Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Vows: Fallen For You http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Fallen-For-You_74979 Laura Butler, Miss Jamaica World franchise holder, and Marcus Hayle, manager-airline relations and analytics at Dallas-Fort Worth airport, met in December 2013 at the annual Pulse International Christmas party. Three years later they exchanged vows at Hanover Grange, Tryall Club.<br /> <br /> He asked&hellip;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our first date was a six-hour lunch,&rdquo; Laura shared with Vows, &ldquo;we became good friends before falling for each other. The proposal on September 26, in Dallas, was as memorable as the first date. Marcus recreated our Valentine&rsquo;s Day date in Dallas by taking me to the same restaurant Benihana, for an early dinner followed by a trip to a park in Lewisville where, along with hundreds of people with blankets and pillows, we sat on the lawn in front of a huge screen watching a movie. We parked our car and got a ride on a mini flatbed atop stacks of hay. After the movie, he drove me to Lake Carolyn where he had taken me for Valentine&rsquo;s Day. We walked along the lake with the gondolas in sight, then got to the exact location where dinner was served complete with candles and my favourite flowers, tulips. This time, however, he got down on one knee and asked if I could spend the rest of my life with him so he could have long dates with me.<br /> <br /> I said yes&hellip; because&hellip;<br /> <br /> Marcus pays attention to details and makes an effort. I remember asking where the fruit trees were in this state &mdash; surely there was one that I could find!<br /> <br /> He took the time to tie American apples to a tree (then unbeknownst to me), took me downstairs to the tree and invited me to pick them. I only realised that they were tied to the tree by a tiny string when I struggled to get them off. He is, too, a man of God and that&rsquo;s what I love most about him. We are good friends and both know there is no perfect relationship and that it will take work. We are, however, committed in love, respect and appreciation.<br /> <br /> We do&hellip;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It was,&rdquo; recollected Laura, &ldquo; a very beautiful, emotional, heart-felt wedding that truly captured the essence of the strong bond of family and friendships. My eldest brother Craig surprised me, which really made my day. Family and friends travelled from across the country as well as the USA, the Cayman Islands, and Europe to share in our special day. Quite a few were actually visiting for the first time.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Laura, stunning in a Stella York gown, was escorted up the aisle by her proud dad, Raphael Mortie Butler, to Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion&rsquo;s interpretation of The Prayer and in a spectacular setting created by Dr Paulette Tai Chun and her Tai Flora Luxe team. Her groom stood dapper in a Calvin Klein suit.<br /> <br /> Rev Dr Martin Schade was the officiant, and to the resounding approval of all, Laura Butler became Mrs Marcus Hayle.<br /> <br /> The reception followed with catering duties handled by Suzanne Couch, sweet treats from Vinisha&rsquo;s Piece of Cake and the wedding cake from Michelle Smith of Chocolate Dreams.<br /> <br /> Anakay Russell of Pier 1 ensured a fully stocked bar.<br /> <br /> The couple&rsquo;s first dance as husband and wife was to Fallen by Lauren Wood and Crazy Love by Michael Buble.<br /> <br /> Laura and Marcus enjoyed the gorgeous Hanover Grange property for a few more nights alone, going for dates and exploring together their beautiful country. &ldquo; We agreed&rdquo;, said Laura, &ldquo;that we won&rsquo;t have one honeymoon but pockets of honeymoons throughout the marriage, to keep it alive.&rdquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308651/230365_57491_repro_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, September 26, 2016 12:00 AM Aw Fashion :Denim Choker Revolution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Aw-Fashion--Denim-Choker-Revolution_74752 The &lsquo;90s fashion trend of the choker has resurfaced and reached such a level of prevalence that it has been &lsquo;man-ified&rsquo;, &lsquo;tripled up&rsquo; and &lsquo;mommy-and-me&rsquo;d&rsquo;. Fashion designer and store owner Devarine &lsquo;Fashionenira&rsquo; McLean adds her own twist to this latest craze with her crafty collection of hand-made denim chokers. &ldquo;Chokers are trending right now, and as a retailer I always try to keep up and add my flavour to the movement; I&rsquo;ve always had the idea of denim chokers in mind but didn&rsquo;t get the motivation until Kim Kardashian made it a thing,&rdquo; shared the designer with <br /> <br /> AWF as her reason for jumping on board the movement.<br /> <br /> McLean, who was born in the US but raised in Jamaica, is a self-taught designer. She credits her mother, Pauline Welcome-McLean, who has been designing since the &lsquo;70s for her foray in the industry.<br /> <br /> The collection features seven styles: plain, light denim; plain, dark denim; black denim, dark and light distressed denim; buttoned denim; and the danger edition which is loaded with safety pins. The response to the denim chokers has been overwhelming. Little wonder really... they&rsquo;re super stylish.<br /> <br /> Fashionenira is located at Shop #15, Springs Plaza, Half Way Tree http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13312608/229963__w300.jpg All Woman Monday, September 26, 2016 12:00 AM enbois By Maxim http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/enbois-By-Maxim_74506 What started as a creative pastime soon turned into a lucrative business with a purpose when 23-year-old Florida native Maxim Thuriere&mdash; born of a French father and Haitian mother &ndash; commenced crafting and selling jewellery at his alma mater, the University of South Florida in early 2015. Within a year Thuriere has managed to gain the nod of approval from Reggae/Dancehall artistes Chronixx, Popcaan, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, and Stephen Marley for his sleek, earthy styles, some performers even collaborating with the young artist. <br /> <br /> His brand Enbois &ndash; pronounced (en&bull;bwa) &ndash; which is French for the term &ldquo;wooden&rdquo;, an acronym for<br /> <br /> Each<br /> <br /> New<br /> <br /> Bead<br /> <br /> Offers<br /> <br /> Its<br /> <br /> Support. After being in business for a mere few months, Thuriere realised that his work could benefit others and quickly sought a way to give back to his country of heritage, Haiti. &ldquo;We partnered with a non-profit organisation by donating a portion of each transaction to<br /> <br /> TheHaitiTreeProject.org, which aims to reforest Haiti one tree at a time. To date, we have planted 4,000 documented trees in deforested areas of Haiti and one day hope to partner with other reforestation organisations around the Caribbean and Central America to continue to make a difference,&rdquo; he shared.<br /> <br /> Keen on conscious living and with the assistance of social media and various online platforms, the artisan subsequently teamed up with reggae royalty Chronixx and Jesse Royal and dancehall artiste Popcaan to take his venture to the next level. The intent is to spread the heartening message of love and unity and to give back to the Caribbean as well as surrounding areas. &ldquo;Our brand is all about being conscious of our environment, promoting positive actions, and being original. As a big fan of Reggae and other forms of roots music from the Caribbean, I thought that the brand may have some success in these genres of music which have a similar message.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Though his eclectic styles are sold predominately online&ndash; enboisbymaxim.com ships internationally &ndash; you can also purchase exclusive Enbois by Maxim pieces at Jesse Royal&rsquo;s merchandise shop &ndash; available on select tours and pop-up shops, Popcaan&rsquo;s site iamunruly.com, and on Chronixx&rsquo;s site chronixxmusic.com<br /> <br /> in the near future. A commendable start for the young entrepreneur, but what&rsquo;s next? &ldquo;Well, so far for 2017 we plan to hold several re-occurring pop-up shops in Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, and South Florida. The rest of the story, however, is still being written.&rdquo; With the approval of some of The Rock&rsquo;s finest and clean styles for every season, an exclusive Enbois by Maxim timepiece may be in order.<br /> <br /> SO looks forward.<br /> <br /> &mdash;Monique Thomas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309174/229719__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM At The Seams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/At-The-Seams_74888 TUESDAY evening last in our bustling capital city and13 fashionistas, representing diverse success stories in music, politics, law, fitness, banking, and business, have reached post-work consensus to detour to the LMR commercial complex on Lady Musgrave Road.<br /> <br /> Invited to the eponymous atelier of Keneea Linton-George, the readyto- wear designer of the Keneea Linton label, who having partnered with Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out, was all set to co-host this influential coterie for the first Seamlessly Stitched pop-up dinner and salon. Chef and caterer Oji Jaja, the executive culinary artiste of Ashebre, effortlessly laid out an either-or menu of gourmet salmon and duck as Veuve Clicquot and Apothic Wines &mdash; both J Wray & Nephew distributions &mdash; added bubbly and blends to the festive conversation, ultimately wrapped with conscious bites of p&acirc;tissier Nadine Burie&rsquo;s hazelnut chocolate mousse gateau. Then there was Visa Signature, which, courtesy of the National Commercial Bank, served as a save-the-date whisper of Thursday, October 6 while the Linton-George muses, all dressed in her originals, answered house-favoured questions posed by Keneea Linton shirtdress enthusiast and Jamaica Observer Senior Associate Editor &mdash; Lifestyle & Social Content Novia McDonald-Whyte. SO now recollects&hellip;<br /> <br />  <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Thalia Lyn<br /> <br /> Island Grill CEO & Honorary Consul General to the Kingdom of Thailand <br /> <br /> How did your first Keneea Linton make you feel?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It made me feel like a diva.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Linton-George is such a perfectionist.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Kerri-Anne Reckord <br /> <br /> Attorney-at-law & wine consultant<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s very dear to me. It&rsquo;s a Christmas present from my husband Christopher. I&rsquo;m very attached to it. It&rsquo;s red, and it&rsquo;s beautiful.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> How did it make you feel?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The femininity &mdash; Keneea Linton makes you feel like a princess/queen.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keneea Linton-George is exactly the sort of designer that I&rsquo;ve been looking for her. Her work is classic and timeless.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Rose Tavares-Finson <br /> <br /> Fitness specialist<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Linton-George takes you out of the box. And, introduces you to a new you.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Neadene Shields-Tufton <br /> <br /> Managing Director, Bahama Traders<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m impressed with the classiness and beauty of Keneea Linton. Linton-George knows her craft.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Belinda Williams <br /> <br /> Manager, Group Corporate Communications, Brand and Philanthropy,<br /> <br /> National Commercial Bank <br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A dynamic trenchcoat dress, that I first saw on Linton-George.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> How did it make you feel?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;How can you be comfortable and powerful at the same time? That&rsquo;s what that dress does for me. It&rsquo;s so versatile.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Amoi Leon-Issa<br /> <br /> Director, Caribbean VIP<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In about 2004/2005, my first piece was a lovely, black and white silk halter dress with gold ornamental details that I modelled for Keneea. At my college graduation, I wore that dress and I still have it to this day.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m completely hooked. Whatever I choose to wear, is made to fit me perfectly.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Lisa Hanna <br /> <br /> Member of Parliament, St Ann South East<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have pieces from when Linton-George sewed out of her house, which I have worn to death.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Her international standards.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Carolyn Bolt-Nicholas<br /> <br /> Group Manager, Human Resources & Administration <br /> <br /> Supreme Ventures<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;From the days of helping Linton-George at Caribbean Fashion Week, I&rsquo;ve had my first pieces from her. Since she&rsquo;s opened the shop, my first piece was a shirtdress before it even hit the racks. I was like I need one; I need two; I need three!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Kimala Bennett <br /> <br /> Managing Director, <br /> <br /> The Lab<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A black jumpsuit, which she literally sewed on me, for a Caribbean Fashion Week.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> How did it make you feel?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I appreciate the passion that comes out in the clothing.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keneea understands my style. Her work is very classy yet edgy. The service is impeccable.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Tshani Jaja <br /> <br /> Marketing Manager, Communications,<br /> <br /> Global Directories<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A shirtdress I bought as a gift to myself for Christmas.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The stitching is done so well. Linton-George is a perfectionist. The quality of her work is excellent.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Cindy Breakspeare <br /> <br /> Musician <br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keneea Linton suits my style &ndash; the 50s-inspired look. And, I believe strongly in supporting Jamaican-made.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Marlene Malahoo-Forte <br /> <br /> Attorney General of Jamaica<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One of the label&rsquo;s signature black dresses.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> How did it make you feel?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Confident; like I was stepping out to meet the world.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m committed to supporting the local designer. Fashion is a major contributor to the economy.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Audrey McIntosh <br /> <br /> Private Banking Centre Manager,<br /> <br /> National Commercial Bank<br /> <br /> What was your first Keneea Linton Design?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;A white shirtdress. Each time I walked somebody was saying to me &lsquo;What a lovely dress!&rsquo;&rdquo;<br /> <br /> What keeps you coming back? <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Her pieces are timeless. Nowadays when we buy, we have to buy wisely. The fact that I can put it down and wear it a couple years time, and it still looks good, that is important to me.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13310153/230238_57618_repro_w300.jpg Fashion's Night Out Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM My Kingston &ndash; Hugh Findletar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Hugh-Findletar-_73872 Milan-based portraitist, glass artist, floral artist, food artist, and jewellery designer.<br /> <br /> What are your earliest memories of Kingston?<br /> <br /> Going to school at St Theresa&rsquo;s Preparatory as a young boy aged five-years old by myself with the #5 bus from Patrick City.<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? <br /> <br /> Having dinner with my dear friends Rachael and Harif Guzaman in a Japanese restaurant in downtown Kingston!<br /> <br /> What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? <br /> <br /> Go around and share my knowledge of the world with the kids around Kingston.<br /> <br /> What would be your recommendations to a first-time visitor to Kingston? <br /> <br /> To go out and enjoy the energy of the nightlife/dancehalls.<br /> <br /> What is your favourite floral moment in film or art?<br /> <br /> An artwork that was done by Jeff Koons called<br /> <br /> PUPPY!<br /> <br /> In taking the portrait of a subject, what social or emotional layer are you attempting to remove?<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m not trying to attempt anything,, I&rsquo;m always photographing myself. <br /> <br /> What is the common thread running through all types of artistic endeavour? <br /> <br /> A sound idea of the artist. I hope!<br /> <br /> ID a green thumb trick in making a floral installation last beyond the natural expiry date of its raw material.<br /> <br /> To use some aspirin as a preserver!<br /> <br /> A dose of decadence adds what to the cycle of life?<br /> <br /> A cool relaxed VIBE!<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s your current obsession? <br /> <br /> Collecting shoes and knives!<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309274/228278_57567_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM TSO Rock Fab 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/TSO-Rock-Fab-10_74792 Hundreds stepped out in style for the Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out launch that took place on Saturday, September 10 at The Hive in Portmore. They came, we lensed, and shared the images in last week&rsquo;s The Rock Fab Issue.<br /> <br /> #Team SO reduced the hundreds to the Top 10 most stylish moments.<br /> <br /> We now leave you the deciding vote as to who will cop the award #TSO Rock <br /> <br /> Fab 2016 <br /> <br /> e-mail us @marketing2@jamaicaobserver.com <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309161/230025_57380_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM Cocktails With... Isabel Dalley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Isabel-Dalley_73593 What is your favourite drink?<br /> <br /> A Humming Bird.<br /> <br /> Which view could you wake up to every morning?<br /> <br /> Our island&rsquo;s beautiful waterfronts and white sandy beaches .<br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s the best thing about being an island girl?<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s  summer all year; it&rsquo;s always beautiful and bright. <br /> <br /> You happen to inherit a million US dollars, what happens next?<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;d have to see a financial advisor on how best to invest, donate a sizeable portion to the charities and organisations which are near and dear to my heart, and start my quest of travelling the world<br /> <br /> .<br /> <br /> Is your height something you&rsquo;ve always been comfortable with?<br /> <br /> No, my height hasn&rsquo;t always been something I&rsquo;ve been comfortable with, but I&rsquo;ve learnt to embrace it and appreciate it greatly.<br /> <br /> Who do you always have time for?<br /> <br /> For the world&rsquo;s greatest support team, my family.<br /> <br /> What social issue are you most moved by and why?<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;m most moved by environmental protection and preservation. We must have a healthy environment to adequately sustain the lives of our people. <br /> <br /> What&rsquo;s your favourite word or expression?<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Y pree.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Give us the backstory to the most sentimental garment in your closet.<br /> <br /> The fabulous red Uzuri gown that I won my first pageant in.<br /> <br /> What unusual skill set are you most proficient at?<br /> <br /> Scuba diving. I&rsquo;m so in love with the ocean! <br /> <br /> When you look in the mirror, who or what do you see?<br /> <br /> When I look in the mirror I see a young but brave goal- oriented woman who seeks to learn as much as possible.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13309067/228419__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM SO Gardening &ndash; Sept 25 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening---Sept-25_73765 Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> Some time ago I wrote to you about acclimatising dendrobiums, and you suggested that we wait until the latter part of the year. Do you think we could start doing it about this time?<br /> <br /> Jewel<br /> <br /> Dear Jewel:<br /> <br /> Yes, the temperature is getting cooler, but it might be best left until about the end of September.<br /> <br /> Dear Orchid Doc:<br /> <br /> Novlette<br /> <br /> How often is a Phalaenopsis orchid supposed to bloom? I buy them all the time but they never bloom again for me.<br /> <br /> Dear Novlette:<br /> <br /> Phalaenopsis orchids need just a shift in temperature of about 10 to 15 degrees. The temperature at nights should be about 10-15 degrees lower than the day temperature for them to initiate spikes. Against that background, being in Gordon Town it is easier to have that much drop in temperature than on the flat. Here&rsquo;s what they do in Thailand in order to have spiking orchids at all times. They put the healthy full-size Phalaenopsis into a chill room until &ldquo;it bursts like a baby tooth&rdquo;. This takes about 20 days, then they remove them, hence they have blooming orchids at all times. You know why we could not afford this method in Jamaica, don&rsquo;t you? Here&rsquo;s what you should if you would like to force your orchid to bloom again. Before the spike dries, cut the spent stem about halfway down, cut at an angle, then seal it with hot candle wax. You should have a bloom, or better yet a sucker, within 3 months.<br /> <br /> Betty Stephenson Ashley<br /> <br /> Betty&rsquo;s Farm Garden Supplies<br /> <br /> 161 Constant Spring Road,<br /> <br /> Kingston 8, Jamaica .<br /> <br /> Cell # 876-3224585, 8700191<br /> <br /> 876-931-8804, 876-755-2204<br /> <br /> Fax 876-931-8805<br /> <br /> bettystephensonashley@gmail.com<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13215576/221275__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 25, 2016 12:00 AM The Black Rapunzel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Black-Rapunzel_74272 The struggles of natural hair can seem unbearable to some, but for Asha Zulu Mandela, Ripley&rsquo;s Believe it or Not and Guinness World record holder for &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Longest Locks&rdquo; &mdash;measuring 55 ft long and weighing 25-30 lb when dry, and 50 lb when wet&mdash; it&rsquo;s nothing short of a blessing. Over 30 years ago the Trinidadian native decided to grow dreadlocks , despite her mother&rsquo;s disapproval. After moving to the United States she settled in Brooklyn and worked as a nanny where she realised that processed hair no longer fit her new lifestyle. She ditched the relaxer, went natural and never looked back. Under the Dryer sat with the hair phenomenon Mandela to find out what it is really like having 55 ft-long dreads.<br /> <br /> What has been the biggest struggle with having 55ft-long dreads?<br /> <br /> Certain things I wanted to do with my son (when he was young), like play on the playground, would be a bit much, but now it would be going to the beach. I can&rsquo;t go in the water because once it gets wet it is very heavy. In terms of everyday life struggles, it&rsquo;s actually easier than people think it is.<br /> <br /> Is there a day or even a moment when you just &ldquo;can&rsquo;t handle&rdquo; them?<br /> <br /> No, there isn&rsquo;t. Even when I feel the thought coming on, I (know) I made a commitment. I had no idea what the journey would hold for me, but whatever it was I was prepared to deal with it. I couldn&rsquo;t imagine my life without my dreads.<br /> <br /> What is the hair-washing process like? <br /> <br /> I miss being able to just walk into the shower and just wash my hair. I wash the top once a day or every other day. Once a week my husband is wonderful and helps me hand-wash my hair. It takes 45 minutes. We live in Florida where thankfully the weather is good, so after washing my dreads I simply lie out on the patio on a sheet for them to dry.<br /> <br /> How do you normally style your hair?<br /> <br /> I don&rsquo;t really do any styling. The first time I styled in the 30 years that I have had (my dreads) was about five years ago for a big photo shoot that ran for 24 hours. They tried to get as many pictures as possible because I&rsquo;m not so much into styling. (Normally)I just pull it back, groom, and go. <br /> <br /> How does your mom feel about your dreads now?<br /> <br /> My mom absolutely loves my dreads now, she is in fact very overprotective of them. It took her about five years.You know Caribbean parents not into this (dreads). I started when she said, &ldquo;I groomed your hair so nicely for you to turn it into a mop.&rdquo; Now she is amazed and ever so proud. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13308939/229130_57595_repro_w300.jpg Lifestyle Saturday, September 24, 2016 2:00 AM AFTER 12: Wine and Cheese delights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wine-and-Cheese-delights_74912 International Proxy Parents (IPP) staged a fund-raising wine and cheese party at the St Andrew home of the Chilean ambassador to Jamaica Wednesday night.<br /> <br /> Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships for children, as well as fund a violence prevention programme for kids.<br /> <br /> During the event, the organisers released 50 white balloons into the night sky to mark International Peace Day. Some of the action was captured by OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13306290/230116_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Friday, September 23, 2016 2:00 AM 30,000 Champagne Flutes poured! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/30-000-Champagne-Flutes-poured_74534 Regular TV viewers would have been watching keenly this past Sunday for results when the Emmy Awards were announced for some of their favourite TV shows. Our focus today &mdash; you guessed it &mdash; the menu and the copious amounts of wines and Champagne poured later on that night at the Governor&rsquo;s Ball. <br /> <br /> The Emmys After-Party Menu<br /> <br /> 7,400 attendees at Sunday evening&rsquo;s Emmy Awards made their way from the Microsoft Theater to the exclusive Governor&rsquo;s Ball held at the LA Convention Center for a three-course dinner prepared by Joachim Splichal, master chef and founder of the Patina Restaurant Group, executive chef of Culinary Gregg Wiele and pastry chef Frania Mendivil that, according to Sydney Mondry of InStyle online, &ldquo;created an elevated, agriculturally driven menu&hellip; homage to a new concept of luxury - the true elegance of nature&rdquo;. <br /> <br /> First Course:<br /> <br /> Heirloom Beets - Pistachio - goat cheese &ldquo;bonbons&rdquo;, blood oranges, preserved lemon, roasted eggplant pur&Atilde;&copy;e, baby fennel confit, lolla rossa, black olive &ldquo;soil&rdquo;, and tangelo vinaigrette<br /> <br /> Main Course: &ldquo;Turf & Turf&rdquo; - thyme-roasted tenderloin and slow-braised short rib, wild mushroom pithivier, rapini, rainbow carrots, and caramelised shallot jus; Dessert: Cocoa Chocolate Cr&Atilde;&copy;meux - Tropical coconut mousse, torched meringue, and exotic fruit.<br /> <br /> It is estimated that there were more than 250 chefs in the kitchen and around 1,000 wait staff to ensure flawless service.<br /> <br /> Wine by numbers<br /> <br /> This year Sterling Vineyards, the most visited winery in Napa Valley, was selected for the first time as the official wine sponsor of the 68th Emmy Awards season. Each Primetime Emmy winner received a bottle of Sterling Vineyards&rsquo; flagship wine, Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon, encased in a specially engraved and personalised gift box. An estimated 7,300 bottles of Sterling Vineyards wines were uncorked during the entire Television Academy&rsquo;s Award Season from July through to September, culminating in Sunday&rsquo;s Primetime Emmy Awards. Made entirely from exceptional Napa Valley fruit, the 2014 Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon was enjoyed throughout the star-studded evening by Emmy nominees, presenters and members of the Television Academy. Afterwards 5,040 bottles of Sterling Vineyards wines were uncorked at the Governor&rsquo;s Ball.<br /> <br /> Bubbly<br /> <br /> This year marks the second sponsorship appearance of Ferrari Trento, Italy&rsquo;s most awarded sparkling wine producer, as the official sparkling wine partner of the Emmy Awards season, which culminated in them pouring 30,000 flutes from 5,000 bottles for the nominees, winners and Governor&rsquo;s Ball guests. Ferrari is imported in Jamaica by GK&rsquo;s Harbour Wines & Spirits.<br /> <br /> It is my wish that our major awards events in Jamaica will some day have wines of this calibre being poured on a regular basis. <br /> <br /> Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13303506/229560__w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 AM The Michelin Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Michelin-Man_74652 Exposing its hotel destinations to the wonders of Spanish cuisine has been a worthy preoccupation of Grupo Iberostar for a few years now. It was The Rock, which would next be added to the hospitality group&rsquo;s series #IBEROSTARChefOnTour with a kitchen-enthusiast Fernando Arellano, the 2-Michelin starred executive chef and patron of Castell Son Claret restaurant Zaranda in Mallorca. Sitting through seven courses, Thursday Life dined, and sipped on paired wine portfolios and varietals from Spain, last Saturday evening, at the Cornwall buffet restaurant at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, in the Second City. Our verdict? An experience that we were delighted to be part of. Our single regret: so few local chefs and caterers were in attendance. Why? They like us would have fully grasped the importance of simplicity! Interpret this to mean not overwhelming &mdash; but the delivery of clean plates of fresh interesting pairings like the tiger prawn with mango remoulade and ginger or the white garlic lobster, grapes and summer truffle and the masterfully paired veal tongue, glaced warm leek and potato salad &mdash; a feel good pop in the mouth of what could be best described as a refined goulash. The dessert &mdash; The four seasons of the Majorcan almond &mdash; an explosion of nutty sweet pleasure that brought the seven course dinner to a perfect end. Mention must also be made of the flawless service. Thursday Life eagerly looks forward to the next gastronomic affair which according to the property&rsquo;s affable manging director will be early next year. Feast your eyes on the tannic pours and gastronomic keystrokes enjoyed by gourmands and oenophiles as we made the right notes...<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13304317/229734__w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00 AM The London Eye! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-London-Eye-_74487 From The Big Apple to The Old Smoke, fashion month crossed The Pond last week, where Union Jack fashion maestros have committed femininity trends to their Spring and Autumn-Winter 2017 dockets. Tuesday Fashion looks through the lens of myriad runway shutterbugs as Saint International models leave impressions at London Fashion Week, which closes today. Plus, we spotted Pulse model Alicia Burke at Ralph Lauren.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13298347/229452__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 AM Latin American Women&rsquo;s Club Turn 50 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Latin-American-Women-s-Club-Turn-50_74510 Friday last, September 16, The Latin American Women&rsquo;s Club, supported by The Embassy of Mexico, celebrated 50 years of philanthropic endeavours in Jamaica with a dinner and dance inside the well-appointed Valencia Room of the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston. The evening&rsquo;s formalities &mdash; which included a welcome and address by the Club&rsquo;s founder and President Maria Pinchin &mdash; were handled with aplomb by Paul Bitter. <br /> <br /> Pinchin beamed with pride as she gave insight into the club&rsquo;s inaugural meeting on July 5, 1966, and her delight that half a century later they are still able to help the needy and &ldquo;maintain traditional activities that we started at the onset, such as the &ldquo; Entrega de la Canastilla&rdquo; which is the club&rsquo;s practice of presenting a gift to the first child born at the Jubilee Hospital on Christmas Day, in commemoration of the birth of Jesus. She also spoke on the club&rsquo;s support in financially assisting several charity houses across the island, namely St Patrick&rsquo;s Foundation, St Monica Lepers&rsquo; Home, SOS Children&rsquo;s Village, The Stella Maris Foundation, among others.&ldquo;It is my desire,&rdquo; she shared, &ldquo;as president of the club to continue our work with the needy for a long, long, time.&rdquo; Pinchin was effusive in her praise of members of the Latin American women whom she explained &ldquo; have over the years given of their time, love and financial support in order to make this dream a reality and who continue to do so.&rdquo; There were accolades too, for members of the diplomatic corps and, of course, to the Embassy of Mexico who provided the evening&rsquo;s fabulous entertainment. <br /> <br /> The evening&rsquo;s festivities continued with a sumptuous three-course dinner, a riveting performance by the Mexican mariachi band, tunes of salsa and meringue spun by ZJ Elektra of Zip 103FM. Certificates of appreciation were presented to members of the mariachi band by the Mexican ambassador to Jamaica Cecilia Jaber supported by the club&rsquo;s senior executives.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13298331/229471_56743_repro_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:00 AM VOWS: To Have & To Hold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/To-Have---To-Hold_73753 Their jobs played a decisive role in the romance between Althea Bryan, managing director of Blue Mountain Bicycle Tours Ltd, and Orlando Dawkins of Jamaica Tours Ltd. The scenic tours that they planned for their respective clients foreshadowed the journey they would eventually make to the altar on August 13, 2016. Vows fills you in.<br /> <br /> The initial encounter..<br /> <br /> In 2010, Orlando was entrusted with the task of assessing Althea&rsquo;s company as a tourist attraction. Althea made several attempts to reach him to have the evaluation done, but was unsuccessful. &ldquo;He took an extremely long time to respond to me, but when he finally did, and drove to Ocho Rios, an instant connection was made between us,&rdquo; she shared. Althea did not hide her feelings for Orlando: &ldquo;She kept calling constantly for no reason, which made me realise she was on to something, and I was too,&rdquo; he said. After many calls, strings of exchanged text messages, and several &ldquo;business&rdquo; meetings, the duo decided to start dating. Their first date was at Spring Gardens Seafood and Steakhouse in Ocho Rios, and from that moment the courtship officially began.<br /> <br /> The proposal<br /> <br /> The subject of marriage kept cropping up over the next four years, during which they professed their undying love for each other and their mutual desire to spend the rest of their lives together. Choosing the right moment to pop the question was important for Orlando. While vacationing for their birthdays during November of 2014 in Manhattan, New York, Orlando decided to purchase the ring and conceal it in anticipation of the right moment. One November evening, while at home with Althea&rsquo;s family, he suddenly got down on one knee, ready to propose in full view of everyone. Although Althea and her family were completely caught off guard, they screamed &ldquo;YES&rdquo; in unison before Orlando could even get the words out.<br /> <br /> Pre-Wedding...<br /> <br /> The wedding festivities began with a bachelor party held in Cuba for the groom and his closest friends, while the bride and her attendants had a week of activities starting with a private dinner, golfing at Sandals Golf and Country Club and a spa getaway at Sandals Royal Plantation. The couple, the bridal party, family and friends all came together to end the pre-wedding celebration with a smashing booze cruise after their final wedding rehearsal.<br /> <br /> The Ceremony<br /> <br /> The team at BJ&rsquo;s Bridal Fantasies created a scene of seaside elegance by decorating the boardwalk of Kimono&rsquo;s Pier, Sandals Ocho Rios, in red and white. An aisle was created to resemble a red carpet, engraved with the words, &ldquo;Today I marry my best friend&rdquo;. Guests were greeted with favours: sunglasses, medieval-style fans and customised bottles of water. The bridesmaids made their way up the aisle to One Republic&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Beethoven&rsquo;s Five Secrets<br /> <br /> dressed in glamorous scarlet V-neck halter gowns from David&rsquo;s Bridal&rsquo;s New York, while maid of honour Carela Graham made her own statement in a bedazzled neckline scarlet gown from Emmanuelle Boutique. They were escorted by the dapper groomsmen, attired in black two-piece suits and scarlet bow ties from BJ&rsquo;s Bridal Fantasies. The strains of Christina Perri&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> A Thousand Years cued the bride&rsquo;s entrance as she made her way up the aisle in a champagne-coloured Larissa fit and flare satin gown with a halter neckline of intricate crystal beading on Alen&Atilde;&sect;&Acirc;­on lace by Mori Lee. She was escorted by her father Winston Dennis and her son Donovan Bryan. An eager groom waited at the altar decked in a fossil grey three-piece suit accented by a polka-dot necktie designed by Vinroy Eccleston. His father, Lee-Bert Dawkins, was the ceremony&rsquo;s officiant. <br /> <br /> The Reception<br /> <br /> The reception took place on the beach property of Sandals Resorts, Ocho Rios. Members of the bridal party arrived to the music of Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Powerful while the newly-weds entered to Tarrus Riley&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Something Strong. The team at BJ&rsquo;s Bridal decorated the space, again following the theme of red and white draperies. After welcoming the guests, Emcee Orlando Williams invited them to be seated as he directed the couple to the dance floor where they then shared their first dance as husband and wife to Anthony Hamilton&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Can&rsquo;t Let Go. Highlights of the night included the bride&rsquo;s garter being thrown on a customised American football for the next single man to catch, while her bouquet, made of white roses and calla lilies, was encased in a 12 x 12 fibreglass box, and keys were randomly handed to the single women for the person with the matching key to cop the bride&rsquo;s bouquet. The evening also included toasts to the newly-weds and the cutting of a three-tiered chocolate-fruit flavoured butter cream iced cake by Sandals Resorts in-house bakery. Formalities over, guests enjoyed a scrumptious three-course meal catered by Sandals Resorts, and danced the night away with tunes spun by DJ Exroy of Sandals Resorts. The couple honeymooned where they were wed at Sandals Ochi. <br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292003/228238_w300.jpg All Woman Monday, September 19, 2016 12:00 AM All Woman: Fashion - TSO edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/All-Woman--Fashion---TSO-edition_73989 Scoping the scene of the Rock Fab Issue launch party devised by the annual Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out camp, AWF wasn&rsquo;t at all surprised to see the fabulous guests having a ball in their equally fabulous duds. From Louis Vuttion to Carlton Brown, the crowd was no bore. Feast your eyes on a few of Jamaica&rsquo;s hottest looks of the night.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13296971/228475__w300.jpg All Woman Monday, September 19, 2016 12:00 AM A September to remember: The Rock Fab Issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Rock-Fab-Issue_74084 The <br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer Takes Style Out is officially back on Thursday, October 6 and to get fashionistas and dapper dans sufficiently hyped for the annual retail pilgrimage that sees stores from around the island slashing prices and entertaining customers, the newspaper invited prospective shoppers to a Rock Fab Issue club night in Portmore, at The Hive, the former home of Famous.<br /> <br /> With libations freely flowing from Red Stripe, a part of the Heineken company, and against the backdrop of a setting designed by Free Spiritz Jamaica painters Eon & Robby, event designer Audia Archibald, Mara Made Designs front woman Tamara Harding and the team from Main Events, patrons comtemplated the question: &lsquo;What&rsquo;s your personal style?&rsquo;<br /> <br /> SO<br /> <br /> unfurls its big September Issue. What? Did you not know that Jamaica is the epicentre of style? Now you do!<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292410/228593__w300.jpg Fashion's Night Out Sunday, September 18, 2016 12:00 AM A September to remember: The Rock Fab Issue - Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Rock-Fab-Issue-part-2-_74085 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13292449/228642_w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Sunday, September 18, 2016 2:00 AM VIDEO: A Ruling &lsquo;Passion&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Ruling--Passion-_73212 Crossing the Atlantic, and over unto our fair Caribbean isle, the Pasqua brand confident in the welcoming palate of The Rock&rsquo;s oenophiles, partnered with its Jamaican distributor Select Brands 1876 Wines arm to showcase its Verona-based portfolio via a wine-pairing dinner, on September 6, at Uncorked in Sovereign North. A three-course dinner executed by Uncorked&rsquo;s new executive chef Damion Stewart &mdash; previously of CRU Bar & Kitchen and the CPJ Deli &mdash; and preceded by cocktails, gave invitees a solid window to familiarise themselves with the myriad bouquets of the winemaker&rsquo;s offerings. Guided by Pasqua Vineyards Export Manager and legacy Cecilia Pasqua, with the on-site support of Select Brands execs, Thursday Life discovers the &lsquo;passion&rsquo; behind this Italian family&rsquo;s traditions.<br /> <br /> (PHOTOS: KARL MCLARTY)<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13287930/227045__w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 AM VIDEO: Cooking With Kaci http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cooking-With-Kaci_73444 The Cooking with Kaci series stopped by the Audi Showroom Thursday last where, with the evening&rsquo;s co-host Harbour Wines & Spirits, it staged a successful cooking event. &ldquo;Mainland Say Cheese&rdquo; Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley welcomed all to an evening of delectable wine and cheese pairings. Audi Head of Business Damien Kerr and Group General Manager of ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps also welcomed guests to the Oxford Road showroom and encouraged them to enjoy the magnificent cars ready to be taken home. Cripps elicited laughter from those in attendance as he spoke of his first passion &mdash; notably cars, and his second &mdash; cheese and wine. <br /> <br /> The formalities over, Fennell-Shirley donned her apron to introduce guests to the many ways of incorporating Mainland cheese on their daily routine menu. The Miss Universe 2014 contestant and newly-wed assured the gathering of her ability to cook and shared that &ldquo;the apple doesn&rsquo;t fall far from the tree&rdquo; &mdash; a reference to her well-known caterer mum Kim Fennell.<br /> <br /> Guests enjoyed an array of small plates comprising Swiss beef sliders, shrimp pasta alfredo, Parmesan chicken wings with a dip consisting of Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and pesto, and Edam mac and cheese balls. Each offering which was paired with wine from Harbour Wines & Spirits made for a tantalising treat. If that wasn&rsquo;t enough, shortly after a brief Cooking with Kaci video, guests were offered cheese-themed desserts such as grapes bathed in cream cheese and drizzled with walnuts, and a classic Swiss cheese platter. One lucky lady, however, received a grandiose treat. Registered optometrist Dr Romea Mitchell was gifted a new red hot 2017 Audi Q3 by her ophthalmologist husband Dr Maynard Mcintosh. Indeed it was a marvellous night!<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13286618/227486_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 AM Sunsplash Jamaican Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sunsplash-Jamaican-Cuisine_73543 If you are passing through Brown&rsquo;s Town, St Ann, be sure to check out new restaurant Sunsplash. A mere three months old, the Jamaican and soul food restaurant with a full line bakery and ice cream parlour has become the town&rsquo;s hotspot, cultivating constant traffic as well as nods of approval as a result of both the food and warm welcome. From all appearances, at Sunsplash, the customer always comes first. <br /> <br /> Thursday Life visited the establishment last Friday and broke bread with its owner Michael Thorpe and his partner, author of Soul and former competitor on Food Network&rsquo;s Rewrapped, Chef Dawn Tyson, as the enterprising duo shared what inspired them to take their talents and a few recipes to Jamaica. <br /> <br /> Thorpe, being Jamaican-born, was ready to come home &ldquo;...to start a business out of philanthropic notions. (I) wanted to bring something back to Jamaica... and I later asked Chef Dawn to partner with me.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Scrumptious food aside, what sets them apart from other restaurants in the area is their method of cooking. Sunsplash prides itself on being a farmto- table establishment. <br /> <br /> Tyson shared, &ldquo;We are working together with our farmer Rohan Ricketts as a cooperative. We are hoping to be 85 per cent farmto- table by November. <br /> <br /> We now get all of our produce from our farm and can soon add poultry and pork.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s early days yet, but according to Thorpe, &ldquo;Patrons can look forward to our continued standard of excellence in taste, quality and hospitality. Look for our changing main specials, daily soup specials and seasonal bakery specials.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> Kingston is also on the drawing board. Thursday Life looks forward.<br /> <br /> Address:<br /> <br /> 53 Main Street, Brown&rsquo;s Town<br /> <br /> St Ann, Jamaica<br /> <br /> Tel #:876-917-6957<br /> <br /> BBQ CHICKEN WINGS<br /> <br /> Ingredients:<br /> <br /> 3 pounds chicken wings<br /> <br /> 2 teaspoons dried thyme<br /> <br /> 1 teaspoon salt<br /> <br /> 1 teaspoon pepper<br /> <br /> 2 cups flour <br /> <br /> Your favourite BBQ sauce<br /> <br /> Oil for frying <br /> <br /> Method:<br /> <br /> Clean chicken and season with thyme.<br /> <br /> Mix flour, salt and pepper. <br /> <br /> Fry wings then cook for 7-8 minutes<br /> <br /> Rest cooked wings on paper towel to soak up excess oil. <br /> <br /> Toss chicken in BBQ sauce <br /> <br /> Save some of the sauce to use as a dip.<br /> <br /> Serve.<br /> <br /> SUNSPLASH STYLED COCONUT MACAROONS<br /> <br /> Ingredients:<br /> <br /> 5-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut<br /> <br /> 7/8 cup sweetened condensed milk<br /> <br /> 1 tsp vanilla extract<br /> <br /> 3 large egg whites<br /> <br /> 1/4 tsp salt<br /> <br /> Method:<br /> <br /> Preheat the oven to 325&deg;F.<br /> <br /> Set two oven racks near the centre of the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. <br /> <br /> In a medium bowl, mix shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract, then set it aside. In the bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form. <br /> <br /> Use a large rubber spatula to fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture. <br /> <br /> Using two spoons, form heaping tablespoons of the mixture into mounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1&rdquo; apart. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden and the bottoms and edges are deeply golden. <br /> <br /> Let them cool, then serve.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13286705/228058_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 AM Eleni&rsquo;s Rising Star http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Eleni-s-Rising-Star_73883 It&rsquo;s difficult to concentrate on anything save the selection of breads and pastries at Eleni&rsquo;s, but a pause as we waited to pay our bill and a sweep of the establishment gave Thursday Life the opportunity to meet Diandra Dixon, or &ldquo; Seventeen&rdquo; as she is affectionately called at Eleni&rsquo;s Bakery as a result of her age. The former University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica student &mdash; she completed a one-year Baking Technology course &mdash; with a passion for baking, stemming from watching countless shows on the <br /> <br /> Food Network to co-founding the Dream Cakes Club at Ardenne High School, has landed a dream internship and she is determined to make the most of it ahead of continuing her education in Canada or France. Her long-term career goal is to become a world-renowned pastry chef.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This opportunity has,&rdquo; explains Dixon, &ldquo;given me a chance to learn the ins and outs of the business. I&rsquo;ve learned a lot about French pastries and the type of ingredients needed to produce the best pastries and breads for your health. Fortunately, being around masters in their fields, I have had the opportunity to learn not only from their recipes and techniques but have gained insight into what makes a master a true master. I&rsquo;m the youngest here and feel great when people I don&rsquo;t know congratulate me on my work.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Her advice to her peers: Follow your dreams! Never give up, especially when the going gets tough. Take every opportunity that you can to follow your dream and build your self-confidence. It is important to never stop learning. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13286661/228319__w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 AM Tasting Sassicaia &mdash; one of the most soughtafter fine wines in the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tasting-Sassicaia_73766 It proved somewhat of a challenge - incredibly - to convene a group of busy wine lovers to enjoy with chef/patron Pierluigi &lsquo;PG&rsquo; Ricci of the multi-award-winning Italian restaurant Toscanini, a bottle of one of his prized possessions. Acccording to the wine press: &ldquo;one of the greatest wines in the world;&rdquo; &ldquo;Sassicaia, the most collectible Italian wine&rdquo;; &ldquo;one of the world&rsquo;s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines&rdquo;; &ldquo;one of the most sought-after fine wines in the world&rdquo; - and these are merely a few quotes on the celebrated Italian red wine. <br /> <br /> Breaking the rules - Super Tuscans<br /> <br /> In Italy, like most countries in Europe, the government regulates the type of grapes that can be grown in a certain region, similarly to how our coffee is regulated. Many years ago, a number of winemakers decided to break with tradition and grow varietals that were grown in other countries and not be shackled by the government laws. As a result of this they could not put the official region names on their wines, and they were classified as &lsquo;vino da tavola&rsquo;- Italy&rsquo;s lowest wine designation. These producers had to come up with interesting names for their products. These wines became unofficially classified as &ldquo;Super Tuscans,&rdquo; a term conjured up by the press and customers. Eventually the government modified the rules in an attempt to bring them back into some sort of regulation. The success of Sassicaia which inspired Tignanello contributed greatly to this.<br /> <br /> Way ahead of its time<br /> <br /> A wine made mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon was a fundamental change to the Tuscan and Piedmont tradition of Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, respectively. The innovative decision to plant this variety at the family&rsquo;s Tenuta San Guido was partly due to the similarity between this Tuscan terrain and that of Graves in Bordeaux. Made in the 1940s and initially consumed only by the family, friends and visitors, Sassicaia entered the world stage, after much prodding in 1968, to critical acclaim with its first international release, and thus the Super Tuscan Pioneer was born. Sassicaia is so distinctive it was granted its own DOC - Bolgheri Sassicaia - as of 1994 - a first for any Italian wine. PG brought not one, but two different vintages of Sassicaia for us to enjoy, the 2006 and the most sought-after 1985. <br /> <br /> 2006 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido<br /> <br /> Absolutely delicious, rich, powerful, yet elegant, with concentrated black fruit notes is what came to mind as I tasted the 2006 Sassicaia, which is 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. My fellow tasters - Select Brands executives, the husband-and-wife team of David and Tania McConnell - loved this wine, but we were all very intrigued with the ever-changing, ever- evolving, mesmerising 1985 Sassicaia in the other glass.<br /> <br /> 1985 Sassicaia, Tenuta San Guido<br /> <br /> When you sit with fellow wine lovers and share a bottle of one of the greatest wines ever produced, it&rsquo;s more of an experience than a tasting. Here is what the world&rsquo;s leading wine critic had to say about this wine: 100 points - James Suckling in the Wine Spectator - &ldquo;No wine has ever been as great as this from Sassicaia, and it is one of the best wines Italy has ever produced - June 1989&rdquo;; 100 points Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate- &ldquo;I have had this wine in tastings with 1985 and 1986 Bordeaux first-growths and top 1985 California Cabernets. In each tasting the 1985 Sassicaia has not only been my favourite, but the first choice of the majority of the tasters. Unquestionably one of the most compelling and dramatic Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted, it continues to go from strength to strength. The colour remains an opaque black/purple, and the huge nose of minerals, licorice, blackcurrants, and smoky oak is persistent and intense. With extraordinary richness, full body, unbelievable concentration, and a moderately tannic, opulent finish, this thrilling wine remains young and largely unevolved. It has at least 20-25 years of longevity.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> On behalf of my fellow tasters I would like to thank Pierluigi &lsquo;PG&rsquo; Ricci for this once-in-a-lifetime experience; it&rsquo;s now our turn to reciprocate.<br /> <br /> Christopher Reckord - Information Technology Entrepreneur & Wine Enthusiast. Send your questions and comments to creckord@gmail.com. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Periscope @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13286739/228207_w300.jpg Local Food Thursday, September 15, 2016 2:00 AM Ripping the Runway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ripping-the-Runway_73992 Rock belles Tami Williams for Saint International and Alicia Burke for Pulse International have been ripping the runways of New York Fashion Week strutting for such notables as Michael Kors, Oscar De La Renta, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera and Brandon Maxwell. Tami Williams, along with Selah Marley, the daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley, have also been featured in Vogue Magazine&rsquo;s 100 ways to wear Gucci. Plus, Saint International model Korey Rowe makes a splash for Yardley. <br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13276405/227460__w300.jpg Local News Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:00 AM Rocking NYFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Rocking-NYFW_73754 As we in Jamaica are preparing for the fabulous and ever- growing Take Style Out (TSO) slated for Thursday, October 6, our Rock stars &ndash; notably Alicia Burke, Barbra-Lee Grant, Tami Williams, Kai Newman, Jeneil Williams, Aneita Moore, Shena Moulton and Jalon Wilson are rocking the New York Fashion Week runways. Feast your eyes.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13282096/228094__w300.jpg Local Lifestyle Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM