical performances from Ky-Mani Marley, his brother Julian Marley, Yellow Man, Jesse Royal, Locos Por Juana, The Dubplates, Dubwise, KJ Marley, Kastin Marley and other guests to be announced.

The outdoor event will also be filled with Caribbean food, drink, cultural vendors, giveaways and activities for the whole family. Doors open at 12 p.m. with musical performances beginning at 4 p.m. The 7 on 7 soccer tournament will take place from noon to 4 p.m. inside the park with 15-minute halves. There is a possibility for 10 teams to compete. There will be a cash prize of $1,500 for the winner.

“I am honored to partner with Ky-Mani Marley and the City of Hollywood to produce the Maestro Marley Cup. We combine Ky-Mani Marley’s two favorite things, music and football. The Maestro Marley Cup will be an uplifting experience for the whole family, said Maestro Marley Cup co-host David “Big Hair” Brisacher.

“We present to you the Maestro Marley Cup, a day of fun. At the start of the day we will play a little 7 on 7 and later in the day we will entertain you with music and at the same time there will be a lot different cuisine from all over the Caribbean and around the world,” said Ki-Mani Marley. The event will feature Jamaican cuisine, plant-based foods, seafood, island cuisine and Latin fusion.

Maestro Marley Cup Advanced General Admission tickets are $30 and Advanced VIP tickets are $65 and include a private bag, premium viewing area and separate VIP entrance gate. The 7 on 7 soccer team fee is $250 for 7 players per team and includes concert tickets.

The Maestro Marley Cup was created by Ky-Mani Marley and Big Hair Dave of The Dubplates to help raise money for the Love Over All Foundation. The Love Over All Foundation helps communities in need through sport and music. Donations can also be made online for $5 to help create underprivileged youth football scholarships in Hollywood, Florida and Falmouth, Jamaica.

For more information about the Maestro Marley Cup, tickets, or to register, please visit www.maestromarleycup.com.Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle is located at 1 N Young Circle in Hollywood.

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Island Breeze Jamaican Cuisine Will Blow Your Mind | Culture & Leisure https://reggae-shack.com/island-breeze-jamaican-cuisine-will-blow-your-mind-culture-leisure/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/island-breeze-jamaican-cuisine-will-blow-your-mind-culture-leisure/ I’ve always had a fondness for Jamaican cuisine in my culinary heart, having honeymooned in Ocho Rios at the Jamaica Inn. The jerk chicken at Island Breeze had a huge portion of marinated grilled tender meat accompanied by our choice of mixed vegetables and fried sweet plantains. Redlands Community News photo by Dorene Cohen From […]]]>

I’ve always had a fondness for Jamaican cuisine in my culinary heart, having honeymooned in Ocho Rios at the Jamaica Inn.






The jerk chicken at Island Breeze had a huge portion of marinated grilled tender meat accompanied by our choice of mixed vegetables and fried sweet plantains.




From patties (scotch bonnet chili ground meat pies and ackee (a fruit that, when ripe and sautéed, looks like scrambled eggs) with salt fish, to the incredibly aromatic dishes known as jerk pork and jerk chicken where the meat is marinated in a mixture of spices such as allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves as well as scotch bonnet peppers (also called red habaneros).

Only Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, and Ghost Pepper provide a more sustained burn. Once the meat is marinated, it is grilled over green chili wood until it is blackened but not burnt.

The result is tender, smoky and highly aromatic meat with a distinct kick. Some of the best renditions can be found at the Pork Pit in Montego Bay and any roadside stand in Port Antonio, believed to be the origin of jerked meats.

I don’t want to “jerk” you off, but it’s a culinary high you can’t get enough of. The level of spiciness can be controlled in some cases, but unless you’re a seasoned Chilean chef, don’t bite into a Scotch bonnet on your own. A little goes a long way. Most Island Breeze dishes are only moderately spicy

Island Breeze offers a varied menu of Jamaican specialties. Located in Colton on Mount Vernon Avenue, they are open for takeout, but incredibly quick to prepare any dish you order. We waited about 10 minutes for six items.

