Weekend Time = Brunch Time. Brunchin’ at Chive Restaurant…Always a Vibe


Consistently delish food from Chive Restaurant in Orchid Village Plaza, Liguanea👌🏾

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

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

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Pizza & Pasta for Suga & Hubby. That’s Amore!

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Suga’s Ratings for Ciao Bella Art Cafe
Date and time of visit: Sunday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★☆☆
Comfort: ★★★★
Service: ★★★★
Speed: ★★★★☆
Food quality: ★★★.5☆
Serving amount: ★★★★
Plating: ★★★
Value for $: ★★★★☆
Suga’s Comments: 

We visited Ciao Bella Art Cafe (Ig: @ciaobellaartcafe) on Easter Sunday in Taj Mahal Plaza, Ocho Rios, where my beloved Mama Marley’s used to be.

The service was up to par, the staff were pleasant and we enjoyed our Italian staples of choice, Bruschetta, Pizza & Pasta in their cosy ambience.

Puttanesca from Ciao Bella Art Cafe

The Pizza lacked a bit of authenticity for me though. I prefer Pizza from a Wood Fire oven and the use of more fresh garlic and herbs for flavour.

Delightful experience with more than satisfactory servings nonetheless. Value for money.

🇮🇹Fresh Mushroom & Goat Cheese Bruschetta + 24 Karat Global Beer
🇮🇹Proscuitto Pizza (medium) with cured Italian Ham, Arugula, Mozzarella & Marinara sauce + Da Luca Prosecco
🇮🇹Puttanesca with house made Marinara sauce, anchovies, olives, capers and parsley

Did you know?! 👀

Puttanesca is an easy sauce, briefly cooked, very fragrant & spicy. Puttanesca translates as “in the style of the whore.”  The name derives from the Italian word ‘puttana’, which means whore. Google this odd sauce history!

Ciao Bella Art Cafe

Location: Taj Mahal Plaza, Ocho Rios. Jamaica

Ph: 876.974.3733; 876.463.9998

Instagram: @ciaobellaartcafe

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Happy Stew Peas Wednesday! Where do you like to get Yours?

Pot a boil! You like yours with Pig’s Tail too? I do!

FEATURED: Ig: @jabbaspeppaswims (Ph: 876.376.9347)

If you’re treating yourself to some juicy Stew Peas today, where you gonna get it?!
Igs @jabbaspeppaswims, @jangas.soundbar, @soniashomestylecooking, @jenskitchenja, @karparkcarwashandbar, YuModdaPot BIG UP YUSELF!

Drop your favourite spot for Stew Peas in the comments Suga Fam.

Have a great Day!

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

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Suga Lifestyle’s Gabrielle Burgess Featured as Lady Boss!

As I was leaving my 9-5 in Radiography last March and about to embark on my Full Time Suga Lifestyle journey, I was reminded about something very crucial by Sarah Jackson, Founder of Being Lady Boss.

She said, ‘Gabby, you have always been a Lady Boss.’ Though it may seem more official to me now, it was a pleasant reminder and an honour to be told that Being a Lady Boss is a Mindset and I’ve always had it.

Read a bit about me and Suga Lifestyle in the feature below here:

Go check out Being Lady Boss’ website, https://linktr.ee/linkLadyBoss or find them on Instagram, @beingladyboss to see a bit of my story and other awesome Lady Boss features and tips.

Whether you had a busy holiday weekend or not, hope I provided some Inspiration & Motivation for the upcoming week! Go get em and Be the Best 💪🏾

XoXo, 💖Suga (Lady Boss!)

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

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Get Over Hump Day with this Salad from Coppers!

Smoked Marlin Pasta Salad (J$2250)
Smoked Marlin with crisp greens, beets, tomato, cucumber, eggs, cheese, pickled onions with Coppers’ house dressing

Just WOW!

Thoroughly enjoyed this low calorie Smoked Marlin Pasta Salad from The Coppers Jamaica (Ig: @thecoppersja) about three weeks ago.

Great service continues.

*Reservations recommended*

The Coppers Jamaica

Location: 9 Haining Road. Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876.815.5609

Instagram: @thecoppersja

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#tbt to Epican Tapas Lounge Tapas! Have you had them?

Shrimp and Chicken Tacos from Epican Tapas Lounge

Suga’s Ratings for Epican Tapas Lounge
Date and time of visit: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at ~5:30pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★☆☆
Décor: ★★★
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★☆
Speed: ★★★★☆
Food quality: ★★★★☆
Serving amount: ★★★★★
Plating: ★★★★☆
Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown: 

Feeling peckish after the Coffee Festival a few weeks ago on Saturday, April 2, hubby and I finally got to check out Epican Tapas Lounge (Ig: @epicantapas) at The Marketplace (Ig: @themarketplaceja) on Constant Spring Road.

I was disappointed they didn’t have Steak or Lobster Tapas, but opted for Fish Tacos instead.

Tasty Tacos and dishes, decent service, comfortable ambience & reasonable prices.

Check out what we had!

🍴Shrimp & Chicken Tacos

🍴Flat Bread topped with Chicken & Bell Peppers (I had my quota of dairy for the day, so had it without their cheddar, mozzarella & pepperjack cheese combo)

🍴Herb & Garlic Roasted Chicken with house special gravy, creamy mash & sauteed fresh snap beans.

🍴Fish Tacos

🍹Mojito

Chill spot for a picker upper.

Epican Tapas Lounge

Location: 67 Constant Spring Road. The Marketplace. Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876672-7262

Instagram: @epicantapas

*Reservations Recommended; Open Everyday, 4 PM*

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Cheers to Halfway Post Holiday from the New Nirvanna Global!

Low Calorie Cocktails?! What? 🍹Peach Whiskey Smash (150cal 😉)

Suga’s Ratings for Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill
Date and time of visit: Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:45pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★☆☆
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★★
Speed: ★★★★
Food quality: ★★★★☆
Serving amount: ★★★★★
Plating: ★★★★☆
Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown: 

As we transition fully to outside and face to face especially post long holiday weekend, many of us may be TIRED. But alas, a new weekend approaches quickly and so does the opportunity to visit a new restaurant!

As a part of the Nirvanna trilogy which began on Lady Musgrave road in 2015, we now have Nirvanna Global in Progressive Plaza, Barbican!

Suga visited for dinner 2 Sundays ago and I’m impressed! No extravant décor, simple yet modern with pleasant staff superb service and an experienced Bartender!

I would place Nirvanna in the middle of the trilogy, considering Nirvanna Indian more formal and Masala Wok, casual. However, in terms of the range offered on the menu for international cuisine, it is not comparable to the others.

Reasonable prices, comfortable dining and a relaxed bar setting with ‘Chin’ the Bartender (who is not Chinise fyi) serving up quality drinks by a large tv with the NBA Playoffs is a vibe.

Anyhow, check out what we enjoyed, cooked exactly as we ordered from our on point server, Vish.

🍴Jerk Spiced Calamari with spicy guacamole

🍴Classic Onion Rings with sriracha sour cream dip

🍴Lemon Grilled Salmon with citrus marinade, basmati rice, seasonal salad

🍴Shrimp Pesto Fettuccine with mushrooms

👌🏾Happy to see the high standard maintained across the trilogy.

Visit Nirvanna Global (Ig: @nirvannaglobalja)! The menu is posted on their Instagram page highlights. #SugaEndorsed

Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill

Location: 24 Barbican Road. Shop #7-8 (Progressive Plaza). Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876-672-9644; 876-801-4703

Instagram: @nirvannaglobalja

*Closed on Mondays* *Open at 12 noon; Kitchen closes at 9:30pm*

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!

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