Good Morning! Just Here, Making Moves on a Monday…

I am Gabrielle Burgess, Founder & Owner of Suga Lifestyle.

Suga Lifestyle Promotes Businesses and Entrepreneurs focusing on the MSME Sector (Ig: @sugalifestyle, @sugaboxja), provides Health and Fitness Training/Nutrition Sessions & Seminars (Ig: @fithappenswithgabby) and Sale of Art (Ig: @gwartbygabby).

Now have a great week Suga Fam and Be the Best! 💪🏾

XoXo, Suga 💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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TGIF! Cheers to Fine Dining at Couples Tower Isle!

Suga at Bayside Restaurant at Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica during Easter Weekend 2022

Eight Rivers! We’re back again and will keep returning. Superb service from Shenara last Easter weekend. Eight Rivers took us through a fine dining experience with Sorbet palate cleansers in between courses.

Everything was perfection, except for dessert, but no complaints here.

Watch “Cheers to Fine Dining at Couples Tower Isle!” on YouTube here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/gguPE0j7pNA?feature=share

We started off with a Seafood Tasting, Coconut & Herb Crusted Crab Cakes, Jerk rubbed Beef Carpaccio with pickled Beets, crumbled feta and more, hand poured Thyme roasted Shrimp Bisque with Sherry, followed up by a succulent cut of Cracked Black Pepper Crusted Beef Fillet Mignon and then dessert!

Another night we headed over to Bayside! Authentic Asian cuisine at its best and spiciest!

We were introduced to Bayside with a tasting platter of Thai fried Butterfly Shrimps, Garlic & Honey Chicken Skewers, Spring and Summer Rolls and Korean Cabbage Cakes accentuated by amazing dipping sauces – peanut, sweet chili and sriracha honey!

Then what better starter than the flavour that defines Thailand! Thai Tom Yam Goong Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp, Chicken and Veggies. Yum! We also had the tasty Indonesian Rice Noodle Salad.

We tried almost everything from Thai Green Curry Beef, Manchurian Chicken, Chinese stir-fry Shrimps to Red Curry Pan-seared Snapper Fillet. Thick, rich, spicy, authentic curries paired well with the fresh seafood and meats and veggies to cool off the tastebuds.

Then the night was complete with tasty Coconut Cake made with a Green Tea Custard and candied orange sauce!
Fantastic experience for Couples. As quoted in the Eight Rivers menu, ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw’

Gabby and Randy Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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TGIF! Remember All Roads Lead to Jamaica Coffee Festival Tomorrow at Devon House!

Do you have your Tickets for the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (Ig: @jamaicacoffeefest) Festival Marketplace Tomorrow at Devon House yet ?

Gustazos Jamaica (Ig: @gustazos.jamaica) has a special with a goodie bag!

You can also visit Cafe Dolce (Ig: @cafedolceja), Cannonball Café (Ig:@cannonballcafe), Ragamuffin Café (Ig: @ragamuffincafe) & Café Blue (Ig: @cafeblueja) Super Valu & Sovereign to purchase your presold tickets for J$2000.

See you Tomorrow as we Celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee☕️ 💖💙

Follow @sugalifestyle and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram or visit the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (https://bluemountaincoffeefest.com/) to keep up!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Mystic Thai: One Night in Kingston?!

When Mystic Thai comes to Kingston, foodies unite! (L-R) Le Cordon Bleu Paris Graduate & Blogger, Craig Fleming, Blogger, Vanessa Lalasingh, Owners of Suga Lifestyle, Gabrielle and Randy Burgess with Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold.

Last Saturday at Jamaica Food + Drink Kitchen (Ig: @jafoodanddrinkkitchen), a bit over 30 guests had the pleasure of experiencing a Night in Thailand with Mystic Thai (Ig: @mystic_thai_jamaica) coming in from Montego Bay, Select Brands (Ig: @selectbrandsja) and Debra Taylor-Smith a.k.a Wine Lady Debra (Ig: @wineladydebra).

It’s what you would call a precursor to Mystic Thai coming to Kingston! Yes, you read right. Mystic Thai will be opening a higher end version of their restaurant some time within the next 6 to 8 months. Envision Sea Bass and Steaks prepared by a mix of new Chefs coming from India, while you are surrounded by the finest of Thai décor. Can’t wait!


In the mean time, we had the delight of being taken through 7 courses with the most interesting, some shocking, but tantalizing pairings presented by Wine Lady Debra of Select Brands.

Let Suga take you through!

The Beefeater Gin Cocktail was a bold welcome, tempered by Lemongrass that got guests buzzing, catching up after not seeing each other for a little while, then eventually seated with anticipation for what the rest of the evening had to offer.

Then BOOM came an unexpected shot of Stone’s Ginger Wine topped with Torresella Prosecco paired with Tom Kha Soup! A Ginger Mimosa Shot that got us off to a fast, but great start. The rich, creamy coconut flavour of the Soup was amazing by the way.

The Papaya Salad Wraps paired with Rosé cooled things down a bit with delicate flavours and well-rounded acidity.

One of my faves, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling followed to pair with the Mystic Dragon Roll, where its flavours were even more enhanced by a homemade pepper sauce that was offered. It took a little while for Kung Fu Girl to grow on those who were just introduced, as she is on the dry side, but hints of citrus and white peach perhaps made them appreciate her more as they sipped in between bites.

Truffle Infused Pad Thai Chicken paired with a California Cline Gewurtztraminer definitely spiced up the night again! Pun intended. Wow. I enjoyed that pairing thoroughly.

The highlight if the night for me then arrived.

GREEN CURRY SALMON with Hahn PINOT NOIR…What?! “Life is too short”, said Wine Lady Debra.
It is indeed. Naturally a Creamy or Lemon Sauce, or even a Salsa topping on Salmon would pair well with a Traditional White Wine, but I applaud this chance taken.
It was a HIT for ME. BRAVO…YOLO.

Crispy Sesame Lamb paired with a Malbec followed. It was tasty, but the small cuts of Lamb were unfortunately overwhelmed by the sauce and crispy texture.

Before we knew it, it was Dessert time! Oh but a bit of an anti-climax for me and my Suga Tasters who have recently traveled to Thailand. They’ve been spoiled by a wide selection of Sticky Rice Puddings, Fried Bananas, Coconut Puddings and other authentic Thai Desserts. Alas, we were served Chocolate Mousse. Owner, Kareena Mahbubani was surprised to know we would have been open to having her Sticky Banana Pudding. Of course, bring it on next time.

Wine Lady Debra did not skip a beat though! The Cocktail paired with the dessert literally fired things up again. An El Dorado Rum Cream Slide with smoky Cinnamon sticks! Delicious! Awesome finale.

Wine Lady Debra in action, assisting to pour the last Cocktail of the night.
Wine Lady Debra with Gabby Burgess

Let us remember that Mystic Thai is one of, if not, the best Ethnic Restaurant in Jamaica, so expectations were high. It was truly a fabulous evening. Kudos to Kareena and her team, Jamaica Food + Drink Kitchen for creating such a spectacular space for these Culinary Experiences along with their amazingly attentive and professional team, Select Brands and Wine Lady Debra who all delivered. A fantastic experience. Cheers. 🥂

Randy and Gabby Burgess of Suga Lifestyle with friends and Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold.
Gabby Burgess with Owner of Mystic Thai, Kareena Mahbubani.

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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#tbt to Cannonball Café Serving Up My Frappé at Jamaica Coffee Festival!

Did you know Cannonball Café (Ig: @cannonballcafe) uses JABLUM Coffee (Ig: @jablumcoffee)?

Do you have your Tickets for the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (Ig: @jamaicacoffeefest) Festival Marketplace this SATURDAY, APRIL 2 at Devon House ?

See you this Saturday as we Celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee☕️ 💖💙

Follow @sugalifestyle and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram or visit the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (https://bluemountaincoffeefest.com/) to keep up!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Escape to Rafjam Bed & Breakfast on Jamaica Coffee Festival’s Culinary Trail!

Rafjam Bed & Breakfast (Ig: @rafjambnb) surely has cool and chill vibes with great hospitality and good ol’ Jamaican cuisine.

Jamaica Coffee Festival is back Face to Face! Celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee this March 2022 with the scheduled:
☕️Culinary Trail
☕️Sip & Shop
☕️Farmers Workshops
☕️Blue Mountain Hikes & Bike Tours
☕️Coffee Farm Tours
☕️Festival Marketplace on April 2, 2022!

Follow @sugalifestyle and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram or visit the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (https://bluemountaincoffeefest.com/) to keep up!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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EITS Café is on Jamaica Coffee Festival’s Culinary Trail!

EITS Café (Ig: @17milepost) is on Jamaica Coffee Festival’s (Ig: @jamaicacoffeefest) Culinary Trail!

Give EITS Café a visit this weekend and see what’s on offer here:

Jamaica Coffee Festival is back Face to Face! Celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee this March 2022 with the scheduled:
☕️Culinary Trail
☕️Sip & Shop
☕️Farmers Workshops
☕️Blue Mountain Hikes & Bike Tours
☕️Coffee Farm Tours
☕️Festival Marketplace on April 2, 2022!

Follow @sugalifestyle and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram or visit the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (https://bluemountaincoffeefest.com/) to keep up!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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#tbt to the Inaugural Jamaica Coffee Festival March 2018!

Newcastle, Saint Andrew, Jamaica

Jamaica Coffee Festival is back Face to Face! I am so excited to celebrate Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee this March 2022 with the scheduled:
☕️Culinary Trail
☕️Sip & Shop
☕️Farmers Workshops
☕️Blue Mountain Hikes & Bike Tours
☕️Coffee Farm Tours
☕️Festival Marketplace on April 2, 2022!

Follow @sugalifestyle and @jamaicacoffeefest on Instagram or visit the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival (https://bluemountaincoffeefest.com/) to keep up!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Rose Petals, a Hot Water Bath & a Fire in the Bush; the Sultry Feeling with Each Course

Rose Petals, a hot water bath and a fire in the bush…the sultry feeling you get with each course and each visit to Stush in the Bush.

Watch “Rose Petals, a Hot Water Bath & a Fire in the Bush; the Sultry Feeling with Each Course” on YouTube here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/-tcrDFP-WYI?feature=share

Lisa Binns, The ‘Stush’ in the Bush

An Experience tailored to have you enjoy it each time in a different way, an enhanced way, a more appreciative way.
I do miss the mix and mingle buffet style introduction with freshly made Cocktails, Chimichurri sauce and chips and much more. With Covid or taking precaution versus the weather, we sit at our designated tables and bask in the real, positive, loving, sexy energy, that is Chris, Lisa and their staff in front of their newly renovated open kitchen.

Have you met Romyah (Ig: @romyahj) ?! Such a bright, young, wild and free spirit. Check her for your Wine Pairings. Loveeee the more active roll she is taking in the experience, introducing her own course and items on the menu. She introduces Pumpkin and greens like a Surf and Turf.

For those who keep asking, Yes, expect sustainable, luxury Vegetarianism. So of course you’ll be satisfied. Do you go on a long tour or experience in the late afternoon and skip Breakfast? No. Just don’t have a heavy one. Their most adorable dogs are part of the family that have the courtesy not to come around you while you eat, but will walk by your side or nearby as you tour the farm.

I enjoyed every course, where new items are always included for returning visitors and according to the season as well. This epicurean getaway is as Farm to Table as it gets.

Their Plantain Chips and Chimichurri, NYC style Fyah Grilled Pizzas and Nola Beignets are usually pleasurable, signature staples.

I am so happy that I experienced my most recent visit with my high school girlfriends mid January. Jody Dixon (Ig: @ajamaicanjo) descibed it as ‘beautiful storytelling nourished with orgasmically, gastronomical eats’.

If you aren’t traveling during Covid, travel through food with Lisa and Chris at Stush in the Bush. When are you going?!
Without a doubt, continuously #SugaEndorsed.

Suga and friends, L-R, Renee Davis, Jody Dixon and Gillian Jackson.

Stush in the Bush

Location: Bamboo Way, Free Hill. St. Ann. Jamaica

For Bookings: http://stushinthebush.com/visit-us

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Trio Wine Bar and Grill on Hope Road, Kingston.

Where are you dining for Valentine’s?! We’ve got the entire weekend! Places may be fully booked already but here’s a tip, book an early time. Also, remember the Super Bowl is this Sunday ladies 😉

Here are Suga’s Top 9 picks in no particular order, to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine from Kingston to Ocho Rios to Montego Bay.

Ambience, Service, Menu choices, Food quality, Location and Value for money all taken into consideration.

*Reservations recommended*

Watch “Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!” on YouTube here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/z-hQ8Mwgn8s?feature=share

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Copper’s Restaurant on Haining Road.

Trio Wine Bar and Grill (Ig: @triowinebar64), 64 Hope Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-616-4784; 876-872-3659

The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel (Ig: @terranovahotel), 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10. Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-754-2114

Steak House on the Verandah (Ig: @steakhouseontheverandah), Devon House. Ph: 876-353-9728

Summerhouse (Ig: @summerhouseja), Harmony Hall, St. Mary. Ph: 876-858-0031

Stush in the Bush (Ig: @stushinthebush), Priory, St. Ann. Ph: 876-562-9760. http://stushinthebush.com/visit

Sugar Mill Restaurant (Ig: @halfmoonjamaica) , Spring Farm Drive. Half Moon, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ph: 876-953-2211; 1-800-626-0592(Website: http://www.halfmoon.com)

Copper’s Restaurant (Ig: @thecoppersja), 9 Haining Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-815-5609; 876-672-7251

Chive Restaurant (Ig: @chivejamaica), Shop 15, Orchid Village Plaza. 20 Barbican Road. Kingston 6. Ph: 876-820-1194

Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (Ig: @jafoodanddrinkkitchen), Ph: 876-570-5709. https://jamaicafoodanddrinkkitchen.com/

Gabby Burgess, Owner of Suga Lifestyle at Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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