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The Yaad Style Menu at Usain Bolt Tracks and Records

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When’s the last time you went to Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records? It’s a sports bar in Marketplace that offers what they call a “fusion” menu of Jamaican and International food items. That means you might get our traditional Ackee and Saltfish wrapped up in an Asian spring roll or something like that. Awesome spot for catching a game, seeing your favourite artist up close and personal or hanging out with friends over a cocktail or two. I’ve even seen tourist buses pulling up to the spot to introduce visitors to Usain’s restaurant where they can purchase memorabilia of our great living legend while sampling some of Jamaica’s food offerings.  Which brings me to a sore point. If you’ve been to Tracks before, say anytime before the last 6 months or so, you know….you KNOW…. the food ain’t all that. So when they reached out to me to try their new menu items? I said a little prayer for me.

Yaad Style Menu at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records

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Natural Hair IG Reviews: Giovanni Leave-In and Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream

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While I do have a youtube channel and dabble a bit in vlogging, blogging is my true passion for now and might not change anytime soon. It seems however that I’ve found a way to incorporate videos into my regular blogging routine via 15 second reviews of products that I use! My first video was so well received that I decided to do a second one and now I’m sharing them with you here. I won’t be sharing them all on the blog though, this is just to introduce you to this new feature and so I encourage you to follow me on Instagram if you’re not already doing so.

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#traveltuesday: Bamboo Blu Ocho Rios Jamaica

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Ever so often I wish I were a travel blogger, jetsetting to exotic locations courtesy of Tourist Boards or fabulous hotels and maybe one day that will happen but for now I’m lucky to #livewhereyouvacation and so I have lots to explore right here on my island paradise. This past weekend friends and I went to Bamboo Blu in Ocho Rios to celebrate a birthday. It’s a restaurant that I have heard of a couple times but never been and so I thought I’d share the experience with you. It’s located right on the beach next to Riu Hotel in Mammee Bay and within the confines of the Mammee Bay Estate. You’ll need to make a reservation to gain access to the property but there’s no hassle to get in, set up and relax. And the beach is gorgeous.

Bamboo Blu Ocho Rios

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Iriediva’s Summer Salad

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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.

IrieDiva Summer Salad

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: 

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Beating the summer heat in a Caribbean Island

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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.

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Thomson opens new 5 star Sensatori Resort in Negril, collabs with British designer

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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!

Sensatori Resort Negril Jamaica

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: 

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Chris Gayle celebrates 100 test matches in fine style

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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.

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