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Rotaract Club of Tortola Helps Families in Need to Prepare for this School Term

A few months ago, the Rotaract Club of Tortola held a fundraiser, received donations from the community and solicited discounts from businesses to be able to furnish families in need through an organisation called, ‘Family Support Network’ and the local Social Development Department with Back to School items which including book bags filled with stationery supplies, uniforms, shoes, and textbooks.

Note:  Families/children were not directly presented with items due to an agreement on confidentiality practices.

Though this was some time ago, the Rotaract Club of Tortola is a part of Rotaract District 7020, the youth arm of Rotary. Rotaract District 7020 has more than 50 clubs and The Rotaract Club of Tortola was recognized as Club of the Quarter for their various efforts to supply necessary aid to their community, having a close relationship with their sponsoring Rotary Club as well as other Rotaract clubs in the District and by developing themselves personally and professionally. Their Back To School donations to families in need was their main project for the Quarter.

I am sure many projects are in the pipeline to lift persons and their communities this Christmas. Email sugalifestyle@gmail.com to find a Rotaract Club near you so you can either join or do a good deed this Christmas.

Active Territories in Rotaract District 7020 are Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Haiti, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, St. Maarten (Dutch W.I.), St. Martin (French W.I.), Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Speaknvegan for Lunch!

Have you tried Speaknvegan for lunch yet? I had the refreshing experience 2 weeks ago. I regret taking so long to do so. Speaknvegan was trademarked and featured on Smile Jamaica TVJ just a few months ago, but has been in operation for about a year. The business may be familiar to some as ‘Salads and Shakes by Stace’, but has evolved greatly. Stacy Doughlasingh, the chef responsible for the tasty, Vegan food offered, graduated from UTECH with a degree in Hotel and Tourism a Management not too long ago. It is always pleasing to see young, talented persons go after their dream and actually enjoying what they do for a living.

I think she is off to a great start with a menu that keeps changing, is so creative and also inviting to the eyes. The day I ordered for pick up, I had difficulty choosing amongst Plantain and Hummus Tacos, Black Bean Fajitas and a Chick’n Chutney Burger. I went with the Black Bean Fajitas that consisted of Black beans sauteed in a chilli sauce, along with avocado, diced tomatoes, vegan cream cheese and parsley. My order was ready on time and it was evident that effort was made for its presentation, a crucial element lacking from a lot of lunch establishments. The ingredients complemented each other well and it was quite tasty. The portion size may be small for some though, perhaps a small soup or shake could be added as a combo.

The instagram account, SPEAKNVEGAN is quite active and gives customers an idea of various selections available for order or special request. There are soup and shake options such as Curried Sweet Potato soup, Thai Coconut Corn soup and Kale and Pumpkin soup. Other interesting options are the spicy medium Ackee Pizza with beet root, okra, tomato and vegetables, the Chilli Sub (a favourite amongst customers) and the Burrito bowl with chopped Veggie Steak just to name a few. Mouth-watering Dessert options are available as well.

So check out Speaknvegan on instagram and order some of those affordable, delightful vegan dishes, whether it’s for lunch, a Wedding, Live event, Family event or just Personal catering. Vegan lunches are available for Pick-up or Delivery on Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 3pm. Orders should be made the day before or by 11am latest by calling 876-378-5094. 

Caffé da Vince Closes Restaurant Week in Style for Gabby and Friends

Caffé da Vince was a lovely close to Gabby’s Restaurant Week from SuGa last Friday night. Restaurants at The Marketplace were filled to capacity. We had to circle the parking lot a few times to eventually get a spot. Outside seating for all restaurants was expanded and there was live entertainment. It reminded me of dining at a local hotel on the North Coast waiting on a cabaret show.

The hostess was pleasant, and even though they forgot to change our reservation from 2 persons to 4, we were accommodated quickly.

Despite the full house, the food still arrived in a reasonable amount of time. All appetizers were delish. We tried the Eggplant Caprese salad, Shrimp salad and Pork balls. The portion size for the Pork balls was small, but their delightful taste made up for it.

For our entrées, we had the Mixed Grill Seafood, Beef and Pork Tenderloin. The Beef and Pork were tender and scrumptious. The cream and mushroom sauce on the Beef Tenderloin was exquisite. The Mixed Grill Seafood had mostly lobster, a few shrimps and hardly any scallops. I expected a more equal variety. The shrimp and scallops were spicy, however some flavour could have been added to the lobster, perhaps a sauce or even fresh lemon or lime on the side. The serving sizes were not overwhelming, they were just right so we had room for dessert.

Dessert ended with dry Bread Pudding masked by Vanilla ice cream and a heavenly Tiramisu.

All dishes were not perfect, the menu was slightly different from the one advertised, but there was still a large variety to choose from and it was indeed enjoyable compared to some unhappy diners across from us at Beirut Mediterranean Cuisine who did not enjoy their long wait or unsavoury food. So good job Caffé da Vince!

Caffé da Vince

Ph#: 876-906-9051

Address: The Marketplace, 67 Constant Spring Rd., Kingston

Date of visit: 21/11/14

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Decor: ★★★☆☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★☆

 

 

The Melting Pot at Knutsford Court Hotel Fails for RW Nyam & Scram

The Melting Pot Restaurant & Lounge are in two categories this year, Savoury and Nyam & Scram. Their Savoury menu was impressive, however SuGa readers chose the latter option and had to wait a while before they could nyam. Taking more than half an hour to get food in practically an empty restaurant, they were not pleased.

Portion size was the expected small but tasty for the Italia trio (Jerk Chicken pasta sampler, Tomato and Feta cheese in a puffy parcel, mini Tiramisu Cheesecake) and the Chicken and Pork didn’t taste jerked for the Jerk Platter Mix.

Then oh Lord, the Spicy Jerk soup was too spicy. Feedback was that it tasted like they added water to a Jerk sauce.

Get it together Melting Pot.

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