The proper name of the dish is “Jamaican Rice and Peas,” not “Rice and Beans.” Get my family’s recipe and try it today! … More The Best Jamaican Rice and Peas Ever!
Has society lost sight of sustainable living in the name of progress? Jamaicans lose sight of coconuts growing above their heads as diseases of modernization take hold of their population. At the same time, Americans vilify every real food leaving them completely at the mercy of food producers while we watch heart disease, cancer and new diseases … More How to Get Local In Your Neighborhood; Fast Changes in Food; Guest Heretic Graham Ellis Talks about His USDA Sustainability Grant
Being the tropics, mosquitoes are a part of life in Jamaica. I didn’t see anything ridiculous in terms of size, but they can be a menace. Many places will have mosquito nets on the beds to protect you, but you still may get bitten. My daughter, Daisy, had bites all over and seems to have … More Jamaica: Land of Mosquitoes, Machetes and MSG, Part 3
OK. So I’m working backwards here, but who cares? I knew about violence in Jamaica, but was unprepared for the number of machetes that are in this country! EVERYBODY AND THEIR MOTHER (literally) has a machete! And they use them often. There are practical uses such as slaughtering an animal or chopping coconuts open, but … More Jamaica: Land of Mosquitoes, Machetes and MSG, Part 2
This is kinda graphic. So don’t read if you don’t want to know that much about me! Recently, a reader asked how she can stay healthy while visiting Jamaica. My family is Jamaican, but due to years of civil war, I never had any interest in returning. Then a few years back, my long lost … More Jamaica: Land of Mosquitoes, Machetes and MSG, Part 1
Traveling around different parts of the world, it’s always a challenge to find things that are new. In this age of globalization, it is easy to find the same boring stuff in practically every corner of the world. Of course I mainly only traveled to first world countries, or at least countries in the same … More Travel souvenirs: What are the best souvenirs to bring back?
For centuries, people of the tropics have known the coconut to be one of the healthiest and most life-sustaining foods available. Unfortunately, due to a plethora of misinformation created by manufacturers of synthetic oils and nutrient-free juice drinks, the coconut has fallen out of favor even in those countries where it is amply found. Such … More Why purchase coconut oil when you can make it?
Jamaica has long had a reputation for violence as much as it does for its beautiful beaches. Kingston, the capitol, particularly conjures up images of gang wars and fighting in the streets. So I was conflicted and pretty nervous when a distant aunt invited my family to visit her in Kingston during our Jamaica trip. … More Kingston Retreat