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

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, Voilą by Lilee, Chen has impressed Mandeville chowhounds, with reviews from diners consisting of superlatives. Read More


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