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 Seafoodie & Snackalicious http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Seafoodie---Snackalicious_65509 18 years ago, when the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards was a mere thought in motion, foodies had to rely on word-of-mouth tips to unearth The Rock’s hidden mealtime gems. Now acknowledged as an authority in the Caribbean’s food industry, foodie regulars and newbies alike reference the awards for the best new food items, directions to the best restaurants across the island and tips on hot new chefs and caterers. Food Awards Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Street Eats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Street-Eats_65548 On the last Saturday of every month, Executive Chef Simone Walker-Barrett, a chef lecturer at the UTech School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has been stirring up the streets in her native district Mount James in West Rural St. Andrew. Dubbed Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT What do you like about Wine? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/What-do-you-like-about-Wine-_65230 I attended a recent wine tasting hosted at the new Oak Wine Bar and Lounge in Kingston where new wine importer Vinum Society’s Annie Gourion offered guests her wines from the Loire Valley in France. In the ensuing discussions about each wine, I opined that Gourion was very courageous in her endeavour to chart a new path, albeit a difficult one, by importing these natural organic wines from France into Jamaica. Most of the existing importers are taking the easy route; they appear to be focusing on the wines for the mass palate, and I do understand that the need to feed the bottom line is massively important. Luckily for some of us wine lovers, the tourist industry forces the importers to offer a wider range of products to satisfy that market, and we benefit as a result. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Going Loco for Coco http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Going-Loco-for-Coco With some savvy video branding and innovative new ways to slice and serve , our beloved coconuts are being given their own dedicated storefront at iconic Kingston food landmark Devon House. Omar shoucair of Truck Stop and Street Eats food truck fame will be opening his brainchild, The Jamaica Coconut Traders’ Coco Raw, a smoothie/ juice/light snack bar tucked away in Devon House. Foodie News got a peek at the recipes and merchandise and proud to be the first to tell you to follow them on instagram @cocorawja for more details. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Jun 2016 03:31:43 GMT All in Good Taste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/All-in-Good-Taste_65539 Foodie News is keeping an eye on the eagerly anticipated Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Lifetime Achievement Awardee tastee location set to open in Liguanea this July. This isn’t just a patty shop folks, we hear the (soon to become) landmark two-storey facility with it’s striking glass and steel facade was designed by noted architectural team Zuar Ltd. as an airy and light - filled patty fuelled eatery plus coffee shop, allowing lovers of the iconic tastee treat to dine in leisurely style overlooking the hustle and bustle of Matilda’s Corner in The Rock’s metropolis. Local Food Thu, 30 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Stairway To Forever http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Stairway-To-Forever_64941 A rustic garden wedding on June 8, mere days before summer, was all that Spanish Court Hotel Night Manager Marve Wilmot Jr needed to profess his love for his childhood crush-turned-fiancée Nicole Wright, field officer at the Caribbean Institute of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Vows takes you to the altar. All Woman Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT What to Wear: Casino Royale! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/What-to-Wear-Casino-Royale-_64944 As Thursday, June 30 fast approaches, the highly anticipated premium all inclusive event Casino Royale, is set to unfurl at the Acropolis Gaming Centre and Ribbiz Ultra Lounge. In case you’re wondering what to wear to the soiree, All Woman Fashion settles the score with gorgeous gowns for the ladies from Manor Park fashion retailers FLIRT Boutique, and for the gents, Smart Mobile Solutions CEO Dane Spencer plays 007, serving up sartorial elegance All Woman Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Jason Hall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston-Jason-Hall-June-26_63899 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT The ‘Pulse’ of CFW http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The--Pulse--of-CFW_64926 Caribbean Fashionweek 2016, the annual event organised by the Pulse Investments multi-brand came full circle, as it were, for its 16th instalment, with the appointment of then Pulse sales and marketing director Safia Cooper — and daughter of company chairman Kingsley Cooper — as its new CEO and the event’s traditional home at the National Indoor Sports Centre, being swapped out for the Pulse’s original home, Villa Ronai. The elevated landscape of the elegant Stony Hill grounds served as backdrop to the eclectic mix of a selection of the Caribbean’s top designers. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT So Cocktails With... Shala Monroque http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/So-Cocktails-With----Shala-Monroque-June-26_64902 The free-spirited photog and creative consultant Shala Monroque embodies an influential cool that secures her place as a global street-style fave and the goto guest voice in-between the covers of fashion bibles such as Vogue and the homepages of their digital platforms. The jet-setting former fashion editor and creative director waxes philosophical about life with us as capitivated ears... Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT SO Gardening June 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening-June-26_64515 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT L’Escargot in Runaway Bay is Sublime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/L-Escargot-in-Runaway-Bay-is-Sublime_64718 If I said that a sublime fine dining experience was available pon di roadside between two hideous strip malls just before the gas station on the main road in Runaway Bay, you would probably ask me to share what I had been smoking! Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Beefing Up with Celeste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Beefing-Up-with-Celeste_64686 Celeste Gordon, chef and proprietor of catering and food consultancy company Whip It Up! by Celeste Gordon – who copped the Best Caterer 2016 award at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards – invited Thursday Life to her Jack’s Hill residence on Monday for grilled beef tenderloin with peppercorn cream sauce and an Asian-styled steak tartare with wonton crisps. Armed with fresh beef and steak from Best Product 2016 nominees, The Meat Experts, Gordon serves up two succulent dishes with accompanying recipes to satisfy the most discerning palate. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sumptuous Resort Fare http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sumptuous-Resort-Fare_64721 Thursday Life continues our coverage of the 18th annual Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards with sumptuous fare provided by a few of The Rock’s premier destination resorts. Whether you have a hankering for fruit sushi from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort on the North Coast or care for a shot of Blackwell Rum from Strawberry Hill Hotel — a part of the Island Outpost resort chain — from the St Andrew hills, the offerings are endless. There’s even succulent Blue Mountain coffee-and-cocoa-encrusted pork tenderloin from the Zest, Cuisine of the Sun restaurant at The Cliff Hotel in Negril — which is set to host a weekend of food, wine and festivities with award-winning chefs Cindy Hutson, Jonhoi Reid and Gariel Ferguson, July 7-9. Look no further, Thursday Life has enough scrumptious fare to make you go hmm.... Local Food Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foodie News Round-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Foodie-News-Round-up_64642 TWO SISTERS AND A SHOW ! Local Food Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A Sugar Mill, Well Defined http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Sugar-Mill--Well-Defined_64657 Over 50 Châine des Rôtisseurs members and their guests descended on the historic Sugar Mill Restaurant at the Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall, for a highly anticipated dining affair simply called “Sugar Mill, Redefined”. The restaurant was previously closed for refurbishing, and our hosts Half Moon General Manager and Châine Bailli Honoraire Dr Sandro Fabris, Director of Food & Beverage and Châine Officier Chef Rôtisseur Giorgio Rusconi, and Half Moon executive chef Stephen Sowa wanted to show off their new state-of-the-art kitchen facilities. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vows: Crossing Paths to Proposal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Crossing-Paths-to-Proposal_63986 When we met Norman Manley International Airport Customer Service Representative Damion Harriott and his fiance Camille Edwards, AT&T retail sales consultant, at the Kingston Bridal Week wedding exhibition back in November, we knew they were planning a wedding. Eight months later, on Saturday, June 11, the two exchanged vows at the Laughing Waters Villa in St Ann. All Woman Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Milestone — Cecil Cooper at 70 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Milestone---Cecil-Cooper-at-70_64385 The Olympia Gallery in Kingston was the canvas, last Friday, for the unveiling of Milestone — Cecil Cooper at 70, an exhibition featuring the works of renowned Jamaican visual artist Cecil Cooper. Local Lifestyle Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Inhale... Exhale... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Inhale----Exhale---_63952 This week the team at Adam and Eve Day Spa introduces an exciting new range of products and treatments specially developed in line with distinctive Jamaican elements Land, Wood & Water: The Jamaican Patwah Scrub, the Jamaican Bamboo Massage, the Jamaican Island Facial, and the Rock Steady Mani and Pedis. The treatments have been formulated with a variety of local ingredients including zesty local lemongrass’ scent rich spices pimento and cinnamon; classic Jamaican herbs hemp and cerassee; and local fruits bissy and soursop. Local Lifestyle Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Handcrafted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Handcrafted_64289 Texture, tone, workmanship and handcrafted detail emerged as key trends from standout designers at the just-wrapped Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW). In true Caribbean fashion the collections featured myriad styles and techniques, ranging sharp tailoring, vivid prints, conservative feminism, and funky Carib-urban pop. In a fashion world that sees new collections every few weeks, and a rising horde of budding fashionistas chronicling their #OOTD, making a collection or look one’s own is the name of the fashion game the world over and at CFW designers seemed to steer their collections toward fresh originality. All Woman Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Father knows best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Father-knows-best_63897 As social authority Page 2 continues to celebrate its tenth anniversary, sister publication SO invited Page 2 faves to the Worthington Avenue-extension of Spanish Court Hotel to share in the joys of fatherhood! Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Jun 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with - Carleene Samuels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with---Carleene-Samuels_63225 Producer Carleene Samuels is our weekday drink date, at the No 71 watering hole CRU Bar & Kitchen overlooking Lady Musgrave Road. We sip on Appleton Reserve grog mixed with coconut water, al fresco, with an industry creative, for whom crossing paths with celebs and finding herself immersed in the maddening swirl of location, location, location, is just another day at the office. Committed to bringing audiences contemporary interepetations of life and expression through television, film, and events, Samuels exploits pauses to sound off on her crucial place within the bigger picture! Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Jason E Andrean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Jason-E-Andrean_63902 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dear Orchid Doc - June 19 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Dear-Orchid-Doc_64237 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sweet, Savoury Goodness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sweet--Savoury-Goodness_63894 At the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards we focus on sumptuous fare, and in this week’s round-up feast your eyes on particularly simple pleasures and fanciful delectable treats created by The Rock’s culinary masters. Thursday Life harkens back to the East Lawns at Devon House for decadent chocolate ganache, fresh-out-the-oven country puddings and liquored-up popsicles. Local Food Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT