New boutique hotel Skylark Negril Beach Resort hosted Top Chef star Chef Nina Compton for a pop-up dinner on Saturday, July 28th, 2018.
The dinner was a huge success and the event raised US $10,000 for the Rockhouse Foundation which is dedicated to empowering Negril’s educational facilities. Most recently the foundation completed its most ambitious project — the construction of the Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy (SIIA). The school is the first mixed-ability, special needs early childhood school in Western Jamaica.
In its first year of operation, 30 three-year-old children were enrolled and this September, another 30 students will arrive for the new school term.
Jamaica’s own ‘Chopped Champion’ and Miss Lily’s Chef Andre Fowles helped St. Lucian-born Chef Compton prepare the jerk-themed five course meal. The final menu from the evening’s charity dinner include Jerked Barracuda, Jerked Oxtail, Breadfruit Gnocchi, Dasheen Puree, Jerked Mango, Coconut Rice Pudding and more.
by Tricia Williamson | Photography by Oneil Banton
East Japanese is the premier Japanese restaurant located in the Marketplace at 67 Constant Spring Road in Kingston, Jamaica. East serves a range of traditional Japanese cuisine from sushi to sashimi and was awarded the “2018 Best Watering Hole in Kingston”. Patrons love restaurant and bar not only for the culinary creations and cool vibes but the great music you can not only hear played but see displayed on the walls like a walk of fame.
Let’s talk with the powerhouse behind it all… Chef Taka!
TAKA, BEER MUG FRIDAYs and more…
Everyone knows Chef Utoguchi but everyone simply calls this cool culinary maestro, “Taka”. He established East Japanese in 2004 and officially opened doors in 2005.
A collector of vinyl records many of which are proudly displayed in his restaurant in Market Place in Kingston, Jamaica. Taka loves oldies music, Jamaican music from reggae, ska to dancehall and beyond. His impressive record collection, which he calls a “hobby”, is beautifully showcased in the bar’s exceptional décor which is nothing less than a walk through the decades and genres of Jamaican music. East Japanese is the perfect melting pot of Jamaican music & culture with Japanese style and cuisine.
About a year ago Taka had a vision of introducing some of the island’s best Selectas and DJs at East Japanese and does so through the event series dubbed “Beer Mug Friday”. The weekly Friday event is a must-experience and has featured top Selectas and DJs such as Rory Stone Love, Bad Gyal Marie, DJ Courtney, DJ Delano, DJ Kurt Riley and runs from 7 pm to 3 am. Best of all, Admission is FREE.
Photography courtesy of East Japanese
A gathering that at its origins started out very slow has now grown into a movement filling the bar from wall to wall each week. In his reflection of the growing success, Taka shared with his signature smile, “Everyone loves my place!”
Photography courtesy of East Japanese
When asked about his vision for growing East Japanese beyond Kingston in the years ahead, Taka was clear. Right now, he prefers to focus “only on Kingston”. Kingston in his eyes is a vibrant business place and is seeing its increasing share of tourists. Plus, it also serves as an excellent hub with connections to places like Miami. Taka loves that Jamaica’s capital has no “on and off season”, he added, “Kingston is always on! Plus, the people here are very interesting and they love my place!”
East Japanese is an experience not to be missed. Next time you’re in Kingston, Jamaica be sure to stop by and experience it for yourself whether you’re sitting down for sushi or raising a shot at Beer Mug Fridays….. Like Taka always says you’ll “love this place!”
Written by Tricia Williamson | Photos courtesy of Stush In The Bush
Stush in the Bush at Zionites Farm, nestled in the hills of Free Hill, Bamboo St. Ann, Jamaica is a 15-acre organic farm. The brainchild of Lisa and Chris Binns, this farm-to-table tour reflects a true love with nature. Nature blends with stushness to give you a unique gourmet experience made from homegrown ingredients.
Stush in the Bush is unapologetic in its authenticity and is all about the experience.
Many traditional crops are grown on the farm in addition to exotic vegetables that are used to freshly create preserves, dressings and sauces that excite your taste buds. Beautiful farm to table lunches are the hallmark of the farm. So be sure to book your reservation early!
Beyond the food, it’s a great farm tour that focuses on tasting as well- so you enjoy the tastes of pineapples, sugar cane, coconut water fresh from nature as you learn about the land, plants and their medicinal properties.
WE’RE Finalists 😀😀😀!!! #PANACHEMagazine is pleased to share that we are finalists in the upcoming CTO Travel Media Awards 2018 in New York, June 7! #CaribbeanWeekNewYork@ctotourism
Kudos to Kinisha and IKenna for their great work and nominations!
“We’re very proud at PANACHE for our works being selected as finalists! It’s a celebration of excellence and we are grateful for the honour of this recognition of our Caribbean talent,” shared Tricia Williamson @twill876, PANACHE CEO/ Editorial Director.
The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean. This recognition will take place on June 7, 2018 in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.
To honor the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries.
Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.
Reviewed by Tricia Williamson | Photography by Craig Harley
One of the things I love most about reviewing headphones, starts with the experience of unpacking from those brown shipping boxes. Once you get through that, what you’ll find with most luxury premium headphones is that they are packaged in big white beautifully designed square boxes (not that I am complaining). However, this experience with the VModa Crossfade II Wireless (Milano Design) was different. The signature hexagonal packaging of black and orange gets you excited at the very sight of it. While many brands will present the headphones and a bag tucked inside, your Crossfade II Wireless steps up the game a notch with a black hard shell that opens like an oyster revealing its hidden gem. This exoskeleton case is the perfect companion for this stylishly sculpted sound samurai and will always keep it well protected.
A work of art of leather and metal, offering great compact fold, the Crossfade II Wireless delivers sound quality that is excellent, crisp and clear. It has an immersive soundstage, with sculpted bass and nicely balanced sound. It is a top contender among premium options and is a fun headphone for audiophiles. After listening for a few hours, while lying in bed, I am a fan of the ergonomic steel flex headband. The fit is close but not bothersome, and the memory foam cushions are soft on the ears. It is heavier, in comparison to the Bowers & Wilkins PX which we reviewed in the last issue.
There is no active noise cancellation, which is a modern feature I have come to love in premium headphones. Nevertheless, there was good noise isolation. This Crossfade II Wireless is also a wired hybrid. In the wired mode, the sound quality is very good. That said, my only issue is that I would prefer volume controls on the Speak Easy Mic Cable (included) because while in wired mode the controls on the headphones disable and you are forced to adjust on your phone/device. When in wireless mode though, the ease of button use is a breeze. Plus pairing with my Samsung Note 8 was a walk in the park.
Lastly, with a 14-hour battery life, you won’t need to charge for a few days. All in all, the Crossfade II Wireless is a cool, stylish choice for audiophiles looking for great headphones without the fuss.
The VMODA Crossfade Wireless II Headphones are available online ($330USD) at v-moda.com
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Escape to Negril’s West End Cliffs and just relax. The beautifully handcrafted stone cottages nestled in lush green tropical gardens offer you a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.
Spa Retreat, with its world-class spa services, blended with a Jamaican flair, is perfect for the traveller seeking a quiet vacation with great massages and the best food this side of the island.
This luxury boutique is rated #1 on Trip Advisor and has won numerous travel awards. As an adults-only resort, it offers the best hammocks in town to rock your cares away; a beautiful salt water pool to chill in and meditate for hours and just listen to the soothing sounds of the sea as it crashes against the grey rocky cliffs. And with every sunset, just pick your spot on the sandy beach deck and take in the moment.
The Blue Mahoe is a Foodie’s Paradise
The friendliest staff for miles call the Spa Retreat home. Overlooking the majestic blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, the Blue Mahoe Restaurant offers the best dining at a picturesque spot on the west end of Jamaica and that’s just the ambiance.
Whether you are in the mood for Jamaican cuisine or seafood, Blue Mahoe sets itself apart with great tasting meals made from the freshest catch and finest ingredients.
Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, make the Blue Mahoe your top choice to dine.
The Spa at Spa Retreat
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by offering you several benefits:
Lowers Blood Pressure
Improves Blood Circulation
Strengthen the Immune System
Regular massage keeps the body working at optimal levels and Spa Retreat, is the perfect place to get your treatment for mind body and soul.
Reviewed by DJ Courtney | Photography by Craig Harley
So I recently received a pair of the Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones to review for the magazine, and after a week of using it, I must say, “These are some damn good headphones!”
“Acoustically tuned by sound engineers and tested in Detroit,” states the company website. I chose to assess this Shinola while I was DJing at events in Jamaica and I am glad I did, because I have now parked my Pioneer Headphones and now use them exclusively.
Firstly, the Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones are beautifully crafted luxury headphones that have been made of the finest material. The headphones feature: stainless steel components, interchangeable lambskin ear cushions, and a genuine leather headband. I have received several compliments on the quality of the craftsmanship, especially how they look and feel. However, what I admire most are the magnetic ear cups, which makes them easy to snap on & off. In terms of comfort, I need to get used to them, as they do fit a bit snug, but I’ll work them in over time.
As for the sound quality, it is vivid and clean and though the Shinola Canfield Over-Ear headphones are not the best for DJing, I have found them to be perfect for me. With these headphones, there is not too much bass or treble, but the audio is clear enough for good mixing; plus they are also noise-cancelling.
The Shinola Canfield Over-Ear uses a 50-mm dynamic driver and the headphones feature a built-in remote with volume control and an in-line microphone. At first, I thought, this wouldn’t be ideal for spinning, but to my surprise, it came in handy, offering quick access for volume adjustment. The drawback I found was that I needed to plug in both connections to each ear cup for sound. As a DJ, I need to move around at times and this can prove to be a bit of a restriction, nevertheless, I’m getting used to that and it’s not a major issue.I really love these headphones, especially when I use them with my iPhone every day.
Lastly, I can honestly say, the Shinola Canfield Over-Ear Headphones “Beats” a certain competitor easily!
The Canfield Over-Ear Headphones ($450 USD) are available for purchase at http://www.shinola.com where you can also find the complete Canfield Headphone collection.
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