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 A 'Hell' Of A Pudding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A--Hell--Of-A-Pudding-_17820249 We're coasting along the highway through the garden parish of St Ann when our super alert Jamaica Observer driver Dwight Lee requests a stop in Priory. "Can I get some potato pudding?" he asks, a hint of longing evident in the beseeching tone. We're naturally curious and acquiesce. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT VIDEO: Asia's Café http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Asia-s-Caf-_17782870 Success is as sweet as the decadent pastry at Asia's Café. In its 10-month span, business is solid at the eatery inside York Pharmacy found along the super-busy Half-Way-Tree Road thoroughfare, and the hot spot's operators are keeping pace with the groundswell of customers. Local Food Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste Of Jerk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-Of-Jerk-_17821427 The smell of jerk chicken and pork wafted up to our nostrils during a tour of the Royalton White Sands Resort in Trelawny last Sunday, guided by the property's ever-charming general manager Armando Pizutti. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Self-Employed Spending Plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Self-Employed-Spending-Plan-_17811148 Budgeting is an essential skill for successful money management and it should be practised by all persons, regardless of their income level. Without a clear idea of the real cost of your lifestyle, you may make improper spending decisions and jeopardise your future financial well-being. Local Lifestyle Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - Love Knows Best http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---Love-Knows-Best_17797923 All your perfect imperfections Local Lifestyle Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:05:00 GMT Oscar de la Renta – A Caribbean Pioneer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Oscar-de-la-Renta---A-Caribbean-Pioneer_17752423 “There is no sound more feminine than a woman in a taffeta dress.” This ball-gown, wedding dress, window treatment and wallcovering woven silk fabric staple was the medium with which famed Dominican Republic-born and bred, European-trained American designer Oscar de la Renta helped to document the social calendar of Hollywood stars; ladies-who-lunch and gala socialites; and further afield, US first ladies. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Giving Back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Giving-Back_17799012 Celebrating the philanthropic work of individual and corporate do-gooders, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) of Jamaica ushered in its fifth annual Business and Civic Leadership Awards for Excellence ceremony last Thursday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Chef Judson Todd Allen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston---Chef-Judson-Todd-Allen_17752423 "Architect of Flavour", Executive Chef and CEO, Healthy Infused Cuisine, LLC Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT And MOBO's Patty Award Goes To... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/And-MOBO-s-Patty-Award-Goes-To---_17798109 Kanya King, MBE, the conceptualiser of MOBO (Music of Black Origin), Europe's biggest urban music brand - which has helped to catapult musicians like Craig David, N-Dubz, Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sande and Rita Ora - not only returned the Awards to London on Wednesday night for its 19th iteration, after an absence of five years, but tantalised the taste buds at the after-party that was held at Hilton London Wembley with Jamaica patties and Devon House ice-cream courtesy of Jamaican Patty Company (JPC). Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Oscar's 'Rock' Connection http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Oscar-s--Rock--Connection_17789912 As SO joins the international fashion community in mourning designer icon Oscar de la Renta, who transitioned to eternal rest last Monday at age 82, The Rock's connection to the celebrated legend was long bridged by our model citizens on the catwalk at de la Renta's Fashion Week presentations in the Big Apple. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails With - Marcia Griffiths http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---Marcia-Griffiths_17790126 A national treasure, renowned not only for a remarkable solo career, but also for her hit songs with Bob Marley and the I-Three, as well as frequent duets with Beres Hammond..., Marcia Griffiths was bestowed with the title Commander of Distinction at last Monday's National Honours and Awards Investiture Ceremony at King's House. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Purple perspective http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Purple-perspective-_17805059 Thus far our fortune Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gardening - Oct 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gardening_17784121 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT The Hair of the Party http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/The-Hair-of-the-Party_17773055 The oh-so stylish attendees of the all-inclusive Heroes' Weekend party, 'XVII', held last week Friday in upper St Andrew, kicked off the holiday-party season's hair trends with a bang -- from mohawks to faux-hawks, big curls, vibrant hair colour and quirky hair accessories, our list of trends to watch cater to all hair types and style inclinations. Get inspired and let your hair be your best accessory this party season. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT BLONDE AMBITION http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/BLONDE-AMBITION_17773065 We love publicist Trizan Chung Ying's double-blonde 'do so much we just had to help you get it. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Au Revoir From Opa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Au-Revoir-From-Opa-_17794165 The Ambassador of Brazil to Jamaica, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva and Opa! Director Alexx Antaeus hosted a dinner party featuring delectable Greek fare to bid farewell, over excellent food and wine, to Her Excellency Godelieve Van Den Bergh, Belgium's Ambassador to Jamaica. The Ambassador's two-year tenure on The Rock concludes at the end of this month. Saturday Social RSVP'd and brings you the highlights. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT ‘The Queen’ Holds Court http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-The-Queen--Holds-Court_17795342 THE life of music legend Marcia Griffiths would make a heck of a page-turning biography that would include possible insider stories about working with Bob Marley as a one-part of the I-Threee, the how-to's of creating duet magic with Beres Hammond, behind-the-scenes tales of Studio One, travelling the world, and life lessons learned after a 50-year music journey. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vows - The Wright Love Story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows---The-Wright-Love-Storyy_17754903 "Now I've got you in my space All Woman Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Frenchmen delights! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Frenchmen-delights--_17788460 Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean sea, the premier event of the annual Heroes' weekend, Frenchmen, was held on the pristine white sands of Pearly Beach, St Ann. Cabanas, elevated multi-level sponsor booths, delectable delights, an LED DJ set-up, make-up courtesy of Paul Marsh and many Johnnie Walker and Red Stripe offerings, were the order of the day. Local Lifestyle Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT An Au Revoir @ Opa! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-Au-Revoir---Opa--_17782927 'Opa!' is what Greeks exclaim in a time of celebration or when expressing joy and gratitude. It's a term that would perhaps aptly reference the two-year tenure of Ambassador of Belgium to Jamaica, Godelieve Van Den Bergh. The ambassador's tour of duty comes to an end in October, at which time she'll return to Brussels. To honour the departing ambassador, Antonio F Da Costa eSilva, Brazil's Ambassador to Jamaica, and producer/restaurateur Alexx Antaeus hosted a farewell dinner party Monday last at the latter's celebrated Greek eatery, Opa! Greek Restaurant and SkyLounge. The table resembled that of a United Nations delegation (think: Brazil, Russia, United States, Chile, Greece and Jamaica). Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food Reminiscing on Diwali http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Food-Reminiscing-on-Diwali_17760750 Today, thousands of persons of Indian descent across the region will be lighting small clay lamps filled with oil, candles and artificial chain lights in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. Houses and public spaces are decorated with small earthen lamps called diyas, signifying the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali focuses on embracing one's inner light, to dispel physical and mental darkness. Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Jamaica - The Bartender Competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-of-Jamaica---The-Bartender-Competition_17784065 I was asked to be the head judge for the bartender competition section in the recently held Best Dressed Chicken Taste of Jamaica - A culinary competition put on by the Culinary Federation of Jamaica. Overall, the event had just over 250 participants working in teams or individually vying for a range of titles including the following: Chef/Junior of the Year; Junior Apprentice Chef of the Year; Pastry Chef of the Year and Bartender of the Year. This event also serves as part of the selection process for the Jamaican team to enter the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition to be held in Miami in June 2015. Local Food Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Success Breeds Success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Success-Breeds-Success_17783852 Last week we discussed the importance of throwing aside your reservations when it comes to creating independent sources of income. As the saying goes, "Fortune favours the bold;" so if you need to earn more to pay bills and achieve your goals, you have to become courageous in trying to make money. Local Business Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT On A 'Mission' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/On-A--Mission-_17708027 Drama, dresses and diva tantrums are back for the fourth season of executive producer and host Keneea Linton-George's hit reality designer competition show, Mission Catwalk, subtitled this year -- 'The High Fashion Edition'. Local Lifestyle Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Spotted! - Malcolm Gladwell http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted----Malcolm-Gladwell_17755229 THE British-born, Canadian-raised (of Jamaican-British parentage) Malcolm Gladwellwrites for The New Yorker magazine and is a New York Times best-selling author. Gladwell's books include The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw, (an anthology of his New Yorker pieces), and his latest which enjoyed a 2013 release -- David and Goliath. The New York City-based Gladwell is also an award-winning journalist, speaker and marathoner. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT