Sweetwood Jerk Adds A Farmers’ Market

Sprucing up her thyme, Michelle Thomas
adds the finishing touches to her products.

THURSDAY Life was caught off guard Saturday morning when we turned on the Liguanea Club slip road and happened upon Sweetwood Farmers’ Market, located at 78 Knutsford Boulevard, which is adjacent to Sweetwood Jerk Joint. We had no idea that there was a market, but would later learn from the ow ... Read More

A festive gingerbread
house created by the
pastry team and
available for purchase
along with tins of light
Christmas rum cakes. VIDEO: An All-Suite CHRISTMAS
CHRISTMAS is definitely in the air at the Terra Nova All-Suite hotel. The made-for-luxe-living Chris ... Read More

(L-R) Connoisseur Gift -
Champagne Perrier-Jouët. White wine/bubble for the
Newbie - Caposaldo Sweet
Moscato and Red Wine for
the enthusiast - Red
Diamond Merlot. Picking the right wine as a gift
Wine makes a really great gift for a wine lover, but with so many choices on the market, how do you ... Read More

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers Jessica In The Kitchen
I started blogging about desserts because... I started a baking business named Jessiker Bakes, in Ap ... Read More

Miss T’s MEXICAN Twist

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Mexican radio station Radio
Mojarra broadcast live from Miss
T’s Kitchen on Monday,
December 8. Seen here post-broadcast with
Anna Kay Tomlinson is Luis Guy, the show’s
producer and host. The station is in Jamaica
from Mexico to share the sights, sounds and
flavours of the island and heard so much
about Miss T’s that they had to add the
restaurant to their itinerary.

“BUSINESS has been amazing,” shares Anna Kay Tomlinson, chef/patron, Miss T’s Kitchen. Indeed it has and we can now add Mexico to the list of countries eager to try Miss T’s food. The Radio Mojarra crew from Mexico enjoyed jerk chicken, shrimp rundown and gungo rice and peas. Read More

The Best Dressed Chicken 12 Chefs of Christmas Promotion Makes The Holidays Delicious

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Ravi Anne (left), executive chef at The
Jewel hotel, and chef Courtney Simpson
ready themselves to serve shoppers at the
Best Dressed Chicken's 12 Chefs of
Christmas tasting experience at General
Food Supermarket in Ocho Rios.

The Best Dressed Chicken wraps up the 12 Chefs of Christmas tour with tasting experiences featuring Chef Celeste Gordon at Hi-Lo Manor Park on Saturday, December 13, and Chef Brian Lumley at MegaMart Kingston on Sunday, December 14. Both tasting events will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. "There's been a lot of excitement from our customers about the 12 Chefs of Christmas promotion. People really want to celebrate what we all love about Christmas, that's family and friends coming together. We'r ... Read More

VIDEO: A Glorious Wrap!

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

The evening’s success would not have been possible without Scotiabank’s Kaysia Johnson-
Vaughan (left) Chef Brian Lumley, and Debbian Spence-Minott, group brand manager, J Wray &

It was once said that man shall not live by bread alone. It was most fitting, therefore, that the Jamaica Observer Salut! week-long celebration of wine and champagne came to a wonderful climax at 689 by Brian Lumley, where wines from the J Wray & Nephew portfolio and the award-winning chef's cuisine blended in tasty perfection to punctuate the event's climax. The highlight for the invited guests at Lumley's New Kingston venue was a test of his wine and food-pairing skills as he attempted t ... Read More

Applauding A Great Legacy

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

The curtains came down in fine style on our Applaud It! initiative last week in Williamsfield, Manchester where Jackie Minott, managing director of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) and his son John O Minott, CEO of Jamaica Standard Products (JSP) hosted eight Bellefield High School students at a luncheon catered by Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Caterer of the Year 2013 Débè-Ann Chen. There were lessons aplenty as students broke bread that afternoon. With Minott Snr helm ... Read More

VIDEO: Welcome to Woolery Kitchen

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

A true Jamaican welcome is
guaranteed from Charles and
Cynthia Woolery with their
daughter-in-law Tanayia, founder
of Woolery Kitchen.

The concept: setting a table for complete strangers in your home and, by extension, introducing them to a taste of the other side of Jamaica. A similar concept was introduced by the Jamaica Tourist Board in 1968, called 'Meet The People', and could also be considered part of community tourism in St Elizabeth. The Chalky Hill experience is one of tradition, family, and a passion for good food. Reservations for a maximum of eight people at Woolery Kitchen is like heading to the country to visit ... Read More

Suzanne and Michelle's Rousseau's Caribbean Potluck named as one NPR's Best Books of 2014

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

Suzanne and Michelle

Caribbean Potluck, easily one of the most well received Caribbean cookbooks in recent memory, has found new triumph after being named as one of the Best Books of 2014 by staff and critics at NPR. "We are overjoyed," said Suzanne Rousseau. "It such a thrill and honour to have our book, which was truly a labour of love, in the ranks of so many amazing books which we ourselves admire." This past summer, the Rousseau sisters appeared on the NPR programme All Things Considered. Writing on the inclus ... Read More

Happy Thanksgiving From Ally

Thursday, November 27, 2014    


Our Thursday Life readers certainly enjoyed the Easter table spread by homemaker par excellence Allison Porter Smalling so we were more than delighted when she agreed to have us all over for Thanksgiving. Cheers Ally (Photos: Karl McLarty) Ally's Passion Martini Here's how: Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add: 4 oz Skyy Vodka 2 oz Orijin Passionfruit shake. Strain into martini glass. Sorrel Sorbet Ingredients: I lb of picked sorrel 1/4 lb ginger root 12 whole cloves 6 grains of pim ... Read More

SALUT! Clinks at Macau

Monday, November 24, 2014    

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.

The unrelenting Jamaica Observer Salut! wave flowed into the dual-level Macau Bar & Gaming Lounge, last Friday night, with our friends at libation brand J Wray & Nephew on hosting duty and Scotiabank underwriting the 'bon-vivacious' experience. Our social lens went barside at the Lindsay Crescent hotspot! PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON SALUT! Clinks at Macau --> 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

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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