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his year for me personally has been a mixed bag. I have experienced the triumph of achieving my personal goal of being debtfree which I set years ago and also I experienced the heartbreaking loss of a loved one very close to my heart- my grandfather. Not too along ago a series of sad events really took hold of me and had me feeling sad and depressed. And were it not for the love and support of my family and dear friends that refused to leave me be I don't know if I'd have shaken free. Coupled with that the renewal of my faith through the message and ministry of Prophet Michael Carter and the Celebration Church was the hand I needed to help me up when I was at my lowest point.
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Be sure to get your very own Sabrina Reynolds designer leather bag from her 2019 Collection- Now Available! See P. 14
Members of the Kingston Creative team joined by the first donors of the First50 Campaign are excited to see the Downtown Kingston Art District come to life.
5 CEOâ€™s Message 8 Choiselle 10 Kingston Creative 14 Sabrina Reynolds' Rebirth 28 Foodie Paradise: Belmont Estate 30 Kaleidoscope 34 Things To Do 35 Shark Ninja 36 Miami Temptations 40 Holiday Recipes 44 Tamar Poyser 46 Fitness With TJ
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extract further moisturizes and treat blemishes. And what would a voyage to the Caribbean be without a tour through a maze of wondrous botanicals? Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants, which helps fight skin-damaging free radicals that thrive when pollutants like ultraviolet radiation and traffic emissions make contact with the skin. Lavish the skin in tropical bliss with Choiselleâ€™s Neroli Isle Face Elixir. Neroli Isle Face Elixir retails at $90 for a 30 ml bottle of pure tropical bliss. Choiselleâ€™s Neroli Isle Face Elixir is available online at choiselle.com and in select boutiques, specialty department stores, and spas across the country. ABOUT CHOISELLE Choiselle is an all-natural, luxury skincare startup that epitomizes an authentically natural way of life. Choiselle is comprised of a growing line of products created with all-natural ingredients, rooted in Caribbean culture. Originally created in the kitchen of founder, Nydia Norville, Choiselle first launched in 2014 offering luxurious body butter. The cache of products grew to include beautifully fragrant bath & body oils and coconut wax candles that launched in 2017.
Kingston Creative Kingston Creative promotes culture and the regeneration of Downtown Kingston as the regional mecca for arts, culture and creativity because we believe that art can be a catalyst to create much needed social transformation in Downtown Kingston. It is seeking the First 50 companies and organisations to invest in our culture and become the Founders of the Art District with a donation of $1 million.
Their donations will help to Kingston Creative to empower creative entrepreneurs by providing the necessary training, resources and environment, so that they can create economic and social value, gain access to global markets and have a positive impact on their local communities.
Members of the Kingston Creative team joined by the first donors of the First50 Campaign are excited to see the Downtown Kingston Art District come to life.
Since its launch in February 2017, Kingston Creative has engaged key stakeholders in the community, government, academia, and the private sector to galvanise their support of the vision of a creative Kingston.
Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor and proud Kingston Creative supporter, Novia McDonald-Whyte inspects one of the murals installed on Water Lane
The #First50 Campaign is an evolution of our efforts as we seek to engage corporate Jamaica, in a bigger way, to support the development of Downtown Kingston's Art District.
Words by Krishna Benjamin | Photography courtesy of the Kingston Creative
Musician, Michael Nkrumah, shows off his talents for Kingston Creative Co-Founder Andrea Dempster-Chung, Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable, Alando Terrelonge and PaperBoyJa Owner, Geoff Lewis
Kingston Creative volunteer, Kim-Marie Spence, speaks to guests at the First50 media launch. She is an expert on the Orange Economy which will see countries benefit from economic growth through the creative industries.
The sturdy designer leather bag is for the fashionable mommy or just great for weekend trips.
Sabrina M. Reynolds THE 2019 COLLECTION OF
"We can never forget our Jamaican colours and as a Jamaican designer I am always trying to push Brand Jamaica. Perfect for the patriot or someone who wants to fly the Jamaican brand flag high. Extra large and holds so much!" - Sabrina M. Reynolds
"Sabrina Reynolds" A Rebirth
Written by Marshelle Haseley | Photography by Craig Harley Final Sabrina Reynolds has released a new collection of handmade leather bags, and they have gone beyond the level of magic encapsulated by her previous work. She has managed to maintain the effortless beauty in combining textures and tones—while doing something out-of-the-box in a brand new way, yet still 100 per cent Sabrina Reynolds. She said her inspiration comes from many things, depending on the way she feels, and her surroundings. “It could also be something that is happening to me at the time. For example, the birth of my newborn, Risann, has brought about a myriad of positive vibes, and energy. She brought with her a feeling of newness and new birth.” Reynolds said this new wave of beauty brought by the birth of her daughter inspired her in a profound way, which she poured into her creative process—fueling the creation of these rare pieces. “I felt like just expressing that magic I felt in this collection. I wanted it to be different from the first.” She described the first collection as the genesis of it all. But having gone through the process of marketing, selling her creations, and having customers returning time and time again, she now felt this was really the birth.
Reynolds said the creative process for this collection differed from the first. She said this time around, it was more of a challenge because now she had to work around her daughter’s schedule. “I often had to work in the wee hours of the morning when her father was around, and while she is sleeping. I could not have done it without his support— watching her while I worked many times. Sometimes I would be having a creative flow, but taking care of her had to be done first, and so, I had to put that flow on hold which isn’t so easy for a creative mind because the ideas are popping, but I cannot just let them out.” She said, however, once she sits and starts creating, the explosion of ideas happens and the ideas flow beautifully. Asked if she felt more at home with the process of being a designer, or did it take some work to get into the flow, Reynolds said being selftaught, she still does not think of herself as a designer, but more of a creative person who happens to inject her creativity into leather. “I guess because I never had that formal training, but in every sense of the word designer, that is what I am, whether I want to call it that officially. Some of the things I produce, I still can’t believe they came from my thoughts or my hands. I look at them and say it can only be God, and I give thanks!”
The cheerful Reynolds said the design process comes easily and said she has so many many ideas she could give some away, followed by a giggle. “The process of designing comes very easy for me. I just need to get in that vibe, sit and it’s an explosion of different vibrations that manifest into my creations. Sometimes I think what I create is so out of the box, that people may not like them. But once I put them out, the feedback is always good— and that’s encouraging. I realize people like the out-of-the-box creations I make.” When creating, she said, “I am in another world, and I think sometimes I am enjoying it too much. It’s fun to me, and what makes it even more fun is the thought that people appreciate my work.” She said she realized, the more unique, unusual, or exotic the piece, the more they seem to be loved.” Every single piece I create is unique. Even my new helper line—every earring or neckpiece is different from the other. She said she works on the craft of not copying herself— but to create something new and fresh each time. “I aspire to be the best at me, and to make all my work better than my last creation. Always trying to improve of what I do.”
One of Sabrina's signature designs are her hand-painted leather bags and purses. This bag was hand-painted intricately with our Rasta colours. It has many hues of the Rasta colours so easy to mix and match with many outfits.
An exquisite grey leather bag with grey fur to the front reminds me of luxury and comfort and as I designed this line I wanted to give a feel of definitely wearing the finer things in life. Just to touch this bag gives a feel or warmth and luxury itâ€™s so smooth and soft. Definitely will make you stand out if worn.
This hair on hide dark brindle and white leather bag for the professional woman who wants to stand out.
Most of the bags Sabrina makes are unisex and though these men wear them well, the ladies would do just as good a job. These bags are edgy and definitely for a bold male who loves fashion and wants to make a statement and stand out.
This black cross body leather with a genuine fur flap is unisex and can be worn across the body or over the shoulder.
Reynolds said she has been encouraged greatly by those who have supported her since she began. She said she feels unmeasurable gratitude, because it is part of the inspiration that keeps her creating. “The feedback has been really awesome. People who have bought keep coming back and even send others. Ultimately, that’s what anyone who sells a product would use to track their success.”
Fringes are in as a matter of fact with leather fringe never goes out its timeless! And yes men wear fringe too!
A beautiful brown and shimmery gold leather purse with bamboo handle. Keep your hands free while out holding your wine or on the phone.
This unique design is the "Sissal" or what we call "straw adorned" with leather and is one of my newest designs and one of my favourites. It is big enough to take to the beach or weekend trip but also can be worn casually. This bag has lots of space and a pocket on the inside.
This brown tan leather cross body bag is from Sabrina's medieval line. It reminds her of the legend of Robbin Hood. It has patched brindle hair on hide leather on the front .
She considers herself fortunate that she has yet to encounter an experience she would regard negative, and said she focuses on the beautiful feedback that comes from those who love her work. “I am motivated by having repeat clients, and referrals. And I am deeply inspired by the expression on the faces of customers when I watch them put the bags on, or wear them proudly— especially because it is a Jamaican brand.” The creative who said she falls in love with each creation, and the process of creating, time after time said she aspires to keep creating head-turning bags. Her intention is that with each bag, those who get a feel of them will experience the magical newness she feels while creating them. She said every bag she makes has love in every detail— and the whole idea of each piece is to make a statement, and turn a few heads.
Leather Bag Designer Sabrina M. Reynolds Photography Craig Harley Models (Male) Horace Walker Leslie Mordecai Bowen Models (Female) Stephanie Scott Jessica Barret Dianne O Brown Superstar Baby Risann A Phillpotts Clothes by Ammars Drenna Luna Flirt Boutique Shot on Location Downtown, Kingston @panachejamag |
A Foodieâ€™s Paradise... Belmont Estate Written by: Kizzy Rennie and Laureen Redhead Republished from the Grenada Tourism Authority: www.grenadagrenadines.com/blog
he islands of the Caribbean are like zebra patterns; in the sea of repetitions lie variations and uniqueness that can only be discovered with an intentional perusal of the landscape. For some it is the gentle caress of the Pitons against a passionate sunset; for others, the cold needles of Negril Falls forming rivers along the swell of the land. In Grenada, there are countless ways to fall in love and our cuisine is just one of them. With the perfect combination of volcanic soil and tropical weather, every ingredient embodies the taste of the earth. Although we no longer carry the moniker ‘Isle of Spice’, the use of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves is still evident in every beverage and dish and we approach our cooking the same manner in which we approach life; which essentially translates as seasoning by the handful, not the pinch. There are dual expressions to our culinary enjoyment here; in the cozy company of loved ones followed by a rum-fueled roasting session or the serene formality of a restaurant and there’s a meal to suit each. Take for instance our national dish. Ask any native about their constant craving, whether locally or in the Diaspora; the answer will always be Oil Down. And although it’s available at any restaurant, a genuine Oil Down is more of a valued, heart-touching meal that is celebrated at home or at least among family and friends. In fact, it’s more of an event than a meal. The cooking process is similar to that of nurturing a baby, in that it takes a community and spoonfuls of love to perfect every layer of flavor.
As a foodie, finding a location that brings these worlds together is always on the bucket list and very recently I got to cross it off. Belmont Estate, nestled in the lush hills of Hermitage, St. Patrick’s, is one of the sites that bridges this divide so seamlessly. Stepping foot on the estate immediately reminded me of visiting Granny in the summer. We would trip over her heels into the pasture to tend to the animals, who we knew by name, and pick all the ripe fruit our little hands could grasp. Belmont not only has friendly and healthy goats but produces a very delicious goat cheese from their milk.
The cocoa tour was so informative and was a reminder that the environment should not be taken for granted. It’s truly amazing how the basic things around us can be used to sustain lives. The innovative combination of traditional and modern techniques and equipment to process the beans adds so much character to the final product; knowing that it was first fermented under banana leaves, dried on spice racks and danced on to rhythmic ancestral beats speaks to the soul and spirit of our cuisine.
A couple buildings away was a quaint arrangement of Grenada‘s culture and history at the Estate Museum. The room was everything I imagined that era would be, from the copper utensils to the wooden buckets. You could feel the passion that carved every hole and board. The fact that some of the items are still used at the restaurant was exciting because there is nothing like meat that has been ‘cousomeéd’ in the roasting heat of a coal pot.
Belmont Estate maintains this organic thread from source to creation of their menu. Starters such as salted fish kebabs glazed with pepper jelly and cream of callaloo soup are a playful nod to local favorites. Their main dishes include curried or stewed meat and are often paired with coconut basmati rice, green banana and smoked herring pie, creamy papaya coleslaw or cucumber and mint salad, all washed down with a Chocolate Monkey ice cream shake.
BON BON SHOP
But the most anticipated of them all was the chocolate that awaited me in the Grenada Chocolate Bon-Bon store. After sampling their dark-chocolate offerings from 100% all to way to 60%, which included sea salt and cocoa nibs, I indulged in tropical flavours like soursop truffles, ginger praline and chocolate-covered Seville-Orange peels. One bite of a River Antoine Rum truffle and I almost thought I was holding a shot glass. Belmont Estate surpassed my culinary expectations for the day. Yes satiety was achieved, but it was the ultimate pleasure to know that one place could offer so much that a meal but an entire experience of local culture and atmosphere. And to culminate all that with chocolate, I just found another way to fall in love.
KALEIDOSCOPE RETURNS TO JAMAICA
Photos courtesy of Sleek Jamaica
he Trinidad and Tobago-based paint company brings more than four decades of invention and innovation into the Jamaican market providing a wider range of high quality decorative, industrial
and marine paint products. Founded in 1972 by Steven Parson, Kaleidoscope Paints was the first wholly locally owned paint manufacturing company in the twin island republic. In 1992, the company diversified by embarking into the production of Automotive Car and Truck Refinishes. Samba Brewing Company & Winery was established eight years later to create a niche for handcrafted high quality products with a competitive advantage, and private label beverage products. Then In 2012, Kaleidoscope Paints went into the adhesives business with the acquisition of HANCO (St Lucia and HADSL (Trinidad) - a product aligned to their main paint business. Including Jamaica, Kaleidoscope is currently in 15 markets in the Caribbean and South America. Its products are also in Belize, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, Puerto Rico and Grenada. Outside Trinidad and Tobago, Kaleidoscope also manufactures its products St. Lucia. “Our mission is to be recognized as a world-class, family-owned company in the Caribbean and South America, well recognized for high quality products and services while providing personalized business relationships, customer
satisfaction, employee motivation and shareholder’s value,” said Mahindra Deyalsingh, the Export Director of KPL Group Ltd, of the company returning to Jamaica. “Our core values emanate from our mission and is entwined in our business operations. We are family-oriented and seek to cultivate partnerships with our customers as opposed to mere business transactions.” Between 1989 and 1995, Kaleidoscope Paints had a strong presence in Jamaica but a change in ownership resulted in the discontinuation of the brand in Jamaica. Now back, Kaleidoscope will be partnering with Matalon Distributors, who have a history with the Trinidadian company. ”When we used to own Facey Commodity, we carried the Kaleidoscope brand. We felt as though it was quite fitting that when presented with the opportunity to collaborate with them we could not let it pass,” said Andrew Matalon, CEO of Matalon Distributors. “Kaleidoscope is a family-run company which aligns with many of the same values that we have. The relationship was an easy one and that was noticed from our initial meetings. We look forward to a long lasting relationship with Dale (Parson) and the Kaleidoscope team,” he added. Current KPL CEO Dale Parson, a shareholder since 1991, who succeeded his father the late @panachejamag |
l-r The Kaleidoscope Hostesses pose with Mahindra Devasingh, Export Director of KPL Group Ltd out of Trinidad, Peter Matalon of Matalon Homes, Nicole Masters, Marketing Manager at Kaleidoscope Paints along with Andrew Matalon, CEO of Matalon Distributors.
Stephen Parson. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Matalon, who graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas,Texas with degree in Finance & Accounting and minor in Communications, envisions that his company’s partnership with KPL Ltd will be a fillip to his company’s goals of becoming one of the leading paint suppliers on the island. “Once customers see the quality of the paint, we believe it will be their go-to choice. We went through testing and quickly realized what the quality of Kaleidoscope paint is.” According to Nicole Masters, Marketing Manager at Matalon Distributors, Kaleidoscope will be positioned as a quality product at an affordable price. “It's important that we meet the needs of the Jamaican people. Kaleidoscope is a full coatings company therefore designed to meet all your coating requirements,” she said. "Having over 12 years’ experience in marketing and sales and four years’ experience in the coating industry, I know a good product when I see it. Trusting your home or business to Kaleidoscope is a smart decision. Maybe one of the best decisions you will ever make."
KPL plans to employ at least 20 members of staff with the aim of hiring even more over time. As Kaleidoscope grows so will employment. Meantime, Matalon sees the partnership with KPL as the perfect fit for the other companies operating under the umbrella of the Matalon brand. Both Matalon Homes and Matalon Roofing will use Kaleidoscope Paints. “Matalon Homes will be using the paint on all of our developments. This in itself is a statement as Matalon Homes is known for their high-quality designs and finishes,” Andrew Matalon revealed. “When customers buy roofing that goes hand-in-hand with construction, paint will be a perfect complement. We want our customers to be able to get as many products from us and save them the hassle of dealing with different companies.” Moreover, Matalon sees an even bigger opportunity for KPL and Matalon Distributors in Jamaica. “Our major development at this point is to get the Kaleidoscope brand out there and if all goes well, we will begin manufacturing at our head office next year (2019). We like to take things one step at a time so once the paint line is up and running smoothly we will explore other opportunities.”
Thing Things To Do December 26, 2018
December 31, 2018
THE ESTATE MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE
Boxing Day will never be the same. See you at the Caymanas Polo Club for #Wealth500 on December 26!
Ring in the New Year at Jamaica's Premier Wine, Cocktail and Cuisine All Inclusive Experience.
December 31, 2018 FIREWORKS ON THE KINGSTON WATERFRONT
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he Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau launches Miami Arts & Heritage Months to celebrate the cultural diversity within the communities of Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Coconut Grove and Liberty City. From December 1st 2018 to January 31st 2019, Greater Miami and the Beaches offers locals and visitors unique experiences, events and distinct venues where they can immerse themselves in the cultural gems of these communities, such as culinary tours, art exhibits, public arts and visual performances. The program places a spotlight on the vibrant traditions of these neighborhoods, and provides an enriching platform where everyone can observe, learn and engage.
“Cultural heritage implies an important communal bond through shared values and traditions,” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “During these two months, while so many are flocking to the destination for world-class events like Art Basel, Miami Art Week and Art of Black Miami, it is also the perfect time to take part in new cultural experiences
art galleries showcasing the work of Miami’s Black Diaspora yearround. The initiative enhances the artistic cultural landscape found in Miami’s heritage neighborhoods and communities throughout Greater Miami and the Beaches. www. ArtofBlackMiami.com Miami Arts & Heritage Months is part of the year-long Miami Temptations Programs, which takes a thematic focus on the best the destination has to offer with monthly deals and special events appealing to both locals and tourists alike. Combined with other monthly specials, the promotions provide the opportunity to bask in Miami’s entertaining and luxurious lifestyle year-round, and celebrate Miami’s diverse heritage, talents and culture – at discounted rates.
in Miami’s unique heritage neighborhoods and celebrate the rich roots that are embedded throughout our destination, such as the public art exhibits.” With so many eyes on the destination during Art Basel, the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism & Developmental Department launched the Art of Black Miami in 2014. Shining light on the dynamism of Miami’s diverse Black communities, the platform spotlights local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists with a series of exhibits, pop-up galleries, artist showcases and performances. While Art of Black is a highlight on December’s Art Basel Miami Beach, many of the exhibits extend beyond the fair with ongoing programming at cultural venues and
THIS YEAR’S FEATURED MIAMI ARTS & HERITAGE MONTHS PARTNERS INCLUDE: • Art Deco & Little Havana Tours • The Copper Door B&B • Deering Estate • Exquisito Chocolates • Guayaba y Chocolate • Jackson Soul Food • Historic Virginia Key Beach Park • HistoryMiami Museum • Little Haiti Cultural Complex • Miami Culinary Tours • Upper Buena Vista – Select Retailers For a list of the latest participant special offers, please visit www. MiamiTemptations.com.
Miami’s heritage neighborhoods are full of culture and are continuously growing with diversity. In the colorful streets of Little Havana, visitors are surrounded by salsa music, handrolled cigars and open-air fruit markets. The Bahamian-rooted community of Coconut Grove has established a strong unity with those who live, work and play in the area with live music festivals and plenty of dining options. Neighborhoods such as Historic Overtown is anchored by Lyric Theater where one can celebrate the thriving music from the 1920s. Little Haiti is also brimming with culture brought by the Afro-Caribbean immigrants who founded the vibrant artistic Miami community. Culture is busting at the seams throughout these communities, extending through other neighborhoods such as Liberty City, Opa Locka, Miami Gardens, South Dade and North Miami where hidden gems are still being discovered and new venues are emerging every day. HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS DURING MIAMI ARTS & HERITAGE MONTHS INCLUDE: • African Heritage Cultural Arts Center- 2nd Annual Arts Blues, Soul and BBQ Festival • Black Lounge Film Series- A free outdoor screening of the well-known film, Black Panther, at Charles Hadley Park on December 8th at 4 pm (Liberty City). • Futurama 1637- Viernes Culturales, an art, music and culture festival taking place in the heart of Little Havana traditionally on the last Friday of each month from 7pm to 11 pm (Little Havana).
• Ancient Spanish MonasteryGospel singer Maryel Epps hosts a concert taking place on December 2nd at 4pm (North Miami Beach). • Miami Arts & Heritage Months is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations Programs, focusing on the best that Miami has to offer with monthly deals and special events. Programs include: Miami Health & Wellness Months (FebruaryMarch), Miami Attraction & Museum Months (April-May), Miami Hotel Months (JuneSeptember), Miami Spa Months (July-August), Miami Spice Months (August-September) and Miami Entertainment Months (October-November). For more information on the Miami Temptations Programs, please visit: www.MiamiTempations.com or e-mail Temptations@ deepsleeptudio.com Facebook: @Visitmiami, Twitter: @MiamiandBeaches, #MiamiTemptations
HOLIDAY RECIPES From Rainforest to Best Dressed, try these amazing recipes!
Garlic Rosemary Chicken Breast with Candied Sorrel Florets INGREDIENTS 1 ½ cups fresh sorrel buds 1 cup granulated sugar ¾ cup water ½ cup brown rum ⅛ tsp orange rind 1 tsp mixed spice 4 breast quarters (skin on) 6-8 garlic cloves (minced) 1 tsp salt
Pepper to taste 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped) 1 tsp sweet paprika ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon 1 large yellow onion (cut in wedges) 3 celery stalks (chopped diagonally) ½ cup chicken broth Fresh rosemary for garnish
Recipe courtesy of Best Dressed Chicken
INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a small sauce pot, combine the sorrel, water, rum, orange zest, mixed spice and sugar, and cook until slightly syrupy. Set aside for garnish. 2. Cut back bone portion leaving just the breast and with breast bone 3. In a large bowl or deep enough dish, mix minced garlic, paprika, rosemary leaves, salt and pepper, scotch bonnet, the olive oil, lemon juice. 4. Add chicken and rub with seasonings, putting some of the it in the skin. 5. Set aside to marinate just for an hour to overnight. 6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
7. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Place the chicken skin side down to brown on medium-high for 5 minutes. 8. Turn over and brown on the other side. 9. Add chicken, celery, onions, lemon halves and liquid from marinade into a lightly oiled baking pan. 10. Add chicken broth. 11. Bake in the 425 degrees F heated-oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked through. 12. Garnish with more fresh rosemary and dollops of the candied sorrel. 13. Serve hot with rice pilaf or mashed potatoes and your favorite salad.
Shrimp Burrito Bowl Recipe courtesy of Karina's Kitchen @ karinaskitchenja! / Rainforest Seafood
Serves 4 | Prep time: 20 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS Shrimp: 1 bag of Rainforest Seafoods jumbo shrimp 2 tbsp Rainforest Seafoods Seafood Spice 1 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1 lime Creamy Lime Cilantro dressing: 1/3 cup sour cream Small handful of cilantro 1 jalapeĂąo, deseeded and minced Juice of 3 limes 3-4 tbsp water Salt and pepper to taste 1.5 cups cooked quinoa 1 large head of iceberg lettuce 1 cup of black beans 3 Rainforest Ready Corn-on-the-Cob 4 tomatoes, diced 1 medium red onion, diced 1 tbsp olive oil 8 tbsp Mexican cheese Salt and pepper to taste METHOD 1. Marinate the shrimp in the olive oil, lime juice, and Seafood Spice. Grill on high heat for about 1 minute on each side. Let cool. 2. Mix all the ingredients for the Creamy Lime Cilantro dressing. 3. Slice the corn kernels off the cobs and char them in a pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Let cool. 4. Chop the lettuce. 5. To assemble: layer the lettuce with the quinoa, beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, cheese, and shrimp and drizzle with the dressing. #Seafood #RainforestSeafoods #Shrimp #BurritoBowl
Tamar Poyser Star quality cooks are an essential presence in the world today. In comes Tamar Poyser, a fresh face in the cooking world bringing flavors and original recipes from the Caribbean. Her recipes impress A-list cooking talents, authors, and everyday food lovers alike. As a young girl, Tamar moved to Flatbush, Brooklyn from her native homeland Savanna La Mar, Jamaica. Through her upbringing and family, she has gained a special appreciation for food and culture, which she uses as inspiration for all her endeavors After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism/Television Production from Temple University, Tamar went on to pursue a career in television. She landed a position at Fox 5 News in 2005 as a News Assistant and later landed a position as Field Producer and Production
Coordinator. She then went on to work for BET Networks in 2008. Due to the passing of her great aunt and family matriarch Hyacinth Touslin, along with dissatisfaction with her career direction, Tamar was inspired to search for true success and happiness. In 2009 Tamar decided to devote herself to perusing her God given cooking talents and merge that with her broadcasting experience
Can You Cook All-stars” competition. Again, Tamar was the last cook standing! In 2011 Tamar began her professional cooking experience by serving as an assistant baker for Mortgage Apple Cakes, and a consulting chef for Soul-to-Soul Restaurant and The Gallery Lounge.
Her journey began when she responded to a craigslist listing for a cooking show called "A Taste from the Melting Pot" airing on international television station Ebru TV, she was the featured cook representing for Jamaican cuisine. Soon after, Tamar won Rachel Ray's "Hey Can You Cook 4” competition in front of millions of viewers and was featured in Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine. Among her prizes was a culinary tour in Tuscany, Italy where she learned the techniques of authentic Italian cooking with renowned cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns at her Poggio Etrusco estate. In August 2010, Tamar was then selected to compete on Gordon Ramsey's international hit show Master Chef on Fox Network. In November 2011, Tamar was chosen as fan favorite to compete again in Rachel Ray’s “Hey In June 2014 Tamar participated in the Live Well Network's "Home Chef Showdown." Once again Tamar was the winner. She now works as a freelance and private chef, cooking for private events and corporate clients like The NY Jets. Tamar continues to share her passion and love for food, family, and culture. Her purpose is to build a Caribbean food empire, and offer opportunities to the communities in which she was raised.
5 FITNESS TIPS FROM TJ
Name: Thomas Joseph Walls Jr Alias: TJ Instagram: @walls.tj
Photography by Craig Harley
1. Sleep well.
2. Eat in controlled portrions.
3. Stretch daily. 5. Be consistent.
4. Strength train.