Paul Island, Mi Come From

Unveiling of cake by  Ms Mavis and Gilda

Unveiling of cake by Ms Mavis and Gilda

Auntie Bev, me, Ms Mavis, Auntie Julie

Auntie Bev, me, Ms Mavis, Auntie Julie

Fitzroy singing

Fitzroy singing

Bride and groom cutting cake

Bride and groom cutting cake

Kennece and Lorraine at reception

Kennece and Lorraine at reception

Kennece, ring bearer

Kennece, ring bearer

imageOver 12 years ago I met my husband here on the West End on his way to work at the world famous, Ricks cafe, where he was the featured vocalist for the nightly “sunset show”. I had been living here for a year before meeting Fitzroy aka Silk. Born in Mo Bay but raised during his early years in Paul Island and later in a tiny community called Sheffield, 4 miles from Negril where we built our home.

So happy for this time back on the island we tried to put our short time to good use. Every morning began with a dip in the ocean which is steps from our hotel room, followed by a wonderful breakfast that can be Jamaican, American or a little of both. We would then plan out our respective day. He’s been going to our house almost daily cleaning and doing yard work and a stop by his mom’s to see if anything is needed. There will be a party at her house the day after the upcoming wedding so errands have to be run. His sound system, Black Ruby will provide the music so he and crew have been getting it together as well.
My day is straight leisure, not doing a dang thing. I love it!

The one thing we knew we would do one day would be to go to the spice factory to stock up because our supply in Cali needed replenishing. Fitzroy learned the art of Jamaican and Indian cooking from his maternal Indian grandmother, everyone called, “Mim”. He’s quite an accomplished chef. The must have seasonings are: garlic powder, chicken seasoning, all purpose, masala, and jeera. 3 lbs of garlic powder costs a little more than what we pay for a small bottle at home. Garlic is something we use everyday in our kitchen. The EasiSpice factory is located in Savanna La Mar, referred to as Sav for short. It’s about 20 mins from Negril and where locals go to shop for furniture, clothes, groceries, pay bills, etc. The main drag is Great Georges Street and at any given time traffic can be bumper to bumper with taxi drivers blaring their horns as they dart in and out of traffic. You will see every conceivable shop and business all along the way to the end of the road where you will find the outdoor fish, meat and produce markets. Talk about local color… This is where you will find it at its best. You will see street vendors hawking their wares in the middle of the street, on the sidewalk, and in front of brick and mortar businesses. Everybody has on their hustle hat as they scurry about trying to make an honest dollar.

Dinner Friday night was at the Blue Mahoe located at the Spa Retreat on the West End. I can’t speak on their spa or their hotel rooms but the restaurant is definitely on point. Check out my review on Tripadvisor (I’m katnegril). Coming to Negril? You’ve got to dine there at least once. The service, the food and presentation is 5 star.

Sundáy was the wedding and if you ever thought CP time was a mess, Jamaican Time is worse. The wedding was set for 1pm in Grange Hill at the SDA church which is about 30 mins from Negril. Before we were about to leave we get a call advising the ceremony would be an hour delayed. WTF?? So we re-group and leave later. We finally get to the church but the ceremony does not begin until 3:45. The groom was there patiently waiting with the rest of us. Finally, it begins and it was a lovely service. Fitzroy was to sing but was moved to perform at the reception which was held at the groom’s home in Paul Island.

Fitzroy’s sister, Lorraine did an expert job coordinating everything from Connecticut even bringing the 4 layer Jamaican rum cake and the handmade lavender iced flowers on the flight. She did the icing here. The area adjacent to Massa’s house was transformed into a very tropical setting with bamboo and palm fronds. Soon after our arrival at the reception; cups of mannish water were passed around. Mannish water is typically served at all Jamaican weddings. It’s a soup made from the goat belly and head with carrots, yam, green banana and spinners (spiral shaped flour dumplings).

The guests sipped mannish water while waiting for the bridal party to change clothes and make their entrance. At last, toasts and speeches were made, and the unveiling of the cake. Fitzroy serenaded the couple and soon after we slipped away. We hated to leave but we had another engagement. Our time is getting short, 2 more days and we will be headed back to Cali.

Auntie Bev, me, Ms Mavis

Auntie Bev, me, Ms Mavis

4 thoughts on “Paul Island, Mi Come From

  1. Hey Kat, I remember the day twenty years ago when you first met your husband I was their, I remember you standing on the side of the stage looking at him like he was the only one on stage. LOL

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