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 Saturday at Linstead Market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Saturday-at-Linstead-Market_17548474 Immortalised in the popular Jamaican folk song, Linstead Market is home to a colourful cast of vendor personalities, with stalls stocked with a distinct array of farm-fresh produce and veggies as Thursday Life went a-calling last weekend. Get your shopping list ready as we venture to the iconic St Catherine space to see a Saturday market day in action. Food Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jerk Pork LINSTEAD Style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jerk-Pork-LINSTEAD-Style-_17548602 After calling it a day at the Linstead Market, the unmistakable, wafting scent of pork finds our nostrils as we make our way back to our vehicle parked in the heart of the bustling town. Local Lifestyle Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Friday Night Roadside Eats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Friday-Night-Roadside-Eats_17519137 The weekend's almost here and like most, we too are inclined to stay away from the stove on a Friday night. Not quite in the mood for a dine-in experience, the Thursday Life team filed into the trusty Amarok and hit the streets of the capital city in search of roadside eats — eager to discover and tuck into fare readily available alongside the black top. Food Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jell-O vs Crème Brûlée — buying wines for people you don't know http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jell-O-vs-Cr-me-Br-l-e---buying-wines-for-people-you-don-t-know_17507408 To the uninitiated, everyone who likes to drink wine is a connoisseur. This used to cause me some grief in my first few years in this business as not a week would go by that I was not asked to select or recommend wine for someone I didn't know. I get those requests still today. In the early years, when told that the recipient of the gift was a connoisseur, I was eager to make an impressive selection and more importantly, I was eager to meet as many "wine people" as I could. Reality check came when I was invited to the home of one of these "wine people" and I arrived with my bottle of highly allocated, 90+ points-rated Châteauneuf-du-Pape. To my surprise, I noticed quite a few bottles of very cheap Chilean and Australian wines at the bar, which the host explained he very much enjoyed. I braved up myself and offered my bottle suggesting that he add it to his collection and open on a special occasion. He happily accepted it, expressed his appreciation and mentioned that he had heard of it before. After that day I began asking many more qualifying questions when told about other "connoisseurs". Local Food Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Peeling Happy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Peeling-Happy_17451880 We're past the midpoint of back-to-school week, and if you're still packing processed cheese snacks or carbonated drinks into your child's lunchbox -- stop right now! May we suggest adding a banana or two as a healthier alternative? And you may want to follow suit, and bring a finger to work to eat before or after lunch. The yellow fruit is readily accessible en route to work or while making that school drop-off. Local Food Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Curry Goat — A one-pot Obsession http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Currying-favour-at-Sonia-s-Homestyle_17455581 A lunch and dinnertime fave. A must-have on wedding reception menus. A staple at pre- and post-funeral gatherings. Curry goat is a national culinary obsession. Local Food Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Curry Goat Vox Pop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Curry-Goat-Vox-Pop_17451958 Thursday Life hit the shopping plazas along Constant Spring Road to ask: "How do you love your curry goat?" Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wine Spectator wine awards for two Jamaican restaurants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-Spectator-wine-awards-for-two-Jamaican-restaurants_17456857 Every year since 1981, Wine Spectator Magazine, one of the world's leading lifestyle magazines focusing on wine and wine culture, reviews and rates wine lists from restaurants in all the states in America and from more than 80 countries. This year, for the first time ever, two restaurants from Jamaica have made it in the Annual Restaurant Guide. They are the Restaurant at Round Hill and Marguerites Seafood by the Sea, both in Montego Bay, St James. They were listed in the Wine Spectator 2014 Annual Restaurant Guide in the Aug 31 issue of the magazine. Marguerites Seafood by the Sea was the 2010 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Best Wine Experience (Stand-alone restaurant/Bar Category) winner. Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT With Flavour, Flair & Fashion - Heart Foundation launches Simply Red 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/With-Flavour--Flair---Fashion---Heart-Foundation-launches-Simply-Red-2014_17412783 The Heart Foundation of Jamaica celebrates its 25th staging on Friday, September 26 under the theme Celebrating Flavour, Flair and Fashion. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Coffee in the CITY http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Coffee-in-the-CITY_17415516 Home to the much sought-after Blue Mountain coffee — a premium commodity fetching top-price among caffeine connoisseurs across the globe — it's appropriate really, that The Rock's capital city is dotted with a potpourri of coffee shops for those looking to indulge their coffee fix. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Foodie news...Foodie news...Foodie news http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Foodie-news---Foodie-news---Foodie-news_17432636 Round Hill Hotel & Villas has been given the nod for its wine programme by Wine Spectator magazine — indeed the property has been deemed worthy of the well-respected magazine's 2014 Award Of Excellence. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kids in the Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kids-in-the-Kitchen_17267911 With the summer holiday in full swing, parents have been in hot pursuit of creative and fun programmes to grab their children's attention during work hours. The million-dollar question is how to get them out of the house, occupy their time, and have the bonus of them learning something. One such programme is the successful Camp Artrageous at Portmore Missionary Preparatory School. Chock-ful of edutainment, we feature the Culinary Arts Lab. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Far East delights on aisle four! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Far-East-delights-on-aisle-four-_17381703 An unexpected treat awaited shoppers toting shopping baskets and pushing trolleys at Sovereign Supermarket last week as they were afforded a culinary trip to Thailand. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Care For A Cup O' Tea? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Care-For-A-Cup-O--Tea--_17369045 Keeping a promise to her dearly departed sibling Simone, who transitioned two years earlier, Jacqui Mighty honoured a pact made between them to open a tea shop. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food is love, food is passion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-is-love--food-is-passion_17384940 Miss Jamaica Universe 2014 contestant Kaci Fennell has food on her mind. "Food brings us all together," she tells Thursday Life in the midst of her bake sale, which took place last week Saturday in her College Green community. "[It] makes us feel warm inside and after a fantastic meal you feel fulfilled and ready for the world again." It is this warm, fuzzy feeling that the model-cum beauty contestant wants to replicate - as many times as possible - to those "struggling to survive on a low income". Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Six tips for enjoying wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Six-tips-for-enjoying-wine_17372778 While the enjoyment of wine is on the rise in Jamaica, there are still too many persons who have had earlier bad wine experiences that turned them against it. "I am not really a wine fan" is how they describe themselves. The instant I hear that I usually have a good idea what to serve them: an off-dry (slightly sweet), very cold white wine from a cool-climate region. Almost 100% of the time the response is the same: "This is not bad at all, I think I can drink this." Some might ask for the name and where they can get it to buy. If they have a smartphone, I usually encourage them to take a picture of the wine label. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kimonos with sides of Fun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kimonos-with-sides-of-Fun_17332291 Chef Larkland Green fancies himself an entertainer. Expertly handled live food preparation around the flat iron grill may have won him the title of supervisor of the Japanese-themed Kimonos Oriental Cuisine at Sandals Grande Riviera, but at his core, Green is keen on making the experience of dining memorable beyond just the food that goes between diners' chopsticks, or fork. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Sandals Grande Riviera http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-of-Sandals-Grande-Riviera_17332320 The dynamic duo of Sandals Grande Riviera Executive Sous-Chef Alberto Atiles and his pastry chef colleague Tenetia Anderson cherrypicked menu items from the Ocho Rios all-inclusive hotel's menu for us to sample during Thursday Life's recent out-of-town jaunt. The pair generously shared not only plates of their culinary creations, but recipes too. Why not give them a try? Local Food Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wine is complicated — Most people can't tell a Premier Grand Cru from plonk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-is-complicated---Most-people-can-t-tell-a-Premier-Grand-Cru-from-plonk_17334781 I was introduced to the wine world about 16 years ago, and in my quest to hone my wine knowledge I have tasted wines with the world's top sommeliers and wine producers, attended a wide range of wine courses, acquiring certifications including passing the Level 1 Master Sommelier Introductory Sommelier Course & Exam. I have visited scores of wineries in Europe, North and South America, and after four years associated with a wine bar and reading a number of research papers and articles about the science of wine tasting, I will admit that the topic of wine and wine tasting is a very complicated one. Local Lifestyle Thu, 14 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Denbigh Still A Draw Despite Low Volume Of Produce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Denbigh-Still-A-Draw-Despite-Low-Volume-Of-Produce_17291430 Over its 60 years of existence, the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show has gained quite a formidable reputation for showcasing the best in agricultural produce and livestock. This year's show was for many patrons a tad disappointing. Several individuals attributed the reduced volume of ground produce to the prolonged drought that the country has been experiencing. "There used to be a lot more produce and it was more phenomenal in terms of size of the ground produce and livestock," stated Donovan Carson whom Thursday Life spotted in the livestock area. Local Food Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Pass the DUTCHIE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Innovative-Reductions-At-The-Dutchie-Culinary-Festival_17303112 THE heady smells escaping from bubbling pots greeted the Thursday Life team as we made our way into the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre Sunday last. Final touches were being made to booths as eager vendors readied for patrons in search of Sunday lunch. Local Food Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Serve red wines cool, PLEASE! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Serve-red-wines-cool--PLEASE-_17286776 Several bartenders have argued with me over the past few weeks about the serving temperature of red wines. At a recent function at a prominent New Kingston hotel, just by holding the glass of red wine in my hand, I knew it was too hot. I leaned over and quietly said to the bartender that the wine was a tad warm and that he should dip it in the ice bucket for about 15 minutes. "No sar," he replied. "Red wine fi serve hot, sar; room temperature, sar". Mortified, I paused, summoning my inner Eckhart Tolle/Deepak Chopra teachings to find inspiration that would lead to an enlightening and uplifting response. In my calmest voice, I explained that the people who created this wine intended it to be enjoyed at a certain optimal temperature. I indicated that while he might have heard about the room temperature thing, I suggested that he look on the bottle to find out where it was from (it was from France). Then I asked him if he thought that the room temperature there was the same as here. It was then that there seemed to be some realisation that maybe his long-held belief might have been in fact flawed. He then took a few of the red wines and placed them in the ice chest. Local Food Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT