Valdosta Daily Times


May 1, 2006

Focus On: La' Rose

VALDOSTA — Valdosta’s oldest area offers a brand new twist on downtown dining. Most other restaurants capitalize on upscale serving, southern cooking or American sweets, but La’ Rose offers a casual atmosphere with “the authentic taste of the Islands.”

With unique dishes and imported flavors, the new restaurant has been winning over Valdostan’s tastebuds since its opening in late March. Favorites have been jerk chicken, curry chicken and ox tail. In fact, many customers have re-named La’Rose “Ox tail Headquarters.”

Other entrees include brown stew chicken, curry goat, curry shrimp supreme and steamed, brown stew or escovitch fish — each served with steamed vegetables, rice and peas or white rice. Other Jamaican favorites like beef patties, stew peas and rice, fried plantains and ackee and salt fish are sometimes offered depending on availability.

“Many people believe that Jamaican food is hot-spicy, but that isn’t the case,” Rose Rose, owner and Jamaica native, explained. “Customers can order mild or hot; spicy just means throughly flavored.”

Sweet desserts like german chocolate cake, coconut drops, sweet potato pone and lemon pound cake as well as Jamaican drinks like Kola Champagne, Pineapple, Fresh Ginger Beer and Carrot Juice complete the Caribbean dining experience.

Rose and her husband Mack have worked hard to create a comfortable atmosphere with wonderful food. Their little downtown shop features several tables with simple decorations. The restaurant’s quaint attractiveness contrasts the food’s bold flavor in a unique, but appropriate way.

Born in Jamaica and raised in both the Caribbean and Canada, Rose learned how to cook at a very young age.

“From the time I was very little, my grandmother made me watch her cook. I guess she could see that I had a talent for it,” Rose said.

She made her first meal at age 8 and thus began her love for cooking. With skills learned from her grandmother and her father (who first taught her to never cook on a dirty stove), Rose brings the Jamaican culture to the community.

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