A 'Hell' Of A Pudding

Edgar Wallace, proprietor of
Just Coool Green Grocery
and Variety Store, tells
Thursday Life how he devised
the recipes for his cornmeal
and potato puddings.

We're coasting along the highway through the garden parish of St Ann when our super alert Jamaica Observer driver Dwight Lee requests a stop in Priory. "Can I get some potato pudding?" he asks, a hint of longing evident in the beseeching tone. We're naturally curious and acquiesce. The vehicle come ... Read More

In the mood for a
light lunch?
Consider a
pineapple jerk
chicken wrap (top
left), a chicken
composed salad
(top right), a tuna
composed salad
(bottom left) or a
Greek salad. VIDEO: Asia's Café
Success is as sweet as the decadent pastry at Asia's Café. In its 10-month span, business is ... Read More

Andrew Graham selects tender pieces and sauce for an order
at the Jerk Hut. A Taste Of Jerk
The smell of jerk chicken and pork wafted up to our nostrils during a tour of the Royalton White San ... Read More

Brand Manager for International Wines & Spirits at J Wray &
Nephew Jared Samuel, who brought a bottle of Ruinart Brut,
was more than happy to see some of his other brands present. World Champagne Day
This annual event encourages the celebration of this truly unique wine that can only come from the C ... Read More

An Au Revoir @ Opa!

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

Opa! guests raise a
toast to the guest
of honour,
Ambassador of
Belgium Godelieve
Van Den Bergh.

'Opa!' is what Greeks exclaim in a time of celebration or when expressing joy and gratitude. It's a term that would perhaps aptly reference the two-year tenure of Ambassador of Belgium to Jamaica, Godelieve Van Den Bergh. The ambassador's tour of duty comes to an end in October, at which time she'll return to Brussels. To honour the departing ambassador, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva, Brazil's Ambassador to Jamaica, and producer/restaurateur Alexx Antaeus hosted a farewell dinner party Monday last a ... Read More

Food Reminiscing on Diwali

Thursday, October 23, 2014    

Food Reminiscing on Diwali

Today, thousands of persons of Indian descent across the region will be lighting small clay lamps filled with oil, candles and artificial chain lights in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. Houses and public spaces are decorated with small earthen lamps called diyas, signifying the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali focuses on embracing one's inner light, to dispel physical and mental darkness. In honour of the vibrant festival, T ... Read More

A Taste of Jamaica - The Bartender Competition

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 23, 2014    

UTech student Spence Ann Kedward
is in deep concentration as she
garnishes her plantain-based punch.

I was asked to be the head judge for the bartender competition section in the recently held Best Dressed Chicken Taste of Jamaica - A culinary competition put on by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica. Overall, the event had just over 250 participants working in teams or individually vying for a range of titles including the following: Chef/Junior of the Year; Junior Apprentice Chef of the Year; Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year. This event also serves as part of the selection p ... Read More

For Good Food, Great Taste & Good Health

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Look out for these Badia
products and more on
your next grocery trip.

The less-than-auspicious start of Badia Spices in a non-descript store in Miami, by Cuban immigrants who mixed their herbs and spices by hand, has made way 30 years later to Badia Spices, an internationally acclaimed brand whose products are used by professional chefs and cooks worldwide. The announcement Monday evening at the acclaimed 689 (restaurant) by Brian Lumley that the brand has made its way back to the Caribbean to be exclusively distributed in Jamaica by World Brands Services Ltd, a ... Read More

VIDEO: The ‘House’ Wins

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

The House Wins

As good as ice cream gets at Kingston landmark Devon House, the historic property is far more than home to dairy-divine licks. Think beyond scoops of Bordeaux cherry, butter almond, Devon Stout or strawberry swirl, and the trip to the Waterloo Road address affords one a six-fold culinary exercise worth taking. There's the wine bar with fab side-order accompaniments at Bin 26, treats of chocolate decadence from Chocolate Dreams, Mediterranean fare at Kebab Café, pastry delights at Devon H ... Read More

Wine — There are lots of apps for that

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 16, 2014    

Vivino is available for
iPhone, Andriod and
Windows Mobile. This
might be the most
popular wine app
globally, with a
few hundred
users in Jamaica.
Download it and
follow me!

Most wine lovers have been in a situation where they are out for dinner or visiting friends, taste a really great wine, write down the info on a piece of paper which can never be found later. Thankfully there are several technology solutions out there. For starters, how about using your smartphone to snap a photo of the wine's label? What if you could get all the tasting notes and reviews from friends and experts around the world about the wine that you are drinking, or conversely, the wine tha ... Read More

TSO Shopping and Wine Tasting

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

Select Brands poured a selection of Hardy’s
Nottage Hills wines for guests to sip while
enjoying the sights of fine fashion and fast cars.

Last week Thursday the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out evening of shopping saw a number of destinations offering refreshments to their guests, and it seems the drink of choice was, of course, wine. I took a peep inside the Audi showroom, and in addition to the range of luxury cars and busy fashionistas, Select Brands poured a selection of Hardy's Nottage Hills wines from Australia for guests to sip while enjoying the trunk show and fast cars. The list is as follows: Nottage Hill Cabernet Shir ... Read More

A Rock Flavoured Oktoberfest

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

Realtor Steven Bernard (left)
paused from sipping his
Bitburger beer to acknowledge
Thursday Life while father
Owen Bernard concentrated
on his chicken schnitzel.

  It was paradise for the lover of all things German last Saturday at the Alhambra Inn on Tucker Avenue, as The Rock celebrated the world-renowned Oktoberfest in style with premium German beers, a delectable selection of German food including sausage, and classic festival games and surprise giveaways. Hosted by the Jamaican-German Society, the event, which originated in Munich in the early nineteenth century, has been celebrated yearly on The Rock for more than three decades. This year, th ... Read More

Terra Nova Adds Haute Vegetarian Fare To Its Menu

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

Terra Nova Filet Mignon, prime filet mignon, grilled and topped
with lobster morsels in a beurre blanc sauce and served over
Irish potato pancake and green beans — so don’t be afraid to
incorporate both worlds

The management of the luxe multi-award-winning Terra Nova All-Suite hotel are never ones to rest on their laurels especially in a competitive environment and as such have unveiled their latest offering: Haute Vegetarian Cuisine - a menu according to the hotel's consultant on all things extraordinary and fab Ardelle Dalla Costa, "that would appeal to the vegetarian in search of a fine dining experience, deliciously composed and served in beautiful surroundings". What Thursday Life is eager to add ... Read More

VIDEO:Sticking A 'Fork' In It

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

Music educator Debbie Rose (left) savoured bites of doubles from her native Trinidad, while her recent university graduate
daughter Deanna Rose tucked into an aloo pie. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

Debe Ann Chen rolled her latest culinary undertaking, the Fork In The Road food truck, into the town of Mandeville this past Tuesday. A long-harboured dream brought to fruition for the always-bubbly Chen (who gave Thursday Life exclusive access), the 26-year Jamaican resident beamed with pride, though there were hints of underlying second-guessing as to what public reaction would be to the truck parked along Ward Avenue in front of the old Tudor Theatre. Fears were quickly allayed. Curiosity h ... Read More



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