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 Summer 'Secrets' Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer--Secrets--Cocktails-_17214641 Our getaway to Montego Bay for the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival had us immersed in more than music and warm summer temps last weekend. Resting our heads comfortaby at the Secrets Resorts, our three-night stay was made even better by a melange of fantastic cocktail mixes we sipped, in-between summer beach reading and dips in the turquoise sea. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Johnnie Walker Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Johnnie-Walker-Cocktails_17215342 The quintessential man's drink — enjoyed too, by women who favour aged, oaky libations — whiskey was the go-to drink last Friday at the welcome reception for the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic tournament hosted at the Tryall Club. Behind the bar, mixologist Davian Shippy whipped up whiskey concoctions that left us mighty satisfied. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chef Lumley's Budding Chefs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chef-Lumley-s-Budding-Chefs-_17215410 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Culinary Personality of the Year and recipient of the Jamaica Observer Online Award, Brian Lumley, led his team at Foodie Focused Limited in another successful staging of the first leg of their annual culinary camp for kids, aptly dubbed 'Budding Chefs'. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails & The City http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cocktails---The-City-_17216162 With cocktail refreshers on the mind, and in a mood to celebrate the end of another work week, we checked into watering holes across the city last weekend. Thursday Life shares bar-hopping moments in our search for the best places to quench a thirst intensified by humid summer nights. Cheers! Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Guilt On the Go http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Guilt-On-the-Go_17156692 If time doesn't allow for indulging in Guilt's scenic wrapped-verandah locale at the stately Devon House mansion in Kingston, then one can still delight in the eatery's decadent fare through its recently introduced Guilt "To Go" lunch menu. Local Food Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Fromage’s Summer Salads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fromage-s-Summer-Salads_17015319 The summer season is in full gear, which means breaking out the gym membership card and making the effort to eat healthier in the hopes of attaining that sacred beach body. Thankfully, Local Food Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaicans Increased Snack Consumption During FIFA World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaicans-Increased-Snack-Consumption-During-FIFA-World-Cup_17145211 You heard us correctly! The FIFA World Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday with a win for Germany, turned us into a nation of snackers.. This according to information gleaned from quite a few supermarket shelves. Corporate area grocery giants, John R Wong, Michi Super Centre, CPJ Market and Sovereign Supermarket shared their World Cup number crunching with Thursday Life Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Banyan-Catering - Room For Improvement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Banyan-Catering-Room-For-Improvement_17177496 Receiving a WhatsApp message telling me about a new discovery, namely 'Banyan Catering' on Cargill Avenue, I googled it immediately. Intrigue set in when I saw that they cook Indian food, which I love, as well as Jamaican food. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT WineWine Module 101 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/WineWine-Module-101_17166782 The main challenge for anyone new to the world of wine is always to figure out what type and style of wine they like. Persons for the most part simply want to know what wine to buy or what wine to choose from a wine list. The solution is to try as many wines as you can, every opportunity you get. A lucky few had the opportunity to try some award-winning wines at a recent wine-tasting session hosted by financial services provider JMMB. Here is some of what was shared: Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Everything Made Fresh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Everything-Made-Fresh_17173955 When Marlon Davis left the Jamaica Observer in 2007, starting an ice-cream venture was the farthest thing on his mind. Indeed, climbing the corporate ladder was his focus. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Terra Nova's Fresh Take On Sunday Brunch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Terra-Nova-s-Fresh-Take-On-Sunday-Brunch_17112840 The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel holds itself to a higher standard, and that heightened customer expectation of excellence rings true (and is delivered) with the hotel's revamped Sunday brunch. Local Food Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT It Takes A Villlage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/It-Takes-A-Villlage_17120020 It's always a positive experience visiting the charming EITS Café nestled in the leafy refuge of the Blue Mountains in St Andrew. Michael and Robyn Fox are owners of the extensive 17 Mile Post belt, which is home to EITS Café, Mount Edge Guest House, and the Food Basket Farm. Local Lifestyle Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Jamaica Tastes Multiple Victories http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaica-Tastes-Multiple-Victories_17122965 It was a bumper year for Jamaica at the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition held in Miami June 28 - July 2. Team Jamaica took home several top honours in the prestigious culinary competition, winning 10 medals in all, four of which were gold. Local Food Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jaja eyes a GOURMET CONDIMENT LINE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jaja-eyes-a-GOURMET-CONDIMENT-LINE_17127206 Culinary artist Oji Jaja is venturing into the condiment business. The supremely talented chef, who helms his Ashebre catering business, has bottled his first gourmet-styled condiment -- a spicy basil pesto. Local Lifestyle Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT THE 'CUP' RUNNETH OVER http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/THE--CUP--RUNNETH-OVER_17111076 This weekend the curtain comes down on the 20th staging of the FIFA World Cup Competition. The world's greatest show was held in Brazil with 32 teams, of which 23 are from wine-producing countries. Local Lifestyle Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Team Approval http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Team-Approval_17125572 The Negril Suite at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel was where members of the Foska Oats family joined the Jamaica Tallawahs for a breakfast press conference last week Monday. It was the first official opportunity for the returning sponsors of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to interact with the team members. Senior Brand Manager at Foska Oats Tamii Brown said the company was gearing up for another eventful season fuelling the Jamaica Tallawahs. Local Lifestyle Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gatorade introduces GREEN MANGO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Gatorade-introduces-GREEN-MANGO_17102534 Gatorade Thirst Quencher will be introducing a new flavour to its line of drinks - the Gatorade Green Mango. The Green Mango flavour will be on offer for a limited time. Food Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Good to the last drop!' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Good-to-the-last-drop---_17074466 As the local coffee market expands beyond the expected confines of the Blue Mountains, Maxwell House's tagline 'Good To The Last Drop' — which was originally coined by the late United States President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt — became the catchphrase of those gathered at last Friday's instalment of Wealth Magazine's monthly corporate mingle at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. Local Food Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT KICKS OF Brazilian Flavour! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/KICKS-OF-Brazilian-Flavour-_17047966 Football fanatic Christopher Dehring could not have scripted this FIFA World Cup any better. It's his seventh World Cup, but it's also a homecoming of sorts as his lovely Brazilian wife Katia is introducing her husband and daughter Shiloh to the Almeida family, the food and the culture. Football, however, remains top of the agenda and, like everybody else in Brazil, they're taking it all in. Local Food Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Moving On Up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Moving-On-Up-_17071565 "You've been promoted." It's the well-deserved declaration made to Solomon Gardner and Robert Chambers, two long-serving staffers of the iconic St James-based Sugar Mill Restaurant at the Half Moon Hotel. Local Lifestyle Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Pizza By 'Moon' Light http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pizza-By--Moon--Light-_17073982 Craving an after-hours bite of pizza under the summer sky? Pizza Night at Moon Hill is the city's hot address of choice if you're looking to indulge in slices of homemade pizza varieties. Local Food Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Dietary Habits to BOOST Your Energy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Dietary-Habits-to-BOOST-Your-Energy_17080522 Tired of being tired? Studies show that it often takes older adults 30 minutes longer to fall asleep than younger adults. And, when they do finally fall asleep, they sleep lightly and wake up a lot. It's no wonder, then, that many of us feel sluggish during the day. Don't compound the problem by maintaining a diet that drains the energy right out of you. Here are three dietary tweaking tips to boost your energy. Local Lifestyle Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Emma at DP's Salad Bar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Emma-at-DP-s-Salad-Bar_16982416 "Ems, can you do lunch at 11am on Friday? South Avenue, DP's Salad Bar. The other two bears apparently can only do that day and time. Early enough so we can all still do pick-up," my friend Denise 'WhatsApped' me. After almost five months in hibernation she didn't have to ask twice. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT Two Sisters Take New York http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-Take-New-York_16995794 Their presentation at this year's Foodie Seminar is still being lauded and their booth at the Food Awards won rave reviews. We're not that surprised really that they left an amazing impression in New York. Local Food Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:05:00 GMT The Dilemma of Corkage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Dilemma-of-Corkage_16994574 Corkage is the fee that restaurants charge diners for every bottle of liquor, mainly wine, that is served but was not bought at that restaurant. Ideally, this fee attempts to cover usage of the stemware, the time of the wait staff to open and serve the wine, and also the lost profit. In general we need to remember that a restaurant is in the business of selling food and beverages, so when you bring your own wine it is lost revenue. So for the restaurateur, do you allow patrons to bring their own wine, and if so, how much do you charge? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT