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: An Ochi Landmark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/An-Ochi-Landmark_71721 News of the opening of restaurants travels fast with many of our fickle ‘foodies’ descending upon them for the launch – alas, never to be seen again! These are the same individuals who love to bemoan the lack of food establishments on our beloved island. Here’s the reality: for restaurants to stay open, they need patrons on a regular basis. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT From Ally’s Kitchen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/From-Ally-s-Kitchen_71632 Ally’s Fish Fry is back by popular demand every Friday until the second week of September and thereafter once a month. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wines from the land of Don Quixote - http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Wines-from-the-land-of-Don-Quixote--_71569 Hailing from Ewarton, St Catherine, Verbert ‘Jerry’ Sutherland, whose mother ‘Olive’ of blessed memory told him that “anything is possible”, has chosen to honour her by naming his new wine import company Olive International Investments. As many great entrepreneurial stories begin - a chance meeting perhaps - two military men meet while on NATO business in Germany, and Jerry (now with British Military) invites Felix Aguirre (Spanish Military) for a Jamaican dinner. Felix brings a bottle of Spanish wine, which perfectly complements the fare. Jerry gets an idea, and Olive International Investments is born. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT B&D To Host Pop-Up Kitchen Tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/B-D-To-Host-Pop-Up-Kitchen-Tomorrow_71739 Want fresh and high-quality seafood? Want a wide variety of different seafood products? Well, search no more! Tomorrow, Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, B&D Trawling through its SeaBest brand will host a Fish & Farmers’ Market. Buoyed by the overwhelming success of the first staging, the company has decided to host another at its 3B Port Royal Street location and may make it a monthly or quarterly event, according to Roderick Francis, CEO B&D Trawling. Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Veuve Rich Clicquot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Veuve-Rich-Clicquot_71618 Champagne drinkers will fall head over over heels in love with this latest edition by Veuve Clicquot. The packaging is what we found most intriguing — a silver sleeve with an embossed comet pattern Local Food Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vows: Giving All Our Love http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Vows--Giving-All-Our-Love_70999 Jody-Anne Wallace and Clide Williams attended school together, went their separate ways but found each other years later. Cupid’s bow was drawn and the result: absolutely magical… All Woman Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT AW Fashion: Fashionably Rooted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--Fashionably-Rooted_70205 Daniela Stone, founder and CEO of DTS Designs, departs from the traditional in her ode to Africa to unveil a fashion-forward collection labelled The Swahili Collection to embrace and excite the inner “naturalista” in every woman.“I wanted to make clothes that were different but at the same time appealing to most”, she shares. All Woman Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamming On My Rock http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jamming-On-My-Rock_71206 During a recent dinner at The Connaught in London with Uni student Jovi Jaja – Miss Windy Air Conditioners in the 2015 Miss Jamaica World pageant – and her attorney-at-law mum Marlene Hargitay, SO got an earful about Jaja’s summer plans in Jamaica. With mere weeks to go before it all comes to a glorious close and the return trip to The Old Smoke, Miss Jaja gives us a peek. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Video: Hanover Grange Presents... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hanover-Grange_71217 An unplanned encounter with Jamaica Patty Company co-principal Theresa Roberts occurred one afternoon in London, when nationalistic curiosity lured the bass-baritone Sir Willard White into the former’s New Row, Covent Garden restaurant digs. Notes exchanged and subsequent plans finalised, the opera singer found himself, last Wednesday — with his wife and peer in tow, Sylvia Kevorkian-White — gazing across the great hall of Hanover Grange — The Tryall Club home of Roberts and her hubby/business partner Andrew — as he belted out note after note. At times sharing the spotlight with Kevorkian-White, at others retreating into the shadows as the French soprano soloed, but always accompanied on keyboard by maestro Winston Ewart. Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Deryk Meany’s Magnificent TEN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Deryk-Meany-s-Magnificent-TEN_71219 Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails With... Amita Persaud Webb http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With----Amita-Persaud-Webb_69988 Business Access TV presenter and producer Amita Persaud Webb is at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel working on a weekday shoot for the niche network. She has lately emerged as a prominent face on the media landscape due to strategic spokesperson deals – Digicel Play Mas campaign comes to mind – and visible positioning through the features and events she’s become aligned with. The latest notch on her ambitious climb is as the femme exotique who makes Jidenna’s Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Mark Barnett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston-Mark-Barnett_68826 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 21 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Opa’s Big Fat Greek Tasting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Opa-s-Big-Fat-Greek-Tasting_70849 Ever the innovator, restaurateur Alexx Antaeus and his business partner Orlease King now offer patrons a myriad of small plates between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday, at their award-winning establishment Opa! They’ve called the concept My Big Fat Greek Tasting. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals & Jamaica House Tantalise Taste Buds @ Rio2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sandals---Jamaica-House-Tantalise-Taste-Buds---Rio2016_70980 Cooking up a storm at Jamaica House Rio 2016, located at the Prado Restaurant in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of a Jamaica Tourist Board initiative and sponsored by Sandals Resorts, is Sandals Group Executive Chef Glenroy Walker. Walker, who has 25 years of culinary experience under his crisp white jacket, has been plating up to 1,000 plates per day and is charged with leading the restaurant’s team in serving authentic Jamaican cuisine each night. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Candy Craze Scoops A First! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Candy-Craze-Scoops-A-First-_70884 Jamaica’s first national ice cream eating competition got off to a delicious and ever-so- creamy start Saturday last as six finalists with tubs of Candy Craze ice cream and spoons in hand set out to claim the winning trophy, one-year bragging rights, $10,000 in store cash and an Amazon Kindle. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT MACKEREL & CHILL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/MACKEREL---CHILL-_70869 Thursday Life pulled up a chair as the team at Grace Foods & Services introduced Grace Mackerel in Sweet Chili Sauce — a little sweet with a little heat — and the rich flavours of Grace Mackerel in Garlic Sauce. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Entertaining at home: Must-Have Wines & Spirits for the Home bar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Entertaining-at-home--Must-Have-Wines---Spirits-for-the-Home-bar_70819 I had a meeting recently at a friend’s home and before we sat down, he shared some details about a recently completed home project - his patio bar. It seems that over the past month a number of friends have been working on similar projects. I suspect that the Rio Summer Olympics might have influenced some of these lagging plans into completion. Local Food Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT VOWS - ‘STAGES’ OF LOVE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-STAGES--OF-LOVE_69738 A theatrical production of love and companionship was performed by Belinda Reid, actress of CVM’s Joint Tenant , alongside her Grammy award-winning/CEO hubby Lynford Marshall, as the two took a moment on July 30 to create a Hollywood scenario of their own at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston. Vows takes you stage left All Woman Mon, 15 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tropical Glam Resort http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Tropical-Glam-Resort_70163 International celebrity hairstylist, fashion designer and beauty consultant Lisa McIntosh could barely contain her excitement as she hit the runway to give AW Fashion a look at her latest resort collection aptly labelled Tropical Glam Resort. The woman known for her glamorous dresses that stylishly caress the curves of the Caribbean form wants the wearer “to feel uninhibited... to acquire a piece that is timeless and classy”. All Woman Mon, 15 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT FABRIS’ MAGNIFICENT TEN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/FABRIS-S-MAGNIFICENT-TEN_70149 Half Moon Resort’s general manager Sandro Fabris — a post he accepted more than a year ago — has been around the world and back, through work – an over 20-year experience managing the best of best hotels in some the world’s most storied destinations – and personal pursuits, taking note of the hospitality brands that flawlessly continue to redefine and perfect the meaning of ‘luxury’. Quelle surprise, his short list begins with the manicured radius of Rose Hall... Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Care To Dance? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Care-To-Dance-_70439 Dubbed the Colombian Billy Elliott, choreographer and dancer Fernando Montaño - soloist at The Royal Ballet - and his The Washington Ballet contemporaries Venus Villa, Ashley Murphy, Nardia Boodoo, and Corey Landolt were flown in via the second city as the treat-yo-yourself experience of Jamaica Patty Company co-principal Theresa Roberts, looking to ignite her September 1 birthday countdown with international flair. This takes us to last Wednesday evening, where the gowned and the tuxed boarded shuttles, which taxied them to Roberts’ s gleaming The Tryall Club property Hanover Grange for a myriad presentation of classical ballet, that showcased the genre to comprehensive effect, through a mixture of solo variations and pas de deux, under the banner Swan Lake. As The Royal Ballet’s Montaño and The Washington Ballet quartet leaped and spun into the imaginations of their Chiavari chair-nestled audience, Caribbean Producers Jamaica added further comforts with a robust canapé menu and bar service. SO now presents the series of events which left Western Jamaica sufficiently inspired and assured that the world was, indeed, its oyster! Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT SO Gardening - August 14 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening---August-14_69965 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 14 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Hair Couture http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Hair-Couture_69961 Jamaicans have never been a group of people to fail the tests of the unconventional hair rivalry. Over-the-top hairstyles have become part and parcel of who we are. Local Lifestyle Sat, 13 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT A Taste of Jamaica in CAYMAN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Taste-of-Jamaica-in-CAYMAN_69967 Early rains did not damper Independence celebrations in the Cayman Islands last week Friday. What it did was cool things down considerably, allowing patrons dressed for the most part in black, green and gold — the Jamaican national colours — to proudly walk the length and breadth of Cardinal Avenue, Georgetown, browsing the many food stalls, fuelling up on their favourite dishes, raising a toast to Jamaica’s 54 years, all the while swaying to the beats of reggae, ska and mento. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mixing it up with Ocean Spray Cocktails http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Mixing-it-up-with-Ocean-Spray-Cocktails_69913 The Ocean Spray ‘Mixing Amazing’ experience has introduced a new twist on summer cocktails. Guests who attended the exclusive event Thursday last, at the Pool Deck, Courtyard by Marriott, enjoyed a new taste experience, featuring Ocean Spray-inspired cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The bold among them were drafted by noted mixologist, St Aublyn ‘Captain’ Kidd, who gave them a chance to mix it up themselves under his expert guidance. Local Food Thu, 11 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT