26 Jun

JEWISH TOURS IN JAMAIACA??? Thread from the Web Blog by Anna Ruth Henriques

What??? There are Jews in Jamaica? Well, yes! We – I’m one of them – are mostly descended from Sephardic Jews who fled the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisition beginning in the late 15th century, traveling to the New World as conversos, also known as ‘hidden Jews.’ In other words, Jews have been on the island a long time, say just over 500 years, the first allegedly arriving with Columbus on his first voyage to the island in 1494. Columbus, it is said, was a man of ambiguous origins, possibly Italian, possibly Basque, and very possibly a converso.

24 Jun

Farm to Table - Stush in the Bush

Stush in the Bush is an apt description of Lisa and Chris Binns. Stush is a word Jamaicans love. It implies style, pride, and a certain arrogance about living a good life, valuing quality, what’s important. The most important ingredient in every Stush in the Bush product is love and affection; it even says so, right on the label.

24 May

Cunha Cunha Pass - Hiking Blue Mountains, with Family & Friends

It was Tammy’s birthday, and she wanted to be hiking in the Blue Mountains, with Family and close Friends. We were a group of Jamaicans, and none of us had ever hiked the Cunha Cunha Pass, a 5.5 mile mountain trail, which was first used by the Windward Maroons, (Taino and Africans who ran away to the mountains rather than stay as slaves).

13 May

Jamaica Food Journeys

Last winter I was lucky enough to tour with Stephen and Sahar-Arafat Ray. They asked for a couple days pursuing Steve’s passion – Music, and Sahar’s – Food, in southwest Jamaica. Steve has a dream job promoting Texas generated music for the Austin Public Art’s Council, and Sahar is one of Austin’s favorite cooking instructors and food bloggers – Tart Queens Kitchen. The resulting blog can be found on Sahar’s blog: http://www.tartqueenskitchen.com/?p=2278

About the author

Lynda Lee Burks has lived in Jamaica most of her adult life. She supports her passion for living by the sea, by organizing tours of Jamaica, producing events – dub poets to destination weddings, and as artist and teacher.  

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