Bahama Breeze Launches Reggae Fest

Bahama Breeze Launches Reggae Fest

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Bahama Breeze Island Grille has launched its first-ever, summer-long Reggae Fest, delighting locals throughout the summer with some of the best Reggae musicians – and Jamaican flavors – around. The new summer menu is now live as part of the celebration, delighting locals with the tastes and sounds of summer (and some of the best Reggae musicians around).

During our visit to Bahama Breeze, we experienced the very best and we had one of their best family members helping us enjoy our time. Our waitress, Olivia, was very cordial, fun, and honest with her opinions on what dishes we should experience.

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Tostones with Chicken – direct from San Juan, twice-fried plantains topped with chicken, sweet peppers, mushrooms, melted cheese, and tomato salsa. The chicken adds a tender and flavorful touch to the plantains that were used as a delivery mode between the plate and your mouth.

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Smothered Pork Goodness – a hearty pile of pulled pork, chorizo, and cheese stuffed yuca topped with caramelized onions, guava BBQ sauce and more cheese. The pulled pork is very tender and juicy.

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Sesame Crusted Ahi – seared sesame crusted Ahi tuna served chilled with greens, tomatoes, cucumber, and a sweet mango glaze. The sweet mango glaze is unique for the Ahi tuna, but the flavor grows on you until every piece of tuna is in your tummy.

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Naan served with a strong garlic crouton butter. If this is at your table, you better hope your significant other takes a few bites as well or else it will ruin the mood for you.

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Curry Goat – guests looking for a true authentic experience should look no further. This traditional, full flavored Caribbean dish is the Reggae Fest Chef Special. The goat is tender and the flavors are overpowering. If you are not a fan of heat, you may prefer to avoid the spicy curry goat. On the other hand, the flavors will be wonderful enough to try with a nice drink on standby.

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Taste of Jamaica – feast on this festive plate of Jamaican Favorites: pulled pork, jerk chicken, beef empanada, callaloo, sweet plantains, yellow rice and black beans. Each section of this plate has a different flavor than the other sections. Each item of meat is very tender and juicy, which can have a sweet note added if a bit of the mango sauce is added for each bite.

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Jerk Chicken Pasta – Sliced jerk chicken breast, fresh asparagus and mushrooms tossed in a Parmesan cream sauce with bow-tie pasta. The pasta is nicely made and all the flavors mesh together well.

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Rebecca’s Key Lime Pie – Bahama Breeze’s original, handmade with brown sugar crust and golden meringue. This slice is nice to have on a hot summer day as long as you make sure you eat it before the day warms up the pie.

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Chocolate Island – Rich chocolate mousse on a fudge brownie island in chocolate sauce and vanilla bean anglaise. The fudge brownie is delightful and rich alone. With the chocolate sauce and vanilla bean anglaise, you might have a cavity by the end of the night.

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Warm Chocolate Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – A warm, rich chocolate cake with a chocolate molten center topped with caramelized pineapple, served with raspberry sauce and fresh Island fruit. The fruity flavors add an uncommon touch to the chocolate cake. This is a dessert to enjoy indoors and in air condition.

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Coconut Cream Pie – Creamy coconut custard spiked with coconut rum in a graham cracker crust. With homemade whipped cream piled high and toasted coconut flakes. This coconut cream pie is our favorite item on the menu at Bahama Breeze. It is best right after coming out of the fridge. The toasted coconut flakes add a different texture to the smooth custard that creates flavors that will dance on your tongue. You will wish the flavors dance a bit longer on your tongue than it does.

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Ultimate Pineapple (front) – Spiced Run, Coco López and Bacardi Black Rum swirled with strawberry ice and served in a freshly cup pineapple. If you want a secret twist, ask to have mango ice added for a wonderful touch. Even the aftertaste is wonderful! Can be made virgin style.

Frozen Bahamarita (back) – a signature frozen Margarita, made with Sauza Tequila, strawberry and mango ices. Served with a shot of Cactus Juice Schnapps. Delicious and refreshing, but it isn’t as great as the Ultimate Pineapple with mango. Can be made virgin style.

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One Love – this tasty and refreshing cocktail is made with everything nice and all fruits ripe. Malibu Banana Rum, Pineapple, Orange and Guava juice shaken together, topped with an Appleton Rum floater and a dehydrated pineapple. Can be made virgin style.

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Red Stripe Beer Buckets – the perfect deck-side brew for a group of friends. This pale lager, made in Jamaica, will have you and your crew drifting to off to the islands.

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Reggae Fest will bring the “don’t worry, be happy” attitude to life with the sounds, tastes, sights and vibes of Jamaica. Bahama Breeze will turn up the party every Saturday during Reggae Fest (now – August 13th), featuring live bands in all 36 locations across the country.

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It doesn’t stop there – to continue the celebration, Bahama Breeze is giving away a cruise for one righteous winner and a friend to the JamRock 5-night cruise to Jamaica.

You can learn more here: Reggae Fest

Katherine Nguyen is currently a Dental Hygiene student at Valencia College. She has a major in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and minoring in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida. She enjoyed playing soccer and was captain of an intramural team for 4 years at UCF. Photography is her favorite hobby since 2008; she is very diverse in the field, but her favorite sub-fields are portraits, culinary and maternity photography. In her free time, she tutors students from elementary to college level as well as volunteers at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, FL. Link: Katherine Nguyen Photography

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