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CONTENTS Summer | 2019
12 JULIAN MARLEY MAN OF THE WORLD
SUMMER STYLE 2
COASTAL LIVING REIMAGINED
CHEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN
CREDITS PUBLISHER Calibe Thompson BRAND STRATEGY David I. Muir EDITOR Sonia Morgan ART DIRECTOR Vladan Dojcinovic CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Sonia Morgan Macauley Thompson Hal Peat Richard Wright Monique Williams Monique McIntosh Ghenete ‘G’ Wright Muir David I. Muir Calibe Thompson
INSPIRATION How Travel Changed Me
INVEST Vacations Well Spent
HEALTH & BEAUTY 5 Tips to Staying Well When You Travel
CULTURE Caribbean Un-Covered
STYLE & DESIGN Coastal Living Reimagined The List: Vacation Essentials
TRAVEL Where X Marks the Spot: The Treasures of Broward County
24. 40. 42. 44.
TASTE THE ISLANDS South Florida Tasting Tour Restaurant Review: Dunns River Island Cafe Recipes: Cuban Summer Restaurant Listing
A FINAL THOUGHT Satisfying Wanderlust
CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS David I. Muir Ernie Michael Hall Tampa Bay Home Tours Broward County Parks Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood J Christopher Gernert Larry Singer Christina Mendenhall Richard Lecoin Makiah Cunningham Christoff Griffith RJ Deed ON THE COVER: The Travel Issue With a new album topping the charts, a flourishing new socially conscious business endeavor, and a purpose-driven life, Julian Marley is sitting on top of the world. See more on Julian Marley in our cover story “Man of the World” (page 12). Photo by David I. Muir. Styling by Tanya Marie Design.
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INSPIRATION // HOW TRAVEL CHANGED ME
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HOW TRAVEL CHANGED ME
AS A KID, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME INDOORS. UNLIKE MY SISTER WHO WAS AN OUTGOING TOMBOY, AND MY BROTHER WHO WAS A NATURAL AT SPORTS, I WAS RESERVED AND ACCIDENT-PRONE, SO I FOUND MY REFUGE IN BOOKS. WRITER MACAULAY THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED THANKS TO A CHILDHOOD filled with fairy tales and literary classics, I minimized the usual skinned knees and bruises brought on by outdoor play, because I would curl up on my sofa and vicariously experience exciting escapades in lands that were far, far away. However, that preference toward interior spaces began to dwindle after a trip to New York. Suddenly, as a wide-eyed six-year-old, I was catapulted from a plain-ink-on-parchment world to a vibrant, larger-than-life place. The city’s sensory overload was palpable, whetting my appetite for exploration and travel. Even now, travel has a spellbinding effect that continues to consume me. It has validated the power of dreaming and turned me into a gogetter. It’s also helped me embrace differences by routinely exposing me to new languages, cultures, and traditions. Plus, it’s been an unfailing guide to discovery and knowledge. I encourage anyone yearning for a change in life to give travel a try. Here’s why:
DREAM BIG Think about how much more we all could achieve if we freely granted ourselves permission to dream. I’m not referring to fanciful desires like winning the lottery. I mean dreams that inspire. Aspirations that give your life purpose and help you set tangible goals. The soul-stirring type that kick you deep in the gut and propel you to get up and go. Decades ago, if anyone had told me a little ‘country girl’ from the tiny island of Jamaica would get to visit the fascinating corners of the globe that I’ve seen, I would have laughed and told them no. Now, I’ve gradually ticked countries like Greece, Peru, Holland, Dubai, China, Egypt, South Africa, and several Caribbean islands off my bucket list because I took practical steps to make my travel dreams become reality. BE INTENTIONAL American author John C. Maxwell once said, “Dreams don’t work unless you do,” and it’s true. Visioning is great, but no matter how big
or small the goal, none of us will get what we want in life without taking intentional action towards it. Planning for a vacation is just one example of that. All it involves is making travel a priority after life’s essentials. Here’s my three-step plan: 1. Save consistently. 2. Live within (or below) your means. 3. Aim for little or no debt. It’s not about what you make, but about what you save. Always strive to be purposeful about making decisions that don’t tap out your monthly salary, so you can free up disposable income. Before every big-ticket purchase, ask yourself, “Is this a need or a want?” It works wonders for fiscal restraint. DISCOVER SELF AND THE WORLD AROUND YOU Travel takes you out of your comfort zone, teaches you a lot about yourself, and opens your eyes to the broader human experience. No two trips are ever the same, which makes you learn to adapt to unfamiliar situations. Being away from home also adds depth to character and widens perspectives. By regularly interacting with diverse groups of people, you observe new ways of doing things, realize all the little gems you take for granted in your regular life, and discover that inconveniences you used to see as big problems are actually minor. Ultimately, I’ve found that regardless of geographic or cultural backgrounds, people just want to be acknowledged and loved. When that lightbulb goes off, you realize that the cost of what you spend on a trip is chump change compared to what you gain. In fact, the most valuable transactional currencies are warm smiles, open minds, and irreplaceable memories that last a lifetime.
INVEST // VACATIONS WELL SPENT
JETTING OFF TO THE CARIBBEAN FOR VACATION IDEALLY RESULTS IN RELAXING OR EXHILARATING EXPERIENCES IN INSTAGRAMWORTHY LOCATIONS. BUT IT CAN ALSO COME WITH A HEFTY PRICE TAG. IF MONEY IS NOT AN OBJECT, FIRST-CLASS FLIGHTS, PRIVATE JETS, LUXURY RESORTS, AND ISLAND RENTALS ARE ALL WITHIN YOUR REACH. HOWEVER, WHEN YOUR TRAVEL BUDGET IS LIMITED, YOU NEED TO BE MORE DELIBERATE IN PLANNING YOUR TRIP. WRITER STAFF WRITER PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED
USE THESE MONEY-SAVING TRICKS AND TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR GETAWAY: KNOW YOUR BUDGET Once you know how much you want to spend, you can design a vacation around that budget—you just have to be travel savvy. For example, traveling in the off-season will usually get you lower airfares and better hotel rooms for lower prices, as will starting and ending your trip midweek. As a bonus, you get to enjoy a whole weekend without the pressure of getting back to work on Monday, plus you’ll have a short work week before and after your vacation! SHOP AROUND Finding the best deals for airfare, hotel, and car rental is as easy as searching travel sites like Hotwire, Priceline, and Travelocity. Once you find a rate you like, check the airline or hotel website to see if it’s cheaper there. And beware of “basic economy” airfares, which come with tons of restrictions and may not include checked bags—in the end, it may cost you more. Groupon also offers exciting, deeply discounted Caribbean vacation packages, with airfare, all-inclusive hotels, cruises, and more.
PRACTICE CRUISE CONTROL & OTHER MONEY-SAVING STRATEGIES Cruises can be relatively inexpensive if you find great deals. But if you can’t control your impulses, you may be enticed by the upsell experts to spend more than you should on anything from sodas to shore excursions. To save money, you can skip the tours, use another tour company, or embark on a self-guided exploration—just be aware of safety issues. Refusing travel insurance is another way you can save. Depending on the destination, length of the vacation, and other factors, you may not need insurance. Additionally, some insurance benefits come standard with flights and accommodations. GET. FREE. STUFF. Some of the best experiences on your vacation may not even cost you a penny! Take advantage of free activities at the hotel or in town, which may include live concerts, walking tours, art exhibitions, and yoga classes. Many properties offer complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast… those are savings you can use to pay for souvenirs or must-do activities.
SPLURGE OR SAVE Islands like The Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have something to offer everyone— from the uber-rich vacationer to the thrifty traveler. Try these on for size: THE BAHAMAS Splurge at Nassau’s Baha Mar, a luxurious resort with a choice of three oceanfront hotels—Rosewood, SLS, and Grand Hyatt—offering enviable amenities like a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, ritzy casino, nature sanctuary, and full-service spa. Save in Eleuthera, where anyone on the island can enjoy the beautiful and rare pink sand beaches. JAMAICA Splurge at GoldenEye in Oracabessa, where Ian Flemming penned all the James Bond novels. It’s an assortment of private villas, cottages, and beach huts with private beaches and secluded coves. Save at the Bob Marley Museum where a peek into the reggae legend’s life will only set you back US$25. BARBADOS Splurge at Crystal Springs, a charming private 10-bedroom beachfront villa on the famous Platinum Coast. Indulge in an infinity pool, private cinema, speedboat, and gourmet dining. Save aboard the Atlantis Submarine in Bridgetown, where you can experience Barbados’ nightlife underwater, with unique views of the coral reef, for just over US$100. US VIRGIN ISLANDS Splurge at the Ritz Carlton, a 30-acre beachfront property in St. Thomas with turquoise waters, spectacular views, and Caribbean hospitality. Save at St. Thomas’ Mangrove Lagoon, where a selfguided kayak tour of the surrounding cays is just US$59 with Virgin Islands Ecotours.
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HEALTH & BEAUTY // STAYING WELL WHEN YOU TRAVEL
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VACATIONS SHOULD BE FILLED WITH FUN, adventure, and memorable, mind-blowing experiences. However, your vacation dream can quickly morph into a nightmare if you get a stomach bug or any condition that prevents you from thoroughly enjoying your getaway. So, in addition to finding the perfect destination and list of things to do, consider these FIVE tips when you plan your next trip:
1 2 3 4 5 GET YOUR SHOTS IN BEFORE YOU GO!
• No...not those of the tequila variety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that you should be “up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations before traveling abroad.” Whether you need shots will depend on factors such as your personal health and medical history, as well as how long or where you’ll be staying. If you’re headed to a country or region known for an illness like yellow fever, for example, you should check with your doctor and try to get the necessary vaccination at least 10 days before you travel. Researching your destination will help you decide which vaccines and/or preventative medications you might need.
BRING PRESCRIPTION MEDS, SUNSCREEN, INSECT REPELLENT & MORE
• If you take prescription medications, be sure to bring them when you travel. Replacing your medication or getting a new prescription might be difficult once you’re out of your home country. To prevent insect bites, wear long pants and long-sleeved clothing, and use insect repellent. Remember, you could be exposed to insect-borne illnesses such as malaria, and there’s no vaccine for that particular one in the U.S. You should also bring remedies for conditions like motion sickness, earaches, and diarrhea—just in case. And of course, don’t forget the sunscreen and hand sanitizer!
BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM & PROTECT YOUR GUT
• A strong immune system and a healthy gut are great ways to keep infections away. This means not smoking, maintaining a diet rich in fruits and veggies like blueberries, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and practicing good hygiene. You can also try immune system-boosters like vitamin C tablets. To protect your gut, increase your probiotic intake. Foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, olives, raw cheese, and sauerkraut might not be available to you while you’re on vacay, so be sure to bring packets of probiotics that you can add to your juices, shakes, or water.
• With all your vacation shenanigans, you’ll want to keep hydrated. Strawberry daiquiris and margaritas don’t count. You’ll need water! But, before you stick your head under the nearest faucet, you should consider the source. Water sources differ from city to city, and more so from country to country. To be on the safe side, drink only purified, bottled water. If you’re not sure bottled water will be available, or you want a more economical, eco-friendly way to keep hydrated, you can travel with water purification tablets or a portable, reusable water purifier bottle.
PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE CULINARY EXPLORATION
• While you’re on vacation, you may want to explore and immerse yourself in the culture—music, dance, and of course, the food. It might be safer to try the local cuisine at your hotel. For the culinary adventurers who must eat like the locals do, where the locals do, be circumspect about the cleanliness of restaurants or food stops. It’s also wise to stay away from street vendors who don’t have a place to practice proper hygiene. The last thing you need is a gastrointestinal issue or diarrhea ruining your vacation.
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CULTURE // CARIBBEAN UN-COVERED
CARIBBEAN UN-COVERED IN RECENT BOOKS, FOUR WRITERS—AN ARCHITECT, AN ARTIST, AN ACADEMIC, AND AN ACCLAIMED CHEF—EACH REFLECT ON THEIR CARIBBEAN ROOTS AND REALITIES. THESE DIVERSE AUTHORS SHARE DEEP PERSPECTIVES ON THE HUMAN AND HISTORICAL TAPESTRY OF THE REGION FOR BOTH VISITORS, AND THOSE RETURNING “HOME,” TO ENJOY. WRITER HAL PEAT PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED
Urban design and Cuban spirit: THE RESILIENT INTERIORS OF HAVANA LIVING TODAY
PHOTOGRAPHY KAYLEIGH JANKOWSKI
Of all the Caribbean nations, Cuba remains fascinating in a very individual way. On this island, you can find countless tales of human creativity in the face of adversity. For the traveler curious to explore the urban interiors of Havana, author and architect Hermes Mallea’s recent Havana Living Today provides an eye-opening journey into the enduring creative spirit within the city’s neighborhoods. The people’s resilience is expressed in the way every type of material or item is wellpreserved and well-repurposed. Havana Living Today allows the reader to observe a Cuban inventiveness that reflects both an unmistakable national identity and a strong awareness of cultures beyond the island. The author began his compilation of interior photos in 2011, researching an array of stylish Havana houses brimming with personality. These homes had been made beautiful despite the island’s economic hardships and isolation. Art collectors, expats, lawyers, painters, businessmen, fashion designers, musicians, and schoolteachers welcomed him into spaces that reflect a vivid personal dimension. The author’s exploration reveals locations like the high-style abode of the Norwegian Ambassador, mansions used as VIP rentals, and the home studios of Cuba’s artistic elite. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of architectural and interior design styles—from Beaux-Arts classicism and Art Deco to eclectic revivals and International Style modernism— unfold. Through their work, Mallea and Havana-based photographer Adrian Fernandez offer an intimate tour through stunning rooms and lush gardens.
The stark images of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico— devastated landscapes and communities, humanity devoid of food, water, shelter, or basic means of survival—still have the power to shock. The catastrophe in the wake of 2017’s Hurricane Maria immediately spurred chef José Andrés to take action. He placed himself in the heart of the devastation, delivering desperately needed nourishment to hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans. Andrés arrived in Puerto Rico from the mainland just four days after Maria swept through. His raw, immediate and visceral account of those post-hurricane days resonates still, and seems likely to stand out as a testament to both caring and uncaring responses. Drawing on the chef’s intensely personal recollections of his weeks on the ground, We Fed An Island becomes both a searing and uplifting account of how a network of community kitchens brought about real change.
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Serving it straight up in We Fed an Island: THE TRUE STORY OF REBUILDING PUERTO RICO, ONE MEAL AT A TIME
A TRAVEL BOOK LIST
Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now Hermes Mallea (New York: Rizzoli Books, 2017)
Beyond mass media and misconception: THE RASTAFARI MOVEMENT: A NORTH AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN PERSPECTIVE Mass media and tourism have commercialized many historic Rastafari figures. As a result, consumers, particularly in North America and Europe, often remain unaware of the deeper significance behind those images that are now a part of mainstream consciousness. Jamaican author and academic Michael Barnett’s recent book The Rastafari Movement provides a useful tool for understanding the complexity of Rastafari. Some of this is an accounting of well-known figures such as Marcus Garvey, but much also is a careful presentation of lesser-known figures and events. Barnett also lays out the various influences in thought and practice reflected in the lifestyle of a particular “house” or “mansion” of Rastafari, expanding the reader’s awareness as to why practices will vary among Rastafari communities inside and outside of Jamaica. As he is careful to point out: “...this Rastaman is a self-built, unaffiliated adherent, which means that in reality, I am an outsider in regards to all of the mansions of Rastafari, not being a member of any specific one.” Through this lens, he delivers an in-depth account of the movement from its Ethiopian origins to its development and growth in the past century.
Mouths Don’t Speak Katia D. Ulysse (New York: Akashic Books, 2018)
Within minutes of starting Katia D. Ulysse’s novel—with settings in contemporary Haiti and America, and characters caught in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake of 2010—the reader is drawn deep into an intricate tale of family and relationships across cultures. The tensions that play out are triggered directly by the earthquake, and by the heroine’s troubled past. The central character, Jacqueline Florestant, is an educator living in the U.S. and is married to a former marine suffering from PTSD. The uncertainty about her parents’ fate in Port-au-Prince, drives Jacqueline to return to her childhood home in search of answers. Her quest turns into a dark passage of deception, desperation, and death. Her only consolation lies in her love for her young daughter. As the novelist explains her main character’s journey: “I wanted a story that explores the dynamics of forced separation. I was also interested in exploring the plight of war veterans. I wanted to write about a love relationship between a war veteran and someone from a country wrought with violence and instability.” She also wanted to explore the huge class divide within Haitian society—another cultural dimension that affects her character’s re-engagement with her early origins. Jacqueline Florestant’s route is no easy one, but her story puts an individual face on the generalized social stigmas of Haiti.
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Navigating the fractures between worlds: NO EASY ROUTES IN MOUTHS DON’T SPEAK The Rastafari Movement: A North American and Caribbean Perspective Michael Barnett (London and New York: Routledge, 2018)
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time José Andrés with Richard Wolffe (New York: Ecco, 2018)
FEATURE // JULIAN MARLEY - MAN OF THE WORLD
MAN OF THE WORLD WRITER RICHARD M. WRIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID I. MUIR
SUCCESSFULLY CRISSCROSSING THE WORLD OF MUSIC AND THE BOOMING CANNABIS ENTERPRISE IS ANOTHER MEMBER OF JAMAICA’S ROYAL FAMILY OF REGGAE, JULIAN MARLEY. MY CONVERSATION WITH HIM WAS WARM AND ENLIGHTENING… LIKE CATCHING UP WITH A LONGTIME FRIEND. YOU COULD HEAR THE SMILE CRINKLES IN HIS VOICE AS HE SPOKE, ECHOING SOME OF THE CADENCE OF HIS ICONIC DAD—BOB. WE SPOKE ABOUT AS I AM—HIS FIRST NEW ALBUM SINCE 2009, HIS ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURES IN WELLNESS WITH HIS NEW JUJU ROYAL CBD-INFUSED OLIVE OIL PRODUCT, AND HIS IDENTITY AS A JAMAICAN MAN BORN IN ENGLAND. 12
WE CAUGHT UP as he was preparing to do some promotions for his album, and for the Kaya Fest he and his brothers produce in Miami. The timing of the As I Am album following a 10-year hiatus, he said, was organic. “It feel to just come now,” there was no rushing or forcing the flow. He hadn’t stopped writing and recording during that time; he was in fact “still making music in the laboratory, still writing songs in the bedroom, and still writing songs on the beach.” AS I AM The album’s many themes include love, revolution, community, ganja, and wise philosophies for life too. As a person passionate about social justice, one of my favorite tracks is called “Can’t Cool The Fire.” Julian commented, “Well that one as you know is to rebelize and wake the minds of the people. It was produced by Stephen, my brother. ‘You nah cool the pressure, we nah cool the fire,’ that’s what we are saying. If Babylon don’t cool the pressure, the people have to stand up and still have to fight for their rights, you know?” While solo records like “Straighter Roads” and “Hey Jack” have already helped catapult the album way up into the Top Ten Billboard Reggae charts, As I Am also features some powerful collaborations. On “Too Hot To Dance,” a collaboration that took shape after the two connected at the Raggamuffin Festival in Australia, Shaggy adds his “Boombastic” stylings to a New Orleans brass-band-meets-pop-reggae sound, and Julian delivers that Marley vocal sunshine. Beenie Man was perfect for “What’s New Pussycat,” complementing Julian’s rendition of a classic Burt Bacharat tune, also covered by Bob in 1965, with his incomparable dancehall don flow. Spragga Benz was a pleasant surprise on “Panic Mind States.” Overhearing the ska-tempo roots reggae track while randomly passing by the studio where Julian was recording, Spragga offered to do a feature, and it turned out to be nothing like we’ve heard him on before! As I Am is a gift well worth the wait. It’s an honest, soulful and dynamic album with songs that dance between traditional roots reggae, and rock, jazz, funk and dancehall-infused riddims. It closes out with the instrumental track I Am The Sound (Addis Pablo Version), nostalgically laced with a haunting melodica solo—a contemplative and nourishing conclusion with which to digest all the goodness of the album, and a respectful nod to the dub pioneer Augustus Pablo. MORE THAN A MUSICIAN Julian Marley is also a social entrepreneur, through his work, championing the message that Rastafari has been preaching for decades—that cannabis offers many healing properties and benefits. He is the founder of the Juju Royal brand, and is currently distributing a new CBD-infused olive oil product under it. “You can cook with it, heal yourself, calm your nerves, all with eating.” It’s a product that has great synergy with one of his other business endeavors—Kaya Fest. “Kaya, now that is obviously my father’s
“Well that one as you know is to rebelize and wake the minds of the people. It was produced by Stephen, my brother. ‘You nah cool the pressure, we nah cool the fire,’ that’s what we are saying. If Babylon don’t cool the pressure, the people have to stand up and still have to fight for their rights, you know?” islandoriginsmag.com
FEATURE // JULIAN MARLEY - MAN OF THE WORLD
“For me, I just be natural. Even like me now, born in England, come to Jamaica, now I’m in America—but yet the accent is Jamaican. My ting is jus’ a mix up, like you blend a nice smoothie with plenty different fruits.” album,” he said. I couldn’t help reverting to a fanboy and recalling my first favorite Bob Marley record that I played front to back over and over as a pre-teen. I blurted out a “Yes!! Definitely! Respect!” That smile in his voice persisted as he said, “Give thanks.” He went on to explain that his brother Stephen took the classic album and transformed it into a festival concept. The festival teaches people about “the herb, the earth, the plants, and the benefits and healing agents of the plants, which Rasta has been speaking about for all these decades.” It also features five Marley brothers—Ziggy, Stephen, Ky-Mani, Damian, and of course, Julian—on stage. Julian is clearly driven by the fulfillment of a long-held Rasta mission to legalize cannabis. He reflected on how JuJu Royal and Kaya Fest could impact this movement. “It’s a great thing to be a part of, especially as Rasta. If Rasta had our way from back then, we probably would have been doing the same thing then too. Like when Peter [Tosh] say “Legalize it…” from 1976, you know? So it’s something that we see as natural to be a part of, and also to teach the people that it’s a spiritual connection, not just make it free up because it’s good for the people, or good for your pocket. It’s different from alcohol. It’s a spiritual strengthening agent with a whole heap of benefits. Yes, even the doctors are telling us now. And we were telling them then! Full circle. Is a greatness to see the education finally coming out about this plant.” He closed out that thought with a chuckle and then added, “We are the spokespeople for the herb.” A MAN OF THE WORLD Born and raised in England, and having lived in Jamaica and the U.S., Marley is a global citizen, yet profoundly and unquestionably Jamaican. We found common ground here. I was born in New York City. I’m a descendant of Maroons, my parents were born in Jamaica, and most of my schooling happened there, but people still try to tell me I’m not a “real Jamaican.” Julian responded vociferously, “Can’t say dat! Can’t tell me dat!” He shared his take, “Well for me now, being a traveler and live-r on the earth, I have come to find out one thing. The only thing that divides us is language, barriers, and accent. And you know, maybe a taste of cuisine. But differently me learn that we are all the same. Whereas, what is my culture? What has been growing me all of these years coming up? Reggae music, Bob Marley, Rastafari, Jamaica, you know? Cause even when you are in England, you’re getting all of that culture. England is different than the U.S. In England, you get it like you almost in Jamaica. ‘Cause the people gravitate to the music. In every corner you find roots, reggae culture.” This is especially true of British Jamaican cultural strongholds like Brixton, and throughout the U.K. where you can hear Jamaican-isms infused into Black British culture. Julian concluded: “For me, I just be natural. Even like me now, born in England, come to Jamaica, now I’m in America—but yet the accent is Jamaican. My ting is jus’ a mix up, like you blend a nice smoothie with plenty different fruits.” We both laughed at that one. Julian’s “Straighter Roads” and “Hey Jack” videos are out now, and he’s looking forward to interacting with all the “wonderful fans and beautiful people” on his 2019 east coast tour. For more information, see www.julianmarley.com and www.jujuroyal.net.
FEATURE // SUMMER STYLE
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FEATURE // SOUTH FLORIDA TASTING TOUR
TASTING TOUR SOUTH FLORIDA IS HOME TO A VERITABLE SMORGASBORD OF PURVEYORS OF TROPICAL FLAVORS, TEXTURES, AND TREATS. A NUMBER OF THESE CARIBBEAN FOOD SPOTS, CATERERS, AND PACKAGED FOOD PRODUCERS CONVERGE ANNUALLY AT THE TASTE THE ISLANDS EXPERIENCE, ALLOWING VISITORS TO THE WEEKEND FESTIVAL TO TRULY TASTE THE ISLANDS—NO PASSPORTS NECESSARY! WRITER MONIQUE WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED
A hot cup of Mokafe Coffee is perfect to jumpstart any day of fun, food, and fabulousness! Once the world’s largest coffee producer, Haiti is the bean source for this premium brand. The brand offers five distinct varieties—from La Perle Vanilla and Beaumont Tradition to Tanabou Caramel and Marabou Hazelnut—with notes of chocolate and other flavors native to the beautiful country of Ayiti. Additionally, the brand is committed to supporting Haiti’s agricultural economy by using a portion of its sales to support humanitarian efforts. mokafecoffee.com
The true test of good Bahamian cuisine lies in impeccably prepared conch! When done correctly, the fleshy, chewy meat has a texture more tender to the bite than squid or calamari—and without a fishy taste. Word on the street is Island Boyz Conch Shack’s flavorful cracked conch, conch fritters, and conch rolls are as fresh and authentic as the offerings near the beaches of Nassau. Their food truck makes stops throughout South Florida, even offering catering services and delivery for avid fans. islandboyzconchshack.com | Bamboo Shack’s conch burger and fries are perfect for any afternoon, and their full, authentic Bahamian menu (including Kalik beer) is well complemented by the awesome customer service they are famed for. CEO Elaine Ann Williams Pinder, transformed her entrepreneurial spirit and passion to serve the community into this successful franchise with seven locations in The Bahamas and Miami Gardens, Florida. bambooshack.us | Reed’s Catering food truck is a favorite for late night seafood jaunts in Opa-Locka, Florida, with a laid-back, Caribbean vibe. Its signature sweet, fresh, clean and authentic conch salad is served in a pineapple shell. To see proprietor Keith Reed, dubbed by a local publication as “The Conch Daddy”, slice, dice, and purposefully assemble mounds of conch, bell peppers, and other ingredients, is like watching a zenmaster at work. An absolute tropical treat!
FEATURE // SOUTH FLORIDA TASTING TOUR
Tamarac’s gem, ButterFlakes Bakery & Grill Jamaican restaurant comes highly recommended for their meatloaf, curried goat, and jerk pork—all hearty foods that warm the soul, and give the stomach what it needs when you miss Mummy’s cooking. This restaurant is a casual eat-in or take-out joint, that also features a banquet hall and themed nights such as Seafood Fridays and Suey Mein Saturdays. This could easily become your new favorite food spot. butterflakesbakery.com
Haitians are seriously particular about their griot (fried pork bits), but for griot to be up to par, it has to have the right blend of seasonings, the perfect crispiness on the outside, and melt-in-your-mouth goodness on the inside. Luckily, TasteDHerbs catering company does it just right, using their own secret spice blend. They’re also known for their akra—a popular French-style appetizer, with crabmeat and shrimp too delicious to pass up. Their signature creations include a delightful corn soufflé, macaroni au gratin (mac n’ cheese), and chicken in sauce with djon djon rice (Haitian black rice)—just about everything you need for Haitian fare. And, their refreshing herbal iced tea blend is the perfect complement to all their dishes. There’s nothing better than drizzling, dipping or smothering the right sauces on your food to enhance the flavor. Smilin’ Island Foods condiments offer a unique Reggae Ketchup and delicious Sweet Samba Mango Pineapple Pepper Sauce to complement any dish. In addition to a variety of sauces, this line by Cedella Marley Booker also includes seasonings for authentic Jamaican and Ethiopian tastes. smilinislandfoods.com The award-winning scotch bonnet-based Men Pa’w Gourmet Hot Sauce is perfect for some extra zing. This sauce combines the heat and flavor of five different types of peppers, plus a pleasing blend of spices to pack a flavorful punch in every drop. It’s a local brand available on store shelves throughout South Florida. menpawhotsauce.com
Handcrafted ice cream is always a special treat, and Localicious Ice Cream is renowned for frozen creamy perfection. Their signature chip French pot ice cream is rich, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness. With a focus on using traceable ingredients—fresh, wholesome, and locally sourced, they create a variety of flavors including tropical delights such as soursop, mango, dulce de leche, coconut, guava chip, and piña-colada. If it’s not found in nature, then it’s not a Localicious ingredient. Plus, they have no hydrogenated oils and no trans fat so this delicious ice cream removes the guilt and leaves only the pleasure. localiciousicecream.com Sassy Desserts by Carolyn creates unique treats by combining the multi-cultural flavors of Miami, while staying true to American classics as well. Their made-from-scratch desserts like specialty cakes, cupcakes, cobblers, cookies, cheesecake, and pineapple coconut “Take Me to the Island” cake, along with their always-sold-out bread pudding are the perfect way to wrap up a virtual culinary trip around the Caribbean. sassydessertsbycarolyn.com
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STYLE // COASTAL LIVING REIMAGINED
REIMAGINED WRITER MONIQUE MCINTOSH PHOTOGRAPHY TAMPA BAY HOME TOURS
TAKING INSPIRATION FROM THE SEA AND SKY, FLORIDA’S COASTAL STYLE REMAINS TIMELESS THANKS TO ITS BRIGHT, FRESH PALETTE AND NATURAL TEXTURES. BUT DESIGNER TAMARA ARCHER WENT A BOLDER, MORE UNEXPECTED ROUTE WHEN TASKED TO TRANSFORM THIS TAMPA BAY HOME INTO A BEACHY OASIS. AS AVID GLOBETROTTERS, THE HOMEOWNERS ALSO “WANTED THEIR HOME TO REFLECT THEIR LIFESTYLE AND CAPTURE SOME OF THE PLACES THEY HAD TRAVELED,” EXPLAINS THE DESIGNER.
LOOKING THROUGH SNAPSHOTS from her clients’ various trips, she became instantly drawn to images of black sand beaches in the Caribbean. Growing up with Trinidadian parents, Archer was inspired by the Caribbean’s unique, tropical environs. “The colors and the serenity of the region have definitely had an impact on my personal design aesthetic,” she says. “And in the Caribbean, there are so many different types of beaches, from black to pink sands. And each place has its unique vibe.” To create a more contemporary twist on coastal living, the designer used tones of deep blues, grays, and blacks to mimic the dramatic contrast of black sands against stormy seas. She added a hazy blue (Faded Denim by Glidden Paint) on the walls, and brought in new furnishings to emphasize the palette, like the gray
sectional in the den and the black Eamesstyle chairs in the dining room. Additional pieces featuring exotic wood grain helped bring in more of the outdoors, like the Parsons-style dining table made from mango wood. “Because I focus on a lot of tropical, serene spaces, I like to use nature to really style the home,” Archer notes. She also incorporated more potted plants, such as the fiddle leaf fig in the dining room and Dracaena in the den, to “mimic the tropical setting of the beach.” For homeowners dreaming of reinterpreting coastal living for their own abodes, Archer urges them to think outside the box. “Don’t be afraid to mix styles,” she advises. “Instead of going straight modern or traditional, try creating a hybrid that truly reflects you.”
Living Room: MODERN EDGE One doesn’t need to start from scratch to truly transform a place, says Archer. The owners had an existing white leather sectional, which she incorporated into the design. “I used the white sectional to create a more modern edge in the living room.” She softened the sofa’s sharp lines with cozy throw pillows in shades of gray.
Kitchen: FACE LIFT The designer added a few modern updates to the kitchen, swapping out traditional lighting for more streamlined pendants. “We wanted to add a more industrial edge to the space,” notes Archer. Continuing this theme, she also replaced the existing backsplash with embossed tin tiles.
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Dining Room: OCEAN VIEW Inspired by dramatic beach vistas, Archer also wanted to integrate some natural coastal imagery into the design. She used original photos from her husband (an avid photographer), as seen here in the dining room. The images were printed onto canvas and broken into triptychs for a more substantial impact on the walls.
Den: STRONG FOUNDATIONS The home features two fireplaces, a rarity in Florida, including this traditional wood-burning stove in the den backed by elaborate stonework. The original stone features “were really dark, and very heavy,” says Archer. “So we did a whitewash to create a glaze, so you can still see through to the natural stone. But the whitewash tones it down a bit to better suit the space.”
Detail: QUIET MOMENT Incorporating wooden elements like this sculptural end table proved crucial “in bringing nature into the home,” says Archer. She paired this vignette with another Eames Shell-style armchair in blue and a throw blanket for added coziness.
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THE LIST VACATION ESSENTIALS
ISY B. CAYMAN ISLANDS
Cruise-ready kaftan, made with a luxurious, lightweight silk fabric in an elegant island-inspired print. Versatile and easy to wear—goes flawlessly from breezy top to swimsuit coverup and beyond. $188.00 isybdesign.com
RSVPHandcrafted creates beautiful artisan leather products like this passport cover—hand-stamped with mini palm trees for a tropical touch. It features a contrasting leather name tag for personalization and fits all standard-size passports. $39.99 etsy.com/shop/RSVPhandcrafted
The classic paisley print gets an island-chic makeover in these quickdry Caribbean Batik Boardshorts. Side cargo pockets offer a place for treasures found on the beach... or cell phone and keys. $85.00 islandcompany.com
Beautifully hand-crafted with a canvas upper, jute welt, and rubber sole, these espadrilles were made specially for the islands. Ideal for comfortable on-foot explorations at ports and duty-free shops. $ 40.00 trefledesigns.com
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Meet Isla, a super-cute drawstring bucket bag, made with supple faux leather and hand-painted with bold, glossy hues for a pop of personality! Just enough space for bare necessities—wallet, sunglasses, keys, cell phone, makeup, and a bottle of water. $70.00 jovewbymakisa.com
TRAVEL // THE TREASURES OF BROWARD COUNTY
WHERE X MARKS THE SPOT
THE TREASURES OF BROWARD COUNTY WRITER MONIQUE MCINTOSH PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED
SANDWICHED BETWEEN SOUTH FLORIDA’S WHITE SAND BEACHES TO THE EAST, AND THE UNTAMED WILD OF EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK TO THE WEST, LIES BROWARD COUNTY—A TREASURE TROVE FOR FUN-LOVERS, WITH A VIBRANT NETWORK OF ART, CULTURE, AND NIGHTLIFE, AS IRRESISTIBLE AS THE REGION’S NATURAL DELIGHTS.
BROWARD COUNTY CRICKET STADIUM
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This is not your average trip to the ballpark. Nestled in the city of Lauderhill is the world-class Broward County cricket stadium, located at Central Broward Regional Park. The only one in North America with International Cricket Council (ICC) approved status, the stadium hosts national and international tournaments like the upcoming West Indies versus India showdown, set for September 1-2. These matches attract fans from around the world, so expect a lively international crowd that’s more “soca and rum” than “stiff upper lip.” The stadium also hosts Miami Broward Carnival events in October, like the wet and wild Jouvert, which attracts thousands of revelers every year. Then there’s Junior Carnival, where children of all ages play mas with elaborate costumes and performances. Thanks to its central location, the stadium “has become a place where people can explore our multicultural community,” says Broward Vice Mayor Dale Holness. Broward.org
tive flavor,” he adds. With this in mind, we’ve gathered our essential itinerary for Broward County, filled with hidden gems and local favorites for every occasion—from weekends with the kids to wild nights on the town.
PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO HOLLYWOOD
ITS INCREASINGLY DIVERSE COMMUNITY “has dramatically expanded the cultural experiences here, making us a true destination,” notes Albert Tucker, Vice President of Multicultural Business Development for Broward County. “Each community reflects this, offering its own distinc-
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO HOLLYWOOD
HOLLYWOOD, FL Naughty or nice, there’s something for everyone at this iconic hotel and casino. Gaming fans can test their luck at the 2,000 slots or 100 table games on the main floor, or watch the pros in action at the casino’s star poker tournament showdowns. If gambling is less your speed, the event center always offers a diverse, world-class roster of music. Iconic Caribbean acts that have passed through their star-studded stage include Marc Anthony, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, and Beres Hammond. After a show, you can sweat the night away on the dance floor at one of their three night clubs—which feature celebrity DJ sets, or you can experience top-tier fine dining at one of their multiple signature restaurants. Enjoy! Seminolehardrockhollywood.com
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FAT VILLAGE ART DISTRICT
BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Now a central commercial hub, it’s easy to forget Fort Lauderdale was just a sleepy coastal outpost a mere hundred years ago. You can step back in time at the Bonnet House, the historic home and gardens designed by American artist Frederic Clay Bartlett. Built in 1920, the eclectic estate offers a slice of old Florida. Guests can tour the plantation-style home, fashioned in the manner of classic Caribbean colonial architecture, with sweeping verandas and detailed fretwork. The home has become a museum showcasing Bartlett’s murals, sculptures, and extensive art collection. The stunning gardens also feature the unique, tropical ecosystems of Florida’s barrier islands, as well as an expansive orchid collection first started by his wife, Evelyn. This precious spot makes the ideal backdrop for a packed cultural calendar, which includes outdoor music concerts, art exhibits, art and gardening classes, and the annual orchid festival. Bonnethouse.org
The best vacation allows room for surprise, and there are many discoveries in store at the FAT Village Art District—an enclave of galleries, performance spaces, boutiques, and artisan bars. Once a sleepy block of warehouses, local artists and small businesses have transformed the area into a cultural hub. Explore their art walks, held the last Saturday of every month, featuring open gallery shows, live music, and the Good Vendor Market, where a diverse selection of artisans show off their wares. Every other day of the month, warehouse exhibition spaces like FAT Village Projects, ArtsUP!, and IS Projects showcase ambitious installations by local artists. Past shows include works from Cuban-American sound artist Richard Vergez and Cuban-American mixed media artist Vanessa Diaz. Stop by Next Door—a coffee house by day and full bar by night that hosts upcoming acts. Fatvillage.com
GULFSTREAM PARK RACING & CASINO
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL A one-stop shop for gaming and high-energy entertainment, Gulfstream Park offers visitors and locals a variety of horse racing competitions, events, activities, dining, and shopping options. Derby lovers can enjoy world-class thoroughbred horse racing every week, and competitions like the Clasico del Caribe—the Caribbean and Latin America’s premier thoroughbred event, which it hosted in 2017 and 2018. Families can head out to Gulfstream Park to partake in kid-friendly activities like bowling, and events like Breakfast at Gulfstream. Singles and couples can try their luck in the casino and indulge in happy hour cocktails and dining at their more than 20 restaurants, bars, and night spots. Their roster is also loaded with events like the upscale Derby Days, and the June 14 All White Comedy show, featuring Haitian-American comedians Plus Daddy and Success Jr. Gulfstreampark.com
TASTE THE ISLANDS // CHEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN
CHEFS OF THE CARIBBEAN
WRITER GHENETE ‘G’ WRIGHT MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY SUPPLIED
EACH YEAR, A CHOICE GROUP OF THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST ACCLAIMED CHEFS AND MIXOLOGISTS COME TOGETHER TO REPRESENT THEIR ISLANDS AT FORT LAUDERDALE’S SIGNATURE CARIBBEAN CULINARY FESTIVAL—THE TASTE THE ISLANDS EXPERIENCE. INSPIRED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE CULTURES, THEY CREATE UNIQUE GASTRONOMIC MASTERPIECES FOR SOUTH FLORIDIANS TO INDULGE. LET’S PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN TO LEARN ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO BRING ISLAND FLAVOR TO LIFE. IT’S TIME TO TASTE THE ISLANDS!
Chef Ralph Motta USVI
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Chef Ralph Motta, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, is strongly influenced by the food of St. Croix—his home island—and the food of the multi-island U.S. territory in general. His approach is a modern Crucian, French, and American fusion, focusing on cleaner, healthier dishes, while integrating traditional methods and ingredients. During Chef Motta’s college years on the mainland, he wanted to avoid eating unhealthy cafeteria food, so he began cooking for himself and his roommates. By the time he got his bachelor’s degree in art, he was a fullfledged, self-taught chef. His signature dishes include roast goat tarts and cilantro spinach mac ‘n’ cheese.
PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD LECOIN
Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna HAITI As a little girl, Chef Thia was intrigued by the Sunday meals her grandmother would cook. One day Grandma allowed her to prepare a meal for the family all by herself; that’s when she fell in love with cooking. Now she boldly experiments with ingredients from international cuisines, combining them with her own simple, fresh Haitian style. Her magic ingredient though, is “Chef Thia’s Spice.” It’s her own special version of the popular Haitian base seasoning, “Epis,” which is a blend of onions, scallions, garlic, parsley, and peppers. She uses it both in everyday food prep, and in her signature creations including the “griot wrap.” Thia, who was an artist for many years before she started cooking professionally, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and worked as a chef at the Ritz Carlton. She emphasizes that people eat with their eyes first, so food should always be visually appealing.
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Mixologist Marv “Mr. Mix” Cunningham THE BAHAMAS Now, to quench that thirst! Mixologist Marv “Mr. Mix” Cunningham was a bartender in The Bahamas and became a mixologist when he started creating original cocktails based on his guests’ likings. It was a unique daiquiri that he concocted for a customer that started his elevation from bartender (who simply mixes drinks) to mixologist (who creates recipes for them). Mr. Mix loves to incorporate the fruits of The Bahamas—sea grapes, guava, tamarind, pineapple—and he uses these fresh fruits to create and garnish his cocktails. He also has a passion for art, which translates into his drink presentations. He actually sketches out his creations—including the type of glass, the color of the drink, and the type and shape of the garnish.
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Mixologist Philip “Casanova” Antoine BARBADOS Barbados boasts that they have the oldest rum factory in the world. Casanova boasts that they also have the best mixologists—like the mentor who inspired him to begin creating his own cocktails. Coming from the birthplace of rum, his signature drinks all contain that fiery spirit. His spiced rum punch is a twist on the classic, adding cinFUN FACTS namon, ginger, and bay leaf. His Bajan Ruby is Cr az ie st thing I’ve a sorrel-based cocktail with rum, and his Bajan ever done: Jumping Sunshine is his version of a rum-based mojito, ou going over 10t of a vehicle 0 using basil, passion fruit, and coconut. mph Weirdest thin g I’v e ev er ea Snake venom -infused liquo ten: r If my pe ingredient it rsonality was an would be: U nicorn Tears (We know real ingredient ... it’s not a , bu how crazy he t that’s is!)
When Chef Irie was an architect, he felt there was a void in his life. So he braved a new path to the kitchen, and now everything is just irie. Classically trained in the Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, he constantly pushes the envelope with Caribbean cuisine. Chef Irie was inspired by the meals his mother, who he calls an amazing cook, would make when he was a child in Jamaica. His own palate has very traditional leanings—he’s a stew peas freak, and loves pepper pot soup, and chow mein. In terms of spices, he’s heavily influenced by Jamaican cuisine, but is also partial toward African spices and Caribbean cooking in general. The signature characteristic of his dishes is perhaps how he plates his food. (Now that we know he was an architect, it all makes sense.) His creations are always layered with unique flavors—he loves a fusion of cumin and curry and nutmeg and cinnamon. “I’m not a salt and pepper dude,” he says.
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Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair
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TASTE THE ISLANDS // RESTAURANT REVIEW
ISLAND CAFE WRITER DAVID I. MUIR PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID I. MUIR
DUNNS RIVER ISLAND CAFE IS A CASUAL DINING, JAMAICAN RESTAURANT SERVING UP DELICIOUS TRADITIONAL DISHES AND CULTURAL FUSION CUISINE. IT BOASTS AN EXTENSIVE SEAFOOD SELECTION AND TASTY VEGAN OPTIONS. THE RESTAURANT, ESTABLISHED IN TAMPA IN 2012, FOUND A SECOND HOME IN HALLANDALE, SOUTH FLORIDA LAST YEAR. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON WEST HALLANDALE BEACH BOULEVARD just east of the I-95 highway, Dunns River Cafe welcomes customers with an eclectic mix of reggae and dancehall music, matching perfectly the aromas of their Jamaican-style cuisine. Their rustic yet refined décor creates a pleasant ambiance for diners, who can enjoy meals and beverages in a variety of spaces, including the full-service bar with mounted flat screen TVs for sports fans, or dining tables and booths for more intimate or casual diners. There’s also a well-equipped stage for live entertainment. While there, I spoke with Head Chef Sheldon Cooper, along with chefs Kashmar Brown and Claude Bucknall—the three men that coordinate, produce, and prepare everything Dunns River offers at this new location. And, of course, I had the pleasure of sampling their mouth-watering creations. The chefs describe their working relationship as familial, with the usual ups and downs, but said they helped each other work towards excellence as a team. They were also very happy to tell me they have lots of fun in the kitchen. As a food-a-holic, I’ve often allowed my server to choose my meal, which is a really great way to try any restaurant’s best cuisine. On prior occasions when I had been to this restaurant, I used this method and ended up with
some really amazing tastings. For this particular visit, it was no different. I asked my server, Alia, to bring me their best dishes to be photographed and reviewed. She presented me with the reggae jerk chicken and the lobster trio. A significant serving of moist, well-seasoned, spicy jerk chicken sat atop a mound of coconut milk-infused rice and peas, accompanied by mixed, steamed vegetables and fried, sweet plantains for a beautifully plated dish. It quickly made its way to my taste buds, much to my delight. The side of steamed veg deserves special mention, since it was nicely seasoned with a blend of mild spices and had a pleasant crunch—it’s one of the best I’ve had in my life. And the gravy—an outstanding balance of authentic jerk sauce with a consistency typically found in Jamaican stews. The combination of all the components of the meal offered a delightful melding of flavors I’d almost be willing to die for. The lobster trio is another aesthetically pleasing dish served with mashed potatoes beneath a slice of baked salmon adorned with grilled shrimp, and topped by a grilled, jerk lobster tail, split in its shell. A flavorful combination of seafoods, each item had just enough spiciness to add some zing, but was not as hot as typical jerk meats. The salmon in particular had a mild jerk flavor, enhanced by the crunchy skin. I enjoyed the juiciness and tenderness of the lobster tail complemented by the rich jerk flavor—trying this particular combination was a first time for me. To accompany my meal, I sampled two of the restaurant’s natural juices—cucumber and “cold defender.” The cucumber juice, mixed with ginger, was a simple, cool flavor which pairs well with most meals, while the cold defender with its blend of pineapple, green-apple, and ginger was more on the sweet side and would be more appropriate for a post-meal beverage. All-in-all, the food was delightful, and was the highlight of a very memorable experience. I look forward to trying more of their delectable cuisine. Visit Dunns River Island Cafe at 908 W Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009, and tell them Island Origins sent you.
TASTE THE ISLANDS // RECIPES
CUBAN SUMMER RECIPES (
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INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 cups white sugar • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk • 1/2 cup milk • 6 eggs • 1/2 cup fresh shredded coconut INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). 2. Place 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook gently, without stirring, shaking occasionally until the sugar has melted and turned into a golden brown caramel. Pour into a
INGREDIENTS • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 2 pounds flank steak • 1 cup beef broth • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce • 1 small onion, sliced • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into strips • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Brown the flank steak on each side, about 4 minutes per side. 3. Transfer beef to a slow cooker. Pour in the beef broth and tomato sauce, then add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and vinegar. Stir until well blended. 4. Cover, and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for up to 10 hours. 5. When ready to serve, shred meat and serve with tortillas or rice.
Note: Broth should provide saltiness, but add a quarter teaspoon of salt if more is needed
large, glass baking dish. Spread the caramel evenly over the bottom of the dish, then set aside to cool for 15 minutes before proceeding. 3. Once the caramel has hardened, pour the condensed milk, evaporated milk, milk, eggs, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and coconut into a blender. Blend for 3 minutes on low until smooth. Pour into baking dish over the caramel. 4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes until set. When done, remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the dish to separate the flan from the sides. Refrigerate overnight. Note: If you use smaller glass baking dishes for individual servings, reduce baking time to 35 minutes.
INGREDIENTS • 2.5 ounces dark Caribbean rum • 1 heaping teaspoon dark brown sugar • Juice of one lime • 10 – 12 mint leaves • 1 ounce passion fruit puree • 1.5 ounces soda water • 2/3 of a glass crushed ice
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Mix together lime, sugar, soda water, lime juice and muddled mint leaves. 2. Add ice, passion fruit and rum, then mix vigorously for one minute. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Note: Add less sugar or more passion fruit and lime to taste.
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TASTE THE ISLANDS // RESTAURANT DIRECTORY
LISTING IN SOUTH FLORIDA
AVERAGE COST PER PERSON BEFORE DRINKS, TAX AND TIP. $ Under $10 / person $$ Under $20 / person $$$ Under $40 / person $$$$ Over $40 / person 925 NUEVO’S CUBANO’S | $ Cuban Serving succulent roast pork and delicious sandwiches. 925 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale ALBERTE’S RESTAURANT I $$ Haitian Unique and authentic Caribbean dishes, with live music on Fridays and Saturdays. 1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park albertesrestaurant.com
ALEXSANDRA’S CARIBBEAN CAFE | $$ Caribbean, Jamaican Soak up some sun while enjoying their famous jerk chicken sandwich and patties. 235 E Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea ALI’S ROTI SHOP | $ Caribbean, Indian, Vegetarian Tiny counter-serve joint dishing up Trinidadian comfort food like doubles & aloo pie. 303 S State Road 7, Plantation LA BELLE JACMELIENNE CAFE | $$ Haitian Haitian décor and friendly staff serving up a wide array of Haitian cuisine. 3328 South University Dr, Miramar
BAHAMA GRILL | $$ Bahamian Indoor / outdoor dining, with Bahamian favorites smoked pork, baby-back ribs and grilled conch. 7619 N State Road 7, Parkland bahamagrill.com
BAMBOO SHACK | $$ Bahamian Quick-service restaurant serving snacks and traditional Bahamian items. 18450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Gardens BAHAMIAN REEF SEAFOOD RESTAURANT |$$$ Seafood Low-key and casual with colorful interior. 7836 NW 44th St, Sunrise EL BOHIO DE MAMA | $$ Dominican Family style restaurant offering music, mofongo, shrimp and dancing. 2181 State Road 7, Margate DON ARTURO RESTAURANT | $$ Cuban Serving traditional recipes & drinks in kid-friendly environment. 1198 SW 27th Ave, Fort Lauderdale donarturorestaurant.com
CALYPSO RESTAURANT & RAW BAR | $$ Caribbean Try their Caribbean-style seafood and Jamaican Jerk and curry dishes. 460 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach
CONCH KRAWL CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT | $$ Bahamian, Seafood Enjoy traditional Bahamian and other Caribbean dishes. 2600 S University Dr #106, Miramar
FINLEY’S BAHAMIAN RESTAURANT | $$ Bahamian Try their breakfast served with Johnny cakes or grits, lunch specials daily 2710 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach
DONNA’S CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT | $$ Jamaican Authentic Jamaican food all day, plus cocktails and Sunday brunch. 9 locations around South Florida. 5434 N University Drive, Lauderhill
HAVANA 1957 | $$ Cuban Quick bites in a buzzing backdrop with Havana memorabilia 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach havana1957.com
ISLAND FUSION GRILL | $$ Jamaican, Cuban Jamaican, Cuban, Asian and Creole flavors with seafood and vegetarian options 4811 S State Rd 7, Davie, FL 33314
CHEF CREOLE | $$ Haitian Simply delicious signature Haitian seafood. 200 NW 54th St, Miami, FL chefcreole.com
CLIVE’S CAFE | $ Jamaican Popular spot for jerk chicken and curry goat. 5890 NW 2nd Ave, Miami clivescafe.com
COLADA | $ Cuban Family-owned bakery serving savory and sweet Cuban treats and other Cuban cuisine. 525 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale coladahouse.com
CONCH HEAVEN | $$ Bahamian Lots of conch based comfort foods, with locations in Miami, Plantation and Atlanta. 11275 NW 27th Ave, Miami conchheaven.com
DUNN’S RIVER | $$ Jamaican Authentic Jamaican cuisine in a beautiful ambiance, serving the Hallandale area. 908 W Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach DUTCH POT JAMAICAN RESTAURANT | $$ Jamaican Authentic Jamaican cuisine. 111 N State Rd 7, Plantation dutchpotrestaurants.com
FIERY IRIE | $$ Caribbean All your favorite authentic Jamaican dishes. 100 S Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines fieryirie.com
LC ROTI SHOP | $ Indian, Vegetarian Cash-only eatery, serving Caribbean eats & housemade roti with pepper sauce. 19505 NW 2nd Ave, Miami LITTLE HAVANA | $$ Cuban Authentic Cuban Cuisine 12727 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami littlehavanarestaurant. com
LOCALICIOUS JAX ICE CREAM | $ Ice Cream Old fashioned, hand made ice cream including Caribbean flavors. 4220 NW 12th St, Lauderhill
LALLO’S | $$ Caribbean, Indian Serves a wide variety of roti and the fresh catch of the day on a Friday. 1401 NW 39 Terrace, Lauderhill
JAMAICA KITCHEN | $$ Jamaican Known for their extra spicy beef patties 8736 SW 72nd St, Miami
LAS OLAS CAFE | $ Cuban Freshly squeezed juices and Cuban sandwiches. 644 6th St, Miami Beach
JOY’S ROTI DELIGHT | $$ Trinidadian, Indian Counter serve cafe with Indian inspired Caribbean cuisine. 1205 NW 40th Ave, Lauderhill joysrotidelight.com
JUANA LA CUBANA CAFE | $ Cuban Cuban sandwiches & dishes like ropa vieja & roast pork. 2850 SW 54th St, Fort Lauderdale juanalacubana.com
JUANA’S LATIN SPORTS BAR & GRILL | $$ Latin Casual Dominican, Puerto Rican & American sports bar and grill. 11602 City Hall Promenade, Miramar juanaslatinsportsbar.com
LAS VEGAS CUBAN CUISINE | $$ Cuban, Latin American A dine in hot spot with 16 South Florida locations offering Cuban meals and cocktails. 2807 E Oakland Park Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale Lasvegascubancuisine.com
EL MAGO DE LAS FRITAS | $ Cuban Cozy spot for Cuban burgers. 5828 SW 8th St, Miami elmagodelasfritas.com
MANGU CAFE RESTAURANT | $$ Dominican Bare-bones Dominican spot serving pernil, goat stew, beer & wine. 2007 W 62nd St, Hialeah
MARIO’S CATALINA RESTAURANT | $$$ Cuban Dine in relaxing ambiance, eating Cuban and Spanish cuisine. 1611 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale ORTANIQUE ON THE MILE | $$$$ Caribbean Fusion Island flavors, local ingredients, creative cocktails, tropical-themed decor. 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables ortaniquerestaurants.com PADRINO’S CUBAN CUISINE | $$ Cuban Serving the best mariquitas, mojito and flan for the past 40 years. 1135 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale padrinos.com
PANFRIDAYS | $$ Jamaican Try their popular jerk chicken and shrimp pasta. 7183 W Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill panfridays.com
POLLO EL COJIDO | $$ Dominican Delicious mofongo, quesadilla and sancocho. 5859 N University Dr, Pompano Beach POLLO TIPICO | $ Dominican Traditional Dominican dishes in a laid back atmosphere 5011 State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale
PUERTO SAGUA RESTAURANT | $$ Cuban Known for their soup and oxtail stews 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach REED’S CATERING & CONCESSIONS | $$ Seafood, Caribbean Late night seafood truck, with a specialty of conch salad. 12203 NW 27th Ave, Miami REGGAE PON THE GRILLE | $$ Jamaican, Caribbean Buffet style dining offering tasty Jamaican dishes. 8032 W McNab Rd, North Lauderdale reggaeonthegrille.com
ROCK STEADY JAMAICAN BISTRO | $$$ Jamaican, Caribbean Strip-mall cafe with Jamaican dishes like jerk chicken, curries & crab fritters. 2399 N Federal Hwy - Unit C, Boca Raton rocksteadyjamaicanbistro.com
SAZON CUBAN CUISINE | $ Cuban Tasty Caribbean cuisine and live weekend entertainment. 7305 Collins Ave, Miami Beach sazoncubancuisine.com
SHEIKS BAKERY & CAFE | $ Caribbean, Indian East & West Indian food including halal meats, spices & baked goods. 154 University Dr, Pembroke Pines sheiksbakery.com
SWIRL WINE BISTRO | $$ Caribbean, Wine Bar With fresh, high-quality ingredients their culinary team offers a variety of cuisines and wines. 1435 Lyons Rd, Coconut Creek VERSAILLES | $$ Cuban, Latin American Serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture for four decades. The gauge of the community’s pulse. 3555 Southwest 8th Street, Miami versaillesrestaurant.com
YARUMBA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE | $$ Dominican Try their traditional stews or Churrasco with live music. 4740 NW 167th St, Miami Gardens yarumbarestaurant.com
SHALAMA’S HALAL ROTI SHOP | $ Caribbean, Indian Casual ethnic take out spot with authentic roti, curries and pepper sauce. 1432 State Road 7, Margate
ZEST MIAMI | $$$ Caribbean fusion A modern restaurant & market with creative island fare. 200 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami zestmiami.com
ENTERTAINMENT // EVENT CALENDAR
CALENDAR MAY 5/04
Haitian Healing Arts & Culture Workshop WHERE: Balendjo Society, Delray Beach ADMISSION: $77 – $133 INFO: eventbrite.com A three-hour workshop overview of Haitian herbal healing, libation, meditation, arts, ancestor honoring, principles of Haitian spiritual practice and Afro-Caribbean History. 5/05
Broward Center Presents Macy Gray WHERE: Parker Playhouse, 707 Northeast 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale ADMISSION: $33 - $63 INFO: parkerplayhouse.com This Grammy-winning R&B, jazz and soul singer, most famous for her hit “I Try”, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actress, is known for her distinctive raspy voice. 5/18
21ST Annual Haitian Compas Festival WHERE: MANA, 318 Nw 23rd St, Miami ADMISSION: $30 - $80 INFO: haitiancompasfestival.com The original Haitian Compas Festival is celebrating 21 years of music.
6/21 - 6/23
CHIEF- Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum WHERE: Hyatt Regency Miami, FL ADMISSION: $75 - $475 INFO: chtachief.com Three days of value-packed fun and engaging exchange sessions focused on helping Caribbean tourism-related business to make money, save money and become more relevant and efficient.
Caribbean 305 Taste It All WHERE: Miami, FL ADMISSION: TBC INFO: caribbean305.com The flavors of the Caribbean will be on full display in Miami at one extraordinary culinary and cultural celebration. 6/23
Caribbean Village Festival WHERE: Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater, Miramar ADMISSION: $0-$1500 INFO: caribbeanvillage.net A family-friendly event that features live Caribbean music and entertainment for the entire family including arts and crafts, food tasting, and cook-off competitions. 6/29
City of Lauderhill Presents Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths WHERE: Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill ADMISSION: $29 - 79 INFO: lpacfl.com Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor (I Will Wait for You), and Empress of reggae music Marcia Griffiths, O.D. (Electric Boogie), perform their chart-topping hits.
Broward Center Presents Kirk Franklin: The Long Live Love Tour WHERE: Broward Center (Au Rene Theater), 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale ADMISSION: $35-$95 INFO: browardcenter.org An incomparable, Grammy-winning artist, speaker, New York Times best-selling author, businessman and humanitarian, he has spent over 20 years as the top selling artist of inspirational music.
Broward Center Presents Iyanla Vanzant: Acts of Faith Remix Tour WHERE: Broward Center (Au Rene Theater), 201 Southwest 5th Avenue , Fort Lauderdale ADMISSION: $29.75 - $69.75 INFO: browardcenter.org Celebrated spiritual teacher, New York Times bestselling author, legendary speaker, and Emmy Award-winning television personality known for her riveting work as the host of Iyanla Fix My Life on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). 8/16 - 8/18
Annual Afro-Cuban Dance Festival WHERE: Dade County Auditorium, Miami FL ADMISSION: $20 - $240 INFO: ife-ile.org Groove to Mambos, Rumba, Congas, Chancletas, Salsas and many more. This exciting, colorful festival has dance workshops with live drumming, a street fair, and culminates with a gala performance featuring guest artists and the IFE-ILE AfroCuban Dance Company.
A FINAL THOUGHT // SATISFYING WANDERLUST
WANDERLUST FUN FACT: I USED TO BE A TOURING SINGER. MY EMPLOYERS—INCLUDING BEENIE MAN, KEVIN LYTTLE, AND KY-MANI MARLEY—HAD ME VISIT LOCATIONS IN EUROPE, CANADA, THE U.S., THE CARIBBEAN, AND CENTRAL AMERICA, TOO NUMEROUS FOR ME TO RECALL. I LOVED BEING ON THE MOVE ALL THE TIME, BUT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF OUR WORK, I DIDN’T REALLY SEE MUCH OF THE PLACES WE VISITED. WE WENT FROM PLANE TO HOTEL TO RADIO STATION TO PERFORMANCE, BACK TO THE HOTEL, BACK TO THE PLANE, AND THE CYCLE WOULD BEGIN AGAIN. I WENT THROUGH ABOUT TWO PASSPORTS WORTH OF IMMIGRATION STAMPS IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS, BUT STILL FELT LIKE I HADN’T REALLY BEEN ANYWHERE NEW.
WRITER CALIBE THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID I. MUIR
I’LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I was bold-facedly envious of Macaulay’s escapades as she described them in her piece on how travel changed her life. She really experiences the places she visits, making memories so vivid WRITER THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID I. MUIR that even CALIBE I can enjoy them (through her pictures and words, but still...). My parents made sure my sisters and I visited and vacationed in many of the iconic spots in Jamaica while we were growing up. It was so long ago that I can’t quite recall the feeling of climbing Dunn’s River Falls, hiking through coffee fields in the Blue Mountains, or cooing at albino peacocks at Trident Castle. But I’d like to. Through my work in media, I’ve had the opportunity to visit parts of Jamaica I never knew existed, and to tour some of the best spots for locals and tourists in Barbados. Producing the Taste the Islands TV show for the first two seasons, then creating a mammoth event based on the food and cultures we explored in the making of the show, has made it so my wanderlust has never been tamed. The Taste the Islands Experience—our annual culinary festival—gained two new Caribbean partners in The Bahamas and The U.S. Virgin Islands this year. We expect that as we grow, and as we make our cultures more accessible to the mass market through events, publications, and programs, we’ll be able to incorporate even more of our beloved West
Indies into the work we bring to you. In the meantime, the Caribbean’s international audience will continue to visit the islands through whichever portal they choose. They’ll learn about the region through the pages of books like those Hal reviewed the Caribbean Un-Covered article. They can improvise the feel of the ocean in their homes like our featured interior designer Tamara Archer has done for her clients. They can indulge in a tasting tour of local island-themed eateries—savoring the flavors of the entire Caribbean, even if they don’t have a passport! The best way of all though, is up-close and personal on a trip to the beautiful West Indies. My wanderlust enjoys a bit of satisfaction every time I read one of Monique’s stories on travel. Here, we’ve been able to dedicate a whole issue to this most worthy pastime. Whether you visit the shores of one of our spectacular island partners in person, through the music of talented performers like Julian Marley, or at the next Taste the Islands event, enjoy the destination as well as the journey. #islandorigins Handbag by Michael Sims Correction: Culture Issue - Calibe’s skirt by Africa’s Closet | africascloset.com
The Travel issue includes a cover story on Julian Marley's international, purpose-driven life, plus features like "Chefs of the Caribbean,"...
Published on Apr 17, 2019
The Travel issue includes a cover story on Julian Marley's international, purpose-driven life, plus features like "Chefs of the Caribbean,"...