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 VIDEO: Opa! adds Santorini Skylounge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Opa--adds-Santorini-Skylounge_18114240 ?The much-buzzed about Opa! Greek Restaurant has added a skylounge aptly named Santorini. The comfy lounge adjacent to the restaurant was created, according to its affable owner Alexx Antaeus, for life's celebrations in a down-to-earth atmosphere of fun. Local Food Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Eatable! The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 Calendar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Eatable--The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-2015-Calendar_18114261 The Best Dressed Chicken 2015 calendar is out today, and it certainly is a perfect accompaniment to a year of living deliciously. Local Lifestyle Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Sweetwood Jerk Adds A Farmers’ Market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Sweetwood-Jerk-Adds-A-Farmers--Market THURSDAY Life was caught off guard Saturday morning when we turned on the Liguanea Club slip road and happened upon Sweetwood Farmers’ Market, located at 78 Knutsford Boulevard, which is adjacent to Sweetwood Jerk Joint. We had no idea that there was a market, but would later learn from the owner that this was Day 2. Local Food Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:31:40 GMT VIDEO: An All-Suite CHRISTMAS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/An-All-Suite-CHRISTMAS_18080864 CHRISTMAS is definitely in the air at the Terra Nova All-Suite hotel. The made-for-luxe-living Christmas trees are up, as are the decorations. The lights are certainly twinkling and the Christmas menus are ready. Local Food Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Picking the right wine as a gift http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Picking-the-right-wine-as-a-gift-_18077022 Wine makes a really great gift for a wine lover, but with so many choices on the market, how do you choose the right wine? Local Lifestyle Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Jessica In The Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Jessica-In-The-Kitchen-_18085742 I started blogging about desserts because... I started a baking business named Jessiker Bakes, in April 2010, where I would create custom baked goods and pastries to sell at my clients' requests. The blog, then also named Jessiker Bakes, was a showcase for my creations and chronicles about baking. While I also blogged about savoury dishes, desserts were the main focus. Over the years, I found myself blogging more about savoury dishes until I finally rebranded in August 2014 to Jessica in the Kitchen - a site that would encompass both sweet and savoury simple and delicious creations from my kitchen. Local Lifestyle Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Miss T’s MEXICAN Twist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Miss-T-s-MEXICAN-Twist “BUSINESS has been amazing,” shares Anna Kay Tomlinson, chef/patron, Miss T’s Kitchen. Indeed it has and we can now add Mexico to the list of countries eager to try Miss T’s food. Local Food Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:30:44 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken 12 Chefs of Christmas Promotion Makes The Holidays Delicious http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-12-Chefs-of-Christmas-Promotion-Makes-The-Holidays-Delicious_18076966 The Best Dressed Chicken wraps up the 12 Chefs of Christmas tour with tasting experiences featuring Chef Celeste Gordon at Hi-Lo Manor Park on Saturday, December 13, and Chef Brian Lumley at MegaMart Kingston on Sunday, December 14. Both tasting events will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Local Lifestyle Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Glorious Wrap! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Glorious-Wrap-_18048696 It was once said that man shall not live by bread alone. It was most fitting, therefore, that the Jamaica Observer Salut! week-long celebration of wine and champagne came to a wonderful climax at 689 by Brian Lumley, where wines from the J Wray & Nephew portfolio and the award-winning chef's cuisine blended in tasty perfection to punctuate the event's climax. Food Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Applauding A Great Legacy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Applauding-A-Great-Legacy_18043776 The curtains came down in fine style on our Applaud It! initiative last week in Williamsfield, Manchester where Jackie Minott, managing director of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) and his son John O Minott, CEO of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) hosted eight Bellefield High School students at a luncheon catered by Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Caterer of the Year 2013 Débè-Ann Chen. Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Welcome to Woolery Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Welcome-to-Woolery-Kitchen_18049166 The concept: setting a table for complete strangers in your home and, by extension, introducing them to a taste of the other side of Jamaica. A similar concept was introduced by the Jamaica Tourist Board in 1968, called 'Meet The People', and could also be considered part of community tourism in St Elizabeth. Local Food Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Suzanne and Michelle's Rousseau's Caribbean Potluck named as one NPR's Best Books of 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Suzanne-and-Michelle-s-Rousseau-s-Caribbean-Potluck-named-as-one-NPR-s-Best-Books-of-2014_18054334 Caribbean Potluck, easily one of the most well received Caribbean cookbooks in recent memory, has found new triumph after being named as one of the Best Books of 2014 by staff and critics at NPR. "We are overjoyed," said Suzanne Rousseau. "It such a thrill and honour to have our book, which was truly a labour of love, in the ranks of so many amazing books which we ourselves admire." Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Happy Thanksgiving From Ally http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Happy-Thanksgiving-From-Ally_18008726 Our Thursday Life readers certainly enjoyed the Easter table spread by homemaker par excellence Allison Porter Smalling so we were more than delighted when she agreed to have us all over for Thanksgiving. Local Lifestyle Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT SALUT! Clinks at Macau http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/SALUT--Clinks-at-Macau_18003473 The unrelenting Jamaica Observer Salut! wave flowed into the dual-level Macau Bar & Gaming Lounge, last Friday night, with our friends at libation brand J Wray & Nephew on hosting duty and Scotiabank underwriting the 'bon-vivacious' experience. Our social lens went barside at the Lindsay Crescent hotspot! Local Lifestyle Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT SALUT! BETCO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/SALUT--BETCO_17990567 'Twas another buzzworthy night, another Salut! wine-tasting on Thursday night as the courtyard outside the très chic Fromage Gourmet Market on Hillcrest Avenue hosted Night #4 of the Scotiabank-sponsored week-long Jamaica Observer Salut! celebration of wines and champagnes. Local Lifestyle Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT VIDEO: It's All Greek To Me http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/It-s-All-Greek-To-Me_17967862 With the Yuletide holiday on the horizon, and the reason to pour libations becomes a natural order, the launch of the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Wine and Champagne Week, sponsored by Scotiabank, was well-timed on Monday evening, as OPA! Greek Restaurant hosted a wine tasting of selections from its Greece-imported red, white and rosé portfolio. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Rainforest offers Iris Gelly Primary major support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Rainforest-offers-Iris-Gelly-Primary-major-support_17974586 BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from Iris Gelly Primary School for the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It! luncheon yesterday at Rainforest Seafoods' headquarters on Slipe Road. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Energising Young Minds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Energising-Young-Minds_17954072 There's something to be said about the formative years spent in high school. And for Sheree Martin, senior vice-president, customer and corporate services at Jamaica Public Service (JPS), her adolescence spent in the classrooms and walking the halls time at Convent of Mercy Alpha Academy, left her with much to say, long after graduation. Local Food Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Food for Thought http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Food-for-Thought_17940500 Waxing nostalgic treasured memories of his adolescent years spent at Wolmer's Boys', LIME CEO Garry Sinclair welcomed 25 fourth-form students of his alma mater (joined by their grade coordinator Karen Gobern) to break bread at a Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It-themed luncheon at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel on Thursday. Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Benjamin implores young Jamaicans to commit to country http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Benjamin-implores-young-Jamaicans-to-commit-to-country_17954987 CORPORATE titan and executive chairman of the Hope Zoe Preservation Foundation, Kenny Benjamin, challenged students last week Saturday "to cultivate good work ethics, good home-grown values, simple decency, and to commit to country in everything you do". Local Food Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Saluting and applauding excellence, longevity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Saluting-and-applauding-excellence--longevity_17952071 Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has come a long way since opening its first branch on Water Lane in downtown Kingston in 1878. More than a century later, the financial institution, not comfortably resting on its laurels as one of the country's leading titans of banking (with 14 branches, as well as money transfer, wealth management and property services divisions), is surging forward to keep pace alongside competitors with super-attractive lending rates to borrowers. Local Food Sun, 16 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT MoBay's Round Of Applause! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/MoBay-s-Round-Of-Applause-_17940040 The Jamaica Observer's Salut! Applaud It series continued its savoury journey Tuesday evening with a delightful stop at the beautiful and historical Bellefield Great House on Barnett Estate. Local Lifestyle Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Lesson To Savour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/A-Lesson-To-Savour_17924306 No deals were closed but there were expressions of interest galore last week Friday afternoon as 11 students — VMBS scholarship awardees and the children of staff members — joined Devon Barrett, general manager of VM Wealth Management, and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker in The Jamaica Observer's 2014 celebration of Salut! Applaud It! at the Half-Way-Tree corporate offices of Victoria Mutual. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 20 Reasons To APPLAUD IT! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/20-Reasons-To-APPLAUD-IT-_17926568 For the 20 specially invited children of Jamaica Observer vendors who entered the newspaper's boardroom on Monday afternoon for a five-course luncheon, it was an education in fine culinary dining. The bright-eyed guests, ranging in ages from six to 12, and all primary school-aged pupils, were feted at the launch of the Observer's Salut! Applaud It! week by Managing Director Danville Walker and the initiative's partners Jamaica Broilers, represented by its President and CEO Christopher Levy and his divisional sales and marketing manager Joan Forrest Henry; and Victoria Mutual, represented by Devon Barrett, general manager of the company's Wealth Management division, and his sales and client relations manager colleague Karlene Mullings. Local Food Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Trevor The Corn Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/food/Trevor-The-Corn-Man_17926926 It's 11:00 am Tuesday in Trench Town and Trevor Lindsay aka Corn Man is spotted on the corner of Collie Smith Drive and Spanish Town Road stirring his pot of corn. It's a fascinating watch: the stir, the lift, the placement in the husk, a drizzle of Chiffon margarine and finally three pieces of perfectly placed dried coconut. Local Lifestyle Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT