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 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 Two Sisters and a Rum Bar! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-and-a-Rum-Bar_18487949 "There's naught, no doubt, so much the spirit calms as rum and true religion." -- Lord Byron Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT The world's largest secret picnic party -- Dîner en Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-world-s-largest-secret-picnic-party--Diner-en-Blanc_18494042 On Saturday evening, hundreds of people all dressed in white will descend on a secret location and set up tables, lay out their china and flatware, pour wine and Champagne for an occasion simply known by its French name -- Dîner en Blanc. Local Lifestyle Thu, 05 Mar 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 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