Kimonos with sides of Fun

Chopsticks in hand, Larkland ‘Tex’ Green, supervisor of Kimonos Oriental Cuisine restaurant, is ready for his close-up. (PHOTOS: KARL McLARTY)

Chef Larkland Green fancies himself an entertainer. Expertly handled live food preparation around the flat iron grill may have won him the title of supervisor of the Japanese-themed Kimonos Oriental Cuisine at Sandals Grande Riviera, but at his core, Green is keen on making the experience of dining ... Read More

A Taste of Sandals Grande Riviera
The dynamic duo of Sandals Grande Riviera Executive Sous-Chef Alberto Atiles and his pastry chef col ... Read More

A private tasting at a major
competition at Vinitaly in Italy. Wine is complicated — Most people can't tell a Premier Grand Cru from plonk
I was introduced to the wine world about 16 years ago, and in my quest to hone my wine knowledge I h ... Read More

This clever vegetable display from St
Elizabeth was all about hands! Denbigh Still A Draw Despite Low Volume Of Produce
Over its 60 years of existence, the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show has gained quite ... Read More


Thursday, August 07, 2014    

This well-appointed sign directed
patrons to the Dutchie Culinary Festival.

THE heady smells escaping from bubbling pots greeted the Thursday Life team as we made our way into the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre Sunday last. Final touches were being made to booths as eager vendors readied for patrons in search of Sunday lunch. The festival, a new and exciting addition to the Jamaica Festival celebrations, made for a perfect family outing. Even better was the fact that it was free of charge! Much thought was put into the layout; indeed, what better way to start lunc ... Read More

Serve red wines cool, PLEASE!

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, August 07, 2014    

Several bartenders have argued with me over the past few weeks about the serving temperature of red wines. At a recent function at a prominent New Kingston hotel, just by holding the glass of red wine in my hand, I knew it was too hot. I leaned over and quietly said to the bartender that the wine was a tad warm and that he should dip it in the ice bucket for about 15 minutes. "No sar," he replied. "Red wine fi serve hot, sar; room temperature, sar". Mortified, I paused, summoning my inner Eckh ... Read More

VIDEO: M-10 Adds A Second Location

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

NMW with fellow Food
Awards judges Matthew
Hogarth (right), Christopher
Reckord (centre) and Oneal
Johnson enjoying M-10's
delicious offerings.

"Forget the sign; just follow the traffic turning off on the right after you pass Orchid Village" was the emphatic message. Thursday Life was in search of M-10's second location. Let's hasten to stress the word second, for the woman with 'the season hand,' Claudette Tenn, and her son Marvin have taken their well-respected food brand to Liguanea (28 Barbican Road, to be exact) ostensibly for lunch. This new establishment opens at 11:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Rest assured, the food — lo ... Read More

Devon House 'I-Scream' A Hit In Covent Garden

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

Devon House 'IScream'
lovers all
in a row, from left:
Olivia Skeete,
Sophie Williams,
Lucas Skeete and
Victoria Williams.

Yes, you read correctly! Devon House 'I Scream' is now available in Covent Garden, London, at the Jamaica Patty Company (JPC). Devon House I-Scream has partnered with (JPC) of the UK in its first distribution deal in an overseas market. Under the agreement the ice cream will be produced for the patty company under licence in the UK. "The children cannot get enough of this wonderful Jamaican ice cream," raved JPC conceptualiser and director Theresa Roberts. Children are not the only ones delig ... Read More

The Summer of Dominic's Content

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

‘Going to school and learning
what foods are good and bad for
you... opened my eyes to a lot of
things and made me lean towards
more healthy foods.

Dominic Richards would be checked in several of the crucial boxes of wish fulfilment for women committed to the fantasy beau quest. Tall, handsome, and a cook to boot, the aspiring chef would seem three steps ahead of the average Joe. Spotted earlier this month at Flow's farewell reception for departing chief operations officer Michele English, the Ashebre line cook skilfully juggled come-hither flirtations as he sautéed smoked marlin-infused pesto pasta. Not too shabby of a gig being th ... Read More

Wine Chat with Horacio Fuentes

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, July 31, 2014    

With dinner we enjoyed some of the very best wines from Torres that are available in Jamaica:
(from left: the delicate and strikingly fragrant Viña Esmeralda, the world-class Milmanda, Torres'
finest Chardonnay, two expressions of tempranillo — Celeste from Ribera del Duero and
Ibéricos Crianza — the taste of Rioja and the powerful Salmos from the Priorat region.

Horacio Fuentes is a winemaker with substantial experience in wine production, marketing and sales, as well as people management. He is passionate about the wine business and has in-depth knowledge of wine markets around the world. I had the pleasure, Monday evening, of having dinner with Fuentes, export manager to the Americas, inside the Vault at The Guilt Restaurant, Devon House, where he took us through a tasting of some of the finest Torres wines in our market, including :Vina Esmeralda, Ib ... Read More

Easy Summer Cooking

Thursday, July 31, 2014    

easy summer cooking

What to cook this weekend just got a whole lot simpler thanks to a few resident chefs. Turn the pages and be inspired... Sesame Ginger Crusted Salmon, Organic Spring Greens, Passion Fruit Beurre Blanc & 'just picked' Green Island Sprouts Serves 2 Recipe Courtesy of Morice Lewis Executive Chef, Couples Sans Souci Ingredients for Salmon 450g salmon fillet 15g sesame seed 300 ml olive oil Salt to taste 7g cracked black pepper 10g red amaranth micro-greens 6g bulls blood micro-green ... Read More

Summer 'Secrets' Cocktails

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Secrets Resorts cocktail server Leonard Anderson holds a
tray of summer cocktails. (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Our getaway to Montego Bay for the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival had us immersed in more than music and warm summer temps last weekend. Resting our heads comfortaby at the Secrets Resorts, our three-night stay was made even better by a melange of fantastic cocktail mixes we sipped, in-between summer beach reading and dips in the turquoise sea. Thanks to Secrets tuxedo-suited bartender Leonard Anderson -- who walks into the pool and surf fully attired to serve hotel guests cocktails, alwa ... Read More

Johnnie Walker Cocktails

Thursday, July 24, 2014    


The quintessential man's drink — enjoyed too, by women who favour aged, oaky libations — whiskey was the go-to drink last Friday at the welcome reception for the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic tournament hosted at the Tryall Club. Behind the bar, mixologist Davian Shippy whipped up whiskey concoctions that left us mighty satisfied. (Photos: Aceion Cunningham) WHISKEY SOUR Ingredients 1 shot of Johnnie Walker Black Label 1 shot of syrup 1/2 oz lime juice Method Combine all ingre ... Read More

Chef Lumley's Budding Chefs

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Chef Brian Lumley talks kitchen
safety with his budding chefs.

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Culinary Personality of the Year and recipient of the Jamaica Observer Online Award, Brian Lumley, led his team at Foodie Focused Limited in another successful staging of the first leg of their annual culinary camp for kids, aptly dubbed 'Budding Chefs'. The camp attracted 35 children ages five to nine and ended on Friday, July 18. Budding chefs were exposed not only to the culinary side of the industry but were shown how to prepare healthier meal opti ... Read More



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