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 Vows - Cheers To Marie & Paul http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cheers-To-Marie---Paul We're raising Champagne toasts to Marie Simone Hall-Smith managing director of the Face Place and her entrepreneur husband Paul Hugh Smith who celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary last week Wednesday. All Woman Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:35:44 GMT VOWS - And... Action! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/VOWS---And----Action-_18803972 Director, playwright and part-time drama educator at the American International School of Kingston Peter Abrikian married development specialist Katherine Chen in an elegant ceremony at the Sunken Gardens of Hope Gardens on Saturday, April 18 with family and friends looking on. All Woman Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Tamu’s bird’s-eye view http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tamu-s-BIRD-S-EYE-VIEW All the Pretty Birds fashion blogger Tamu McPherson spent the Easter holidays in Jamaica and SO spent Good Friday at Strawberry Hill with her and, yes, we brought her bun and cheese, Appleton rum and Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau's in-demand cookbook Caribbean Potluck – much to her delight. We not only got to meet her family – her mum, aunt, husband and son – but also gained an insight into this fashion influencer never before revealed. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:52 GMT HARAMBE by Marley for CFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/HARAMBE-by-Marley_18810562 Bob and Rita Marley's daughter Cedella is on our style radar this week. Why? The fashion designer, musician, children's book author, and entrepreneur will launch her Harambe collection at the 15th iteration of Caribbean Fashionweek - June 6-15 in Kingston. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ribbie Turns Another Page http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ribbie-Turns-Another-Page_18815013 Always one given to colourful hair experimentations, Brian 'Ribbie' Chung was rocking a fuschia-coloured, high-top fade for his 'fiftysometing' birthday party last Thursday night at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, the Barbican Centre watering hole/eatery he co-owns with business partners, Don Creary and Kamal Bankay. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT MY KINGSTON — Kenneth Moore http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MY-KINGSTON---Kenneth-Moore_18814964 What were your first impressions of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktail with — Tamia Francis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktail-with---Tamia-Francis_18813685 Multitasking is now second nature to Tamia Francis. Mother to two young girls, she's also a fashion designer of her eponymous label, co-founder of the popular LIVE Stush social media site, and co-principal of a five-year old marketing company that is a growing extension of Stush. There's much on her plate but Francis says she would have it no other way. We make fast friends with the laser-focused Francis amid the fashionable belles out last Saturday for L'Oréal's relaunch event hosted at J Wray & Nephew's @twentythree corporate watering hole where The Beauty Spot was formally announced as The Rock's official distributor of the world-renowned beauty brand. Putting in our orders at the bar, we settle in for cool convo and libations. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT SO Gardening April 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening-April-26_18797622 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT GLOBAL Beauty JA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/GLOBAL-Beauty-JA_18814962 SO is pleased to share with the kind permission of Marie Claire in the pages of the Style Observer images from their May 2015 Global Beauty Issue - Global Beauty Jamaica - 11 of our Rock belles. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ready, Set, Click http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ready--Set--Click_18797681 Digicel marketing director Peter Lloyd, photographer Peter Ferguson and Jamaica Observer photographer Michael Gordon gathered at F&B Downtown Café on Tuesday afternoon for their first judging session of the six-week-long Jamaica Observer/Digicel #FAInstaFare smartphone photo competition. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Old Harbour Delivers With Kaluga Kafe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Old-Harbour-Delivers-With-Kaluga-Kafe-_18797529 Celebrating their one-year anniversary last week, the Old Harbour-based Kaluga Kafe is a worthwhile dining destination to enjoy authentic Jamaican delicacies as well as Asian-inspired and Euro-centric fare. Located a few minutes from the iconic clock in the town's centre, the eatery brings a taste of cosmopolitan flavour to the town. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Heavenly Food in a Heavenly Location http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Heavenly-Food-in-a-Heavenly-Location_18786041 Our latest culinary adventure takes us to an old wharf settlement approximately three kilometres east of Falmouth and just beyond the mouth of the Martha Brae River, popularly known today as “Rock”. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Maintaining your health http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Maintaining-your-health_18795156 Last week we looked at the connection between wealth and wellness, noting that ill health can jeopardise your finances. Sickness can decrease your work output, deplete your savings and destroy your plans for the future. You need to have good health to pursue great wealth. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Marketing Malbec http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Marketing-Malbec_18795147 A few weeks ago I received a few messages asking me what the party plan was for Malbec World Day. You see, back in 2011 an organisation called Wines of Argentina (WoA), which has the responsibility for marketing the Argentine wine brand around the world conceptualised Malbec World Day on April 17, as a way to promote Argentina's newly recognised flagship grape varietal -- Malbec. In recent years, with the involvement of the local wine importers and the Argentine Embassy, we were able to host great wine parties with a wide range of Malbec wines on offer. Unfortunately budget cuts curbed our wine party enthusiasm this year. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fast Food That Keeps You Fighting Fit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fast-Food-That-Keeps-You-Fighting-Fit_18752098 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Kingston & St Andrew Rachael Barrett shares the first of her culinary gems. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT BRANDED! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BRANDED--_18789653 Thursday Life (TL): What do you like most about working at Popeye's? Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Pelican Grill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Pelican-Grill_18807784 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St James Dr Claudine Lewis starts the much-anticipated countdown to her culinary gems. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Robin's Prime Steakhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Robin-s-Prime-Steakhouse_18807783 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St James Dr Claudine Lewis starts the much-anticipated countdown to her culinary gems. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT CHILL-OUT HUT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/CHILL-OUT-HUT_18790498 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St James Dr Claudine Lewis starts the much-anticipated countdown to her culinary gems. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamdown Japanese http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jamdown-Japanese_18747569 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge Rachael Barrett shares her second culinary gem. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Three Courses, Three Stops, One Town! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Three-Courses--Three-Stops--One-Town-_18797683 Reason enough, we reckon, to visit the parish of St Mary with our Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish Howard Pottinger. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Yash Bowl Restaurant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Yash-Bowl-Restaurant_18752120 Join Table Talk Food Awards judges for the parish of Trelawny, Marina Delfos and Janet Crick for breakfast in Trelawny at... Yash Bowl Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT An Explosion of Freshness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-Explosion-of-Freshness_18790295 Andrea and Axel Wicterich, owners of Mar Blue who have called Jamaica home for nearly 17 years (they are originally from Cologne in Germany), share their parish gems. Their food philosophy is as uncomplicated as their lives... Life is too short to have a bad meal. Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Moby’s... A Departure From Styrofoam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Moby-s----A-Departure-From-Styrofoam_18789855 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges for the parish of Clarendon Kurt and Ezmien Chin add romance to their culinary repertoire... Local Food Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - April 23 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Winners--Circle---April-23_18795253 Burger King Brand manager, sponsorship and fixed advertising Nicholas Mundell (fourth left) presented Burger King goodie bags with three meal vouchers and a watch to (from left) Jamaica Information Service writer/producer/presenter Anjuii James-Sawyers; Supreme Ventures Limited administrative assistant Shery-Ann Foster; Jamaica Library Service public relations and marketing officer Kimberly Whilby-Mclaughlin; Ministry of Education administrative secretary Angellee Brown; University of Technology administrative support Nikesha Wellington; and (seated) Factories Corporation of Jamaica administrative assistant Donna Johnson at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. They were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to correctly answer the question -- Where was the first Burger King restaurant opened in Jamaica and when? The correct answer was: In Ocho Rios in 1984. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT