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Tuesday
Jun012010

date night. jamaica baby.

There's something about the beginning of Summer that transports us to exotic locales. This month we are inspired by the flavors of Jamaica. Spicy. Soulful. Bold. What better three reasons to stay home and cook together as a couple?

Jamaica is a country rife with political unrest. Yet despite their oppression, they are people who continue to find joy in food, music and tradition. It is in that same spirit that we honor the people and their culture with this menu. Much love!

 

EAT

Jerk Chicken

Stewed Black Beans

Click on each menu item for complete recipes. 

 

 

DRINK

Nothing compliments the Jamaican heat like a cold bottle of Red Stripe. The beer synonymous with Jamaica is the perfect accompaniment to jerk chicken, uncomplicated and easy to drink it won't distract from the flavors of the jerk. 

 

 

WATCH

Dr. No

We love cult classics and this innaguaral movie in the James Bond series is a favorite. Assigned to a mission in Jamaica, Bond (Sean Connery) is met by a deadly beauty named Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) who emerges from the sea in a tiny white bikini, a knife holster slung about her hips, as one of the most seductive and iconic Bond-girls of all time. Some say the movie is worth watching just for that one scene alone. We think its one of the best, albeit less flashy, of the Bond movies filled with excellent adventures...both in and out of the bedroom.

Reader Comments (6)

Great recipe...beer...and Bond!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda @zomppa

This combination does sound pretty terrific for summer! Good beer choice!

Love Sean Connery and Ursala Andress! The chicken and beans look really good..I've never tried Jamaican food and this is a great way to start!

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Housewife

Very nice! I love Jamaica. My wife and I met there whilst on the obligatory college spring break trip and have been back 3 times since. I love the local foods and I try to stick to Jamaican or island dishes when I am there to get a real good feel for where there spirit comes from. I love rum and have embraced it much as the caribbean islanders do. Whether it is the regular gold rum good for making drinks, aged rums worthy of a sip and savor or the white over-proof rums that taste like fire, each one brings back good memories.

Jerk spice a hot pepper sauces from the island are not to be missed, but if you don't like heat stay away!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Jason

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason Phelps

wonderfully done! i was just in the Caribbean (Bahamas, to be exact) and i wish i came upon some classic dishes like this. unfortunately, i was surrounded by typical american faire... boo.

Great feedback everyone! We enjoyed your stories. Hopefully you give the Saturday-night cook in a try. We'll be doing it every month and it would be great to have people trying out the combination of consumables with us and sharing their experiences!

Thanks again~

Justin and Lori

June 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterJustin & Lori

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