G’s Gets An ‘A’ For Variety

Grilled salmon

G's Sports Bar and Grill boasts a most impressive selection of culinary decadence, with an enticing variety of menu options to choose from. It is somewhat unbelievable that such feats of culinary excellence are tucked away in a sports bar located inside a gaming lounge. Masterfully crafted dishes a ... Read More

The attentive Ladies of The Vine (front row,
from left) fashion stylist and blogger Natalie
Outar, Rachael Marley, MarketMe Director
Lyndsey McDonnough, author Melanie
Schwapp; (back row, from left), Chesna Haber
J Wray & Nephew brand manager, International
Wines, fashion designer Jami Spence, LIME’s
Head of Legal and Regulatory and Company
Secretary Rochelle Cameron and DeVine
Services co-principal Kerri-Anne Reckord. Branded: Ladies of the Vine
On Monday evening, Chesna Haber, Brand Manager for International Wines at J Wray & Nephew Limite ... Read More

Quinoa Pizza Bites Snacking healthy for Super Bowl Sunday
It's Super Bowl Sunday in the United States this Sunday where the New England Patriots will face off ... Read More

Michelle (left) and Suzanne take a
break from the hustle and bustle of
the market to strike a pose. Colonisation in reverse
"What a joyful news, Miss Mattie, me feel like me heart gwine burst, Jamaica people colonising Engl ... Read More

Sky’s the limit

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Steamed fish

If you are in the mood for a perfect place to relax and enjoy good food with family and friends outside the fast-paced life of the city, the oasis that is Sky Beach Restaurant is one such place. This rustic and tranquil spot complete with fruit trees and Tiki huts, all named after districts in the parish of Hanover, is caressed by the soothing sea breeze and complemented by fine Jamaican food prepared in a very busy kitchen. As you dine comfortably on the waterfront you may notice seagulls and ... Read More

New Year's Resolution #4: Earn More

With Cherryl Hanson-Simpson | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Over the past weeks we have been examining some of the key money goals that you should have on your 2015 resolution list. If you really want to avoid the disappointing results of past years, then you must understand exactly what is required to put you on a positive financial path. One problem that can be very frustrating for persons who want to achieve their financial objectives is that they just don't have enough income to do everything they would like to. As the saying goes, "It takes cash to ... Read More


Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Skyy Vodka Brand Manager Kevon Spence (centre) presented gift packages stocked with bottles of Skyy Passion Fruit Infusions and Original Skyy Vodka, and martini glasses to (from left) sales assistant Debra Hinds, Bank Of Jamaica librarian Cora Robinson, accounting clerk Strycean Williams, sales representative Simone Dunn, records officer Mellisa Rowe and customer service representative Alicia Murdock-Moore, at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer’s Beechwood Avenue head office o ... Read More

In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas - We answer your wine questions

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

The ladies sniff their glasses ahead of consulting the aroma wheel chart given to them to identify the specific wine notes. From left Natalie Outar, Rachael Marley, and Lyndsey McDonnough.

WINE crosses all social, cultural, religious, and geographic boundaries. Drinking wine and eating food with family and friends as a social act became the basis of civilisation that was part of learning, socialisation, religious life and also significantly, philosophy in ancient Greece. Wine helps to facilitate a connection of people to each other, an ideal, and a sense of place. The buzz (technically -- euphoria) from enjoying wine results in you being in a better mood, it releases you from bein ... Read More

Vows - A Couple of Forevers

Monday, January 26, 2015    

A couple of Forevers

How They Met... Aisha Kim Shikera Bedasse met Dwayne Anthony Jureidini some 20 years ago while the two were pursuing their high school diplomas at Campion College. Six years later, their relationship outgrew the 'just friends' category when they decided to become a couple. Today Aisha is applications processing branch manager at the National Environment and Planning Agency, while Anthony is an art director for two magazines and visual artist/associate photographer at TeamDWP Studios. After 14 ... Read More

The Perfect Clutch

Monday, January 26, 2015    

Ericka Donaldson, the woman behind these exquisite clutches, shows off her latest collection which is perfect add a touch of whimsy.
for the corporate woman who fully comprehends the term ‘from desk to dinner’. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

Eric George 654 — that's the name given by Ericka Donaldson for her impressive collection of handbags, each made by her in under three hours with material sourced between LP Azar and Ping's fabric. The Inspiration Board Donaldson has used the loss of her father, Eric George Donaldson, last October and her daughter, Tyler-rae who was born in April 2007, died in May and was buried in June of that year (hence 654) to inspire the collection's name. It is, too, the ethos behind the creation ... Read More

Those Who Went Before

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Justine Willoughby — 1995
Rachel Stuart — 1993
Trudi-Ann Ferguson — 1996
Angelie Martin
— 1994

SO Miss Universe Jamaica Winners Jan 25 As we pin our hopes on reigning Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell to emerge at the top of the heap of her 87 competitors and snag the crown from outgoing winner Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler at the international pageant and possibly bring home a long-eluded victory to The Rock, SO does the time warp, featuring a quarter-century worth of Fennell's beauty queen predecessors. 1989 Sandra Foster (Top 10 finalist) 1990 Michelle Hall 1991 Kimberly Mais (T ... Read More

To Kaci, With Love

Sunday, January 25, 2015    


She's wooing international pageant press watchers, second-place to the Philippines in Internet polled fan votes, and looking to shake things up and snag The Rock's first Miss Universe crown. As 22-year old gamine beauty Kaci Fennell hits the stage at the Florida International University Arena in Doral, Miami for tonight's Miss Universe live NBC broadcast (to be simultaneously telecast locally on TVJ) and aims to one-up 2010's first runner-up Yendi Phillipps, we at SO were long taken with the Au ... Read More

Up! Up! & Up!

Sunday, January 25, 2015    


It's difficult to imagine how Rock-born Jeneil Williams, the stunning blue-black supermodel attached to IMG models and discovered by Pulse International, can possibly top the L'Oréal campaign ad in which she's currently featured. For Williams, however, it's just the beginning...she wants more. SO catches up with Jeneil Williams, late Friday evening. She's in chill mode, having just finished a yoga session and is all laughs as she informs of the many congratulatory messages, the result of ... Read More

Cocktails With — Nichole Brackett Walters

Sunday, January 25, 2015    

Nichole Brackett Walters

Nichole Brackett Walters, group marketing manager at the National Commercial Bank, is always on the go, and being a wife, mum and part-time lecturer, her clock never stops. She prides herself on being a strategic marketer with the insane ability to get things done. She's taking time out to say cheers! What are you drinking? I'm enjoying a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. Who inspires you? My mum and dad -- they have shown me the importance of family. They have continuously made sacrific ... Read More



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