It took everything I had to resist saying the phrase “Jamaican me crazy” while filming this episode. Primarily because it was so much FUN shooting this particular show. I got to work with wonderful laid back personalities who are truly at the top of their game and everything I consumed was down right delicious. Melvin is the most popular man on Houston street, I’m convinced. Even while filming loyal customers popped in and out of Melvin’s Juice Box to get their daily order and say “hello” to Melvin. We’re talking both celebrities and common folk – this guy is awesome. Not only is he an awesome person, he’s an incredible juice maker and he gave me a one-on-one lesson when it comes to making some of his signature juices. Juicing is super trendy right now and after slurping down a few of his drinks, I totally get it. It’s amazing how fantastic you feel starting your day off with a juice full of fruits and vegetables and who knew that it could taste so darn good.
Fun fact: Melvin is so popular, the founder of Twitter popped in while we were filming and posted this vine video. I’ve also seen big brands like J.Crew instagram from Melvin’s Juice Box. He’s a pretty cool guy!
Right next door to Melvin’s Juice Box, you can get amazing Jamaican jerk, and Suzanne is the mastermind behind their authentic recipe. She lives in Jamaica and flew in for the taping proving just how legit this Jamaican cuisine is. She was warm and friendly and made me want to hop on the next plane to Jamaica. We may or may not have had a small fire in the kitchen while filming our jerk segment together and Suzanne handled the stressful situation with a laid back attitude and a smile on her face. Before you knew it we were back to slathering chicken in her signature jerk rub and sauce and everyone was dying to taste.
And for the on set photos:
The recipes from this episode blew me away and ended up being some of my favorite from the season. If you’re a fan of Jamaican food or want to be adventurous, these are a must try! Click images for links.