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The Neatest Beggar’s Purse from Jean-Georges!

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Photo: Dorothy Wang

Dorothy Wang had dinner at Jean-Georges in Beverly Hills two weeks ago and said her Beggar’s Purse was the cutest and fanciest she has ever seen. Suga agrees!

It was filled with Ossetra Caviar and Vodka cream, tied with a chive and topped with a gold leaf.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a famed French Chef that is known to craft his dishes with blends of French, American and Asian influences.

His Fine Dining Restaurant, Jean-Georges in Beverly Hills has 3 Michelin stars! Jean-Georges is also in New York, overlooking Central Park.

Jean-Georges Restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Location: 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, Ca. 90210 USA

Ph: 310-860-6566

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Cheesy, Vegetable Casseroles for the Win from Black Orchid Restaurant!

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Two Saturdays ago, I went to Black Orchid Restaurant, upstairs in Eden Gardens to redeem my Fine Vegetarian Cuisine Special for two.

My husband, Randy and I had the Fine Dining Restaurant to ourselves that night at 8:45pm.

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Décor at The Black Orchid Restaurant

Our host/waiter for the night that emerged from the Tulips Restaurant downstairs was quite hospitable.

He took our order of Moussaka and Vegan Pasta, then realised instantly that they did not have Eggplant for the Special we already paid for.

Moussaka is a layered eggplant or potato-based dish that sometimes includes ground meat. Many versions have a top layer made like a custard. In Greece, the dish is layered and typically served hot. In Turkey, it is served warm or at room temperature after being sautéed and served like a casserole. The Arabs usually eat it cold.

Our host reassured us that they had a competent Chef who had experience working with the Cruiselines and that he would come to speak with us shortly. Chef Xavier got an idea about what we expected, i.e. the layered eggplant casserole and the Vegan Pasta, also with Eggplant and Parmesan. He told us that he knew what he would do for us even though he didn’t have Eggplant or Squash, but other vegetables.

To our surprise, about half an hour later, our host arrived with not two, but three dishes! I got both the Vegan Pasta and the Eggplant Parmesan Casserole. Randy had a Cheesy Eggplant Casserole as well, but his was a combination of other Cheeses since he told the Chef he didn’t mind which Cheese was used. Chef Xavier looked like he also found a small amount of Eggplant stashed away and had just enough to put in the Casseroles, but not the Vegan Pasta.

The Casseroles had a mixture of eggplant, other vegetables and potatoes in a freshly made tomato sauce layered with cheese. While the Vegan Pasta had a mixture of vegetables as well, topped of with grated parmesan cheese. All dishes had distinct flavours that pleased us both.

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R-L (Top row): Piña Colada; Vegetable Pasta; (Bottom row) – Vegetable and Cheese Casseroles

I just planned on having the Vegan Pasta and tasting the Casserole but as I had a little of both, I had a lot of both. Chef Xaver did an exceptional job. Cheat Day times two!

I really appreciated them extending such a courtesy when they saw we were not going to get what we expected. They actually exceeded our expectations.

Our Blended Drinks were delish as well!

I can’t speak to other items on their menu, but if you are ever feeling for Cheesy Casserole Dishes, go to Black Orchid and pray that Chef Xavier didn’t sail away in a Cruiseline Kitchen.

Black Orchid Restaurant

Location: Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa @ 39 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston

Ph: 876-946-9977

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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US OPEN starts TODAY!

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New York is alive again, with the US Open starting today!

Wimbledon 2017 Champ, Garbine Muguruza is already through to the next round!

Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Mayweather Confirms last Night was his last Fight, 50-0!

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Mayweather will retire undefeated, 50-0

I am sure everyone can agree that last night’s fight exceeded our expectations in terms of how competitive it was.

Conor McGregor started off strong as expected and took the first 3 rounds. The 4th round was close but went to Mayweather.

We all know that if it went beyond 4 rounds for the UFC fighter, he would become vulnerable and was more likely to lose. That was a reality, as it all went downhill for him from the 5th round. There was loss of movement in the legs and obvious signs of fatigue. But he hung in there quite well until the Ref stopped the fight and Mayweather beat him in the 10th round.

Congrats to Mayweather! The Money Man added about £78.5/US$100 million to his pocket. He also co-promoted the event with the UFC, so he is may earn over £230m from the event!

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Photo:  Bleacher Report

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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CPL T20 Comes to Sabina TONIGHT!

The Tallawahs are in Jamaica and so is CPL T20. Finally!

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Jamaica Tallawahs with Lendl Simmons, Krishmar Santoki, Kumar Sangakkarra and more, will be playing the St. Lucia Stars with Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and more. The Stars have been on a losing streak at the bottom of the table. The Tallawahs are currently in 3rd place.

Current Standings

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Other Matches at Sabina Park and Ticket Info:

Saturday, August 26 @8pm: Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Trinbago Knight Riders

Wednesday, August 30 @6pm: Jamaica Tallawahs vs. St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots

Friday, September 1 @8pm: Jamaica Tallawahs vs. Guyana Amazon Warriors

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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What you NEED to Know about The MONEY Fight Tomorrow!

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Photo: MX Large

The MONEY Fight is only ONE Day away!

The undefeated, 40 year old Floyd Mayweather that has come out of retirement

vs.

UFC Flag bearer and two-weight Champion, Conor McGregor

aka

DEFENSE VS. POWER

Place, Time and Channel

The multi-million dollar fight will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Showtime starts at 9pm for local folks on FOX Premium for both DigiPLAY and FLOW. The other channels showing the Fight such as Showtime etc. are likely to be blocked. So if you don’t have it, you need to subscribe or catch it online and stream it to your Tv.

Pre-Fight Drama

The experts do not expect the Fight to be competitive but Irish man, Conor McGregor who has a history of winning by early K.Os, has built up quite the anticipation with a lot of confidence going into the fight. He surely has done his marketing job.

Tempers have been flaring because McGregor expected to do a face-off like the fighters who will be going on before them, but that did not happen. So when McGregor saw Mayweather he asked him if he was afraid. Then there was apparently an exchange of words and a lot of pushing and shoving.

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The Weigh In

Both will do their Weigh In this afternoon at 3pm! Mayweather thinks McGregor will miss the light-middle weight limit of 154. Mayweather chooses his opponents carefully and pays attention to their camp to remain undefeated. So according to him and his sources, McGregor was 10 pounds over the weight limit just 3 or so days ago.  McGregor and his trainers are not worried and think he will hit within the weight limit with regards to their formula and how his weight has been in the past.

Not to worry though. If he misses the weight limit, the fight is still ON! But McGregor will face a hefty fine.

They will be playing with lighter gloves and McGregor thinks it will be to his advantage. He says he will knock Mayweather out in 2 Rounds now instead of 4!

What are the ODDS?!

Vegas Experts have Mayweather to win by Decision since it is likely he will follow his usual strategy of boxing defensively early. Once he takes the fight deep, McGregor normally becomes vulnerable as he tires.

The ODDS ranging in Vegas for McGregor to win are 33-40/1 and 20-25 for Mayweather to win.

Who’s your MONEY on?!

Enjoy and Please Drink Responsibly.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Lunch from Veggie Campus Jamaica

Veggie Campus has been a favourite of a Suga Bear for a while now and I finally decided to try them. Veggie Campus prepares and delivers Caribbean, Vegan food at an affordable cost in Kingston. Gluten Free and Soy Free options are available too.

Last Wednesday, I ordered the Ackee Wrap, Steamed Callaloo and Ripe Plantains for $500JMD for Lunch.

Making my order via whatsapp was quick and effective. However, I asked for 12pm delivery and they were half an hour late. I had called at 12:15pm and was told they were 5 minutes away. 5 minutes turned into 15 minutes, but I am happy they at least answered the phone unlike other places that you would not get at that time.

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Veggie Campus Ja’s Ackee Wrap, Steamed Callaloo and Plantain – $500JMD

The food was a bit on the plain side, lacking spice, but they definitely facilitated clean eating and the food was not oily. I still felt a little peckish afterwards, but I know for more fibre I should have ordered the Curried Chick Pea Wrap with Steamed Callaloo and Ripe Plantain for $650JMD. I did not feel for Curry that day though.

Entree options that may offer more satisfaction are their Curried Veggie Chunks ($500JMD) that includes side options such as sweet potato mash, steamed callaloo or basmati pumpkin rice and their Fettuccine Alfredo with summer squash.

Natural Juices with no sugar added such as Carrot and Pineapple cost $200JMD.

I will probably try Veggie Campus another day to try one of their Entree options, but when I have a later lunch time to order ahead of time of course.

Veggie Campus Jamaica
Call, Txt, Whatsapp: 876-321-5298
Delivery: Mon-Fri from 12pm-5pm for $200JMD
Email: veggiecampusja@gmail.com
Instagram/Facebook: Veggie Campus Ja

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Healthy Pesto Pizza Recipe!

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Suga finally got her hands on Ashebre Gourmet Condiments’ Spicy Basil Pesto sauce. Ashebre Gourmet Condiments is from Ashebre, The Virtual Restaurant led by local Executive Culinary Artist, Oji Jaja.

Now and then you will see a few stocked in Loshusan Supermarket. I glimpsed it somewhere else too, but the location has slipped from my memory.

I was happy with how long Ashebre’s 10oz Spicy Basil Pesto lasted. I made Chicken and Shrimp Pesto Pasta for two, as well as 5 mini Pesto Pizzas made from Whole Wheat Pita Bread over two weekends.

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My husband and I enjoyed it. It is one of the healthiest Pestos that I have seen on the market with only 10% Saturated Fat and I loved and appreciated that it wasn’t drenched in Olive oil. It was dairy free and fresh with it’s own unique herby, taste.

Other Jamaican Branded Pestos that are #sugaendorsed are Christina Simonitsch’s Pesto from Simo’s Bread and Catering, who is currently away to return September and none other than, Stush in the Bush’s Pesto.

If you get your hands on any of their Pestos, be sure to try my Recipe for your Personal Chicken Pesto Pizza!

Ingredients

Whole Grain Pita bread
Ashebre Gourmet Condiments Spicy Basil Pesto
Skinless, Boneless strips of Chicken Breast
Jerk seasoning
Garlic powder
Paprika
Black pepper
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend
Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese (15% Sat. Fat)                                              Tomato
Onion
A few leaves of fresh Basil
***Add a few leaves of Fresh Arugula! Suga couldn’t find any at the time

Instructions:

1. Prepare the Oven-Baked Skinless, boneless strips of Chicken Breast.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 °F.

Season the Chicken with Jerk seasoning, Garlic powder, Paprika, Black pepper and Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Salt-Free seasoning blend.

Bake the Chicken for about 12 to 15 mins (depending on your oven and the thickness of the Chicken Breast), ensuring that you flip sides along the way until juices run clear and it remains tender.

Leave strips to cool for about 5 minutes, then cut up into smaller pieces.

2. As the Chicken is baking, prep your Pizza

Spread the Pesto sauce evenly on the the Pita Bread.

Add Cheese, Onion and chopped Tomato.

3. After the Chicken has cooled for about 5 minutes and it is cut into smaller pieces, turn up the oven to 400°F.

4. Place the layered Pita Bread in the Oven and as the Cheese begins to melt, add the Chicken and sprinkle a bit more Cheese on top.

Watch until it melts, then remove the Pizza from the oven. It just takes a few minutes!

Garnish with a few fresh Basil leaves and Arugula.

Slice it with a Pizza Cutter then Serve!

ENJOY!

Ashebre Gourmet Condiments
c/o Ashebre The Virtual Restaurant
A Luxury Wedding/Event Catering Company
Website: ashebre.com/cater.php
Location: 56 Old Hope Road. Kingston. Ja
Ph (Local): 876-869-7483
Ph (USA): 954-653-8075
Email: cuisine@ashebre.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)

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