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.


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.


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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