The Foodscapades: Rib Kage, Hope Zoo

Like an oasis in the middle of the desert, Rib Kage is situated in the heart of the Hope Zoo, St. Andrew. A pleasant surprise to me. You see, I’ve been to the zoo twice in the last two years and I didn’t notice the addition of a restaurant. Perhaps the oversight was due to my excitement in admiring the animals and not much else. That aside, Rib Kage is a gem. The ambiance is the best I’ve experienced in all my years of dining (p.s. it hasn’t been that long I’m only 23, I’m extra).

Cradled within the beautiful trees and flowers Hope Gardens/Zoo is famous for, the Serengeti’s open floor plan and rustic, natural wood furnishings completes the true escape feel of the restaurant. Typically, a restaurant will have modern, attractive furniture that fail in the comfort department. Not so at Rib Kage, the table and chairs while both high, were perfectly compatible allowing me to dine in sublime comfort with good posture.

img_3716-1I had only sat down for a little while and I was already impressed but the true test would be in the actual dining and service experience.

Price

And the service was impeccable! The food, delicious! The price was set to please. The price was probably what impressed me the most. Shocked there was no tax or service charge added to my total. I’m not sure if there was no tax at all or if the tax was already incorporated into the price of each dish. Either way I was happy with my total.

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Customer Service

Now on to service. Earlier I said it was impeccable and I was extremely happy about that. My only issue was not learning our server’s name. I’d have loved to refer to her by name her and give her the props she deserves. She was an excellent waitress. She explained the wait time for the meals. She provided us with excellent service, she never forgot us. Our meal was was served quickly even after she warned us of a 20 minute wait time. Our glasses were never without water.

Taste

To add to the excellent service, my meal was exactly as it was described. Covered in a mix of herbs the shrimp was served on skewers with a side of coleslaw and a whole Irish potato with butter. The pairing was delectable, my taste buds did a jig. All in all the meal was deeply satisfying.

If you want to dine in a secluded and cool atmosphere, perfect for table talk, Rib Kage is the restaurant I would recommend. That’s all for this review.

Let me know if you decide to visit Rib Kage, Hope Zoo or if you have already visited feel free to comment and tell me your experience while there.

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“And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” Ecc 3:13

-Candi Nicole

 

 

 

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Storytime: I didn’t wear deodorant for 2 weeks!..and I didn’t stink.

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Now  I know I know the title is a bit shocked emoji. Girl! It’s true though. I went without deodorant for more than a week and I didn’t smell.

Obviously you’re wondering why I wouldn’t wear deodorant and the simple answer is I was forced not to. It turned out that the anti-perspirant I was using had expired. Unfortunately I didn’t realize this until my skin was irritated. Yes, I had a rash and instead of discontinuing use completely I just opted to use the next one I had on hand. Bad idea. It only compounded the problem.

Despite the itchiness of both armpits the situation reminded me of how much I don’t actually need deodorant. I’m not the sweaty type, I hardly ever sweat in fact. Being reminded of this made me think about why  use anti-perspirant in the first place. I really don’t even need it. Here I was barely using my deodorant. I used so little that I think I had it for almost a year and when it expired I still had a decent amount left.

So as I made my way to work everyday in Jamaica’s tropical climate, get this….. I didn’t sweat and where there was no sweat there was no smell. One evening after work I met up with my boyfriend and when I told him I wasn’t wearing deodorant he proceeded to check me lol and guess what! I wasn’t even embarrassed to have him do that because I knew I didn’t smell.

I got so caught up in my hygiene routine that I forgot how my body behaved on its own. I say all this to remind us to give our pits a break. Give the chemicals a day off or two.

Stay fresh fam!

 

Love, Peace and Blessings

-Candi Nicole

 

Being a millennial

Hi, my name is Candi and I’m a millennial.

It was only recently that I realized the term actually described me. I always heard about generation x and the baby boomers and the generation gap etc etc. But now there’s a group that I fall into and I can actually identify with.

A group of people who don’t seem to fit in and are at war with the changing world, not changing fast enough to meet our very real needs.

The truth is millennials are the largest generation the world has seen and thanks to our doting parents we are also the most educated. But with great power they say comes great responsibility and that’s where things get rough. Not only are we expected to be better than our parents were with far greater competition but we also should somehow be happy and motivated and energetic all the time. While in reality being a millennial is depressing.

When you’re not struggling to start a business you are fighting against hundreds of applicants for the same job.

Let’s not forgot how social media has this way of pitting us against each other with unrealistic images of perfection and success.

Being a millenial is hard. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so. You may feel confused, useless and you probably still don’t know where you fit in this world. Whoever is reading this I want you to know that these feelings are not unique. They are valid but you are not the only one who struggles to figure out your future and your purpose. Don’t let it depress you. Instead, here are three tips to help you through those tough times:

  1. Talk about the issues you face with people you trust, who will listen to your concerns and see their validity. Sometimes a listening ear is all you need to get clarity. A problem that once seemed enormous can become smaller when its dissected in conversation.
  2. Don’t give up. You’ve probably heard this a million times but it’s true. Just like a wheel needs pressure applied to it to keep turning it’s the same with whatever you’re trying to accomplish. If you stop making an effort you won’t see any results. Taking a short break is fine but always get back on the horse. Reevaluate, assess, make the necessary changes and keep at it until success comes.
  3. Celebrate progress. In Jamaica we have an old proverb that says “every mikkle mek a mukkle” which means every little bit adds up, so as you keep making an effort results will come. Count all of those results big or small. Especially the smaller accomplishments on the journey to the big ones. an environment of celebration is always joyful and that will make happier. Treat yourself, buy that drink or that book or take that vacation or just sleep for 8 hours however you see fit to reward yourself, do it! You’ve earned it. You are worthy of a day off, a break, you deserve to enjoy yourself even though you haven’t ‘made it’ yet.

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Love and Peace

-Candi Nicole

The Foodscapades: Usain Bolt: Tracks and Records

Anyone who knows me knows that I love food. LOVE! In the truest meaning of the word. Food is life.

But don’t mistake this said love to mean I’m easy to please. I’m still quite nit picky and I’m a stickler for taste and consistency, which brings us to this new category on the blog: the foodscapades. A word coined by me to describe the food adventures we’ll embark on. I’ll take you to restaurants with me and give you my honest opinion in the following categories:

  1. Taste
  2. Price
  3. Customer service

So let’s kick things off with our first ever restaurant review!

Tracks and Records

Located in Jamaica’s capital city it was abuzz with activity as I got there. I had no issues being seated however. Already I was impressed. Then I was fortunate enough to be seated in what used to be the vip area on the second floor overlooking the rest of the restaurant, a delightful view.

Photo: The view from my table.

My picture is not quite doing it justice but you can see what I mean. A little.

My friends and I were promptly and pleasantly greeted. Shoutout to Tricia! We were happy.

So now on to the meat of the matter:

Taste

I ordered the Jerk Platter which allowed me to have a go at their styling of jerk pork and jerk chicken with the signature sides of festival and bread. The meats were pretty bland for me. Not nearly as spicy as I’d like as traditional jerk is. But if you aren’t a fan of spicy food it would be perfect for you.

Price

The price was JMD$1300 which is comparable to similar restaurants. No complaints here on the price.

Customer service

The wait for food was about 20 minutes but I won’t complain about that since it was a busy, Saturday night. We had our complimentary water and conversation so we barely noticed the time. The ambiance and music helped too. I was very relaxed. There were no interruptions during my meal and I didn’t feel pressured to leave the table despite it being a busy night.

Customer service=8/10

All in all Tracks and Records did not disappoint. If you like a little bit of alcohol, the bar is there for you, be sure to request the cocktail menu and check out for your choice of liquor. That’s all for this review.

Let me know if you decide to visit Tracks and Records or if you have already visited feel free to comment and tell me your experience while there.

Late

It’s Monday. A day most people view as the worst day of the week. Insert I hate Monday’s memes.

I can understand that view. I work a 8:30-5 (yes I said 8:30-5 those are my actual work hours) and yes a weekend of two days is definitely not enough.

But Monday’s are like a new lease on life for me. The start of a new week to accomplish new things, and change the old me of last week.

However on a day like today it’s easy to sink into the Monday blues when I’ve been waiting for a taxi to transport me to my next destination for over 30 minutes.

No taxis. A phenomenon I’ve actually grown accustomed to unfortunately. Living in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica waiting for a taxi has become a new hobby. I’m being sarcastic of course. I don’t think waiting for anything for an extended period is fun but hey, I’m a little impatient.

I guess it makes sense then that at this juncture of my life I’m being forced to wait for a taxi and rather than get upset I’m blogging about it. Maturity. I’m becoming patient.

While that is great, this wait this morning will definitely put a damper on my Monday mood and efficiency at work. It’s a crippled cycle. It goes a little like this:

  • I get to work late.
  • I start working late.
  • I do fewer tasks than planned.
  • I can opt to leave later to finish planned tasks but leaving work will be a challenge because the street my office is on is dangerous at night so I won’t.
  • I’ll have more tasks than usual on Tuesday.

And there you have it my plan for the week thwarted by an unreliable taxi system in rural St. Andrew. Despite that I’ll still manage to complete all the tasks I need to because I refuse to dwell on the things I cannot change.

Moral: Life is challenging there will always be setbacks and obstacles but u can overcome them with strategic planning and an empowered attitude.

May you have peace like a river continually flowing through your life.

-Candi Nicole

Press restart

Again. For the umteenth time I’m trying to put my talent to use and blog.

For years I’ve started and ended blogs not having the discipline to maintain a schedule and make posts. No posts to my WordPress website not to mention my Blogger or even my Weebly. Yes, I’ve tried all those blog sites to no avail. Whenever I got bored I moved to the next in search of fancier fonts and trendier page layouts.

Now in 2017 I’m at a cross roads of dissatisfaction with where I am in my life and the drive to do something about it. I’ve finally decided to make a move and keep making that move until my heart is content. I’m choosing to do something about my life’s current trajectory. Why wait for an employer to recognize the talent I already know I possess when I can practice and hone my craft here? Light bulb moment.

If you read this post you’re a real one, I’ll try not to bore you in future posts but this one is for me, to remember why I started when I feel like stopping again.

Let peace as a river be yours today and always.

-Candi Nicole

Raw Shea butter… My go to natural hair styling product

Like many new naturals I was looking for a product that would make my hair soft and shiny. I was hearing good stuff about many products but as a college girl on a budget I simply can’t afford to be a product junky. I had neither the money nor the time for trial and error with new products so I did my research.
I knew what my hair liked and didn’t like so I could deduced whether this new product I was eyeballing would work for my hair.

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Yes! You guessed it! Shea butter was my hair’s new bestfriend. It made me put my Blue Magic Coconut Oil on the back burner! This product worked wonders for my hair. I have coarse 4a-4c hair with fine/medium strands and this product worked well on all my textures.

To test the Shea Butter I tried it for a wet twist out. I applied it to freshly washed and deep conditioned hair in small – medium sections. As I applied the butter to my hair I could immediately notice a difference. It made my strands feel a lot smoother as the butter melted off my fingers and onto my hair. The next morning after sleeping on my twists covered by a satin bonnet I noticed that the twists were not squished, they were still fluffy and moisturized. I had loads of definition as you can see:

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I would definitely recommend this product. It may not work for all hair types though as some women find it to be too heavy for their hair but Shea Butter also has skin benefits so purchasing this product is worth it. It not only moisturizes and seals the hair but it does the same for the skin, it has properties that help with several skin issues such as stretch marks, eczema and even minor burns. It has many other potential benefits. What other products have that? So if doesn’t work for your hair it may well be useful for your skin and to me a product like that is worth trying out. That is definitely smart shopping. For more information on Shea Butter http:// http://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/21reasons/ .

In Jamaica you can find raw Shea butter at

Earth Elements in Savannah Plaza, Kingston or you can purchase online at http://earthelementsja.com .They have competitive prices. Trus me, I’m hooking you guys up. I’ve been to other stores that will remain nameless and the prices aren’t college girl budget friendly. The prices for products at Earth Elements are all inclusive of tax.

If anyone decides to check them out let me know or tell them Candi sent you. I hope this post was helpful.

Magicaljamaicangirl,
Candi.
Xoxoxo