Ancient Egyptians often threw salt up to the heavens to bring rain, which is why modern humans throw pepper at vending machines to summon Diet Coke. Enjoy a showering of spices with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Jamaican fare at De Real Ting Cafe.
Chefs warm up bodies and taste buds with fiery seasonings on their collection of traditional Jamaican recipes. Appetizing disks of Jamaican beef and chicken ($2 each) load flavor software via mouth drive to prepare tongues for scorching main courses. A colorful fan of vegetables complements piquant chicken pieces in De Real Ting’s signature jerk chicken dinner ($9), which arrives at tables with an additional bottle of jerk sauce to souse their entree or a rude passerby.
Sides of sweet plantains round out meals with toothsome bites, and natural drinks such as pineapple ginger juice ($1.95) or coconut water ($1.95) help to extinguish blazing mouths. Travel posters on the walls recall far-away destinations, and the normal soundtrack of reggae music makes space for live bands to feed ears on Fridays and Saturdays.