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Suga Lifestyle is intended to Inspire, Educate and Entertain By Gabby…Foodie, Radiological Technologist, Artist, Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, Volunteer for Charities, Sports enthusiast and Wedding/Event Planner From Kingston, JAMAICA

TGIF from GW Art!

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GW Art’s ‘Dancing on the Beat’ – Framed (20×30)” Acrylic on Canvas

GW Art would like to wish you a great weekend ‘Dancing on the Beat’ !

GW Art

Location: Kingston, Jamaica

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Healthy Lunch from Gym’s Kitchen

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Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Callaloo and Boiled Sweet Potato ($550JMD)

Remember Suga Bears that directly across from Dunrobin Plaza, you can get a tasty and healthy Lunch from Gym’s Kitchen. It actually has a gym beside it!

They offer a range of options with a different menu according to a theme each day. For those that don’t eat Chicken, there is usually an option for Salmon and sometimes there may be Ackee dishes on the menu.

I took a few bites from my Lunch before I thought that I should snap it and share, but they do properly portioned Lunches. I have been ordering from them for some time now and I love that I can consistently get a healthy, tasty, reasonable Lunch from them. #SugaEndorsed

Check them out! They deliver too. However, ensure that you give them an earlier time than desired.

No excuses for January on your road to health and fitness!

Gym’s Kitchen

Location: 35 Dunrobin Ave. Kingston 10

Ph: 876-882-0932 (Digi – Call); 876-541-1776 (Flow- Whats app)

Delivery Hours: 10:30am-3pm

Facebook: @GymsKitchenja

Instagram: @gymskitchen_ja

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

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Organic Seafood Network- Another Seafood Spot in Town!

Suga’s Ratings for Organic Seafood Restaurant!

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★☆☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga Endorsement: ★★★★☆

Comments: Neat, under the radar spot in town for Jamaican-style Seafood with a different presentation and its own unique, flavourful taste. It is a simple and comfortable atmosphere for a date or groups of families, friends or coworkers to dine where the food is visibly prepared, fresh to order.

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Suga’s Experience

Two Wednesdays ago, my husband, Randy and I still had family visiting in town and we wanted to all meet up for some Dinner. Being Jamaican-British, their choice was Seafood and the natural decision would be to go to Gloria’s in Port Royal. However, we were back at work and we deciding we would not be doing a trip to Gloria’s at night, mid-week.

Randy always passed a Seafood Restaurant by Balmoral Avenue, but never got to stop by and try it. I told him with Seafood there is usually a wait. It would surely be a gamble with it being a fairly new Restaurant too.

Prices online looked reasonable, generally $1600JMD+tx for Fish any way you like it. We decided to brave it.

Randy called ahead to order and for them to expect our group of almost 20 persons. However, they cook everything not only to order but fresh to order, that is, prep and everything. So when persons arrived they would need to pick out their Fish.

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My Fish was picked out for me about half an hour before I arrived at 8pm. Everybody was seated and looked comfortable chatting in the well-lit Restaurant that was quite cool with the A/C. The décor was interesting as it included light fixtures made from liquor bottles along with simple furnishings.

I heard I missed Chef and Owner, Lloiid Thomas who came out to greet everyone and was quite confident about the quality of food he would be serving.

He also explained the authenticity of how Organic his foods are and how he liaises with suppliers to ensure that is reinforced as well as keeping seasonings, herbs and spices organically farm to table. It was evident from the shelves stocked with ground provisions and more and the staff who handpicked items from it back and forth, that meals were prepared fresh.

Our Conch Soup came out first. I loved that it wasn’t salty, noting that MSG is not used at Organic Seafood. Instead, even though I did not have any conch in my cup, it was thick with a rich flavour.

Food started to come out by 8:30pm. My in-laws had the Caribbean Salmon.

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Caribbean Salmon

The Salmon was well cooked and creatively presented on a fresh bed of lettuce that rested on a furnished portion of tree bark. The sauce was what added the special touch and flavour to the Salmon.

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Served side of Plantain, cooked fresh from the Restaurant shelf

Their sides of Plantain, also well presented were tasty. I had to ask for some.

Orders of Brown Stewed Fish and Steamed Fish followed. The family was pleased so far, including myself who had the Steamed Fish. It definitely wasn’t like any Steamed Fish you would normally get. The Chef had a right to be confident, as the richness in flavour of the dish was truly unique. Snaps for offering it with the option of Wheat Crackers too.

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Steamed Fish, varying in size based on Customer preference, served with Wheat Crackers (Top) and Traditional Cream Crackers (Below)

We had family that decided they were still coming, so we picked out fish for them at that point in order to get things moving before they arrived.

The tiniest member of that party had a Shrimp Pasta that had a huge serving he could hardly make his way into.

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Shrimp Pasta

Two brothers enjoyed their Fried fish to the bone. They were the second to last to get their food, but stated that it was definitely worth the wait.

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Marcus Perkins (left); Tariq Perkins (Right)

The sides of Festival and Bammy were enjoyed as well. The Festival was done true Jamaican style and it was delicious.

It was reported that the Fried Bammy tasted as if it was soaked in sugar-water or cinnamon rather than milk, but it was tasty nonetheless. Perhaps it could be requested that it be soaked in Almond milk.

There were two diners that were not so pleased with their food though, including our cousin who was a member of the late party (arrival a bit after 9pm) and got her Fried fish last, some time after 10pm. They were very disgruntled.

They stated that their Brown Stew and  Fried Snapper were fresh, needing more salt and seasoning. I can testify to the Fried Snapper needing more seasoning because I tasted it after her complaint.

The sentiment of not getting to eat together was also expressed, but personally in a situation like that, I prefer to get food once it is ready. Even though food came out at different times, there was a steady flow once service started and the wait was not unusually long for such a large group. The wait was definitely shorter than what you would have at Gloria’s.

With that aside, to please a hard crowd of 15 out of 18 diners is quite an accomplishment on their part. Each person’s meal including Soup, a Main dish with sides and a drink came to about $3000JMD including tax and service charge, which was reasonable.

 

I must mention though, that the winner of the night was Randy’s Jerked Fish. It was not oily, even though it was fried, then jerked. The burst of flavour as you had one bite was amazing.

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Jerked Fish

It was nice to see courteous Diana, a member of staff who had a long night on her feet, come out and take some time to have a little chat with some of the gentlemen in the family.

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Organic Seafood Network’s Diana having a chat with members of Suga’s Family

Owner and Chef Lloiid Thomas also came out to receive his honest feedback and pleasantly said he is open to requests to cook fish the way it is preferred. Whether it is more or less seasoning, herbs etc., he can be notified from the fish is picked out and adapt to such requests.

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Chef Lloiid Thomas (center) with Veronica Burgess (left) and Reginald Burgess (right)

Chef Lloiid came from Atlanta, Georgia, to set up his Organic Jamaican Seafood Restaurant and it has been open for 9 months.

I intend to return to compare service with a smaller group or even when just two persons are dining and I am interested in trying their Smoothies. I am already impressed and happy to see almond milk as an ingredient option. Many other places need to do so. Straying a bit from that healthy note, they also had a salivating video on Instagram of their creative preparation and plating of Shrimp. That is on my list as well.

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Kudos to Chef Lloiid and his team who remained pleasant and professional with a hungry set of almost 20 demanding diners and still produced predominantly good food to please the majority.

Organic Seafood Network – Restaurant, Bar, Market

Location: 19 Balmoral Avenue

Ph: 876-620-9242

Facebook: Organic Seafood Restaurant

Instagram: @organicseafoodrestaurant

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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New Kingston Rotaract takes Care of Downtown’s Homeless for a Day

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Photo: @nkrcjamaica

It was like Spa Day and a Health Fair all in one for Downtown’s Homeless last Saturday at the Marie Atkins Shelter.

The homeless had their Medicals done, Teeth cleaned by the Jamaica Dental Students’ Association, Hair groomed by the Kingston Central Police Division and Kumeas Hair Perspective and Eyes tested by the Lion’s Club of Mona.

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Photos: @nkrcjamaica

The National Council for Senior Citizens signed up eligible persons for Senior Citizen IDs as well.

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Photo: @nkrcjamaica

Canned food was donated to the Shelter and Clothing and Care Packages including Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Soap etc. were distributed to the members of the Homeless Community of Downtown, Kingston.

Kudos to the New Kingston Rotaract Club for hosting a day that surely should have made an impact on the lives of many Homeless persons. Of course they couldn’t have done it all on their own. Many Organizations joined efforts for the cause.

Kudos to their Partners: Kingston Central Police Division, Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, Jamaica Dental Students’ Association, Lion’s Club of Mona, Kumeas Hair Perspective, National Council for Senior Citizens, Calabar Interact Club, St. George’s Interact Club.

Thanks and Praises to their Sponsors: National Health Fund, Optimum Trading Ltd, Food for the Poor, Jamaica Producers, Jamaica Hospital Supplies, Tanya’s Body Care, Kirk Distributors, Rotary Club of New Kingston, Federated Pharmaceuticals, Dental and Medical Supplies Ltd.

Follow The New Kingston Rotaract Club on Instagram, @nkrcjamaica and see how you can join the Club, participate or donate to their Projects. Help to Build a Better Jamaica.

One Jamaica. One Love.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Weekend in Sports! Man City Loses, Vikings win, Venus Knocked out of Australian Open and more!

This Weekend was an action packed weekend for sports. Suga thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

Where do I begin?!

With the biggest news of course.

English Premier League – Football/Soccer

Manchester City finally lost their 1st Premier League match of the season. Liverpool beat them 4-3 without Coutinho, who was sold to Barcelona.

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Photo: Bleacher Report

The match was off to a blistering start with Liverpool scoring within the first 10 minutes. Man City’s Sané leveled the score a little before halftime.

Liverpool took 10 minutes to score 3 goals, making it 4-1 at 68′. Liverpool then scored twice in the last 10 minutes to set up a nervy ending for Liverpool to anticipate the sound of the whistle and win in true Liverpool fashion.

If you missed the Goals and excitement or would like to relive the moments, watch it here.

Watch “Liverpool vs Manchester City 4-3 – All Goals & Extended Highlights – EPL 14/01/2018 HD” on YouTube via secure link here:

The Battle for 2nd spot is on. Here is the table now:

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Photo: ESPN Scorecenter

Australian Open – Tennis

The Australian Open has begun and it isn’t looking good for the American women.

Defending Champ, Serena Williams withdrew from the Open and her big comeback because she did not feel ready to go all the way.

2017 US Open Champ and American, Sloane Stephens has already been knocked out, along with fellow Americans, Coco Vandeweghe and Venus Williams.

Venus Williams was knocked out by a former top 10 player, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 3-6, 5-7.

NBA – Basketball

The Cavs are on a 3-game losing streak!

After a blowout 99-133 loss to the Toronto Raptors and the release of a video with an angry LeBron James in a team huddle last Thursday night, the Cavs were trying to break their 2-game losing streak versus the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

After the Cavs blew a 22-point lead, with just a few seconds left, LeBron James stepped out-of-bounds on a baseline drive to the hoop, then to add insult to injury, missed the last shot as well. Pacers rallied to beat the Cavs 97-95. Not a good week for LeBron and the Cavs.

Watch “LEBRON STEPS OUT OF BOUNDS, CAVS BLOW HUGE LEAD VS PACERS” on YouTube via secure link here:

Cavs play the Warriors tonight at 8pm, which won’t be an easy task either.

The Warriors had a different fate with the Raptors, holding them off 127-125 last Saturday night and the Minnesota Timberwolves continue to win.

NFL – American Football

Super Bowl Sunday is set for February 4th and the AFC and NFC Championships are 1 week away to see who will be in it!

3 of the last 4 teams remaining have never won a Super Bowl. Schedule for Next weekend’s AFC and NFC Title games:

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Photo: ESPN Scorecenter

How did we get there?!

On Saturday, Top seed in the AFC, the New England Patriots led by Tom Brady beat the Tennessee Titans 35-14.

The Titans started off with a lead by a Touchdown (TD) at the end of the 1st quarter.

The Patriots scored 2 TD in the 2nd and never looked back. They scored a 3rd TD just before the half and entered the 3rd quarter, 21-7. Patriots’ Defense tore up the Titans and they led 28 -7 in the beginning of the 4th and sealed victory with another TD to finish 35-14.

