Apr 17, 2014
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Toppa Top 11: Walshy Fire’s 11 Things You Must Do at Miami Carnival

Words by Walshy Fire, Photo by Matt Goias—

Jus Liming Photo: Matt Goias

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Impressions: Truck Stop, The Party “On The Edge of Civilization”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Daison Osbourne


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Island Exchange: Jamaican Flavor in Martha’s Vineyard?

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Steve Haines, via the Boston Globe

Martha’s Vineyard would probably be one of the last islands one thinks of when they think of getting “irie” but the upscale Massachusetts enclave (which is currently hosting the Obamas, among other notables) is getting a heavyweight dose of Jamaican flavor. This past Sunday’s Boston Globe has the story of Irie Bites, a food truck that’s been serving up jerk chicken and other yard food specialties on “the Vineyard” for the last two summers. Notably, the truck’s operator is Melody Cunningham, the widow of the late Peter Tosh, who shares the Irie Bites story with the Globe in an interview. Read what she has to say here.

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Ground Provisions: You Read it Here First!

Words by Erin MacLeod—

Today in the New York Times you may have read a review of Fisherman’s Dawta, a one-year-old restaurant owned and operated by Jennifer Ewers and daughter Kamilah Warmington. You may have thought, “hmm, where have I read about this delicious food before?” Answer: right here on LargeUp as part of our “Ground Provisions” series. Check out our review here, and then take a trip over the the NYT for another. If you happen to be nearby 407 Atlantic Ave (Between Bond & Nevins) in Brooklyn, NY, stop by. Or check out what tasty treats are on the menu by calling (718) 855-7555.

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Rum Wars, Pt. 2: The World’s Most Expensive Rum

Words by Jesse Serwer—

A couple weeks ago we brought you word of Appleton Estate’s Jamaica Independence Reserve, a 50-year, $5,000 bottle of rum produced to commemorate next month’s 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, which parent company J. Wray and Nephew claims to be the most mature rum on the market.  Not to be outdone by their Jamaican rivals, Angostura is producing what it says will be the world’s most expensive rum to commemorate Trinidad’s own 50th anniversary, happening three weeks after Jamaica’s big day on Aug. 31. T&T’s top rum brand will produce only 20 500-mL bottles of Legacy by Angostura, which will retail for  TT$160,000, or $25,000 US—about $1,200 a nip. Awoah.

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Grog To Go: Dark ‘n Stormy In A Can!

Words by Jesse Serwer—

If you’re anything like us, you’ve already spent more than a few nights this summer throwing back glasses of our favorite (really—we had it at No. 1 on our Toppa Top 10 summer coolers and cocktails) summer drink, the dark and stormy. We’ve definitely noticed a general upswing in consumption of the Bermuda-born, rum-and-ginger-beer combo, and the people at Gosling’s, makers of the dark and stormy’s preferred rum Black Seal (legally, it’s only a dark and stormy if it’s made with Gosling’s), have stepped their game up accordingly.

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