Summer 'Secrets' Cocktails

Secrets Resorts cocktail server Leonard Anderson holds a
tray of summer cocktails. (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Our getaway to Montego Bay for the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival had us immersed in more than music and warm summer temps last weekend. Resting our heads comfortaby at the Secrets Resorts, our three-night stay was made even better by a melange of fantastic cocktail mixes we sipped, in-between ... Read More

SOUR Johnnie Walker Cocktails
The quintessential man's drink — enjoyed too, by women who favour aged, oaky libations — ... Read More

Chef Brian Lumley talks kitchen
safety with his budding chefs. Chef Lumley's Budding Chefs
Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Culinary Personality of the Year and recipient of the Jamai ... Read More

The Kingston Kiwi (left) and Bad
Bitch cocktails from A Bar.
With cocktail refreshers on the mind, and in a mood to celebrate the end of another work week, we ch ... Read More

Guilt On the Go

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

The Herb Roasted Chicken
Salad — a medley of
mushrooms, zucchinis, red
peppers, diced mangoes and
red bok choy mixed with
herb-roasted chicken breast.

If time doesn't allow for indulging in Guilt's scenic wrapped-verandah locale at the stately Devon House mansion in Kingston, then one can still delight in the eatery's decadent fare through its recently introduced Guilt "To Go" lunch menu. Guilt chef and owner Colin Hylton has packaged his creative dishes into artfully decorated boxes for those short on time, and maybe short on extra cash. "It is to appeal to a wider customer base," Hylton told Thursday Life. "People can only afford so much t ... Read More

Fromage’s Summer Salads

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

The sweet and sharp Kale and Apple Salad comprises apples,
caramelised walnuts and diced chicken on a bed of kale and
mixed greens. Fromage's Mango Vinaigrette dressing makes
the perfect accompaniment. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

The summer season is in full gear, which means breaking out the gym membership card and making the effort to eat healthier in the hopes of attaining that sacred beach body. Thankfully, Fromage, that inviting little eatery on Hillcrest Avenue, has made the goal of healthier eating a delicious option for foodies everywhere. Fromage offers a variety of tasty menu items, including a scrumptious spread of salad options. The restaurant has racked up rave reviews for its delish salads — mar ... Read More

Jamaicans Increased Snack Consumption During FIFA World Cup

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Sovereign Supermarket Director Evadne Loshusan at the
Heineken display. (PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

You heard us correctly! The FIFA World Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday with a win for Germany, turned us into a nation of snackers.. This according to information gleaned from quite a few supermarket shelves. Corporate area grocery giants, John R Wong, Michi Super Centre, CPJ Market and Sovereign Supermarket shared their World Cup number crunching with Thursday Life Nestled on Tobago Avenue in busy New Kingston, John R Wong' s convenient location made it the preferred choice of business p ... Read More

Banyan-Catering - Room For Improvement

Emma Sharp Dalton-Brown | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

The oxtail ($800)
with rice and
peas and plantain
was most
pleasing, but the
potato salad and
coleslaw not so

Receiving a WhatsApp message telling me about a new discovery, namely 'Banyan Catering' on Cargill Avenue, I googled it immediately. Intrigue set in when I saw that they cook Indian food, which I love, as well as Jamaican food. I put a call through to the eatery shortly after, and am told it is too late to place an order for that day's lunch (it was close to the end of lunchtime, after all), but they did have a few servings of a couple 'meals' left. "We only cook a certain amount of each meal ... Read More

WineWine Module 101

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Chris Reckord, independent wine consultant and wine educator, gives a history lesson on the Italian aperitif Aperol to JMMB's Joan Edwards. In the background
is Kerri-Anne Reckord, who shares a passion for the world of wines with her husband Chris. The occasion was a wine appreciation event hosted by JMMB,
where Reckord shared his knowledge with the invitees as they sampled several award-winning wines

The main challenge for anyone new to the world of wine is always to figure out what type and style of wine they like. Persons for the most part simply want to know what wine to buy or what wine to choose from a wine list. The solution is to try as many wines as you can, every opportunity you get. A lucky few had the opportunity to try some award-winning wines at a recent wine-tasting session hosted by financial services provider JMMB. Here is some of what was shared: Language of wine There a ... Read More

Everything Made Fresh

Thursday, July 17, 2014    

Marlon Davis, CEO, Nesberrys – premium Caribbean ice cream and coffee (PHOTOS COURTESY OF MARLON DAVIS)

When Marlon Davis left the Jamaica Observer in 2007, starting an ice-cream venture was the farthest thing on his mind. Indeed, climbing the corporate ladder was his focus. Seven years later, Davis is a budding entrepreneur with ice cream as his latest venture. Davis has introduced the United States to the unique flavours of Jamaica. "In early 2012," he begins, "I suddenly started to develop a real craving for Jamaican stout ice cream. I couldn't find any so I decided to try and make my own. I ... Read More

Terra Nova's Fresh Take On Sunday Brunch

Thursday, July 10, 2014    

The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel holds itself to a higher standard, and that heightened customer expectation of excellence rings true (and is delivered) with the hotel's revamped Sunday brunch. "We have slashed our prices but we haven't slashed the quality," the hotel's trusted food and beverage consultant Ardelle Dalla Costa shares with us when we pop in, minutes before the start of brunch service last weekend. Families with rambunctious children and couples are already queuing up, and seated o ... Read More

It Takes A Villlage

Thursday, July 10, 2014    


It's always a positive experience visiting the charming EITS Café nestled in the leafy refuge of the Blue Mountains in St Andrew. Michael and Robyn Fox are owners of the extensive 17 Mile Post belt, which is home to EITS Café, Mount Edge Guest House, and the Food Basket Farm. It is from this farm that Fox gathers the greens and herbs that compose the fresh salads and savoury entrées that have seen EITS Café win the Best Ethical Restaurant Award at this year's Jamaica ... Read More

VIDEO: Jamaica Tastes Multiple Victories

Thursday, July 10, 2014    

Members of the Jamaican culinary team display their medals
won at the recent Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition
held in Miami. From left: Team coach and President of the
Culinary Federation of Jamaica Dennis McIntosh; Caribbean
Junior Chef of the Year winner Sanju Smith; Caribbean Pastry
Chef silver medallist Teresa Clarke; Christopher Campbell, team
competition gold medal winner; Chef of the Year silver
medallist Silverio Marrone; Bartender of the Year bronze
medallist Leoned Broomfield; bronze medallist in the beef
competition Richard Pinnock; Ice Carver of the Year winner
Rohan Henry, and team manager Kenrick Stewart.

It was a bumper year for Jamaica at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition held in Miami June 28 - July 2. Team Jamaica took home several top honours in the prestigious culinary competition, winning 10 medals in all, four of which were gold. "This is the best showing Jamaica's ever had in terms of quality of medals," said Dennis McIntosh, president of the Culinary Federation of Jamaica, the governing body that helped prepare the Jamaican team for the competition. "We've won more indivi ... Read More


Thursday, July 10, 2014    

Ashebre's spicy basil pesto
is the first of what Jaja
hopes to develop into a
gourmet line of condiments.

Culinary artist Oji Jaja is venturing into the condiment business. The supremely talented chef, who helms his Ashebre catering business, has bottled his first gourmet-styled condiment -- a spicy basil pesto. We had the good fortune to taste the exceptionally flavourful pesto last week at the farewell reception for Columbus Communications outgoing President Michele English, which Jaja catered, serving a smoked marlin pasta dish infused with his condiment creation, and naturally had to get the b ... Read More



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