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In Hot Pursuit: The Auto Issue

With the recently hosted ATL Automotive-engineered Revolution Auto Show in our rear-view mirror but serving as active inspiration, we’re traversing the highway to aspirational  driving luxury, and making pit stops to spotlight a  number of the world’s priciest autos, the plushest interiors, filmdom’s iconic wheels, and offer up a sneak peek at the business district’s hottest new address — Porsche’s  showroom space.

With the recently hosted ATL Automotive-engineered Revolution Auto Show in our rear-view mirror but serving as active inspiration, we’re traversing the highway to aspirational driving luxury and making pit stops to spotlight a number of the world’s priciest autos, the plushest interior ... Read More

The night-time facade of the New Kingston-based Porsche showroom. (Photos: MICHAEL GORDON) ‘Boulevard of Porsche Dreams’
Housed on the ground floor of the old IBM building on the corner of Knutsford Boulevard and Barbados ... Read More

FERRARI LAFERRARI APERTA - US$2.2 MILLION (Photo: Chesnot) ‘Bankrolling Your Ride’
Already possessing the distinction of being the world’s priciest hypercars and supercars, thes ... Read More

Amoi Leon-Issa (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Cocktails with... Amoi Leon-Issa
We’re still in residence in the tourism capital of The Rock, Montego Bay, now sharing notes wi ... Read More

My Kingston - Wade Rhoden

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Wade Rhoden
Visual communicator

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? My earliest memory of Kingston would be restarting prep school there. I had already started school in Manchester, where I was born, but my parents moved to the city seeking better opportunities for the family. In Manchester I was always used to lush green scenery. I quickly realised the difference between both places, not just in appearance, but also the feel of the environment. The stark difference in the level of urbanisation stuck out like a sore ... Read More

SO Gardening - March 26

Sunday, March 26, 2017    


I find your column very helpful. What can I do to prevent the lower leaves of my Dinah Shore vanda from going black, and if they are already black can the condition be reversed? Thank you. Joan Dear Joan: The Dinah Shore orchid is an extremely pretty red, which blooms up to six spikes at a time; however, there is a hereditary problem with the family, the black-looking streaks will always be a part of Miss Dina Shore. To my knowledge, there is nothing you can do to stop or prevent it. Enjo ... Read More

Dinner At Seven Prime

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

8 oz grilled tenderloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Seven Prime Restaurant is a quiet oasis on Montego Bay’s famed Gloucester Ave, referred to as the Hip Strip (bottom road, as the locals say) and, unlike its counterparts that feature balcony views of the Caribbean Sea, Seven Prime sits to the back of Altamont West Hotel. This unique setting offers an outside, tranquil dining experience, with trees and birds chirping (quick check, we are still on bottom road, no? Yeah!). If you are seeking a tranquil spot to relax after work sans TV screen ... Read More

Briana’s Homecoming

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

New York University Food Studies master’s student and second-generation Jamaican Briana Riddock — an Atlanta, Georgia-born aspiring chef — greeted our lens ahead of last Saturday’s dinner party that featured her culinary handiwork. (KENYON HEMANS)

It’s been four long years since Briana Riddock last visited The Rock. The Atlanta, Georgia-born, New York University student has had good reason for the delay. In the midst of a Food Studies master’s degree in the Big Apple, Riddock has been honing her culinary knowledge of international cuisine and racking up annual frequent flier miles — jetting off with a group of friends who bill themselves as The Seven Wonders, to Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, Spain, France, and Trinidad ... Read More

Chefs to watch 2017 - The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Berbett Samuels Bell
Range Chef, The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites (Garfield Robinson)

Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, Kingston. BERBETT SAMUELS BELL - Range Chef, The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites Climbing the culinary ladder gives me great joy… I am destined for greatness! My journey began a little over a decade ago, while I was home and not working at the time. I ran into a teacher who ta ... Read More


Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Take a seat at the newly opened Reggae Mill Bar at Devon House, where you can sip signature cocktails and nibble on Jamaican-themed fare like jerk chicken wings and salt fish fritters. (JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

On the hunt for a new watering hole? We recommend the just-opened Reggae Mill Bar inside The Devonshire at the historic Devon House. The brainchild of Alexx Antaeus and Orlease King, operators of the Greek eatery Opa!, which has also relocated to the iconic Hope Road address that was once home to Jamaica’s first black millionaire George Stiebel, the Reggae Mill is meant to complement the restaurant (meals from Opa! can be ordered there if you so choose), while also acting as a standalone ... Read More

Third Time’s the Charm for Moet

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Cheers from the Wray & Nephew team (Observer)

Third time’s the charm for Moët & Chandon as they partner once more with Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston for the island’s premier secret event. Celebrating gastronomy and friendship the event welcomes all to feast and frolic at a dinner party like no other. “Le Dîner en Blanc is a one-of-a-kind picnic-style global event and due to its Parisian roots enforces a wine and Champagne-only policy. This, coupled with the fact that the event always leaves it ... Read More

Get Creative For Le Dîner en Blanc...

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Attractive cold cuts and condiments are perfect for Le Diner en Blanc. (Contributed)

Le Dîner en Blanc may be best known for its ability to transform a public space into a veritable sea of white — both with the décor and the mustsee fashions that come with it — but as half of its name suggests, the affair is really all about the gastronomic experience. Award-winning chef and caterer Celeste Gordon is one of the featured caterers at this year’s Le Dîner en Blanc and has been a part of the event since it came to Kingston, Jamaica. No stranger ... Read More

Looking for great value from Bordeaux? try Cru Bourgeois!

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

The peaceful, zen-like surroundings at Chateau Magnol, our home while in Bordeaux. (Christopher Reckord)

A few weeks ago, while dining at one of Kingston’s popular wine destinations, a friend asked me to recommend a bottle of wine for his table. After my usual clarifying questions, I went back to look at the wine selection and decided to choose an old world wine (wines from Europe) instead of the usual new world (wines from everywhere else) fruit bombs that this group was used to drinking. I eventually settled on a bottle of Château Magnol, which is a very pleasant and approachable ... Read More

 ‘Counting down to 20’

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

University of the West Indies, Mona Department of Government head Dr Lloyd Waller (left), and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville WalkerObserver

With the highest achievements in food service and presentation on The Rock, a long-established interest of the Jamaica Observer — the newspaper’s awards arm, namely, its annual Table Talk Food Awards unfolds the napkin for the 19th staging. At a ‘Counting Down to 20’ launch party held, last Thursday, around the Spanish Court Hotel’s très chic cabana pool, insiders were kept abreast of the latest directions and reintroduced to the stable of judges and co ... Read More



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