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Roger Mooking's Food Adventures: Hellshire Beach, Jamaica


Posted by : Guest Blogger, Wed, Jul 13 2011

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To help us get inspired to try new cuisines from around the world, Roger Mooking, host of Everyday Exotic, shares his delicious adventures and notes from across the globe. We'll be rolling them out every Wednesday, so be sure to check back to find out where Roger's food adventures takes him to next.

I have the honour this year of being the guest chef of the Jamaican Observer Food Awards and this is my very first time touching down in Jamaica.

On my first couple of days here, it was all about checking out the island and exploring the sights with some friends. The highlight of our travels was this local spot called Hellshire Beach. My manager, Chris, calls this beach his artist initiation spot because all of his artists have to come here at some point and if they can't hang, then it's a wrap. I'm still around.

I can see why he loves it here, it's real. It isn't a tourist location and the love on this beach is BIG. All the kids and families playing in the sea and coming out for some fresh cooked food on the beach is pure cultural love. After harassing the woman making Festival (fried dumpling) on the beach, the coconut man and some of the kids, we got down to tasting some of the food. 

We stopped at the legendary Screechie's for some snapper, parrot fish, Festival and Bammy (another kind of fried dumpling). Screechie is legendary on the island and his restaurant is always busy, not to mention he cooks privately for the Marley family. He fries the fish and cooks it with onions, scotch bonnet peppers, all spice and some other secret ingredients he wouldn't reveal. It was hands down, the best fried fish I've ever put in my mouth. We sat by the beach eating fish and Festival on our little wooden table and watched all the families having fun. If you ever visit Jamaica and know someone who will take you to this spot, you've got to go! 


Be sure to check out more from Roger Mooking here.

Roger Mooking's Food Adventures


Posted: Wed, Jul 13 2011 by Guest Blogger

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