Hajarie: A Review of Jamaica’s Finest Tea Room/Bistro/Wine Bar

 

Hajarie (The Teapot JA) is a fairly recent bistro that has popped up in the Phoenix Ave Complex. Though not entirely new, the amazing little spot was formally known as simply: “The Teapot” and was located in Sovereign Shopping Centre. (The Movie theatre Entrance)

I remember my first few stops at their previous location. I had randomly walked in one day drawn by the display for teas (I’m a serious tea lover- having a cuppa as I write this.) and met both Owner: Jacqui Mighty and Cute Barista: Anna Hines. I quickly fell in love with the place and with them. Everything was so charming. Jacqui and Anna are such amazing people that I clicked with them immediately. I soon found myself going there to get my regular “FIX” as I became addicted to their AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS Chai Tea Latté. Soon we became fast friends and I was kept somewhat in the loop of soon to come expansion. I couldn’t wait!

When I found out that Jacqui had finally expanded, I was simply over the moon for her! I could not wait to visit the new place, and when I finally did… I was not disappointed AT ALL. I was very impressed and sooo happy for Jacqui’s new adventure. The place was absolutely perfect!

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“Over” vs “Under”?… That is the question

Toilet paper…… Over or Under? The Great Debate!

Since the invention of toilet paper people have argued whether which way was the “right” way to place it on the roll. There was even a 124 yr old patent that was discovered stating that “Over” was the right way. I too for a long time insisted that this was the right way too.

“Under” is sooooo annoying. You have to reach up under this roll to try and find the end of it and it can be so frustrating! It would always annoy me to the point where if I came across a friends bathroom and found it in the “Under” position…. I would flip it to “Over!” (sorry not sorry) lol Shameful I know. I would hate seeing it in my moms bathroom and even the powder room… I couldn’t stand it!!!

In my house thankfully my husband doesn’t really care which way it is put on but then that would also mean when it was his turn to change the roll he never really paid attention to how he did it and sometimes he would put it in the “Under” position. My helper (maid) straight up never replenished the roll when it was out lol  “Lort” help me! lol

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A Book Review of: “What the hell am I supposed to do with my Life” by Krystal Chong

It was a bitter sweet moment when I came to the end of this amazing book. I was dying to finish it but at the same time when I did finish it, I wanted more. More of her hilarious stories. Man they had me bursting out loud while reading that I remember my dog looking up at me as if to say: “What the hell is wrong with this woman?!” lol

So here is a little back story…I learned of krystal’s book on Women’s Day when, the best book store in town, (big up BOOKOPHILIA!) had featured her on their Instagram page. When I saw the book I knew immediately that I had to have it… I just KNEW I neeeeded it! LIKE NOW! I wanted to leave work and run to the store that very same moment but alas, I had to wait until 4:30pm. BUT! When the time finally came, I rushed over the to the store for my copy…. only to then be crushed…. “Like a banana under a cement trucks wheel” 😉 I was soo heart broken to learn that they didn’t actually have any copies of her book in stock at the moment… The post had mis-lead me… *Sigh* So I had to wait even longer to receive this book I knew I so badly needed.

After the crushing news, I immediately messaged Krystal on her Instagram page hoping that she would respond, but not expecting. At the time, I figured she would be too busy to respond to the likes of some random and overly zealous fan like me. Imagine, I hadn’t even read the book yet! (wait till I actually finished! HA!)

To my relief, and great surprise, she DID respond and man oh man was I happy! What made it even better is that she told me that she had sent SIGNED copies ANNNNDDDD that they had special quotes in them! OMG my excitement seriously just went up like 3 notches! I love quotes and I get to have a signed copy by her too??!! Yippiieeee!

Over the next few days, I stayed in touch with her and Bookophilia to find out when EXACTLY they got the books and can I tell you, the moment they had them I rushed to the store… in the middle of the work day, I didn’t give a crap. I NEEEDED that book like a fish needs water lol. That’s literally how I felt… Crazy much? lol meh that’s me and I love it. The store opens at 10:00am. I was there at 10:02am, ready to go through all their copies just so I could choose the quote that was best suited for me. I didn’t care if she had sent 10 copies or 100 copies I was going to go through them all! Luckily it was only 10 so I didn’t leave the office for too long lol.

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The Big Move…#newbeginnings #newadventure

OK guys. Here it is… It’s a long read so just warning you…I’ve been dropping a lot of hints about my #newbeginnings and #newaventure recently and many of you have been asking and pushing me to “buss di secret” lol …. and there are a few I have been itching to tell. These past 2 & 1/2 weeks have been quite liberating as I have made a pretty huge life decision…. Most of you know that I have been working with my dad at Tent City Rentals for the past 4 yrs (close to) and planning for me to take over; but there are times in life when things just keep nudging you and knocking on your door that you are scared to acknowledge or open. That is what was happening to me for quiet sometime…. Sooo what’s my big secret/ new adventure?

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What/who is a Spoonie?

 

Ok, so you may have clicked on this tab wondering “What on earth is a spoonie?” “Is this girl crazy?” Well … I am, – as my close friends would agree – to some extent lol Life would be boring otherwise! DUH!! We all gotta have a little crazy in us to get through this life.

Anyhow, on a serious note now, a “Spoonie” is a very special word. It may sound like some cutesy word but sadly it isn’t really a “cute” thing when you get to know what it is about. Sure it is a cute sounding word but really it is a way of referring to something that actually, is not so cute at all. A spoonie is someone who is sick… in my case with Fibromyalgia. It refers to anyone who suffers from any sort of disability or illness; whether it be fibro, down-syndrome, lupus or any physical alignment.

You see, the spoon theory was coined by this amazing lady Christine Miserandino. I will give you an overall gist of the spoon theory but it is best to read it from the original author so please check out her blog: But you don’t look sick

So I started typing out the spoon theory attempting to explain it step by step but realised it is much better understood by ready the original post about. However, I will try to summarise it as best as I can.

Christine and her friend were at a restaurant one day when her friend asked her what it was like to have lupus. She knew that this was the moment that she had to explain it otherwise it would be lost on her forever.  She quickly grabbed all of the spoons on the table and even on the other tables as well in the restaurant and handed her friend a bouquet of spoons. Whether it was a bouquet of spoons, forks, knives etc is irrelevant as it just so happened to be the choice for the explanation.

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Life is a crazy ride…

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”Eminem

In googling for top quotes about life I found this one. It’s not by anyone say, like Einstein or some other historic figure, but a very real and down to earth “average Joe” individual. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who said it,…. the point is that it’s a very real and powerful fact about life.

Sadly what sparked this entry is finding out this morning that a friend of mine who sadly I did not keep up with as much – now I wish I did, had a stroke and is not doing so well. She is just 3 yrs older than I am. It has scared the living daylights out of me. Really has hit home for me and I am a little sad/ embarrassed that it took this to hit home…………..

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That was the start of this entry a year ago…….

I am ashamed to admit that it did not get finished and published….but I’m back to finish it and not for a good reason either…..July 10 – 13 2016 was another terrible one for the books…

Here in Jamaica a few of my good friends lost a very dear friend of theirs to suicide….. and following that the Orlando Shootings…..50 dead.. 53 injured. What the actual FUCK is going on in the world??!!

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Sausage & Veggie Pasta with Feta & Olive Oil

Hi guys,

So I made an impromptu pasta for dinner last night and it turned out amazing! Like seriously it has moved to my Fav. Dish List (I should do a section for those). It tastes great and is quick and easy to do (which is a plus) so ppl on the go like busy moms, career men&women etc would love it. I think it is healthy too… somewhat I’m not 100% sure.

First I want to say that I suck at measurements so if you are expecting that sowee you might be disappointed. I don’t really use measurements (except for baking) as I love to experiment in the kitchen. Besides, being from the island of Jamaica we have one measurement: “bout suh.” So really my posts are for people like me who like to experiment and also have a little experience in the kitchen, enough to guesstimate the measurements on their own. But if not that’s ok, still give it a shot. The best way to learn is by doing… so read on…

Any how lets get started.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time 15-20 mins

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Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

Hi Guys,

So after yesterday’s post, I decided (after eating my awesome leftover spaghetti from last night’s dinner) that I would share this recipe for you as well. Writing about food seems to be a really good idea to keep me posting often! Again i am sorry i had to use a google image! Boy I need to just start making an file to draw from just in case!

Anyhow, this is another fairly quick and easy recipe to do. Really great for busy moms/ corporate women or anyone who isn’t really a cook but either wants to fake it or just start learning lol. I would say this dish takes roughly around the same time (or less even) as my Cream Of Mushroom Chicken recipe. (ooh fancy I added a link!!)

Let’s get to the recipe!

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Prep Time: 5-10 Mins         Cook Time: 15-20 Mins

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Cream Of Mushroom Chicken

Hi Guys,

I have been itching to write as it has been LONG over due.

I have so much going on in my head I just can’t pick one and well…. I just decided to just jump right in and write about something quick. Who says a post has to be long right?

I just wanted to share with you a very quick and easy recipe that I made the other night for a small dinner with friends. They are new parents and are on a very strict schedule with their son so I knew I had to do something quick, easy and delicious! I love to entertain and I love to cook. I love even more to make my guest happy and loving the food so much they are asking for more! Which they did.

 

Campbell's Tasty 2-Step Chicken Bake Recipe

This recipe has 2 main ingredients:

  1. Cream of Mushroom Soup (2)
  2. Boneless Chicken (1 pack)

Super Easy!- Prep time (about 5-10 mins) Bake time (20-30 mins)

Here in Jamaica we can get packs of De-boned chicken thighs which is packed with 8 pieces so 2 per person serves 4 (typically)  You could also use breast tenderloins or just regular breast is fine too. The key for this recipe for being quick is NO BONES

I also add veggies and extra mushrooms because I LOVE mushrooms!! How can you not!!

Other Ingredients:

  1. Chopped onions
  2. Sweet Peppers
  3. (1) Tin of Mushrooms – (or if you want fresh mushrooms – but the key here is speed)

Seasonings that I use are very basic: (keep it simple!!)

  1. Salt – Be careful if it’s sea salt!
  2. Black Pepper – I love lots of black pepper but add to your taste
  3. Garlic (go heavy on this one)

Other optional seasonings to spice things up:

  1. Red pepper seeds
  2. Oregano
  3. Thyme

One thing I really want to point out here is that most NON Caribbean cultures tend to under season their dishes (no offense). So I want you guys to step it up and be brave! ADD MORE seasoning than you might be used to. I know I have not put any measurements for them because when we are cooking we DON’T measure really. Here in Jamaica we just use “bout suh” or “just a chups more.” LOL Don’t just do a DASH of this or a DASH of that. really get into it and season your meat. I want you to be able to see each ingredient! lol and for heavens sake DON’T USE MRS. DASH……. yuck! too bland!

Also remember that the soup will water down the seasonings. If that happens just add more after.

Anyways back to the recipe…..

Pre-heat your oven to 350 while seasoning the meat.

Container for cooking in: 1 MEDIUM-LARGE GLASS BAKING DISH. – You don’t want it too shallow as remember since you are using a soup you will have “gravy” and you want the chicken covered. (I know the image in this blog isn’t glass but I thought to write this after I baked so I didn’t have a picture, I had to source one from google – I will update this blog the next time I bake it)- sorry about that.

DON’T add butter,you don’t need to grease the pan. (I learned this the hard way – I was scooping it out after -yucky)!  The soup will keep everything nice and moist and it won’t stick.

After you have seasoned your meat WELL, place in the baking dish along with the veggies listed above. (you can add others if you want – green beans might be nice!) Then pour 1 and a 1/2 – 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and place in the oven when ready. Just make sure the chicken is covered. For some 2 might be too much.

DO NOT FOLLOW ANY DIRECTIONS ON THE SOUP CAN – DON’T ADD MILK, WATER ETC. JUST THE SOUP ALONE.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes (different for each oven) until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

VOILA! THAT’S IT! Very easy, quick and filling. I think this dish would be great for busy moms/ corporate women and anyone who isn’t much into cooking but still wants to WOW their guest.

I serve this dish along with rice/quinoa and black beans and a side salad as well.

Hope you enjoyed this quick entry! Let me know how the recipe turns out for you, if you have any suggestions or questions in the comments below

Thanks!
Crazy A

Brunch Bake Review

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Ok Guys,

So I had wanted to post about this on Facebook as that’s is where it started but the verbiage got too long and I said let me do a short blog post instead. So here goes.

Ok so I tried this awesome recipe ( Brunch Bake ) that I found on a really awesome Facebook page that I am now obsessed with! ( https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos ) and it was awesome. I love to cook and I am always looking for new things to try, different ways to spice things up/ make things a little better, add more pizzaz etc. and this page has some really wicked stuff!

So on Sunday (October 11 2015)  I tried this recipe: (https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos) – I didn’t exactly stick to the recipe shown here but man it was a freaking HIT! It came out great!

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