This month marks 6 years since I’ve moved from Jamaica to The Bahamas. I’ve had some really good days in the 242 and they’re some days when I get terribly homesick. So when my husband mentioned we were taking a trip to Jamaica, my face lit up like a stadium bulb… I couldn’t wait to shell down some REAL Jamaican food! Although I have access to Jamaican food in The Bahamas, it’s just not the same.
I wasn’t planning on doing a blog post as I wanted to fully enjoy the trip, but after scrolling through the photos on my phone, I decided to share ‘a likkle bit a yaad’ with you. If you have been following me on Instagram and Facebook, you would already have had a taste of what I am about to share.
We spent the entire week Parish-hopping from Kingston, Manchester, Ocho Rios to Saint James.
We arrived at The Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) without any drama. As soon as we walked out the departure door, we were greeted by one of Rory’s friends who transported us to our stay- The Jamaica Pegasus.After checking in, we made our way to the Blend Bar and Lounge for a few cocktails. My fave is The Flying Horse- a pretty yet powerful drink. The best part about The Pegasus is the food and friendly service. Every morning I look forward to the breakfast buffet and wasn’t disappointed. I had Brown Stewed Chicken, Escovitch fish, Callaloo and Braised Kidney.
On Saturday morning a friend invited us to his home up in the hills for traditional Jamaican breakfast.
I piled my plate with Ackee and Salt Fish (Jamaica’s national dish), fried dumplings and corned pork. After breakfast, we spent the rest of the day exploring Kingston.
Rory hanging out at Emancipation Park. Wonder what he was looking at? Hahaha.
Bright and early Sunday morning, Our driver, Peter was waiting to take a group of us to Manchester to join friends for Brunch in Mandeville. The journey from Kingston To Mandeville was roughly 2 hours but we took a little longer since we made several stops along the way.
Our first stop was at Juici Patties In Clarendon. I was really looking forward to this stop, there was no way I could visit Jamaica and not eat a beef patty.
The highlight of the Manchester trip was Melrose Hill in Porous. We stopped at Rupert’s kitchen for roasted yam with saltfish, rich corn soup and yummy star apples. I am a country girl at heart and was certainly in my element. The scent of wood fire to the stalls filled with fresh Jamaican fruits and the crispness in the air brought back so many memories.
By the time we got to brunch, we were ready to eat again. I packed my plate with Jerk chicken, Gungo Rice and Peas, Curried Goat and Escovitch fish…finger licking good.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the city.
I truly enjoyed my time in Ocho Rios. Thanks to Ocean 11 for providing us with lunch, the food was bomb.com!
Playing tourist for a few minutes. I Had so much fun even though I was off beat.
Here I made a brief stop at the grocery store and had to pack my groceries in a box due to the plastic ban in Jamaica. If you are heading to a grocery store in Jamaica, walk with an eco-friendly bag or you’ll be leaving the store with groceries in your hands. I was fortunate to get a box.
We didn’t tarry too long in Ochi, Rory had to get back to Kingston for a meeting and yes, we got back in time.
Had an awesome evening catching up with a very good friend over wine.
Around mid-morning on Tuesday, we started our trek to Montego Bay via the Knutsford Express. The ride was very comfortable and the weather was pleasant. Within a matter of hours, we arrived in my home town, Montego Bay. Quite naturally, I was dying to see my family. My mother greeted me with a pot of stewed tripe with chicken foot, one of my favourite dishes.
After hanging out with my family for a few, we made our way to Montego Bay’s newest hotel- The S hotel for pure relaxation(I really needed it ).
It is conveniently located on the Hip Strip, right next to Usain Bolt’s Track and Records and overlooking the Doctor’s Cave Beach- one of the best beaches in Montego Bay with good vibes, lots of Booz and incredible food.
Upon arrival, we were treated to a refreshing welcome drink; the staff were warm and friendly, our room was modern and showed off a lovely view of the pool and ocean. We enjoyed our 3 nights stay.I truly enjoyed my week in Jamaica. Lots of food, fun and more food hahaha! I got back to Nassau a few pounds heavier but I ain’t mad at all. As a matter of fact, I am back to my regular health routine and now working on my carnival body. I won’t be chippin’ down the road but I’ll be fetting for sure!
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