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 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 Video: ALL THE KRAVE! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/ALL-THE-KRAVE-_87433 We arrive at Krave, which now enjoys the reputation as a two-time best brunch recipient of the Trinidad & Tobago Table Talk Food Awards. The restaurant acquired their second nod in the category, two Tuesdays before — thanks to the leadership of director Damion Persard and executive chef Dominique Beens. Thursday Life, with a hankering for seafood and more, settles in for an interlude at the ‘modern chic dining’ digs of this Tarouba Plaza haven, which begins fittingly with delicate clinks of Dom Pérignon champagne. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Video: ‘Rum, Rhythm & Roots’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Rum--Rhythm-and-Roots-_87530 British-Jamaican reggae musician, celebrity chef and restaurateur Keith Graham, also known as Levi Roots, has been working with Sandals Resorts International for the past few years on a fantastic and most fabulous concept called ‘Rum, Rhythm & Roots’. Food Awards Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT On the go at Viaaa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/On-the-go-at-Viaaa_87435 Hours ahead of the Trinidad & Tobago Table Talk Food Awards at Estate 101 in Maraval, two Tuesdays ago — en route North — just outside of San Fernando, we stop at Tarouba Plaza in Marabella to get a slice of the bustling lunch-time crowd at Viaaa Restaurant & Bakery. The predominantly lunch-counter and baked-goods establishment retails meals from an active service line as well as assorted treats for the sweet tooth and the more savoury palate. Thursday Life joins the queue as we gauge the temperature of this Tarouba Road hot-spot. Local Food Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Cream Continues To Rise at Aioli http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Cream-Continues-To-Rise-at-Aioli_87431 It’s Monday, January 16 in the Trinibagonian capital of Port of Spain, and founder & executive chef John Aboud’s gourmet temple Aioli beckons — this the eve of the third Trinidad & Tobago Table Talk Food Awards. Hesitation there is not as Thursday Life gussies up for dinner reservations at the Ellerslie Plaza eatery in Maraval, where Italian, French, Spanish/Basque and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine is married with thoughtful desserts, consistent attention to the front-of-house experience — all set within moody interiors. Amid the warm glow of flickering votives and decanted red vino, what could possibly go wrong? In the skillful hands of this year’s beneficiary of the ‘Best Desserts at a Restaurant’, ‘Best Service’, and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ — absolutely nothing. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT How wine is made, and why you should care http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/How-wine-is-made--and-why-you-should-care_87391 An understanding of how grape juice is turned into wine will give us some insight into this complex world and will also help to demonstrate that all wines are not created equal. Simply saying that wine is made through fermentation — a process by which yeast converts the sugars in grapes (or any fruit, for that matter) into alcohol and carbon dioxide — is oversimplifying the tremendous work undertaken by the vineyard management and the wine-making team. The grape grower and the winemaker must work together to determine what type and style of wine they intend to produce. Local Food Thu, 26 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT Hot-N-Ready meets Mardi Gras http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Hot-N-Ready-meets-Mardi-Gras_86809 The spirit of Hot-N-Ready Meets Mardi Gras was alive on Monday afternoon when Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Little Caesars Pizza celebrated the grand opening of a new location in Manor Centre. Local Food Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch 2017 - A Taste of Couples http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chefs-to-watch-2017---A-Taste-of-Couples_86323 Thursday Food spotlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings. Food Awards Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Coming Soon… Whitebones Seafood Express http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Coming-Soon--Whitebones-Seafood-Express_86395 Whitebones Seafood Restaurant, which is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Richard and Jacqueline Elliott and located at 1 Mannings Hill Road, Mary Brown’s Corner, opened on February 6, 2006. Local Food Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT