An Au Revoir @ Opa!

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 ... Read More

Food Reminiscing on Diwali Food Reminiscing on Diwali
Today, thousands of persons of Indian descent across the region will be lighting small clay lamps fi ... Read More

UTech student Spence Ann Kedward
is in deep concentration as she
garnishes her plantain-based punch. A Taste of Jamaica - The Bartender Competition
I was asked to be the head judge for the bartender competition section in the recently held Best Dre ... Read More

Look out for these Badia
products and more on
your next grocery trip.
(PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) For Good Food, Great Taste & Good Health
The less-than-auspicious start of Badia Spices in a non-descript store in Miami, by Cuban immigrants ... 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

VIDEO: Simply the best

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

The entrance to The
Simply Red Food Festival.

IT was a baptism into gastronomic heaven. Food enthusiasts found culinary redemption for their anxious after-work appetites last Friday evening as the Heart Foundation of Jamaica staged the silver anniversary of its Simply Red food festival on the lawns of Jamaica House under the theme ‘Celebrating Flavour, Flair and Fashion’. Hundreds were out, with many fashion-savvy patrons opting for wardrobes with a scarlet nod to the event’s name, to soak up a potpourri of scents, flavou ... Read More

Sipping on borrowed time

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Little Wine wine preservation system consists of a special
cork-like assembly with a tube running through it and a
pushbutton valve on the back. The curly 'vine' plugged into the
valve is connected to one of several preservation gas supply
options at its other end. It also keeps the bottles cool.

When you open a bottle of wine with friends and family, it usually disappears in a few minutes. There is no need to worry about spoilage there. If, however, you open a very special bottle just to enjoy a glass or if you run a bar or restaurant and offer wine by the glass, the ability to keep the wines very fresh is important. An opened bottle of wine usually has two to three days before it starts to lose its characteristic aroma, bouquet and taste before eventually going bad. Entrepreneurs in ... Read More

Sean John Plates: A Destination Experience

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Fresh sauteed lobster with seasonal herbs and
truffle honey with a side of slow-roasted
sweet potato mash and avocado purée

Ahead of the much-anticipated Destination shindig at GoldenEye last week Saturday evening, guests enjoyed a unique Drive Experience lunch courtesy of ATL Autohaus and Destination Experience at Hermosa Cove, Ocho Rios. The lunch was hosted by Chef Sean John from the celebrated Spur Tree restaurant, New York, a fave of U2 and ranked one of the top five places to dine in America by Maxim Magazine. The Menu: Beet & hemp seed salad with organic mixed greens & raspberry balsamic vinaigrette ... Read More

Chef McIntosh Does 'Good' in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 25, 2014    

Chef Rich Francis (left), who presented the dinner on Friday night with Chef Dennis McIntosh. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL HALL)

After winning the “Master Chef Cook-Off Challenge" in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 2013, Chef Dennis McIntosh was invited back by the Right Some Good team, this time as guest chef for the pop-up dinner at Inverary Resort in Baddock, which took place on Thursday, September 4 and was attended by some 200 guests.   The Menu:   Scenic Valley Farm Oven-Roasted Island Squash Bisque Luckett Vineyard L'Acadie Blanc, Gaspereau Valley NS   Mira Bay Seafood Dumpling Coconut Tomato Crea ... Read More



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