Everything’s Irie! Authentic Dining in Jamaica.

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I’m an island girl at heart, and the simple things in life make me happy. Sunshine, beautiful beaches and sparkling turquoise waters leave me smiling and feeling peaceful. Adding delicious food on top of that means that all is right in the world for me! There is something that is so incredibly satisfying about trying wonderful new foods and restaurants while on vacation. I don’t mean some chain restaurant that you can find back at home. I’m talking about that little hole in the wall/road-side stand that locals love to frequent. That, my friends is where the REAL magic happens.

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On my last trip to Jamaica I was determined to eat as much Jerked food as possible. Mission accomplished. Our first adventure away from our quaint little resort led us to the popular Pork Pit in Montego Bay. The staff that we made friends with suggested we go there if we wanted to experience true Jerk Chicken and Pork. The trek uphill in the blazing heat was well worth the prize at the end of the journey. We followed our noses up a narrow wooden staircase that opened up into a wonderful airy open spaced restaurant. We could see the different jerked meats being cooked over large grills on top of coals, and we instantly became excited. We walked over to a small window and placed our orders. Two of us opted for a classic- Jerk Chicken with a side of rice and peas, and one got an order of Jerk Pork with fries. We also opted for the delicious flavours of pop that you can only get in the Caribbean. Nothing says tropical like delicious ice cold pineapple soda. After receiving our sides and tickets with our selections, we were told to head over to the main man with the meat. He expertly selected our meats and chopped them up and placed them in our containers, and with a wink told us to enjoy.

 

Everythings-Irie-2EDFinally- it was time! We all smiled, and dove in. Pure perfection. Nothing was dry or old, and you could taste the passion that was put into the food. The jerk seasoning had the perfect balance of heat and flavor, and the meat was literally falling off of the bone. The rice and peas was delicious, and had the exact amount of coconut that is needed to make the dish just right. The fries were light and crispy and melted in your mouth. Side note- ketchup in Jamaica is much sweeter then North America. While it is delicious, be careful to not put too much to drown out the flavours of the other food! After eating in almost complete silence (it was just too good for words!) we met an interesting character who went by the name of Bruce Lee the Spider man. He was smitten with one of my friends, and offered to draw her portrait for free since she was so beautiful. She bashfully declined, but was presented with his signature and phone number in case she changed her mind. Bellies full, and in fantastic moods, we said good bye to the Pork Pit, and vowed to return for another fantastic meal.

By Ruby Reis