Miami’s Jamaica King Jerk Opens Permanent Spot in North Dade

Food truck owner Oratio Garrell scrimped and saved for six years to get together enough money to open a brick-and-mortar spot to serve his smoky jerk chicken and pork. When his eatery King Jerk finally opened at 14821 W. Dixie Hwy., the centerpiece was a $5,000 hybrid grill/smoker that was hardly used before thieves snatched it out of the parking lot surrounding Garrell’s new bright-red restaurant. “They … Continue reading Miami’s Jamaica King Jerk Opens Permanent Spot in North Dade

Have you tried Jamaica’s First Kosher Restaurant?

Jamaica has its first kosher restaurant. “Your one stop for everything Jewish in Jamaica” Chabad Of Jamaica opened the first Kosher Hot Spot & Welcome Center in Jamaica, on the famous Montego Bay Hip strip right across Margaritaville. It is your one stop for everything Jewish, from kosher authentic Israeli falafel (a vegetarian food) to synagogue services. The menu at the Kosher Hot Spot is … Continue reading Have you tried Jamaica’s First Kosher Restaurant?

Portland (USA) Just Got Four New Jamaican Restaurants

Just a few years ago, not a single restaurant in Portland called itself Jamaican. This town’s never exactly been a hotbed of Caribbean culture; there are nearly three times as many Jamaicans in Brooklyn as on the entire West Coast. But there are signs that Caribbean culture is finally making small inroads into our corner of the Northwest—with the number of Portlanders from the West … Continue reading Portland (USA) Just Got Four New Jamaican Restaurants

Dub Music: A History of Jamaica’s Criminally Underappreciated Musical Artform

On a balmy late May evening under the stars at Chris Blackwell’s stunning cliffside hotel The Caves in Negril, Jamaica, legendary producer Lee “Scratch” Perry strolls up to the DJ booth and takes the microphone. For the next 45 minutes Scratch, now 81, his hair and beard dyed cherry-red, freestyles lyrics as DJ (or selector, in Jamaican parlance). Kingston Dub Club owner Gabre Selassie tweaks his mixing console’s … Continue reading Dub Music: A History of Jamaica’s Criminally Underappreciated Musical Artform

Scotch Bonnet’s New Brick-and-Mortar Location Brings Jamaican Home-Cooking to FiDi

Jamaica native and chef Abraham “OB” Matterson serves up the flavors of his childhood at Scotch Bonnet, a new restaurant in Rincon Center. We knew we’d landed in the right place when we saw the Jamaican flag flying in the window of the as-yet unadorned Scotch Bonnet space in Rincon Center in downtown San Francisco. Staff were scurrying about filling containers with hot sauce and … Continue reading Scotch Bonnet’s New Brick-and-Mortar Location Brings Jamaican Home-Cooking to FiDi

Montego Bay Grille in Hobart offers getaway from the norm

“Where great food meets great people” is how Montego Bay Grille in Hobart bills itself. “Hobart will be a culinary epicenter in not so long from now in the Northwest Indiana region. We pride ourselves on being pioneers in that aspect,” said Teddian Jackson, owner and chef of Montego Bay Grille, about locating downtown. “Others have been following suit. That’s something we pride ourselves in.” … Continue reading Montego Bay Grille in Hobart offers getaway from the norm

Bobby Clarke of NYC’s Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica’s National Order of Distinction

Jamaica-born, New York resident Robert “Bobby” Clarke, president and CEO of Queens-based Irie Jam Radio, was honored by the Jamaican government on Sunday with the prestigious Order of Distinction “for over 20 years of dedicated media services to Jamaican nationals of the New York Tri-state area.” Every year, the third Monday in October is observed as Heroes Day in Jamaica, which includes an elaborate morning ceremony … Continue reading Bobby Clarke of NYC’s Irie Jam Radio Receives Jamaica’s National Order of Distinction