Tag Archives: CARIBBEAN

Which Caribbean Island Should You Retire to? (Going Places)

If you’re starting to plan ahead for retirement and wonder just how far your money can go in the Caribbean, then this list is for you. Continue reading

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Jamaica’s Blue Mountains (espressoCrazy)

As ubiquitous as coffee is, it actually can only grow in very limited areas of the world, basically high on mountain slopes in the tropics and a few subtropical regions. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Cheers

Does having firsthand knowledge of what goes into a product and what’s behind its story enhance how we enjoy it? I certainly savour more fully every sip of one of my favourite rums with an increased understanding its origins and the fond memories made touring Jamaica with Appleton Estate and seeing how and where this top shelf spirit is produced. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Master Blender Joy Spence

The highlight of my Cane to Cocktail tour of Jamaica was the opportunity to experience a slice of island living with Appleton Estate Master Blender, Joy Spence, and to savour the rums she created with her there to discuss the science and the craft that goes into making them. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: At the Source

Produced only in Jamaica on one single estate in a small, circumscribed geographic area, Appleton Estate rum is one of the world’s few rums with a terroir. The core event of my Cane to Cocktail tour was a visit to the estate to discover what sets it apart from other rums and gives it such deep flavour. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay

There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little rarefied rest and relaxation now and again. And I’m glad I got to do just that in fine Caribbean style for a few nights of my Cane to Cocktail tour at the splendorous Half Moon resort in Montego Bay. Continue reading

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A Foodie’s Guide to Yacht Chartering in the Caribbean

One of the many great reasons to charter in the Caribbean is the unique flavours of the region. Food can shape our experience in the most profound way and should be a large part in any vacation worth its salt. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Blue Mountain Bliss

The Cane to Cocktail tour continued onwards and upwards into the mighty Blue Mountains for a taste of some of the world’s best coffee and sundowner with dinner at a cozy little boutique hideaway. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: Screechies, Hellshire Beach

A big shack on a small crescent beach, my morning at Screechies lived up to my years of daydreaming about how a lazy day in Jamaica might play out. Continue reading

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Cane to Cocktail: A Tour of Jamaica with Appleton Estate

An invitation to join a Cane to Cocktail tour of Jamaica hosted by premium Jamaican rum producer, Appleton Estate, with its Master Blender Joy Spence as guide for much of the trip was met with a speedy response and plenty of anticipation about the delicious fun ahead finding out about (and drinking plenty of) one of my favourite rums at its source. Continue reading

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A Taste of Jamaica: How to Experience the Best of the Food and Culture (Going Places)

I’m back from a delicious trip to Jamaica. The weather was perfect and so were the beaches, with the water at the beach –and in the pool – at an ideal temperature for quick dips and long soaks. While drying off between my dips and soaks, there was plenty of time to sample an amazing array of local food and drink. Continue reading

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Historic Puerto Rico: Exploring Old San Juan (Going Places)

The second oldest Europe-established capital in the Americas, (Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is older) is still very much a vibrant destination for whatever floats your vacation boat. For some of the Caribbean’s best preserved historical sites, cool cocktails, hot dancing, and a variety of fun-in-the-sun activities, Old San Juan is a sensational place to be. Continue reading

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Win a Luxury Holiday to the British Virgin Islands: #BVIParty

Today’s the last day to play for a chance to win a luxury holiday to the British Virgin Islands. All you’ve got to do is tweet your own BVI inspired cocktail recipe using the #BVIParty tag. Continue reading

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Dub Jam Jerk BBQ and Rum Shack, Covent Garden

Transforming a cloakroom into a “rum shack,” tiny 16-seater Dub Jam has opened near Covent Garden serving reggae, rum and Caribbean inspired dishes – all with a heaping side of Jamaican kitsch. The reggae? A selection of Trojan Record classics on … Continue reading

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5 Fun Puerto Rico Blogs (OneTravel)

Heading down to Puerto Rico for some Caribbean fun in the sun? Have a look at these five fine Puerto Rican blogs featuring local insight about what makes this friendly island such a great destination. Continue reading

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Bon Bini! Speak Papiamento on Aruba (OneTravel)

Papiamento is the language of the Caribbean’s ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao). These three western-most islands of the Leeward Antilles (which means they’re outside the hurricane zone) are all part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and boast a richly diverse heritage (even for the Caribbean) that’s unique unto itself. Continue reading

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Nothing Like Chocolate: A Fine Film for a Good Cause (Great British Chefs)

Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the movie centres around the work of “anarchist chocolatier” Mott Green and the Grenada Chocolate Company he co-founded in 1999. Offering an ethical and sustainable alternative to big biz chocolate, the Grenada Chocolate Company cuts out … Continue reading

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What’s for Lunch? Peppers & Spice, Dalston Junction (Londonist)

What’s for Lunch? Peppers & Spice, Dalston Junction Londonist, February 7, 2012 at 11:30 am No matter the time of day, there seems always to be a queue at this takeaway – something that can’t really be said about the … Continue reading

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