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 Jamaican Restaurateurs Have #Remained - Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaican-Restaurateurs-Have-Remained_68460 You might be led to think otherwise with Great Britain’s recent decision to exit the EU, but the kitchen remains the one place where all cultures meet, and Caribbean cuisine, led by Jamaicans, has found favour with many palates. Thursday Life, on a recent trip to the UK visited three popular spots - Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse located on the ground floor of the bustling Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford City; Rudie’s at 50 Stoke Newington, right on the corner; and Jamaica Patty Co in Covent Garden, at 26 New Row, London, in the heart of the city’s retail and entertainment district. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mystic Thai’s exciting dining options http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Mystic-Thai-s-exciting-dining-options_68542 Sitting in the comfortable 1,800 square-foot elegant space that houses Montego Bay’s latest culinary destination, Mystic Thai, with husband and wife principals Arun and Kareena Mahbubani and their beautiful daughter Isha is like breaking bread with dear friends. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican Restaurateurs Have #Remained - Jamaica Patty Co http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaican-Restaurateurs-Have-Remained_68380 It’s been an incredible two years for Jamaica Patty Co principals Theresa and Andrew Roberts who, together and with no apology, have positioned Jamaica’s iconic patty in the heart of Covent Garden at 26 New Row, where tourists and Londoners alike can do Italian, Indian, British or Jamaican. They didn’t cut corners either — in the words of Paul Douglas who hails from Yallahs, St Thomas, who tools by every Saturday in his red Stingray Corvette with his son Zavier. “This is proper… plus the patties taste good”. ‘Proper’ references the 600-sq ft elegant exterior: 250 sq ft of main store with seating downstairs. The eatery was designed by Andrew Roberts in conjunction with i-am Associates, whose clients include Pret A Manger, Itsu and Costa. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: A Rainforest of seafoods http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Rainforest-of-seafoods_68618 Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) listens as chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, Brian Jardim (second left), points out the various food items produced by his company. Occasion was a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility on Slipe Road in Kingston yesterday. At right (foreground) is President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association Michelle Chong. (Photo: JIS) Local News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Summer Sips at The Cliff http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer-Sips-at-The-Cliff_66935 Summer is here, and what better way to beat the heat than with one of six sweet, thirstquenching cocktails from the ocean-view and poolside bars at The Cliff Hotel, Negril? With assistance from bartenders Rayon Hammond, Trevor Myers and Layton Taylor, Thursday Life shows you how… Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pairing Thai Food with wines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pairing-Thai-Food-with-wines_68467 Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. On Monday, in our second city, Mystic Thai opened at the Fairview Shopping Centre. Mystic Thai is the sister restaurant to Mystic India which is also owned by Arun and Kareena Mahbubani. What’s also new to the city and at Mystic Thai is a well-stocked and beautifully laid out Scotch Bar with over 40 different Scotch Whiskies. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Grace Foods heads to the Olympics, again…. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Grace-Foods-heads-to-the-Olympics--again-----------_67625 GraceKennedy Foods, a division of the GraceKennedy Group, is once again the official food and nutrition sponsor of the 2016 Jamaica Olympic team. T Local Food Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cheers to Another 50 Tasty Years! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cheers-to-Another-50-Tasty-Years-_66603 Continuing their year-long celebration of 50 tasty years in business, Tastee opened to the public its new Liguanea location that will serve as its Kingston flagship as well as the company’s latest addition to the Tastee family of businesses, the Brew’d Awakenings Cafe. At an impressive reception to acknowledge what was hailed as a visionary team effort, the company’s CEO Ryan Foster and the Chang family inaugurated the new location with Tastee supporters, partners and well-wishers. Local Food Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT In Honour of PM Rowley & Mrs Rowley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/In-Honour-of-PM-Rowley---Mrs-Rowley_67668 Trinbagonian patriot Brian George, president and chief executive officer of Supreme Ventures Limited, and his wife Keneea Linton-George hosted the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley — who is on The Rock for a four-day official visit with his attorney-at-law wife Sharon — at an intimate dinner inside M at the Spanish Court Hotel last Monday evening. The four-course affair was catered by the award-winning Ashebre – The Virtual Restaurant Executive Culinary Artiste Oji Jaja and his team, with a tropical fruit gâteau created by patissier Nadine Burie, the 2015 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Jing Shi Awardee for Dessert Chef of the Year. Thursday Life unfurls its napkin for dinner with the prime minister. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Petite Sirah - The Rodney Dangerfield of wine? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Petite-Sirah---The-Rodney-Dangerfield-of-wine_67567 This past week while hanging out with friends, I was introduced to a wine that I had not tried before called Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Vineyard, Durif. While the vintage that I tasted might have seen better days, I was nonetheless intrigued by the wine and off I went to do some research. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Cliffside Cooldown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cliffside-Cooldown_66964 The long held wish of Thursday Life for the Caribbean to become a culinary destination is gaining traction. Indeed bikinis and sarongs alongside Caribbean chic ensembles were packed and labelled The Cliff, Negril Jamaica last weekend as from Thursday to Sunday afternoon the flavours of the Caribbean tantalised the taste buds of the gourmands who attended the property’s weekend of food, wine and conviviality. Enjoy our tasty spread complete with a poolside barbecue, breakfast at Wimbledon, a five-course wine dinner, and Sunday Brunch. Make a mental note that Delius, Cindy, Gariel and Diandra are planning the next reductionin for November. Local Food Thu, 14 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tour de France via The Cliff http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Tour-de-France-via-The-Cliff_66917 As I pen this article, France is about to face Portugal in the EURO 2016 final in France, and the ninth stage of the 103rd Tour de France has just come to an end. Patrons attending the first wine dinner at Zest|Cuisine of the Sun at The Cliff, Negril, had their own tour of France through a variety of aromas from their wine glasses last Saturday night. Wine partner CPJ looked to their Mouton Cadet, Maison Louis Latour and Château Minuty portfolios to pair with the Cindy & Delius Shirley “Cuisine of the Sun”. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT FOODIE NEWS JULY 14 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FOODIE-NEWS-JULY-14_66491 Summer Samba & Smoothies Local Food Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Succulent Indonesian Satay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Succulent-Indonesian-Satay_66440 If you haven’t made it to Indonesia yet, or sadly this summer your Bali experience ends with feet up on a Balinese coffee table, SO still has a recipe to get you in the easy Indonesian mood. Spicy meats are a mainstay of the Indonesian diet that leans towards curries, stews and grilled sauce covered satays. Local Lifestyle Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pitch Perfect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pitch-Perfect-_66195 This year’s Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar, the annual forum dedicated to the behind-the-scenes business side of the industry, focused on that all too tricky but important milestone for any entrpreneur — raising capital. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Haute Old Harbour Kuisine - The Kaluga Experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Kaluga-Experience_66163 Though its sister company Kaluga Gourmet Access is growing and expanding outside of Old Harbour, in less than three years, Kaluga Kafe has become a staple in the Old Harbour restaurant industry. The brainchild of chief executive officer Adrian Samuda, Kaluga Kafe has copped two Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards — the most recent of which is the Most Talked About Parish Gem award — since they were first introduced over a year ago by St Catherine parish judge Dwight Scott. Naturally, Thursday Life trekked to the 18 West Street foodie purlieu to find out what keeps Kaluga Kafe on everyone’s lips. Food Awards Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cocktail Hour! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cocktail-Hour_66164 While we awaited the three-course fare provided by Chef Akeeli Dixon and his team, Thursday Life checked in with Kaluga Kafe Chief Mixologist JohnPierre Genas for a taste of Kaluga Kafe’s “most talked about” cocktails, and their recipes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wine News - including what Brexit means for wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-News---including-what-Brexit-means-for-wine_66120 Over the past few weeks there have been a number of newsworthy manoeuvres happening in the wine world that can possibly affect wine and spirits here in Jamaica and the region. Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT FOODIE NEWS - JULY 7 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/FOODIE-NEWS---JULY-7_66255 It’s a Lasco iCool Summer Local Lifestyle Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Seafoodie & Snackalicious http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Seafoodie---Snackalicious_65509 18 years ago, when the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards was a mere thought in motion, foodies had to rely on word-of-mouth tips to unearth The Rock’s hidden mealtime gems. Now acknowledged as an authority in the Caribbean’s food industry, foodie regulars and newbies alike reference the awards for the best new food items, directions to the best restaurants across the island and tips on hot new chefs and caterers. Food Awards Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Street Eats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Street-Eats_65548 On the last Saturday of every month, Executive Chef Simone Walker-Barrett, a chef lecturer at the UTech School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been stirring up the streets in her native district Mount James in West Rural St. Andrew. Dubbed Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT What do you like about Wine? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/What-do-you-like-about-Wine-_65230 I attended a recent wine tasting hosted at the new Oak Wine Bar and Lounge in Kingston where new wine importer Vinum Society’s Annie Gourion offered guests her wines from the Loire Valley in France. In the ensuing discussions about each wine, I opined that Gourion was very courageous in her endeavour to chart a new path, albeit a difficult one, by importing these natural organic wines from France into Jamaica. Most of the existing importers are taking the easy route; they appear to be focusing on the wines for the mass palate, and I do understand that the need to feed the bottom line is massively important. Luckily for some of us wine lovers, the tourist industry forces the importers to offer a wider range of products to satisfy that market, and we benefit as a result. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Going Loco for Coco http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Going-Loco-for-Coco With some savvy video branding and innovative new ways to slice and serve , our beloved coconuts are being given their own dedicated storefront at iconic Kingston food landmark Devon House. Omar shoucair of Truck Stop and Street Eats food truck fame will be opening his brainchild, The Jamaica Coconut Traders’ Coco Raw, a smoothie/ juice/light snack bar tucked away in Devon House. Foodie News got a peek at the recipes and merchandise and proud to be the first to tell you to follow them on instagram @cocorawja for more details. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:31:43 GMT All in Good Taste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/All-in-Good-Taste_65539 Foodie News is keeping an eye on the eagerly anticipated Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Lifetime Achievement Awardee tastee location set to open in Liguanea this July. This isn’t just a patty shop folks, we hear the (soon to become) landmark two-storey facility with it’s striking glass and steel facade was designed by noted architectural team Zuar Ltd. as an airy and light - filled patty fuelled eatery plus coffee shop, allowing lovers of the iconic tastee treat to dine in leisurely style overlooking the hustle and bustle of Matilda’s Corner in The Rock’s metropolis. Local Food Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sumptuous Resort Fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sumptuous-Resort-Fare_64721 Thursday Life continues our coverage of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with sumptuous fare provided by a few of The Rock’s premier destination resorts. Whether you have a hankering for fruit sushi from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort on the North Coast or care for a shot of Blackwell Rum from Strawberry Hill Hotel — a part of the Island Outpost resort chain — from the St Andrew hills, the offerings are endless. There’s even succulent Blue Mountain coffee-and-cocoa-encrusted pork tenderloin from the Zest, Cuisine of the Sun restaurant at The Cliff Hotel in Negril — which is set to host a weekend of food, wine and festivities with award-winning chefs Cindy Hutson, Jonhoi Reid and Gariel Ferguson, July 7-9. Look no further, Thursday Life has enough scrumptious fare to make you go hmm.... Local Food Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT