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 Opa’s Big Fat Greek Tasting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Opa-s-Big-Fat-Greek-Tasting_70849 Ever the innovator, restaurateur Alexx Antaeus and his business partner Orlease King now offer patrons a myriad of small plates between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at their award-winning establishment Opa! They’ve called the concept My Big Fat Greek Tasting. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals & Jamaica House Tantalise Taste Buds @ Rio2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sandals---Jamaica-House-Tantalise-Taste-Buds---Rio2016_70980 Cooking up a storm at Jamaica House Rio 2016, located at the Prado Restaurant in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of a Jamaica Tourist Board initiative and sponsored by Sandals Resorts, is Sandals Group Executive Chef Glenroy Walker. Walker, who has 25 years of culinary experience under his crisp white jacket, has been plating up to 1,000 plates per day and is charged with leading the restaurant’s team in serving authentic Jamaican cuisine each night. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Candy Craze Scoops A First! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Candy-Craze-Scoops-A-First-_70884 Jamaica’s first national ice cream eating competition got off to a delicious and ever-so- creamy start Saturday last as six finalists with tubs of Candy Craze ice cream and spoons in hand set out to claim the winning trophy, one-year bragging rights, $10,000 in store cash and an Amazon Kindle. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT MACKEREL & CHILL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/MACKEREL---CHILL-_70869 Thursday Life pulled up a chair as the team at Grace Foods & Services introduced Grace Mackerel in Sweet Chili Sauce — a little sweet with a little heat — and the rich flavours of Grace Mackerel in Garlic Sauce. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Entertaining at home: Must-Have Wines & Spirits for the Home bar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Entertaining-at-home--Must-Have-Wines---Spirits-for-the-Home-bar_70819 I had a meeting recently at a friend’s home and before we sat down, he shared some details about a recently completed home project - his patio bar. It seems that over the past month a number of friends have been working on similar projects. I suspect that the Rio Summer Olympics might have influenced some of these lagging plans into completion. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Jamaica in CAYMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Taste-of-Jamaica-in-CAYMAN_69967 Early rains did not damper Independence celebrations in the Cayman Islands last week Friday. What it did was cool things down considerably, allowing patrons dressed for the most part in black, green and gold — the Jamaican national colours — to proudly walk the length and breadth of Cardinal Avenue, Georgetown, browsing the many food stalls, fuelling up on their favourite dishes, raising a toast to Jamaica’s 54 years, all the while swaying to the beats of reggae, ska and mento. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mixing it up with Ocean Spray Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Mixing-it-up-with-Ocean-Spray-Cocktails_69913 The Ocean Spray ‘Mixing Amazing’ experience has introduced a new twist on summer cocktails. Guests who attended the exclusive event Thursday last, at the Pool Deck, Courtyard by Marriott, enjoyed a new taste experience, featuring Ocean Spray-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The bold among them were drafted by noted mixologist, St Aublyn ‘Captain’ Kidd, who gave them a chance to mix it up themselves under his expert guidance. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Food For Thought! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-For-Thought-_69997 Thursday Life went in search of new and creative food ideas, new food products, and inspiring foodie-focused stories to share at the recently concluded Denbigh Show in May Pen, Clarendon. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Taste of Jamaica in CAYMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Taste-of-Jamaica-in-CAYMAN_69986 Jamaica’s Independence celebrations continued Saturday morning at Foster’s Food Fair, where once again Jamaicans resident in the Cayman Islands came out in their numbers to celebrate 54 years of Independence, enjoying Best Dressed Chicken, and birthday cake to boot, as they stocked up for their own celebrations. Local Lifestyle Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mixing Amazing with Ocean Spray http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Mixing-Amazing-with-Ocean-Spray_70154 Jamaica was one of 12 stops globally singled out for an evening of cranberry discovery and ‘cocktails in the city’. Ocean Spray Brand ambassador Kaci Fennell-Shirley was also on hand to lend a hand in creating the evening’s specialty cocktails, including the impromptu Classy Cosmopolitan. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pursuing a passion for wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pursuing-a-passion-for-wine_69924 More often than not, we are advised that if we do what we are passionate about, great career success and everlasting joy and happiness are sure to follow. One of the primary challenges with this advice is that there are a lot of details and specifics missing. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT ‘Craze’ For Candy Craze Ice-Cream http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/-Craze--For-Candy-Craze-Ice-Cream_70048 It’s been an entire month of ice cream eating fun at Candy Craze, located at Shop # 1, Upper Manor Park Plaza, and with a mere week to go before the finals on Saturday, August 13, Thursday Life popped by on Independence Day to watch patrons vie for a place in the finals. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sandals chef to serve up tasty delights in Rio http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sandals-chef-to-serve-up-tasty-delights-in-Rio_69541 Senior group executive chef at Sandals Resorts International Glenroy Walker will bring his culinary expertise and intricate knowledge of Jamaican cuisine to the gastronomic offerings at Jamaica House Rio 2016. Local News Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Fruits of Our Labour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Fruits-of-Our-Labour_69277 The 64th anniversary staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show got underway last Saturday morning at the Denbigh Show Ground in May Pen, Clarendon, with a buzz of activity and eager patrons ready to experience the best of Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT A Reason To Celebrate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Reason-To-Celebrate_69285 It’s all in the bag this Independence — the patty bag, that is — piping hot, delicious fillings packed in the flakiest of crusts. Thursday Life discovered last Friday afternoon just what happens when two of our country’s iconic products come together — one served searing hot in a brown paper bag; and the other, ice-cold in a brown glass bottle, and described as a beautiful amber lager with low butterscotch flavour, full-bodied with a smooth post-palate sensation. Local Food Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Wine and what? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Wine-and-what_69262 The phone rings. It’s my editor — ’Herself’: “Chris, it’s Patty Week, so what about a piece on wines and patties, what do you think?” After a contemplative pause, a deep inhale and slow exhale: “Wine and patties?” It’s a good thing that my office is next door to one of Jamaica’s wine importers and distributors, GraceKennedy’s Harbour Wines and Spirits. A quick call to their wine consultant Marilyn Bennett, and we had a range of affordable wines to try with our Tastee beef patties. Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Jamaican Restaurateurs Have #Remained - Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaican-Restaurateurs-Have-Remained_68460 You might be led to think otherwise with Great Britain’s recent decision to exit the EU, but the kitchen remains the one place where all cultures meet, and Caribbean cuisine, led by Jamaicans, has found favour with many palates. Thursday Life, on a recent trip to the UK visited three popular spots - Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse located on the ground floor of the bustling Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford City; Rudie’s at 50 Stoke Newington, right on the corner; and Jamaica Patty Co in Covent Garden, at 26 New Row, London, in the heart of the city’s retail and entertainment district. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mystic Thai’s exciting dining options http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Mystic-Thai-s-exciting-dining-options_68542 Sitting in the comfortable 1,800 square-foot elegant space that houses Montego Bay’s latest culinary destination, Mystic Thai, with husband and wife principals Arun and Kareena Mahbubani and their beautiful daughter Isha is like breaking bread with dear friends. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican Restaurateurs Have #Remained - Jamaica Patty Co http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jamaican-Restaurateurs-Have-Remained_68380 It’s been an incredible two years for Jamaica Patty Co principals Theresa and Andrew Roberts who, together and with no apology, have positioned Jamaica’s iconic patty in the heart of Covent Garden at 26 New Row, where tourists and Londoners alike can do Italian, Indian, British or Jamaican. They didn’t cut corners either — in the words of Paul Douglas who hails from Yallahs, St Thomas, who tools by every Saturday in his red Stingray Corvette with his son Zavier. “This is proper… plus the patties taste good”. ‘Proper’ references the 600-sq ft elegant exterior: 250 sq ft of main store with seating downstairs. The eatery was designed by Andrew Roberts in conjunction with i-am Associates, whose clients include Pret A Manger, Itsu and Costa. Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: A Rainforest of seafoods http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Rainforest-of-seafoods_68618 Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) listens as chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, Brian Jardim (second left), points out the various food items produced by his company. Occasion was a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility on Slipe Road in Kingston yesterday. At right (foreground) is President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association Michelle Chong. (Photo: JIS) Local News Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Summer Sips at The Cliff http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Summer-Sips-at-The-Cliff_66935 Summer is here, and what better way to beat the heat than with one of six sweet, thirstquenching cocktails from the ocean-view and poolside bars at The Cliff Hotel, Negril? With assistance from bartenders Rayon Hammond, Trevor Myers and Layton Taylor, Thursday Life shows you how… Local Food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pairing Thai Food with wines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Pairing-Thai-Food-with-wines_68467 Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. On Monday, in our second city, Mystic Thai opened at the Fairview Shopping Centre. Mystic Thai is the sister restaurant to Mystic India which is also owned by Arun and Kareena Mahbubani. What’s also new to the city and at Mystic Thai is a well-stocked and beautifully laid out Scotch Bar with over 40 different Scotch Whiskies. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Grace Foods heads to the Olympics, again…. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Grace-Foods-heads-to-the-Olympics--again-----------_67625 GraceKennedy Foods, a division of the GraceKennedy Group, is once again the official food and nutrition sponsor of the 2016 Jamaica Olympic team. T Local Food Fri, 22 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cheers to Another 50 Tasty Years! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Cheers-to-Another-50-Tasty-Years-_66603 Continuing their year-long celebration of 50 tasty years in business, Tastee opened to the public its new Liguanea location that will serve as its Kingston flagship as well as the company’s latest addition to the Tastee family of businesses, the Brew’d Awakenings Cafe. At an impressive reception to acknowledge what was hailed as a visionary team effort, the company’s CEO Ryan Foster and the Chang family inaugurated the new location with Tastee supporters, partners and well-wishers. Local Food Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT In Honour of PM Rowley & Mrs Rowley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/In-Honour-of-PM-Rowley---Mrs-Rowley_67668 Trinbagonian patriot Brian George, president and chief executive officer of Supreme Ventures Limited, and his wife Keneea Linton-George hosted the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley — who is on The Rock for a four-day official visit with his attorney-at-law wife Sharon — at an intimate dinner inside M at the Spanish Court Hotel last Monday evening. The four-course affair was catered by the award-winning Ashebre – The Virtual Restaurant Executive Culinary Artiste Oji Jaja and his team, with a tropical fruit gâteau created by patissier Nadine Burie, the 2015 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Jing Shi Awardee for Dessert Chef of the Year. Thursday Life unfurls its napkin for dinner with the prime minister. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT