Food

South Florida will sizzle again this November as the 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, the largest Caribbean food festival in the United States, gets underway at the lush and spacious Markham Park in Sunrise on Sunday, November 14, 2010.
The sixth annual Restaurant Week Jamaica kicks off November 13, 2010 and runs through November 20. The seven-day culinary celebration is bigger than ever this year with a record 60 restaurants spanning Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. The event will offer some of Jamaica’s best meals at prices discounted by at least 30%. Patrons will feast on prix fixe menus from a full range of origins such as Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, Italian, Indian, French and Jamaican for prices from $17-45. Restaurant Week Jamaica is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and sponsored by the Gleaner newspaper.
Barbados was chosen “Culinary Team of the Year” at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual “Taste of the Caribbean” culinary competition hosted in Puerto Rico last month. The honor of “Caribbean Chef of the Year”, sponsored by Bahama Breeze restaurants, went to Graham Singer of Antigua and Barbuda, while “Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year”, sponsored by Albert Uster Imports, Inc., was awarded to Antigua and Barbuda's Maureen Bowers. The award for “Caribbean Bartender of the Year” was presented to Alva Preville of St. Lucia, while Puerto Rico's Osvaldo Ortega took home the title of “Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year”.
If you are a black man in America, you are two and a half times more likely to die from prostate cancer, compared to white men. You therefore need to have nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day to keep the prostate happy. Don’t be overwhelmed by recommendations which seem difficult. Just aim to eat twice as many servings as you are eating now, and keep increasing your intake. Get a blood test - prostate specific antigen - which can tell you if you are at high risk. The good news is that some fruits and vegetables are more powerful at keeping the prostate healthy than others. Pink guavas, pink grapefruit, cooked tomatoes and watermelon protect the prostate gland from inflammation because they contain a red pigment called lycopene.
Patrons attending last month’s 14th annual Americas Food and Beverage show in Miami, Florida found lots of tasty stuff to sample at the “Jamaica Pavilion”, featuring booths with Jamaican products. A Jamaican jerk sauce, called “Barbecue Madness”, was named “Best Sauce” at the show. The sauce was entered in the “Sauces and Condiments of the Americas” category. Products from 27 countries in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America were on display at the event.
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