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+ Winnifred Beach, Portland from the blog Prêt-à-Portie by Renae Simpson


f you happen to be in Portland this weekend, and find yourself at Winnifred Beach, you must try the food at Cynthia’s on the Beach. Lunch was so good yesterday that I ended up taking more than enough photos to share with you. Cynthia and ‘Painter’ are at the restaurant every single day preparing and serving Jamaican breakfast and lunch dishes, until very late afternoon. Have a peek at the photos below. But don’t take my word for it. Go taste for yourselves.


+ Cafe Blue

Clockwise from left: Cafe Blue signature latte; latte, mochaccino and smoked marlin wrap; Danishes


afe Blue is definitely worth a stop. This place isn’t only for coffee lovers as its menu includes teas, iced beverages, wraps, paninis and even breakfast for the early morning crowd. Best of all, you can indulge in a sweet treat with a slice of cake (there is always a great variety), a cupcake, or some of the other delicious choices. Cafe Blue is also home to the Cool Blue iced coffee that is prepared by a slow drip method using cold water – a refreshing change to the everyday cup of Joe.

If you want to check in at Cafe Blue, then you can do so at any one of their five locations: Sovereign Centre, St Andrew; Norman Manley International Airport departure lounge; Irish Town, St Andrew; Shoppes of Rose Hall, St James and Fontana Pharmacy in Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay.

Check in on foursquare to become the Cafe Blue Mayor Clockwise from top left: @dan_boogy and @ryanapsmith share a laugh; Cafe Blue signatures items latte and mochaccino; @dan_boogy checks in; red velvet cupcakes



+ Kamal Bankay What is your typical wknd?

My typical weekend starts on a Friday afternoon with a late lunch and then some early revelling at one of the regular watering holes. For Friday evenings, these include Macau or the Mahogany Bar at Devon House (or both). Fiction Fridays and UBER at Privilege are always a must-go for club nights and then probably once a month I will have to go to a lovely invitationonly party that’s just as energetic with all the right elements (food, drinks, great music and beautiful people). Saturdays are a mixed bag for me. At least one Saturday of the month I spend in Montego Bay at Blue Beat where I’m the guest DJ. We party all night till about 5:00 am on the cliffs, overlooking the sea and if you’ve never been, it’s absolutely epic. After, I go to the rastaman for ‘greens and flour’ on Barnett Street for a late snack before bed. The next day will include a hearty ackee and salt fish brunch at the Pelican Restaurant and chilling on Doctors Cave Beach till sunset and then a leisurely drive back to Kingston. Bankay deejaying at Blue Beat in Montego Bay

For the weekends I’m in Kingston, Saturdays might include a morning meeting with some friends that I do some charity work with, followed by soup at Alibi Restaurant in Barons Plaza. Saturday evening will be spent at dinner and a movie and then hitting the biggest, trendiest outdoors party for that weekend. Sunday morning I roll myself out of bed (always too early for my liking) and roll out with some friends to sail over to maiden cay for a day of lyming in the sun with good music, great food and awesome company.

Bankay and friends pose for pics with members of Maroon 5 at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in 2011



What is your wknd must see/do/ eat?

Must see/do on a weekend for me is a beach (once I’m in Jamaica) and must eat is Chinese Food – my absolute favourite.

What has been your best wknd ever?

Best weekend ever... hmmm that’s a tough one because there have been quite a few but in recent memory, I would have to say my recent trip to Las Vegas in September 2011. Stayed at ARIA hotel and went to some of the best clubs in North America (HAZE, Surrender, TAO, LAVO, Marquee, XS, Wet Republic, Rehab) and yes I did that all in five days. We went so hard it took me like a week to recover and I am a seasoned professional partier. Vegas is like an adult Disney World – everything you could imagine is right there.

Bankay at Smirnoff Dream Weekend 2011

Who are your wknds usually spent with?

Most weekends I might have to pop in to a few different things to show my face and support, so I usually roll solo and meet up with different groups of friends and loved ones wherever I go.

What is the ultimate wknd getaway?

The ultimate weekend getaway is a weekend at the family house in Portland.


+ Glazed Pork Chops @ The Terrace


decided to celebrate my birthday by having dinner at The Terrace at Devon House. It was my first visit and they did not disappoint. Our host David was great! As soon as we were seated, he wasted no time in introducing himself and immediately went to work explaining what was on the menu. I really liked the menu because of its variety and the price range for main courses: between $800 and $2,500. After we deliberated for a few minutes, David came back to take our order. I decided on pork chops, which were glazed in a rum and June plum

sauce served with sweet mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetables. The pork chops were cooked to perfection. Well seasoned and not too salty or too sweet, they had a nice balance. The sweet mashed potato was so creamy and fluffy that it really did melt in my mouth. If it’s not already obvious, I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed that meal! This meal definitely comes highly recommend and it doesn’t hurt that it comes with world-class customer service and a lovely atmosphere.

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+ What to do this wknd FUTURE SHOCK BACCHANAL FRIDAYS MAS CAMP, STADIUM NORTH – FRIDAY, MARCH 2 This week’s special guest: KES the Band Admission: General, $1,500 (pre-sold) and $2,000 (gate); VIP, $3,000 (pre-sold) and $3,500 (gate). UBER CLUB PRIVILEGE – FRIDAY, MARCH 2 Visit the Smirnoff Bar in Mas Camp to get your free band to the Uber after-party. Band gets you 50% off admission: $500 for ladies and men, $1,000. SOCAMALOO 11 Oxford Road, New Kingston – SATURDAY, MARCH 3 This Soca fusion event kicks off. Happening every week until end-March. Admission: $500; ladies free before midnight. ISLAND MAS JAMAICA SOCA VILLAGE VILLAGE BLUES BAR, BARBICAN – SATURDAY, MARCH 3 100% soca promised for lovers of the music. Admission $500

ULTRA INCLUSIVE SATURDAYS TOP FLOOR, QUAD, NEW KINGSTON – SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Get on the guest list for this Saturday’s staging when Ultra teams up with Grey Goose to offer a premium all-inclusive bar. THIS IS MY HOUSE CARLOS CAFÉ, NEW KINGSTON – SATURDAY, MARCH 3 An eclectic fusion of house music and dancehall remixes. Admission: $1000, $800 (w/invite) SWEET BELLE BRUNCH BARBICAN BUSINESS CENTRE – SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Try classic American brunch specials, including eggs benedict and pancake puffs. Price range: $400-900 TRUE JUICE 2012 GRAVEL RALLY SERIES BOG WALK – SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Car enthusiats make your way out the first race of the JMMC Rally Jamaica series. THE BOARDWALK BEACH,BAR & RESTAURANT SEAFORT, HELLSHIRE This rustic gem has all the makings for a relaxing beach day.

@ the movies Gone IMDB rating 5.2/10

When her sister disappears, Jill (Amanda Seyfried) is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor.

The Vow IMDB rating 6.5/10

A car accident puts Paige (Rachel McAdams) in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo (Channing Tatum) works to win her heart again.

Tyler Perry’s: Good Deeds IMDB rating 2.7/10

Businessman Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building.

Safehouse IMDB rating 7.1/10

A young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked with looking after a fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house. But when the safe house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge.


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March 3, 2012