Food

VIDEO: From Italy, With Love

Pimento roasted loin of
pork with honey balsamic
and otaheite apple

Feel-good warmth embraces your heart and appetite at Toscanini. The Italian restaurant — founded 15 years ago by British-Italian siblings Pierluigi and Lella Ricci at Harmony Hall in Tower Isle, St Mary — has become a standard-bearer, of sorts, for authentic cuisine served up with a sid ... Read More

The spread our host Allison Porter-Smalling prepared for a seafood Sunday brunch using an assortment of Rainforest Seafoods’ tilapia, salmon, mackerel, shrimp, octopus, squid and mussel options. (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY) Catch of the day with rainforest
Thursday Life shares an intimate Sunday brunch with close friends and family of Allison and Alistair ... Read More

Michelle and Suzanne drop by Lorna’s
snack stall in Cross Roads to satisfy
their bun and cheese craving. Two Sisters and BUN
It's that time of year again — Easter is upon us! With schools closed, all three generations ... Read More

RED STRIPE LAUNCHES 1 LITRE BOTTLE
Jamaica is known for being a trailblazer in many areas. Now the local beer market can be acknowledge ... Read More

Haute Desserts  at Cafe Blue

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

Tropical fruitcake

Nothing excites a connoisseur like a great cup of Joe. Even finer is freshly brewed, and better yet, a cup o’ roasted liquid pleasure enjoyed in Blue Mountain country. Café Blue’s Irish Town location was the checklist stop for the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel last Monday, and to say the caffeine-happy among the judges were thrilled would be an understatement. Navigating the sharp-cornered ascent into the hills of St Andrew for our late-afternoon coffee appointm ... Read More

Crystal Edge Restaurant  - The 'Edge' OF Glory

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

Dinner at Crystal Edge
Restaurant was a mix of
Jamaican faves — oxtail,
roast chicken, potato
salad, steamed veggies
and fried plantains.
(PHOTOS: JOSEPH
WELLINGTON)

Home comfort goodness could very well be Winsome Hall's secret sauce. The charismatic restaurateur of Crystal Edge puts true heart and the right kick of flavour into her eatery's pleasing options of Jamaican menu faves. Welcoming the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel for dinner last week Monday — a special treat, considering it's the sole day Crystal Edge is closed for business — Hall whipped up a sunset spread of chicken soup, roast chicken, oxtail and rice n' peas for he ... Read More

Café Blue's High Premium

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

Café Blue’s Jason Sharp demonstrates ‘the pour over’ coffee method to the intrigued pair of
Jodi Henriques (second right) and Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton.

Nothing excites a connoisseur like a great cup of Joe. Even finer is freshly brewed, and better yet, a cup o' roasted liquid pleasure enjoyed in Blue Mountain country. Café Blue's Irish Town location was the checklist stop for the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel last Monday, and to say the caffeine-happy among the judges were thrilled would be an understatement. Navigating the sharp-cornered ascent into the hills of St Andrew for our late-afternoon coffee appointment, there w ... Read More

Rainforest Seafoods Dinner

Omar Tomlinson | Thursday, April 03, 2014    

Dinner included herb-spiced escoveitched fish, wine-infused fettuccine shrimp alfredo, white winemarinated salmon, Basmati rice with Italian seasoning and garlic salt, feta-cheese garden salad, steamed baby carrots and string beans, and corn.Grace Shield final

Throwing out our line for a host for a Rainforest Seafoods-themed dinner party, we reeled in quite a catch -- Sagicor Holborn Road Branch Manager Christopher Lawe. The accomplished insurance executive surprised us last weekend with a command performance in the kitchen of his upper St Andrew townhouse. His intuitive and razor-sharp culinary skills -- who knew? Lawe teamed up with attorney-at-law fiancée Michelle Fitz-Henley to host a four-course seafood dinner for an intimate coterie of ... Read More

The Song of the Banana Man

Thursday, April 03, 2014    

Baked Bananas with Chocolate and Coconut Ice Cream

Touris, white man, wipin his face, Met me in Golden Grove market place. He looked at m'ol' clothes brown wid stain. An soaked right through wid de Portlan rain, He cas his eye, turn up his nose, He says, 'You're a beggar man, I suppose?' He says, ' Boy, get some occupation, Be of some value to your nation.' I said, 'By God and dis big right han You mus recognise a banana man. Song of the Banana Man, Evan Jones One of our all-time absolute favourite pieces of poetry is The Song of ... Read More

Of Burgers, Wines & Sweet Treats

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

Don Creary readies to serve Ribbiz curry goat burger (with Sweet Treats
mango chutney sauce), a popular menu item he created.
(PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

The word is out: Ribbiz Ultra Lounge's curry goat burger is to die for! Instantly addicted at our first bite last year, we thought it prudent to make a beeline, with our Jamaica Observer Food Awards judges and guests in tow (including San Francisco-based chef and restaurateur David Lawrence and his wife Monetta White, live-wire media personality Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton and ever-charming clothing retailer Jimmy Josephs), to the trendy watering hole and eatery for group food therapy on March 1 ... Read More

Lawrence of San Francisco

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

1300 ON FILLMORE

Heads turn as the tall, hard-to-miss David Lawrence strides into the Regency Bar & Lounge with his gorgeous, petite wife Monetta White. "It's nice in here," he shares, taking a leisurely look around. We're glad he's impressed. UK-born Lawrence -- a dead ringer for British actor Idris Elba-- is the chef/patron of 1300 Restaurant & Lounge on Fillmore, a supper club in San Francisco, California. His parents, Daphne and Frank Lawrence, left Jamaica in the late-1950s for the United Kingdom. T ... Read More

Traditional Jamaican Sweets

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

Richards, owner
and operator of
Polrich Ltd (centre),
lays the first drop
on the sheet to
cool.

To tell the story of traditional Jamaican sweets, our journey begins under the blistering hot sun of a Jamaican sugar plantation and ends in the gritty urban streets and picturesque country markets of today's Jamaica. The commercial production of sugar cane in the British Isles changed the world's diet, which created a sugar boom and fuelled the demand for a regular supply of slaves, which would continue until legislation was passed for the abolition of slavery in the British West Indian coloni ... Read More

Countryside's Fantastic Fridays

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

Countryside proprietor Wayne Chai welcomed Thursday Life to the popular Friday
culinary and social spot. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

Countryside is all the rage on Friday nights. Teeming with a bustling after-work crowd, and families on a culinary break from their home kitchens, there is an electric energy in the air at the Courtney Walsh Drive-situated foodie spot. Reopened in November last year, the Countryside welcomed a Friday night roving band of Jamaica Observer Food Awards judges with wafting scents of grilled chicken and pork, seafood, caffeinated beverages, and an array of tempting delights waiting to be sampled by o ... Read More

Wine lovers complain!

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, March 27, 2014    

Wine lovers
complain!

Wine lovers are a restaurant's best customers. Unfortunately, most restaurateurs in Jamaica have not yet learnt that lesson. A wine lover will visit and spend good money in an establishment over and over again, if there is a good selection of wines, and the food is decent — notice, the food does not have to be orgasmic. The complaints... The complaints are many; I will name a few: (1) The wines are too basic, same choice as the supermarket (2) the mark-ups are way too high, so even if we ... Read More



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