Forkfuls Of Inspiration

First-form Jamaica College student Howard Hull
enjoys a joke from Sagicor President and CEO
Richard Byles.

Ten young students from Jamaica College (JC) spent a memorable Tuesday afternoon at the Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, breaking bread with Richard Byles, Sagicor president & CEO (himself an alumnus). This the result of the Observer's Salut! 'Applaud It!' initiative --! where the power players o ... Read More

Brian Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest
Seafood introduces his guests for the Jamaica
Observer’s Salut! Applaud It! luncheon — Iris Gelly
Primary School — to two new products, Rainforest
Ready Fish Nuggets and Fish Stix Raining good
BRIAN Jardim, chief executive officer of Rainforest Seafoods, hosted 12 enthusiastic students from I ... Read More

The gathering at Applaud It! Best life forward
THE Jamaica Observer Salut! Applaud It! luncheon was hosted by NCB Foundation at the NCB headquarter ... Read More

The J Wray & Nephew mixology team
created a cocktail mix of Pearly Bay Sweet
Sparking White infused with sorrel, which
received approving clinks from Gail Dixon
(right), general manager at Kris An Charles
Investments, and her operations manager
colleague Odette Reid. SALUT! Clinks at Macau
The unrelenting Jamaica Observer Salut! wave flowed into the dual-level Macau Bar & Gaming Loung ... Read More

Gold Couture

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Thinking of evening gown possibilities for the Yuletide season?
Models (from left) Candice Belnavis, Diedre McKenzie and Toni
Hibbert show tempting elegant red, white and black options
with hints of gold. At right: This form-fitting white and
gold three-quarter sleeved
sequinned dress worn by
Toni Hibbert should get
favourable notices at the
holiday office party.

It was a perfect social respite Wednesday last at Flirt Boutique to get over the midweek hump -- a fashionable capsule holiday collection of on-trend dresses and outfits -- paired with champagne sips and fab gourmet finger fare catered by Jacqui Tyson. Flirt's proprietor Jennifer Azan, partnering with Scotiabank's Gold MasterCard and Jamaica Observer Salut!, laid out a literal red carpet, welcoming shoppers and Scotiabank execs into her Manor Park boutique, for an in-store fashion show dubbed Go ... Read More

VOWS - Together At Last

Monday, November 24, 2014    

The lovebirds
share a kiss at the
sweetheart table.

How They Met... Karen Jacob and Phillip Ramson happened to be right in Cupid's sights one Wednesday afternoon in 2011. The scene was the Chas E Ramson warehouse, where Ramson is a sales manager, and Jacob, a frequent shopper of bulk-diapers for her baby daughter, Sarah. Ramson's curiosity was piqued as he observed Jacob at the counter and decided to strike up a conversation. Their first encounter was formal, yet friendly enough to encourage Jacob to send Ramson a friend request on the popular ... Read More

My Kingston — Roger Grant

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Roger Grant

Roger Grant Centre Director, Scotia Private Client Group Share with us your earliest memory of Kingston. That would be fishing off the Palisadoes road with my father. I don't recall actually catching anything but vividly remember enjoying the father-son time. Did Roger the child see himself as a banker? No, as a child I saw myself as a daring astronaut off to find and explore new worlds, but as I got older and reality set in, I found myself being drawn to numbers and, by extension, finance ... Read More

Cocktails With - Alessandra Aziza

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Alessandra Aziza

We're puzzled about how we missed spotting head-turner Alessandra Aziza among guests at the nuptials for Delano Forbes and Ro-yen Chin at Webster Memorial United Church two weekends ago. No worries, we cross paths with the spirited architectural designer at the wedding reception later in upper St Andrew, at the bar, where alcohol-free refreshment is her go-to choice. Aziza graciously consents to cocktails and convo. What are you sipping? I'm having a fruit punch, but typically it's either coco ... Read More


Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Waiter Romando Stultz readied to serve a tray of
Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinor Noir-filled libations.

'Twas another buzzworthy night, another Salut! wine-tasting on Thursday night as the courtyard outside the très chic Fromage Gourmet Market on Hillcrest Avenue hosted Night #4 of the Scotiabank-sponsored week-long Jamaica Observer Salut! celebration of wines and champagnes. Wine purveyor Betco Premier Limited showcased its Beringer Founders' Estate portfolio of Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio wines as well as its Caposaldo varietals of Sweet Red Sparkling, Sweet Moscato and Pink Mosc ... Read More

Gardening — November 23

Sunday, November 23, 2014    


Dear Orchid Doc: Help! My orchids are sick. The dendrobium leaves are dark brown and it doesn't rub off. What can I do? — JP Dear JP You seem to have what is known as orchid rust. Mix 2 teaspoons of Topsin with a teaspon of Caprid in a gallon of water, spray once per week, preferably when it is cool, (as the sun will cause the chemical to burn) for 3-4 weeks, then once every two weeks for a couple of months, then back to your regular routine. When using the Topsin as a preventative, u ... Read More

The affair

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

But love is blind, And lovers cannot see The pretty follies That themselves commit. -- Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice II, 6 THAT saying about love being blind must be true, for it manifests itself almost every day right before our very eyes. I'm not referring to when one party cannot see, or refuses to see the glaring faults in their respective spouses. That's a blindness that transcends all logic and reason. But there is the shroud that covers the eyes of people that not only makes th ... Read More

Caribbean Flair In Vogue Italia

Sunday, November 23, 2014    

It's early days yet as few have actually seen the November issue of Vogue Italia but based on the sneak peek the respected fashion Bible has dispatched to a few featured designers - the twin republic of Trinidad & Tobago can lay claim to its designers having captured the discerning eye of editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. "It was an honour to be selected and to have made the final edit of the November issue," shared renowned Trinidadian fashion influencer Peter Elias. "It's a step in the righ ... Read More

Vows - Straight To The Heart

Saturday, November 22, 2014    

Introducing Mr and Mrs
Delano Forbes

If the groom was the least bit anxious, there were no outward signs of frayed nerves to suggest it. Richard Howard Delano Forbes Jr, looking absolutely smart in a cobalt blue Carlton Brown tuxedo, was a picture of calm waiting in the front pew of the Webster Memorial United Church for the much-anticipated arrival of his bride, Ro-yen Simone Chin, on Saturday, November 8. The chic congregation comprised of the bride and groom's family and friends (some jetting in from Washington, DC and Toronto) ... Read More

VIDEO: It's All Greek To Me

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Cheers to Jamaica Observer Salut! Wine and Champagne

With the Yuletide holiday on the horizon, and the reason to pour libations becomes a natural order, the launch of the Jamaica Observer's Salut! Wine and Champagne Week, sponsored by Scotiabank, was well-timed on Monday evening, as OPA! Greek Restaurant hosted a wine tasting of selections from its Greece-imported red, white and rosé portfolio. Affable host Alexx Antaeus, who opened the doors of his Hope Road-located Greek eatery a year earlier, welcomed a hand-picked gathering of Scotiaba ... Read More



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