Kai Down Under

Northern territory kangaroo kebabs with honey-glazed barbecue sauce. (Antonio Graham)

What to do after last year’s spectacular Marilyn Monroe-themed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs affair was clearly a no-brainer for Jamaica Inn general manager and global cognoscente Kyle Mais, who took guests ‘Down Under’, Abercrombie & Kent style, last week Sa ... Read More

Wines from Down Under for Wild Down Under at Jamaica Inn
The ‘save the date’ was sent to the members three months in advance, followed closely by ... Read More

30,000 flutes of Ferrari Trento, Italy’s most awarded sparkling wine, were poured during the Emmy Awards season 30,000 Champagne Flutes poured!
Regular TV viewers would have been watching keenly this past Sunday for results when the Emmy Award ... Read More

The #IBEROSTARChefOnTour bat signal and bull cut-out dominated the cocktail hour’s event space. The Michelin Man
Exposing its hotel destinations to the wonders of Spanish cuisine has been a worthy preoccupation of ... Read More

VIDEO: A Ruling ‘Passion’

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

In from Verona, Italy, to host was Pasqua Vineyards Export Manager Cecelia Pasqua with her companion Nicola Capri (left) and Select Brands Co-Managing Director Andrew Desnoes. (Karl McLarty)

Crossing the Atlantic, and over unto our fair Caribbean isle, the Pasqua brand confident in the welcoming palate of The Rock’s oenophiles, partnered with its Jamaican distributor Select Brands 1876 Wines arm to showcase its Verona-based portfolio via a wine-pairing dinner, on September 6, at Uncorked in Sovereign North. A three-course dinner executed by Uncorked’s new executive chef Damion Stewart — previously of CRU Bar & Kitchen and the CPJ Deli — and preceded by co ... Read More

VIDEO: Cooking With Kaci

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

(From left) “Mainland Say Cheese” Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley, Harbour Wines and Spirits Brand Manager Sharice Fernander, and World Brand Services Brand Manager Jhanelle Francis

The Cooking with Kaci series stopped by the Audi Showroom Thursday last where, with the evening’s co-host Harbour Wines & Spirits, it staged a successful cooking event. “Mainland Say Cheese” Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley welcomed all to an evening of delectable wine and cheese pairings. Audi Head of Business Damien Kerr and Group General Manager of ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps also welcomed guests to the Oxford Road showroom and encouraged them to enjoy the magnif ... Read More

Sunsplash Jamaican Cuisine

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

If you are passing through Brown’s Town, St Ann, be sure to check out new restaurant Sunsplash. A mere three months old, the Jamaican and soul food restaurant with a full line bakery and ice cream parlour has become the town’s hotspot, cultivating constant traffic as well as nods of approval as a result of both the food and warm welcome. From all appearances, at Sunsplash, the customer always comes first. Thursday Life visited the establishment last Friday and broke bread with its ... Read More

Eleni’s Rising Star

Thursday, September 15, 2016    

Eleni’s rising star Diandra Dixon... I landed this dream internship by applying for a job as a baker or pastry chef. I worked diligently on my résumé and was surprised but happy to get a call back for an interview. I made different pastries every weekend to practise my skills and show Eleni what I could bring to the table... I  got the job. (Monique Thomas)

It’s difficult to concentrate on anything save the selection of breads and pastries at Eleni’s, but a pause as we waited to pay our bill and a sweep of the establishment gave Thursday Life the opportunity to meet Diandra Dixon, or “ Seventeen” as she is affectionately called at Eleni’s Bakery as a result of her age. The former University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica student — she completed a one-year Baking Technology course — with a passion for baki ... Read More

Tasting Sassicaia — one of the most soughtafter fine wines in the world

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, September 15, 2016    

Side-by-side wine tasting is one of the very best ways to appreciate the difference between wines — because you are forced to consider and describe why you like one over the other. (Picasa)

It proved somewhat of a challenge - incredibly - to convene a group of busy wine lovers to enjoy with chef/patron Pierluigi ‘PG’ Ricci of the multi-award-winning Italian restaurant Toscanini, a bottle of one of his prized possessions. Acccording to the wine press: “one of the greatest wines in the world;” “Sassicaia, the most collectible Italian wine”; “one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines”; “one of the most sought-afte ... Read More

Quick and healthy with Oji Jaja

Thursday, September 08, 2016    

The final ingredients being added to the fettuccine in pesto cream (Monique Thomas)

Thursday Life joined Executive Culinary Artist and owner of virtual restaurant Ashebre Oji Jaja — in the kitchen— for a quick lesson on how to create healthy, delicious and visually appealing meals on a budget. The meals included a morning shake, vegetable omelette, guacamole, roast chicken sandwich, and fettuccine in pesto cream. Fettuccine in Pesto Cream Serves 1 Ingredients: 4 oz dry fettuccine pasta 5 cups water 3 oz heavy cream 3 oz milk 1 tbsp Ashebre’s Spicy Basi ... Read More

Video: Welcome To Eleni’s

Thursday, September 08, 2016    

Eleni and Dmitri’s daughter Alexandra Toupikov was more than happy to don her apron to assist her parents at the opening. (Kenyon Hemans)

After weeks of social media alerts, Eleni’s French breads and patisserie has finally opened its doors. The timing, Sunday afternoon, could not have been better. Patrons came out in droves as word spread that the baguettes and pastries were worth leaving the Sunday lunch preparations for. Indeed, when Thursday Life arrived at Sovereign North at minutes to six, the stock was almost depleted. Thankfully, our reliable photographer was in place moments after the noon opening to capture the m ... Read More

Feeding yourself at University

Thursday, September 08, 2016    

Jordan Hamilton enjoying her box lunch of chicken, rice and vegetables (Monique Thomas)

“Broke university student” is a term coined to describe the many students found on campuses around the world who are often broke for myriad reasons — tuition, books, room and board, food, the cost of which all adds up. However, the one thing that physically keeps them going — notably eating well — is the one thing that is most often placed on the back burner (pun definitely intended). No better time we reckon for Thursday Life to pay a visit to the University of the ... Read More

Over The Moon

Thursday, September 08, 2016    

Dennis McIntosh (second left), executive chef at Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, is all smiles with (from left) Donnie Dawson, deputy director of Tourism, sales/USA and Latin America for the Jamaica Tourist Board, Andre Fowles, Chopped Champions Battle 4 winner and chef de cuisine at Miss Lily’s; Marcus Samuelsson, chef/patron Harlem’s Red Rooster, and Adam Schop, executive chef Miss Lily’s.

Palace Resorts, the five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations, partnered with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to bring authentic Jamaican flavours to the Taste of Tennis event that took place last week at the W, New York. The Taste of Tennis is widely considered the world’s premier food and tennis Experience. This year’s Taste of Tennis featured mouthwatering bites from leading tastemakers and buzzworthy chefs such as Dennis McIntosh, executive chef of Moon Palace Jamaica Gran ... Read More

Veuve Clicquot Rich — A Masterstroke or Sacrilege?

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, September 08, 2016    

Veuve Clicquot Rich is a blend of 45 per cent pinot noir, 40 per cent pinot meunier, and 15 per cent chardonnay presented in a very silvery discoball-esque bottle. (Picasa)

Every business needs to grow revenue and profits in order to survive, so we chip away at costs and are forced to either sell more of our products and services to existing customers or sell to new customers. In a move that once seemed unthinkable, luxury Champagne producer Veuve Clicquot has produced a champagne specifically for making mixed drinks in order to attract young new customers who are trendy, connected and free-spirited. Veuve Clicquot Rich was introduced mid-last year; however, it has ... Read More



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