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Dig In: 7 Recommendations for Restaurant Week 2015

Restaurant Week has begun, and with all the amazing choices, it’s no wonder you are confused on where to even start! That’s where I come in! Restaurant Week happens once annually. This year it starts November 13th and ends November 21st. You will have a variety of restaurants to choose from with differing price points. Let’s get into how it works, there are 6 categories:

  • “Nyam and Scram” 30% discounted lunch combos
  • “Morning Bites” 30% discount
  • “Tasty” dinner menus are $1,850
  • “Savoury” are $2,800
  • “Delectable” meals are $3,800
  • “Epicurean” experiences are available for $4,300

Nyam and Scram and Morning Bites differ from the other categories by having discounts on the meal options selected by the restaurants, instead of a three course meal. But, let’s be honest, who can handle that amount of food and still be able to function?! We definitely don’t mind as we can try different places for breakfast and lunch and get us out of our food rut. We are delighted to see they have added the new addition for breakfast- Morning Bites- as that wasn’t included in the previous years of the weeklong event.

To give a well rounded experience we have chosen 7 restaurants from the different categories:

Fromage Gourmet Bistro & Grill takes 1st place for Morning Bites. The prices are good and the options are vast, there is something for everyone with this menu! Fromage has an intimate environment and their staff is known for being friendly and welcoming and the food receives rave reviews!


Looking to save on Nyam & Scram so you can splurge at dinner? Chilitos Jamexican Restaurant is for you! Enjoy their delicious fish tacos while enjoying their laid back environment and chill vibe.

If you are looking for something a bit more fancy as your lunch option, I would recommend Regency Bar and Lounge. Their lobster mac is divine and with so many options to choose from for $1,100- who can say no?!


For $1,850 it can be difficult for restaurants to be able to put together a meal with an appetizer, entree, and dessert for that price- and actually have a well rounded menu for patrons to choose from. Lucky Strike Lounge does just that in the Tasty category. The entire family will love this menu, and when you’re done with dinner you can work off those calories by bowling! Talk about win-win ;).

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The choice for the Savory category is for you pasta and Italian lovers- Caffe Da Vinci! This restaurant can do no wrong. There isn’t anything ever tasted from Caffe Da Vinci that wasn’t amazing! This makes the lineup up of their dishes very hard to choose from. 


Seafood lovers the Delectable choice will be your heaven! Whitebones Seafood has countless options and the menu options seem to go on for days! WOW! Quite impressive indeed! The ambiance is nice and rustic, and it’s the perfect place to bring a friend, date, or the family.


We are now on to our last category the “big fish” if you will. The choice for epicurean isss… *drum roll* Rojo Restaurant at Spanish Court Hotel! There is something to please everyone here from the carnivores to the vegetarians alike. The menu includes items such as: fish, seafood pasta, and filet mignon. The staff is courteous and helpful but they run out of tables quickly with it being a very popular choice for RW. If Rojo is filled, another wonderful option is Terra Nova All Suite Hotel. Terra Nova’s food is absolutely delicious and will have you coming back long after RW for your food cravings.


A bonus is Golden Gate Restaurant will be having a 10% off discount all week long during this week. Perfect if you’re not in the mood for a hectic atmosphere! Golden Gate carries a variety of dishes that will make your mouth water. Dine with your family, your significant other, or even for your business lunch, you will be pleased.


That’s it for our list of restaurants you need to visit for Restaurant week. Make your reservations early, as most of these restaurants fill up quickly! Click: Here For the full list of restaurants and their menus. Where will you be visiting for Restaurant Week? Did we have you considering a new restaurant or two? Let us know, we want to hear from you! 


Road to Russia: Reggae Boyz World Cup Analysis

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will begin the semi-final round of qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this week against Panama (Nov 13) and Haiti (Nov 17). The matches are four days apart and a bad start after next Tuesday could badly derail the Boyz’s campaign to return to football’s biggest stage. The national team seemed to be on the right track when they defeated USA on the way to the Gold Cup final, but losing 3-2 at home to lowly Nicaragua demands a rethink.

Here are 5 things the Reggae Boyz should do in order to take all six points:

  1. The team has to start the game on the front foot. Take the first opportunity at goal and set the Panamanians and Haitians on the back foot. In recent times the team has taken up a habit of trying to feel their way into the football (especially when at home) where laziness, lethargy and loss of concentration can creep in. It was most apparent – when complacency also played a role – in the Boyz disastrous start at home against Nicaragua in September. An early penalty within the first six minutes badly affected any momentum carried over from their phenomenal run in the Gold Cup. It clearly took a long time for the Boyz to settle after that, hence the two late goals. This must not happen again, the opposition won’t be as forgiving this time around.

  1. Retain the shape that gave us such a successful run in the Gold Cup. For the first in over a decade, the Boyz actually looked organized in its shape and that accounted for an impressive defensive record across the Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments.This was because the team positioned two banks of four in front of goal, with players adopting a new found work ethic under coach Winfried Schafer. The experience of Wes Morgan and Adrian Mariappa has been crucial throughout this period while the tactical awareness of Michael Hector has been a welcome addition; Kemar Lawrence’s work-rate on the left side has been a breath of fresh air. In front of that four has been the partnership of Je-Vaughn Watson and Rodolph Austin, which is arguably the roughest central midfield pairing in the region, despite Watson not being a personal favourite of mine. Familiarity among these players is key.

  1. Giles Barnes and Darren Mattocks must start together up front. Despite the addition of two new strikers to the Reggae Boyz squad, including one for the first time, coach Schafer must start with the two most productive players for the Reggae Boyz this year – Barnes and Mattocks. Birmingham City’s Clayton Donaldson is a worthy pointman and should become useful (his stature reminds me of Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson) at some stage in the campaign. But during that 3-2 loss to Nicaragua at home, Mattocks and Barnes were the only two players that showed some fight and were willing to throw the kitchen sink (although Barnes decided to throw his fist into the dugout instead). With Jobi McAnuff, Barnes has proven to be the team’s chief creative force behind the main striker, an element we have been missing for a long time while Mattocks is growing into a reliable goal scorer.

  1. Be prepared to play on the counter-attack against Panama and Haiti. Neither team will be a walkover, this is the ‘group of death’ after all! Judging by their Gold Cup exploits, both teams enjoy having the ball at their feet. The Boyz quarter-final game against Haiti ended in a 1-0 scoreline, with Haiti enjoying the better of the goal-scoring opportunities. Panama is a very aggressive team and will look to give Jamaica a hard time in midfield. Both teams like to attack; Jamaica will have to defend in numbers but the counter-attack will be our best bet with the speed of Gareth McCleary, Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes to bank on. This tactic worked against Haiti in the Gold Cup and I’m backing it to work again versus Panama at the Office and in Port-au-Prince.

  1. Fly to Port-au-Prince as early as possible following the Panama game. It is quite likely that the entire football squad would have never been to or played in Haiti before. Not much is known of the atmosphere or playing conditions that the Jamaicans will have to encounter in Haiti. In the CONCACAF region, countries like Honduras have developed a reputation for being atrocious hosts in an attempt to unsettle visiting teams. In the process, Honduras has become one of the most difficult places to play in during World Cup qualifying. It is not known whether it will be the same in Haiti, but the best bet is to assess conditions quickly and devise a gameplan from there.

Come out and support the Boyz as we take on Panama at the Office on Friday. I’ll be watching keenly to see what plans coach Schafer and his team will implement and which of my suggestions will prove to be crucial or not. Take your seat on the wagon, as we set off for Russia!

IPP Writer: Alexei DaCosta


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Say you could go back in time and have a chat with your former self, wouldn’t that be great? You could warn yourself about future mistakes like not flirting with that crazy girl who stole your underwear, or about that time you tried to do a wheelie on your bike, fell off and broke both your arms, or about that elective you failed in your first year of college. If only you had a little guidance, things would be much easier right?

Unfortunately time travel isn’t exactly legal, neither does it exist for that matter, so what do we do?

