Tired of the imported fast food parade? You are not alone. The North American gourmet glut is not always ‘easy to stomach’, as some Jamaicans would say.
For those who are fed up (pardon the pun), it’s a fairly short journey from the French fried nausea to a deep nostalgia for the “home cooked”, plateful.
People are yearning for our traditional dishes and the yearning, for some , is strong enough to send them on trips deep into the heart of the country for roasted yam and fish, boiled and peppered shrimp, fried, escoveitched fish and bammy, spit-roasted chicken and jerked pork to break the monotony. Their favorite destinations are the eating hideaways where the food is combined with a superior location and a clean atmosphere.
Little Ochi, in the out-of-the way district of Alligator Pond, is one of these. Miles from the nearest town of Mandeville, it is, nevertheless, the spot where the who’s who of Manchester and St. Elizabeth go to eat seafood – a la Jamaique – and let their hair down in the strong winds that harass that area of the South coast.