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 Groovin At Smookeez By The Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Groovin-At-Smookeez-By-The-Sea_90226 Smookeez by the Sea has the distinction of being that chill spot on the coast with a rustic setting that lies closest to the centre, Montego Bay. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs To Watch For 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-To-Watch-For-2017_90201 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Eating Out Next Door http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Eating-Out-Next-Door_90336 After arriving in Havana late night, I eagerly welcomed the morning rays as they brought to life visuals of this marvellous city that has clearly withstood the hands of time. As I left my hotel on foot, the architecture of this jewel blew me away with its mix of intricacies: cobbled streets, grandiose buildings and magnificent squares. The scenery got better with every step I made. What was being unveiled was an eclectic mix of grand opulence, a collection of heirlooms – some ruined, some tattered, some dilapidated – but on close contact, it was obvious that these colonial treasures were just in need of a facelift. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hungry, anyone?  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hungry--anyone_90265 Just when you thought you were settling into a routine for meals, The Best Dressed Chicken has debuted two delicious options: Wings and Tenders. Both come breaded and ready for quick preparation, either in the oven or on the stovetop. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Opa Greek Restaurant & Lounge to relocate to Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Opa-Greek-Restaurant---Lounge-to-relocate-to-Devon-House_90208 There were no free tables at Opa Greek Restaurant on Valentine’s Night at Opa. Truth be told, there has never been a free table in the three years of its hosting the year’s most romantic night. Restaurateur and award-winning composer/recording artiste/producer Alexx Antaeus used the opportunity to thank guests for their patronage and to announce that this would be their last evening at the 75 Hope Road location. OPA was moving to Devon House. The reopening date: Friday, March 10, 2017 Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT The Verandah Steakhouse to open at Devon House http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Verandah-Steakhouse-to-open-at-Devon-House_90330 It’s been a long time coming, but good things come, they say, to those who wait, and the big news this week is that the Terrace at Devon House is to open by mid-March 2017. The restaurant will be called The Verandah Steakhouse On The Verandah At Devon House and the chef de cuisine will be Chef Dawn Tyson, author of the cookbook Soul and former competitor on Food Network ’s Rewrapped. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Special Wine Days of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Special-Wine-Days-of-the-Year-_90184 About a week ago, I noticed references to “National Drink Wine Day 2017” on many social media channels, and the celebration date was listed as February 18, 2017. As usual I tried to find out about its origin and purpose, as America has many days designated (some officially; most, unofficially) as national days of some product or practice. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Wine With Me Reopens in Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wine-With-Me-Reopens-in-Negril_90245 Design maven Cecile Levee, who has been super-busy creating über-fab interiors, has thankfully carved out enough time to recreate Wine With Me, Negril, and to share with Thursday Food that “Wine With Me, Jamaica’s first premium wine bar, has once again reopened its doors in a new location, the capital of casual, Negril,” at the Beachcomber Hotel, Norman Manley Blvd. Local Food Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Debra Messing spotted at Round Hill Hotel & Villas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Debra-Messing-spotted-at-Round-Hill-Hotel--amp--Villas Lifestyle Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:02 GMT Vows: Perfect Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Perfect-Love_89119 Eight years of courtship culminated on December 17, 2016 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral when chief investigator in the Office of the Contractor General Sashein Wright and Marc-Anthony Nikolai Chin, Coppershot Music disc jockey, were joined in holy matrimony. All Woman Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Award worthy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Award-worthy_90083 The Rock’s corporate movers and shakers, joined by their support team, were out in their stylish best (with many opting for local labels) last Friday evening for the Digicel Business-sponsored Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) 48th Annual Awards banquet at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Local News Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Deal’ With it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Deal--With-it_89759 With the South Beach-channelling chic new poolside at the Spanish Court Hotel doubling as visual interest and the chosen venue, reggae crooner Christopher Martin debuted his new album Big Deal by way of a listening launch party at the hip New Kingston property last Wednesday evening. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With... Catherine Goodall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Catherine-Goodall_89756 Lasco Marketing Manager, Beverages — and Page 2 fave — Catherine Goodall is at the Spanish Court Hotel launch and listening party of reggae balladeer Christopher Martin’s long-awaited debut album Big Deal. The ever-gracious branding and marketing specialist is a fixture on the lifestyle and entertainment scene and the perfect candidate to volley with at Wednesday’s music event. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ciao, Roma... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ciao---Roma---_89741 … It had been too long. Returning, however, this time for the exclusive reveal of the stories behind the Campari Red Diaries 2017 and the short film Killer in Red, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Hollywood actor Clive Owen, rekindles old flames. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Big’ Talk With Chris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Big--Talk-With-Chris_89760 Reality TV alum and all-round cool guy Christopher Martin fills SO in on Big Deals, music inspiration and ditching jeans in 2017. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — February 19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---February-19_89472 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston — Bilal Alkhateeb http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Bilal-Alkhateeb_88440 BILAL ALKHATEEB, Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Tory Burch Styles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tory-Burch-Styles_89409 As a contemporary nod to the luxury vacays American socialites took in mid-century Jamaica, New York City fashion label Tory Burch recreated this spirit of nonchalance for their Resort 2017 lookbook, starring Saint International model Tami Williams, shot on location at Round Hill Hotel & Villas. SO enters a jet-setting world of high glamour, Rock-style. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hair’s To The Grammys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hair-s-To-The-Grammys_89572 The 59th annual Grammys Awards, which took place on Sunday, February 12, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, attracted hundreds of celebrities from every genre of music. Awards were handed out in various categories from music in film to the coveted Best R&B performance and Best R&B song. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Thai Sushi, Anyone? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Thai-Sushi--Anyone_89518 In Japanese culture sushi is considered an art form because its appearance is just as important as its taste. True sushi lovers are always on the lookout for great-tasting sushi but also enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into constructing this delicacy. Local Lifestyle Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chefs to Watch for 2017 - Hedonism II, Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-to-Watch-for-2017---Hedonism-II--Negril_89111 highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals alike to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A ‘Pop Up’ Culinary Adventure http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A--Pop-Up--Culinary-Adventure_89463 One week after Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards 2015 Caterer of the Year Alexa Von Strolley gave Kingston its latest culinary destination, she, along with eight of her culinary peers, cooked up a storm at Kayter Pop-Up Gourmet Kitchen located at 18 Ballater Avenue. Food Awards Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT A Tasty Debut http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Tasty-Debut_88666 A look at the menu at Debut Brick Oven Pizza Restaurant immediately gives the feeling that you are about to experience a culinary journey. Menu options certainly draw from different parts of the world. These include Indian chicken tikka, Lebanese chicken shish tauak, honey and mustard glazed barbecue pork sausages, jerk chicken, home-made cheese ravioli and jalapeño cheese poppers. Food Awards Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chill the wine, Not The Glass http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chill-the-wine--Not-The-Glass_89502 This continues to be a sore topic for many wine consumers. Thrice last week I had to endure ‘hot’ wine. When one bartender even offered me ice for my wine, I thought to myself: “Haven’t we been preaching this enough?” Chilling the glass is for cocktails. Local Food Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Empire State of The Rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Empire-State-of-The-Rock_89385 The New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Fall/Winter 2017 shows began Thursday last and The Rock’s formidable model contingent, as expected, answered the clarion call. The Saint International camp sent out the in-demand quintet of Tami Williams, Kai Newman, Naki Depass, Barbra-Lee Grant and Shena Moulton while Alicia Burke, a NYFW favourite, repped for Pulse. Local News Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT