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 Kai Down Under http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Kai-Down-Under_75304 What to do after last year’s spectacular Marilyn Monroe-themed Chaîne des Rôtisseurs affair was clearly a no-brainer for Jamaica Inn general manager and global cognoscente Kyle Mais, who took guests ‘Down Under’, Abercrombie & Kent style, last week Saturday. Local Food Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Wines from Down Under for Wild Down Under at Jamaica Inn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines-from-Down-Under-for-Wild-Down-Under-at-Jamaica-Inn_75383 The ‘save the date’ was sent to the members three months in advance, followed closely by a special dress code notification filled with sample photos of what “Safari” can look like. So it was no surprise that the most recent session of the Jamaican Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, titled ‘Wild Down Under’ and held at the storied Jamaica Inn, was sold out about a month in advance with a deep waiting list. Our host, Maitre Hotelier Kyle Mais, Jamaica Inn’s general manager, previously lived in New Zealand and wanted to share the region’s gastronomy and the wonderful wines from Down Under with members and their guests. Local Food Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 30,000 Champagne Flutes poured! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/30-000-Champagne-Flutes-poured_74534 Regular TV viewers would have been watching keenly this past Sunday for results when the Emmy Awards were announced for some of their favourite TV shows. Our focus today — you guessed it — the menu and the copious amounts of wines and Champagne poured later on that night at the Governor’s Ball. Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Michelin Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Michelin-Man_74652 Exposing its hotel destinations to the wonders of Spanish cuisine has been a worthy preoccupation of Grupo Iberostar for a few years now. It was The Rock, which would next be added to the hospitality group’s series #IBEROSTARChefOnTour with a kitchen-enthusiast Fernando Arellano, the 2-Michelin starred executive chef and patron of Castell Son Claret restaurant Zaranda in Mallorca. Sitting through seven courses, Thursday Life dined, and sipped on paired wine portfolios and varietals from Spain, last Saturday evening, at the Cornwall buffet restaurant at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, in the Second City. Our verdict? An experience that we were delighted to be part of. Our single regret: so few local chefs and caterers were in attendance. Why? They like us would have fully grasped the importance of simplicity! Interpret this to mean not overwhelming — but the delivery of clean plates of fresh interesting pairings like the tiger prawn with mango remoulade and ginger or the white garlic lobster, grapes and summer truffle and the masterfully paired veal tongue, glaced warm leek and potato salad — a feel good pop in the mouth of what could be best described as a refined goulash. The dessert — The four seasons of the Majorcan almond — an explosion of nutty sweet pleasure that brought the seven course dinner to a perfect end. Mention must also be made of the flawless service. Thursday Life eagerly looks forward to the next gastronomic affair which according to the property’s affable manging director will be early next year. Feast your eyes on the tannic pours and gastronomic keystrokes enjoyed by gourmands and oenophiles as we made the right notes... Local Food Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Ruling ‘Passion’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Ruling--Passion-_73212 Crossing the Atlantic, and over unto our fair Caribbean isle, the Pasqua brand confident in the welcoming palate of The Rock’s oenophiles, partnered with its Jamaican distributor Select Brands 1876 Wines arm to showcase its Verona-based portfolio via a wine-pairing dinner, on September 6, at Uncorked in Sovereign North. A three-course dinner executed by Uncorked’s new executive chef Damion Stewart — previously of CRU Bar & Kitchen and the CPJ Deli — and preceded by cocktails, gave invitees a solid window to familiarise themselves with the myriad bouquets of the winemaker’s offerings. Guided by Pasqua Vineyards Export Manager and legacy Cecilia Pasqua, with the on-site support of Select Brands execs, Thursday Life discovers the ‘passion’ behind this Italian family’s traditions. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Cooking With Kaci http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cooking-With-Kaci_73444 The Cooking with Kaci series stopped by the Audi Showroom Thursday last where, with the evening’s co-host Harbour Wines & Spirits, it staged a successful cooking event. “Mainland Say Cheese” Brand Ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley welcomed all to an evening of delectable wine and cheese pairings. Audi Head of Business Damien Kerr and Group General Manager of ATL Automotive Matthew Cripps also welcomed guests to the Oxford Road showroom and encouraged them to enjoy the magnificent cars ready to be taken home. Cripps elicited laughter from those in attendance as he spoke of his first passion — notably cars, and his second — cheese and wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sunsplash Jamaican Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sunsplash-Jamaican-Cuisine_73543 If you are passing through Brown’s Town, St Ann, be sure to check out new restaurant Sunsplash. A mere three months old, the Jamaican and soul food restaurant with a full line bakery and ice cream parlour has become the town’s hotspot, cultivating constant traffic as well as nods of approval as a result of both the food and warm welcome. From all appearances, at Sunsplash, the customer always comes first. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Eleni’s Rising Star http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Eleni-s-Rising-Star_73883 It’s difficult to concentrate on anything save the selection of breads and pastries at Eleni’s, but a pause as we waited to pay our bill and a sweep of the establishment gave Thursday Life the opportunity to meet Diandra Dixon, or “ Seventeen” as she is affectionately called at Eleni’s Bakery as a result of her age. The former University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica student — she completed a one-year Baking Technology course — with a passion for baking, stemming from watching countless shows on the Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tasting Sassicaia — one of the most soughtafter fine wines in the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Tasting-Sassicaia_73766 It proved somewhat of a challenge - incredibly - to convene a group of busy wine lovers to enjoy with chef/patron Pierluigi ‘PG’ Ricci of the multi-award-winning Italian restaurant Toscanini, a bottle of one of his prized possessions. Acccording to the wine press: “one of the greatest wines in the world;” “Sassicaia, the most collectible Italian wine”; “one of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines”; “one of the most sought-after fine wines in the world” - and these are merely a few quotes on the celebrated Italian red wine. Local Food Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Quick and healthy with Oji Jaja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Quick-and-healthy-with-Oji-Jaja_73170 Thursday Life joined Executive Culinary Artist and owner of virtual restaurant Ashebre Oji Jaja — in the kitchen— for a quick lesson on how to create healthy, delicious and visually appealing meals on a budget. The meals included a morning shake, vegetable omelette, guacamole, roast chicken sandwich, and fettuccine in pesto cream. Local Food Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Video: Welcome To Eleni’s http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Welcome-To-Eleni-s_73104 After weeks of social media alerts, Eleni’s French breads and patisserie has finally opened its doors. The timing, Sunday afternoon, could not have been better. Local Food Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Feeding yourself at University http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Feeding-yourself-at-University_73161 “Broke university student” is a term coined to describe the many students found on campuses around the world who are often broke for myriad reasons — tuition, books, room and board, food, the cost of which all adds up. However, the one thing that physically keeps them going — notably eating well — is the one thing that is most often placed on the back burner (pun definitely intended). No better time we reckon for Thursday Life to pay a visit to the University of the West Indies, Mona, and the University of Technology UTech). Local Lifestyle Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Over The Moon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Over-The-Moon-_73068 Palace Resorts, the five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations, partnered with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to bring authentic Jamaican flavours to the Taste of Tennis event that took place last week at the W, New York. Local Food Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Veuve Clicquot Rich — A Masterstroke or Sacrilege? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Veuve-Clicquot-Rich---A-Masterstroke-or-Sacrilege-_73129 Every business needs to grow revenue and profits in order to survive, so we chip away at costs and are forced to either sell more of our products and services to existing customers or sell to new customers. In a move that once seemed unthinkable, luxury Champagne producer Veuve Clicquot has produced a champagne specifically for making mixed drinks in order to attract young new customers who are trendy, connected and free-spirited. Veuve Clicquot Rich was introduced mid-last year; however, it has just made it to our shores. Local Lifestyle Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT To invest in your education is to invest in your health http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/To-invest-in-your-education-is-to-invest-in-your-health_72698 Being at university or college is akin to holding down a full-time job. You have to be dedicated, alert and always ready. This can prove stressful. Taking care of yourself means eating well and getting sufficient rest. Frances Mahfood, nutritionist at the Heart Foundation, responds to the following questions asked by many students. Local Food Thu, 08 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT SWEET SUMMER’S END http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/SWEET-SUMMER-S-END_72188 Roaming around Kingston, it was not hard to spot a fruit vendor on every corner. Our eyes were fixated on the mouth-watering pineapples, watermelons, mangoes and other delights that adorned every stall. Jamaica’s lush landscapes provide Mother Nature’s candy for us all. Given the rainfall this summer, there is a surplus of fruit and vegetables for all to not only enjoy but benefit from. Local Food Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Heightened Lunch Experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Heightened-Lunch-Experience_72415 Fancy Sunday lunch at 700 feet above sea level on over 100 acres of land at one of Ocho Rios’s premier attractions? Then join Thursday Life on the 15-minute ascent on the Rainforest Sky Explorer. Local Food Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Heineken House Food http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Heineken-House-Food-_72375 THE place to be last Saturday for food, drinks, and entertainment was undoubtedly Heineken House. On Friday, the brand had hosted an event focusing on fashion and art, but on Saturday it was all about food, drink, and music. Foodies and executives alike attended the affair, ready to enjoy delectable cocktail dishes, beverages and performances from special guests. Local Lifestyle Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Two Sisters Widen The Family Circle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Two-Sisters-Widen-The-Family-Circle_72179 Take heed everyone: It’s Jamaica time and Family Circle magazine is feeding the fire. As the magazine with the fifth highest circulation in the US, Family Circle is as mainstream as it gets, and that’s a huge score for Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau who copped a seven-page spread in the magazine’s August issue. Dubbed “One Love: A Jamaican Style Dinner Party”, the feature serves up a delicious helping of the Rousseau ladies’ stylish and inspired interpretations of Jamaican classics like rice and peas and beef patties, delivered here with chutney and cheese. “ Family Circle is the magazine you see at every supermarket checkout across America. Connecting with such a wide audience is exciting for us and really affirms that our food style can flavour kitchens from Port of Spain to Punxsutawney,” said Michelle Rousseau. Local Food Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT The rarefied Dom Pérignon Plénitude 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-rarefied-Dom-P-rignon-Pl-nitude-2_72362 Last week, J Wray & Nephew partnered with Moët-Hennessy to release the DomPérignon 1998 P2 champagne to the Jamaican market. Moet & Chandon and Dom Pérignon brands are owned by French luxury giant Moët Hennessy o Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Local Food Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT VIDEO: An Ochi Landmark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-Ochi-Landmark_71721 News of the opening of restaurants travels fast with many of our fickle ‘foodies’ descending upon them for the launch – alas, never to be seen again! These are the same individuals who love to bemoan the lack of food establishments on our beloved island. Here’s the reality: for restaurants to stay open, they need patrons on a regular basis. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT From Ally’s Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/From-Ally-s-Kitchen_71632 Ally’s Fish Fry is back by popular demand every Friday until the second week of September and thereafter once a month. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wines from the land of Don Quixote - http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wines-from-the-land-of-Don-Quixote--_71569 Hailing from Ewarton, St Catherine, Verbert ‘Jerry’ Sutherland, whose mother ‘Olive’ of blessed memory told him that “anything is possible”, has chosen to honour her by naming his new wine import company Olive International Investments. As many great entrepreneurial stories begin - a chance meeting perhaps - two military men meet while on NATO business in Germany, and Jerry (now with British Military) invites Felix Aguirre (Spanish Military) for a Jamaican dinner. Felix brings a bottle of Spanish wine, which perfectly complements the fare. Jerry gets an idea, and Olive International Investments is born. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT B&D To Host Pop-Up Kitchen Tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/B-D-To-Host-Pop-Up-Kitchen-Tomorrow_71739 Want fresh and high-quality seafood? Want a wide variety of different seafood products? Well, search no more! Tomorrow, Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, B&D Trawling through its SeaBest brand will host a Fish & Farmers’ Market. Buoyed by the overwhelming success of the first staging, the company has decided to host another at its 3B Port Royal Street location and may make it a monthly or quarterly event, according to Roderick Francis, CEO B&D Trawling. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Veuve Rich Clicquot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Veuve-Rich-Clicquot_71618 Champagne drinkers will fall head over over heels in love with this latest edition by Veuve Clicquot. The packaging is what we found most intriguing — a silver sleeve with an embossed comet pattern Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT