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 In Hot Pursuit: The Auto Issue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Hot-Pursuit--The-Auto-Issue_93386 With the recently hosted ATL Automotive-engineered Revolution Auto Show in our rear-view mirror but serving as active inspiration, we’re traversing the highway to aspirational driving luxury and making pit stops to spotlight a number of the world’s priciest autos, the plushest interiors, filmdom’s iconic wheels. We offer up a sneak peek at the business district’s hottest new address — Porsche’s showroom space. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT ‘Boulevard of Porsche Dreams’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Boulevard-of-Porsche-Dreams- Housed on the ground floor of the old IBM building on the corner of Knutsford Boulevard and Barbados Avenue in New Kingston, the soon-to-open Porsche Kingston showroom unquestionably injects a welcome rush of excitement along the business corridor more readily known for its financial and fast food business operations. From the furniture imported from Germany and tiles all the way from Italy, the showroom is an exact replica of any Porsche showroom worldwide. Indeed it is the first of its kind for the Caribbean with a city centre showroom in an existing building and was designed with the Porsche Singapore Showroom as its inspiration. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:37:31 GMT ‘Bankrolling Your Ride’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Bankrolling-Your-Ride-_93387 Already possessing the distinction of being the world’s priciest hypercars and supercars, these high-performance, tricked-out, super-innovative autos — as determined by The Drive ’s editor Mike Guy — all fall into the six-figure category, and should inspire serious speed envy. Be it the no-roof, no-windshield, no-side windows, naturally-aspirated 4.5-litre Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio (price tag: US$3 million) or the McLaren P1 LM (going rate: US$3.7 million) which has gold plating in the engine surrounding a 3.8-litre twin turbo that produces a heroic 1,000 horsepower. Take a gander at the costliest speedsters. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Cocktails with... Amoi Leon-Issa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-with----Amoi-Leon-Issa_91642 We’re still in residence in the tourism capital of The Rock, Montego Bay, now sharing notes with Keneea Linton muse, bubbly enthusiast and Caribbean VIP director Amoi Leon-Issa. With over a decade’s experience in the hospitality industry, the destination management entrepreneur shares her approach to travel, ideas on commerce, and her penchant for custom designer wear and exotic teas. Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT My Kingston - Wade Rhoden http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Kingston----Wade-Rhoden_93257 What are your earliest memories of Kingston? Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT SO Gardening - March 26 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/SO-Gardening---March-26_93183 I find your column very helpful. What can I do to prevent the lower leaves of my Dinah Shore vanda from going black, and if they are already black can the condition be reversed? Local Lifestyle Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Dinner At Seven Prime http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Dinner-At-Seven-Prime_90887 Seven Prime Restaurant is a quiet oasis on Montego Bay’s famed Gloucester Ave, referred to as the Hip Strip (bottom road, as the locals say) and, unlike its counterparts that feature balcony views of the Caribbean Sea, Seven Prime sits to the back of Altamont West Hotel. This unique setting offers an outside, tranquil dining experience, with trees and birds chirping (quick check, we are still on bottom road, no? Yeah!). Local Lifestyle Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Briana’s Homecoming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Briana-s-Homecoming_93136 It’s been four long years since Briana Riddock last visited The Rock. The Atlanta, Georgia-born, New York University student has had good reason for the delay. In the midst of a Food Studies master’s degree in the Big Apple, Riddock has been honing her culinary knowledge of international cuisine and racking up annual frequent flier miles — jetting off with a group of friends who bill themselves as The Seven Wonders, to Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, Spain, France, and Trinidad for the immersive experience of cultural (and food) discoveries. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Chefs to watch 2017 - The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Chefs-to-watch-2017_92948 Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT THE REGGAE MILL BAR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/THE-REGGAE-MILL-BAR_93138 On the hunt for a new watering hole? We recommend the just-opened Reggae Mill Bar inside The Devonshire at the historic Devon House. The brainchild of Alexx Antaeus and Orlease King, operators of the Greek eatery Opa!, which has also relocated to the iconic Hope Road address that was once home to Jamaica’s first black millionaire George Stiebel, the Reggae Mill is meant to complement the restaurant (meals from Opa! can be ordered there if you so choose), while also acting as a standalone leisure spot. The Appleton Estate-endorsed space — where the house deejay plays a soundtrack of Jamaican music genres — offers patrons such signature drinks as jerk daiquiris infused with Scotch bonnet and thyme and the Devon Country Duppy that’s the new bar’s twist on the famed libation long associated with Devon House. Finger foods on the menu include jerked chicken wings, salt fish fritters, and other familiar Jamaican fare. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Third Time’s the Charm for Moet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Third-Time-s-the-Charm-for-Moet_93083 Third time’s the charm for Moët & Chandon as they partner once more with Le Dîner en Blanc, Kingston for the island’s premier secret event. Celebrating gastronomy and friendship the event welcomes all to feast and frolic at a dinner party like no other. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Get Creative For Le Dîner en Blanc... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Get-Creative-For-Le-D-ner-en-Blanc---_93084 Le Dîner en Blanc may be best known for its ability to transform a public space into a veritable sea of white — both with the décor and the mustsee fashions that come with it — but as half of its name suggests, the affair is really all about the gastronomic experience. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Looking for great value from Bordeaux? try Cru Bourgeois! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Looking-for-great-value-from-Bordeaux--try-Cru-Bourgeois-_93037 A few weeks ago, while dining at one of Kingston’s popular wine destinations, a friend asked me to recommend a bottle of wine for his table. After my usual clarifying questions, I went back to look at the wine selection and decided to choose an old world wine (wines from Europe) instead of the usual new world (wines from everywhere else) fruit bombs that this group was used to drinking. I eventually settled on a bottle of Château Magnol, which is a very pleasant and approachable dry, medium-bodied red wine from the Medoc region in Bordeaux, France. Château Magnol is the flagship wine of French wine brand Barton & Guestier. The Château is not only the world headquarters of Barton & Guestier, but it is also a famous guesthouse, where I had the privilege to stay and have some amazing meals courtesy of Chef  Frédéric Prouvoyeur. The facility is home to a true wine school: the Barton & Guestier Food & Wine Academy led by Solange Galan, Château Magnol education manager. I had the honour of attending the academy while visiting Bordeaux in 2005. Local Food Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT  ‘Counting down to 20’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Counting-down-to-20--_92924 With the highest achievements in food service and presentation on The Rock, a long-established interest of the Jamaica Observer — the newspaper’s awards arm, namely, its annual Table Talk Food Awards unfolds the napkin for the 19th staging. At a ‘Counting Down to 20’ launch party held, last Thursday, around the Spanish Court Hotel’s très chic cabana pool, insiders were kept abreast of the latest directions and reintroduced to the stable of judges and corporate sponsors. Wednesday Social takes note of those bookended by the event podium and the Johnnie Walker watering hole. Local Lifestyle Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT AW Fashion: All In A ‘Rowé’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/AW-Fashion--All-In-A--Row--_92224 Mid-afternoon dives from his yacht or sunset respites by the infinity pool would be a fair expectation of Andre Rowé’s man of leisure as the eponymous designer unveiled his latest resort collection of breezy knits and tailored swimwear — at times structured, at others, snug — for 2017. AW: Fashion creates a vision board from the atmospheric lookbook, and goes front and centre at The Haven on Hillcrest Avenue for the big reveal. All Woman Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Spotted! Sasha Gates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Spotted--Sasha-Gates_92521 Who… Sasha Gates, Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT On The ‘loose’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/On-The---loose-_92633 Pregnant grey clouds in last Sunday’s morning sky did little to deter the sailing plans of the fab set out for boater Andrew Gallimore’s introductory weekend outing to Maiden Cay aboard his super-comfortable 69-foot power catmaran Loose Cannon.‘ Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT A Look Back As We Countdown to Diner En Blanc http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-Look-Back-As-We-Countdown-to-Diner-En-Blanc_92534 Dîner en Blanc, the all-white, flash dining event, is a global calendar must-do. As the Kingston 2017 edition returns next Saturday, at yet another secret location, SO looks back across five years of destinations that delivered some of the event’s most memorable tablescapes, fashion, and antipasto spreads. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dear Orchid Doc: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Dear-Orchid-Doc--------_92371 Dear Orchid Doc: Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cocktails With — T’Shura Gibbs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Cocktails-With---T-Shura-Gibbs_91641 On one of our many overnighters in the Second City, resident and Jamaica Public Service Company Regional Director, West T’Shura Gibbs talks shop, life, and why adulthood can be all that it’s cut out to be. Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT My Mobay — Hugh Logan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/My-Mobay---Hugh-Logan_91640 HUGH LOGAN Director of Sales, Caribbean Producers Jamaica Local Lifestyle Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Splash of Glitter’ — Your Glam Carnival Make-up Look http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/-Splash-of-Glitter----Your-Glam-Carnival-Make-up-Look_92319 This ‘Splash of Glitter’ Carnival look is not hard to achieve. What stands out the most about it are the glitter eyebrows. They set the stage for the rest of the look, including the splash of colourful glitter interspersed with rhinestones — a Carnival make-up staple. Let’s get into how to Get The Look. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Jennifer Samuda: The Woman Who Made Our Skin Glow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Jennifer-Samuda--The-Woman-Who-Made-Our-Skin-Glow It’s difficult to fathom, really, that Jennifer Samuda, the woman who paved the way for many in the cosmetic industry, will be buried today. Jencare Skin Farm founder Jennifer Samuda died on Wednesday, February 22, after a brave battle with cancer. Samuda’s success story is well known. Local Lifestyle Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:28:11 GMT Under The Dryer preview: Jennifer Samuda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Under-The-Dryer-preview--Jennifer-Samuda It's difficult to fathom, really, that Jennifer Samuda, the woman who paved the way for many in the cosmetic industry, will be buried today. Lifestyle Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:57:38 GMT SOCIAL: Sweet Caroline! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/Sweet-Caroline-_92606 Music Local Entertainment Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT