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A Healthy Carribean Breakfast, the Best Way to Start Your Day

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Jah Love Restaurant


Bacon and eggs, hashbrown, toast, waffles and syrup, most likely your most important meal of the day is probably the most unhealthy. Everyone needs carbs and fat to maintain a healthy diet but like all good things it must be taken in tolerance. That's where the Jah Love restaurant off OBT in Kissimmee comes in.

Nestled in a small corner of the Appliance Direct shopping center just north of 192 you'll find this quaint little place run by two of the nicest people this side of the equator. Reasonable prices and interesting specialties, such as cow foot soup, dot their menu but my all time favorite is a combination breakfast platter a friend of mine introduced me to.

A half and half platter of their salt fish and ackee, and calalou offerings will give you a healthy and delicious start to your day without weighing you down. Now in case you've never heard of ackee and calalou, like myself when I first tried them, let me give you a quick breakdown.

Ackee is a Caribbean fruit that is very poisonous before it ripens, but has a subtle sweet flavor and pulp that tames the salted fish usually accompanying it. Calalou is a green that is found in the Caribbean and resembles a southern collard green. The chef at Jah Love boils these greens in a brine that adds such a dramatic flavor I found myself wishing I had ordered a full helping. Throw in a ginger beer and you break your fast in what the Caribbeans call an Irie way.

The friendly and spirited conversation of loyal Caribbean customers made this white boy feel very welcome indeed. Not only was the food delicious the prices were very reasonable running about fifteen dollars for two healthy platters of food. Sorry to cut this article short but all this talk is 'Jamaican me hungry'... and I'm sure you knew that was coming :-)