Anyone interested in spending a long lunch - about 2 hours - and eating jerk with a competition jerk chef? We'll be at CSA from10/4 to 10/13. I usually like to have the tour midweek, so let's shoot for Wednesday, October 9th. If anyone is interested, leave a reply here. It's free except for what you eat and drink, and when we're done, you'll be stuffed with both food and jerk knowledge. If we get a group together, I can bring some samples of my Jamaican jerk rub. The original recipe, which I still follow, was given to me in Boston Bay on my first trip to what was then called Couples Jamaica, in 1985.
Here are the details of the jerk tour:
The Jerk Tour is a chance to sample some real Jamaican jerk, not the tourist version (very good, nonetheless) served at the resort. We leave from the south end of the beach at noon. Walk around 2 miles to Bourbon Beach, back to Best In The West, and finish up at Ossie's; just 50 yards from CSA. Bring small mason jars or empty Wata bottles for sauce, take a Pepcid early that morning, and taste the real Jamaican Jerk.
Bourbon Beach is around 2 miles from CSA. Everyone should bring a bottle of water or two, but there's Red Stripe and Pepsi available all the way up the beach.
Most folks can eat a quarter chicken - drummer and thigh - or share. Bourbon Beach makes very good chicken, but marginal pork (if they have any at all.) They have a great brown sauce and the chef will give anyone 3 or 4 ounces in a small Mason jar. From Bourbon Beach, you walk back north about a mile to CocoLaPalm. Cross through their resort (everyone does it, no problem, mon) and you'll come out to Manley Boulevard. Best In The West is diagonally across the road. Cross carefully. Again, great chicken, probably the best of the three, and standard jerk sauce - Grays and Ketchup - but it's important to get a taste of the sauce used by 90% of the jerk shacks in Jamaica. Continue north on Manly Boulevard about 1/2 a mile and you'll come to Ossie's on the same side (you can see the south lobby of CSA from there.) Skip the chicken, but load up on the pork and make sure you use plenty of her green sauce! She will also sell you 3 or 4 ounces of sauce, if there's any left, but it will cost a few bucks.
Ricky Ginsburg Boca Raton, Florida
(just a 75 minute plane flight from paradise)