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  • National Geographic Ranks Ackee and Salt fish 'Second Best' National Dish

    Jamaican cuisine has again found favour with international palates, and our ackeeand salt fish is ranked as the second-favourite on a top-ten list compilation of national dishes by National Geographic in their book, Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places To Eat Around The Globe.

    Thursday Life, ever so pleased at the culinary recognition, shares the listing.

    1. Hamburgers, US

     

     

     


    Although the origins of the hamburger are disputed, there is no argument over the popularity of this classic dish. Toppings and accompaniments vary from region to region, but for an original version, visit Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, which has been serving hamburgers since 1900 and claims to be the oldest hamburger restaurant in the US.

     

    Planning: Louis' Lunch is open most days for lunch and some days until the early hours of the morning.

    2. Ackee and Salt fish, Jamaica

     

    Despite ackee's unhappy origins as slave food, Jamaicans have reclaimed it as part of their national dish. A nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty flavour, ackee resembles scrambled egg when boiled. Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with salt fish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes. Sometimes the dish is served atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains.

    Planning: Jake's, Treasure Beach, is renowned for ackee and salt fish and also offers cooking classes.

    3. Coo-Coo and Flying Fish, Barbados

     

    A polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge, coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables, or fried and served with a spicy sauce.

    Planning: The Flying Fish restaurant overlooking St Lawrence Bay claims to be the Barbadian national dish's home.

    4. Bulgogi, Korea

     

    Beef bulgogi (fire meat) is a dish of thinly sliced, prime cuts of meat marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, onions, ginger, sugar, and wine and then grilled. It is often eaten wrapped in lettuce or spinach leaves and accompanied by kimchi (fermented vegetable pickle). Many Korean restaurants have miniature barbecues embedded in tables where diners grill the meat themselves.

    Planning: Seoul's upmarket Byeokje Galbi chain is a bulgogi sensation.

    5. Kibbeh, Lebanon/Syria

     

    Dining well Levantine-style often means sticking to the delicious mezes (appetisers). Kibbeh, a versatile confection of ground lamb, bulgur, and seasonings, is a core component of mezes. It is often fried in torpedo or patty shapes, baked, boiled, or stuffed, but is tastiest raw.

    Planning: Aleppans in northern Syria are kibbeh's greatest innovators, flavouring it with ingredients like pomegranate or cherry juice.

    6. Goulash, Hungary

     

    Gulyás — Magyar for "herdsman"-became a national dish in the late-1800s, when Hungarians sought symbols of national identity to distinguish themselves from their partners in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A filling stew of beef, vegetables, red onions, and spices, goulash gets its flavour from the use of slow-cooked beef shin, or similar richly flavoured cuts, and paprika.

    Planning: For a lighter version, sample gulyásleves (goulash soup).

    7. Wiener Schnitzel, Austria

     

    Made with the finest ingredients and served fresh, this simple dish of pounded veal cutlets breaded and lightly fried is Austria's food ambassador, despite the dish's Italian origins. Austrians typically eat Wiener schnitzel garnished with parsley and lemon slices, alongside potato salad.

    Planning: Vienna's Café Landtmann, a city institution since 1873, serves up an authentic version of the dish, as well as a dose of history and glamour: Sigmund Freud, Marlene Dietrich, and Paul McCartney have been among its famous patrons.

    8. Pot-au-Feu, France

     

    Originally a rustic dish that was stewed continuously all winter and topped up as needed, pot-au-feu (pot-in-the-fire) is a warming, fragrant dish of stewing steak, root vegetables, and spices. Traditionally, cooks sieve the broth and serve it separately from the meat.

    Planning: In downtown Paris, Le Pot au Feu at 59 Boulevard Pasteur (Métro: Pasteur) specialises in its namesake.

    9. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, England

     

    Despite England's increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine, this dish remains a much-loved Sunday lunch and national symbol. Named for England's eponymous county, Yorkshire -- or batter -- puddings originally served as fillers before the main course for those who could afford little beef. Today, the two are usually eaten together alongside gravy-soaked roast potatoes, vegetables, and horseradish sauce.

    Planning: Try the traditional British restaurant London's Rules, founded in 1798, or country pubs.

    10. Irish Stew, Ireland

     

    Originally a thick broth of slow-boiled mutton with onions, potatoes, and parsley, Irish stew nowadays often incorporates other vegetables, such as carrots, and many cooks brown the mutton first. It is a staple of Irish pubs worldwide.

    Planning: One place in Dublin to enjoy Irish stew and other traditional fare is Sheeben Chic, in George's Street.

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  • 3 Person Dies Following Shooting At JLP MoBay Meeting [Graphic Pictures]

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    WESTERN BUREAU: 
    A third person has been confirmed dead while a woman is now undergoing emergency surgery arising from Sunday night's shooting at a Jamaica Labour Party mass meeting in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.

    Early this morning, the police released a statement identifying one of the victims as 22-year-old Javin Campbell otherwise called 'Javinci'.

    The police say he is a known gangster from Flanker.

    to the police five people were shot in the incident.

    Earlier reports had said four people had been shot.

    At the Cornwall Regional Hospital where the injured people were taken for medical attention, scores of persons including high-profile JLP members are now gathered. 

    "I know  one of the young men who was killed personally," said JLP General Secretary, Dr Horace Chang.

    "He is from Flanker, another one is a bus driver from S Catherine. What happened is both frightening and worrying."

    Regarding a possible motive, Chang said he did not want to speculate because any irresponsible statement from any party official could lead to other issues.

    "I am going to allow the police to investigate and come up with their own findings. We have to take a responsible approach. We can't allow ourselves to inflame an already bad situation," he said.

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  • Female vendor murdered in Ocho Rios

     

    A female vendor was on Saturday found dead with her throat slashed in the Pineapple community of Ocho Rios in St Ann.

    Cavena Collins, popularly known as ‘Tash’, was apparently murdered on her way home.

    The Ocho Rios Police reported being summoned to the crime scene around 9:30am, shortly after the woman’s body had been found.

    One of Collins’ sons reportedly discovered her body and alerted neighbours.

    The deceased also left behind a young baby boy.

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  • UWI student allegedly used ‘scamming’ to pay school tuition

     

    A University of the West Indies (UWI) student who was arrested on multiple fraud and scamming related charges, after he allegedly defrauded a United States citizen of US$3450 and used it to pay his tuition accused was today hauled before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

    Cheves Allen, who is a second year Actuarial Science student, is charged with transporting money using access device, obtaining credit by fraud, six counts of unauthorised access to computer data, six counts of conspiracy to transport money using access device, five counts of possession of identity information and transporting money using access device.

    He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    Allegations are that between January 2, 2015 and August 10, 2015, the accused the credit card of a United States citizen, without authorisation, to pay his school fee. An accountant at UWI detected the fraud when the actual credit card holder reversed the transaction.

     

    The police later carried out a search at Allen’s home and discovered telephone numbers, names, banking information and addresses of US citizens. It is also alleged that Allen runs a business at UWI, where he employs and tutors other students on scamming.

    After the allegations were read, the Judge, Judith Pusey said, “You are what they call an educated scammer.”

    However, Allen’s lawyer painted a different picture of the situation. He claimed Allen did not defraud anyone by using his or her credit card. He said Allen has been working online for an overseas company doing data entry, and he advised his employer to deposit his pay directly to the university.

    As for the US citizen’s information which were found at Allen’s home, his lawyer claims they are not of US Citizens, but that of the people Allen employs to do data entry for the company as well.

    He was denied bail and is to reappear in court on Monday. A fingerprint order was made.

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  • Chin, Bop deny getting back together Gully Bop ah call off mi phone, say him waan mi back

    Diamond Music Empire recording artiste Shauna Chin, aka Chin, Chin has denied recent online reports that she and Gully Bop may be getting back together.

    "Gully Bop ah call off mi phone, say him waan mi back and ah say mi mustn't talk to anybody else. But I am not going back into any relationship with him. It's over. Mi see him pon front page a paper ah model with new girl," a defiant Chin Chin said.

    However, when contacted by THE STAR, Gully Bop rubbished the claims made by his former fiancEe.

    "A Chin want me back. Right now a music me a focus pon. A studio me deh. Me have a video wid me and Chin, and when me a watch it back, it start bring up memories, so me just lock it off," he said.

    Chin Chin and Gully Bop are slated to perform at Nine Miles Music Festival in St Ann tomorrow. This will be the first event Chin Chin and Gully Bop will be appearing on together, since their break-up. Social media sites have claimed that the two will be going head-to-head in a lyrical clash, however, Gully Bop denied this.

    "Me and her naah clash. We a nuh friend. We nuh inna no relationship. She take the left and me take the right. Me not even want she talk to me. She diss me bad, and me done wid her," Gully Bop said.

    Harry Shivnani of Nine Miles Foundation, a promoter of the festival, told us though both acts are booked to perform, he has no knowledge of a clash.

    "I don't really know what is going to happen on stage. If they are going to clash, they will clash. It should be a nice event to come to," he said.

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