We started with galettes, an orange-colored pastry filled with finely chopped beef, chicken or spiced vegetables. Scotch bonnets are highlighted by the spicy/fruity aroma, but the heat just gives a nice glow to the back of the throat and of course the flavor is very aromatic given the spice profile. Not warm enough for you? Ask for a cup of sugar infused sauce with tiny bits of scotch bonnets.







Brown Chicken Stew

Island Breeze’s Tuesday lunch special was a brown chicken stew with four of their sides and a drink for $8.50.




Brown stew chicken is also popular. It is the Tuesday lunch dish and includes a mixture of vegetables, rice and “peas” (small beans), fried sliced ​​sweet plantains and a festival (tied sweet bread). The sides tend to be starchy, which helps temper the spiciness of some dishes. The brown stewing chicken was bathed in a rich brown sauce that’s more peppery than feisty, and the meat was tender.

High quality goat curry is hard to find, as more often than not it is tough and chewy. Not this interpretation.

The meat positively melts in the mouth, probably due to slow cooking and low heat. Beware, however, of the small pointed bones, good for dislodging pieces of goat meat stuck between the teeth.

Portions of each main course are extremely generous and all main courses can be ordered with two sides or a la carte.

Jerk chicken (pork not usually available) was literally half a ground chicken that had been marinated in jerk seasonings then grilled over an open flame until the skin was blackened, but not burned.

Jerk Marinade can be ordered separately for use as a dipping sauce. It brings a pleasant spiciness and contrasts with the richness of the meat. The spiciness is in the eye of the beholder.

Then came the oxtail — a dish I’ve often found wanting in the past, due to the scarcity of meat and excess fat. Their interpretation was unlike any I have encountered. Lots of rich, tender meat, and after a long render, there was minimal fat.

It is served bathed in a lush brown sauce with flavors of island spices. I sucked out every last bit of marrow from the bones.

Finish, if you have room, or even think you don’t, with a piece of their Jamaican Dark Cake, dipped in spiced dark rum.

The cake is moist and oh so delicious. Follow it up with a tall glass of milk or a cup of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee if you can find the beans. It’s a perfect ending to a taste bud expanding experience.

Island Breeze Jamaican Cuisine

Or: 1063 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Colton.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prices: Patties $3.25 each, à la carte (meat only) $8.50 to $12, lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday $8.50 to $9.75, bowls served with rice and steamed peas and vegetables and chicken brown stew or chicken curry $5.99, fish starters and whole fish $10.50 to $22 (allow 45 minutes for preparation), combo plates with two sides 13.50 $ to $18.

Details: Meal preparation service, meal $50, 10 meals $95, 15 meals $140 with a weekly subscription. Catering also available.

For more information: ibjamaicancuisine.com or call (909) 514-0771.

David Cohen is the former co-host of the PBS show “Table for Two.”

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Maestro Marley Cup combines reggae music, football tournament and Caribbean cuisine for a good cause https://reggae-shack.com/maestro-marley-cup-combines-reggae-music-football-tournament-and-caribbean-cuisine-for-a-good-cause/ Wed, 26 Jan 2022 02:53:27 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/maestro-marley-cup-combines-reggae-music-football-tournament-and-caribbean-cuisine-for-a-good-cause/ Ky Mani Marley [Hollywood, Florida] – Join Ky-Mani Marley, a son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley for the Maestro Marley Cup Music Festival and 7 on 7 soccer tournament on Saturday, March 5and at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle. The event will feature live musical performances from Ky-Mani Marley, Yellow Man. As well as […]]]>

Ky Mani Marley

[Hollywood, Florida] – Join Ky-Mani Marley, a son of iconic reggae legend Bob Marley for the Maestro Marley Cup Music Festival and 7 on 7 soccer tournament on Saturday, March 5and at Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle. The event will feature live musical performances from Ky-Mani Marley, Yellow Man. As well as Jesse Royal, Locos Por Juana, The Dubplates, Dubwise, KJ Marley, Kastin Marley and more.

The outdoor event will also be filled with Caribbean food, drink, cultural vendors, giveaways and activities for the whole family. Doors open at 12 p.m. with musical performances beginning at 4 p.m. The 7 on 7 soccer tournament will take place from noon to 4 p.m. inside the park with 15-minute halves. There is a possibility for 10 teams to compete. There will be a cash prize of $1,500 for the winner.

“I am honored to partner with Ky-Mani Marley and the City of Hollywood to produce the Maestro Marley Cup. We combine Ky-Mani Marley’s two favorite things, music and football. The Maestro Marley Cup will be an uplifting experience for the whole family, said Maestro Marley Cup co-host David “Big Hair” Brisacher.

The festivities

“We are presenting the Maestro Marley Cup, a day of fun. At the start of the day we will play a small 7 on 7. Later in the day we will entertain you with music. Simultaneously, there will be many different cuisines from all over the Caribbean and around the world,” said Ki-Mani Marley. The event will feature Jamaican cuisine, plant-based foods, seafood, island cuisine and Latin fusion.

Advanced general admission tickets at the Maestro Marley Cup are $30 and Advanced VIP tickets are $65 and include a private bag, premium viewing area and separate VIP entrance gate. The 7 on 7 soccer team fee is $250 for 7 players per team and includes concert tickets.

The Maestro Marley Cup was created by Ky Mani Marley and Big Hair Dave from The Dubplates to help raise money for the Love Over All Foundation. The Love Over All Foundation helps communities in need through sport and music. Donations can also be made online for $5 to help create underprivileged youth football scholarships in Hollywood, Florida and Falmouth, Jamaica.

Hollywood ArtsPark at Young Circle is located at 1 N Young Circle in Hollywood.

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Althea’s almost famous tasty Jamaican food comes to the center of Long Reach village https://reggae-shack.com/altheas-almost-famous-tasty-jamaican-food-comes-to-the-center-of-long-reach-village/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/altheas-almost-famous-tasty-jamaican-food-comes-to-the-center-of-long-reach-village/ Althea’s almost famous tasty Jamaican food comes to the center of Long Reach village ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Althea’s Almost Famous as a new addition to the Long Reach Village Center. The popular Jamaican food trailer will be parked in the center of the village starting today, May […]]]>

Althea’s almost famous tasty Jamaican food comes to the center of Long Reach village

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Althea’s Almost Famous as a new addition to the Long Reach Village Center. The popular Jamaican food trailer will be parked in the center of the village starting today, May 26, and will be open this week Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Locations and weekly schedules will be posted on Facebook. Owner Althea Hanson is a longtime Columbia resident who started bottling and selling her homemade Jamaican sauces in 2015 before branching out to foodservice and Howard County farmers markets.

“Althea’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit is inspiring, and it’s exactly the type of local small business we’re excited to see expand to Long Reach Village Center,” Ball said. “The progress of Long Reach continues to attract businesses, services and organizations that understand the power of community and have deep roots and connections to a neighborhood. We look forward to residents discovering his Jamaican cuisine and welcoming him to the Village Center.

Hanson, who grew up in Jamaica, found his passion for cooking with his grandmother. She started her business in 2015 while raising funds to adopt her goddaughter from Jamaica. Hanson started by bottling and selling his homemade sauces, which are now professionally bottled in Baltimore and sold at local retailers like LA Mart in Colombia. It quickly spread to catering events, parties and weddings and has recently been a staple at Howard County Farmers Markets. The latest expansion, a mobile food trailer, has finally allowed Hanson to invest full-time in his business, recently stepping away from his old job in real estate.

“I’m excited to venture out into the community, serve great food and give back,” said owner Althea Hanson.

Althea’s almost famous mission is to cater to the tastes of every palate, whether carnivorous, pescatarian, vegan or vegetarian, by serving some of the best island cuisine using all-natural, fresh, high-quality ingredients in an environment family.

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Restaurant review: Bonfire Jamaican food in Biloxi MS https://reggae-shack.com/restaurant-review-bonfire-jamaican-food-in-biloxi-ms/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 11:50:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/restaurant-review-bonfire-jamaican-food-in-biloxi-ms/ The jerk chicken platter at Bonfire restaurant in Biloxi. Julien brunt Sun Herald Special A unique restaurant opened on rue Caillavet some time ago, but the COVID pandemic has forced them to only offer take-out for months. Then the business suffered another heavy blow in October 2020 when Hurricane Zeta caused heavy damage to the […]]]>


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The jerk chicken platter at Bonfire restaurant in Biloxi.

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A unique restaurant opened on rue Caillavet some time ago, but the COVID pandemic has forced them to only offer take-out for months.

Then the business suffered another heavy blow in October 2020 when Hurricane Zeta caused heavy damage to the building, shutting down the restaurant for many months.

But that didn’t stop Bonfire from going down.

The Jamaican restaurant with a menu that permeates Southern cuisine has reopened a bit outside the Biloxi entertainment district, and it’s a one of a kind place.

The restaurant has yellow walls, a large wooden bar, lots of colorful artwork hanging on the walls, and a black ceiling contrasting with all the colors. You can also count on Jamaican music playing in the background.

The menu is not large which gives me confidence that the chef is good enough to prepare everything. There are only a few entrees on the menu, all very un-Jamaican (like the mac and cheese and fried mozzarella), but that only adds to the uniqueness of this place. Mac and cheese goes surprisingly well with jerk chicken.

The entrees are all classic Jamaican offerings and all come highly recommended. My all time favorite is the oxtail stew. This is one of the best braised dishes I have ever had – filling, delicious and satisfying. Next on my list should be the brown chicken stew. It’s another incredibly filling, rich and aromatic dish, and is seasoned to perfection. Pan-fried chicken should be high on my list as well. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning is simply magical. Very spicy, but not hot, although made with Scotch bonnet peppers. The rub usually included allspice, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, and a few other things.

You know this place has southern elements when you see fried chicken on the menu. I’m a fan of fried chicken, and had to try it, with fried plantains and steamed cabbage, and it made a wonderful lunch. The menu also includes Chicken Curry and Mutton Curry, two very good choices.

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The plate of fried chicken at Bonfire restaurant in Biloxi. Julien brunt Sun Herald Special

Two sides come with each entry, and these are mostly classic Jamaican offerings. Choose from rice and peas, a potato salad, white rice and steamed cabbage.

Bonfire is a top-notch Jamaican restaurant, with friendly service and great food freshly cooked each day. The menu is full of the typical home-cooked dishes that have made Jamaican cuisine so famous. No haute cuisine here, just solid, deeply satisfying food that hits the mark.

If you are going to

Address: 273, rue Caillavet

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm; Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Telephone: (228) 271-6830

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Bonfire Restaurant on Caillavet Street in Biloxi. Julien brunt Sun Herald Special

Justin Mitchell is the retention and special projects editor for the South East McClatchy region. He also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South, with a particular focus on Mississippi.


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Craving Jamaican cuisine? We asked an expert for her top five spots in Toronto https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto-2/ https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto-2/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:09:09 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto-2/ Opal Rowe came home one evening craving something hot and delicious and at least somewhat healthy. “I went looking for something that looked like a satisfying meal and not a greasy snack, but I couldn’t find one,” she says. “So, I made one.” She made herself a Jamaican galette, a tasty little pastry filled with […]]]>


Opal Rowe came home one evening craving something hot and delicious and at least somewhat healthy. “I went looking for something that looked like a satisfying meal and not a greasy snack, but I couldn’t find one,” she says. “So, I made one.”

She made herself a Jamaican galette, a tasty little pastry filled with meat. The first one was satisfied, but she wanted to take these perfect patties beyond her own kitchen. “There are a ton of examples of snack foods getting top-quality processing,” Rowe said. “Before, burgers were just fast food, but now you can pay $ 45. But, as the snack food culture evolved, the patty didn’t. I want to change that. ”

Toronto is full of places that sell Jamaican pancakes, they’re even on the subway! But Rowe, of Jamaican descent, couldn’t find it up to it, so she started Sush Patties to create the homemade recipe she hadn’t yet arrived here in the GTA, making mouthwatering toppings like chicken. jerk, curried shrimp and ackee and salted tofu.

“Nothing brings me more joy than feeding people,” says Rowe, who previously owned and operated a home care agency. “And, thanks to Stush Patties, I can feed thousands – and soon millions – of people.”

Her patties are just the little details, whether it’s the succulent grass-fed beef inside or the perfectly flaky pastry. vegetable shortening instead of lard; they’re already a big hit at neighborhood grocery stores like Fiesta Farms, The Epicure Shop, and Summerhill Market as well as local cafes like Filosophy Cafe and Golden Gecko Coffee.

Rowe also regularly gives galettes to shelters so that everyone can have a little galette moment. “The patties are heartwarming,” she says. “Comfort foods tend to elevate our feel-good hormones. Comfort food evokes pleasant and happy memories and togetherness.

Want a little island comfort? Here are some of Rowe’s favorite places for Jamaican cuisine.

Danforth Food Market, 2742 Danforth Ave

“They have a wide variety of Jamaican groceries and just general stuff. It’s my one-stop-shop for everything Jamaican, whether it’s Limacol (lotion), which I’ve been using since I was a kid; donkey corn, which my grandmother made; or Pickapeppa sauce, a staple in my house and an ingredient for some of my toppings.

Jamaican Chubby Cuisine, 104 Portland Street

“My go-to Jamaican restaurant for dining out. It’s relaxed and laid back with friendly service. They have a good range of popular Jamaican food and great cocktails. Definitely the place to take someone out for dinner who wants a taste of the island.

The Dinner Corner, 678 Yonge Street

“Located in the heart of the city, this place offers the best Jamaican Sunday brunch in the GTA. With favorites like hominy corn porridge, festival (fried dumplings) and escovitch fish, plus the sweet Jamaican music playing in the background, it’s hard to believe you’re not. in Jamaica.”

The real moron, 842 Gerrard Street East

“Here is the place to go for a lime (a Jamaican term for exiting). It’s super casual and has a variety of Jamaican food and karaoke. Better yet, the bar offers a wide variety of good rums.

KaSpace Café, 1183 Queen Street East.

“My all time favorite cafe. With hot full meals, it’s more than a coffee. It’s vegan cuisine, but it’s not the regular Italian vegan that’s typically associated with Jamaica. The staff are friendly but professional, and the vibes are always good. It reminds me of SoHo: chic and contemporary.


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Craving Jamaican cuisine? We asked an expert for her top five spots in Toronto https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto/ https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto/#respond Sun, 07 Nov 2021 17:52:28 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/craving-jamaican-cuisine-we-asked-an-expert-for-her-top-five-spots-in-toronto/ Opal Rowe came home one evening craving something hot and delicious and at least somewhat healthy. “I went looking for something that looked like a satisfying meal and not a greasy snack, but I couldn’t find one,” she says. “So, I made one.” She made herself a Jamaican galette, a tasty little pastry filled with […]]]>


Opal Rowe came home one evening craving something hot and delicious and at least somewhat healthy. “I went looking for something that looked like a satisfying meal and not a greasy snack, but I couldn’t find one,” she says. “So, I made one.”

She made herself a Jamaican galette, a tasty little pastry filled with meat. The first one was satisfied, but she wanted to take these perfect patties beyond her own kitchen. “There are a ton of examples of snack foods getting top-quality processing,” Rowe explains. “Before, burgers were just fast food, but now you can pay $ 45. But, as the snack food culture evolved, the patty didn’t. I want to change that. ”

Toronto is full of places that sell Jamaican pancakes, they’re even on the subway! But Rowe, of Jamaican descent, couldn’t find it up to it, so she started Sush Patties to create the homemade recipe she hadn’t yet arrived here in the GTA, making mouthwatering toppings like chicken. jerk, curried shrimp and ackee and salted tofu.

“Nothing brings me more joy than feeding people,” says Rowe, who previously owned and operated a home care agency. “And, thanks to Stush Patties, I can feed thousands – and soon millions – of people.”

Her patties are just the little details, whether it’s the succulent grass-fed beef inside or the perfectly flaky pastry. vegetable shortening instead of lard; they’re already a big hit at neighborhood grocery stores like Fiesta Farms, The Epicure Shop, and Summerhill Market as well as local cafes like Filosophy Cafe and Golden Gecko Coffee.

Rowe also regularly gives galettes to shelters so that everyone can have a little galette moment. “The patties are heartwarming,” she says. “Comfort foods tend to elevate our feel-good hormones. Comfort food evokes pleasant and happy memories and togetherness.

Want a little island comfort? Here are some of Rowe’s favorite places for Jamaican cuisine.

Danforth Food Market, 2742 Danforth Ave

“They have a wide variety of Jamaican groceries and just general stuff. It’s my one-stop-shop for everything Jamaican, whether it’s Limacol (lotion), which I’ve been using since I was a kid; donkey corn, which my grandmother made; or Pickapeppa sauce, a staple in my house and an ingredient for some of my toppings.

Jamaican Chubby Cuisine, 104 Portland Street

“My go-to Jamaican restaurant for dining out. It’s relaxed and laid back with friendly service. They have a good range of popular Jamaican food and great cocktails. Definitely the place to take someone out for dinner who wants a taste of the island.

The Dinner Corner, 678 Yonge Street

“Located in the heart of the city, this place offers the best Jamaican Sunday brunch in the GTA. With favorites like hominy corn porridge, festival (fried dumplings) and escovitch fish, plus the sweet Jamaican music playing in the background, it’s hard to believe you’re not. in Jamaica.”

The real moron, 842 Gerrard Street East

“Here is the place to go for a lime (a Jamaican term for exiting). It’s super casual and has a variety of Jamaican food and karaoke. Better yet, the bar offers a wide variety of good rums.

KaSpace Café, 1183 Queen Street East.

“My all time favorite cafe. With hot full meals, it’s more than a coffee. It’s vegan cuisine, but it’s not the regular Italian vegan that’s typically associated with Jamaica. The staff are friendly but professional, and the vibes are always good. It reminds me of SoHo: chic and contemporary.

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Meet the sisters serving the ‘best Jamaican food in London’ for almost 30 years https://reggae-shack.com/meet-the-sisters-serving-the-best-jamaican-food-in-london-for-almost-30-years/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/meet-the-sisters-serving-the-best-jamaican-food-in-london-for-almost-30-years/ Elephant and Castle is clearly changing dramatically. Its shopping center (now demolished) was the life and soul of the neighborhood, bringing together communities from different walks of life under one roof. What once served communities for more than half a century quickly turned into a heap of rubble. READ MORE: The restaurant with ‘the best […]]]>


Elephant and Castle is clearly changing dramatically.

Its shopping center (now demolished) was the life and soul of the neighborhood, bringing together communities from different walks of life under one roof.

What once served communities for more than half a century quickly turned into a heap of rubble.

READ MORE: The restaurant with ‘the best Caribbean food in town’ that Londoners love so much they take a nap afterwards

But two chefs whose cuisine has stood the test of time and remains one of Elephant and Castle’s finest restaurants are Laroma and Marcia Watson’s, and their Caribbean restaurant.

Together, the sisters have been serving authentic Jamaican cuisine at their shared restaurant, Original Caribbean Spice, since the mid-90s.



Sisters Laroma and Marcia Watson have been cooking delicious food for almost 30 years

Hungry foodies can dine on-site or order take-out, anyway the sisters freshly cook their meals from inside their unit in Castle Square – a new temporary shopping and dining space in Elephant and Castle.

Original Caribbean Spice is the place to grab a quick bite to eat, or if you’re really hungry, order a Chicken Curry or a Curry Goat and Oxtail – the portions are too generous and will last you for days.

When MyLondon visited the restaurant, Laroma advised him to try the callaloo and salted fish with rice and peas – and it didn’t disappoint.

Callaloo is a type of leafy green vegetable popular in the Caribbean and is typically cooked with onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and Scotch bonnet pepper. It was a winning part of the meal and had the perfect amount of spice and saltiness.

The sisters’ success is indeed due to their generous portions, but also to their welcoming and friendly attitude when welcoming new customers for the first time.



Ruby had callaloo and salted fish with rice and peas

Laroma agrees: ” It’s very good, we have good recommendations because everyone appreciates the portions, they are large portions.

“People know they can get good portions here. “

Laroma and Marcia’s story begins when they left Jamaica for south London as adults.

While they’ve always loved cooking, they didn’t make it a full-time job until 1994, when Original Caribbean Spice was born.

The siblings had a market stool across from Elephant and Castle, where they began to build a loyal following who would return for more of the sister’s cooking.



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One customer wrote online: “The best outstanding Jamaican food in London. “

“Wonderful food and service again, I have been ordering food for almost 15 years,” wrote another.

Laroma, who lives in Brixton and Marcia, who lives near Southwark Park, has taken her kitchen across the river on several occasions for the Notting Hill Carnival.

They say they’ve always enjoyed working together and never seem to get on each other.



The sisters also bake traditional Jamaican treats such as peanut drops, coconut drops, stone cake, and sweet bread.
The sisters also bake traditional Jamaican treats such as peanut drops, coconut drops, stone cake, and sweet bread.

As well as serving up superb curries, savory patties and dumplings, the duo also make amazing sweet treats such as Jamaican Stone Cake or Jamaican Peanut Coconut Drops to satisfy your cravings.

And if you’re looking for something more, then the Sisters’ Must Stand Up Punch is a must-try, and costs just £ 4.50 a cup.

All sides cost less than £ 2 and large meals cost no more than £ 8.50. There is also a special lunch deal of £ 4.50.

Original Caribbean Spice is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Sunday.

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Do you know of a beloved restaurant that is at the heart of its community? Contact our community reporter, Ruby at rubygregory@reachplc.com


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Juicy’s Shanty serves Jamaican food, reggae by the river – The Durango Herald https://reggae-shack.com/juicys-shanty-serves-jamaican-food-reggae-by-the-river-the-durango-herald/ https://reggae-shack.com/juicys-shanty-serves-jamaican-food-reggae-by-the-river-the-durango-herald/#respond Tue, 20 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://reggae-shack.com/juicys-shanty-serves-jamaican-food-reggae-by-the-river-the-durango-herald/ Alexa Alfonsi and Chris Turner stand next to Juicy’s Shanty, their Jamaican food ruck, next to the Powerhouse Science Center on July 14. The food truck opened on July 1st. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald) Nick gonzales Food truck owners hope to turn Powerhouse into a go-to place for diverse cuisine “Durango needs another burger […]]]>


Alexa Alfonsi and Chris Turner stand next to Juicy’s Shanty, their Jamaican food ruck, next to the Powerhouse Science Center on July 14. The food truck opened on July 1st. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald)

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Food truck owners hope to turn Powerhouse into a go-to place for diverse cuisine

“Durango needs another burger or tacos like a hole in his head,” said Chris Turner.

To some, these might be fighting words, but they’re one of the main reasons Turner and her partner, Alexa Alfonsi, opened their Jamaican food truck, Juicy’s Shanty, on July 1 outside of the Powerhouse Science Center on the Animas River Trail.

“We thought the food in this town was… mediocre is nice,” Turner said. “And we wanted to solve that problem – give Durango a different kind of flavor.”

For those who don’t know, Jamaican food tends to have a mild heat, Alfonsi said.

“It’s a very rounded type of heat,” she said. “It’s not going to burn your face.”

“It’s enough to make your forehead sweat and your mouth warm, but you can’t stop,” Turner said. “It’s also salty. Our cooked oxtail is like a pot roast, but it has those Jamaican notes – allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon.

He said he was exposed to Jamaican cuisine from an early age, visiting the island frequently.

The name “Juicy’s Shanty” comes from a member of the Negril family, who had the nickname “Juicy”. It served juices, beer, snacks, and Italian (vegan food celebrated by the Rastafarian movement).

“We wanted to honor him and kind of carry the torch, so we started this little island hut,” Turner said.

Everything on the menu is made from scratch in the truck, he said.

“We’re either extreme meat or extreme vegans,” he said.

Ninety percent of the food is vegan, including all sides (except Mac-n-Cheese) and all sauces, he said.

But Turner said he has also smoked meat since he was 16, and was a pit chef and chef with classical training in French, German, Italian, Thai and Mexican cuisine.

Chris Turner is cooking a grill inside Juicy’s Shanty. Before pursuing a career in the film industry, he spent time in Jamaica and trained as a pit boss and chef. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald)

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Turner plans to make Texas-smoked beef breasts, jerk-smoked beef breasts, and applewood-smoked Caroline-style breasts in the food truck, which, at least initially, will serve as both food. Jamaican and barbecue.

“The idea is to make the Jamaican and the barbecue truck the same and then separate them eventually,” he said. “And then build other trucks down the line. We want to make a Mediterranean truck – do like Lebanese spit and things marinated in Greek yogurt with rice and skewers and all that. And we also want to do something Thai later. “

Turner and Alfonsi plan to transform the space outside the Power Plant, which also houses The Soup Palette and Thimbleberry Smoothie Co., into a space with live music and the like.

“We’re trying to create a space where someone who lives here can come down and hang out,” Alfonsi said. “I want you to be able to come here, eat a plate of food – that you have leftovers with – and not break the bank.”

Turner, an assistant director with the Directors Guild of America, said he and Alfonsi had worked in the television and film industry in Brooklyn, New York, for 10 years – until their layoff in March 2020.

“We used it as a starting point, really,” Alfonsi said. “Here’s a sign from the universe to get out there.”

The couple had traveled to Durango and Pagosa Springs frequently over the previous decade, and Turner worked on a pilot in Mancos. But they were both tired of the industry, he said.

The work behind the camera paid off, at least in part, in the dichotomy that developed between Turner and Alfonsi, who was a production assistant. While he takes care of the flavors, she takes care of the customers.

“We’ve both worked with top actors for a long time,” he said. (“Profile of pain in butt,” she interjected.) “And I was fed up, honestly – I don’t want to talk to people like that. She’s dealt with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg on ‘Blue Bloods’ for the past three seasons, so it felt like second nature.

“It’s easy to be a happy camper,” Alfonsi said. “It’s even easier to know this is our world.

Turner said he liked being part of a children’s science center, but he also wanted to reach out to adults. He eventually hopes to get a liquor license and have a BYOB-type situation with a corkage fee.

“Who eats jerk chicken without drinking a Guinness Extra Stout or a Red Stripe or a rum drink? ” he said.

He would also like to give cooking lessons at some point, he said.

The exterior of Juicy’s slum, which is painted by local artist Parker Ledford, will represent the slum as if it were parked in the middle of Ice Lake. (Nick Gonzales / Durango Herald)

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If the art on the truck sounds familiar to you, it might be because it’s painted by local artist Parker Ledford, who also painted the Wolf Mural on North Main Laundry. The exterior of the truck will represent Ice Lake at the back with a small island in the middle with the hut on top and the Milky Way above. In front, the truck looks like the front of the slum with the reflection of the mountains around the ice lake in the water behind it.

“We’re wandering around in art now,” Alfonsi said.

Juicy’s Shanty is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1333 Camino del RIo.

ngonzales@durangoherald.com


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