Food, Travel & Leisure

The story of Ugandan coffee and fair trade

You might have seen that documentary Life and Debt which focuses on the plight of Jamaican farmers. But if their life was hard, it’s been immeasurably harder for the coffee farmers of Mount Elgon in Uganda.

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Privatisation had brought in the large multinational companies like Nescafe – which we import here, for some reason – which caused the coffee unions to collapse. Continue reading

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Haiti: Where tourism's being killed off, not tourists

haiti.jpgWe complain about the reputation Jamaica has and how it might scare off the tourists. But spare a thought for how it affects Haiti, and their murder rate is just one-ninth of ours.

From having a flourishing tourism industry a few decades ago, flying into today’s Port-au-Prince you’re more likely to be sat alongside an aid worker, Christian missionary or probably a journalist.

Yes, despite its poverty and political instability the country remains one of the safest destinations in the region. Which is why, Mr and Mrs Tourist, it’s sometimes good to ignore the news.

Even the Haitian Diaspora is not immune to such reports.

“I have major security concerns,” said one Haitian-Canadian ‘performance poet and social activist’. “I’m entitled to some protection because I am an international artist.”

Okay then.

Read more HERE

Source: Christian Science Monitor

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Fine dining Brazilian style

Brazilian food, a bit like our national cuisine, is food made to be shared by a lot of people. It’s a social thing, not something on a plate to stare at. But despite laid-back appearances Brazilians can get fancy with their food…

Eh-Laho is an island restaurant off Brazil’s Costa Verde rated for its great seafood, and bikini-wearing diners. Meanwhile Rio is well, Rio. And here’s a brief guide to some of Brazil’s most popular dishes.

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Source: Daily Telegraph Ultra Travel

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New York City forces Jamaican patty store to get healthier

Patties are unhealthy!? Well we knew they’re not exactly a health food, but NYC officials are even less impressed. They ordered one Jamaican bakery to change its shortening ingredient, part of a city wide ban on trans fats…or be fined US$2,000.

Patties have long been popular within the five boroughs, which has a large Jamaican population.

But says Paul Haye, who owns Christie’s Jamaican Patties in Brooklyn, customers seem not to have noticed the difference.

Read more HERE

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Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/New York Times

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Going cheap in the Caribbean this summer

You don’t think we gave you enough good advice recently? From The New York Times comes a budget guide to holidaying in the Caribbean this summer complete with interactive map.

Good news is that cheap needn’t mean nasty, not here. And so we can agree with them identifying Port Antonio rather than the North Coast as the place to go.

Come to think of it, it’s about time we took a holiday on one of the neighbouring islands. We’re not doing too well with this regional integration thing.

Read more HERE

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Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times; Photograph by Laura Magruder for The New York Times

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