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
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
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!
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Posted: Wed, Jul 13 2011
by Guest Blogger