Sep 5, 2010

Springroll, Tweet-Up and Quiz

SPRINGROLL, Asian Fusion
There's a new restaurant on Knutsford Blvd, Kingston's hip strip, called Springroll. Formerly occupied by Wendy's and conveniently located beside, JN Money Shop, the restaurant is nicely decorated and armed with a sweet, secret weapon - the charming, Maitre D', Maple! "Yes, maple as in maple syrup" Gotta love that! :-)
One can now easily dine in a single spot for proverbial Asian food favorites - Chinese, Thai and Japanese. Interestingly while Springroll is an Asian appetizer, on entering the restaurant the golden brown, deep fat fried, wonton-wrapper filled with shredded vegetables and or pork was the furthest thing from my mind. First thought: Deals can and will be sealed here! 2nd - Thai food; 3rd - More Thai :-)

Fried Cane Bar Shrimp and Sweet Potato Tempura (sugarcane wrapped with shrimp and sweet potato) was ordered. As you can see, the presentation was excellent. The combination was interesting with generous amounts of shrimp. By the 2nd bite, I convinced myself that it was a good appetizer. Will order again but hope the type of sugarcane used (young and not local) will be amended.


It was time for the entree - Thai styled chicken with mango slices. Without question it was a 'hit'


Whenever in New Kingston or to awaken the Foodie within, think Springroll. In case you are wondering, they validate parking in the lot opposite the restaurant. This was great to hear and recommended its inclusion on marketing paraphernalia. Springroll is Asian fusion indeed! Visit soon.

TWEET-UP
The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel hosted another TweetUp (with hashtag #JPTweetUp2 and #JPTweetUp) . This time the event was held by Gardens at the Pegasus. Great! since attendees would see how diverse Kingston's premiere hotel is. Perhaps a wedding location for a Tweety couple or birthday celebration :-). Save for immense humidity, JPTweetUp2 was wonderful! Sumptuous fare and an open bar were offered including Jerked pork, Jerked chicken, Escoveitched fish, miniature Bammy and Festival (aka Hush Puppy), Callaloo quiche and my favorite find, Ackee in breadfruit 'boat.' Appetizers - hot wings and fresh fruit were featured along with a large Dessert station. Mini coconut gizzadas were nice gems and fondly remembered from the inaugural TweetUp.

TweetUp: Part 2 had a large turn out with over 300 people (tweeple) who RSVP'd online to the exclusive, social media event within 8-hrs!!! The power of Twitter was highlighted since on a whole, Jamaicans tend to shy away from RSVPing functions including a wedding let alone a Friday evening lyme! LOL. Another creative accomplishment was that  marketing tactic of hinting to persons to "hold on to their receipts issued from the hotel" - Maverick! It created a psychological effect and got the TweetUp buzz going at least 2-weeks before the event. Sales for the 24-Seven Cafe went through the roof since just about all RSVPs made multiple visits to the hotel for lunch, dinner or a drink prior to TweetUp for a chance to win a prize.

Calico Jack (@calicojack) returned as the event's exclusive Rum Punch sponsor. 'Rum punch-on-the-go' is delightful and readily available in nearby supermarkets. From memory many enjoyed Calico Jack but given the heat my guess is water ruled the evening. @ElvaJamaica was a good emcee and deejay, Collin Hines had 'tweeple' in a musical frenzy. Other sponsors got significant attention namely: NCB Wealth (led by the lovely Charmaine Wright @GoCharms), Jamaica National (YAY! Mike) and Palace Amusement (@PalaceMovies). Could a Twitter financial product be on the horizon, I wonder? 

Kudos to Prudence Simpson (@JamaicaPegasus) and the Jamaica Pegasus team for hosting another brilliant and well-organized event but I missed your Jamaican-styled Tweetini.

Photo credit: HiltonCancun.com
Although a tiny oversight, for my friends and I, it represented 'the' Jamaica Pegasus signature drink that helped to solidify our first TweetUp experience (get a glimpse here). I hastily suggest that the Food and Bev. Manager make it a permanent addition to the 24-Seven Cafe menu. Hey, wouldn't YOU be willing to put on 'combat boots' to be the mayor of Jamaica Pegasus (on four square) for a free or heavily discounted Tweetini? Also could Jamaica Pegasus be the first Jamaican hotel to offer a Twitter special (say 10% OFF rack rate; 20% OFF local rate)? Just think this would attract 'tweeple' worldwide, to initiate hotel bookings via Twitter. Am sure they would be in heaven if they were to be greeted with a Tweetini upon arrival. For patrons at the 24-Seven Cafe, if my hospitality experience proves right, once that magnetic blue drink is served, another will be ordered by someone else in the room. "Excuse me I would like to have one of those please" :-) Bet?

A lot of prizes were given away at TweetUp inclusive of a weekend for 2 at SecretsResorts in Mobay; Blackberry smart-phone directly sponsored by Canadian-based Research In Motion Ltd; private movie screening tickets from Palace Amusement and take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners. Perhaps on the next occasion I will be as lucky as @Persephone101 and @SweetPersona. It is hoped a leading Jamaican-based telecommunications entity will read today's blog for surely with all that talk about 3G, 4G, IPTV and each having their own product launch, one would have thought Claro, Digicel or Lime would have had a presence. Sigh. I say they all need to take their heads out of the sand, and pay keen attention to the core users of social media networking. Join JamaicaPegasus who have stepped outside of traditional media, embraced social media and ARE reaping the benefits [$] of attracting the audience that every telephony entity should be clamoring for. Come on Corporate Jamaica be Tweety!!!

Overall, it was great to see Prudence Simpson [@JamaicaPegasus], Karin Wilson-Edmonds [@YardEdge], Chris Mills [@ChrysalisCeo], Ingrid Riley [@SiliconCaribe] and Malikah Peart [@mallypea]. I finally met in person @GoCharms [Go NCB :-)] and Therese Chambers [@Reesy11] who are both beautiful ladies. Talking with Jamaican iron lady of media, Mrs. Marcia Forbes [@marciaforbes] and @forresterod from our @KingstonBeta meeting was also refreshing. By the way, stay tuned for Mrs. Forbes' book, Youths Online. TweetUp2 was used to aid her research. Hear that telecom giants?

Last but not least, a special 'shout out' to the After-TweetUp posse in the 24-Seven Cafe @Dmitridawkins, @Drmunroe, @Biancawelds, @Persephone101 who along with @GMPegasus, @CBPegasus and I jammed until the wee hours.
Bianca, Allison, Dmitri and I;             Photo: Daniel Munroe
FOOD QUIZ
For today's quiz, we ventured over to San San Beach in Port Antonio, Jamaica

QUIZ: Win freshly made Jamaican plantain tarts if YOU are the 1st to correctly name the item shown here: -
Hint: Ends with an 'i'
BONUS: Get FREE megalicious, coconut macaroon cookies if YOU can tell me the name of this item: -   
Hint: Found at San San Beach, Port Antonio
Winners will be posted at  myelitegrocer.blogspot.com on Wednesday, 8/Sept @ 8p.m (EST)  

May the best person win!

- Megaliciously yours


p.s Dear Readers: I had a super busy week and just got around to posting this blog. So sorry. Also, the special feature on Medusa's Bird Fest will instead be published on Wed. 8/Sept. MyEliteGrocer.com is officially seeking a sparkling, Assistant with a 'can-do' approach and will be working assiduously to have the post filled to ensure blogs are published in a timely manner. Thanks in advance for your patience as MEG works through this 'hiccup'.

16 comments:

  1. Noni followed by Cashews I think :)

    Oh finally the post hooray!

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  2. Dmitri, Noni is correct!!! Try again for the bonus question, it's not a cashew. Yup, I finally got around to doing the post. Phew! Thanks for your motivation.

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  3. @blipsterfarianlogic - Thanks! Hope you'll visit again soon

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  4. Hey Jeremy! Thank you for stopping by :-). Noni is correct but Dmitri was the first responder. I really wanted YOU to win the bonus prize (coconut macaroons) but am afraid it is not a Sea Grape. Great guess though. How about trying again? Hint2: It's a type of nut

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  6. Thank you for the comprehensive review of tweetup. The suggestions are noted and will be actioned. It was great seeing so many beautiful people in one place.

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  7. Great to see you too...and I have no idea what that hideous looking fruit is? ugli fruit maybe?

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  8. Hi Tricia! Yes, it is noni and you are very close but it's not an almond nut

    @Sweetpersona - Macadamia nut? No. I really do appreciate your guesses. No headache intended.

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  9. @Prudence Indeed, beautiful people in one place. *Erhhh* WOW, suggestions will be actioned? Another example of Jamaica Pegasus 'awesomeness'. Made my evening.

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  10. @YardEdge :-) It is a type of nut; not the Ugli fruit which is citrus. Speaking of which I have not seen that fruit in ages. Shall be scouting soon :-)

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  11. @Tricia - Our team have decided, YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE BONUS QUIZ...You guessed 'almond'. Technically, it is a type of almond, a 'sea almond' to be exact. Please contact us at info@myelitegrocer.com to make arrangements for your prize.

    EVERYONE: THANKS for being a trooper and making this quiz fun.

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