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 Making Financial Sacrifices http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Making-Financial-Sacrifices_16477750 At this time of year, many people all around the world commemorate Easter, when they focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the Christian faith, Jesus' ultimate sacrifice of His life brought salvation to a weary and sinful world. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show -- Cooking with Wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-on-Show----Cooking-with-Wine_16469189 Last week a group of us descended on the lawns on The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel to support the "Chefs on Show" event aimed at funding our national culinary team's attendance at this year's Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. A number of chefs including the reigning chef of the year, Brian Lumley, along with Mark Cole, Dennis McIntosh, Jacqui Tyson, Theo Smith, Anthony Walters, David Kay and Lorraine Fung, to name a few, were on hand to serve up some delicious dishes. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: 'Game Day Dog' at Tracks & Records http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Game-Day-Dog--at-Tracks---Records_16466338 The upper deck dining room of Tracks & Records rolled out the welcome carpet last Tuesday evening to the Jamaica Observer Food Awards judging panel, introducing their adventurous palates to the sports bar's just-launched delicious range of hot dogs. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Culinary Super 'Nova' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Culinary-Super--Nova-_16445266 As one of the capital city's finer dining establishments, Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel takes no shortcuts to culinary excellence: it's either top-flight fare or a no-go. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chefs on Show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-on-Show_16454672 There was good food, great wine and a marvellous time had by all at the third annual Chefs on Show, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Wednesday. Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT It's A Wrap! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/It-s-A-Wrap--_16469398 With our first season of Two Sisters and a Meal coming to a close last Sunday, April, 13,we could think of no better way to celebrate the exciting exploration of our lovely island home than by putting together our personal list of Most Memorable Moments of Season 1. Thank you for joining us on this remarkable journey, showcasing our people, our food and our culture. We'll be back for a second season with more fabulous stories later this year on TVJ. Without further ado we list now our Top 10: Local Lifestyle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT How Posh stays fit at 40 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/How-Posh-stays-fit-at-40-_16463880 She turns on April 17, but Victoria Beckham's latest eccentric health and exercise regimen reveal that her appetite for reinvention is greater than ever. Local Lifestyle Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Power girl posse! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Power-girl-posse--_16463773 They were first spotted together last week at Sean 'Diddy' Combs sons' 16th birthday party. Local Lifestyle Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Straight To The Heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Straight-To-The-Heart_16450372 It was a deliberately slow, but rewarding, march towards love for Brian Kong and Candice Newman. The lovebirds, who tied the knot last month in a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel's Starlight Terrace, however finally found their destiny in each other. All Woman Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT PACKING HEAT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/PACKING-HEAT_16451059 We took our retail therapy ambitions to our favourite boutiqueries to find the perfect season must-haves to pack for the long Easter weekend and Carnival finale. Here's what made our packing checklist. Local Lifestyle Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jen talks functional parenting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/JEN-TALKS-functional-parenting_16461163 Ben Affleck is about to play the ultimate superhero in the upcoming Superman vs Batman. But, according to his wife Jennifer Garner, this superhero's "functional" parenting skills leave a lot to be desired. Local Lifestyle Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bar None: Inside J Wray & Nephew's new corporate office http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Bar-None--Inside-J-Wray---Nephew-s-new-corporate-office_16460408 It makes perfect sense that the name behind one of the world's great rums would have a bar in its new corporate office. But this is no ordinary bar. And the bar is not where this story ends. In fact, the story began more than 180 years ago when John Wray opened the Shakespeare Tavern beside the Ward Theatre. That business evolved into one of the Caribbean's largest exporters-J Wray & Nephew Limited. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Knocking On Wood http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Knocking-On-Wood_16454636 SO spots an exquisite necklace, made of wood to boot, at Expo Jamaica 2014. It's created by the young, vivacious Lacey-Ann Bartley of Bartley's All In Wood. There's reason to learn more...lots more. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with - Cindy Breakspeare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with---Cindy-Breakspeare_16452899 Across the black and white-tiled expanse of the Guilt Restaurant, located on the charming gingerbread verandah of the historic Devon House, we spy the gorgeous Cindy Breakspeare decked out in her afternoon tea finery, engaging in languid girl talk over chef Colin Hylton's gourmet creations. With a simple table-switch, the singer, former beauty queen and one of Bob Marley's great loves, pauses to gab over virgin cocktails. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT 10 Things You Must Stop Doing Today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/10-Things-You-Must-Stop-Doing-Today_16435871 What I love most about Carnival is that no matter how difficult my personal circumstances, I can count on it. No matter the troubles in my family, in my business, or in my life, I know there will be a celebration, every year. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Garry Kasparov http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Garry-Kasparov_16434570 Former World Chess Champion, Human Rights Activist Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Big Sean calls it QUITS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Big-Sean-calls-it-QUITS_16454136 Big Sean ended his engagement to Naya Rivera because he apparently couldn't take her controlling ways any longer. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Get Stoned! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Get-Stoned-_16454906 Our Style Awards 2012-2013 designer of the year Bianca Bartley has good news to share with our readers who'll be spending the Easter holidays at Island Outposts' award-winning Goldeneye resort located in Oracabessa, St Mary. Her latest collection from Peace-is-of-Bianca, Stoned, is now available at the North-coast paradise. Local Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gardening - April 13 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening_20140413 Dear Orchid Doc: Lifestyle Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:36:42 GMT Design Update http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Design-Update_16451225 It's two years since our first encounter with designer Dana Baugh, who was as apprehensive — "I've never put my work on display in such an open forum before" — as she was eager to gauge reactions to her first showing in Jamaica. In the hustle and bustle of last weekend's well-supported EXPO Jamaica 2014, Baugh is fielding questions from patrons eager to grasp her design concept. Local Lifestyle Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Faux in the glow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Faux-in-the-glow_16438508 Models and It girls Nastashia Mitchell and Sydia Valentine visit Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon, owner of Racquel J Make-Up Studio, for an appointment with her faux tanning equipment. Moss-Solomon takes our girls from bland to amber alert in such an impressively natural-looking way (no orange streaks here) you'd swear they had just emerged from the sun-kissed shores of any of our coastal hot spots. For those with deeper complexions, the airbrush is also a good way to mask cellulite and to layer your mahogany skin with a burnished polish, making you an ultra-exotic standout when you're spied chipping on the asphalt during the Bacchanal Jamaica Road March. Local Lifestyle Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT The power of a discount! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-power-of-a-discount-_16453621 Get your cheque books out, ladies and gentlemen, everyone's favourite French-Canadian is having a door buster sale. Local Lifestyle Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Going green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Going-green_16427119 Skin is on show big time, this season, so now is the perfect time to subject it to some vigorous ‘spring cleaning’. But this time we’re thinking outside the box, which means moving away from the traditional topical application options. Local Lifestyle Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Lucky number 7 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Lucky-Number-7_16372875 Love in its truest sense is not based on feelings. Rather, love determines to show thoughtful actions even when there seems to be no reward. — The Love Dare All Woman Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Finding the C-spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Finding-the-C-spot_16439625 Carnival and the fabulously beach - focused Easter weekend parties are clipping at our Bridget - sandalled soles — 'tis the season, after all — but, alas , our skin hasn’t been looking its best lately. (Blame it on the daily routine of corporate life.) You're suffering from flaking, sallownes sand blemishes, and nothing seems to make an improvement. We'd say it's time for a Vitamin C peel. This three-step treatment — available at spa oasis The Face Place — will improve circulation, even and tone your complexion, and exfoliate away blemishes, leaving the skin brightened and renewed just in time to get on ‘wild and wassy’. Local Lifestyle Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT