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 Campari's Leading Lady http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Campari-s-Leading-Lady-_19240841 American actress and the 2016 face of the Campari Calendar Kate Hudson was the toast of Gotham Wednesday last when she appeared at the Standard High Line Hotel in New York. Hudson stepped out leaving little doubt that she was the leading lady. Stunning in a Naeem Khan red sequinned jumpsuit, the Bride Wars star ensured all eyes were on her, and indeed they were as her form-fitting ensemble shimmered throughout the evening. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Shhh! Don't say we said but Kate is wearing… http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Shhh--Don-t-say-we-said-but-Kate-is-wearing-_19240831 Sweet Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT A Thanksgiving Salut! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Thanksgiving-Salut--_19240893 Thanksgiving came early at the Tryall Club as James and Manuela Goren opened the doors of their exquisite home Stella By The Sea to some 40 plus guests Tuesday evening. Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Walkabout http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Walkabout-_19240812 Of moving accidents by flood and field.... Local Lifestyle Sun, 29 Nov 2015 01:00:00 GMT Criminally Good Taste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Criminally-Good-Taste_19240621 Kri'so Lounge and Wine Bar at the Taj Mahal Shopping Center in Ocho Rios proved another pivotal stop for Jamaica Observer Salut! on Thursday night. Proprietor Christopher Allen and Scotiabank were perfect hosts to the specially invited wine aficionados and enthusiasts. Betco Premier Limited, was on hand to serve up five of their finest from their extensive wine catalogue. Local Food Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Video: Salut! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Salut--_19240620 The Terrace at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel was the venue for Wednesday evening's staging of Salut! with Betco Premier Limited and Scotiabank the evening's sponsors. Jamaica Observer wine consultant and columnist Christopher Reckord handled the wine notes and pairings with aplomb. Local Food Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT The Rewards of R.E.S.T. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Rewards-of-R-E-S-T-_19240107 AS the month of November winds down, many people are preparing themselves for the hectic activities which December brings. While the whirlwind of office socials, gift shopping and family dinners that accompanies the upcoming season is enjoyable, it can at times be exhausting. Local Lifestyle Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT NyamJam 'Las' Lick' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-p--Las--Lick---p---_19240205 The festival, which ushered in a cabal of international chefs to The Rock for a taste of Jamaica, was centred on presenting the Jamaican culinary landscape to international entities, so chefs such as Mario Batali, Johnny Iuzzini, Seamus Mullen, April Bloomfield, José Enrique, Michael Fiore, and Neil Ross, among others, got a taste of our culinary landscape. Local Food Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Be Extraordinary! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Be-Extraordinary--_19240085 Applaud It! - A week-long initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful leaders of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience, exposing them to social and dining skills - a veritable master class. Food Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Video: Applauding a generation of GENTLEMEN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Applauding-a-generation-of-GENTLEMEN_19240204 STERLING Asset Management Limited (SAML) President and CEO Charles Ross hosted a group of 10 gentlemen of his alma mater, Calabar High School, along with their chaperone, the school's guidance councillor, Jennifer Jarrett, at the company's Knutsford Boulevard headquarters two Mondays ago -- an experience they will long remember. Local Food Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Dining the Paramount Way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Dining-the-Paramount-Way_19240128 Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited Managing Director Hugh Graham was a bit more strategic with his take on the Applaud It! initiative. Being the People's National Party councillor for the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham decided to fete a group of 12 students from his constituency to a luncheon at the Jade Garden Restaurant in Kingston last Friday. Among the guests of honour was Akieem Henderson, a fifth-form student at Calabar High School -- Graham's alma mater. Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Branded - Simone Abrego http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Branded---Simone-Abrego Thursday Life (TL): What was your reason for adding an eco brand to your range of products? Local Food Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:03:40 GMT The Essence of GREECE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Essence-of-GREECE Salut! 2015 moved on to its second event on Wednesday night at Jamaica’s small slice of Greece, Opa! Greek Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:26:04 GMT In solidarity with France, we celebrate BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-solidarity-with-France--we-celebrate-BEAUJOLAIS-NOUVEAU-DAY-2015_19240424 The idea of a race to Paris was born -- to carrying the first bottles of the new vintage from Beaujolais. This attracted a lot of media coverage, and by the 1970s it had become a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s to Asia. In 1985, the date was changed to the third Thursday in November, perhaps to take best advantage of marketing in the following weekend in one of its largest markets -- Thanksgiving maybe? Local Lifestyle Thu, 26 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Scotia’s Salut! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Scotia-s-Salut- Salut! 