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 VIDEO: Coupes of Chocolate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Coupes-of-Chocolate_16460184 The Spanish Court Hotel's Valencia Room is, on Monday nights, home to newly discovered food personalities, rousing culinary discourse and, of course, a full-fledged baptism of new food fare. Thursday Life reporter Omar Tomlinson, alongside the Food Awards judges and purchasers from Hi-Lo Food Stores, John R Wong, Loshusan and Sovereign Supermarkets, takes you around the table where culinary surprises abound with each forkful and sip. Local Food Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gabrielle Williams Heads East http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Gabrielle-Williams-Heads-East_16507504 Japanese seemed like the perfect option for a Wednesday night outing with a few acquaintances during the busy work week. The desire was to have something light in a restaurant without a bar or lounge so we wouldn't stay out too late or dig deep into the pockets. East Japanese at The Market Place is central and usually consistent with relatively good service and food quality. So it was the choice for the night. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ocean Spray Adds A Splash Of Strawberry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Ocean-Spray-Adds-A-Splash-Of-Strawberry_16509736 Pepsi Jamaica is set to launch a new variant in its Ocean Spray Flavour Splash line - the Ocean Spray Flavour Splash Strawberry Flavoured Water. The drink - a crispy taste of Ocean Spray cranberry juice, strawberry flavour and natural spring water - has been getting positive reviews from patrons who've been sampling the product at various supermarkets islandwide. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Malbec making noise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Malbec-making-noise_16506918 Celebrated first in 2011, Malbec World Day is recognised on April 17, and was created by Wines of Argentina(WofA), which is an organisation responsible for the ARGENTINE WINE brands globally. Each year since, they have coordinated events all over the world to help raise awareness of their Malbec wines. While we might not have had the full backing of the WofA establishment due to the tiny size of our market, each year we have had our own Malbec tasting events with assistance from the Argentine Embassy, and last year we did get some support from WofA. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Food Awards Judge Rochelle Cameron at Roe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Food-Awards-Judge-Rochelle-Cameron-at-Roe_16507565 Aunty Rochy's Sushi Date with Sierra aka Sisiboo and Noa aka Noa Bean Local Food Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jodi's Take on... Beirut Mediterranean Cuisine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jodi-s-Take-on----Beirut-Mediterranean-Cuisine_16508034 Over the weekend my husband and I decided to try out the new Mediterranean restaurant in Market Place; he did the ordering and we got takeout. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lupita is People's Most Beautiful http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Lupita-is-People-s-Most-Beautiful_16509775 Last year was a phenomenal time for relatively unknown actress Lupita Nyong'o, starring in her first feature film, 12 Years A Slave. But it looks like 2014 is going to trounce last year: not only has she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, but also the title of People magazine's Most Beautiful woman. Speaking to the magazine about her incredible accolade, the 31-year-old actress explained that when she was growing up she thought the definition of beauty was 'light skin and flowing, straight hair'. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT MONEY MUSINGS: The Sanctity of Savings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MONEY-MUSINGS--The-Sanctity-of-Savings_16508059 Jamaican Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips recently announced new taxation measures that would affect all persons who utilise our banking sector. Dr Phillips revealed that withdrawals from deposit-taking institutions would be subject to a graduated tax system. Local Lifestyle Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Only the best! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Only-the-best--_16502538 From cute summer dresses to well-tailored coats by some of her favourite designers, the Duchess of Cambridge rocked several looks during the three-week royal tour of New Zealand and Australia. As the tour comes to an end this Thursday, we take a look back at some of the Duchess of Cambridge's best looks. Local Lifestyle Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Kate anoints Zimmerman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Kate-anoints Shoppers crashed the website of Australian designer Zimmerman after the Duchess of Cambridge chose the label for the third day of the couple's Down Under tour. Lifestyle Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:28:19 GMT Vows — Love Match http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Love-Match A chance encounter at Spencer's Tailoring on a Saturday afternoon set love in motion for Trevin Nairne and Melissa Rattray. Nairne, export manager at Best Dressed Chicken, and Rattray, assistant curriculum development officer at the Council of Community Colleges, crossed paths in March 2012, when she accompanied her sister Desiree to the store. All Woman Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:37:35 GMT Scandalous style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SCANDALOUS-STYLE WE’VE just barely exhaled after the crazygood roller-coaster ride that was the season finale of everyone’s favourite A B C melodrama. Deep in withdrawal mode since last Thursday’s gobsmacker, we’re biding our time for the fourth season, with a retrospective of our fave looks of Scandal’s stylistas — shout outs to the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo — from fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and her right-hand gladiator Abby Whelan (Darby Stanchfield) to Pope’s nemesis-inlove, First Lady Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). AW raids Scandal’ s costume department. All Woman Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:16:55 GMT A Posh getaway http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Posh-getaway_16486643 She's been peppering her social media platforms with childhood snapshots as she continues to celebrate her 40th birthday with husband David Beckham and their four children at an exotic desert location. Returning to Twitter on Thursday evening, Victoria Beckham posted a loving, self-taken shot in which she reclines on a shirtless Becks during their current break at a luxury resort close to the Grand Canyon in Utah. With her husband's prodigious tattoos on full display, the fashion designer — who sports a casual Adidas baseball cap — looks understandably content as she nestles into his naked chest. Local Lifestyle Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sitting pretty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sitting-pretty_16478309 It's Easter Sunday, and as is customary — dare we say, obligatory — congregants will be observed (and hopefully lensed) taking their Sunday Best from ready-to-wear, run-of-the-mill to couture-level proportions in the name of fashion, healthy rivalry and the good Lord. Hovering about this heightened sartorial parade are the veritable stars of the show, the chapeaux that have been purchased expressly for this unmissable annual outing, unfurled like birds of paradise to sit, perched atop their heady pedestals with hushed reverence. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Escape to silver hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/ESCAPE-TO-SILVER-HILL Be warned: Getting up to Silver Hill requires stamina — lots of it — and a reliable vehicle. Inhale as the climb continues past Greenwich and The Gap Café and exhale at Café EITS. Exercise a tad more patience — not that much of a challenge, really, as the ascent is spectacular and the rainforest postcard-perfect. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 03:44:57 GMT Sparkling water villas — A Taste Of Flippie Chic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sparkling-water-villas---A-Taste-Of-Flippie-Chic_16478493 The south coast is thankfully (and we're clutching our pearls to boot), no longer backpack capital. Flippie-chic has crept into the lexicon and where to stay has got a whole lot more stylishly complex. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Brunch In The Mountains http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Brunch-In-The-Mountains_16473765 Although she is an education officer at the Ministry of Education Betsy Davis — aunt of the fastest man alive, Usain Bolt — finds ultimate satisfaction in organic farming and whipping up creative meals. For brunch at Silver Hill last Sunday, Davis was the resident busy bee in the kitchen, chopping, dicing, tossing, steaming and mixing it up for a spread at the table replete with garden-fresh veggie combos and idiosyncratic flavoured dishes. Ahead of pulling up a seat around the table, the bubbly Davis joined SO on the deck to nibble on freshly picked apricots and share her menu. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT 20 Successful Habits I Learned Working For Two Billionaires — Part 1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/20-Successful-Habits-I-Learned-Working-For-Two-Billionaires---Part-1-_16474088 I have spent decades being "educated" — in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a PhD program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey — Turkish and American, respectively. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ELLE's Women in Music Issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/ELLE-s-Women-in-Music-Issue-_16486398 ELLE has released several pictures from its 7th annual Women in Music issue. The issue features various musicians including pop diva Cher and country crooner Kasey Musgraves. The magazine will hit newsstands this Tuesday but is available for digital download now. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston_16426131 Dr Ewart Brown Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with-_16478271 It's a balmy Tuesday evening and Best Dressed Brand and Promotions Officer Nikolette Williams has put off her boot-camp training session to meet us for cocktails and convo in air-conditioned comfort at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel's Blend Bar + Lounge. Naturally, she's doffed the sweats and is cocktail-chic for the photo op that awaits, and primed to talk brand awareness, loving Beyoncé, and what's next on her plate. Local Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gardening http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/GARDENING Dear Orchid Doc: Local Arts Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Professor Mervyn Morris named Jamaica's poet laureate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Professor-Mervyn-Morris-named-Jamaica-s-poet-laureate_16490348 HONOUR Lifestyle Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT IT'S A STICK-UP! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-p-IT-S-A-STICK-UP---p---_16468822 Our faithful Under The Dryer readers know only too well that prints, patterns and florals are synonymous with this time of year. After all, it's a given in the fabulous world of fashion and trend-watching. But this season the pattern du jour has been declared to be not only a print, and not just of the animal variety -- but specifically, leopard. Spring/Summer 2014 runways were awash in this feline staple and not just in the traditional colour combo of yellow and black, but you'll be seeing this print in unusual and exciting colour combinations which have given a modern refresh to this variety of animal print. With this in mind, we sat with make-up guru Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon at her Pinnacle Pointe command centre, where she distilled this trend into fun lip foci using tattoo lip stickers. Jenkins Moss-Solomon recommends packing a strip or two with you during this party-heavy carnival season, to keep your beauty looks current and edgy. With such a collective interest in these fun lip accessories lately, your Get The Look team suggests you start stocking up from now, to keep yourself ahead of the pack. Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT CHOCO-MANIA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/CHOCO-MANIA_16492506 It's the big Easter weekend and we've had chocolate on the mind for some time now (blame it on an overactive dopamine release). We're about to up the ante with a full sensory explosion, thanks to our friends at Adam & Eve Spa & Salon, who've added chocolate-infused facial and body treatments for cacao enthusiasts at their well-appointed facility. Following in the pedicured footsteps of Madonna and Victoria Beckham, the genetically blessed Cortia Bingham, the spa's brand ambassador, takes us on a visual tour that will surely ignite the Willy Wonka in you! Local Lifestyle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:30:00 GMT