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‘Par-teeing’ At Sunrise

Attorney-at-law Maurice Smith and Carolyn Yapp, marketing director at Iberostar The Club (RORY DALEY)

Dotted with food stations of myriad categories, branded watering holes, and canopied enclaves, the Carnival Saturday edition of the ever-popular Sunrise Breakfast Party series turned the water-saturated greens of the Constant Spring Golf Course into a veritable soca village, on April 22. Canvassing ... Read More

A Love Like This! (KENYON HEMANS) Vows cover photo: A Love Like This!

The newly announced Mr and Mrs Zico Barnett walk down the grassy, rose petal-strewn aisle at Trident Castle. (KENYON HEMANS) Vows April 24 - A Love Like This
Celebrating the holiest of unions, perfectly coinciding with the holy season, Zico Barnett officiall ... Read More

Alicia Burke (second right) in a custom dress by Jimi Urquiaga with (from left) Ajak Deng, in a customised Jimi Urquiaga dress, Saul Rodriguea in pants by Waltz Achok Majak in an Alberta Ferretti jumpsuit and Duckie Thot in a customised Jimi Urquiaga dress. (MARIANO VIVANCO) AW Fashion: Burke’s Call
Alicia Burke is on a roll. The Pulse model beauty recently landed her second advertising campaign fo ... Read More

Cocktails With — Marlene Buckridge April 9

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

(Naphtali Junior)

Time flies when you’re chilling with Marlene Buckridge, senior sales manager Courtyard Marriott Kingston, Jamaica. She’s energetic, whip-smart and a woman who has her finger on the global hospitality pulse. What is it about the hospitality industry that has kept you in it? The people I get to meet from all over the world and the opportunity to move to an entirely new country. The industry has taken you from Jamaica to Europe with a stop in North America and back. What br ... Read More

Why Hollywood Is Heading To Jamaica

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Jamaican screenwriter and SO contributor Dominique Holmes at the Final Draft Awards. (Dom Holmes)

I am coming back to Jamaica in September with a group of Hollywood screenwriters, producers and managers for the inaugural ScreenCraft Screenwriters Residency Programme at Jake’s Hotel in Treasure Beach. With attendance limited to only 14 students and applications accepted worldwide, it’s an exclusive and competitive destination programme. The retreat will be free for four students, including two Jamaican screenwriters, thanks to a scholarship fund provided by the Jamaica Film and Te ... Read More

My Kingston — Garth Walker

Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Garth Walker
Managing Director, Business Access TV & Chair, Adam & Eve Day SpaKARL MCLARTY

Managing Director, Business Access TV & Chair, Adam & Eve Day Spa  What are your earliest memories of Kingston? At home on a Sunday, in Stony Hill, listening out for the fudge man’s cry, “Fudge, nutty-buddy and zuper-duper.” What’s the most memorable meal that you have enjoyed in Kingston? My first time at seafood restaurant Gloria’s in Port Royal, as a Jamaica College student, was amazing. What would you do if you were mayor of Kingston for a day? ... Read More

Gardening — April 9

With Betty Ashley | Sunday, April 09, 2017    

Vanda orchids

Why is it that every time I repot my orchids the roots rot away and the plants die? I am now petrified to repot them and they are all overgrown. Am I repotting at the wrong time? Miss Edna Trelawny Dear Miss Edna: One very important thing that must be done whenever you repot an orchid, or any plant for that matter, is that you must trim the older roots. This is to facilitate the roots starting to grow quickly. People are often afraid to do this, assuming that they are hurting the plants. ... Read More

Chefs to Watch For 2017 - Secrets Wild Orchid & Secrets St James

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

Romario Taylor, commis chef at Seaside, SecretsAceion Cunningham

Thursday Food highlights five more chefs who are charged with introducing visitors and locals to the best culinary offerings in Jamaica. This week’s featured chefs are from Secrets Wild Orchid & Secrets St James. Anthony Campbell Commis Chef at El Patio, Secrets Campbell’s journey into the culinary world is nothing short of unconventional. Although he had dreams of becoming a vet, an unfortunate hand that life dealt led him down a different path; a path unprecedented and ultim ... Read More

The Cliff and The Spa Retreat Negril

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

An array of menu options from The Spa Retreat (Joseph Wellington)

Our Stirring The Pot tour continues at the Spa Retreat Negril, a stone’s throw away from Ivan’s Restaurant. Spa Retreat is home to the Blue Mahoe Restaurant Lounge, another of the parish’s 10 culinary gems and nominated several times for its outstanding food. Our judges are shown around by the property’s general manager Heather Hamilton before making a final stop at The Cliff, where guest relations manager Taji Reid handles the meet- and-greet and bartender Layton Taylor ... Read More

‘Joy’ to the world

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

Bijoux Jewellers director Nari Chandiram (left) and his wife Jeannie with Consular Corps of Jamaica Dean Michael Subratie (GARFIELD ROBINSON)

A dinner reception, Sunday at the Hope Botanical Gardens’ Sunken Gardens, was the cumulative just desserts for the world’s first female master blender Joy Spence, who has contributed over 35 years of her illustrious career — 20 of those in her current title — to heritage liquor company J Wray & Nephew. The evening’s floral tablescapes, vivid in eggplant and bronze, bore the names of international cities, a decorative forecast of an approaching Appleton Estate Ja ... Read More

VIDEO: Stirring The Pot at Angler’s

Thursday, April 06, 2017    

The jahmekya jerked chicken. (Garfield Robinson)

As we get ready to celebrate two decades of excellence in food service, delivery and presentation, we are stepping out bolder and starting our countdown this year by encouraging all to take a long, hard look at our culinary landscape — how far we have come, and, naturally, the possibilities. Our initial focus has been on our chefs, the master architects of our island’s intoxicating flavours who are charged to introduce our island fare to us and visitors to our shores. The Caribbean ... Read More

Expand your palate - Try Traditional Old World Wines

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, April 06, 2017    

We have dozens of great old world wines on our market, try a few! (Christopher Reckord)

Allow me to allay any fears, dear readers, about there not being decent old world wines available locally. This past weekend I stopped in at the Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, CPJ Market and Uncorked and found lots of great old world wines available for sale. I began reminiscing on the significance of learning about these styles of wine. After our lecturer completed the lesson and tasting during sommelier training some 15 years ago, I had one of those “aha , now I get it” moments. It was ... Read More

PHOTOS: Idris Elba explores shooting film in Jamaica

Monday, April 03, 2017 8:00 PM    

(From left) John Conroy (Production Designer/Director of Photography); Diane Edwards (President, Jampro); Novia McDonald-Whyte (Senior Associate Editor, Jamaica Observer); Ami Ameen, actor; Gina Carter (Producer); Alice Dawson (Line Producer); Movie A-Lister Idris Elba, Renee Robinson (Film Commissioner, Jampro) and Zachary Harding (CEO, Hyperion Equity)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Movie A-lister Idris Elba was recently spotted in Jamaica with his team apparently exploring opportunities for shooting a movie on The Rock. All were hosted by Jamaica’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (JAMPRO) for a fabulous dinner party at Nirvanna restaurant in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday. JAMPRO is an Agency of the Government of Jamaica’s Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation that promotes business opportunities in export and investment t ... Read More



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