Recipe Corner: UMIUM Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Pâtissier Trevanne Donegal presents her delicious UMIUM Ultimate Chocolate Cake. 
(Photo: Michael Gordon)

“Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like the sweet, decadent aphrodisiac that is chocolate, and what better way to show your love than to bake it in a cake with locally made and Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Best New Product nominee, UMIUM Chocolate Coconut Spread? Let’s bak ... Read More

Chocolate spread on bread For the Love of Chocolate
When it comes to the recipe for romance, chocolate is often Cupid’s (other) weapon of choice. ... Read More

Averell French for Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers For the Love of Chocolate - Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers
AVERELL French, proprietor of Mount Pleasant Farm Chocolatiers, applies a farmer’s perspective ... Read More

Foil-roasted salmon rundown snapper served with crackers Recipe Corner Rainforest Seafoods
ASH Wednesday — which kicks off Lent and Valentine’s Day — are reason enough to tr ... Read More

A taste of Jackson Family Wines

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, February 04, 2016    

Guests listen attentively to Mark Kilbride’s presentation at the Jackson Family Wines dinner hosted at CPJ Market.

The Jackson family-owned wineries are both a family business and a family passion. In addition to the flagship Kendall-Jackson and La Crema wineries, Jackson Family Wines owns some of the most esteemed wineries in California, including Arrowood, Byron, Cambria, Carmel Road, Edmeades, Freemark Abbey, La Jota, Matanzas Creek, Stonestreet, Lokoya, Cardinale and Verité. The portfolio also includes the international properties of Château Lassègue in Bordeaux; Ten ... Read More

Negril Adds Cuisine of The Sun

Thursday, January 28, 2016    


Jamaica and its people have always been very close to our hearts. When Mary Phillips found the property and presented us with the opportunity to join her team, we did not hesitate one bit as we were overjoyed to be returning home. We want to continue the legacy of our dear mother, Norma Shirley. She was a Queen of Caribbean Culinary - food was done Norma-style with panache and beauty on her porcelain canvas. This is what we want to give to Jamaica. Zest Restaurant will feature our “Cuisine ... Read More

‘Un Wine’-ing

Thursday, January 28, 2016    

The impressive wine selection included (from left) Mionetto Prosecco, Josh Sauvignon Blanc, Baron Philippe de Rothschild Pinot Noir, Francis Coppola ‘Diamond Collection’ Zinfandel, Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, and Fetzer Riesling.

A gathering of close friends and oenophiles had their fill of tantalising treats and exquisite vino at the inaugural staging of the wine-pairing event ‘Un Wine’, in Mandeville recently. Hosted by managing director of Cutting Edge Gourmet Debe-Ann Lange-Chen — in association with wines category manager for Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ) Mike Turner — at her cosy Mandeville abode, guests thoroughly enjoyed the intimate dining experience. “This is something I&rs ... Read More

Big Wine Stories of 2015; Emerging Trends for 2016

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, January 28, 2016    

<LeadInSub>Fed destroys fake wines:</LeadInSub>More than 500 counterfeits of some of the world’s finest wines have been crushed at a Texas waste disposal site almost exactly two years after their maker, Rudy Kurniawan, was convicted of wine fraud in a US court. Image: US Marshalls.

The most widely read wine stories in 2015 vary by geography, so I reviewed European, American, South American, Australian and South African media to see what were some of the top news items. The stories that took the top spots were not too glamorous: Global warming, drought, crime and a threat of poisonous wine were some of the top wine stories to end up in mainstream media. Potentially Poisonous Every major news outlet, print & electronic, covered this story. The threat of arsenic in win ... Read More

Cannonball Cafe

Thursday, January 21, 2016    

The clean lines of the modern interior

Cannonball Cafe & Gift Shop was conceptualised by Tara Clivio and Wendy Facey and operated in Kingston for 12 years, during which time it became a household name, living up to the philosophy of its proprietors as being “a place where good friends meet (where) people actually care about how your day is going and make a great cup of coffee — which directly impacts on how your day is going”. It was this belief in Cannonball that led to the recent opening by one of the propri ... Read More

Sugar Mill Restaurant Reopens

Thursday, January 21, 2016    

Spicy shrimps with a pumpkin dip

We’ve already reserved a table for our second visit to the newly reopened Sugar Mill restaurant, Half Moon Hotel’s award-winning eatery.Dinner last week Saturday (we were guests of The Destination Experience) was much anticipated as it afforded us a taste of quite a few of the restaurant’s new offerings and a look around. With chefs Sowa and Golding in the kitchen the food was on point, with the Angus Beef Tenderloin and Caribbean Lobster Twist scoring high marks. The rich choc ... Read More

Sizing up tableware

Thursday, January 21, 2016    

White interior/coral exterior bowl atop an eight-inch breakfast plate in an antique white 10-inch charger/dinner plate.

A recent article in the Washington Post about the latest thing on which chefs are willing to spend big bucks to impress diners — notably custom serving pieces and tableware — left Thursday Life contemplating why there isn’t more local tableware adorning the tables in our homes and those of our restaurants. Let’s face it, if Ebony G Patterson’s work can hang in the hit Fox TV series Empire, why can’t the cast enjoy dinner from exquisite pieces by Victoria Sil ... Read More

Select Brands Becomes Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) – Approved Programme Provider (APP)

Thursday, January 21, 2016    

A selection of Select Brand’s wine portfolio

Select Brands has not only acquired more retail and office space at 379 Spanish Town Road — indeed, Thursday Life arrived Tuesday morning just as the sign was being erected — but has also become a Wines & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) – approved programme provider with two qualified WSET educators in Debra Taylor, trade development manager, and Tania McConnell, corporate marketing manager. Both Taylor and McConnell also hold the WSET Level 3 qualification, and are the on ... Read More

My Three ‘Wine’ Wishes for 2016 — Part 2

With Christopher Reckord | Thursday, January 21, 2016    

Since the beginning of this year I have been reflecting on the last decade of wine in Jamaica and specifically on my last eight years writing this column, attending wine-related events, visiting dining establishments across the island simply to dine, or as a ‘critic’ for the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards. Last week I shared one of the biggest issues that affect our enjoyment of wine — service temperature. A range of other hotly debated issues still exists, and after d ... Read More

Best Dressed Chicken Salutes The ‘12 Chefs of Christmas’

Thursday, January 14, 2016    

VP, HR and Public Relations at Jamaica Broilers Dr Claudette Cooke pauses from her meal with her husband, President of the Joy Town Community Development Foundation Major Richard Cooke to smile for Thursday Life.

The al fresco dining area of the Grog Shoppe Restaurant at Devon House in Kingston provided the perfect ambience for The Best Dressed Chicken ‘12 Chefs of Christmas’ thank-you dinner, which took place Thursday last. Hosted by president and CEO of Best Dressed Chicken Christopher Levy and his lovely wife Sally — who chose the venue personally, for its famously tantalising Jamaican cuisine — the event hailed 12 of the island’s top chefs for their participation in t ... Read More



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