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 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 VIDEO: M-10 Adds A Second Location http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/M-10-Adds-A-Second-Location_17267785 "Forget the sign; just follow the traffic turning off on the right after you pass Orchid Village" was the emphatic message. Thursday Life was in search of M-10's second location. Let's hasten to stress the word second, for the woman with 'the season hand,' Claudette Tenn, and her son Marvin have taken their well-respected food brand to Liguanea (28 Barbican Road, to be exact) ostensibly for lunch. This new establishment opens at 11:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Local Food Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Devon House 'I-Scream' A Hit In Covent Garden http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Devon-House--I-Scream--A-Hit-In-Covent-Garden_17265383 Yes, you read correctly! Devon House 'I Scream' is now available in Covent Garden, London, at the Jamaica Patty Company (JPC). Local Lifestyle Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT The Summer of Dominic's Content http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Summer-of-Dominic-s-Content-_17259317 Dominic Richards would be checked in several of the crucial boxes of wish fulfilment for women committed to the fantasy beau quest. Tall, handsome, and a cook to boot, the aspiring chef would seem three steps ahead of the average Joe. Spotted earlier this month at Flow's farewell reception for departing chief operations officer Michele English, the Ashebre line cook skilfully juggled come-hither flirtations as he sautéed smoked marlin-infused pesto pasta. Not too shabby of a gig being the centre of female attention, right? Fawning infatutation, however, wasn't always the case for Richards. In fact, it was only three years ago that the 25-year-old underwent a radical physical transformation. Richards, you may be surprised to discover, was an obese teen and young adult. Local Lifestyle Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wine Chat with Horacio Fuentes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-Chat-with-Horacio-Fuentes-_17252758 Horacio Fuentes is a winemaker with substantial experience in wine production, marketing and sales, as well as people management. He is passionate about the wine business and has in-depth knowledge of wine markets around the world. I had the pleasure, Monday evening, of having dinner with Fuentes, export manager to the Americas, inside the Vault at The Guilt Restaurant, Devon House, where he took us through a tasting of some of the finest Torres wines in our market, including :Vina Esmeralda, Ibericos, Celeste, Salmos and Milmanda. Indeed, this year has been a very positive one for Torres, having copped the coveted win as the world's most admired brand. We gain further insight into Horacio Fuentes, the man behind the brand. Local Food Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Easy Summer Cooking http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Easy-Summer-Cooking_17081964 What to cook this weekend just got a whole lot simpler thanks to a few resident chefs. Local Lifestyle Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Summer 'Secrets' Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer--Secrets--Cocktails-_17214641 Our getaway to Montego Bay for the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival had us immersed in more than music and warm summer temps last weekend. Resting our heads comfortaby at the Secrets Resorts, our three-night stay was made even better by a melange of fantastic cocktail mixes we sipped, in-between summer beach reading and dips in the turquoise sea. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Johnnie Walker Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Johnnie-Walker-Cocktails_17215342 The quintessential man's drink — enjoyed too, by women who favour aged, oaky libations — whiskey was the go-to drink last Friday at the welcome reception for the Johnnie Walker Golf Classic tournament hosted at the Tryall Club. Behind the bar, mixologist Davian Shippy whipped up whiskey concoctions that left us mighty satisfied. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chef Lumley's Budding Chefs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Chef-Lumley-s-Budding-Chefs-_17215410 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Culinary Personality of the Year and recipient of the Jamaica Observer Online Award, Brian Lumley, led his team at Foodie Focused Limited in another successful staging of the first leg of their annual culinary camp for kids, aptly dubbed 'Budding Chefs'. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails & The City http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cocktails---The-City-_17216162 With cocktail refreshers on the mind, and in a mood to celebrate the end of another work week, we checked into watering holes across the city last weekend. Thursday Life shares bar-hopping moments in our search for the best places to quench a thirst intensified by humid summer nights. Cheers! Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Guilt On the Go http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Guilt-On-the-Go_17156692 If time doesn't allow for indulging in Guilt's scenic wrapped-verandah locale at the stately Devon House mansion in Kingston, then one can still delight in the eatery's decadent fare through its recently introduced Guilt "To Go" lunch menu. Local Food Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Fromage’s Summer Salads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Fromage-s-Summer-Salads_17015319 The summer season is in full gear, which means breaking out the gym membership card and making the effort to eat healthier in the hopes of attaining that sacred beach body. Thankfully, Local Food Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaicans Increased Snack Consumption During FIFA World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaicans-Increased-Snack-Consumption-During-FIFA-World-Cup_17145211 You heard us correctly! The FIFA World Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday with a win for Germany, turned us into a nation of snackers.. This according to information gleaned from quite a few supermarket shelves. Corporate area grocery giants, John R Wong, Michi Super Centre, CPJ Market and Sovereign Supermarket shared their World Cup number crunching with Thursday Life Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Banyan-Catering - Room For Improvement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Banyan-Catering-Room-For-Improvement_17177496 Receiving a WhatsApp message telling me about a new discovery, namely 'Banyan Catering' on Cargill Avenue, I googled it immediately. Intrigue set in when I saw that they cook Indian food, which I love, as well as Jamaican food. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT WineWine Module 101 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/WineWine-Module-101_17166782 The main challenge for anyone new to the world of wine is always to figure out what type and style of wine they like. Persons for the most part simply want to know what wine to buy or what wine to choose from a wine list. The solution is to try as many wines as you can, every opportunity you get. A lucky few had the opportunity to try some award-winning wines at a recent wine-tasting session hosted by financial services provider JMMB. Here is some of what was shared: Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT