It’s been well over two years since I discovered Food Basket Farm delivery service and I’ve been a loyal customer of their’s ever since. You can’t beat their prices on fresh, organic produce straight from the hills of Jamaica delivered to your door! My most common purchases from them are kale, spinach and their mixed salad greens. I use them in my daily green smoothies however I have been having a lot of prepackaged salads lately and so I decided it was time to start making my own, especially since store-bought salads are primarily made of iceberg lettuce and you know how I feel about that.
Enter, my summer salad that got so many likes, comments and requests for the recipe on Instagram that I just had to share it with my blog readers as well. Made with primarily Jamaican ingredients, this salad was delicious and infinitely healthier than any store bought salad for sure. My mother watched keenly as I made it because she wants to be healthier and said she wanted to learn. I said “Mom, this isn’t learned, this is imagined” I imagined the flavours that I wanted to taste and threw them all into a salad. In my salads I like sweet, crunchy, salty and filling and I imagined the kinds of ingredients that would accomplish this goal. In my salad went:
I had a perfect weekend last weekend, it made me want to live EVEN CLOSER to the beach. I know, we island people are so greedy. I only live 25 minutes away yet still. Anyhow, last weekend I went to visit my mom who lives near the tourist town of Ocho Rios. She was having a cookout for some family members we haven’t seen in a while and I brought a friend and her son with me. My mom, the lover of horses that she is arranged for a horseback riding trip as she does whenever visitors are around and a little time at the beach. So we had a full day of horsey adventure, beach time and the cookout planned on Sunday. But first, we went to the market to get everything for the cookout on Saturday.
Remember that cruise line that I wrote about that will be offering cruises sailing from Jamaica starting in December of 2014? The company has opened a 5-star luxury all-inclusive called Sensatori Resort in Negril, Jamaica, on the famous 7-mile white sand powdery perfect beach!
The resort is the 6th in the chain of Sensatori Resorts, the others being in Crete, Tenerife, Mexico, Turkey and Egypt. Places that I will have to Google, I must say I am honoured that they chose Jamaica as a location for their newest resort. I’m proud of my little island paradise. From the release:
Party over heeeeere! It’s about two weeks later and I’m still raving at the awesomeness that was the CG100 event in celebration of Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle’s 100th test match. It was a week long celebration culminating with a party at his home in Chancery Hall, in the hills of St. Andrew where you go to live in lavish luxury when you don’t want to be bothered. And bothered, we were not. The team at Intuit Concepts staged an impeccable event with a never ending supply of delicious delights from Lorraine Fung and a bar that overflowed. I was contracted to write for the Jamaica Observer supplement and Triple Century magazine that went along with the celebrations and so spent a little time with the man at the centre of it all himself and his hardworking team. It was an inspiring week, to say the least, and walking into that house was the icing on the cake. It’s one of those houses you see on that millionaire show on HGTV. It was awesome.
Copperwood Pork is Jamaica’s only formally branded pork product if I’m not mistaken, offering fresh and cured cuts of pig at their Pork Store and in supermarkets islandwide that are raised and processed to the highest of standards at our local farms. They’ve teamed up with several Kingston restaurants to offer what has been deemed the “Best Pork in Town” lunch special which is simply a discounted but delicious pork meal using Copperwood Pork at some fine dining establishments in hopes that you’ll continue to order pork from these restaurants whenever you dine there since they all get their pork straight from Copperwood.
Caribbean Fashion Week may have kicked the bucket this year. If Pulse doesn’t go back to the drawing board to deliver something different at the next staging, I am calling this year as the time of death. By now, we’re all used to the delays, and by now, we’re all used to the set. Please Pulse, take us out of the stands next year and bring us to a venue a little more fashionable, a little more fabulous and a little more fun. Take us to a venue that makes us want to spend the money to come and see the designs and the entertainment, since you insist on charging an arm and a leg for the drink-inclusive experience. I believe your sponsors have spent enough for you to have a bar open to all your VIPs, as a member with media accreditation who had to purchase water, this is unacceptable. The numbers don’t lie, there were fewer designers this year, fewer booths and even fewer patrons. It took me a while to write my review as I was trying to be as diplomatic as possible but then I remembered that this is a blog. It’s my blog and this space is there I write how I feel and CFW 2014 left me feeling very blah. And that’s just it. The highlight of the whole event for me was Maxi Priest’s performance. I am impressed that he insisted on a band and loved it from start to finish. My only thoughts were “I wish he was on a proper stage so I could see him and he could give me a real performance” :/
Ever heard of or been to KOTE? That stands for Kingston on the Edge and is an urban art festival that happens every year in Kingston. If you’ve never been, don’t feel bad, I haven’t either but have always heard of it and with an interest in expanding my social circle and calendar I have decided that this year that will change. After watching the promotional video of Kingston on the Edge and seeing not one face that I recognised (except of course the ever-present artist LA Lewis -_-) I decided that this was a good move for me. Here’s a description of KOTE from their website:
Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) is the brainchild of five friends (Beatriz Pozueta, Carolyn Lazarus, Enola Williams, Joaquin Portocarero and Omar Francis) who wanted to showcase Jamaican artists in a creative and free manner. The festival is a weeklong celebration of art and the artists who live and work in and/or are inspired by the city of Kingston, and has quickly become a much anticipated fixture on the local art calendar.
Providing a forum outside of the traditional spaces, the Festival allows the artists to express themselves and push the boundaries and definitions of their art and offers an opportunity for artists, venues and the general public to interact creatively, with a view to developing and harnessing the incredible artistic potential of Jamaica. We have found that this environment motivates and inspires the artist to experiment with their work, often leading to the birth of new and exciting movements in the local scene.
The festival features painting, sculpture, photography, film, poetry, dance, theatre, music, performance art, installations and anything else one can think of in the realm of artistic expression, and is the only one of its kind in the country.
Here’s the video that I watched that peaked my interest even more.