Res­tau­rant Week:

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD - Tick­oya Joseph Gleaner Writer

COOL WAVES of fresh air pass­ing over the lush green hills, punc­tu­ated by colour­ful, friendly res­i­dents, is the per­fect de­scrip­tion of Llan­dewey, St Thomas.

Every­one who meets you on the road greets you with an ear-to-ear grin and a hearty ‘Howdy’. This was quite a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence for T’Shura Gibbs, The Gleaner’s Res­tau­rant Week Am­bas­sador, who drove all the way from Mon­tego Bay.

As with most Ja­maican di­rec­tions, it was ‘up the hill’, ‘around the cor­ner’ and ‘then at the cross­road’. But sure enough, there it was, Mama G’s Chill Spot. In a mat­ter of min­utes, T’Shura and Dwaine, owner and chef of Mama G’s, were chat­ting like long-time bud­dies. He told her that the name came about as a trib­ute to his late mother-in-law who passed a year ago.

Mama G’s Chill Spot was that place where lively con­ver­sa­tions re­sounded while per­sons would grab any suit­able seat­ing and have their home-cooked meals, such as rice

Gand peas with stewed pork or fried chicken. There was also cur­ried goat, which had to be cooked with ex­tra gravy as that was the top­ping for al­most all meals. Blend­ing in like a chameleon, T’Shura or­dered her fried and brown stewed chicken and rice and peas, of course with cur­ried gravy. She sat firmly on a con­crete block and like a true ‘yardie’ had her meal. The ap­proval of the meal came early with­out a word. But per­sis­tent nod­ding and her smile gave it away; she was in love. “Mm­m­mmm, you can taste the real co­conut milk,” she said. Dwaine was quite the host as he kept T’Shura en­ter­tained while she ate. Quite cu­ri­ous, be­ing her first time in St Thomas, T’Shura wanted to see more of T’Shura is greeted by Richard Grant of Golden Shore Re­sort. The highly rec­om­mended bar­be­cued wings with fries and ripe plan­tain from Golden Shore Re­sort.

what the parish had to of­fer, and so her jour­ney led her to Lys­sons where she went to Golden Shore Re­sort.

ONE-STOP LO­CA­TION

Golden Shore could be de­scribed as a one-stop lo­ca­tion as the prop­erty has a lovely stretch of white sand beach, a res­tau­rant and a ho­tel. After her

heavy lunch at Mama G’s, T’Shura found a chill spot and lay on the beach where the sea breeze, along with the sounds of the waves ca­ress­ing the shore, put her to sleep. After her siesta, she was greeted by Richard Grant, the re­cep­tion­ist, who rec­om­mended a light meal of bar­be­cued wings with fries and ripe plan­tains. T’Shura’s ex­pres­sion

was a bit con­fus­ing at first but she later ex­plained that she was amazed at the taste of the wings.

“I don’t ex­pect wings to taste like this. I ex­pect this of chicken, but not wings,” she ex­plained. At the end of the day, the jour­ney did not seem that long as she was now sure she was com­ing back to St Thomas to Mama G’s and Golden Shore.

PHO­TOS BY GLAD­STONE TAYLOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Now, that looks good! This meal of fried and brown stewed chicken, with curry gravy, of course, with the ever-present rice and peas, will full any stom­ach. Life’s a beach! T’Shura chills out at Golden Shore Re­sort. That’s a mouth­ful! T’Shura bites into a piece of fried chicken as she def­i­nitely en­joys her lunch at Mama G’s Chill Spot in St Thomas.

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