A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance. The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. They include such examples as the the great pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the historic centre of Rome, the city of Persepolis in Iran (former Persia) and the temple of Angkor Wat. Some believe that the historic city of Port Royal in Jamaica should be added to this list. Its historical significance in Pirate folklore which eventually may have led to its demise is very colourfully outlined by this excellent BBC article.
Port Royal cannon
If we were to describe Notting Hill Carnival 2014 in one sentence it would be “Rain or Shine, we gonna Whine”!
It was a tale of two Carnivals.
Sunday, the kiddies day, was bathed in Glorious sunshine. Families by the thousands, enjoying the spectacle that is Carnival!
Policemen being “whined” upon by gyrating beauties, revelers dancing with abandon. And how we love the smell of Jerk Chicken wafting through the air. Jamaican Patties fed the multitudes! And “We Love we Chicken and we Goat well curry”, Supacat would say! Truly a magnificent day!
Monday, the adult’s day, was magnificent in a different way. It showed the true resilience of the real reveler. In contrast to the sunny Sunday, we had a very moist Monday! Rain steadily poured from the start to the finish. But did that stop us? No! Can we party in the Rain? Yes we Can! And Yes we did! And we did it with distinction…Party goers were soaked to the bone, but it seemed to only make us dance harder!
At Carnival, The five senses get a cultural charge and the sixth sense might even come into play!
We were based at London’s coolest bar, Trailer Happiness! 177 Portobello Rd. Great times at a Great Location!
If you haven’t yet experienced the Notting Hill Carnival, what are you waiting for?? Port Royal Patties will be there in 2015 along with the Scotchies London Cooking Team! Come on and join the fun, we can’t wait for next year! See you there! xxx
As the summer gets hotter, cool off with these refreshing classic cocktails from the Caribbean!
Passionfruit & ginger cocktail
Recipe type: Cocktail, Drinks,
- 200g sugar
- 500ml water
- 1 x 5cm piece of ginger sliced
- pulp and seeds from 10 passion fruit
- juice and zest of 2 lemons
- light rum
- soda water/sparkling water
- fresh mint
- lemon slices
- To make the syrup, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add the passion fruit, ginger and the lemon juice and zest and remove from the heat. Allow to cool.
- To serve, pour a little of the syrup into a glass filled with ice then add some light rum and fill up with soda water. Add the mint and lemon and serve.
- Alternatively, combine all the ingredients in a large jug.
Barbados: Black & Stormy
The Bajan take on the Bermuda-born Dark & Stormy. Pour 2 oz of dark rum (such as Mount Gay Eclipse Black or Black Barrel) into a tall, ice-filled glass, fill with ginger beer (not ginger ale), add a good squeeze of lime, and stir.
Martinique: ‘Ti Punch
More than a cocktail, it’s a ritual. Adjust proportions of sour/sweet/strong to suit your own taste: Combine 1½ oz of white rhum agricole, ¼ oz cane syrup, and ¼ oz freshly squeezed lime juice in a small glass. Stir with a swizzle stick. Add an ice cube or two if desired.
Carriacou: Sherwin Noel’s Rum Punch
In a tall, ice-filled glass, combine 1–1½ oz dark rum (such as Clarke Court’s Special Dark) and ½–1 oz overproof rum (such as Jack Iron) with ½ oz sugar syrup. Fill with a blend of fruit juices (Noel uses grapefruit, orange, pineapple, sour orange, and lime) and add a couple shakes of grenadine and Angostura bitters. Stir and grate fresh nutmeg on top.
Trinidad: Rum and Coconut Water
Combine 2 oz of golden rum (such as Angostura’s Single Barrel Reserve, only available in Trinidad; or its for-export-only Five-Year-Old) with fresh coconut water and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters.
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