August 2, 2018

Shanty Man – Ital Par

Greetings massive! Another week, and another adventure on downdiroad.com. Today I share with you an adventure I had a few weeks ago. We’ve been meaning to feature a vegan restaurant on #DownDiRoad and my good friend Immanuel (popularly known as Ras-I) suggested we visit the chef known as ‘Shanty Man’ who is based in Gordon Town, a little up from Papine in St. Andrew. We set out to visit Shanty & I have to say it was a pleasant surprise. The food was amazing & I personally learned a lot about Shanty Man, his history, and the future of his empire in this little interview. Shanty Man is the main…

July 26, 2018

Woody’s Burgers – Portland Food Stop

Big ups to all the #Roadies! We have a surprise drop this week right before the weekend!   It’s been a great blessing to invest in the camera equipment that we use to take the pictures & videos we make for #DownDiRoad, and we have been even more blessed to start a freelance media house called DDR Production. We are still in the beginning stages and formalising the business has been a process, but from time to time we get requests for photoshoots & videos. Recently we were in Portland on a shoot and afterwards, decided to make the most out of the journey and do an impromptu episode of…

June 30, 2018

Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience – Fun In The Rum

Greetings massive! It’s the weekend so you know it’s adventure time! This week is a little different. I organized the ultimate rum par at the Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth! The tour was sickk & I hope you guys take a trip & experience is for yourselves. In the mean time you can watch the brand new episode of #DownDiRoad below & check out the Appleton vibes! Photo gallery & blog post continues below.   #DownDiRoad Episode 4 – JOY SPENCE APPLETON ESTATE RUM EXPERIENCE   So boom; Appleton #rumtour. I first went on this tour many years ago for one of my Tourism courses at UTech, but this was…

March 29, 2018

Jamaica Coffee Festival 2018

Boom! The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival was the first of it’s kind in Jamaica. The three day inaugural event was a celebration of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, curated by the Ministry of Tourism. The downdiroadja squad was in attendance on Day 2, scheduled to be the ‘Festival Marketplace’ and held at the JDF soldier camp in Newcastle St. Andrew. Based on Newcastle’s location and size, the organizers had hourly shuttles which trasported patrons from from UTech to the event ground. The setup was straight forward, with a wide variety of coffee based products and great entertainment (big up The Charles Town Maroons & big up Singy Singy). The coffee…

March 13, 2018

MUNCHIES (RASTA TACO X ROLLY POLLY X KAYA INC.)

Greetings massive! The ORIGINAL #DownDiRoad is finally back & squad returns to you with Episode 9 in Season 2! #DownDiRoad has morphed right before our eyes & we’ve added #downdiroadLIVE as well as #chippinDownDiRoad, but fret not we haven’t forgotten our roots. We have some new experiences to share with you today!   #DownDiRoad – EP09 – MUNCHIES is here! Watch the new episode right here but scroll down for some more info!   So boom! In this adventure we head out to Ochi town & we are featuring three very interesting establishments, all poised for greatness.   Stop 1 – Rasta Taco Stop one lead us to Island Village Plaza,…

February 3, 2018

Curry Par – Curried goat at Moby Dick x Sharmz x Murray’s

Watch the NEW episode of #DownDiRoad below, but continue reading for the photo gallery, and more info on Moby Dick, Sharmz & Murray’s.    BOOM! Wah gwaahn?!? Remember when we were supposed to go on a food journey? We kinda took a wrong turn along the way, but these things happen when a Jamaican tells you “yea man, just gwaahn down di road!” So quick and fast let me tell you what this adventure is all about.   Being “out of many one people,” results in Jamaica having a melting pot of food and worldwide cultural influences. Curry goat and curry in general is a favourite among Jamaicans. 8 times out of…

January 20, 2018

SOUTH COAST! – BLACK RIVER SAFARI, PELICAN BAR & JACK SPRAT @ JAKES

Yowwwwww! St. Elizabeth, Jamaica! I didn’t familiarize myself with the parish affectionately called St. Bess until 2017 on a drive out to Negril. The south coast of Jamaica is a gem of beauty I tell you! It’s the last #DownDiRoad with Sasha (*thug tears*). We went to St. Elizabeth for the day & made a few stops. J. Charles Swaby’s Black River Safari – sick tour of the Black River with nufff crocodiles & wild birds! Floyd’s Pelican Bar – the famous bar made of stilted driftwood, located in the middle of the Parottee Bay. Very “wavvyyy” Jack Sprat Seafood & Pizza – The famous restaurant at Jakes Hotel in…

January 5, 2018

The Longboarder – Surfer’s Paradise

Boom! Another week another adventure! Check out the newest episode of #DownDiRoad below, but please stay for the full story & photo gallery of our adventure.   When last have you been somewhere new? Are you living your best life? I think I’ve been doing pretty well at new things, but there is so much room for more. At one point in my life I used to make New Year’s resolutions, but these days I like to make LIFE resolutions. I mean, why wait when you know what you want? One of my recent life resolutions is to simply, ‘do more.’ I don’t pride myself on material objects. I have…

December 31, 2017

HIP STRIP – PORK PIT & STARBUCKS

Wah gwaahn my side?!? So yea one more #DownDiRoad this time we went to Mobay. Well actually, we went to pick up a friend from the airport & his flight was cancelled so rather than call it a day wasted, we made the most of it! If you’re ever in Mobay please go to the Pork Pit! And last but not least, Starbucks! A lot of talk has been made about Starbucks, but in my opinion I think it’s a good move. It’s all local based coffee, and it’s adding foreign exchange to our economy I have no qualms.  Thanks for the support & remember to subscribe to the Youtube…

December 2, 2017

F&B Downtown – Fine Jewellery Meets Fine Dining

Have you heard about the Downtown Kingston revival? There is a LOT happening Downtown. It might have started with Digicel building their headquarters there, but with the recent redevelopment project headed by the Urban Development Company (UDC), there is construction being done all over.  Look around and you’ll see new buildings rising up everywhere. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, & the GraceKennedy Limited corporate office, to right on the waterfront where you’ll see the new Victoria Pier Food complex redevelopment project. Downtown Kingston is well on it’s way to becoming a hotspot again.  A few weeks ago I heard about this fancy restaurant Downtown.  “Downtown? Fancy?”…