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 The Bread Necessity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Bread-Necessity-_18464882 Allison Moss-Solomon, public relations brand manager at J Wray and Nephew, is craving bread. On the return leg of the round-the-island bus tour of St Lucia, she hints, cajoles, beseeches, and even takes to calling her export director colleague Mark Nelson 'uncle', to secure a stop to satiate the yen for freshly made baked goods. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT ‘Senty’s’ seafood offerings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-SENTY-S--SEAFOOD-OFFERINGS_18467165 The parish of St Elizabeth (fondly known as 'Saint E', 'Senty' and 'St Bess') is named after Lady Elizabeth Modyford and was once the largest parish in Jamaica, which later was divided into Manchester and Westmoreland. Local Food Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT On His Mark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-On-His-Mark_18465631 Touted by colleagues as one who can throw down in the kitchen, J Wray & Nephew export trade director Mark Nelson was expectedly gung-ho when Thursday Life suggested we venture into Gros Islet for a taste of traditional food. It could not have been better scripted as last Sunday was St Lucia's Independence Day. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Winners' Circle - February 19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Winners--Circle---February-19_18460647 Smart Eggs Brand Manager Tina Hamilton (centre) presented gift bags each stocked with a drinking mug, a water bottle and a T-shirt to (from left) Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries senior secretary Everette Barton; Sagicor Life Jamaica's associate actuary Shayna Stennett-Jones (collecting for her husband, Delta Supply Company Limited's inventory clerk Phillip Jones); Envision Solutions Limited's customer service representative Patricia Mason; Imperial Optical's optical dispenser Tracy-Ann Evans-Passley; Jamaica Library Service secretary Georgia Brown; and Jetaway Travel Service Limited's travel agent Pamela Fenton Reese, at a presentation ceremony at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue head office on Monday. The five women (not including recipient Shayna Stennett-Jones) were winners of the Thursday Life 'Branded' giveaway and were the first shortlisted readers to answer the question - What's the Smart Eggs tag line? The correct response was: 'Eat Smart, Live Smart!' In addition to their gift bags, the winners will receive a Smart Eggs gift certificate on Thursday, February 26 2015. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Giving Up On Your Goal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Giving-Up-On-Your-Goal_18466813 Kimberly rolled over and looked at her bedside clock with dismay. The jarring alarm had jolted her from a blissful dream and she reluctantly swung her legs onto the floor. It was getting increasingly difficult for her to rise each morning and she longed to stay in bed for one more hour. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Goût de France/ Good France comes to Kingston, Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Go-t-de-France--Good-France-comes-to-Kingston--Jamaica_18466859 The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel has established The Regency Room as not only one of Kingston's chicest spaces, but also one that offers an exceptional dining experience. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Let Them Eat (Cassava) Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Let-Them-Eat--Cassava--Cake_18466790 There's a pervasive familiarity with the cassava by-product, bammy, in Jamaica. But did you know there were fruit variations running the gamut from mango, banana, apple and raisin, to chocolate-covered cassava cakes that are quite popular in St Lucia? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT #SOBEWFF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SOBEWFF_18466781 This past weekend saw the 14th annual staging of the largest food and beverage event of its kind just 90 minutes flying time from Kingston, Jamaica. The 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), presented by Food & Wine, consisted of more than 75 different events spanning four days to ensure that there was something for everyone. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT BRANDED - Guinness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BRANDED---Guinness_18467103 There's a lot of strategic planning and creativity behind ensuring that consumers choose a Diageo beverage over the competitors'. It's a methodology that Brand Manager Andrew Anguin must perfect to stay ahead. The newly appointed brand manager for Stouts shares with Branded some on-the-job insights. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Campari Crazy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Campari-Crazy_18467187 It's a red-hot love affair between St Lucia and Campari. Despite a population of under 200,000 residents, statistical data has revealed that the Caribbean island has the most consumption of the Italian-created aperitif anywhere in the world. But why? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Vows http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows_18413381 Don't know much about History, All Woman Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Art & Style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Art--amp--Style_18419823 The international gastronomic society -- Chaîne des Rôtisseurs -- brought to Kingston's waterfront an afternoon of fine art, fine dining and fine wine at Sunday brunch, aptly titled "A Trilogy of Art". All Woman Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Matthew 'Mateo' Harris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted-_18420151 We could not have scripted it better! The setting was exquisite -- Round Hill Hotel & Villas' annual Sugar Cane Ball. And he certainly looked the part: tall, dark and shockingly handsome! Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glitz & Glam at the Sugar Cane Ball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Glitz---Glam-at-the-Sugar-Cane-Ball_18411219 On the day of romance last Saturday, the Hanover Charities Sugar Cane Ball hosted its 58th annual iteration, thematically christened 'A Red Carpet Affair: A Valentine's of Glitz and Glam' at the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Kai's 'RIVER' Runs Deep http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kia-s--RIVER--Runs-Deep_18352002 THERE's no stopping Kai Newman. The teen model phenom's career is in overdrive as she continues to land advertising campaigns for major fashion brands (Tommy Hilfiger, check; Kenneth Cole, check), all while sashaying down designer runways at the just-concluded New York Fashion Week. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — Josina Jackson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Josina-Jackson_18420110 We're enjoying cocktails at the Liguanea Club with certified Supreme Court mediator Josina Jackson, who, prior to her career switch, worked for years in the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. There's more to learn about; for starters, what she's drinking and how she got the name Josina... Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ready For De Road http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ready-For-De-Road_18420300 MAKE-UP artist Antoinette Bailey takes us on a Carnival Road March; first things first, though, we've got to get ready for de road... Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT A Very Special Valentine's http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Very-Special-Valentine-s_18414017 Desron Graham, bank manager at the NCB Boulevard Branch, celebrated his 40th birthday in fine style, on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, at the picturesque Oasis on the Oxford in New Kingston. Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT '50 Shades' for Charity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-50-Shades--for-Charity_18400060 The Optimist Club of North St Andrew hosted patrons at a grand Valentine premiere of this season's most talked-about romantic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey last Thursday at Palace Amusement's Carib 5 cinema in aid of the club's charities. Helen G Events rolled out the red carpet welcoming guests and fans of the movie to indulge in GraceKennedy libations and nibble on Pastry Passion red velvet cupcakes. Saturday Social shares the highlights. Local Lifestyle Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: A Brunch To Remember http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Brunch-To-Remember There’s nothing quite like the first event of a year and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2015 launch — A Trilogy of Art: the art of food, wine and art — which took place Sunday last, on the mezzanine level of the National Gallery of Jamaica is one that will be long remembered by members and guests alike. Local Food Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:42 GMT Recipe Corner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipe-Corner-_18390804 What to bake this weekend for the children on mid term break just got a whole lot easier. Our award-winning food blogger Jessica Hylton shares two sweet treats Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fresh From The Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fresh-From-The-Sea-_18403301 Rainforest Seafoods presents collaborative recipes using locally manufactured marinades Grace Cock Soup Mix and Walkerswood Sauces with their fish and seafood Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Eat Smart, Live Smart! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Eat-Smart--Live-Smart-_18414176 EAT Smart, Live Smart is the overall message of the Smart Eggs campaign as the company encourages people to incorporate smart choices into their lifestyle. February is Heart Health Month and Smart Eggs has teamed up with health coach Krissy Scott to share with consumers how they can become more heart-healthy. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Food, Wine & Art http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Food--Wine---Art_18414244 Over 70 people filled the mezzanine at the National Gallery for what Chef Jacqui Tyson described as "A Trilogy of Art" -- the first event for the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs for 2015. The art was on the walls, on the plate and in the glass. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Two Sisters: Ice Cream, Ice Cream, Ice Cream http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Two-Sisters--Ice-Cream--Ice-Cream--Ice-Cream_18408582 EVERYBODY in Jamaica loves their Sunday "cream"; in fact, it's become quite a tradition. Whether you're sitting on the lawns of Devon House enjoying a single scoop, or waving down the 'fudgie' as he zips down the street on his bicycle, there simply is no better way to wrap out a day of church, family time and a delicious Sunday lunch than with a rich and creamy scoop of deliciousness. Local Lifestyle Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT