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Okinawa Banana Stand Live Review

Today I am going to take a trip to the local markets for fresh fruits an vegetable in Okinawa, Japan. For those who are either new to the island or is interested in...

And The Winner Is… Ocean’s 11

If location is everything, what should one say about a watering hole that only has the ocean and a marina as its neighbours? “People definitely travel just to come here,” Norman Bowen, director of Ocean's 11, told Thursday Food . Its almost secluded location has allowed Ocean's 11 to create a bucolic environment in which patrons feel safe as they unwind and have fun.

And The Winner Best Food Product is…Banyan Foods: Jamosa

“I am totally overwhelmed, especially because the product is so new,” said Simone Banhan-Grant, managing director of Banyan Catering (the creator of Banyan Foods: Jamosa — winner of Best Food Product 2018 at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards ) when Thursday Food caught up with her over the phone. The Jamosa (a portmanteau of the words Jamaica and Samosa) launched in February of this...

Observer Food Awards’ big winners

Chocolate Dreams owner Michelle Smith accepts the Chairman's Award from the newspaper's chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart at the 20th staging of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards last night at Devon House in Kingston. 

Fish Pot — Sovereign Centre’s New Catch

Thursday Food satisfied its seafood cravings recently at the new Fish Pot Fry Fish Shop outlet, Rainforest Seafoods' wholly owned fast food subsidiary, and with perfect timing too; they've just expanded the menu offerings.

Thursday Night In The City Stop #3 — Cellar 8

Our final stop for cocktails... From Devon House we headed up to Upper Manor Park Plaza to the multi-level Cellar 8.The new outdoor deck is where we brought our city crawl to an end with nibbles of fried potato wedges and crispy calamari, Peach Bellinis and Golden Spring cocktails, Dirty Martinis (in honour of Meghan Markle), Mojitos and glasses of Centorri Moscato di Pavia and Lapostolle Grand Selection Merlot 2014.

Thursday Night In The City Stop #2 — Devon house

A shared dessert was had by our judges at Broken Plate as the decision was taken to stop at Devon House I-Scream and Devon House Bakery for sweet treats and to enjoy a fun moment at Coco Raw.

On Becoming a Wine Expert, Part 2 – The Essential Reds

The only way to truly learn about wine is to taste wines from as many regions of the world as possible. Last week we suggested six white wines to taste for anyone who wants to broaden their wine knowledge.

Thursday Night In The City Stop #2 — Broken Plate

Our Thursday Night Kingston food crawl continued with reservations at Kingston's newest eatery [it opened on May 14] Broken Plate restaurant, where Chef Damion Stewart's dream of opening a restaurant has been realised.If Stewart's name does not readily ring a bell, his face certainly will. He's got culinary credentials, too!

A Royal Wedding menu

It was a weekend of festivities for Royal Wedding watchers who checked into the exclusive Royal Club floor of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last weekend for a celebration of the nuptials of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.

Café Blue: From Seed To Cup

Café Blue copped its first Food Award in 2007/8 in the Best Kept Secret category for the Irish Town location. Seven awards later Jason Sharp, the managing director of Café Blue/Coffee Traders Ltd, is as appreciative and just as thrilled as he was on that memorable first night. In a recent conversation with the 2018 Jamaica Observer Food Awards judges, Sharp took them back 20 years when there weren't many options, to today where he has seen a significant rise in the number of people...

Wine Chat with Therese Turner-Jones

Most will know Therese Turner-Jones as the Inter-American Development Bank's General Manager of the Country Department Caribbean Group which includes Jamaica. What many might not know, me included, until this interview, is her knowledge of wines and her 'wine personality', for that matter.Chris Reckord (CR): Are you a long-time wine drinker?Therese Turner-Jones (TTJ): Fairly!CR: How did you get into wine?

Stirring The Pot @ The Sugar Mill Restaurant

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away... Antoine De Saint-Exupery 

Stirring The Pot @ The Pork Pit

The Pork Pit has been around since 1978 and, like the imposing cotton tree that dates back centuries, is an integral part of the MoBay landscape. Under new management since 2002 it remains the preferred destination for lovers of chicken — factor in almost every Jamaican — and the other white meat — factor in as many even amidst the loud protestations and the fact that the pork is always finished first!

Stirring The Pot @ VR’s Mantra

Co-principal of VR's Mantra Vijay Sadarangani is a happy man. He has reconnected with his passion:Food! Like many after graduating from university, he sought a job that paid well rather than allowing his heart to lead. That changed three years ago, however, when he opened Sky Bar and Grill. “I was able to add Indian cuisine to my menu options as I found a chef who had the same passion as me to provide a taste of Indian as had in India,” he shares with ...

Korean Indian Fusion Restaurant at Incheon Airport

On my way back from Guam, I stopped at the food court in Terminal one for some to eat.  I ran into the Nimat Halal Restaurant that is located in the duty-free shop.  According...

Best New Product 2018 – Nominee: Nescafé Frappélatte

Nescafé Frappélatte is... the newest indulgence from NestleIt is a... unique and refreshing treat with the perfect balance between the best of Nescafé and delicious ice cream. 

Banyan Foods: Jamosas

I made these products because... of a general need for more convenience foods which are tasty and have little or no preservatives or hidden ingredients. As a caterer I experienced first-hand the pains it took to prepare especially appetisers. So I wanted to come up with a product that would fill this need/void. I currently supply a few other caterers, restaurants and hotels. 

Appleton Estate Rum: Jamaica’s Most Oldest and Popular Rum

Sometimes when you are doing research, you come across things that are very interesting.  As I was looking at the history of "I Love Lucy" I came across the story about Barcardi which lead...

Tamie’s Vegan Restaurant in American Village, Okinawa, Japan

When you don't eat meat, there are times when you will have the craving for it, but you know that you shouldn't.  

Where To Experience Canadian Cuisine In Seoul, Korea

Like most countries in western civilizations, waves of immigration in the 19th and 20th century codified modern Canadian cuisines.  The cuisines are heavily influences by European, Asian, the Caribbean cultures.  This is similar to the...

The Home Cook: Scrambled Eggs,Spinach and Bananas

Jamaican meals are always vibrant and tasty but sometimes it takes a little while to put them together. If you are looking for an easy to make breakfast and want to have something light,...

Jamaican Eating Bibimbap In Seoul, Korea

After spending more than seven days in Korea, I finally made my way to Seoul and it was there I finally got what I've been craving ever since I arrive in Korea. I visited a...

Jamaican Eating Curry Pilaf in Pohang, Korea

The day before going to Cosmos, I walked around for almost two hours in search of a place to eat.  I ordered french fries and Shrimp curry pilaf.  The restaurant is located on the...

FiWEH in Pohan, South Korea: Spicy Seafood Noodle

I am not one to travel frequently because I am one of those Jamaicans who love dem yard.  Unfortunately, being a part of the FiWEH team, traveling is a requirement.  Another thing, I am...

“What Resorts Offer Gluten Free Dining?”

BY: NICOLE DEFOREST This question is being asked more often now than ever and the answer is usually not advertised in a resort brochure or hotel chain website. Gluten-free is a diet that treats celiac disease and excludes foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein composite found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. When you […]
Ingredient In Hundreds Of Popular Foods Found To Stimulate Spread Of Cancer

Ingredient In Hundreds Of Popular Foods Found To Stimulate Spread Of Cancer

BARCELONA, Spain, Friday January 6, 2017 – You might not cook with it, but you almost certainly eat or use palm oil, and new research suggests that consuming it while suffering from cancer makes the disease more deadly.

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Why Jamaican Food Has Never Been Better

The text from my old friend Blaise Hart pinged as my plane landed one morning last summer at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. We were soon roaring in Blaise’s pickup along the coastal highway, until he swerved into the restaurant—a chill, thatched-roof institution beloved by islanders and knowing tourists.

Ocean Breeze: Salmon BLT

Sometimes during your lunch break you would like to have something good to eat and low cost.  Finding the right place and food sometimes are hard because of the number of choices that are available.

Caribbean Meal: Fried Dumplings and Scrambled Eggs

Learning how to make a simple meal with simple ingredients is important for any single person or those with families.

Stirring The Pot @ Pink Apron

“You bring the people, we'll bring the food”... My good friend Melanie Henry and I felt that we would bring our goodly selves, confident that Pink Apron's chefs Charissa Henry, Brittany Ho and Josh Parkins would bring the food. We had to be confident about the food, as we were hungrily heading all the way to Silver Hill Gap, about 40 minutes from Papine Square.  

Stirring The Pot @ Wine With Me

Wine With Me, located on Norman Manley Boulevard, was our final Stirring The Pot stop Sunday and, as difficult as it was to leave The Cliff, quite frankly, turning down an opportunity to spend time with the inimitable Cecile Levee is unheard of, and rightly so! Who else would have the style acumen to transform a blank slate into a wine haven that would be a perfect fit in Monaco or along the Skeleton Coast of Kunene, Namibia?

Stirring The Pot @ Zest Restaurant, The Cliff Hotel

The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judges were back on the road Sunday. Negril was their final destination, but not before a breakfast and jumbo malt stop in MoBay at the iconic Pelican and a photo op at the larger-than-life iron image of Usain Bolt made entirely of bolts by German artist Diedel Klooever at Tracks & Records. The stop put all in good stead for the final leg of the journey.

What will you drink as you Royal-Watch?

The excitement is palpable as the world eagerly watches for upcoming events that will make 2018 a most exciting year for Britain's Royal family. Among them are:Royal Baby watch…the birth of the fifth heir to the throne has happened and Royal watchers are now speculating on his name and christening date.The highly anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday, May, 19.

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