2016 was launched on Monday at New Kingston’s @twentythree. In attendance were at Scotiabank’s private clients and wine aficionados. Saxophonist Tafawee ‘Tafane’ Buchsaecab set the evening’s tone — one of ease and relaxation as — J Wray & Nephew business development manager and wine buff Chesna Haber and wine connoisseur and Jamaica Observer wine consultant Chris Reckord introduced the evening’s seven wines from the JWN Winning Wines collection paired perfectly with hors d’oeuvres from the award-winning Kaluga Gourmet Access. The evening progressed as planned with guests finding favour with many of the wines and using the opportunity to make their Christmas orders. An added bonus was the chance to win one of two Scotiabank gift bags stocked with a selection of wine from the Winning Wines collection and a Scotiabank wine-opening set. The winners were Selective Homes Administrative Manager Pauline Edie and Lisa Bell, EXIM Bank managing director. Local Food Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:47 GMT Portfolio Exposure at The MoDA Market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Portfolio-Exposure-at-The-MoDA-Market_19240094 With portfolios designed to appeal to those three distinct personalities, the members of the Scotia Investments executive team -- including CEO Lissant Mitchell who gave a corporate overview, Sylvester who spoke to the tenets of investor strategy, to the marketing director Simone Walker's presentation of the campaign itself, and the closing address by Scotia Asset Management General Manager Brian Frazer -- walked brunch guests through an investment fitting room. Local Lifestyle Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Vows - The Wedding Dress http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---The-Wedding-Dress_19239288 The bridal gown is as essential as the officiant and the couple's presence at the altar. And let's face it, before she thinks of the flavours of her wedding cake, she imagines the details on the dress she'll wear up the aisle; that empire waist or mermaid-silhouetted gown that hugs her curves and hits all the right style notes. Kingston Bridal Week -- held recently at the Chinese Benevolent Association -- not only afforded patrons a few hours to fantasise about that dream wedding but the oportunity to make the fantasy a reality. There were fancy booths, novel invitation ideas and lighting and fixture options for the reception. All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Opposites Attract http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Opposites-Attract_19239397 Let me immediately 'fess up to being obsessed with my '2 Opposites' Collection handbag. It's one of a kind and gets favourable responses whenever I step out. Thankfully there are a few more... All Woman Mon, 23 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT On A Rolle! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/On-A-Rolle-_19239584 Mission Catwalk made good on the promise to mine its previous four seasons for its 'most talented' and 'most watchable'. What ultimately manifested was an All Stars edition that recast the likes of Jamaicans Shenna Carby (Season 1), Ayanna Dixon (Season 1), Renardo Lloyd (Season 3); André Shirley (Season 1), and Carl Swaby (Season 4); Barbadians Carla Gittens (Season 4), Kesi Estwick (Season 2), and Alexis Campbell (Season 3); Trinbagonians Machel Sandy (Season 4), and Ryan Chan (Season 2); Belizean Rebecca Stirm (Season 2); and Bahamian David Rolle (Season 3). Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT NyamJam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/NyamJam_19239634 There's something magical about GoldenEye, and the recent dinner hosted by celebrity chef Mario Batali and music icon and hotelier Chris Blackwell seamlessly merged star power and flippie chic. Guests arrived à l'heure. The Emperor of Cool was being interviewed by GQ magazine, his BFF Winston Stona strolled around barefoot, Mario Batali was chilling, A-list caterer Mary Giuliani was spotted, as was, too, the gorgeous mother and daughter duos of Bluette Abrahams and Odessa Chambers, and Paula Kerr-Jarrett and Michelle Bovell. Looking glam was Jala Bernard, Trinidad & Tobago Table Talk Food Awards judge, who jetted in for the weekend. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Sean Latty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Sean-Latty_19239065 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Michelle Anderson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Michelle-Anderson_19239615 Wife, mother of three and director of distribution and retail channels at Digicel, Michelle Anderson is a busy woman. Her company has just launched its Christmas promotion, which will make one customer a millionaire every week for six weeks. Plus, there's Digicel Play. It's the perfect time, we reckon, to catch up over a glass of wine at her favourite spot, Uncorked, Sovereign North. Local Lifestyle Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Of Paramount Importance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Off-Paramount-Importance_19239572 When Paramount Trading Managing Director and Lluidas Vale PNP Councillor Hugh Graham heard about the Applaud It! initiative, he was immediately intrigued. Planning for the luncheon would take careful consideration, however. Being the councillor of the Lluidas Vale division in St Catherine, Graham decided to "give back to the community". Local Food Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Mission Catwalk: All Stars - Chan's Dark Paradise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Mission-Catwalk--All-Stars---Chan-s-Dark-Paradise_19239224 Whether she's planning a trip to Saint Tropez or roaming the cobbled streets of Florence, Italy, the woman who wears Ryan Chan's designs is sure to make a statement. Though it was somewhat unconventional the way Chan referenced spring and summer -- sticking to his gothic aesthetic with black lace and sombre hues, unlike the usual floral and gloriously bright range of colours -- the point came across quite clearly: She is fabulous and her clothes are chic. Local Lifestyle Fri, 20 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Scotiabank Inspires Excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Scotiabank-Inspires-Excellence_19238250 Applaud It! -- now in its second week -- is an initiative that provides a unique opportunity for the country's powerful players of industry to meet the next generation exactly where they are and guide them through a formidable dining experience exposing them to social and dining skills. This veritable master class afforded Jacqueline Sharp, CEO and president, Scotiabank, the opportunity to host a group of 20 students from Denham Town High School, St Michael's Primary School and Dunrobin Primary School to lunch inside the Pavilion of the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel. Local Food Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT