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: ‘Everything But The Oink’ — Copperwood wants you to #knowyourpork http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Everything-But-The-Oink----Copperwood-wants-you-to--knowyourpork-_51236 Ash Wednesday was yesterday, but if like us, you were fortunate enough to have copped an invite to the #KnowYourPork seminar hosted by the #Copperwood team on February 3, you’d possibly understand why we not only made ‘The Cut’, but are also not giving up this white meat for Lent! Local Food Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Handmade with love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Handmade-with-love_51132 “It’s elementary, really,” was chocolatier Mahek Chatani’s response to the question posed by Thursday Life, as to why choose Mobay Chocolate Company (MCC) this Valentine’s Day? Local Food Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT The 7 Deadly Sins of Money http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-7-Deadly-Sins-of-Money_51146 The Bible is often misquoted to declare that ‘money is the root of all evil’. Some people use this verse to preach that money is tainted and that it is the source of many of the world’s problems. However, 1 Timothy 6:10 actually states that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Local Lifestyle Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner... Rainforest Seafoods http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipe-Corner----Rainforest-Seafoods_51090 Recipe courtesy of Latoya Panton Local Food Thu, 11 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT ‘I’ll always have my best friend’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-I-ll-always-have-my-best-friend-_49452 The halls of the Grandiosa Hotel, Montego Bay, were filled with bliss as Davenia Hemmings and radio announcer and disc jock Shemoi Leach were wed on the 19th day of December, 2015. All Woman Mon, 08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Footprints Of Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Footprints-Of-Love_50827 SO’s feature on where to spend a romantic Valentine’s weekend continues this week with an exclusive peek inside Cottage 6 at Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios. Local Lifestyle Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT A Decade of Page 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Decade-of-Page-2_50860 Page 2 Local Lifestyle Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT SO Cocktails With... Kristie Stephenson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Cocktails-With----Kristie-Stephenson_50503 The now instantly recognisable Job’s-tears bracelets by Story & Myth are stacked — a mere arm’s length away — on the tanned wrists of the label’s founder, jewellery and accessories designer Kristie Stephenson. With a background in architecture, a residential connection to Miami, and an inspirational starting point from the first coix-seed piece gifted to her by dad Ivan, Stephenson imbibes a contemporary take on a Cuban highball as our comfy CRU Bar & Kitchen discourse deepens. Local Lifestyle Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Dr David Lowe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-My-Kingston-February-7-DR-David-Lowe_50820 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — February 7 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---February-7_50366 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner: UMIUM Ultimate Chocolate Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipe-Corner--UMIUM-Ultimate-Chocolate-Cake-------_50357 “Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like the sweet, decadent aphrodisiac that is chocolate, and what better way to show your love than to bake it in a cake with locally made and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Best New Product nominee, UMIUM Chocolate Coconut Spread? Let’s bake love!” — Trevanne Donegal Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award-winning caterer for The Layer Cake. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT For the Love of Chocolate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/For-the-Love-of-Chocolate_50393 When it comes to the recipe for romance, chocolate is often Cupid’s (other) weapon of choice. Known the world over for its aphrodisiac qualities, love and chocolate have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Thursday Life checked in with two of our Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Award-winning chocolatiers to find out what sweet treats will be making their way from the farm to the table for V-Day this year! Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT For the Love of Chocolate - Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/For-the-Love-of-Chocolate---2 AVERELL French, proprietor of Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers, applies a farmer’s perspective to chocolate making, something he finds uniquely beneficial. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:04:09 GMT Recipe Corner Rainforest Seafoods http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipe-Corner-Rainforest-Seafoods_50521 ASH Wednesday — which kicks off Lent and Valentine’s Day — are reason enough to try out these seven recipes courtesy of Rainforest Seafoods. Bon Appètit! Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT A taste of Jackson Family Wines http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-taste-of-Jackson-Family-Wines_50386 The Jackson family-owned wineries are both a family business and a family passion. In addition to the flagship Kendall-Jackson and La Crema wineries, Jackson Family Wines owns some of the most esteemed wineries in California, including Arrowood, Byron, Cambria, Carmel Road, Edmeades, Freemark Abbey, La Jota, Matanzas Creek, Stonestreet, Lokoya, Cardinale and Verité. The portfolio also includes the international properties of Château Lassègue in Bordeaux; Tenuta di Arceno and Arcanum in Tuscany; Alcance and Calina in Chile; and Yangarra Estates and Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard in Australia. In 2013, the Jackson family purchased property in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and in 2014 the company expanded its reach into South Africa with the acquisition of Fijnbosch Farm in the Stellenbosch region. Local Food Thu, 04 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT Jamaican Style Money Guide: Wise Monkey Know Which Tree Fi Climb http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jamaican-Style-Money-Guide--Wise-Monkey-Know-Which-Tree-Fi-Climb_50459 We have recently been looking at the importance of saving in designing a financial success plan. While it is critical to consistently put aside a portion of your income to create an emergency account and build an opportunity fund, the reality is that saving alone won’t make you rich. Local Lifestyle Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT VOWS - The Flavour of Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Flavour-of-Love_49935 For George Junior Matthews, personal chef to the US ambassador to Jamaica, and his sweetheart Sandra Marlene Anderson, the recipe for romance called for marination. All Woman Mon, 01 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT SPOTTED - Elgar Johnson, fashion director at British GQ Style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SPOTTED---Elgar-Johnson--fashion-director-at-British-GQ-Style_50127 Who? Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hello From The Other Side http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hello-From-The-Other-Side_50009 Where to cosy up this Valentine’s just got that much easier with the opening of the luxurious boutique hideaway The Cliff Hotel & Spa in Negril. The new resort is a reinterpretation of the former Moon Dance Resort and is managed by renowned hotelier Mary Phillips. Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Male Model To Watch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Male-Model-To-Watch_50172 Saint International model Brad Allen has been heralded by Vogue.com as “a male model to watch”, in an article posted on Thursday, January 28, penned by Janelle Okwodu, under the jaw-dropping headline “Givenchy, Balmain, and Calvin Klein Agree: Brad Allen Is a Male Model to Watch”. Allen is cited as being “among the busiest boys of the season”. Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Racquel Nevins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Racquel-Nevins_49285 Nursing the ice-cold grogs that have now formed frosty halos on the bar top of the swanky Regency Bar & Lounge at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel ­– where the hectic realms of schedules, meetings, and callbacks have been shut out for that obligatory decompress – we’re in the throes of an after-work tête-à-tête with Grace Foods & Services Marketing Manager Racquel Nevins. Don’t mind us; in fact, pull up that unattended bar stool as we have only just got started... Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Vidal Dowding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Vidal-Dowding_49697 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening - Jan 31 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening-_47755 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Negril Adds Cuisine of The Sun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Negril-Adds-Cuisine-of-The-Sun_49843 Jamaica and its people have always been very close to our hearts. When Mary Phillips found the property and presented us with the opportunity to join her team, we did not hesitate one bit as we were overjoyed to be returning home. We want to continue the legacy of our dear mother, Norma Shirley. She was a Queen of Caribbean Culinary - food was done Norma-style with panache and beauty on her porcelain canvas. This is what we want to give to Jamaica. Zest Restaurant will feature our “Cuisine of the sun” focusing on traditional Jamaican and global cuisine, as ethnically diverse as the country itself. Local Food Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Un Wine’-ing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Un-Wine--ing_49530 A gathering of close friends and oenophiles had their fill of tantalising treats and exquisite vino at the inaugural staging of the wine-pairing event ‘Un Wine’, in Mandeville recently. Local Food Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT