Always something to discover in Kingston, it is more than just the home of Bob Marley. It is a city rich in history and cultural distinction and it has continued to build upon its legacy as the foundation of Reggae music. Commerce and culture, along with impressive beaches and a stimulating nightlife, Kingston’s place is secured as the pulse of Jamaica.
While the name stems from Spanish origin, escabeche, referring to the method of marinating and cooking in an acidic mixture, the taste is all Jamaican. The whole fish, whether kingfish, snapper, or grouper, is fried then marinated in a spicy vinegar sauce and topped with lightly pickled vegetables that usually consist of sweet peppers, onions, and carrots. Though sometimes served for breakfast, this dish can be enjoyed any time of day.
Locally grown, ackee is not your typical fruit. Pear-shaped and found in warm climates, ackee ripens and splits open to reveal the soft yellow flesh used for cooking.The understated, slightly sweet taste combined with the salty codfish, onion ,and peppers makes for a delicious, filling dish. Typically served for breakfast with, but not limited to, breadfruit, fried dumplings, fried plantain, or boiled green bananas, it is not hard to see why this is the national dish of Jamaica.
Jerk sauce is almost synonymous with Jamaica. Though everyone has their own recipes and family secrets, most can agree that scotch bonnet peppers,allspice, thyme, and garlic are a few key ingredients that should not be left out. These seasonings and others come together to create the signature spicy flavor, which is dry-rubbed or used to marinate the meat and traditionally roasted over pimento wood. Though any meat can be jerked, chicken is the favorite. Usually served chopped into pieces with fresh jerk sauce on the side, try it with a slice of hard dough bread for a traditional Jamaican meal.
Looking for a healthy fast food alternative? Y Not Pita, conveniently located on the parade route, offers fresh baked pitas filled with lean savory meats grilled to perfection with an array of fresh veggie toppings and sauces. Serving lunch and dinner, take it to-go or enjoy your meal in their relaxed, casual atmosphere.
The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites is the perfect jump off point for visits to the old pirate city of Port Royal , the famous Devon House, the Bob Marley Museum (former home of the Reggae King), Lime Cay for swimming and the magnificent Blue Mountains (over 7000 feet above sea level) for hiking, birding or sightseeing tour. Located just a five minute walk from Kingston’s top shopping destinations, nightclubs, restaurants, and only 25 minutes away from the Norman Manley International Airport, the Courtleigh Hotel lies in the heart of Kingston’s premiere financial district, the hotel offers unparalleled service, culture, and entertainment.
Originally a 20th century Great House, the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel is where luxury, charm, and hospitality meet. Located in the center of the business district in New Kingston, Terra Nova offers personalized service and modern amenities, continuing the 50-year tradition that distinguishes them as a prime destination for business or pleasure.