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 Let's Dance Forever! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--May-25-_18982432 It's like I've waited my whole life for this one night Local Lifestyle Mon, 25 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fancy Schmancy Accoutrements http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--May-25-_18975526 Who steps out the door without as much as a pair of earrings, a trendy necklace, your favourite handbag, or even a wristwatch these days? Accessories are a means of self-expression. Jewellery by Megan and Cinderella Hats accessories have been making the rounds at Corporate Area fashion shows recently. Your AW Fashion trend spotters spotlights artisans Megan McKain and Marcella James. Local Lifestyle Mon, 25 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT The ‘Silent’ STAR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-silient-STAR_18990849 At a towering six feet five inches, the curly-haired architect of the four-piece mixed media installation glazed in ebony beams quietly but with an assured dose of patrilineal pride. Silent Stars, which held its opening reception on Tuesday, May 12 at Devon House and ran for a mere six days, serves as the handcrafted fruits of yet another successful stint of Alexis Peskine's multidisciplinary and interactive AcuPainting art workshop series. The series, after making significant strides in France, Brazil, the States, and the African continent, took up a four-month residency at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts back in January. Nurtured and led by the 35-year old visual artist, photographer and graphic designer, who splits his time between Salvador, Bahia in Brazil and his native Paris, France -- a batch of around 20 students at the Rock's premier art school were exposed to Peskine's artisanal techniques, artistic signatures, and expansive worldview across the areas of painting, sculpture, fashion, graphic design, and photography. Fashioned from wood, enamel paint, and gold-leafed nails, and featuring Edna Manley pupils as subjects, the collaborative work is inspired by constellations and astronomy -- after all, the collection sports names such as Andromeda and Nebula -- and celebrates freedom, global travel and identity, as well as explores the rediscovery of self through world cultures and universal themes via the black body. Pacing the antique parquetry underfoot, inside the upper apartments of the iconic manse, where Silent Stars was mounted in partnership with AYA Consultancy & Training Solutions, SO contributor Curt Cawley picks the brain of the nomadic Peskine... Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Making It Blissful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Making-It-Blissful-_18990594 A gorgeous photo popped up on Instagram one Sunday afternoon. Indicating a 'like' for the image was just too easy -- I wanted more... The more was thankfully found and I now share the story behind the images, as well as the interior designer and artist Arwa Turra, who summarises her design philosophy in three words -- Make It Blissful... It's no idle boast. Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT The Inn Crowd http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Inn-Crowd-_18981792 The Rock's cool factor is not disappearing anytime soon as Portie resident and self- described champagne socialist Jon Baker -- record producer, hotelier, current Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards parish judge, and sometime Gotham resident -- made the cut in the New York Post's list of eight hotels owned by notable New Yorkers. Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with — Lisa Binns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with---Lisa-Binns_18975188 Brimming with an almost sunshine-like personality, Lisa Binns brightens whatever company she happens to be sharing at the moment. Last Monday, it was the Jamaica Observer's executive boardroom where she and her STUSH in the Bush co-principal hubby Christopher made the guest list of caterers, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs invited to a Victoria Mutual Wealth Management-sponsored, Brian Lumley-catered luncheon that gauged the temperature of the current culinary landscape. Post-lunch, she spoke about loving deep rural life in St Ann and the long-term plans to move the organic farm and product business to higher heights. Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT My St Ann — Christopher Binns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-St-Ann---Christopher-Binns_18975110 What are your earliest and fondest memories of St Ann? Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gardening— May 24 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening--May-24_18971816 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT With Flying Colours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/With-Flying-Colours_18976149 Champers and vino as curious instruments of knowledge factored into the Tuesday afternoon activities of stylish bon vivants plucked from the canon of the Caribbean Airlines staff complement. Piqued by the engaging curriculum led by maestro Debbian Spence-Minott of the JWN Academy, the educational arm of the J Wray & Nephew brand ambitions, pupils indulged in informative nuggets and libatious manifestations of viticulture and vinification. Saturday Social hops aboard this wine tour! Local Lifestyle Sat, 23 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT The Marshalls @ The Round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Marshalls---The-Round-_18987316 How to usher in another fab year and thaw out from a brutally cold Massachusetts winter? Seems Boston- based attorney-at-law Roshal Erskine-Marshall and her medical doctor hubby Zwade Marshall found the perfect solution. They jetted into the island last weekend and headed straight to the cashmere-chic Round Hill Hotel & Villas, where in between dips in the infinity pool and laps in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, sips of freshly blended juices and ice-cold Red Stripe Beers along with the award-winning fare of the property's executive chef Martin Maginley, the Marshalls have now become, like so many of us, converts to the understated luxe and addictive charm of the property frequented by the global fabulocracy. Local Lifestyle Sat, 23 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Star chefs to heat up The Best Dressed Chicken Pavilion at the Table Talk Food Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Star-chefs-to-heat-up-The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-Pavilion-at-the-Table-Talk-Food-Awards_18986989 Guests at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards can expect a sensory treat at The Best Dressed Chicken pavilion, which will feature culinary artistry from four top chefs -- Jacqui Tyson, Brian Lumley, Jason Howard and Vidyadhara Shetty. Food Awards Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Shetty & Howard for Foodie Seminar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Shetty---Howard-for-Foodie-Seminar_18987025 Barbadian born Jason Howard Vidyadhara Shetty the executive chef at Blue Cilantro Restaurant in Grand Cayman and the President of the Cayman Culinary Federation will add their voices to the discussion on the culinary industry at the Jamaica Observer hosted Foodie Seminar slated to take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at the Spanish Court Hotel. Local Lifestyle Fri, 22 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fare Game http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Fare-Game_18974870 National pride was the name of the game for the fifth week of the Digicel/Jamaica Observer Instagram #FAinstafare competition. For the challenge, tagged 'Taste of Jamaica', entrants were called on to submit photos of Jamaican fare, and entries ran the gamut from such beloved staples as stewed peas, jerk chicken, ackee and salt fish, and fried fish and festival. Local Food Thu, 21 May 2015 01:00:00 GMT Sista P - SooSoomba Vegetarian Restaurant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sista-P---Soosoomba-Vegetarian-Restaurant-in-Hope-Bay_18971928 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Portland, Jon Baker, adds Soosoomba Vegetarian Restaurant and Scotch Bonnet Restaurant at Match Resort to his list of culinary gems. Local Food Thu, 21 May 2015 01:00:00 GMT Rick's Café http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Rick-s-Caf-_18982699 Undoubtedly the most successful restaurant and bar enterprise in the island of Jamaica and, indeed, the Caribbean is the world-famous Rick's Café, to be found on the cliff of West End, Negril, in the parish of Westmoreland. Local Food Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Defending Your Savings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Defending-Your-Savings_18971821 Last week we discussed the role that saving plays in creating a secure financial future. Saving helps you to develop the discipline required for money success; experience money accumulation, not just money attrition; amass emergency funds; and build a solid base to boost your investments. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Grant’s Jerk Pork & More http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Grant-s-Jerk-Pork---More From the outside, Grant’s Jerk Pork & More doesn’t seem like much. Local Food Thu, 21 May 2015 03:15:18 GMT Scotch Bonnet Restaurant At Match Resort http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Scotch-Bonnet-Restaurant-At-Match-Resort Taking the road eastwards out of Port Antonio, just past the Trident Hotel you see a sign on the right for Match Resort, take the right turn up a newly paved road and you will turn into the pleasant forecourt of the Match Resort and Hotel. Entering the tidy lobby and reception area, I am met by my friend Richard Harris, local lawyer and proprietor of the property, who, while having very competent and pleasant staff, loves to be hands-on when it comes to his guests. Local Food Thu, 21 May 2015 01:29:32 GMT Border Jerk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Border-Jerk_18972037 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of Westmoreland and attorney-at-law Michael Erskine makes reservations at Border Jerk and Rick's Cafe Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 01:00:00 GMT Puddin Man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Puddin-Man_18982711 For those of us who race along the North Coast Highway east to west, or vice versa, Priory is not a place one stops at unless you are catching the Sunday night party or the yearly kite festival. This, however, is changing due to a small cook shop owned by the 'Puddin Man'. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Christopher's at Hermosa Cove http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Christopher-s-at-Hermosa-Cove_18974532 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges for the parish of St Ann, Andrew and Lucy Salm reveal their final six culinary gems. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Zionites Farm - Organic Vegetarian Food at its best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Zionites-Farm_18982714 We love a road trip and that's certainly one of the many joys of a visit to Zionites Farm! Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Farm Village Cafe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Farm-Village-Cafe_18974581 Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge for the parish of St Catherine, Dwight Scott, adds Farm Village Café, Grant’s Jerk Centre and Reggae City Jerk Village to his culinary gems. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Team Jamaica might not compete at Taste of the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Team-Jamaica-might-not-compete-at-Taste-of-the-Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Jamaica National Culinary Team might not be able to make it to Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, to compete in this year's Taste of the Caribbean. Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 21:18:18 GMT Reggae City Jerk Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Reggae-City-Jerk-Village On the recommendation of my jerkloving posse, I headed to Bog Walk in the late afternoon last Thursday for dinner with friends. Our destination: Reggae City Jerk Village. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 May 2015 03:23:15 GMT