It was “back to school” time and we at It’s Pixel Perfect, hosted a twitter chat entitled, #DearFreshaz – University myths, facts and everything in between, to lend a bit of advice to first year students, through a panel of student leaders.The chat touched on topics like: problems students may face, preferred eating spots on campus, fashion tips, most shocking experiences, where to find the hottest girls and much more.

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The panelists were asked what was the biggest challenge new students will face.


They all agreed that covering tuition would be a major challenge for incoming students. Other challenges included finding jobs after school.


What about grades?

A student’s success or failure depends on his or her GPA. It is always a constant struggle for some to maintain a decent GPA.


If you can keep your GPA from sliding then you’re golden. So which courses can freshers take which are considered an easy pass?


And the courses you should stay away from or work extra hard in



College isn’t only about academics right?

We wanted freshers to know where to find the hottest girls/guys on the UWI and UTech campuses.


Now that you know where to find the hot girls/guys, its time to consider which parties you want to check out on campus.


Now for some crucial advice. These are the things we wished someone had told us before we embarked on that life altering journey that is university.






You can’t depend on your future self for guidance but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. The most crucial advice, besides not leaving your girl in front of chancellor hall carelessly according to @BloodlineFranco, is don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help.

Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s And Don’ts For College (Males)

As promised, we are back with more college fashion tips but this time for the guys. The typical male tends to take a more laid-back approach to his college fashion. While college doesn’t require you to wear a suit, men must aim to find the right balance between presentable, well put-together and casual. After all, you do want to make the right first impression (on the ladies) and don’t want to seem like you just rolled out of bed.

Here are our very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college males to ensure you start the semester right.

DO practice good hygiene.

Though this goes for both male and female, it is more common among males to roll out of bed or leave the gym after a sweaty workout and head straight to class. Do take a shower (this includes washing your hair) and don’t forget the deodorant. It won’t hurt to use some cologne either, as this is the true attention getter.

men batheDO pull your pants up!

The sagging pants era has died out (thank God!), so please pull your pants up. There’s nothing attractive about seeing your underwear, or watching you having fun struggling to keep your pants from preventing you from falling. Wearing a belt is the best solution, or you can purchase pants that (idk) actually fit.  

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DO dress up every once in a while.

Guys, we understand that going through the struggle of putting together an outfit every morning is not your thing, but it never hurts to dress up every once in a while. Upgrade that t-shirt to a polo, and throw out the sweatpants for a nice pair of jeans. You’ll be sure to pick up a few compliments throughout the day.


DON’T wear graphic t-shirts bearing profanity, sex, violence,etc.

Graphic t-shirts are the rave, and wearing those containing fun sayings and designs is the in thing. However, though it may not be stated in the rule book that such type of clothing is not permitted, it is unacceptable when your lecturer has to stand in front of you and see some of these inappropriate images and writings. Like the girls and their stilettos, ditch these for the classroom and save them for the parties.  

DON’T wear shorts that are too short

The short shorts trend seems to have slowly been making its way into men’s fashions. Shorts on a guy is fine if the length is appropriate, but when it becomes way too short, it is no longer flattering. The general rule is that your shorts should hit about one to two inches above the knee. Keep it that way.


As one fashion-blogger, Joshua Smith, wrote “always know where you are: flip-flops are for the beach, jerseys are for sporting events and free shirts are for the gym”. Do dress right for the occasion and don’t settle for being just okay.


Be sure to share your comments, thoughts and other fashion tips with us!!


Thank you to our fashion tips contributor:

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger


Too Cool For School: Fashion Do’s and Don’ts For College (Females)

It’s almost time to hit the books once more, and one of the biggest problems female students face is how to dress for school on a daily basis. Without a doubt, college is nothing like high school, and though you don’t need to create an entirely new you, you will need to make some changes in order to look the part.

The following are some very basic fashion do’s and don’ts for college females to help get through the school year.

DO accessorize

Accessories work like a charm in adding some pizzazz to a plain and ordinary outfit. However, this doesn’t mean you should pile on every single jewelry you have in your collection. Less is really more in this case. Opt for some nice studs or hoops, add a long charm necklace, or get funky with some cute arm candy. You’ll be amazed at how this takes your outfit to a whole new level.


DO keep an eye out for sales

As college students, we know shopping for outfits for school can be quite difficult because of limited funds. One tip, is to take advantage of sales, both in stores and online, which allows you to stay fashionable on a budget while saving money. Be sure to purchase pieces that you can mix and match so you can switch things up a bit and create different outfits.


DO dress comfortably

Dressing comfortably does not mean throwing on a pair of sweatpants or looking sloppy. It is possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. The key is to ensure that your clothes fit; not too big, but not too tight to the point where it restricts your movement or reveals too much. Ensuring that your outfit is appropriate for school will make you feel even more comfortable as you won’t attract any unnecessary attention, as well as wearing outfits that express your personal style will leave you feeling confident.

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DO use sunscreen

You can use a foundation or moisturizer that has SPF. There is no escaping the sun, so you need to protect your face, especially on campus where one must embark on long journeys in the sun just to get to class. Sun exposure also causes age spots and nobody wants that.


DON’T wear leggings as pants

Substituting leggings for pants should never be done. No matter how attractive you think you look in them, it looks tacky and is inappropriate.  Instead, pair it with a long tunic, an oversized shirt, or even a dress or skirt for a casual look that covers your, uh, ‘lady bits’.

DON’T wear heels on campus

I don’t know about you, but wearing flats from class to class is hard enough, let alone heels. Unless you have an interview or a presentation that you need your heels for (even then, I suggest you bring them in your bag and slip them on when you arrive), you don’t want to be the talk of the town after you wobbled in them and fell flat on your face. Save your six inches for the club and save yourself the embarrassment.

DON’T reveal too much

Yes, I get it. You finally get the chance to say goodbye to school uniforms, and you’re so excited to wear casual clothes to school, you end up wearing nothing at all. Many colleges/universities don’t have a dress code, and so many girls make full use of this opportunity to stroll across campus with their chests and buttocks falling out of their clothes. Cover up and save those revealing outfits for the parties.

DON’T use heavy coverage

Opt for very light foundation and spot conceal where necessary. Too many girls make the mistake of going heavy on the make up. Less is more, also applies in this situation. You never want to look as if you’re wearing plaster on your face.

COVERAGELook out for fashion do’s and don’ts for college males later this week!

Thank you to our contributors:

Fashion tips

Ashleigh Em

Writer|Fashion Blogger

Makeup tips

Sue Gregg

Makeup Artist

IG: @suethemakeupgirl

Girl Meets World Cup


The memes were out, the early warnings were declared – men should not be disturbed during these matches.


These warnings were warranted. True fans (man or woman) should get the opportunity to have their undivided attention focused on an unpredictable sport like this. The ball is after all very round, and anything can happen. Anything, like the Brazilian 7- 1 massacre at the semi-finals. I laughed that day because it was a complete shock to see at this level and also I have a very cynical sense of humour. A thrashing defeat of that nature on home soil, is sure to be a “this day in sports history” feature in the near future.

Honourable mentions should now be made to the commentators whose sarcasm really kept me (and by large us)  going this entire world cup. Their wit and play on words were unmatched, and really added that spice to make the games complete.

“A nation’s sorrow is now complete”

“What should have been a dream turned into a nightmare”

“They are leaking goals like a sieve”

“It looks like rain or it may be the tears of a heart-broken nation”

“Oscar scores the most pointless goal of the World Cup”

brazil-goalsThe African teams were a pleasant surprise, Suarez’s continuous biting problem was a disgrace, Neymar’s injury was unfortunate, the players were plagued with injuries and this world cup showed that one man can’t carry an entire team. The club greats like Ronaldo, Hernandez, Rodriguez, Van Persie and Rooney could not carry their teams to the finals.

64 games later, Germany and Argentina both scored the goals or defeated their opponents to make it to this final battle. With more yellow cards than goals at the finals, fans would have hoped that either Mueller or Messi would have showed up to be in real contention for the Adidas Golden Boot Award. This award was given to the well-deserving Colombian Rodriguez.Thankfully, penalty shootouts would not decide this finals as Gotze, declared the winning team before the final whistle of the 120 minutes of play.

The Germans would get two trophies, as World Cup 2014 winners and Manuel Neuer being awarded the well deserved Golden Glove Award. They played as a team and will continue to celebrate this victory for the next four years. No short praises for the Germans, who played a well-paced game all World Cup.

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The real MVPs of World Cup 2014 for me, are the goalkeepers. Those saves were ……. well there are absolutely no words to describe them. The leaps, jumps, dives, rolls and clutches, in the end, were the deciding factors for the winners of each match. Tim Howard (USA), Guillermo Ochoa (MEX), Sergio Romero (ARG) have had some of the most spectacular goal saves this championship.

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Whether it was because of work or unplanned conversations, it was a good feeling to be among persons, and hold my own in a football conversation. This didn’t happen over night. It took having google open a few times to get some information, but men like to know that you are willing to show a little interest. Ladies, this is the time you get to win a few points for not being able to play fifa. But I mean, I have grown. In the group stages, I was messaging a German fan and he wrote “neuer” and I responded “never what?” thinking that he made a mistake. But hey, if you ask me now, you would be surprised at just how many players I can name, test me ;)

My desire for #WorldCup2014 was more about gaining a better appreciation for this sport, that united persons across the globe to cheer, cry and argue every four years. Their animation for these games is head to head with my enthusiasm at every track event, worse watching Olympics. With my true allegiances in tact, you can imagine that my one (wo)man jury is still out on whether this is in fact the “Greatest Show on Earth”.

It is now all over. Congrats to the German fans (including myself who through association found myself cheering for the team). We are all now back to our average lives, well Commonwealth Games will begin next week :). Until then see you at #WorldCup2018 brought exclusively to Jamaica on TVJ.


The Greatest Show On Earth


This World Cup has been an exciting show of intense competition. The group stages alone had 136 goals. We have seen stunning upsets, nerve-wracking battles on the pitch and heart wrenching defeats. The 2014 World Cup has definitely lived up to the hype of being “The Greatest Show On Earth”.

32 teams vied for the title but only one team won. This was the same team who made it to the finals in the previous world cup and suffered a tragic loss. The beginning of the tournament was filled with high hopes, eager players, new state of the art goal line technology (which still has yet to prove worth the hassle), and let’s not forget that cool magical foam spray used by the referees. It mostly looks like a can of shaving cream, but that’s none of our business.

image #1The first match of the 2014 World Cup featured the host nation, Brazil – the team that was a big favourite, up against a seemingly less formidable Croatian team. Within minutes of the match starting, Croatia got a point as a result of an own goal scored by Marcelo. That may or may not have been an insight of events to come for Brazil, but we will get to that later. Brazil eventually beat Croatia 3-1, solidifying their claim as the best and reassuring their fans that they could go all the way.

image #2On day two, Spain faced Netherlands. As the defending champions, Spain was poised to win this match easily. That was a thought that resonated in the minds of the Spanish fans. The reality however was outrageously contrary.

The Netherlands were awarded a penalty at the half-hour mark, and was then up by one. That was when the floodgates opened and a flood of goals ensued (literally). Spain lost 5 goals to 1. The match featured a very impressive header and goal from Robin van Persie. At that moment Netherlands were seen as the team to beat.

image 3The group stage was an exciting show of skill and tenacity. Many teams who were expected to be sent home early, fought hard to stay in, and many who were expected to go through, went home.

Despite the lack of high expectations, some teams that impressed were: Algeria, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States of America, Greece, Nigeria, Switzerland and Belgium.

The popular teams that were expected to go all the way, or at least to round of 16, but didn’t were: Portugal, England, Spain and Italy. Their extremely early exists from the world cup were a major shock for most, however their departure in no way impacted the excitement of the tournament.

Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, France, Colombia, Costa Rica and Belgium all made it to the quarter finals. At this point the phrase “the ball is round” was never any truer. Each team had an equally good chance of making it to the finals, and none would go down without a fight.

Germany beat France 1-0, Brazil also got the better of Colombia 2-1. That Brazilian victory would however prove bittersweet. Their poster boy and ‘saviour of the team’ who had been said to be ‘carrying the team on his back’ was severely injured and would miss their next match; so too, Thiago Silva, their captain. Neymar da Silva Santos Junior suffered a back injury after a very bad tackle from Juan Zuniga. Neymar was out of the world cup with a fractured vertebrae. He literally broke his back ‘carrying his team’.

Brazil's forward Neymar rolls in agony after his collision with Colombia's ZunigaArgentina got the better of Belgium 1-0 and, Netherlands and Costa Rica battled to a nil all draw at the end of regular time. The winner was eventually decided in penalty shootout which ended in victory for the Netherlands.

The first semi-final featured a match between a very strong and proven German team, and a highly famed and at the same time greatly criticized Brazilian team. It was to be an epic clash between two football giants, however the reality paled in comparison to our expectations as it was a brutal and embarrassing onslaught of goals, goals and more goals.

Brazil was thrashed!! Germany scored an amazing 7 goals to Brazil’s one, which was scored at the very last minute. This was the third time any team lost by that much in a World Cup semi-final. Spain fans could now hold their heads up a little higher. The team played horribly, left the defence wide open, they had no heart and according to many fans defeated themselves.

image #5Argentina and Netherlands were next, this match was expected to be very exciting….it wasn’t. It was still a good tactical and strategic match. Both teams attacked and defended well but not many sparks flew. The great Lionel Messi or as he is known by many fans “The God” did not produce any goals, and the Netherlands defence did everything they could to suppress his efforts.

Arjen Robben who many were counting on to seal the deal and dismantle the Argentine defence was also neutralized. They played to a nil all draw in regular and extra time. Penalty shootout decided and sent Argentina to the finals.

Pablo Zabaleta, Robin van PersieNow that the final had been set, the battle for third place was imminent. Brazil and Netherlands were vying for that third place finish. With the memory of their embarrassing semi-final defeat to Germany, many thought Brazil would come out with all guns blazing to restore their dignity and their nation’s pride. While the Dutch were just going through the motion wanting to get another win under their belt.

The match began and within minutes Netherlands received a very questionable penalty as a result of a challenge on Arjen Robben from Thiago Silva. Brazil was then down by one, and in similar fashion to their match against Germany, the goals kept coming however there was a slightly more modest score line in this match. The Netherlands hammered the final nail in the Brazilian coffin beating them 3 nil, to take the third place spot.

image #7Germany vs Argentina, two teams who have frequently faced each other in a World Cup final the last times being in 1986 and 1990. This was a clash of giants. Both teams had proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with.

Unlike many of Argentina’s matches this one was filled with excitement, both teams attacking and aggressively pressing the other. Many players succumbed to injuries and harsh tackles.

image 8Higuain had the best chance to score and give his team the win however his attempt was unable to reach the back of the net. That squandered opportunity would come back to haunt the Argentines. The brutal back and forth battle continued to a nil all draw at the end of regular time.

Extra time began and the battle continued with both teams having many opportunities to score. The Germans rattled the bar a few times. Both Romero and Neuer had to WORK!

Time continued to wind down and it was looking more and more like penalty shootout would decide the winner, until a spectacular goal in the 113th minute from Mario Gotze put Germany in the lead and strengthened their chances of winning the 2014 World Cup. At the end of extra time Argentina was unable to answer back with an equalizer.

Germany is now the 2014 World Cup Champions!!!

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“The Greatest Show on Earth” is now at an end. While reminiscing on a good thing, how could we forget to mention the goal scored against Spain by Robin van Persie. That “flying header” showed great athleticism, instinct, reflexes and courage to pull off a goal like that. It seemed so surreal that his attempt would actually score.

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