Thursday, June 16, 2011
We here at the Hip Subscription have been fortunate enough, either through occupation or for just pure pleasure, to have travelled to some really exotic locales. Without a doubt, our favourite thing about these adventures is eating, especially when we bypass the usual suspects and go right to the street to where the locals are dining. Generally it's cheaper, faster, and far better quality than you'd find in most finer dining establishments. A few years ago, while in Kingston, Jamaica, we dipped our toes in the pool of Caribbean curries, ackee and saltfish, and the ever popular jerk chicken and pork. We loved it! So much in fact, that upon our return we desired it in the comfort of our own home. We've tried numerous jerk marinades and curry spice claiming to be authentic, but most left us feeling a little "meh" about the meal, especially on the direct comparison to their Kingston rivals. This is why we were so happy to discover Auntie Bev. We had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a local market, selling her wares directly to the consumer, and she was so pleasant and sweet that we had to take something home. Last night, with the curry pictured above, we made the best Caribbean curried fish we've had in a long time, and it has us chomping at the bit to get to the jerk marinade that we also bought. Suffice to say, it is worth your attention. For those of you in the greater Vancouver area, Auntie Bev is available through Save-On-Foods, but for our readers elsewhere (even international) you can order these fine gourmand products (and get recipes) here.