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10 things from FIRST you missed but shouldn't…

That was really the whole point of FIRST, a chance to show what we in Jamaica should already know, that apart from picking coconuts and murdering each other there remains some other stuff worth talking about and some pretty weird stuff.

Once in print and in-between online there’s a few things you may have missed that we think you ought to check out:

Fit birds. We’re superficial and so are you dear readers. Easily the most popular thing to do on this site is admire the beauty of Jamaican women: beginning back in 2008 with Miss Jamaica Yendi Phillips. Click here and scroll to the bottom of this post to view links to links to all our photo shoots (and they’re still young eh!).

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Food, Travel & Leisure

First recommends: Suzie's Bakery patties

Patty is the everyman’s food: traditionally exempt from tax and only recently has it reached the previously unimaginable price of $100. And then we tried the Suzie’s Bakery uptown $200 chicken patty. And you know what, it really is that good.

Suzie's Bakery chicken patty

Apart from the price its hardly convenience food. You’ll have to phone ahead to check they haven’t sold out (this is the only patty you can actually reserve) and they only sell it at their 20 Barbican Road store.

The patty itself is short and stubby like a Red Stripe bottle, with a thick and moist pie pastry; different to your usual flaky patty crust. Inside it is crammed with chicken – and not lots of sauce, little chicken like Juici Beef.

You’ll actually want to slice it in half just to look and you can get by on one of these for lunch rather than your usual two-patty purchase… well, given the price you’ll have to, but that’s not the point.

First endorses Suzie’s as our No.1 Jamaican patty. And not just for chicken. We don’t rate the chickpea or vegetable so much but the ackee and sailfish is also excellent but baked more like a pastry.

Special mention to the patties at Devon House. But then those aren’t proper patty-shaped and we’re a little conservative.

Suzie’s Bakery, 20 Barbican Road: 970-4571

Food, Travel & Leisure

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


Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/New York Times

Food, Travel & Leisure

You can smell this?

Twenty teams of the country’s best BBQ cooks will be competing this Sunday at the All Jamaica Invitational Grill Off in Kingston.

Reading today’s Gleaner it was this that caught the eye or nose, or taste buds: Tamarind bar-b-que chicken with cilantro and barbecue rib-eye roll with Stone’s Ginger Wine, oyster sauce and garlic.

With 1,500 patrons expected, best get there early. Each team will be cooking a minimum of 10 whole chickens, 15 lbs of beef and 25 lbs of pork ribs.

Oh, but it’s ‘invite-only’.

Read more HERE


Source: The Gleaner

Food, Travel & Leisure

Party at Alligator Pond

Smoked marlin, ricotta spring rolls, jerk rosemary tenderloin with bearnaise sauce and a 50th birthday party on the idyllic south coast near Alligator Pond, St Elizabeth.

It’s not every day one lives to half a century, but if you do, make sure the food makes you glad that you made the journey.

Photography by Peter Dean Rickards

More Julius cooking…

Escovitch snapper and steam parrot fish
Julius’ satay jerk chicken