Epicurean Delights Served on Eye-Popping Displays from Barton G Miami!

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Suga’s Ratings for Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach

Date and time of visit: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:30pm

No. of diners: 3 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★☆☆

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown

My Aunt, Maxine Spencer visited Barton G for her birthday in August and highly recommended it as a must-stop destination in Miami. From what I saw, I knew I had to visit on my next trip with my husband, Randy.
Epicurean delights were served on eye-popping displays that only added to the enjoyment of the food, great service and ambience. We also had front row seats to see them all come out the kitchen.
We kicked things off with cocktails like no other!
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Stairway to Heaven – Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Godiva White Chocolate Cream, Frangelico

Appetizers
The appetizers were so tasty, you had to worry about space for the entrees!
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Lobster Pop Tarts (USD$29) – Lobster and Fontina Mornay sauce, Flaky Phyllo, Tabasco Hollandaise, Tarragon Aioli

The flavours and textures in the Lobster Pop Tarts were truly a pleasant surprise. There was even a hint of sweet.
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Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp (USD$27) – Crispy Rock Shrimp, Sweet & Spicy Chili sauce, Popcorn

The Popcorn Shrimp had the right amount of crisp, complemented well by the sweet and spicy chili sauce.
The tender, juicy delish Sliders almost struck me out! But I wouldn’t allow them to do so. I just had a taste.
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Strike Out Sliders (USD$36) – Wagyu Beef, Gruyere Cheese, Red Onion, Jam, Smoked Ketchup, Garlic Aioli, Black Truffle Brioche

Eye-popping Entrees!

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Orange Salmon (USD$39) – Pan Seared Salmon Loin, Garden Patatouille, Roasted Pepper Paint, Herb Pesto, Fennel Chip

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Randy Burgess with his Samurai Tuna (USD$42) – Ahi, Korean spices, Kimchi Risotto Fritters, Sweet Miso Butter, Shishito Peppers

The Ahi Tuna was perfection. Look at those cuts!
I have to confess that we also had the best Lobster Mac and Cheese I have ever tasted. It was divine with huge pieces of Lobster.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my Risotto Jambalaya. A burst of different flavours with the best of both worlds, Meat and Seafood. Of course I couldn’t finish it, but I must say that the Okra and Spices were sensational additions to the dish.
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Risotto Jambalaya (USD$35) – Chicken Andouille Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, Arborio Rice, Okra, Cajun Mirepoix, Spices

Did we really have Dessert?! Of course! You cannot pass up on getting the ‘Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all’!
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Mega Rich chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart, under a gold brick shell that was torched off! Vanilla bean ice cream and golden caramel corn. THE perfect way to end the night. 💯
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Barton G is definitely rated 100 by Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and is undoubtedly #SugaEndorsed !

Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach
Location: 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Ph: 305-672-8881

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art’s ‘Millennial Expectations’ Available this Christmas!

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GW Art’s NEW ‘Millennial Expectations’, Acrylic on (50×100)cm Canvas

‘Millennial Expectations’ was premiered at GW Art’s Exhibition a month ago at The Jamaica Pegasus. It peaked the interest of many. Guests wanted to know more about her and even her family. Check out the artist’s perspective here:

If a Millennial Woman (1981 – 1996) chooses to have a child during the beginning or building stages of her career, she often looks like her usual self with a bigger stomach until she is about 8 to 9 months pregnant. The artist sees her as one that is strong, who eats healthy. She does recommended exercises even up to 7 months and goes for walks at 8 to 9 months. She remains quite fashionable and works right up to the point where she may be forced to take time off.

‘Millennial Expectations’ is available for purchase now or if you would like to treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas. The place to be is Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection on December 15th at The Jamaica Pegasus, where GW Art will showcase and sell pieces from the Exhibition’s Collection as well as a few new ones.

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#BuyJamaicanBuildJamaica #GWArtIsForEveryone

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Website (Gallery):
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By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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A Suga Taster’s Review for Casa Sensei, FL!

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Suga Taster Ratings for Casa Sensei, FL

Date and time of visit: October 13th at 7pm

No. of diners: 2

Server: Dane N

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★☆☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

A Suga Taster’s Breakdown !

A friend and I selected Casa Sensei as the place to be when we decided that a night out was overdue. Casa Sensei had been high on our list of places to try, since the cuisine is pan-Asian mixed with the dynamic culinary traditions of Latin America.

The restaurant does not have its own parking lot, but there is a parking garage within close proximity and payment is collected via the Pay By Phone App.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted quite pleasantly by hostesses, Kamilah and Daniela, who seated us within five minutes of our arrival. Although the interior of the restaurant is Asian-chic, we decided to dine outdoors by the waterfront, overlooking the Himmarshee Canal on Las Olas Blvd.

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Our server, Dane approached us shortly after, provided the food and drink menus, and took our orders quickly. However, within one hour we no longer had our server’s undivided attention and we had to be asking other servers for him to fill our glasses with water on several occasions.

Closer to the end of our disappointing dining experience, we were approached by Barbara, who I was told was the night manager. She was seeking feedback on our evening. She apologized for the server’s sparse attention and stated that it was due to it being a Saturday night, where the restaurant had its fair share of patrons. With regards to the saltiness of some of our dishes, she urged us to give them another try. Despite the mediocre service and food quality, we had already planned on returning to try their Sushi dishes. Complimentary Cotton Candy was also a sweet ending to a salty night.

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Kimchi Flavoured Popcorn (4/5) – The Kimchi flavoured Sauce gave the Popcorn quite a spicy kick. It would have been more enjoyable if the Kimchi sauce was evenly distributed though.

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Tom Yum Shrimp Soup (2/5) (USD$6) – The soup had the potential to be delectable but the sodium level was at an all time high. It was returned to the kitchen.

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Blue Crab Rangoon (4/5) (USD$9) – the Rangoons were deep fried to perfection and the sauce was just the right amount of sweet. The only complaint was that there should have been sauce drizzled on top of the rangoons as well.

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Rock Shrimp Tempura (4/5) (USD$13) -The Rock Shrimp Tempura was perfectly fried and then bathed in a sweet chili sauce. The only downfall was that the Shrimp was sliced up.

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Lobster Curry Curl (3/5) (USD$19)- The red curry sauce was also high in sodium and the flesh of the lobster was hard to remove from the shell.

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Pescado Frito (3/5) – The fish, although fried to perfection was a bit on the salty side and the accompanying sauce was quite congealed.

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Sensei Special Fried Rice (5/5) (USD$18) – House special fried rice with pork, chicken and shrimp. I’m not a big fan of rice, but I enjoyed the quantity of various meats incorporated within the dish.

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Coconut Cream Creme Brûlée (3.5) – This is my absolute favorite dessert in the world and while the flavours of the coconut milk and the berries came shining through, it was clear that the Creme Brûlée was not set, because it was very lumpy in texture.

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Lycheetini (USD$10) and Melontini (5/5) – Both were delicious.

***N.B. Prices quoted subject to additional tax and Service charge***

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Casa Sensei

Location: 1200 East Las Olas Blvd. #101 Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301

Ph: 954-530-4176

Instagram: @casasensi

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner of Suga Lifestyle)

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Remembering CAP a.k.a Basil (Shotgun) Williams

Today marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of my father and former West Indies Cricketer, Basil (Shotgun) Williams.

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How did he get the nickname, Shotgun?

As an opening batsman, he would always take a good look at the situation then pull the trigger, using his wrist to generate powerful shots that would echo around Sabina park, hence the name SHOTGUN.

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Fun fact

Shotgun is in the history books as one of the elite few players to score a century on his debut with the West Indies. It was a series versus Australia in 1978, where he ended with 257 runs!

More memorable moments

Shotgun was consistent and rarely misfired. He scored 111 versus the best of India in 1979 at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, matching skills with some of the very best in the game.

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‘Williams about to be dropped in the slip. The bowler to suffer was Sheikh’ He was eventually caught at 87 runs in 1978 at Poona in India.

Basil played 7 tests for the West Indies between 1978 and 1979, that included two entertaining centuries. He had an impressive test average of 39.08 and an average of 36.02 in the regional first class game.

Cricket after the West Indies

Shotgun’s passion for the sport continued with his career in local cricket, including his Captaincy of the Jamaica Cricket team.

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HOME AND HAPPY: Jamaica’s victorious cricket team returned home on March 12, 1984 after their thrilling win over the Leeward Island in the Geddes Grant/ Harrison Line Limited over competition in Antigua last Saturday. Photo shows captain Basil Williams with the prized trophy (centre) and manager Bill Bennett (second left).

How was Shotgun remembered by others?
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An excerpt from the SportsStar, of which Shotgun was on the cover – Saturday, December 2, 1978.

Past West Indies Cricket Board President, Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron expressed in his Press release after Dad passed, that ‘Basil was a tough, but fair captain and a no-nonsense guy’.

Persons loved to call him ‘BOASY’.

Which lessons did Shotgun teach and why was he a role model to many?

Shotgun believed that you could be the best player on the squad, but if you failed to have a certain level of discipline that he knew might affect the quality of your game and if he had the power to, sometimes he did, he would let you know that you would not be playing in the upcoming match. He knew his consistency and success not only came with natural talent but discipline, practice and hard work and he wanted to see players under his tutelage acquire similar results doing just that. He was a winner and taught me and my two brothers to be winners as well, with the same fiery, competitive spirit. He was a role model and teacher to many and genuinely wanted to see persons be the best they could be.

When did Shotgun retire?

Shotgun retired from the Jamaica team in 1986 on a high note and remained involved in the sport as a Selector, Board member, Team manager and of course had a few knocks in Club Cricket before he migrated to the US.

If he were alive today, what would he say to Chris Gayle?

Learn how to time the ball!

Continue to Rest in Peace Shotgun a.k.a CAP!

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Shotgun’s first and only selfie with daughter, Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga on October 20, 2014.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Dretals Unique Collection at Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection!

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Suga Lifestyle Presents Dretals Unique Collection!

What’s a Trade show without some Beaded Jewellery?! Coming in from Montego Bay, shop Dretals Unique Collection on Sunday, December 15th at Suga Lifestyle ‘s Christmas Connection.

Stay tuned and follow this website or the @sugalifestyle Instagram/Facebook page to see who else will be

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Suga’s Christmas Connection Trade Show on Sunday, December 15th at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel from 10 am to 6 pm in the Legacy suite by the Hotel’s 24 Seven Cafe.

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The NEW Reggae Mill Restaurant Offers Authentic Jamaican at Devon House

Last Thursday evening, Suga had the pleasure of attending the official Grand Opening of the Reggae Mill Restaurant at Devon House.

After two and a half years of serving Greek Cuisine at Devon House, familiarly known as Opa, owner, Alexx Antaeus decided to leave it up to his business partner, Orlease King (Jamaican, born and grown) to take over and give Devon House and by extension, Kingston, Jamaica, an authentic Jamaican cuisine restaurant.

The restaurant shares the same space as Opa and the Reggae Mill Bar, but according to Antaeus, the prices for the Reggae Mill Restaurant should be more reasonable to encourage persons to make it their preferred spot for lunch.

Appetizers were offered to guests, giving you a taste of what to expect when you decide to dine at the new, authentic Jamaican dining spot.

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Niesha from the Reggae Mill Restaurant serving Ackee and Saltfish on fried, pressed green plantain.

The Ackee and Saltfish on pressed plantain gave persons the option of adding more seasoning or spice. While the tender Pork bites gave you the true Jamaican hit of spice, mixed with a touch of sweet from the sauce.

CPJ had an assortment of wines serving throughout the night and the buffet opened up, treating guests to Rice and peas, Curried Goat, Jerked Chicken, Oxtail and Stew Peas.

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Stew Peas, Oxtail, Jerked Chicken, Curried Goat and rice and peas from the buffet at the Reggae Mill Restaurant Launch last Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Suga enjoyed it all. The flavours were balanced and the meats, sourced locally, were well seasoned and juicy to the bone. Orlease did a fantastic job of recreating the meals we grew up enjoying from our kitchens. We all know the home cooked Stew Peas that tied our fathers is not easy to achieve. I am also happy to say in Jamaican words, ‘it neva salt’.

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Stew Peas from the Reggae Mill Restaurant!

Well done to Orlease, Alexx and their team. Looking forward to see the Reggae Mill Restaurant maintain a high standard of true, home style Jamaican cooking.

I am also looking forward to trying the Jamaican desserts, in particular, my favourite, the Bread Pudding!

Reggae Mill Restaurant

Location: Devon House, Hope Road. Kingston, Ja.

Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon – 11:00 pm, Saturdays 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

***Closed on Sundays***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Do you Know the Signs and Symptoms of Lupus?

October is also Lupus Awareness month. Lupus is not easily diagnosed, so do you know the signs?

Many symptoms of Lupus mimic those of other illnesses and can come and go over time, making diagnosis difficult. For instance, Lupus is often misdiagnosed as Anaemia.

If you have any of the following Signs and Symptoms, see a Rheumatologist as soon as possible. Lupus can affect any organ system of the body, including the heart, kidneys, lungs, blood, joints and skin. So it is important to detect Lupus early.

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For more information, keep up to date with,

Lupus Foundation of Jamaica

Location: 7 Barbados Avenue, Kingston 5. JA.

Website: http://www.lupusfoundationjamaica.org

Ph: 876-754-8458

Instagram: @lupusfoundationja

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF to this Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich from Jamaica Liquor Warehouse!

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How good does this Caramel Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich look from Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ?! Get your holiday treat on with them this weekend 😉

Enjoy!

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Deli & Bar

Location: 17 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston

Ph: 876-925-9427

Instagram: @jamaicaliquorwarehouse

***Closed on Mondays***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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GW Art’s Wooden Signs and Décor are a Hit!

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GW Art Wooden pieces on display at GW Art’s Exhibition that was held on Saturday, September 28th at The Jamaica Pegasus.

GW Art is still filling orders for wooden signs and décor that were on show at GW Art’s Exhibition, which was at The Jamaica Pegasus on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Here is a great pair for the Family or Dining room:

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GW Art’s Wooden Signs, ‘Blessed’ and ‘Family’ from the new Collection.

Get GW Art in your space today or gift someone and help to Support Local!

#BuyJamaicanBuildJamaica #GWArtIsForEveryone

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By: Gabrielle Burgess (Artist)

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Dream Bowls Ja at Ragamuffin Hostel every Wednesday to Saturday!

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Dream Bowls Ja are now at the Ragamuffin Hostel & Coffee Bar at 74 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston every Wednesday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.

You can also now choose the eco friendly option and enjoy your bowl in store.

Remember to limit or ensure the toppings and bowl content fit into your daily fruit servings (2-4), because you could easily go over, adding too much sugar to your daily diet.

[1 serving of Fruit is equivalent to One medium sized fruit (apple or orange), 1/2 cup of canned or chopped fruit, or 3/4 cup of fruit juice]

Note that Coconut shavings are high in Saturated fat and Granola is high in sugar.

Control and portions are key. With Dream Bowls, you are in charge. Get your Dream Bowl today!

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

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