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 Recipe Corner: UMIUM Ultimate Chocolate Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner--UMIUM-Ultimate-Chocolate-Cake-------_50357 “Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like the sweet, decadent aphrodisiac that is chocolate, and what better way to show your love than to bake it in a cake with locally made and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Best New Product nominee, UMIUM Chocolate Coconut Spread? Let’s bake love!” — Trevanne Donegal Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award-winning caterer for The Layer Cake. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT For the Love of Chocolate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/For-the-Love-of-Chocolate_50393 When it comes to the recipe for romance, chocolate is often Cupid’s (other) weapon of choice. Known the world over for its aphrodisiac qualities, love and chocolate have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Thursday Life checked in with two of our Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award-winning chocolatiers to find out what sweet treats will be making their way from the farm to the table for V-Day this year! Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT For the Love of Chocolate - Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/For-the-Love-of-Chocolate---2 AVERELL French, proprietor of Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers, applies a farmer’s perspective to chocolate making, something he finds uniquely beneficial. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:04:09 GMT Recipe Corner Rainforest Seafoods http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Recipe-Corner-Rainforest-Seafoods_50521 ASH Wednesday — which kicks off Lent and Valentine’s Day — are reason enough to try out these seven recipes courtesy of Rainforest Seafoods. Bon Appètit! Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT A taste of Jackson Family Wines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-taste-of-Jackson-Family-Wines_50386 The Jackson family-owned wineries are both a family business and a family passion. In addition to the flagship Kendall-Jackson and La Crema wineries, Jackson Family Wines owns some of the most esteemed wineries in California, including Arrowood, Byron, Cambria, Carmel Road, Edmeades, Freemark Abbey, La Jota, Matanzas Creek, Stonestreet, Lokoya, Cardinale and Verité. The portfolio also includes the international properties of Château Lassègue in Bordeaux; Tenuta di Arceno and Arcanum in Tuscany; Alcance and Calina in Chile; and Yangarra Estates and Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in Australia. In 2013, the Jackson family purchased property in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and in 2014 the company expanded its reach into South Africa with the acquisition of Fijnbosch Farm in the Stellenbosch region. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Negril Adds Cuisine of The Sun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Negril-Adds-Cuisine-of-The-Sun_49843 Jamaica and its people have always been very close to our hearts. When Mary Phillips found the property and presented us with the opportunity to join her team, we did not hesitate one bit as we were overjoyed to be returning home. We want to continue the legacy of our dear mother, Norma Shirley. She was a Queen of Caribbean Culinary - food was done Norma-style with panache and beauty on her porcelain canvas. This is what we want to give to Jamaica. Zest Restaurant will feature our “Cuisine of the sun” focusing on traditional Jamaican and global cuisine, as ethnically diverse as the country itself. Local Food Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Un Wine’-ing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Un-Wine--ing_49530 A gathering of close friends and oenophiles had their fill of tantalising treats and exquisite vino at the inaugural staging of the wine-pairing event ‘Un Wine’, in Mandeville recently. Local Food Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Big Wine Stories of 2015; Emerging Trends for 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Big-Wine-Stories-of-2015--Emerging-Trends-for-2016_49753 The most widely read wine stories in 2015 vary by geography, so I reviewed European, American, South American, Australian and South African media to see what were some of the top news items. The stories that took the top spots were not too glamorous: Global warming, drought, crime and a threat of poisonous wine were some of the top wine stories to end up in mainstream media. Local Food Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cannonball Cafe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cannonball-Cafe_49097 Cannonball Cafe & Gift Shop was conceptualised by Tara Clivio and Wendy Facey and operated in Kingston for 12 years, during which time it became a household name, living up to the philosophy of its proprietors as being “a place where good friends meet (where) people actually care about how your day is going and make a great cup of coffee — which directly impacts on how your day is going”. Local Food Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sugar Mill Restaurant Reopens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sugar-Mill-Restaurant-Reopens_49087 We’ve already reserved a table for our second visit to the newly reopened Sugar Mill restaurant, Half Moon Hotel’s award-winning eatery.Dinner last week Saturday (we were guests of The Destination Experience) was much anticipated as it afforded us a taste of quite a few of the restaurant’s new offerings and a look around. With chefs Sowa and Golding in the kitchen the food was on point, with the Angus Beef Tenderloin and Caribbean Lobster Twist scoring high marks. The rich chocolate mousse cake, topped with white chocolate shavings, closed off the meal on a decidedly decadent note. Local Food Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sizing up tableware http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sizing-up-tableware_48708 A recent article in the Washington Post about the latest thing on which chefs are willing to spend big bucks to impress diners — notably custom serving pieces and tableware — left Thursday Life contemplating why there isn’t more local tableware adorning the tables in our homes and those of our restaurants. Local Food Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Select Brands Becomes Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) – Approved Programme Provider (APP) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Select-Brands-Becomes-Wines---Spirits-Education-Trust--WSET----Approved-Programme-Provider--APP-_49210 Select Brands has not only acquired more retail and office space at 379 Spanish Town Road — indeed, Local Food Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Three ‘Wine’ Wishes for 2016 — Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/My-Three--Wine--Wishes-for-2016---Part-2_49013 Since the beginning of this year I have been reflecting on the last decade of wine in Jamaica and specifically on my last eight years writing this column, attending wine-related events, visiting dining establishments across the island simply to dine, or as a ‘critic’ for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Last week I shared one of the biggest issues that affect our enjoyment of wine — service temperature. A range of other hotly debated issues still exists, and after discussion with wine lovers who dine out regularly, I share two additional issues that we wish would improve in 2016. Local Food Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Best Dressed Chicken Salutes The ‘12 Chefs of Christmas’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Best-Dressed-Chicken-Salutes-The----12-Chefs-of-Christmas----------_48296 The al fresco dining area of the Grog Shoppe Restaurant at Devon House in Kingston provided the perfect ambience for The Best Dressed Chicken ‘12 Chefs of Christmas’ thank-you dinner, which took place Thursday last. Local Food Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pizza, please! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pizza--Please-_48286 If you’ve not heard by now there’s a new pizzeria in town. It’s called Pizza Please and is located at Shop #3 Village Plaza, Half-Way-Tree. Local Food Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken 12 Chefs of Christmas Ignite the Holidays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-12-Chefs-of-Christmas-Ignite-the-Holidays_48528 Local Food Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foodie Forecast: Culinary Trends for 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-Forecast--Culinary-Trends-for-2016_47734 New year, new trends on the horizon! With an ever-expanding palate for all things epicurean, Thursday Life checks in with a few of our local chefs and caterers for their thoughts. Local Food Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT Kiy Anthony Graham’s Sriracha Red Stripe Boneless Chicken http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kiy-Anthony-Graham-s-Sriracha-Red-Stripe-Boneless-Chicken_47721 Fifteen-year-old aspiring chef and student at Hillel Academy Kiy Anthony Graham attributes his passion for food to the three women who raised him, notably his mother Donna Graham, his maternal grandmother Barbara Fong Kong and his paternal grandmother Linda Graham. “I was raised by outstanding cooks” he tells Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT A Trio Of Great Wine Guides For 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Trio-Of-Great-Wine-Guides-For-2016_47761 First, let me wish all our readers and their families a happy, healthy, safe and productive 2016. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT All’s ‘Fare’ at Shaggy & Friends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/All-s--Fare--at-Shaggy---Friends Jamaica House was the destination for hundreds last Saturday night ostensibly to lend support to the biennial charity benefit Shaggy & Friends. With the island’s top chefs and caterers on the scene whipping up delights from every tier of the culinary spectrum, the event — aimed at raising funds for the Bustamante Hospital for Children — included performances by local and international acts and tasty offerings. Thursday Life shares a slice of gastronomic nirvana! Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jan 2016 02:40:32 GMT Foodie Forecast: Culinary Trends for 2016 Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-Forecast--Culinary-Trends-for-2016-Part-2_47194 Home-Grown Ingredients Local Food Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Boxing Day Lunch @ The Round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Boxing-Day-Lunch---The-Round_47313 What to eat the day after Christmas Day? Local Food Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT Happy New Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Happy-New-Year_47305 Thursday Life closes the year in Negril at the Blue Mahoe Restaurant & Lounge Bar, located at the Spa Retreat Resort - nominated as one of 10 culinary parish gems by our Westmoreland Parish Judge Michael Erskine. Local Lifestyle Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT 2015 — A Magnificent Reduction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/2015---A-Magnificent-Reduction_47302 What an amazing culinary year we’ve had! Indeed, we’re pretty amazed that we got it all covered, and are still smiling. Our 17th annual Table Talk Food Awards unearthed scores of culinary gems and we are thankful that it forced other publications to take a look, too… It’s all good! For, monies spent in our parishes benefit all. We continue to applaud each and every one of our parish judges. Local Lifestyle Thu, 31 Dec 2015 02:00:00 GMT Out With The Old, In With The New http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Out-With-The-Old--In-With-The-New_47253 It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it also the time of the year when the most Champagne and sparkling wines are sold. It is reported that Champagne sales have been declining in recent years for a number of reasons, one of them being that the alternatives have just got so much better in taste and cost a lot less. Sparkling wines made exactly the same as Champagnes are now being produced in most wine-producing countries and only a handful of experts in the world can identify Champagne versus the top sparkling wines, so when the Champagne budget is not in place, but the appetite for great bubbly is, many options exist, including a few new producers whose wines I sampled recently. Local Food Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT