While visiting Jamaica, we wanted to try as many authentic meals as we could. To start the day off, I would usually get coffee and breakfast from the Yoga Center. The ladies in the kitchen were so kind and would always make my coffee perfectly, their trick was using sweetened condensed milk. (To read more about the where to stay and visit in Jamaica click here). Blue Mountain coffee is amazing and I had to get some when I returned to the states! I tried their veggie omelet, french toast (pictured), along with the traditional Jamaican breakfast of ackee and saltfish. Akee is the national fruit of Jamaica and is used in multiple ways. When it is cooked with certain foods it will bring out a different taste, for example when cooked with fish it brings out an egg flavor.
The best place for a real Jamaican lunch or dinner is Sweet Spot, located less than a mile north from the yoga center. I was a huge fan of their jerk chicken (pictured), always paired with rice and beans. I also tried curried conch (pictured) and ox tail.
Jamaica is mostly known for their rum punch, but for the best dirty bananas visit Yellow Bird, a bar only a half mile north of the yoga center. It is a square shaped hut right on the beach where they blend up your drink with fresh bananas. There was also a lady selling home-made coconut cakes and chocolate cakes that were delicious.
While sitting on the beach, many vendors would be passing by offering their craft, food, and drink. My favorite beach snack was the chicken patties. Spicy chicken with beans enclosed in a breaded crust, still hot from the oven, wrapped in foil. There was also a small shop, Unity Park Cafe (pictured), near the yoga center that had them as well!
Other vendors walking down the beach included fresh fruit, freshly squeezed juice, coconut cakes, rum cakes, and much more! Along the beach there are many restaurants, shops, vendors, and small cafes. I visited a small smoothie shack (pictured) and got a fruit smoothie made with organic strawberries, bananas, papaya, and mango.
Along the road we would find fresh fruit and veggie stands where they sold freshly picked harvests from their gardens. We purchased oranges, star apples, apples, avocados, and aloe (pictured). There are also ice cold jelly carts along the roads in the town that sell fresh coconuts that they cut open for you (pictured). They’re always refreshing on a hot day!