Meal plans, grocery lists and weekly cooking tips to cook in Vancouver for under $150 a week.
My first experience of Jamaican food outside of a Superstore patty was at a small restaurant on Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. My recently landed German boyfriend, being the self-proclaimed aficionado of Caribbean food, vowed it was the best Jamaican food in the Lower Mainland. “My friend likes it, and he’s from Guyana, so it’s gotta be good.”
I coyly walked into the restaurant with the trademarked Bob Marley decor and was greeted by an exuberant 5-year-old girl, “Hey, how are you? Wanna watch me colour?”
This was Prince’s daughter. Every time we visited the restaurant, she greeted us with a big smile. Not soon after seeing her, you’d hear Prince, “Hey guys, how’s it goin’? Whatcha havin’ today?”
How to describe Prince. Hmmm… a large man, with a huge smile, tattooed head, and the stereotypical soft demeanor that accompanies any guy who could carry the nickname “Bear.”
And how to describe Prince’s food… He made an oxtail that would convert any wasp into a Jamaican-for-a-day, and a jerk chicken that was notoriously one notch spicier than you could handle. And the curry goat…no words. Needless to say, whenever someone asked for a restaurant recommendation, we always directed them to Kingston 11 Reggae Cafe.
Then, for this year’s Superbowl celebration, we tried to make dinner plans with some friends who shared the love of the welcoming atmosphere Prince’s built and his melting curry goat. “Oh, man. Oh, man.” Our friend started, “Didn’t you hear? Prince passed away.”
I have no words to continue this post. Instead, this week, I’m crushing the garlic, thyme, allspice berries and scotch bonnets in a salute to Prince – owner and chef at Vancouver’s best Jamaican restaurant.
Monday Jamaican Patties
Tuesday Curry Goat
Wednesday Jerk Chicken
Thursday Stew Chicken
Friday Oxtail Stew
Saturday Vegetable Run-Up
Grocery List and Where to Shop
Oxtail is sold out at the butcher shops nearby, so stay tuned on which substitute I’ll find. I’ve heard beef neck might work, but we’ll see what becomes available.
Tips for the Week