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 Country Store Living http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Country-Store-Living There' s a quaint appeal about Count r y Store located in Richmond, Llandovery , St Ann. It's the k ind of lure that forced Thursday Life, a few Sundays ago, to pull over . Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:28:09 GMT Blue Ridge - Trays of Tasty Fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Blue-Ridge---Trays-of-Tasty-Fare-_19221261 It was a no-brainer, really: the searing heat in Kingston vs a drive to Salt Hill to lunch at a new restaurant. Reservations confirmed for noon and directions in hand, we cut it close and have 45 minutes to get there. Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Keep Walking... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Keep-Walking---_19219846 The Tryall Club mixologists Keron Hayles (left) and Delroy Glenn were kept busy last Friday evening at the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic Welcome Reception which was held at the Tryall Club House. Thursday Life naturally refused to leave without the recipes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Krystle Graham-Haynes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/BRANDED---Krystle-Graham-Haynes_19221025 Thursday Life (TL):How did you land this job? Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Summer Sips... Part 4 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer-Sips----Part-4_19220872 Will this heat ever end? Not anytime soon, but my list of top picks for the summer wines will end this week with a few from Select Brands. I reached out to Tania McConnell and Debra Taylor of the Select Brands management team and I also spoke to Gillian Ferguson, general manager of Uncorked, who has an exclusive list of wines from the Select Brands portfolio, to get a feel of what was a hit for the summer. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Who will cop the coveted title Chef of The Year? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Who-will-cop-the-coveted-title-Chef-of-The-Year- Chef Jason Peru — Lamb loin with green pea purée, pumpkin Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:47:28 GMT Heading DOWN… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Heading-DOWN- We made a few stops on our way to Papine. The first was at One Love, where we raised a toast with co-owner Hoover Harris and another to farmer Alvin Mais, who lost his entire crop of vegetables but, thankfully, still has a roof over his head. Like Mais, we look forward to rain, which will allow this enterprising farmer to pick up the pieces. Local Food Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:39:40 GMT Winners' Circle - July 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle---July-30-_19220999 Associated Manufacturers Limited Group Marketing Director Sean Garbutt (second right) presented Walkerswood gift packages of Hot & Spicy Jerk Seasoning, West Indian Curry Paste, Sorrell Chutney, Las' Lick Jerk Sauce, One Stop Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce, Jonkanoo Pepper Sauce and Hot Mustard Pepper Sauce to (from left) Allison Roberts, underwriter at GK General; Sylviana Johnson, immigration officer at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, and Julett Grant, administrative assistant at the Registrar General's Department at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The women were three of the six winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first readers to accurately answer the question: What is the name of Walkerswood's new sauce, and where do we have a current promotion with this sauce? The correct response is the Walkerswood Spicy Guava BBQ Sauce at all Island Grill outlets. Missing from the presentation was Dr Juliet Lee. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Hanover - Brunch By Rhona at Bumper’s Nest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-of-Hanover-Bumper-s-Nest_19219979 Thursday Life took up residence in Hanover last weekend where we enjoyed gourmet fare in the luxurious setting of Bumper's Nest at the Tryall Club and also on the beach at Pachie's, the Culinary Gem for the parish. Join us as we eat our way across our beloved island, parish by parish. Local Food Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Fare Game http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fare-Game_19219950 Fine fare on offer for their weekend guests, The Tryall Club's food and beverage department, ably fronted by Executive Chef Ansel Beason and Pastry Chef Hopeton Haye, presented a choice menu of delectable eats for The Johnnie Walker Golf Classic Tournament welcome reception hosted last Friday, and the tournament's beachfront awards function the following evening. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Lunch at Pachie’s, Sandy Bay, Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lunch-at-Pachie-s--Sandy-Bay--Hanover Don’t get it twisted: Pachie’s, located some three minutes by car from the gate of Tryall, is a culinary gem. The sea within kissing distance of their tables, patrons enjoy — pun intended — the catch of the day: lobster, conch and snapper. Local Food Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:48:20 GMT Winners' Circle - July 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Winners--Circle---July-23_19219796 Slagmar Farms Marketing Manager Dominica Anderson (third left) presented gift baskets stocked with two jars of TEEDEE Pepper Ginger Jelly and two packs of National crackers to (from left) Jacqueline Bailey, vice-principal of Swallowfield Primary & Junior High School; Sheila Monroe, senior secretary at the Ministry of Transport, Works & Housing; Julett Cobourne, Jamaica Football Federation filing clerk; Joelle Chen, Western Sports inventory supervisor; and Denise Jeffries, principal at the YWCA School Leavers' Institute at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The five women were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first readers to accurately answer the question: When was TEEDEE brand started and what are the two flavours? The correct response was The TEEDEE brand started two years ago with its Pepper Jelly in Spicy and Mild. Missing from the photo is the sixth winner, South African High Commission Consular Clerk Kerrie-Ann Clarke. (PHOTO: KARL McLARTY) Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Judging At Prime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Judging-At-Prime With the Table Talk Food Awards T&T mere weeks away, the judges are making their final decisions. Thursday Life catches up with them at Prime — Nominated in the following categories: Restaurant Of The Year, Best Wine Experience and Best Service. Local Food Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:25:01 GMT Summer Sips... Part 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer-Sips----Part-3_19219759 In this my penultimate list of summer wines I selected wines from the portfolio of Wray and Nephew and also from Chas E Ramson's library. The purpose of this summer series is to introduce a few great selections and experiences for the season. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT A Taste Of Chocolate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-Of-Chocolate-_19219842 Judges on location: Local Food Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Sean Garbutt http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/BRANDED---Sean-Garbutt_19219734 Thursday Life (TL): How did you land this job? Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Taste Of St Thomas - Sunday Lunch With A View http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-Of-St-Thomas---Sunday-Lunch-With-A-View_19218696 We're running late for lunch with Whispering Bamboo Cove owner Marcia Bennett. Those who know the elegant Bennett will appreciate that missing a hairdresser's appointment is not to taken lightly. Thankfully, she understands our delay and soon we're regaling her with tales of our visit to Morant Point Lighthouse and quenching our thirst with sips of mango passion juice. Bennett, who has been the parish custos for 11 years, is passionate about her parish and its potential. "St Thomas is beautiful. Look at the sea in front of you. We welcome tourists from all over the world who delight in their chosen destination, but we'd be a lot better off with a highway from Harbour View to Morant Bay... we're a forgotten parish. Agriculture is a must and agro-park (where onions are cultivated) is doing well. More (help). The amount of mangoes wasted each day is of great concern. There's no one to reap them to make chutney, butter, juice, so many things. I do despair for the young people who have such few options. Local Food Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Taste Of St Thomas - Layneous http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-Of-St-Thomas---Layneous Sunday spent in the parish of St Thomas affords a new appreciation of its beauty - the coastline on one side, the Blue Mountain range on the other, the caressing breeze, and of course, the people, eager to welcome Thursday Life. Local Food Thu, 16 Jul 2015 01:34:52 GMT VIDEO: A Taste Of St Thomas - Going With The Tide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-Of-St-Thomas-Going-With-The-Tide Donovan Barclay's sea legs are well-acquainted with the surf in White Horses, St Thomas. The middle-aged resident of the eastern parish has swum these turquoise waters for decades to extract Irish moss attached to the rock formations there. Local Food Thu, 16 Jul 2015 02:01:28 GMT A Stush Summer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Stush-Summer_18924525 Thinking of a fun summer excursion for the family? Or perhaps a couple's day out during these long lazy days? Thursday Life takes away the guesswork and recommends a summer experience of the 'stush' kind for you -- consider a trek to Christopher and Lisa Binns' Stush in the Bush found on their 15-acre Zionites Farm in Bamboo, St Ann. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'We Head Down South' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-We-Head-Down-South-_19218900 T&T Table Talk Food Award judges travelled South recently to visit Krave Restaurant at Tarouba Plaza in Marabella. Food Awards Trinidad Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Summer Sips Part 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer-Sips-Part-2_19218533 Recently we asked the key wine and spirits importers for their summer wine suggestions, and to date we have received 73 really great suggestions. Here's my attempt to shortlist the top 20 wines that Jamaicans might wish to try to beat the heat. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lemon Paradise by Red Stripe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Lemon-Paradise-by-Red-Stripe_19218903 The summer just got sweeter! Red Stripe has added yet another variant to its outstanding collection of beers with Red Stripe Lemon Paradise. The lemon-infused beer is a first for the alcohol beverage industry in Jamaica and adds to the already long list of authentic Jamaican products being produced by Red Stripe. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT #PortieNice http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-PortieNice SIZZLING temperatures did little to deter the hordes of patrons who descended on the Heritage Site, Folly Ruins for the Portland Jerk Festival’s 15th annual staging last Sunday, which had title sponsorship from The Best Dressed Chicken. Local Food Thu, 09 Jul 2015 03:38:49 GMT VIDEO: Add-St-Bess-to-your-global-culinary-directory — Smurf's Cafe & Sports Bar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Add-St-Bess-to-your-global-culinary-directory---Smurf-s-Cafe---Sports-Bar Dawn Moxam's culinary story — she taught herself to cook, and learnt to read and write at age 34 — is as impressive as the food she prepares daily in a cosy roadside café where locals and tourists alike sit side by side in anticipation of satisfying plates. Local Food Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:41:11 GMT