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Groovin At Smookeez By The Sea

Smookeez by the Sea escoveitch fish (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Smookeez by the Sea has the distinction of being that chill spot on the coast with a rustic setting that lies closest to the centre, Montego Bay. It is located in Ironshore, with world-renowned 18-hole golf courses and luxury hotels a few chains away. This laid-back, no pretence, OMG!-where-did-th ... Read More

Cucumber, tomato salad with coconut, dill sour cream (ACEION CUNNINGHAM) Chefs To Watch For 2017
Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike ... Read More

Enjoying ‘street eats’ like fresh fried churros (ONEAL) Eating Out Next Door
After arriving in Havana late night, I eagerly welcomed the morning rays as they brought to life vis ... Read More

The Best Dressed Breaded Chicken Wings with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce (Hvoenok) Hungry, anyone? 
Just when you thought you were settling into a routine for meals, The Best Dressed Chicken has debut ... Read More

Opa Greek Restaurant & Lounge to relocate to Devon House

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

The Devonshire at Devon House will on Friday, March 10, open for dinner only as OPA Mediterranean (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

There were no free tables at Opa Greek Restaurant on Valentine’s Night at Opa. Truth be told, there has never been a free table in the three years of its hosting the year’s most romantic night. Restaurateur and award-winning composer/recording artiste/producer Alexx Antaeus used the opportunity to thank guests for their patronage and to announce that this would be their last evening at the 75 Hope Road location. OPA was moving to Devon House. The reopening date: Friday, March 10, 201 ... Read More

The Verandah Steakhouse to open at Devon House

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Chef Dawn Tyson is the author of Soul Southern American Cuisine.

It’s been a long time coming, but good things come, they say, to those who wait, and the big news this week is that the Terrace at Devon House is to open by mid-March 2017. The restaurant will be called The Verandah Steakhouse On The Verandah At Devon House and the chef de cuisine will be Chef Dawn Tyson, author of the cookbook Soul and former competitor on Food Network ’s Rewrapped. Chef Dawn Tyson along with Michael Thorpe came under our radar last year when we featured their Brow ... Read More

Special Wine Days of the Year

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, February 23, 2017    

J Wray and Nephew poured five diverse red wines – from the light-bodied Pinot noirs, medium Merlots, spicy Shiraz and full round Cabernet Sauvignon. (Christopher Reckord)

About a week ago, I noticed references to “National Drink Wine Day 2017” on many social media channels, and the celebration date was listed as February 18, 2017. As usual I tried to find out about its origin and purpose, as America has many days designated (some officially; most, unofficially) as national days of some product or practice. Purpose and Origin According to the official website: “The purpose of National Drink Wine Day is to spread the love and health benefits o ... Read More

Wine With Me Reopens in Negril

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Cosy banquette seating (Cecile Levee)

Design maven Cecile Levee, who has been super-busy creating über-fab interiors, has thankfully carved out enough time to recreate Wine With Me, Negril, and to share with Thursday Food that “Wine With Me, Jamaica’s first premium wine bar, has once again reopened its doors in a new location, the capital of casual, Negril,” at the Beachcomber Hotel, Norman Manley Blvd. Indeed, many have already applauded the initiative, declaring it to be “what Negril was missing&hell ... Read More

Vows: Perfect Love

Monday, February 20, 2017    

The couple enjoy an intimate moment. (Marcia E Roberts Photography)

Eight years of courtship culminated on December 17, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when chief investigator in the Office of the Contractor General Sashein Wright and Marc-Anthony Nikolai Chin, Coppershot Music disc jockey, were joined in holy matrimony. THE INITIAL ENCOUNTER, AS TOLD BY MARC-ANTHONY “I first set eyes on Sashein in 2005 while pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of the West Indies, Mona. At this point I knew nothing about her, not even her name. How ... Read More

Award worthy

Monday, February 20, 2017    

Portrait artist Jeffrey Perry sketches the likeness of Nayana Williams, CEO of Lifespan Company Limited. (JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

The Rock’s corporate movers and shakers, joined by their support team, were out in their stylish best (with many opting for local labels) last Friday evening for the Digicel Business-sponsored Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) 48th Annual Awards banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The 70-year-old JMA, celebrating under the theme ‘Be Great...Evolve’, handed out 20 awards at the swanky Creative Media and Events-styled gala to a diverse array of companies, with ... Read More

‘Deal’ With it

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Martin’s 17-track debut album Big Deal, which he calls “more lovers’ rock and sexy music”, also features collabs with Busy Signal and Tanto Blacks. 

With the South Beach-channelling chic new poolside at the Spanish Court Hotel doubling as visual interest and the chosen venue, reggae crooner Christopher Martin debuted his new album Big Deal by way of a listening launch party at the hip New Kingston property last Wednesday evening. Coincidentally also ringing in birthday #30, the 2005 Rising Stars champ-turned-recording artiste-turned-KFC spokesman was sartorially sharp in post-Valentine’s Day red, as he welcomed an eclectic mix of g ... Read More

Cocktails With... Catherine Goodall

Sunday, February 19, 2017    


Lasco Marketing Manager, Beverages — and Page 2 fave — Catherine Goodall is at the Spanish Court Hotel launch and listening party of reggae balladeer Christopher Martin’s long-awaited debut album Big Deal. The ever-gracious branding and marketing specialist is a fixture on the lifestyle and entertainment scene and the perfect candidate to volley with at Wednesday’s music event. What is your favourite post-work sip? If it’s a weeknight it’s chamomile tea. If ... Read More

Ciao, Roma...

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

The approach to the Colisseum (Photos: Ernesto Ruscio)

… It had been too long. Returning, however, this time for the exclusive reveal of the stories behind the Campari Red Diaries 2017 and the short film Killer in Red, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Hollywood actor Clive Owen, rekindles old flames. SO touches down at the Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino airport in torrential rain. Immigration and Customs are a breeze, as is finding a taxi. Soon we are bobbing and weaving through traffic. The taxi drivers in Rome could pass muster in ... Read More



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