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Boston Jerk Centre in Portland

11/26/05

Permalink 09:56:05 pm, by Melba
Categories: Culture

Boston Jerk Centre in Portland

Boston Jerk Centre
Boston Jerk Centre

It’s the weekend and what better way to relax than a leisurely drive in the country. Today’s destination was Boston Jerk Centre in Portland. We decided to go via St. Thomas and return via St. Mary.
After leaving the house at about 11:00am our first stop was a refreshing drink of coconut water in Yallahs by the seaside. As we continued on our way we couldn’t help but marvel at the natural waterfalls along the roadside which were all gushing from the recent heavy rains.You can't be in that part of the island and not stop at the Paul Bogle statue in Morant Bay. Just before Manchioneal we stopped again, this time for fruits from the dread. The jackfruit was juicy, the ‘beeny’ bananas were sweet and we got juneplums, breadfruit and a nice big pawpaw to go. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a big pawpaw. You only see the small ones in the supermarket these days.
Our next stop was Portland. “Hot and ready, taste and buy” was the cry of the vendors at the Boston Jerk Centre in Boston Bay, Portland. Although renowned for the best pork in Jamaica you can also get chicken, sausages, fish or lobster jerked to perfection. To accompany the meats you can have festival, breadfruit, hard dough bread or rice and peas. To wash it all down there is fresh natural juices made from juneplum, guava, and pineapple along with the regular sodas, beers and of course coconut water.
It was certainly worth the drive. We had the most delicious hot roasted yellow heart breadfruit ever, along with succulent lean jerk pork and pork sausages. The fresh juneplum juice with ginger and no sugar added was simple divine. We finished off with a stroll over to Boston Beach and watched some youngsters surfing in the high tide.
A leisurely drive via the Portland coastline got us back to Kingston by 8:00pm. Tired but contented. What was also very refreshing about the day was the humility of all the people we met. From the lady who sold us the coconut jelly in Yallahs to the guys selling at the jerk centre in Portland. Jamaica still has so much to offer.
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Waterfalls along Yallahs roadside
Waterfalls along Yallahs roadside

Sam Sharpe Statue in Sam Sharpe Square, Morant Bay
Paul Bogle Statue in Morant Bay

Dread\'s Fruit Stall
Dread's Fruit Stall

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1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
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