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 The Bread Necessity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Bread-Necessity-_18464882 Allison Moss-Solomon, public relations brand manager at J Wray and Nephew, is craving bread. On the return leg of the round-the-island bus tour of St Lucia, she hints, cajoles, beseeches, and even takes to calling her export director colleague Mark Nelson 'uncle', to secure a stop to satiate the yen for freshly made baked goods. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT ‘Senty’s’ seafood offerings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-SENTY-S--SEAFOOD-OFFERINGS_18467165 The parish of St Elizabeth (fondly known as 'Saint E', 'Senty' and 'St Bess') is named after Lady Elizabeth Modyford and was once the largest parish in Jamaica, which later was divided into Manchester and Westmoreland. Local Food Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT On His Mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-On-His-Mark_18465631 Touted by colleagues as one who can throw down in the kitchen, J Wray & Nephew export trade director Mark Nelson was expectedly gung-ho when Thursday Life suggested we venture into Gros Islet for a taste of traditional food. It could not have been better scripted as last Sunday was St Lucia's Independence Day. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let Them Eat (Cassava) Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Let-Them-Eat--Cassava--Cake_18466790 There's a pervasive familiarity with the cassava by-product, bammy, in Jamaica. But did you know there were fruit variations running the gamut from mango, banana, apple and raisin, to chocolate-covered cassava cakes that are quite popular in St Lucia? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Campari Crazy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Campari-Crazy_18467187 It's a red-hot love affair between St Lucia and Campari. Despite a population of under 200,000 residents, statistical data has revealed that the Caribbean island has the most consumption of the Italian-created aperitif anywhere in the world. But why? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Brunch To Remember http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Brunch-To-Remember There’s nothing quite like the first event of a year and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2015 launch — A Trilogy of Art: the art of food, wine and art — which took place Sunday last, on the mezzanine level of the National Gallery of Jamaica is one that will be long remembered by members and guests alike. Local Food Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:42 GMT A Passion For Strawberries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Passion-For-Strawberries_18387550   Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT V-Day Options in MoBay and Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/V-Day-Options-in-MoBay-and-Kingston_18387516 From Kingston to MoBay and all stops in-between, Valentine's Day is reserved as a day to celebrate love, and food is one of the best ways to express that love. Sweet treats readily come to mind -- the belief that the 'feel-good' emotion while enjoying that sweet treat will be tied to the giver is what it's all about. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:01:00 GMT Marguerites By The Sea - A reason to dine out on Valentine's Night http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Marguerites-By-The-Sea---A-reason-to-dine-out-on-Valentine-s-Night_18387506 It's Valentine's. Love is in air. What to do? Where to go? What gifts to get? One important component is the meal that will be shared: do we stay in or do we go out? If you're in Montego Bay and do decide to dine out, Marguerites by the Sea shared with Thursday Life why they're the best option. "We have created a special menu that is totally new, replicating nothing from previous years' offerings, combined with our romantic beachfront setting and excellent price point. We are giving our customers the best; this is our Valentine's gift to them," boasted Andre Boswell, senior marketing manager, Island Entertainment Brands, operators of Marguerites by the Sea. Local Food Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Jerk, Charqui and the Wonders of Walkerswood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jerk--Charqui-and-the-Wonders-of-Walkerswood_18382222 Pop into any modern mainstream restaurant today (from the USA to Canada to the UK and all points in between) and you will more than likely find jerk, or some version thereof, on the menu. And while we often lament that the perception that Caribbean food is only about jerk limits global awareness about the versatility and range of our cuisine, we could never dare to negate the amazing impact that this little spice has had on the world. In fact, there is no other 'seasoning mix' in the global culinary landscape, except perhaps for the oft incorrectly touted Indian seasoning that we know as curry powder (which is actually a blend of spices including turmeric, mustard seed and fenugreek) that can claim to have journeyed as far and wide as the delectable blend of spices that make up Jamaican jerk. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Feb 2015 00:01:00 GMT A Celebration Of Love At The Marketplace http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Celebration-Of-Love-At-The-Marketplace_18379595 In Kingston… Local Food Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Recipe corner with Jessica Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-corner-with-Jessica-Hylton_18386720 Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars Local Food Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT BRANDED! - Moët & Chandon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/BRANDED----Mo-t---Chandon_18387465 There are four key words that embody the spirit of Moët & Chandon: 1 Success 2 Glamour 3 Grandeur 4 Generosity. For every reason you think of to celebrate (love, a new job, an anniversary or perhaps a birthday, Moët & Chandon has a different variant within its range that will be there to celebrate with you and capture memories that will last forever. The brand's vision is to share the magic of Moët & Chandon with the world; and be the Champagne of choice of successful people celebrating important and meaningful moments in their lives with elegance and panache. Local Food Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - Campari http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle_18382297 J Wray & Nephew Fortified Wines and Liqueur Marketing Manager Sophia Bernard-Fairman (left) and the brand's Campari & Creams Manager Tannika White (right) presented gift packages stocked with a 750 ml bottle of Campari, a Campari sports jacket, two Campari cocktail glasses, a Campari credit card holder, a Campari napkin caddy, and a Campari pen and notepad to (from left) Total Service Station cashier Taneisha Smith, Edge Marketing Solutions merchandiser Krystal King, Jamaica Library Service telephone operator Andrea Jones, National Security Employers's Co-operative Credit Union administrative manager Lisa Harry and Ministry of Education office attendant Susan Wallace, at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The five women were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to answer the question - What is Campari? Name one Campari cocktail featured in the article. The correct responses were "Campari is an aperitif, which is an alcoholic cocktail that is consumed before a meal"; and "Mission Campari". Missing from the photo is the sixth winner Supreme Ventures executive assistant Charmaine Lawson-Gray. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Happy Birthday, Chris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Happy-Birthday--Chris_18387523 We're raising Champagne toasts today with our beloved Wine Guy Christopher Reckord, who celebrated a very special birthday on Tuesday, February 10. Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Branded: Sophia Bernard-Fairman - Campari http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Branded---Campari_18343064 What exactly is Campari? Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT No Culinary Bull! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/No-Culinary-Bull-_18343068 The long line of cars parked outside Father Bull Restaurant, Bar and Jerk Centre, plus the many patrons inside eager to enjoy the fare, has led Thursday Life to yet another culinary gem, which, might we hasten to add, is Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ladies of the Vine - We answer more of your wine qestions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Ladies-of-the-Vine---We-answer-more-of-your-wine-qestions_18342957 Wine sales and by extension its consumption has been increasing by double-digit percentage points over the past few years here in Jamaica. As a result there is much interest in learning more about our most ancient alcoholic drink as it is still helds in high esteem in many societies today. It goes without saying that as its popularity grows, there are lots more people talking about wine. While some people can carry on a good wine-related conversation, most people wing it. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Two Sisters In The UK - Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-In-The-UK---Part-2_18342912 We knew we wanted to explore London's food scene, so before we even landed in the UK, we had roped in our long-time 'bredrin' Aaron Johnston, of Port Royal Patties, to take us to some of the hot spots around London town. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT WINNERS' CIRCLE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/WINNERS--CIRCLE_18340440 J Wray & Nephew International Wines and Spirits Brand Manager Chesna Haber (third right) presented ice bucket gift packages stocked with bottles of Voga Moscato, Cinzano Gran Dolce, Cinzano Prosecco, Barefoot Sweet Red, Barefoot Merlot, two champagne glasses and a wine opener to (from left) library assistant Teenakay Richards-Spencer; registry clerk Shereka Smith; senior accountant Raymond Jolly; marketing and communications manager KellyAnn Dixon; policy analyst Latoya Waugh, and administrative executive Ingrid Russell-Skyers at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. All six were winners of the weekly Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to provide the answer: Name two wines from J Wray and Nephew's wine portfolio featured in this article. The correct response was any pairing of the following: Mirassou Reisling, Apothic Red, Mirassou Pinot Noir, Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc, Barefoot Sweet Red, Cinzano Prosecco, Cinzano Gran Dolce, Voga Moscato, Cala Reale, San Valentín (Parellada), Louis Martini and San Valentín Garnacha. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Food Thu, 05 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rajae Forrest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rajae-Forrest_18336898 So So Seafood features the First Campari “Red” Bar in Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Tue, 03 Feb 2015 02:00:00 GMT G’s Gets An ‘A’ For Variety http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/G-s-Gets-An--A--For-Variety_18307416 G's Sports Bar and Grill boasts a most impressive selection of culinary decadence, with an enticing variety of menu options to choose from. Local Lifestyle Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Branded: Ladies of the Vine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Branded--Ladies-of-the-Vine_18303100 On Monday evening, Chesna Haber, Brand Manager for International Wines at J Wray & Nephew Limited hosted the first in a series of "Ladies of the Vine" wine tasting and pairing sessions at the chic @twentythree bar, with some of the rock's most loyal wine aficionados. The evening included the pairing of 12 wine varietals from the J Wray & Nephew Winning Wines collection ranging from light to full bodied, accompanied by the decadent cuisine prepared by caterer Jacqui Tyson. Guided by Observer's Thursday Life wine contributor Chris Reckord, the ladies engaged in lively discussions about their wine experiences, from their first glass to their most memorable wine pairing. Here's ayou a peek into the Winning Wines of J Wray & Nephew Limited. Local Food Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Snacking healthy for Super Bowl Sunday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Snacking-healthy-for-Super-Bowl-Sunday-_18302497 It's Super Bowl Sunday in the United States this Sunday where the New England Patriots will face off against the Seattle Seahawks. The American football game has found favour locally in some quarters, and award-winning blogger Jessica Hylton gives ideas for healthy, delicious snacks for the celebration. Local Food Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Colonisation in reverse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Colonisation-in-reverse_18307571 "What a joyful news, Miss Mattie, me feel like me heart gwine burst, Local Lifestyle Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT