Chef Nina Compton to Host an Inspired Pop-Up Benefit Dinner at the Skylark

Celebrated St. Lucian star chef to prepare an inventive jerk-themed menu alongside acclaimed Kingston-born Chef Andre Fowles at the recently-opened beachfront hotel

Directly on the heels of her historic James Beard award for Best Chef: South,  Caribbean-native Chef Nina Compton will host an intimate pop-up dinner event at Skylark Negril Beach Resort, the new sister property behind Jamaica’s legendary clifftop Rockhouse Hotel. The one-night only culinary event will take place on the new hotel’s open air-deck overlooking Seven Mile Beach on Saturday, July 28th, at 7pm.

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All ticket proceeds will benefit Rockhouse Foundation, the charitable arm of Skylark and Rockhouse Hotel, which transforms the places where Jamaica’s children learn and supports the people who teach them. Over the past decade, the Foundation has invested over US$4 million in projects improving education for the children in Western Jamaica.

The five-course jerk-themed menu will be served family style, and will showcase the diversity of Jamaica’s signature ingredient. Menu highlights will include inventive preparations of local beef and seafood, house-made pasta, and fresh produce sourced from Rockhouse’s organic garden, all prepared with the beloved spice blend.

Compton has shaken the culinary world this year, earning accolades for her unique Caribbean-inspired Louisiana cuisine. Her participation in this special pop-up event has her returning to Jamaica, the beloved island she fell in love with while working in a hotel kitchen when she was in her 20’s.

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Jamaica’s own Chef Andre Fowles will be supporting Compton in the kitchen on this special evening. The Kingston-born Food Network Chopped “Champion” and New York City-based chef is helping to lead culinary development at the Skylark’s new restaurant – Miss Lily’s – slated to debut in September.

The dinner, priced at $200 per person inclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity, is open to both hotel and non-hotel guests. Reservations must be made in advance, and space is limited to 40 people. For more information and reservations, please email bookings@skylarknegril.com.

For guests interested in staying at Skylark that weekend, the hotel is offering special room rates of $95 per night.

 

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Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards: Frangipani Beach Resort Wins Best Caribbean Hotel

Luxury Boutique Resort Ranks #1 in the Caribbean and #3 Hotel in the World

Frangipani Beach Resort has received the top award from the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, #1 Resort in the Top 25 Caribbean Resort Hotels,in the 2018 World’s Best Awards.  The luxury resort was also named among the top 100 hotels in the world, ranking #3 in the overall category.

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“We are incredibly grateful to have been chosen by the readers of Travel + Leisure for this prestigious award,” said Shannon Kircher, Director of Marketing & Communications at Frangipani Beach Resort.  “Our guests are like family to us, and our main focus is on creating unique memories and experiences for each of them. Knowing that guests cared enough to vote and share our story means the world to us. The resort wouldn’t be where it is today without our team and without community partners that help support our mission,” added Kircher.

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Offering a peaceful haven overlooking Meads Bay in Anguilla and its pristine white sands, Frangipani Beach Resort features 19 rooms and suites and an impressive 5,000 square foot beachfront villa,designed to host special beach escapes in a private sanctuary for families and groups. The resort provides an intimate setting with the luxury and amenities visitors have come to equate with the island.

“This award is especially meaningful knowing how hard we worked to get back up and running following Hurricane Irma. Our guests supported us so much through that challenging time and it really encouraged us to recover as quickly as we could,” continued Kircher.  Frangipani strives to continually augment the guest experience with annual property enhancements and will debut a new rooftop lounge space and Balinese spa which will open in November 2018.  The resort has continued to place a focus on sustainability and the use of renewable energy, and will be incorporating solar power into their design as part of their upcoming enhancements.

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The 2018 World’s Best Awards honors the top travel destinations around the globe.  The full awards list will appear in the August 2018 issue of Travel + Leisure, and online at https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best.

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A Celebration of Sisterhood at the 2018 Essence Festival

The National Urban League hosted its first “Women in Harmony: A Celebration of Sisterhood” luncheon at the Essence Festival last week, providing attendees with a spirited and empowering experience. The event included an intimate conversation with twelve-time Grammy®-nominated artist Ledisi, moderated by NYC’s 107.5 WBLS radio personality Déjà Vu, an inspirational moment with five-time Grammy® award-winning gospel singer Erica Campbell, and a performance by R&B star Keke Wyatt.

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Actress Kim Fields, 107.5 WBLS radio personality Déjà Vu, r&b songstress Ledisi, and Roc Nation artist Victory Boyd pose for a photo on the red carpet at the National Urban League’s “Women In Harmony: A Celebration of Sisterhood” Luncheon at the 2018 Essence Festival on July 6, 2018.

The luncheon kicked off with NUL executive Rhonda Spears Bell, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, welcoming the excited crowd. Wanda Jackson, National Urban League SVP & Chief Talent Officer, then took the stage to introduce WBLS radio personality Déjà Vu and twelve time Grammy®-nominated vocal powerhouse Ledisi to a huge round of applause. Moderated by Déjà Vu, the luncheon attendees were then treated to an intimate conversation with Ledisi who talked about some of the prevalent issues professional African American women face today. Speaking to the importance of celebrating sisterhood, Ledisi offered the festivalgoers insight and advice through her own experience as a rising star in the entertainment industry. She then answered a more light-hearted round of personal questions about her day-to-day life, much to the delight of attending fans.

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 National Urban League’s “Women In Harmony: A Celebration of Sisterhood” Luncheon at the 2018 Essence Festival on July 6, 2018.

Photo Credit: Jennifer DeTiege/Red Carpet Images

Following Ledisi, five-time Grammy® award-winning gospel artist Erica Campbell delivered an impassioned speech to the audience about the inherent strength and power that comes through sisterhood. The enthralled crowd listened closely as she spoke about motivation, mentorship and the importance of helping one another succeed. The luncheon then capped off with National Urban League CEO and President Marc H. Morial speaking to the crowd before an exhilarating performance by popular R&B songstress Keke Wyatt, who performed three songs, “If Only You Knew;” “Nothing In The World;” and “Y.O.U.” Other attending celebrities and influencers included actress Kim Fields, BET co-founder and Nopsi Hotel owner Sheila Johnson, supermodel Beverly Johnson, Roc Nation artist Victory Boyd, actor and choreographer Darrin Henson, and fashion stylist Memsor Kamarake.

Stush In The Bush: Best Off The Beaten Path

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Written by Tricia Williamson | Photos courtesy of Stush In The Bush

Stush in the Bush at Zionites Farm, nestled in the hills of Free Hill, Bamboo St. Ann, Jamaica is a 15-acre organic farm. The brainchild of Lisa and Chris Binns, this farm-to-table tour reflects a true love with nature. Nature blends with stushness to give you a unique gourmet experience made from homegrown ingredients.

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Stush in the Bush is unapologetic in its authenticity and is all about the experience.

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Many traditional crops are grown on the farm in addition to exotic vegetables that are used to freshly create preserves, dressings and sauces that excite your taste buds. Beautiful farm to table lunches are the hallmark of the farm. So be sure to book your reservation early!

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Beyond the food, it’s a great farm tour that focuses on tasting as well- so you enjoy the tastes of pineapples, sugar cane, coconut water fresh from nature as you learn about the land, plants and their medicinal properties.

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Visit http://www.stushinthebush.com for more info

Review: DodoCool Headphones

By DJ Courtney

I was fortunate to be travelling when I got the Dodocool DA158 to test & review, here goes.

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I’m a DJ by design so my standards are high. The Dodocool DA158 is ideal as an entry-level wireless headphone for people who like to listen to music.
Firstly, the design is good and the headphones are foldable and compact- thus great for when you’re on the go. It also comes with a nice & sturdy carrying case, which might seem bulky at first, but fits perfectly for travelling needs. I primarily used these headphones while in airplanes & walking around Las Vegas, so there was no shortage of opportunity to test the noise cancelling feature and overall I’d give it an average rating.
Even though these headphones are wireless, the Dodocool DA158 has the capability of using a headphone jack which is included in the box, and that’s a big plus! The Dodocool DA158 easily pairs to any Bluetooth device and to top that, when it came to answering calls it was magical. I heard my callers clearly and vice versa, it has mics built in the headphones…. Genius!
As for the battery life, the company states that the headphones can “provide up to 14 hours of playtime with a full charge.” I’ve used it for at least 8 continuous hours without needing to plug in, and that’s a definite plus for me.
In relation to comfort, it’s acceptable, however, after a while it felt a bit uncomfortable, but truth be told if you’re wearing it for long periods- that is expected.
Overall, I would certainly recommend these headphones, especially at the price point that they come (~$80USD) and again the big plus factor, is the ability to use a headphone jack even though it’s wireless.

Make your #NextStopGrenada

Explore, relax and experience the best of Caribbean living while enjoying amazing savings in Pure Grenada for the summer. Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the three-island destination best known as the Spice Island of the Caribbean has launched its Summer Campaign.

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#NextStopGrenada offering travellers true value for money and the chance to experience all the destination has to offer.

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From May 1 to October 31, Grenada’s extended Summer season will provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy up to a 50% discount on hotel rates, take advantage of room upgrades, complimentary massages, children discounts, complimentary yoga classes, tour discounts and so much more. The value proposition for people booking in the summer period is tremendous and they get to enjoy quality accommodation offerings, and excellent customer service that brings visitors back year after year.

Increased air access to Grenada is an added bonus for Summer as airline partners announced a number of additional flights to the destination from John F. Kennedy International in New York, Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International in the USA and Toronto Pearson International in Canada.

During the Summer, Pure Grenada offers unique and authentic festivals and cultural events to keep visitors entertained. One of these festivals is the Carriacou Regatta from August 3-6. Running unbroken since 1965, Carriacou Regatta is one of the longest running in the region. The event features boats from across the region, keen racing, entertaining shore side activities and much more. Carriacou, the sister isle of Grenada is well known for its deep boat building traditions and its skillfully built sloops will again be on display. More than 40 boats are registered this year.

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On the heels of the Carriacou Regatta is Grenada’s ultimate sizzling summer experience, Spicemas Carnival. The Summer Festival offers an amazing mix of island music, food, culture and tradition with a host of activities leading up to the culmination on August 13-14. The festival boasts many authentic aspects which cannot be experienced anywhere else. Your Carnival Monday experience is not complete without seeing the spectacle of j’ouvert with Grenada’s signature ‘Jab Jab’ which are masqueraders covered in black oil who chant and dance in the street. Then it’s on to Monday Night Mas in which masqueraders wearing brightly coloured t-shirts and armed with glow sticks light up the night. The festival ends with the beauty and splendor of fancy mas which features revelers parading through the streets wearing beautifully made, colourful costumes.

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You can also join us from October 3-6 for our 2nd annual dive fest. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, the festival has something for everyone. Pure Grenada boasts a diverse range of wreck and reef dives that are located just minutes offshore. Our world famous Underwater Sculpture Park awaits with 14 installations which intrigue and tell a story.

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For a complete list of summer deals and participating hotels, guesthouses, villas and tour operators visit
http://www.puregrenada.com/summerdeals.

Ladies Guide: A Bold Step Towards Financial Independence

My sisters, do you want to step boldly on to a new path towards your financial independence?

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Karen made the most mouth-watering pastries and had dreams of opening her own business, but sat on the idea for years instead, meanwhile, her friend Joan’s dream of becoming a lawyer dulled with each passing year. After another one of their heart-to-heart conversations they admitted that if they did not “step boldly” now, they probably would never achieve the financial independence they desired. The big question however was how would they ever afford their dreams?

Stepping into your dreams may just be easier than you think. To achieve your dreams, you may need to invest and/or borrow towards your financial independence, using JMMB Her Wealth, a suite of financial solutions geared towards women. Please ask yourself these questions, and be assured that JMMB will help you to make the necessary calculations and find the right solution.

  • How much does my goal/s currently cost?
  • How long would it take me to save the required funds?
  • What is the projected rate of inflation for that period?
  • When inflation is factored into the cost of my goal, how much will it cost me in the future?
  • Can I afford to put my dreams on hold for that period of time?
  • Can I afford the monthly repayments if I took a loan?
  • Will my enhanced income (from new qualifications/ skills or business) compensate me for interest I would have paid on the loan?

Take the Bold Step

After a FREE JMMB Goal Planning Session, these are the life transforming steps made by Joan and Karen.

Although Joan did not like loans, JMMB showed her that postponing her law degree for several years, while she saved towards the tuition, delayed her opportunities for increased income for several years too. She did the “math” and it was cheaper to pay interest on an education loan than to forego several years of enhanced income. She therefore, opted for a loan from the JMMB Bank. Now she is financially ready to step boldly into her first law class.

Karen was concerned about the strain a loan could put on her new business and personal savings. Her JMMB advisor therefore suggested that she save towards a portion of the start-up capital in the JMMB Her Wealth investment, which is projected to earn between 7.3% and 11.6% over the next 3 -5 years. She could then borrow the rest of funds needed from the JMMB Her Wealth suite of business loans. Now, she is several steps closer to bringing “Pastry Palace” to life and having her financial independence, while living her dream.

What do you want to achieve? The JMMB Her Wealth complete financial package maybe the perfect solution for you to step boldly towards your financial independence.

To get started towards your financial independence, give a JMMB representative a call at 1-876-998-5662.

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