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‘Belle’ Of The Bar

Winning Hennessy Bartender competitor
Wynton Hudson (third right) proudly displayed
his trophy and $75,000-cheque alongside
(from left) J Wray & Nephew Hennessy Brand
Manager Jared Samuel, and judges Moët
Hennessy market manager for the Caribbean
Geoffrey Bouilly, master blender Joy Spence,
Academy and Retail Operartions Manager
Debbian Spence-Minott and dancehall star

Touting himself a 'bar tough' and not a run-of-the-mill bartender, mixologist Wynton Hudson was crowned 'king of the evening' last Thursday night at the Hennessy 250th Anniversary Bartender Competition hosted at J Wray & Nephew's @twentythree bar at the spirits company's New Kingston corporate h ... Read More

Besties Toni Oliver (left) and Courtnie Watson at Utopia in December. (PHOTOS: SKKAN MEDIA) Cocktails With - Courtnie Watson and Toni Oliver
What is your cocktail of choice? Courtnie Watson (CW): Hennessy on ice, or Appleton V/X with coconu ... Read More

Lounging in her kitschy
installation was New Local
Space (NLS) artist-in-residence
— the Grenada-based Malaika
GRENADA-BASED artist Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe -- six weeks in residence at the New Local Space (NLS ... Read More

Living it up at a pre-Grammy Awards party at CRU Bar & Kitchen and channelling their fave stylish music artistes were (from left) Hugh Graham, Justin Hadeed
Awn, Belvin Burgess, Christina Benjamin, Shanique Mongal, Brian Lumley, Ewan Campbell, Kaysian Bourke, Jillian Levy, Christelle Harris and Toya Taylor AS GOOD AS GOLD
Winning the music industry's highest honour -- that prized golden gramophone at the 57th Annual Gram ... Read More

 Cocktails With - Cassandra Freeman

Sunday, February 08, 2015    

Cassandra Freeman

American actress Cassandra Freeman has just arrived at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Her brilliant smile and gorgeous face light up the lobby. She's been travelling all day and is pretty tired but is soon in chillax mode, sipping a rum punch and eager to reveal why she's a guest of JAMPRO and host of the Jamaica Film Festival. Is this your first visit to Jamaica? This is my first visit to Kingston. I've travelled to Jamaica before but only by cruise ship. Why are you here? I am here to conduct ... Read More

My Kingston - Kiev Wilkie

Sunday, February 08, 2015    


What are your earliest memories of Kingston? That would be inside the halls of Spanish Court Hotel with six to eight Novus Tech client meetings per day. I'm humbled by the resilience and business savvy of the entrepreneurs and corporate executives; and was very fortunate and blessed to be greeted warmly by the city's business community in those inaugural days. What's the most memorable dining experience that you have had in Kingston? This is a difficult one as there are too many to narrow do ... Read More

Feeling all white

Sunday, February 15, 2015    

What's in a colour? Everything if it's Le Dîner en Blanc: the all-white, style-coded epicurean event that makes its highly anticipated debut in Kingston on Saturday, March 7, at a top-secret location disclosed to diners at the ninth hour. The imported conceptual experience comes ashore thanks to local organisers Leisha and Brett Wong, and Imani and Stephen Price, who, having heard about the event from family and friends and attended the Miami-hosted Le Dîner en Blanc iteration last ... Read More

Cocktails With — Camille Davis

Sunday, February 15, 2015    

Camille Davis

Camille Davis had a gut instinct in high school that her career calling was to be an actress. Attending Mannings High in Westmoreland, she declared acting her dream profession when asked in class, but the resulting chuckles from her classmates momentarily planted seeds of doubt. More than a decade later, any uncertainty is long gone as we meet Davis -- now a bonafide stage veteran and 11-year-running acting principal with The Rock's most successful theatre company Jambiz International -- for ea ... Read More

My Kingston — Bobby Stines

Sunday, February 15, 2015    

Bobby Stines

What are your earliest memories of Kingston? A couple stand out: * Living beside a "natural swimming pool" aka the river in Gordon Town and swimming with the children in the area. * At the age of seven, I decided to walk home from my school, St Richard's Primary, and for the first time I noticed, and stared in awe at, the mural of Bob Marley outside the Marley Museum. There is a long story that goes with me having to walk from Red Hills, but I won't get into that. What do you miss when you ... Read More

Gardening - Feb 15

Sunday, February 15, 2015    


Dear Orchid Doc: It is Epidendrum blooming time now, but as soon as my Epis are about to bloom the buds just get black and dry up. Can you tell me what is happening? Florence D. Dear Flo: In Jamaica, especially if you have plenty of other plants around, Epidendrums are known to get thrips and mites frequently. Your orchids seem to be suffering from a thrips problem. When you are spraying, please soak the buds, especially from the very early stage, with Caprid, Dimeathoate (very strong smell ... Read More

Spotted! - Matthew 'Mateo' Harris

Sunday, February 22, 2015    

Matthew ‘Mateo’ Harris.

We could not have scripted it better! The setting was exquisite -- Round Hill Hotel & Villas' annual Sugar Cane Ball. And he certainly looked the part: tall, dark and shockingly handsome! Who... Matthew 'Mateo' Harris. Our last encounter... November 2013. Claim to fame... Jewellery rock star. He's the genius behind Mateo Bijoux. From... Montego Bay born and raised. Attended... Cornwall College, completed his studies at Southern New Hampshire, where he gained his BSc in Hospitality ... Read More

Kai's 'RIVER' Runs Deep

Sunday, February 22, 2015    

model Kai
Newman for
River Island.
The Saint International
model was in front of the
lens for the three-day,
desert-located shoot.

THERE's no stopping Kai Newman. The teen model phenom's career is in overdrive as she continues to land advertising campaigns for major fashion brands (Tommy Hilfiger, check; Kenneth Cole, check), all while sashaying down designer runways at the just-concluded New York Fashion Week. Newman's latest big get is the just-launched Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign for trendy British retailer River Island, styled by Edward Enninful and lensed by regular British Vogue contributing photog Emma Summerton ... Read More

Cocktails With — Josina Jackson

Sunday, February 22, 2015    

Josina Jackson

We're enjoying cocktails at the Liguanea Club with certified Supreme Court mediator Josina Jackson, who, prior to her career switch, worked for years in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. There's more to learn about; for starters, what she's drinking and how she got the name Josina... What are you drinking? A Day At The Beach. What's in it? Amaretto Cocomania Orange juice Grenadine — shaken on ice What's the story behind your name? I was named after Josina Mach ... Read More

Gardening — Feb 28

Sunday, March 01, 2015    


Dear Orchid Doc: Help! My orchids are sick. The underside of the dendrobium leaves are dark brown and it won't rub off. Can you tell me what to do, please? — Kay Dear Kay: You seem to have what is know as orchid rust. Combine 2 tsps of Topsin with 1 tsp of Caprid in a gallon of water. Spray once per week, preferably when it is cool, as the sun will cause the chemical to burn. Do this for four weeks, then spray every two weeks for two months, before going back to your regular routine. A ... Read More



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