Dec 24, 2010

Special Announcement: Live Your Plan A - Tues, Dec 28, 2010

Hi everyone, 
How is your gift shopping going? Have you covered 99% of your family and or friends? Well, I invite you to peruse that list again. Is there a gift to yourself? It is common to think of others for gift giving which is meritorious but ignoring self is often a big miss. So this morning's special announcement will give YOU an opportunity to get going on the path to 'feed self' and to reward all that is good about YOU....LIVE YOUR PLAN A!
We are talking about the America's #1 Career Success Coach, Diane L. Samuels who will be in New Kingston, Jamaica next Tuesday, Dec 28th at Jamaica Promotions Corporation 

A Career Success Coach specialist and Motivational Speaker, Jamaican-born Diane L. Samuels comes to us from New York City where she works with the Rockefeller FoundationHer Plan A concept is fantastic and will facilitate the unleashing of YOUR career dreams and passion in 2011 and always! Join this fun and engaging workshop where real Plan A life experiences will be shared including one of Jamaica's top television and film producers, Carleene Samuels. Carleene's client listing is extensive and includes Shaggy, Sean Paul, Digicel and Wisynco.

So what is the special announcement? One lucky person on Christmas Eve (tonight), will be the winner of a 1/2 hour session with Diane. And hey, this gift is valued at US$150*. What's required? Join us at 8p.m and participate in this evening's JMDailyHeroes trivia quiz. It's the season of giving and YOU are worth every chance to unleash your passion...your true dream... and living your Plan A. The fun begins at 8p.m so we look forward to connecting with YOU at Here's the BONUS: The winner of the LiveYourPlanA trivia question will also receive an extra special gift - the newest CD from one of Jamaica's top musicians, Harold Arthur.  *US$150 and not US$350 per flier (typo)

For great a live music band, think Harold Davis and Friends. After many years of performances inclusive of The Moonlighting musical series, we are so happy that Harold Arthur, a master keyboardist, has compiled a self-titled CD that includes a recording of his live performance at Red Bones Jazz and Blues Cafe. The contribution for his CD is J$1,000.00** and makes for a great way to start the day or wind down at the end of a day. It's simply a must have! Order here.

**Did you know 10% of every Harold Arthur CD sold via My Elite Grocer will go towards the COOL scholarship fund for a slain cop's 10 year old son and the fire fighter's homework program for children? Cool huh?


OMG! Island Buzz Magazine featured our CEO, Gale Peart in their coverage of Kingston's 2010 Restaurant Week at The Grog Shoppe Restaurant at Devon House along with international Travel Writers, Bloggers and Journalists! The Group was arranged by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) coupled with contribution from Ingrid Riley of Gee Jam Media (P.R rep for JTB).  Writers and journalists included Jennifer Aranoff of Cravings Magazine (South Florida) who was also interviewed by Island Buzz; Jennifer Beaumont (highly respected writer, film maker and educator from Philadelphia who is Jamaican-born) and Donna M. Owens (a Washington DC Journalist with NPR who has contributed to Essence Magazine [The Stolen Girls, 2004 and Capital Offense, 2009], Oprah's O magazine and more). 

We dined at the Grog Shoppe to pay homage to the 'Julia Child of the Caribbean', Miss Norma Shirley, who  prior to her sudden passing was the restaurant's lead Chef and Food Stylist. Please click here to watch the short video clip done by Island Buzz Magazine and also see the Jamaica Gleaner's Restaurant Week Round up (pictures #6-8)

Thanks for joining us this morning. Your support throughout 2010 has been phenomenal. We appreciate and thank YOU. Keep connecting with the 
My Elite Grocer (MEG) team via Twitter, Facebook and of course our Blog. Here's to a wonderful Christmas, Kwanzaa and or Hanukkah celebration!!!

- Megaliciously yours

Dec 23, 2010

Top-4 Last Minute Gifts: Under J$1,300.00

Good morning everyone, 
From my last post, I encouraged all to live life NOW and my dear Megalicious readers that's what I have been doing. So sorry for my absence but guess what? Life, especially at Christmas time, has been sweet to rahtid! Today, I would like to share Top-4 last minute gifts under J$1,300.00 that I hope you will find to be unique for everyone on your holiday list. 

1. NUVO: L'Esprit De Paris 
Thanks to a lovely friend I got my first bottle of the world's first sparkling liqueur, NUVO. With 15% alcohol, this pink L'Esprit de Paris is Diageo's newest addition in Jamaica and has been creating 'waves' with its elegant and uniquely-shaped bottle. 

Yes my dear Megalicious fans, Red Stripe has gone pink and we love, love it!  NUVO is made with premium French vodka and sparkling white wine, infused with passion fruit nectar.  There are many ways to use this liqueur in cooking, enjoying with dessert (see #2 below) or as a cocktail including a NUVO cosmopolitan. In the interest of time, here's an easy 1-2-3 tip. Serve NUVO chilled in a champagne flute. Welcome your friends to your home this Christmas with a glass of NUVO cocktail. Here's how. Dip the rim of your empty champagne flute in a mixture of passion fruit juice with granulated sugar then refrigerate for 15min. The tartness from the passion fruit will complement the sweet from the sugar, smashingly. Pour NUVO in your rimmed champagne flute and 'tad-dah' you will be seen as the 'Hostest' with the 'mostest.'

It's a perfect gift to joie de vivre this holiday season and beyond.  Please do drink responsibly. Price: J$1,200.00

For delivery w/ gift wrapping up to Midnight on Christmas Eve, place your order here.  
2. Jamaican Christmas Cakes (1lb)
1-lb Christmas cake, 2011 calendar and NUVO
During Christmas holidays, Jamaicans typically serve Christmas cake or pudding to everyone who visits their home. The latter (Christmas pudding) is more moist and stemmed from the English influence. Both are very good and will be sure to keep you in good favor among visitors and family alike. By the way, this dessert is made with spices and mixed candied fruit that has been soaked in rum and or wine.  Many persons do so even one-year in advance. Now that's my secret to Jamaicans being really festive. No problem, man :-). The most popular brand of wine for Jamaican Christmas cake is Red Label. There are many recipes but there are cakes and then there are cakes.  Bakers, like are confident about their baked Christmas product, and are happy to provide a sample. Just ask.  Price: J$850.00 per lb. For 1-lb Megalicious Christmas cakes, place your orders here

p.s To break away from the proverbial serving of Christmas cake with sorrel, this season we suggest a winning combo with NUVO sparkling liqueur (see #1).

3. Jamaican Playing Cards with Trivia Questions
As a die-hard, kalooki card player I am happy to introduce the first set of Jamaican trivia playing cards ever. This innovative idea comes from none other than Miss Empress Mullings
Innovative, Jamaican Playing Cards
Conveniently packaged and ready to go, this gift is only J$750 and man, won't it help to create a life time of memories. Here's the beauty - You can learn and play at the same time and awesome for family gatherings. There's little known fun facts about Jamaican history and culture that is sure to 'blow your mind'. I highly recommend this Megalicious gift. Do follow Empress for the latest on Twitter @JaPlayingCards and check out posts using the hashtag #PreeDis aka #DidYouKnow. For more info, visit 
4. 2011 Calendar: In Honor of our Daily Heroes
Front cover of JMDailyHeroes calendar

This historic, ONE-OF-A-KIND calendar reveals the faces of unsung, JM Daily Heroes: The Firefighters & the Police who protect, serve and reassure and save lives and property in Jamaica, the island nation of world class athletes, entertainers, beauty queens and dynamic citizens of Jamaica.

Each calendar comes with a FREE* yellow, 'Daily Hero' awareness ribbon to honor the daily hero in your life.  Cool huh?  *while stock lasts

The 11x 17 calendar features 12-pages of brilliant photography by 3-talented Jamaicans - Fern Elise of, Shanti Persaud (whose work has been included in the 2010 National Biennial now open at the National Gallery in Kingston) and Stuart Reeves (former teacher turned photographer who interestingly taught the Commissioner of Police).
Reasons to support:
  • Contribution: J$500 (in JA) and US$9.95 (Outside of Jamaica)
  • Part proceeds are in aid of a COOL scholarship fund for a slain cop's 10y.o son PLUS the Fire fighter's Homework program for children
  • COMING SOON - Calendar distribution locations in S. Florida, New York, Wolverhampton, Toronto and more
  • Help to promote positive images of Jamaican daily heroes. Did you know that 95% of good done by the Jamaican Police force and the Fire Brigade go unreported and do not make front page news?
  • Indelible keepsake to re-inculcate pride in appearance. Remember the days of cleaning school shoes on a Sunday evening for the week ahead? Make your purchase and check out the calendar month of June 2011.
  • Public holidays in Jamaica,U.S.A, Canada and in the U.K are noted
  • Must do Jamaican events are highlighted
  • Save-the-date for Pre-London 2012 Olympic promotional events by Jamaica in the U.K
  • 12 COOL days & 12 chances to win a COOL gift island-wide in 2011
  • Sponsors message to the world from Bob Marley Museum, JAMPRO, National Commercial Bank, G. Gibson's Petroleum, Scotiabank and more
Locations for the 'JMDaily Heroes' Calendar: 
Reserve your copy at the following locations.  (Delivery on Dec 30th)

  • Kingston, St. Andrew - CopyCat, Loshusan's Barbican Center
  • May Pen, Clarendon - G. Gibson's Petroleum, 4A Morris Blvd (beside the May Pen Ice Factory)
  • Island-wide: Jamaica Post
  • Island-wide: Cool Oasis gas stations 
  • New York: Jampact
  • Florida: Global Courier Services
CANADA and the U.K

For more information, please join the Facebook fan page for exciting giveaways* from Dolphin Cove, Diageo's Smirnoff Vodka, GoldenKrustBakery, Medusa's Bar & Grill, Jablum Coffee and many more.  Connect also on Twitter @JMDailyHeroes     * while stock lasts

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen our Top-4 last minute Gifts under J$1,300.00

We leave you with exciting news. 
  • Jamaica Blog Awards. Our blog has been nominated in the best FOOD BLOG category for the 2010 Jamaica Blog Awards. Please click here to vote for MyEliteGrocer. Everyone is allowed to vote very 24Hrs so please do. Voting ends on Jan 3rd, 2011 and the winner will be announced at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Jan 16th, 2011 
  • Live Your Plan A: Unleash Your Career Dreams. Also, we have a special announcement about an awesome event, called Live Your Plan A: Unleash Your Career Dreams, that will be held on Tuesday, Dec 28th. Please check in with us tomorrow, Dec 24th starting at 8:30am to learn more about this PRANA Lifestyle and Caribbean Fortress Ltd initiative. This may be the best gift to yourself!

    We wish you and yours a Happy Holiday!

    - Megaliciously yours