Likkle Tea — Pink Shade of Lemonade, Morning Glory and Spicy Turmeric Chai

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

 We made these products because... we wanted to create a more elevated tea experience for Jamaicans with premium, locally handcrafted tea and Tisane blends.  Read More

Hapi Crunch Snacks

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

I made these products ... initially as a hobby and saw the potential to make them into a viable business. My major challenge... as of now, are finances as everything is being done out of pocket.  Read More

Seven Tips/Hacks for small food vendors and at-home manufacturing facilities

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, April, 18 2019    

Food safety is simpler than you think. The fact that you sell pan chicken, operate a mobile food truck, or have a home-based manufacturing facility does not mean you are not required to put controls in place to ensure the safety of the food you serve or package for distribution. Read More

Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead

Thursday, April, 18 2019    

We ventured into cheeses because... we both love food and wanted to create a business that was centred on food; a business that would allow us to express our creativity through food and in turn help us to contribute to our country in a way that adds to Jamaica's expanding food culture. Of... Read More

From Jamaica, With Love

with Debbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, April, 18 2019    

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to interact with self-acclaimed Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell. Even though he has positioned his brand in this way, I found he was not only a name, but he also had substance. Burrell is quite knowledgeable about the business of spirits, especially... Read More

A Celebration of Community

Thursday, April, 11 2019    

Balloons signalled our arrival at Gifford House. A Celebration of Community had begun and the afternoon's chief organiser Janice Allen appeared as eager as we were. Granville, we glean from the family historian O Dave Allen, was a bold and successful experiment in spatial planning in... Read More

Captain's Bakery and Hammond's Win 'Best Bunna Man' Title

Thursday, April, 11 2019    

It was pure excitement, a heavy vanilla aroma and decadent tastings, when the Jamaica Flour Mills hosted the King of Buns Competition at the School of Hospitality, University of Technology (UTech) on Tuesday, April 2. After hours of preparation, friendly rivalry and interactive sessions... Read More

Food Safety for Start-Up Food Manufacturers

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, April, 11 2019    

We know by now that food safety is everyone's responsibility. As mentioned in our previous article, once you decide to venture into the world of food manufacturing and service, you need to be aware of all regulatory and legal requirements relevant to the products you are handling. Read More

Cocktail City — Saddle to the West!

with Debbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, April, 11 2019    

Recently, I journeyed to our second city Montego Bay and to one of my all-time faves, The Half Moon Hotel. There is a magical feeling you get once you enter the chequered-tile lobby of this beautiful property. Very attentive team members ensure that you feel you are home away from home. Read More

Lamb for Easter

Thursday, April, 11 2019    

Eating lamb at Easter and Passover goes back centuries. For Christians, it symbolises Jesus, the “Lamb of God” who sacrificed himself on the cross, and for those of the Jewish faith it celebrates the liberation of Israelites from slavery in Egypt. If you wish to switch things... Read More

Demystifying the Grades of Beef

Thursday, April, 4 2019    

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service grades beef in five categories: Prime, Choice, Select, Standard/Commercial, and Utility/Cutter/Canner. Prime, Choice and Select are quality grades, and your family-friendly butchers at Butcher Block... Read More

The Dish...Jerky's Northern Restaurant

Thursday, April, 4 2019    

At Jerky's Northern Restaurant it feels a bit like Cheers , the 80s US sitcom, where everybody knew your name. This diner-style fast-food joint has been serving up its signature fried chicken and jerk pork for almost 40 years, and its regulars —... Read More

To Israel and Back: How Being a Food & Travel Blogger Changed My Life

Thursday, April, 4 2019    

The next time your friend, spouse, relative or child says they want to start a blog, you may want to seriously encourage them. It's 2019 and the world is changing rapidly. Had you asked me five years ago about the possibility of a popular tourism agency in modern Tel Aviv, Israel,... Read More

Some Important Tips For Food Service Establishments

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, April, 4 2019    

I am always engaged in conversati ons surrounding food safety, wh ich invariably lead to multiple burning questions, followed by the conclusion that most people are partially or completely unaware of food safety requirements; whether at home, in... Read More

Table Talk Food Awards Comes of Age

Thursday, April, 4 2019    

“I have watched the growing success and significance of The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with admiration. It is more than a celebration of the island's vibrant food culture; it raises the bar through recognition of players in the food industry. Jamaica has been steadily... Read More


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