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 Groovin At Smookeez By The Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Groovin-At-Smookeez-By-The-Sea_90226 Smookeez by the Sea has the distinction of being that chill spot on the coast with a rustic setting that lies closest to the centre, Montego Bay. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs To Watch For 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-To-Watch-For-2017_90201 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Eating Out Next Door http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Eating-Out-Next-Door_90336 After arriving in Havana late night, I eagerly welcomed the morning rays as they brought to life visuals of this marvellous city that has clearly withstood the hands of time. As I left my hotel on foot, the architecture of this jewel blew me away with its mix of intricacies: cobbled streets, grandiose buildings and magnificent squares. The scenery got better with every step I made. What was being unveiled was an eclectic mix of grand opulence, a collection of heirlooms – some ruined, some tattered, some dilapidated – but on close contact, it was obvious that these colonial treasures were just in need of a facelift. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hungry, anyone?  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Hungry--anyone_90265 Just when you thought you were settling into a routine for meals, The Best Dressed Chicken has debuted two delicious options: Wings and Tenders. Both come breaded and ready for quick preparation, either in the oven or on the stovetop. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Opa Greek Restaurant & Lounge to relocate to Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Opa-Greek-Restaurant---Lounge-to-relocate-to-Devon-House_90208 There were no free tables at Opa Greek Restaurant on Valentine’s Night at Opa. Truth be told, there has never been a free table in the three years of its hosting the year’s most romantic night. Restaurateur and award-winning composer/recording artiste/producer Alexx Antaeus used the opportunity to thank guests for their patronage and to announce that this would be their last evening at the 75 Hope Road location. OPA was moving to Devon House. The reopening date: Friday, March 10, 2017 Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Verandah Steakhouse to open at Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Verandah-Steakhouse-to-open-at-Devon-House_90330 It’s been a long time coming, but good things come, they say, to those who wait, and the big news this week is that the Terrace at Devon House is to open by mid-March 2017. The restaurant will be called The Verandah Steakhouse On The Verandah At Devon House and the chef de cuisine will be Chef Dawn Tyson, author of the cookbook Soul and former competitor on Food Network ’s Rewrapped. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Special Wine Days of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Special-Wine-Days-of-the-Year-_90184 About a week ago, I noticed references to “National Drink Wine Day 2017” on many social media channels, and the celebration date was listed as February 18, 2017. As usual I tried to find out about its origin and purpose, as America has many days designated (some officially; most, unofficially) as national days of some product or practice. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Wine With Me Reopens in Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-With-Me-Reopens-in-Negril_90245 Design maven Cecile Levee, who has been super-busy creating über-fab interiors, has thankfully carved out enough time to recreate Wine With Me, Negril, and to share with Thursday Food that “Wine With Me, Jamaica’s first premium wine bar, has once again reopened its doors in a new location, the capital of casual, Negril,” at the Beachcomber Hotel, Norman Manley Blvd. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Thai Sushi, Anyone? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Thai-Sushi--Anyone_89518 In Japanese culture sushi is considered an art form because its appearance is just as important as its taste. True sushi lovers are always on the lookout for great-tasting sushi but also enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into constructing this delicacy. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs to Watch for 2017 - Hedonism II, Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-Watch-for-2017---Hedonism-II--Negril_89111 highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A ‘Pop Up’ Culinary Adventure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A--Pop-Up--Culinary-Adventure_89463 One week after Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2015 Caterer of the Year Alexa Von Strolley gave Kingston its latest culinary destination, she, along with eight of her culinary peers, cooked up a storm at Kayter Pop-Up Gourmet Kitchen located at 18 Ballater Avenue. Food Awards Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A Tasty Debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Tasty-Debut_88666 A look at the menu at Debut Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant immediately gives the feeling that you are about to experience a culinary journey. Menu options certainly draw from different parts of the world. These include Indian chicken tikka, Lebanese chicken shish tauak, honey and mustard glazed barbecue pork sausages, jerk chicken, home-made cheese ravioli and jalapeño cheese poppers. Food Awards Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chill the wine, Not The Glass http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chill-the-wine--Not-The-Glass_89502 This continues to be a sore topic for many wine consumers. Thrice last week I had to endure ‘hot’ wine. When one bartender even offered me ice for my wine, I thought to myself: “Haven’t we been preaching this enough?” Chilling the glass is for cocktails. Local Food Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A ‘Pop’ of Flavour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-of--Pop--Flavour_88787 Alexa Von Strolley has given Kingston its newest culinary destination. The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2015 co-recipient of Caterer of the Year fulfilled a vision board checklist item, last weekend, with the launch of her Kayter Pop-Up Kitchen on Ballater Avenue. “I have a lot of chef friends in the industry,” Von Strolley told Thursday Food as she oversaw preparation of gourmet bites in the kitchen, Saturday last, for an intimate gathering of her nearest and dearest. “We always toyed around with the idea of opening a restaurant, but the long-term commitment for a restaurant is a little crazy so I figured why not have a pop-up spot where we are catering not only to the public but [also] culinary adventurous diners,” she explained. From that, Kayter was born. Food Awards Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Campari, Take 5! - Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Campari--Take-5----Part-2_88625 Thursday Life concludes its Campari Red Diaries — every cocktail tells a story — 12 Cocktails reveal captured brilliantly by acclaimed Argentinian photographer Ale Burset and directed by Ivan Olita. Local Food Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Red Stripe Launches Cans Of Flavoured Beer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Red-Stripe-Launches-Cans-Of-Flavoured-Beer_88628 What’s sleek, slips perfectly in your handbag and looks elegant in your hand? Red Stripe Sorrel and Lemon Paradise, that’s what! Local Food Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Café Mocha, Not Your Ordinary Coffee Shop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Caf--Mocha--Not-Your-Ordinary-Coffee-Shop_88663 Café Mocha sounds like just a coffee shop, right? Well, it’s not! This eatery serves a mean escoveitch fish (yes, you read right, escoveitch fish). Local Food Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT All the way from Lodi — Michael David Winery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/All-the-way-from-Lodi---Michael-David-Winery_88776 The very first time I paid attention to the Lodi region, located in the Central Valley of California, east of San Francisco Bay, was when they had a trade tasting at a Society of Wine Educators event that I attended several years ago in Oregon. Zinfandel always pops to mind each time Lodi is mentioned, as most of the great Zinfandels that I have tasted are from this region. It’s no wonder that Lodi has been dubbed the “Zinfandel Capital of the World”. Lodi has been raising their game over the past few decades and Jamaicans have been enjoying some of the excellent wines in our market hailing from this region.Do you take notice of the regions from where your wines hail? You should. Local Lifestyle Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch for 2017 - Montego Bay Convention Centre  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-for-2017_88641 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Food Awards Thu, 09 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Chefs to Watch for 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-Watch-for-2017_88143 Thursday Food spotlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Campari Take 7! #RedDiaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Campari-Take-7---RedDiaries-------_88136 What to do after a 17-year successful Campari Calendar run? Well, if you’re Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO Gruppo Campari, you up the ante and, in his own words, “move out of your comfort zone and raise the bar… innovate without ever forgetting our heritage”. Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT 12 Chefs of Christmas Cementing Relationships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/12-Chefs-of-Christmas-Cementing-Relationships_88055 Sunday last, Thursday Life was on site at the 12 Chefs of Christmas thank-you dinner hosted at the well-appointed home of President and CEO of Jamaica Broilers Group Christopher Levy and his wife Sally. The exquisite affair included friends and family of The 12 Best Dressed Chefs, specially invited guests and members of the Best Dressed family. Guests chilled, Sunday-style, with live entertainment from the Warm N’ Easy band, a sumptuos spread, spectacular decor and easy camaraderie. Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Peppa’s Cool Spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Peppa-s-Cool-Spot_88060 True foodies from Kingston to Montego Bay know the name Peppa. Indeed, once the name is mentioned it’s sure to evoke a few fond food memories. Whether from his stints at Coral Cliff, (yes, those Sunday brunches are still talked about), Chill Out Hut or privately catered events where guests speak in hushed, reverent tones about his grilled salmon, his fans still follow him. Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hard Rock Café, MoBay, Creating Tasty Memories http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Hard-Rock-Caf---MoBay--Creating-Tasty-Memories_88093 Jamaica officially welcomed its first Hard Rock Café in Montego Bay late last year and Thursday Life is delighted to report that the buzz is worthy of note. Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT From the Grapes to the Bottle — What Happens in the Winery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/From-the-Grapes-to-the-Bottle---What-Happens-in-the-Winery_88099 While the grapes for making red, white, rosé and sparkling wines are picked in similar fashion, they are all converted to wine in slightly different ways. I think it is important to have an idea of how wine is made, because it will help the wine lover or the curious drinker to appreciate the process leading to the final product. Excellent wine comes from excellent grapes, so it’s now up to the winemaker to convert them into amazing wine. Local Food Thu, 02 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT