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 VIDEO: Table Talk Food Awards — The Cayman Edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Table-Talk-Food-Awards---The-Cayman-Edition_18636730 Seventeen years ago, the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards sought to make a statement that food in Jamaica was worthy of recognition. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A grand old Italian Wine tasting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-grand-old-Italian-Wine-tasting_18629220 The Grand Old House, built in 1908, is one of the most significant historic buildings in the Cayman Islands. It was converted into a restaurant in 1969, after years of continuous transformation and repurposing from being used as a Sunday School for local children, a hospital for soldiers wounded in World War II, a beauty parlour, and as a shelter for island residents during storms and hurricanes. Today, the Grand Old House is one of Cayman's top restaurants and one of the leading destinations for wine lovers in Grand Cayman, with its numerous wine awards for its large wine collection and impressive wine list. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Branded! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Branded--Branded-_18631447 Brand Managers Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Best Dressed EVENING http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Best-Dressed-EVENING Dinner hosted by The Best Dressed Chicken team last week Wednesday afforded the company’s president and CEO Christopher Levy and his cadre of executives Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:39:43 GMT Ladies Lunch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Ladies-Lunch_18629403 One of life's sweetest pleasures is spending an afternoon around a table sharing a delicious meal in the company of "sister friends". There is a special magic when women commune with each other; a common bond of sisterhood among all women, although we sometimes forget that it is there. We women have our own "medicine" that is very different from the "medicine" men apply to rejuvenate themselves. A ladies' lunch is a great way to take a moment to reconnect to our feminine energy, and savour life with the women we hold dear. When we gather together we heal ourselves and we heal each other. Our feminine gatherings Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT One Down, 399 To Go… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/One-Down--399-To-Go-_18626357 WITH The Best Dressed team of Marketing Manager Avadaugn Sinclair, Business Development Manager — Further Processed Karis-Ann Gordon and Export Manager Trevin Nairne and our Food Awards Cayman judges, we are determined to chow through as many of the 400 restaurants as possible. LUCA was where we would first break bread with our Cayman judges. Local Food Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Winners Circle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners-Circle_18629543 Pepsi Cola Jamaica Marketing Manager Mitchell Watson (centre) presented gift packages stocked with six bottles of Pepsi, a Pepsi cap, a key ring, a wave rag, a pen, a T-shirt, a water bottle and a speaker to (from left) Jamaica Constabulary Force constable Domonic Gardner; Seafreight Jamaica Limited import clerk Alcina Blackwood; IIBRe Limited assistant manager - operations, Kameelia Rochester; Supreme Court executive secretary Maxine Golding; Kingston School of Nursing office manager Vanessa Hamilton-Mendez, and Jamaica National Building Society Creative Unit production assistant Shelly-Gail Folkes at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. They were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to correctly answer the question - When was Pepsi first created and by whom? The correct response was 1898 by pharmacist Caleb Bradham. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Observer Food Awards... the Cayman edition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Observer-Food-Awards----the-Cayman-edition_18596166 The Jamaica Observer and The Best Dressed Chicken yesterday afternoon announced the inaugural staging of the Cayman Islands edition of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards at a function in Grand Cayman. Here (from left), Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker; Vicky Wheaton, emcee of the afternoon's function; Vidyadhara Shetty, president, Cayman Culinary Society; Joan Forrest-Henry, divisional sales and marketing manager Jamaica Broilers Group; Novia McDonald-Whyte, Observer senior associate editor lifestyle and social content; executive chef Keith Griffin; and Christopher Levy, president and CEO of Jamaica Broilers Group, celebrate the launch. Local News Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings with Crushed Peanuts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sweet-and-Spicy-Chicken-Wings-with-Crushed-Peanuts Yields: 4 servings Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 02:28:24 GMT Winners' Circle - March 19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle---March-19_18574402 Wisynco Group Limited WATA/CranWATA Brand Marketing Assistant Chrys-Ann Crawford (centre) presents two cases of small WATA, a T-shirt and a gift certificate for a personalised group counselling session with Kamila McDonald to (from left) Jamaica National Building Society support officer Steffi Blackburn, National Commercial Bank business administrator Jacqueline Gordon, Ministry of Education office attendant Susan Wallace, and Jamaica Premix secretary Junice Pinto at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The four women were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to answer the questions - Which is more important, weight training or weight loss? and List two items that you can substitute for weights -- correctly. Missing from the photo is the sixth winner Faith Logan. (Inset #0145: The fifth winner, Ministry of Agriculturre and Fisheries senior secretary Doreen Green Campbell in receipt of her WATA prize.) Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Impact of Weather On Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Impact-of-Weather-On-Wine_18572379 After listening to Professor Michael Taylor's recent presentation, "Why Climate Demands Change", at the recent GraceKennedy Foundation Lecture and then seeing and experiencing the effects of last week's fire at the Riverton City landfill, I've been thinking about the environment locally and globally, leading to many heated discussions including the impact of global warming on the world of wine. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Branded - Mitchell Watson, marketing manager, Pepsi Cola Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Branded---Mitchell-Watson--marketing-manager--Pepsi-Cola-Jamaica_18572210 Thursday Life (TL): How did you land this job? Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Passion For Liquid Gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Passion-For-Liquid-Gold_18585028 Foodie News Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Two Sisters and the Lady Bee-Keeper http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-and-the-Lady-Bee-Keeper_18572208 "Nobody around here had ever seen a lady bee-keeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best bee-keepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands." Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT A Jamaican Spin on old Irish Favourites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Jamaican-Spin-on-old-Irish-Favourites_18577860 For Bruce Kidner, finance director at Red Stripe, there is nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than hosting friends at home. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Marguerite's Deck-Dining Experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Marguerite-s-Deck-Dining-Experience_18577653 Thursday Life delivers on its promise to bring you the main course on Marguerite's Seafood By The Sea restaurant and its top chef Cecil Jagdath. Local Food Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tasty Jerk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Tasty-Jerk_18577015 A food stop on our road trip to Westmoreland brings us to Border Jerk, a popular food joint for persons travelling through Mackfield, located on the border of Hanover and Westmoreland. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Kamila McDonald - A woman on a mission! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/BRANDED-----Kamila-McDonald_18541716   Local Food Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Winners' circle - March 12 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--circle---March-12   Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:17:27 GMT VIDEO: Setting Tables at Emancipation Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Setting-Tables-at-Emancipation-Park_18539813 Kingston rose early last Saturday. There was much to do ahead of assembling at one of the many Dîner en Blanc-designated pick-up spots by 4:30 pm: last-minute purchases of picnic basket fillers and final adjustments of dresses and suits to be made. Local Food Thu, 12 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT My Diner En Blanc Wine Adventures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/My-Diner-En-Blanc-Wine-Adventures_18540194 It was while standing in the very slow eStore line to collect my wine and food that I made my wine discovery of the night. I was pulled out of the line to answer some questions about wine substitutes. One of the volunteers had an order in her hand for a Terrazas Malbec but could not find it, so she needed a substitute. She showed me the selection of wines they had available and that's when I noticed the ultra-premium Terrazas de los Andes Single Vineyard Malbec in ample supply on the table. "That one," I said. "Use that wine as the substitute." Local Lifestyle Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Tasty Chill Out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Tasty-Chill-Out_18418283 Chill Out Hut is true to its name; with the beautiful Caribbean Sea as its backdrop, easy-going and relaxed vibe, it is just a mere turn-off from a very busy thoroughfare... not that you would even notice. Local Food Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT On The Hunt... For A Good Steak http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/On-The-Hunt----For-A-Good-Steak_18419347 There's nothing quite like a good steak, a perfectly grilled cooked choice cut with just the right amount of spices to tantalise the tastebuds, that practically melts in your mouth. Having not given up red meat for Lent -- but just in case you have, there's salmon and snapper -- our craving led us to Hunter Steak House inside the Royalton Hotel in Trelawny. Our expectations were exceeded and based on the plates of other patrons inside the steak joint, Thursday Life was not the only ones. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Aye Aye, Chef Robby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chef-Robby-Mar-5_18467162 Lunch was quite the catch last Friday afternoon, dining harbour-side at the Caribbean Pirates Restaurant in the St Lucian capital of Castries. The immensely popular seafood-centric eatery is owned and operated by Robby Skeete, a tam-wearing, dreadlocked chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America. Local Food Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Triangle pub Keeps Appetites In Shape http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/TRIANGLE-PUB-Keeps-Appetites-In-Shape_18484718 It's Independence Day (February 22) in St Lucia, and just under five hours until our scheduled departure flight on LIAT, which will bring our four-day, Campari-sponsored trip to the picturesque island to a close. Biding time for the connecting flight through Barbados -- en route home to Jamaica -- the intrepid reporter within is in a heightened state of curiosity about local food. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT