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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 — Dr David Walcott

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Dr David Walcott
medical doctor, and entrepeneur. (COURTESY OF DR DAVID WALCOTT)

Medical Doctor and Entrepeneur What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Unlike my siblings, I was a very outdoorsy child, and my earliest salient memories are of me climbing the East Indian mango trees in Mona where I grew up, making slingshots and getting into all sorts of mischief as young, restless children are wont to do. To this day, I still have a few battle scars from my childhood that I prefer to view as tattooed memoirs of a vibrant past. What’s the most memorable meal that ... Read More

Having a 'Ball'

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

The scene was set for Hanover Charities’ 60th Sugar Cane Ball, a crucial fund-raiser for its community development projects.(ANTONIO GRAHAM)

Last Saturday, Hanover Charities celebrated not only the 60th anniversary of its philanthropic existence but also the Diamond Jubilee staging of its The Sugar Cane Ball. SO registers the jet set and Second City guests, dressed in their ‘Sparkle Like A Diamond Black Tie Optional’ best, who attended the intersection of glamour and power, for an auction, dinner and dancing. Read More

Cocktails Wth... Alexandra Valkenburg

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

As we take a look at a complex world through the eyes of career diplomat Alexandra Valkenburg, the new Dutch Ambassador to Jamaica, we discover a gaze that is at once measured yet full of insight. No matter the destination, what’s the one cocktail/drink you’re always confident in ordering? A glass of white wine. But a lot of receptions are work, and then I drink very little. What was your formative lesson in the art of diplomacy?   Be gentle on the relationship, but clear i ... Read More

Bookends — Feb 26

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

NEW IN CARIBBEAN WRITING Speak From Here to There: Two Poem Cycles Peepal Tree), by Kwame Dawes & John Kinsella Two poets from opposite sides of the world exchange poems linked by the political and social upheavals in their respective spheres, with Dawes contemplating the waves of violence consuming the US and the world and Kinsella confronting the injustice of the theft of indigenous land and the treatment of refugees and immigrants. Madwoman: Poetry (Peepal Tree), by Shara McCallum Mc ... Read More

Groovin At Smookeez By The Sea

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

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-the-time-go spot is quietly getting notice from locals and tourists alike. Trip Advisor reviews attest to its good food and service even while hailing its rustic charm. “Our local fishermen from ... Read More

Chefs To Watch For 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Cucumber, tomato salad with coconut, dill sour cream (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from Round Hill Hotel & Villas. CHEF MARTIN MAGINLEY Executive Chef, Round Hill Hotel & Villas Chef Martin Ian Maginley is a talented and personable chef with a wealth of experience and a passion for gastronomy. He arrived at Round Hill Hotel & Villas Jamaica, in 2007, where he currently resides. This i ... Read More

Eating Out Next Door

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Enjoying ‘street eats’ like fresh fried churros (ONEAL)

After arriving in Havana late night, I eagerly welcomed the morning rays as they brought to life visuals of this marvellous city that has clearly withstood the hands of time. As I left my hotel on foot, the architecture of this jewel blew me away with its mix of intricacies: cobbled streets, grandiose buildings and magnificent squares. The scenery got better with every step I made. What was being unveiled was an eclectic mix of grand opulence, a collection of heirlooms – some ruined, some ... Read More

Hungry, anyone? 

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

The Best Dressed Breaded Chicken Wings with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce (Hvoenok)

Just when you thought you were settling into a routine for meals, The Best Dressed Chicken has debuted two delicious options: Wings and Tenders. Both come breaded and ready for quick preparation, either in the oven or on the stovetop. In many ways Breaded Wings and Tenders are kid-approved, allowing little tykes to explore their culinary chops by creating an arsenal of sauces. Start with your favourite “store bought” barbecue sauce and add the condiments and flavourings that best su ... 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



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