The Philadelphia Eagles held off the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 to book their spot in the NFC Championship.

The Falcons led for most of the half, until Eagles’ Jake Elliott scored a 53 yard FG with 1s remaining before halftime to bring the score to Falcons 10- Eagles 9.

The Eagles later on scored to take over the lead 12-10. In the beginning of the 4th, they scored another FG to go up 15-10.

With a few mins remaining, the Falcons were unable to come up with the catch in the end zone.

The Jacksonville Jaguars pulled off the upset of the Playoffs and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-42.

The Jaguars led for the majority of the game and did well to hold off the Steelers who kept trying to make a comeback.

The NFL Game of the weekend goes to the Minnesota Vikings versus the New Orleans Saints! Vikings beat the Saints 29-24.

The game was quite a snooze until the Saints finally got on the board with a Touchdown in the 3rd to make it 7-17. Then another in the beginning of the 4th to make it 14-17.

It all started with the interception by Saints’ rookie, Marcus Williams.

With 3:01 left in the 4th, the Saints were up 21-20.

With 1:29 left, Vikings got themselves in FG range and scored to make it 21-23.

The Saints then scored a FG with 25s left to make it 24-23.

Then all of a sudden, Vikings win 29-24  TD!

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Vikings’ Stefon Diggs scores game-winning 61-yard TD in wild finish versus Saints in NFC Divisional Playoff

Ironically, the Saints’ rookie, Marcus Williams who initially turned the game around for the Saints also ended it for them, failing to stop Vikings’ Diggs.

Stefon Diggs scored the game-winning 61-yd TD and in his post-game interview said, ‘I don’t stop playing till the clock hits zero.’

With that wild finish, The Vikings head to NFC Championship to face the Eagles next Sunday.

If you missed the only 4th quarter ‘Walk-off’ TD in NFL Postseason history, Check it out here.

Watch “Stefon Diggs Makes Miracle Walkoff TD Catch on Last Play, Vikings Win! | Can’t-Miss Play | NFL HLs” on YouTube via secure link here:

Sports Season is now in high gear. Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Last Day for Chairman’s Egg Nog at Cafe Blue!

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My friend and I weren’t amused when we went to Cafe Blue in Sovereign Mall over the holidays specifically for Egg Nog and they didn’t have it.

Maybe I will give them another chance today, although the season is over and my annual Egg Nog partner is back in Florida.

Last Day to get it folks! Have a great Weekend!

Enjoy at Sovereign Mall, Irish Town or NMIA in Kingston or Shoppes at Rose Hall or Fontana in Montego Bay!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Baked Rabbit!

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Baked Rabbit with sides of Baked Carrot, Sweet Pepper and Irish Potato

Last Sunday, my husband, Randy had put on a show in the kitchen.

He surprised me by coming home with some Rabbit that he and his family raises in Jacks Hill. He said we were going to have a Rabbit Feast. That we did! I am a proud wife indeed. He is no stranger to the kitchen, but he didn’t need much pointers after all.

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Baked Rabbit fresh out the oven!

The Rabbit was baked to perfection. It could have used some Jerk seasoning to be completely over the top, but that’s my fault because I didn’t restock the kitchen in time.

The sides that were baked with it such as Carrot, with no offense to the rabbit, Irish Potato and Sweet Pepper, were great to have with it as well.

Quite a healthy meal too!

Reasons why Rabbit Meat is considered to be Healthy:

● Rabbit meat is the Leanest meat of all Proteins

● Rabbit meat has fewer Calories than other meats

● Rabbit meat has a high percentage of easily Digestible Protein

● The Sodium content of Rabbit meat is less than others, it is almost cholesterol free and it has more Calcium content than other meats

Did you know that Calcium helps to break down fat?

● Rabbit meat is one of the best White meats available on the market today

Important Tip to know when Eating Rabbit:

Do not try to eat the Bone. It’s not possible. You may break your teeth.

Where can you get Rabbit meat to cook?

Ask the Burgesses!

Name and Contact Information:

Randy Burgess

Ph: 876-425-5487

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

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