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vacation on a tropical island is not complete without the cooling taste of ice cream or fresh, fruity ‘gelato’. Satisfy your sweet tooth and sugar cravings to the fullest with the authentically flavored, mouthwatering Italian ice cream from Calypso Gelato. A

Calypso Gelato owner Simonetta and her husband Mark Maffesanti, who both have Italian roots, didn’t think the local ice cream measured up to the world famous Italian ‘gelato’ they were accustomed to from their homeland. Following extensive lessons with Italian Ice Cream Master Silvio Pala, Simonetta took matters in her own hands and the bona fide Italian Calypso Gelato was born.

Simonetta is keeping her heavenly treats as Jamaican as possible. “We only use locally available ingredients and fruits in season, no preservatives or fillers,” explains the gelato specialist. Hence, you will find unique island flavors such as soursop, pineapple, coconut, Blue Mountain Coffee and banana among the choices, along with classics such as vanilla, chocolate and pistachio.

Peep into the ice cream kitchen and test the many Calypso Gelato flavors at the Tortuga Rum Cake factory in Reading, where the creamy delight is freshly produced in over 50 flavors. Only 10 minutes west of Montego Bay, you can also tour the Tortuga Rum Cake factory where 1,200 rum cakes are made daily. The Tortuga Rum Cake café and store is open from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm on weekdays and 11:00 am – 8:00 pm on weekends.

Calypso Gelato also has a cute café on the ‘Hip Strip’ close to the Jamaica Bobsled Café, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm (tel: 979-5172). A selection of gelato flavors is also available at The Village Commissary at the Half Moon Shopping Village, Montego Bay. In Negril, look for Calypso Gelato at Time Square Plaza and the Blue Water Café on the West End. Special orders for parties can be made by calling the factory.

Some of the many Gelato flavors (Photo: Heidi Zech)


very night is ladies’ night at the Twisted Kilt Pub, the newest addition to Montego Bay’s Hip Strip. With the slogan “When the clock strikes six, all ladies get their fix,” the watering hole is toasting the ladies with a nightly ‘2 for 1’ Martini special every evening between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. Sponsored by Finlandia Vodka, the popular offer particularly appeals to the after-work crowd and vacationers who want to get a head start on a night of partying. E

With its November 2008 opening, The Twisted Kilt has brought the Irish pub vibe to the north coast of the island. Typically themed, the bar’s décor features rich dark woods, plush banquettes, popular Irish proverbs on the walls, lots of Guinness curios and staff dressed in kilts to match the theme. Located on the waterfront next door to the popular Doctor’s Cave Beach, the bar’s windows and open air terrace offer spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. For sports enthusiasts, the pub’s large flat screen televisions carry all major sporting events on a daily basis.

While “Six in the city” is aimed at the girls on a night out, guys are more than welcome to join in the fun. To an eclectic selection of background

music, The Twisted Kilt serves up delicious fare including menu hits like Chicken Wings, signature hamburgers such as the Twisted Kilt and the Kilarney. The classic Fish & Chips is always a favorite with pub-goers. Says co-owner Andre Dixon; “The Twisted Kilt is a great place for chilling or having a hearty meal with loved ones and friends. Come down to the pub and start your night-out on the right note.”

The Twisted Kilt is open daily 11:00 am – 2:00 am. Tel: 952-9488


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