Summer 'Secrets' Cocktails

Secrets Resorts cocktail server Leonard Anderson holds a
tray of summer cocktails. (PHOTOS: ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

Our getaway to Montego Bay for the annual Reggae Sumfest music festival had us immersed in more than music and warm summer temps last weekend. Resting our heads comfortaby at the Secrets Resorts, our three-night stay was made even better by a melange of fantastic cocktail mixes we sipped, in-between ... Read More

SOUR Johnnie Walker Cocktails
The quintessential man's drink — enjoyed too, by women who favour aged, oaky libations — ... Read More

Chef Brian Lumley talks kitchen
safety with his budding chefs. Chef Lumley's Budding Chefs
Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Culinary Personality of the Year and recipient of the Jamai ... Read More

Creating Equity Creating Equity With Your Work
Marcus was elated when he opened the email from his client. His proposal to create the new brand ima ... Read More

Cocktails & The City

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

The Kingston Kiwi (left) and Bad
Bitch cocktails from A Bar.

With cocktail refreshers on the mind, and in a mood to celebrate the end of another work week, we checked into watering holes across the city last weekend. Thursday Life shares bar-hopping moments in our search for the best places to quench a thirst intensified by humid summer nights. Cheers! (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) A BAR Shop 21, The Springs Plaza, 15 - 17 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10 THE MACAU GAMING LOUNGE & BAR 28 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston 10 The DECK 14 Trafalgar Road, ... Read More

Ex-Destiny's Child member arrested

Wednesday, July 23, 2014    

Billy Joel

COLUMBIA, US (AP) — A former member of the R&B group Destiny's Child was arrested in Myrtle Beach over the weekend after a night drinking with two football players, according to authorities. Online records show Farrah Franklin, 33, was booked into the Horry County jail just before 5:00 am Sunday on a charge of disorderly conduct. According to police reports, Franklin had been drinking with Daquan Bowers and Ricky Sapp, both former Clemson University football players who are now in th ... Read More

VOWS - The Music of Love

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Newley weds Mr & Mrs André Smith

A Little Spot in Kingston Love is a curious paradox. It is infamously difficult to find, but can happen almost anywhere -- be it on a grand Parisian boulevard or an obscure little verandah in the country. André Smith and Nicole Hines perhaps weren't looking for love when they started running into each other at their regular eatery. They were students at the University of the West Indies when they met, though they mostly knew each other through mutual friends. "At that time neither one o ... Read More

Behind The Scenes Of #16

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Winner of the BAFTA Rising Star Award Eva
Green is styled for the Campari Calendar.

SO fab! Hollywood actress Eva Green is the star of the coveted 2015 Campari Calendar. Green, the French-born stunner, who won a legion of fans in the James Bond movie Casino Royale and who currently stars in the lead role of Vanessa Ives in the Showtime TV series Penny Dreadful, takes the lead in the 16th edition of the annual calendar, following in the footsteps of previous Campari Calendar heroines such as Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendez, Mila Jovovich and Penelope Cruz. "To work with an ... Read More

VIDEO: Art's Spiritual Awakening in the Second City

By Kedon Willis | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

From left: Clinton Brown — Victory March; Everald Brown — Mystical Sign; Osmond Watson — Secret of the Arawak

Montego Bay is famously known as the Second City, a term that, though affectionately appended, carries with it a note of condescension — a casual acknowledgement that the city trails in the cultural shadow of Kingston to the east. It is with well-deserved validation, then, that Montegonians greet the opening of the new Montego Bay Cultural Centre, a complex for the arts at Sam Sharpe Square that opened to the public on July 11. Formerly known as the Montego Bay Civic Centre, the Cultural ... Read More

Spotted! — Horace Madison

Sunday, July 20, 2014    


Horace Madison Founding Principal/Managing Member, Madison Financial Group and Madison Strategic Integration Where? a JAMPRO Creative Industries Mixer. The whispers... His Rolodex has included R&B and hip-hop stars Usher, Lil' Wayne and Eve, and he has a preference for working with urban music stars. His take... Yes, I prefer urban talent. Urban talent typically has more business management and financial literacy than most other talent genres. He sees... Television and film as ... Read More

Cocktails With — Dr Kurdell Espinosa

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Dr Kurdell Espinosa

Dr Kurdell Espinosa ADMITTEDLY, the multi-hyphenate Dr Kurdell Espinosa — medical director at the Accident & Emergency Department at Annotto Bay Hospital as well as being a part-time emergency consultant, accident and emergency, and head of the Accident & Emergency Department at Medical Associates — has always caught our eye, the few times we've run into her and her bestie Novlet Deans on the social scene. So recently, one night at CRU Bar & Kitchen, we decided to cut to ... Read More

My Kingston — Declan Eytan

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Declan Eytan

Declan Eytan Italian Vogue Contributor This is your first trip to Caribbean Fashion Week. What were your impressions? Yes, it is. Kingston reminds me a lot of Suriname's capital Paramaribo, which is where my parents are from. I also noticed that people in Kingston love to ask, "Are you OK? Everything alright? You're good?", every 10 minutes. Give us your take on Caribbean Fashion Week after seeing dozens of collections over two nights. I really like how Jamaicans love to celebrate everyth ... Read More

Gardening — July 20

with BETTY ASHLEY | Sunday, July 20, 2014    


Dear Orchid Doc: I have grown endless numbers of Dendrobiums. I've noticed that some canes sprout by themselves, so I simply wait until they have established a good cluster of roots before pinching them off and planting them in their own pots. Because I have observed how they propagate themselves, I simply cut the canes that have done their time and lay them down on a pebbled area in my greenhouse. They do very well! I visit an enormous orchid farm frequently, and I notice that the Orchid Doc ... Read More

Alexandra Shipp to play Aaliyah

Sunday, July 20, 2014    

Shipp & Aaliyah

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexandra Shipp has very little time to get ready for her new role as the late R&B singer Aaliyah. Lifetime spokeswoman Kannie Yu LaPack confirmed Friday that Shipp will play the singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001. Shipp replaces Zendaya in the Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Zendaya pulled out of production last month. The project was briefly halted, but filming will start later this month, leaving the 23-year-old Shipp little time to prep. She h ... Read More



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