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

Culinary Cocktails

with Debbiann Spence Minott | Thursday, April, 4 2019    

Our Cocktail City Culinary edition today spotlights Gossette Brown. Brown, currently a bar supervisor, has been employed for the last eight years at the multi-award-winning Rock House Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland. Brown is, too, the reigning Taste of Jamaica Bartender of the Year,... Read More

New Menu Options @ Mystic Thai

Thursday, March, 28 2019    

One of our favourite eateries out west, Mystic Thai, recently introduced new menu options drawing heavily on healthier choices and the use of Vietnamese infusions and cooking styles. Read More

The Best Ways to Prepare Cuts of Beef

Thursday, March, 28 2019    

It's easy to be mystified by the number of cuts of beef. Not to mention, you may be confused about how best to cook them. Each cut of meat has a certain amount of fat, a particular flavour and degree of tenderness. Your family-friendly butchers at Butcher Block Gourmet Store have created... Read More

Pesticide Residue in Fresh Produce

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, March, 28 2019    

Am I the only one who looks at my leafy greens and wonders what the pesticide residue level is? Do you ever stop to think if your fresh farm produce really is organic? Have you ever wondered who verifies the pesticide residue levels in our food and if there is an entity that has the... Read More

The Dish... The Best Ideas are Delicious

Thursday, March, 28 2019    

At just 25, Lian Chen is perhaps one of the youngest restaurateurs on the island, and what a rep she has already! In but two years since opening her bistro, Voilà by Lilee, Chen has impressed Mandeville chowhounds, with reviews from diners consisting of superlatives. Read More

Fact or Fiction? Health Benefits and Wine

with Debbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, March, 28 2019    

Our lifestyles continue to evolve, and more and more we are exposed to wine and wine consumption. I can recall a few years ago, maybe about 15 years or so, wines were stored at the customer service desk at the supermarkets and those on shelves were limited to wines from Germany. I am not... Read More

Goût de France 2019

Thursday, March, 28 2019    

Goût de France (Good France), which was started in 2015, is a renowned worldwide gourmet festival that celebrates French gastronomy. The event showcases the best of French cuisine and this year, the first in Jamaica for French Ambassador to Jamaica Denys Wibaux and his wife Angélique,... Read More

An Intimate Evening with Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell

Thursday, March, 21 2019    

Ian Burrell has had a lot of firsts in his career. He's the founder of UK RumFest, Europe's first-ever rum festival; the first person to set up a rum shack in Antarctica; and J Wray & Nephew's first rum brand ambassador in the UK. On Thursday, March 7, he... Read More

Crafting the Perfect Cheese Board

Thursday, March, 21 2019    

Assembling the perfect cheese board is easier than you think. Start with a visit to Butcher Block Gourmet Store where an assortment of fine European cheeses is available each day. But what to choose? An easy rule of thumb is one soft, one hard/semi-firm, one blue and one goat. If you're... Read More

Food Safety High-Risk Groups

Marshalee Valentine | Thursday, March, 21 2019    

Each week we explore different areas of food safety and management of food safety hazards at different levels to reduce the likelihood of cross-contamination at different points in the production and supply chain. If you can recall, food poisoning or other food-borne... Read More

A Spirited Celebration of Rum!

with Debbian Spence-Minott | Thursday, March, 21 2019    

I know I promised to focus on the lighter side of adult beverages for the next weeks. However, this week, I had to make an exception! You did, too, as so many of you attended the inaugural Jamaica Rum Festival held on March 9 and 10 at Hope Gardens in St Andrew. There was so much magic... Read More


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