Senior Trip in Jamaica! Tweet 23rd March 201723/03/17 Amy's Blog Amy Hanten 0 Comments One of my favorite places in the world is Jamaica. I’ve been vacationing here for more than 20 years. I love everything about it. The sea, the mountains, the music, the flowers, and of course the food! But my favorite thing about Jamaica has to be the people! This year’s trip to Jamaica over spring break was extra special! My daughter Ireland is a senior in high school so she invited 5 of her friends to come along. It was a trip I’ll never forget! None of the girls had been to Jamaica before. I wanted to show them the “real” Jamaica. Let’s start with the food. The minute we land and get our luggage, Ireland just has to get a Jamaican patty. They sell them right there at a little stand outside at the airport. It’s a pastry filled with beef and spices inside a flakey shell. As you can see, the girls devoured them! We do Jamaica a little differently than most. Instead of staying at a hotel, we rent a house. Or, in Jamaica they call them villas. Most villas come with a cook, a housekeeper, and caretaker. We’ve rented the same villa for several years now so the staff is like family! They welcome us with big hugs! And, there are always tears when we have to say goodbye. I wanted our first dinner of the vacation to be a traditional Jamaican dinner. I asked our cook, Miss Tiny, if we could have jerk chicken, a big fresh salad, coleslaw, and her famous rice and peas. The girls loved it! Especially the rice and peas! They asked to have it every night after that. Here’s my recipe for a shortcut to make this wonderful Jamaican Rice and Peas side dish at home! So good! The fruits and veggies in Jamaica are AMAZING! A produce truck comes to the house a few times a week. It’s like a traveling farmers market. I always get so excited to see it in the morning. Miss Tiny and I pick out what we want together. This trip the girls helped too! Breakfast every morning was filled with gorgeous fresh fruit like watermelon, pineapple, grapefruit, mangos and papaya. I make my Blender Banana Bread most mornings too! I was pretty flattered when Miss Tiny asked me to write down my recipe so she could make it for other guests! Besides going to the beach and spending lots of time in the pool, the we took a bike trip up to the mountains where they grow the delicious Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. The scenery was spectacular! They even showed us how they roast the coffee beans! Smelled so good! The girl’s also zip lined and went on the Jamaican bobsled ride at Mystic Mountain. Here the girls are at the beautiful Blue Hole for a day of swimming and diving in the beautiful blue waters. It really was a magical trip! I know I’ll be back next year! Hope the girls will get back to Jamaica one day with their families too! Until then, we’ll just have to make Miss Tiny’s Key Lime Pie at home! Have you been to Jamaica? If so where do you like to go? I’d love to hear! Share Your Secrets Title Your Secret [honeypot url-262] ×Cooking Community - Share Your Recipe Recipe Title Ingredient List Directions Other Notes (optional) Recipe Category (choose 1 or 2) Breakfast & Brunch Sandwiches Appetizers Soups Salads Sides Casseroles Slow Cooker Dinner Desserts Drinks Please attach a photo of your recipe. (Maximum file size: 5 MB. Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png. Images should be at least 700 pixels wide for best display.) [honeypot email-976] [dynamichidden* dynamichidden-username "CF7_get_current_user"] [dynamichidden* dynamichidden-email "CF7_get_current_user key='user_email'"] ×Cooking Community - Share Your Java Blog Blog Title Content Please attach a photo of your recipe. (Maximum file size: 5 MB. Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png. Images should be at least 700 pixels wide for best display.) [honeypot hunt-349] ×Book Club Choice Your Name Your Email Book Title Description/Notes [honeypot cantseethis] × This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work! Please upgrade today!