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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

Dinner At Seven Prime

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

8 oz grilled tenderloin steak with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. (ACEION CUNNINGHAM)

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!). If you are seeking a tranquil spot to relax after work sans TV screen ... Read More

Briana’s Homecoming

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

New York University Food Studies master’s student and second-generation Jamaican Briana Riddock — an Atlanta, Georgia-born aspiring chef — greeted our lens ahead of last Saturday’s dinner party that featured her culinary handiwork. (KENYON HEMANS)

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 ... Read More

Chefs to watch 2017 - The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Berbett Samuels Bell
Range Chef, The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites (Garfield Robinson)

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 The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, Kingston. BERBETT SAMUELS BELL - Range Chef, The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites Climbing the culinary ladder gives me great joy… I am destined for greatness! My journey began a little over a decade ago, while I was home and not working at the time. I ran into a teacher who ta ... Read More


Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Take a seat at the newly opened Reggae Mill Bar at Devon House, where you can sip signature cocktails and nibble on Jamaican-themed fare like jerk chicken wings and salt fish fritters. (JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

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 ... Read More

Third Time’s the Charm for Moet

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Cheers from the Wray & Nephew team (Observer)

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. “Le Dîner en Blanc is a one-of-a-kind picnic-style global event and due to its Parisian roots enforces a wine and Champagne-only policy. This, coupled with the fact that the event always leaves it ... Read More

Get Creative For Le Dîner en Blanc...

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Attractive cold cuts and condiments are perfect for Le Diner en Blanc. (Contributed)

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. Award-winning chef and caterer Celeste Gordon is one of the featured caterers at this year’s Le Dîner en Blanc and has been a part of the event since it came to Kingston, Jamaica. No stranger ... Read More

Looking for great value from Bordeaux? try Cru Bourgeois!

with Christopher Reckord | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

The peaceful, zen-like surroundings at Chateau Magnol, our home while in Bordeaux. (Christopher Reckord)

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 ... Read More

 ‘Counting down to 20’

Wednesday, March 22, 2017    

University of the West Indies, Mona Department of Government head Dr Lloyd Waller (left), and Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville WalkerObserver

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 co ... Read More

AW Fashion: All In A ‘Rowé’

Monday, March 20, 2017    

E-vites cordially summoned guests to The Haven for the showing of the 2017 resort collection. (OBSERVER)

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. PHOTOS: ANTONIO GRAHAM Read More

Spotted! Sasha Gates

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Spotted!! Sasha Gates

Who… Sasha Gates, WAGS, reality TV star and wife of American football player Antonio Gates Where… The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad The scoop… I brought my babies for the first time, and I introduced a few people to my culture for an unforgettable first-time experience. I always love being in Trinidad! Carnival keeps me sane; the people are unique and the food and soca are special. The island is where I find my centre and peace. I’m always sad to ... Read More



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