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: Coupes of Chocolate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Coupes-of-Chocolate_16460184 The Spanish Court Hotel's Valencia Room is, on Monday nights, home to newly discovered food personalities, rousing culinary discourse and, of course, a full-fledged baptism of new food fare. Thursday Life reporter Omar Tomlinson, alongside the Food Awards judges and purchasers from Hi-Lo Food Stores, John R Wong, Loshusan and Sovereign Supermarkets, takes you around the table where culinary surprises abound with each forkful and sip. Local Food Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gabrielle Williams Heads East http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Gabrielle-Williams-Heads-East_16507504 Japanese seemed like the perfect option for a Wednesday night outing with a few acquaintances during the busy work week. The desire was to have something light in a restaurant without a bar or lounge so we wouldn't stay out too late or dig deep into the pockets. East Japanese at The Market Place is central and usually consistent with relatively good service and food quality. So it was the choice for the night. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ocean Spray Adds A Splash Of Strawberry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Ocean-Spray-Adds-A-Splash-Of-Strawberry_16509736 Pepsi Jamaica is set to launch a new variant in its Ocean Spray Flavour Splash line - the Ocean Spray Flavour Splash Strawberry Flavoured Water. The drink - a crispy taste of Ocean Spray cranberry juice, strawberry flavour and natural spring water - has been getting positive reviews from patrons who've been sampling the product at various supermarkets islandwide. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Malbec making noise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Malbec-making-noise_16506918 Celebrated first in 2011, Malbec World Day is recognised on April 17, and was created by Wines of Argentina(WofA), which is an organisation responsible for the ARGENTINE WINE brands globally. Each year since, they have coordinated events all over the world to help raise awareness of their Malbec wines. While we might not have had the full backing of the WofA establishment due to the tiny size of our market, each year we have had our own Malbec tasting events with assistance from the Argentine Embassy, and last year we did get some support from WofA. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food Awards Judge Rochelle Cameron at Roe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-Awards-Judge-Rochelle-Cameron-at-Roe_16507565 Aunty Rochy's Sushi Date with Sierra aka Sisiboo and Noa aka Noa Bean Local Food Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jodi's Take on... Beirut Mediterranean Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jodi-s-Take-on----Beirut-Mediterranean-Cuisine_16508034 Over the weekend my husband and I decided to try out the new Mediterranean restaurant in Market Place; he did the ordering and we got takeout. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Brunch In The Mountains http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Brunch-In-The-Mountains_16473765 Although she is an education officer at the Ministry of Education Betsy Davis — aunt of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt — finds ultimate satisfaction in organic farming and whipping up creative meals. For brunch at Silver Hill last Sunday, Davis was the resident busy bee in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, tossing, steaming and mixing it up for a spread at the table replete with garden-fresh veggie combos and idiosyncratic flavoured dishes. Ahead of pulling up a seat around the table, the bubbly Davis joined SO on the deck to nibble on freshly picked apricots and share her menu. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show - Cooking with Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-on-Show----Cooking-with-Wine_16469189 Last week a group of us descended on the lawns on The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to support the "Chefs on Show" event aimed at funding our national culinary team's attendance at this year's Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. A number of chefs including the reigning chef of the year, Brian Lumley, along with Mark Cole, Dennis McIntosh, Jacqui Tyson, Theo Smith, Anthony Walters, David Kay and Lorraine Fung, to name a few, were on hand to serve up some delicious dishes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 'Game Day Dog' at Tracks & Records http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Game-Day-Dog--at-Tracks---Records_16466338 The upper deck dining room of Tracks & Records rolled out the welcome carpet last Tuesday evening to the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel, introducing their adventurous palates to the sports bar's just-launched delicious range of hot dogs. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Culinary Super 'Nova' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Culinary-Super--Nova-_16445266 As one of the capital city's finer dining establishments, Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel takes no shortcuts to culinary excellence: it's either top-flight fare or a no-go. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-on-Show_16454672 There was good food, great wine and a marvellous time had by all at the third annual Chefs on Show, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Wednesday. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT It's A Wrap! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/It-s-A-Wrap--_16469398 With our first season of Two Sisters and a Meal coming to a close last Sunday, April, 13,we could think of no better way to celebrate the exciting exploration of our lovely island home than by putting together our personal list of Most Memorable Moments of Season 1. Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey, showcasing our people, our food and our culture. We'll be back for a second season with more fabulous stories later this year on TVJ. Without further ado we list now our Top 10: Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bar None: Inside J Wray & Nephew's new corporate office http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Bar-None--Inside-J-Wray---Nephew-s-new-corporate-office_16460408 It makes perfect sense that the name behind one of the world's great rums would have a bar in its new corporate office. But this is no ordinary bar. And the bar is not where this story ends. In fact, the story began more than 180 years ago when John Wray opened the Shakespeare Tavern beside the Ward Theatre. That business evolved into one of the Caribbean's largest exporters-J Wray & Nephew Limited. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: From Italy, With Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/From-Italy--With-Love-_16420218 Feel-good warmth embraces your heart and appetite at Toscanini. The Italian restaurant — founded 15 years ago by British-Italian siblings Pierluigi and Lella Ricci at Harmony Hall in Tower Isle, St Mary — has become a standard-bearer, of sorts, for authentic cuisine served up with a side order of agreeable personality. Local Food Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Catch of the day with rainforest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Catch-of-the-day-with-rainforest-_16430824 Thursday Life shares an intimate Sunday brunch with close friends and family of Allison and Alistair Smalling at the view-blessed, hillside Kirkland Heights home of Allison's parents Noeleen and Hendricks Porter. With Rainforest Seafoods as the main ingredient, our host, homemaker par excellence Allison Porter-Smalling whipped up dish after dish of seafood delights that took the culinary imaginations of those gathered right to their favourite marina and beachside hot-spots. Let's dig in! Food Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:00:00 GMT Two Sisters and BUN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-and-BUN-_16427489 It's that time of year again — Easter is upon us! With schools closed, all three generations of the Rousseau clan usually pack up and head to the coast for the week. And what a glorious week it usually is! It's all family, friends, and 'food for days', as they would say in Trinidad. On Good Friday we enjoy a fish dinner, as many practising Christians would have given up meat for Lent. On Sunday afternoon we always have an Easter egg hunt for the boys and we gorge on chocolate. And then there is the Sunday roast, which on Easter is lamb and potatoes served with mint sauce. We invite friends and family to come and spend the day with us, so the trail of leisurely visitors who take the 2 _-hour drive to pop in and hang out makes it all very enjoyable. Local Food Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT RED STRIPE LAUNCHES 1 LITRE BOTTLE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/RED-STRIPE-LAUNCHES-1-LITRE-BOTTLE-_16442739 Jamaica is known for being a trailblazer in many areas. Now the local beer market can be acknowledged for another first. Jamaica's leading beer, Red Stripe, has unveiled a new one-litre packaging with plans to have it in trade by month end. The new bottling was officially revealed to the public at an event in Congrieve Park Portmore last week. Local Lifestyle Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Haute Desserts  at Cafe Blue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/HAUTE-Desserts--at-Cafe-Blue_16397623 Nothing excites a connoisseur like a great cup of Joe. Even finer is freshly brewed, and better yet, a cup o’ roasted liquid pleasure enjoyed in Blue Mountain country. Café Blue’s Irish Town location was the checklist stop for the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel last Monday, and to say the caffeine-happy among the judges were thrilled would be an understatement. Local Food Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Crystal Edge Restaurant  - The 'Edge' OF Glory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Crystal-Edge-Restaurant----The--Edge--OF-Glory-_16378430 Home comfort goodness could very well be Winsome Hall's secret sauce. The charismatic restaurateur of Crystal Edge puts true heart and the right kick of flavour into her eatery's pleasing options of Jamaican menu faves. Welcoming the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel for dinner last week Monday — a special treat, considering it's the sole day Crystal Edge is closed for business — Hall whipped up a sunset spread of chicken soup, roast chicken, oxtail and rice n' peas for her guests that set the stage for easy table conversation over comfort fare. Local Lifestyle Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Café Blue's High Premium http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cafe-Blue-s-High-Premium_16378301 Nothing excites a connoisseur like a great cup of Joe. Even finer is freshly brewed, and better yet, a cup o' roasted liquid pleasure enjoyed in Blue Mountain country. Café Blue's Irish Town location was the checklist stop for the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel last Monday, and to say the caffeine-happy among the judges were thrilled would be an understatement. Local Food Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Rainforest Seafoods Dinner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rainforest-Seafoods-Dinner-_16387215 Throwing out our line for a host for a Rainforest Seafoods-themed dinner party, we reeled in quite a catch -- Sagicor Holborn Road Branch Manager Christopher Lawe. The accomplished insurance executive surprised us last weekend with a command performance in the kitchen of his upper St Andrew townhouse. His intuitive and razor-sharp culinary skills -- who knew? Lawe teamed up with attorney-at-law fiancée Michelle Fitz-Henley to host a four-course seafood dinner for an intimate coterie of friends, work colleagues and family. Utilising Rainforest Seafoods' retail offerings of seafood mix, shrimp, salmon and gourmet trout steaks, Lawe produced a winning buffet spread that had most guests returning for seconds. Join us at the table for highlights from a special seafood dinner. Local Lifestyle Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT The Song of the Banana Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Song-of-the-Banana-Man-_16378979 Touris, white man, wipin his face, Local Lifestyle Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Of Burgers, Wines & Sweet Treats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Of-Burgers--Wines---Sweet-Treats-_16326893 The word is out: Ribbiz Ultra Lounge's curry goat burger is to die for! Instantly addicted at our first bite last year, we thought it prudent to make a beeline, with our Jamaica Observer Food Awards judges and guests in tow (including San Francisco-based chef and restaurateur David Lawrence and his wife Monetta White, live-wire media personality Khadine 'Miss Kitty' Hylton and ever-charming clothing retailer Jimmy Josephs), to the trendy watering hole and eatery for group food therapy on March 17. Created by Ribbiz resident food guru Don Creary, the curry goat burger — a just-right blend of spicy flavour offset with a sweet mango chutney dip — scored enthusiastic feedback from the judges, several of whom remarked how impressed they were by the ingenuity of goat being crafted into a burger. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lawrence of San Francisco http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lawrence-of-San-Francisco_16331381 Heads turn as the tall, hard-to-miss David Lawrence strides into the Regency Bar & Lounge with his gorgeous, petite wife Monetta White. "It's nice in here," he shares, taking a leisurely look around. We're glad he's impressed. UK-born Lawrence -- a dead ringer for British actor Idris Elba-- is the chef/patron of 1300 Restaurant & Lounge on Fillmore, a supper club in San Francisco, California. His parents, Daphne and Frank Lawrence, left Jamaica in the late-1950s for the United Kingdom. The classically trained Burton upon Trent-born chef, who was raised in Wembley, moved to the United States, some 26 years ago, where he worked at the Hilton Hotel as chef de cuisine, and then ran the celebrated Carnelian Room complete with jaw-dropping views of the city's skyline. Local Food Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Traditional Jamaican Sweets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Traditional-Jamaican-Sweets_16325718 To tell the story of traditional Jamaican sweets, our journey begins under the blistering hot sun of a Jamaican sugar plantation and ends in the gritty urban streets and picturesque country markets of today's Jamaica. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT