Food

VIDEO: Opa! adds Santorini Skylounge

Welcome to Santorini!

?The much-buzzed about Opa! Greek Restaurant has added a skylounge aptly named Santorini. The comfy lounge adjacent to the restaurant was created, according to its affable owner Alexx Antaeus, for life's celebrations in a down-to-earth atmosphere of fun. The feel is decidedly Santorini -- a sea of ... Read More

Eatable! The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 Calendar
The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 calendar is out today, and it certainly is a perfect accompaniment to ... Read More

Sprucing up her thyme, Michelle Thomas
adds the finishing touches to her products.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Sweetwood Jerk Adds A Farmers’ Market
THURSDAY Life was caught off guard Saturday morning when we turned on the Liguanea Club slip road an ... Read More

A festive gingerbread
house created by the
pastry team and
available for purchase
along with tins of light
Christmas rum cakes. VIDEO: An All-Suite CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS is definitely in the air at the Terra Nova All-Suite hotel. The made-for-luxe-living Chris ... Read More

Picking the right wine as a gift

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, December 11, 2014    

(L-R) Connoisseur Gift -
Champagne Perrier-Jouët. White wine/bubble for the
Newbie - Caposaldo Sweet
Moscato and Red Wine for
the enthusiast - Red
Diamond Merlot.

Wine makes a really great gift for a wine lover, but with so many choices on the market, how do you choose the right wine? I have been working on a wine appreciation maturity model in order to ensure that the best wine recommendations are made. It's futile to discuss soil types and days of direct sunlight on one side of the mountain, when the person simply wants a sweet white wine with no care in the world about where it's from and/or who made it. What are their tastes? While my wine apprec ... Read More

Jessica In The Kitchen

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers

I started blogging about desserts because... I started a baking business named Jessiker Bakes, in April 2010, where I would create custom baked goods and pastries to sell at my clients' requests. The blog, then also named Jessiker Bakes, was a showcase for my creations and chronicles about baking. While I also blogged about savoury dishes, desserts were the main focus. Over the years, I found myself blogging more about savoury dishes until I finally rebranded in August 2014 to Jessica in the Kit ... Read More

Miss T’s MEXICAN Twist

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Mexican radio station Radio
Mojarra broadcast live from Miss
T’s Kitchen on Monday,
December 8. Seen here post-broadcast with
Anna Kay Tomlinson is Luis Guy, the show’s
producer and host. The station is in Jamaica
from Mexico to share the sights, sounds and
flavours of the island and heard so much
about Miss T’s that they had to add the
restaurant to their itinerary.

“BUSINESS has been amazing,” shares Anna Kay Tomlinson, chef/patron, Miss T’s Kitchen. Indeed it has and we can now add Mexico to the list of countries eager to try Miss T’s food. The Radio Mojarra crew from Mexico enjoyed jerk chicken, shrimp rundown and gungo rice and peas. Read More

The Best Dressed Chicken 12 Chefs of Christmas Promotion Makes The Holidays Delicious

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Ravi Anne (left), executive chef at The
Jewel hotel, and chef Courtney Simpson
ready themselves to serve shoppers at the
Best Dressed Chicken's 12 Chefs of
Christmas tasting experience at General
Food Supermarket in Ocho Rios.

The Best Dressed Chicken wraps up the 12 Chefs of Christmas tour with tasting experiences featuring Chef Celeste Gordon at Hi-Lo Manor Park on Saturday, December 13, and Chef Brian Lumley at MegaMart Kingston on Sunday, December 14. Both tasting events will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. "There's been a lot of excitement from our customers about the 12 Chefs of Christmas promotion. People really want to celebrate what we all love about Christmas, that's family and friends coming together. We'r ... Read More

VIDEO: A Glorious Wrap!

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

The evening’s success would not have been possible without Scotiabank’s Kaysia Johnson-
Vaughan (left) Chef Brian Lumley, and Debbian Spence-Minott, group brand manager, J Wray &
Nephew Ltd. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

It was once said that man shall not live by bread alone. It was most fitting, therefore, that the Jamaica Observer Salut! week-long celebration of wine and champagne came to a wonderful climax at 689 by Brian Lumley, where wines from the J Wray & Nephew portfolio and the award-winning chef's cuisine blended in tasty perfection to punctuate the event's climax. The highlight for the invited guests at Lumley's New Kingston venue was a test of his wine and food-pairing skills as he attempted t ... Read More

Applauding A Great Legacy

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

The curtains came down in fine style on our Applaud It! initiative last week in Williamsfield, Manchester where Jackie Minott, managing director of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) and his son John O Minott, CEO of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) hosted eight Bellefield High School students at a luncheon catered by Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Caterer of the Year 2013 Débè-Ann Chen. There were lessons aplenty as students broke bread that afternoon. With Minott Snr helm ... Read More

VIDEO: Welcome to Woolery Kitchen

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

A true Jamaican welcome is
guaranteed from Charles and
Cynthia Woolery with their
daughter-in-law Tanayia, founder
of Woolery Kitchen.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

The concept: setting a table for complete strangers in your home and, by extension, introducing them to a taste of the other side of Jamaica. A similar concept was introduced by the Jamaica Tourist Board in 1968, called 'Meet The People', and could also be considered part of community tourism in St Elizabeth. The Chalky Hill experience is one of tradition, family, and a passion for good food. Reservations for a maximum of eight people at Woolery Kitchen is like heading to the country to visit ... Read More

Suzanne and Michelle's Rousseau's Caribbean Potluck named as one NPR's Best Books of 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

Suzanne and Michelle
Rousseau

Caribbean Potluck, easily one of the most well received Caribbean cookbooks in recent memory, has found new triumph after being named as one of the Best Books of 2014 by staff and critics at NPR. "We are overjoyed," said Suzanne Rousseau. "It such a thrill and honour to have our book, which was truly a labour of love, in the ranks of so many amazing books which we ourselves admire." This past summer, the Rousseau sisters appeared on the NPR programme All Things Considered. Writing on the inclus ... Read More

Happy Thanksgiving From Ally

Thursday, November 27, 2014    

(PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)

Our Thursday Life readers certainly enjoyed the Easter table spread by homemaker par excellence Allison Porter Smalling so we were more than delighted when she agreed to have us all over for Thanksgiving. Cheers Ally (Photos: Karl McLarty) Ally's Passion Martini Here's how: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add: 4 oz Skyy Vodka 2 oz Orijin Passionfruit shake. Strain into martini glass. Sorrel Sorbet Ingredients: I lb of picked sorrel 1/4 lb ginger root 12 whole cloves 6 grains of pim ... Read More

SALUT! Clinks at Macau

Monday, November 24, 2014    

The J Wray & Nephew mixology team
created a cocktail mix of Pearly Bay Sweet
Sparking White infused with sorrel, which
received approving clinks from Gail Dixon
(right), general manager at Kris An Charles
Investments, and her operations manager
colleague Odette Reid.

The unrelenting Jamaica Observer Salut! wave flowed into the dual-level Macau Bar & Gaming Lounge, last Friday night, with our friends at libation brand J Wray & Nephew on hosting duty and Scotiabank underwriting the 'bon-vivacious' experience. Our social lens went barside at the Lindsay Crescent hotspot! PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON SALUT! Clinks at Macau --> Read More



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