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 PHOTO: MOBAY RULE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MOBAY-RULEMontego-Bay-United-win-Red-Stripe-Premier-League-for-2nd-time-in-three-years-------_59600 With absolute joy, Montego Bay United Captain Dwayne Ambusley raises the Red Stripe Premier League trophy after beating Portmore 2-1 yesterday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Local Lifestyle Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vows: Planning the perfect wedding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Planning-the-perfect-wedding_59110 The Bliss Bridal Boutique-Bridal Trunk Show held on Saturday, April 23, inside the Grand Jamaica Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, attracted scores of patrons eager to explore the multitude of offerings available to those about to tie the knot, their families and the many wedding consultants looking to up the ante. The event, which was the first of its kind and endorsed by The Jamaica Bridal Expo, was streamed live for those unable to attend. All Woman Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Say yes to the dress http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Say-yes-to-the-dress_59112 It’s the dream of many women, even those who deny it most vehemently, to walk up the aisle in the perfect wedding gown. Many brides will attest, however, to just how daunting a challenge it is to secure that one dress with your name written all over it. It truly takes fit after fit after fit. Brian and Sara Stanford, the proprietors of Bliss Bridal Boutique understand this dilemma only too well and judging from the public’s reception of The Bridal Trunk Show held on Saturday, April 23 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston they have found the solution! Brides, and there were many, tried on dresses by international designer labels Maggie Sottero, Lillian West and other top designers. The process was simplified by the presence of Bliss consultants and Stacy Hughes, Maggie Sottero’s international business manager. Brides-to-be were also able to take advantage of discounts and other event specials. All Woman Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Let’s Lévé! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Let-s-Leve-_59290 Tobago has long been one of those destinations kind of like Grenada — frequented by the discerning set. Getting there this time sans PJ was cause for initial concern, but with CAL flights to and from Tobago literally every 20 minutes from Piarco International airport, and a driver patiently awaiting my arrival, I was soon en route to Villa Being, Arnos Vale. Indeed, a place so under the radar that, rave review from the venerable Forbes magazine aside (it was called “the most fabulous vacation villa in Tobago”), the immigration officer was more receptive to the fact that I was visiting celebrity fashion designer Claudia Pegus, as she was not at all au fait with Villa Being. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Spotted — Sharon Clark-Rowley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted---Sharon-Clark-Rowley_59285 Who? Sharon Clark-Rowley, wife of the prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr Keith Christopher Rowley. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Me Ting is Mine   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Me-Ting-is-Mine_59342 “Finding inspiration for a collection is a very tedious and thought-provoking process. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Villa Being Estate Villa at Arnos Vale, Tobago … http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Villa-Being-Estate--Villa-at-Arnos-Vale--Tobago--_59326 Its owner Dr Auliana Poon, the brain behind Tourism Intelligence International, refers to it as “an experience of outdoor living in a sustainable environment... on an 11-acre organic fruit estate”. Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening with — April 30 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening-with---April-30 Dear Orchid Doc: The tips of my Vandas are turning yellow. Can you tell me what is wrong? — Donna Local Lifestyle Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:16 GMT A Solid Dose of Family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Solid-Dose-of-Family_59065 The story behind every success has its own unique touch. André Fowles’ stellar performance on the highly acclaimed Food Network TV ’s Chopped Champions is a success story. But the road to glory was not an easy route, and Fowles credits his success to his family. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Earning his chops! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Earning-his-chops-_59066 With the Rock’s flavourful involvement at the centre of the much buzzed about Season 5 of the Chopped Champions tournament, which airs on the Food Network , via the gastronomic acumen of the 27-year-old wunderkind André Fowles, that impressive chef de cuisine chef from the kitchen of the popular Miss Lily’s Restaurant, in the Big Apple, all eyes were fixed on the Tuesday, April 26 season finale where Fowles would match up against the last remaining Chopped Champion Adam Greenberg. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Le Dîner en Blanc - Take 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Le-D-ner-en-Blanc_58174 Thursday Life plates the final course of the spectacular picnic that took place on Saturday, April 16, at the Usain Bolt Regupol Track at UWI Mona Bowl, for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Recipe Corner - Grandma’s Fruit Cake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Recipe-Corner---Grandma-s-Fruit-Cake_59080 Thursday Life shares with readers a recipe courtesy of Grandma Veronica Davis now perfected by her award-winning grandson and Chopped finalist  André Fowles. Local Food Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Friends, scores and fancy labels — How we choose wine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Friends--scores-and-fancy-labels---How-we-choose-wine_58816 During recent travels to the USA, I trolled the shelves of wine shops and supermarkets just to see what’s on the market. What struck me was some of the names and labels of many of the newer wines, not in the boutique wine shops, but those on the supermarket shelves. I am not sure why it surprised me because the research has shown that wine drinkers choose wines for three main reasons. Here is a short overview. Local Lifestyle Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vows - You and Me: Meant To Be! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/You-and-Me--Meant-To-Be-_58301 When UWI, Mona final-year law student Victor Brown saw his blushing bride Ashalee Dunkley walking towards him on their wedding day, Saturday, December 26, 2015, at Powell Close, Mount Salem in St James, he knew it was meant to be. Vows takes you back to their initial encounter. All Woman Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Dîner’ is Served http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-D-ner--is-Served The prevailing mystery surrounding ‘the world’s largest dinner party’, Le Dîner En Blanc, is always more a question of where the annual dinner in white is set to take place, rather than the classic guesswork of who’s coming. Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:00:39 GMT So Gardening April 24 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/So-Gardening-April-24_58129 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Le Dîner en Blanc Take 2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Le-D-ner-en-Blanc-Take-2_58173 Who says we don’t do picnics? We certainly do, and in grand style. Thursday Life takes you inside the secret location — Usain Bolt Regupol Track at the UWI Mona Bowl for the second staging of Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston. Local Food Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Best Dressed Chicken Moment at DÎNER EN BLANC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Best-Dressed-Chicken-Moment-at-D-NER-EN-BLANC_58170 And so with the hundreds of exquisitely white-clad guests seated for their picnic, there really was no better way for The Best Dressed Chicken to seize the moment than with a parade of platters of classic roast chicken, marched in to Flo Rida’s Welcome to My House. Local Food Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT #WinningWines @ Dîner En Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-WinningWines---D-ner-En-Blanc_58172 “Dîner En Blanc was the perfect setting to introduce and pair our Winning Wines of J Wray & Nephew Limited with an array of delicious dishes from not only the event’s preferred caterers but also for the various homemade picnic baskets that showcased an assortment of cheeses, meats and desserts”, shared Chesna Haber, business development manager at J Wray & Nephew. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT #Moët Moment for a Lifetime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Mo-t-Moment-for-a-Lifetime_58171 Moët Ice Impérial was once again the official pour at Dîner en Blanc Kingston. “The global event for those who can chicly attire themselves in all-white was the perfect fit for the brand,” according to Jared Samuel, brand manager for Moët & Chandon. Local Lifestyle Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vows: The Last Time I’ll Fall In Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--The-Last-Time-I-ll-Fall-In-Love_57857 Dionne Forrester, television editor at CVM Television, wed her knight in shining armour Damion Malcolm – web designer/graphic artist at Blitz Web Designs, at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge in Kingston on November 29, 2015. All Woman Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Video: Happy Birthday, Page2! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Happy-Birthday--Page2-_57609 From its inception, Page 2 has been much more than a prominent page in the Jamaica Observer. It quickly established itself as the arbiter of the ‘in crowd’. And as the lead adjudicator of who is in and who is out, it is both fervently revered and despised. At the height of his popularity, author Truman Capote ( Breakfast at Tiffany’ s) decided to throw a lavish Black and White masquerade ball at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in November 1966. In the annals of social history, it is said that the list of those who were not invited was as significant as those who were. So, too, with Page 2 — the exclusions are as significant as the inclusions. Who makes Page 2 ? The bon vivants! If you can’t be pretty, then be stylish. If you can’t be stylish, then be witty or clever. If you can’t be witty or clever, then at least be rich. And if you are fresh out of luck on all counts, then, for the love of God, date someone who is. If all else fails, get embroiled in a juicy scandal. The bottom line is to have a point to your presence. One makes Page 2 when one can represent something distinctive, something extraordinary. When you can inspire someone else to look better, feel better, be better. When people for some reason will seek either to talk to you or about you. This is Page 2 Lifestyle Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gardening — April 17 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening---April-17_57403 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Style-Stepping: A Stately Affair http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Style-Stepping--A-Stately-Affair_57795 Like clockwork yesterday morning, members of parliament, state ministers, government officials, members of the Cabinet, and their families arrived at Gordon House for the official opening of the 2016/2017 session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the delivery of Proclamation No 27 by Governor General of Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen. Local Lifestyle Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Perfect Your Picnic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Perfect-Your-Picnic_57481 Le Dîner en Blanc — the world’s most stylish dinner party — is fast approaching, and the Chow Society team has upped the ante to create a stunning all-white affair that will be etched in the memories of the 1,000 or so guests for a long time to come. Local Food Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT