Next Stop: Jamaica



This picture is my not-so-subtle attempt to let you know what the next two weeks will consist of chez the Traveler’s Lunchbox. Those of you who have been reading since last December might recall some particularly good news I received shortly before Christmas that involved a magazine, a competition, and a sun-drenched Caribbean island. After six long months of arrangements and negotiations, the time has finally come to jet off to Jamaica! As guilty as I feel about abandoning you yet again, I hope you’ll forgive me since, after all, this time it’s all about the food!

We’ll be spending two weeks experiencing the different faces of Jamaica – the first week soaking in the slow life of the rural south coast (Treasure Beach, to be exact), and the second in Montego Bay, the main tourist enclave. Along the way we’ll see some rum-making in action, attend cooking classes, visit markets and eat in a lot of restaurants. Oh, and of course we’ll try our hand at lounging on as many beaches as we can find in an attempt to make up for years of accumulated sun deficit from living in Scotland. In fact, by the time this is published, we’ll probably be doing exactly that.

See you soon!


23 thoughts on “Next Stop: Jamaica

  1. Have a great time- looking forward to hearing about all the gastronomical delights Jamaica offers you!xxx

  2. Melissa, you lucky lucky thing. I’m dreaming to get the chance do the same thing in Cuba and Puerto Rico.I’ll forgive your sudden departure as long as you prmoise to write allllll about your trip when you get back. Including recipes. :-Phave a great time!

  3. Please have more than enough fun than humanly possible, enjoy the sun and breeze and food and we’ll anxiously be awaiting your return and all the fabulous stories and tidbits!Congrats and enjoy! You deserve it!

  4. Melissa, I have just discovered your blog and it’s like I’ve discovered a soul sister I never knew I had… you and I are so similar it’s scary! I share your obsession with food, go to sleep thinking about it, dream about it and wake up thinking what I could create next. My cookbook collection is enormous! I haven’t cooked anything from about half of them, yet i am intimately familiar with all the recipes in them. On cold wet days, or even bright sunny ones, i will sit down and become re acquainted with those I haven’t pored over in a while. I met my husband-to-be in a hostel, where our relationship blossomed over food. We lived in Scotland for some time, where I would trudge out in the bitter cold to the Edinburgh farmers markets and to my most favourite deli in Leith where we lived to pick up some local venison, pink eye potatoes, beautiful cured meats and cheeses or whatever else I could get my hands on.I am now back in Australia, where I grew up and still head out to the farmers markets every week to buy the freshest produce and ingredients I can. We have amazing food available here in Australia, some of the finest and most varied in the world!Thank you for your blog Melissa, it is an absolute pleasure to read! It just makes me smile to realise I am not the only one like me out there 😀

  5. Hi Melissa,Have a wonderful time! Jamaica is so beautiful. I’m sure you won’t want to go back home once you’re there. Can’t wait to hear about all of your delicious adventures!

  6. I am so insanely jealous! 🙂 I just got back from a trip to Nova Scotia where I ate loads of lovely maple goodies…but Jamaica?? THAT is where I would like to be at this very moment.Just found your blog and I love it.

  7. Hi, Melissa! Love your blog. You’re definitely one of the food bloggers who is truly a gifted writer. Just want to share with you this blog that i love to visit regularly too: 2006_05_01_dessertcomesfirst_archive.html Please check it out when you have time. Don’t forget to go through her archives. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. Enjoy your trip to Jamaica!

  8. Wow – I only discovered your blog today, and I feel like I’ve been slighted by not finding it sooner. This is an exceptional blog, and your writing and photo stylings are incredible.

  9. Hope you’re having a great time! (Is it possible to not have fun in Jamaica? I don’t think it’s allowed). I remember reading about how you won the contest, so I can hardly wait to read about how your fantasy trip turns out. Jamaican food is so insanely delicious.

  10. Hi there!Hope you have a great time! Your blog is really interesting and looks delicious! Beautififul pics! A pleasure to the senses……Congratulations!Greetings from Spain

  11. Hi Melissa, you know what? I think i’m addicted to your writing. I keep checking the Traveler’s lunchbox every two hours with the hope an new article on how good jamaican food is…While waiting, i wish you the best! Enjoy your last few days and come back packed with lovely stories and recipes.Did i sound too excited? Well i tried not to!!!xoxoFanny

  12. Once again, I find myself arriving late to the party, only to discover that not only have you survived Thesis Madness, but you brought back chaat and avocado batidos with you! Congratulations on getting through it all, and on your well-deserved rest in the sun. I look forward to hearing about what you discovered on your trip.Did I mention that it is brilliant to have you back?

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