Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Restaurant Week 2014 Diary Entry 1



Hey World!

This unapologetic foodie is so elated that Restaurant Week 2014 is here & has begun in Jamaica. This year to start off RW2014, my girls & I decided to have some good authentic Italian cuisine. So we made reservations, got dressed and made our way to Caffé da Vinci located in Marketplace (Kingston, Jamaica).


I must say that it was a lovely culinary experience; we had an amazing time. The food was great and the staff was courteous. To start off the night with Antipasti (appetizers), i begun with the Aragosta alla Catalana (Lobster Salad), two of my friends had the Minestrone Soup (Shrimp & Vegetable Soup) and another friend had the Pork Meatballs. Ooops we didn't take a photo of the soup but according to my girls it was delicious albeit filled with a lot of diced vegetables.



 Antipasti: Aragosta alla Catalana 
Lobster Salad

Antipasti: Pork Meatballs

Now time for the main course:

Entrée: Filetto di Maiale in Salsa di Senape 
Pork Tenderloin in Mustard Sauce


 Entrée: Spaghetti di Mare 
Seafood Pasta

Entrée: Filetto di Manzo Panna e Funghi
Beef Tenderloin in Cream Sauce & Mushroom

(Look ya now! Yuh si dis beef in mushroom sauce? Dis did SHAAAAT & imma def go back for this but imma have it with some pasta!!!!! #UnapologeticFoodie)


Dessert: Dolce & Banana
Warm Banana flambé Bread Pudding served with Vanilla Ice Cream

(Three of us opted for this and it was truly delicious!!)

Dessert: Tiramisu

Twas a fab night!


Courteous staff.
Delicious food.
Good wine selection.
Lovely decor (inside).
Clean environment both inside and outside in the Courtyard.
All in all, a great experience guaranteed.

My only complain is that they did nothing special for our birthday like other restaurants we have been to while celebrating our birthdays during restaurant week.



For more information you can view Caffé da Vinci's webpage. You can follow them on Facebook here or on Instagram here.




Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Upgrade My Patty

Hey World! :)

 Just another day when i decide to disobey etiquette and take pics of the food i eat. After class on Saturday, i had a few errands to run before heading home and i had skipped out on breakfast, so i was starving at this point. Since i had a marathon to "run" (honestly i can't run, i was gonna walk) i wanted something healthy to eat even though i really wanted Popeyes. Before you tell me this isn't healthy, just stop because this is healthy for me! Can't you spot all that vegetable? ^_^


So i decided to try out the Full House Patty at Mothers "The Great Jamaican Patty Company" which is basically a beef patty with cheese, lettuce and tomato. I added bacon to mine just to make sure i enjoyed it.


I was skeptical at first but i enjoyed it. This patty was both delicious and filling.


So if if you are in the mood to have a cheese patty, just upgrade it and go all the way!




Friday, 1 August 2014

The 1838 Proclamation of Emancipation that ended J'can Slavery

Hey World!:)

Many Jamaicans have never seen or read the Proclamation of Emancipation so I've taken the liberty of placing it below for your perusal.


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A PROCLAMATION

By His Excellency Sir Lionel Smith, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Hanoverian Order, a Lieutenant-General in Her Majesty’s Land Forces, and Colonel of the Fortieth Regiment of Foot, Captain-General, Governor in Chief, and Commander of the Forces in and over Her Majesty’s Island Jamaica, and other the Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor, and Vice Admiral of the same.

Praedial Apprentices

In a few days more you will all become Free Labourers — the Legislature of the Island having relinquished the remaining two years of your apprenticeship.

The 1st of August next is the happy day when you will become free — under the same laws as other free men, whether white, black, or coloured. I, as your Governor, give you joy of this great blessing.
Remember that in freedom you will have to depend on your own exertions for your livelihood, and to maintain and bring up your families. You will work for such wages as you can agree upon with your employers. It is their interest to treat you fairly. It is your interest to be civil, respectful, and industrious.
Where you can agree and continue happy with your own masters, I strongly recommend you to remain on those properties on which you have been born, and where your parents are buried. But you must not mistake in supposing that your present houses, gardens, or provision grounds, are your own property. They belong to the proprietors of the estates, and you will have to pay rent for them in money or labour, according as you and your employers may agree together.

Idle people who will not take employment, but go wandering about the country, will be taken up as vagrants, and punished in the same manner, as they are in England.

The ministers of religion have been kind friends to you — listen to them — they will keep you out of troubles and difficulties.

Recollect what is expected of you by the people of England, who have paid such a large price for your liberty.

They not only expect that you will behave yourselves as The Queen’s good subjects, by obeying the laws, as I am happy to say you always have done as apprentices; but that the prosperity of the Island will be increased by your willing labour, greater beyond what it ever was in slavery. Be honest towards all men — be kind to your wives and children — spare your wives from heavy field work, as much as you can — make them attend to their duties at home, in bringing up your children, and in taking care of your stock — above all, make your children attend Divine Service and School.

If you follow this advice, you will, under God’s blessing, be happy and prosperous.

Given under my hands and seal at arms, at Saint Jago de la Vega, this Ninth day of July, in the Second Year of Her Majesty’s Reign. Annoque Dommi, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty-Eight. — Lionel Smith
By His Excellency’s Command, C H Darling, Sec