#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*

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

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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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New Hot Spot in Kingston, Holy Smokes! How’s the Food?!

WELL, Suga can show, but cannot tell. Hoping for a tasty experience next time at Holy Smokes (Ig: @holysmokesjamaica). But big up for offering local, Trouble’s Brewing (Ig: @troublesbrewing) Beer!

We had Soup, Curried Goat with roti, mashed potatoes and pressed plantain and also Jerked Chicken.

Love the refurbished, modern, comfortable setting.

Lots of potential for this new hot spot on Waterloo road.

Cheers to Friday Eve!

Suga at Holy Smokes (Where Jo-Jo’s used to be) at 12 Waterloo Road last Saturday, February 19, 2022. Kingston. Jamaica

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

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A Fantastic Stay at The Cliff Hotel by West End, Negril

The Cliff Hotel, Negril, Jamaica

TGIF! Where are you staying this weekend Suga Bears?!

We had a fantastic stay at The Cliff Hotel by West End, Negril last weekend.

Watch “A Fantastic stay at The Cliff Jamaica by West End, Negril” on YouTube here: 

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Even though it’s not an all inclusive, their current rate is definitely value for money. Seize the opportunity before it goes back up!

The food and presentation from their Zest Restaurant was consistently excellent.

Manager, Vernon was on site everyday, quite hospitable and accommodating along with his staff.

The property was clean. Views were breathtaking. Parking was adequate, which is hard to find in Negril. Wifi was decent. The room was huge and the Smart Tv was great. Just 1 complaint…only water came in the fridge. We would appreciate 2 Red Stripes next time 😎🍻

The Cliff Hotel and its Zest Restaurant are #SugaEndorsed.

Gabby and Randy Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at The Cliff Hotel in Negril, Jamaica on Friday, October 8, 2021.

The Cliff Hotel

Location: West End Road, Negril, Jamaica

Phone: 876-632-0919

Instagram: @thecliffjamaica

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

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When Skylarking in Negril, Yuh Driva Haffi Mek 1-Stop

Miss Lily’s at Skylark Negril Beach Resort on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach!

The music, food and vibes are right everytime. The only good system is a sound system.

I enjoyed their succulent, flavourful Jerk BBQ Pork Spare Ribs with roasted plantains. Finger-licking good.

Jerk BBQ Pork Spare Ribs with roasted plantains (US$22)

Hubby, Randy enjoyed the Miss Lily’s mouth-watering Cheeseburger that was sandwiched in cocoa bread.

Miss Lily’s Cheeseburger (US$12)

Vegetarian menu and fresh Juices available too. I  had the refreshing Skylark Greens.

Great, speedy and pleasant service. #SugaEndorsed

For my Suga Bears overseas, be sure to check out Miss Lily’s in Soho or East Village NY & Dubai!

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

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Suga’s Next Stop on the West End, Rockhouse at Rockhouse Hotel!

The award-winning Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel for many years, as well as Jamaica’s Leading Spa Resort for ’14, ’15 is usually booked out for Weddings whenever we are in Negril.

So with much anticipation and quite a reputation, we finally dined at one of the most scenic Restaurants cliffside.

The staff there, led by Gossett definitely got that old school welcoming, Jamaican hospitality that we love. Kudos to them. Their energy working amongst each other was cordial as well.

Seating was close, but I was still able to make myself comfortable.

My Coconut Shrimp starter was delish. We enjoyed the other dishes, Crab Quesadilla, Seafood Linguini with Shrimp and Snapper and the Surf & Surf with seared Snapper and Garlic Shrimp.

Coconut Shrimp (US$12)
Crab Quesadilla (US11)
Seafood Linguini with Shrimp & Snapper (US$19)
Surf & Surf with seared Snapper and Garlic Shrimp (US$24)
Chocolate Cake

They were tasty dishes, but left a little more to be desired. I also only had two bites of the Chocolate Cake. Perhaps expectations were too high or maybe they fell off their game a bit, because other spots are quite impressive! Stay tuned for more this week.

Gabrielle with husband, Randy Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at the Rockhouse restaurant at Rockhouse Hotel last Saturday.

XoXo, Suga💖

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

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Suga Revisits Westmoreland! First Stop, Pelican Lookout!

Sometimes it takes a few months before you get the urge to take the 4-hour drive to Negril, but when you do, it’s so worth it!

First stop, Pelican Lookout restaurant and bar by West End, Negril.

It was overcast upon arrival, but then the sun came out and you know Negril heat hits differently, so go in the evening or night when the vibes and temperature are right.

Very attentive staff, big up Rohan and most of all, the Chef! Food ‘propa’.

A variety of Octopus dishes were on the menu, but looks like we just missed the season. We have to return to try those!

There were still great options for Seafood, Pastas, Burgers and Beverages. We opted for traditional Jamaican Conch Fritters, Oxtail and Curried Goat. They all hit the spot. Di Oxtail tender tender and slide off the bone. Well seasoned and wicked flavours.

Conch Fritters (US$8)
Oxtail and Beans
Oxtail and Beans (USD $17)
Curried Goat (USD$15)

Eye-catching rustic, artistic décor & view, rhythmic music, timely food and I can see the place lights up at night.

Pelican Lookout is #SugaEndorsed. Visit them when next on the West End.

Pelican Lookout

Location: West End. Negril, Jamaica

Ph: 876-801-3293

Instagram: @pelican_look_out

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

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District 5 Sky Lounge at the R Hotel was a Vibe Last Saturday!

Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with Suga Taster and friend, Taraja Jackson at District 5, R Hotel last Saturday.

Thank you District 5 Sky Lounge for some much needed fresh air, wine, rum, tasty, sizeable portions of food and of course an atmosphere full of vibes.

Grilled Snapper Fillet (USD$25)
Thyme, black pepper, garlic and home-made green marinade grilled to perfection and glazed with paprika butter

While most Restaurants, Bars & Lounges were quiet last Saturday, before three days of No Movement in Ja, the Best Sunday Spot became the Best Saturday Spot.

My crew of ladies gathered around a table at about 1:30pm and as the day progressed, the music got a little louder, had more buzz and all the diners at their designated and adequately distanced tables caught a vibe.

District 5 Sky Lounge is currently a hot spot for celebrations and we saw Birthdays and lastly, we thoroughly enjoyed witnessing a celebration of love, a Proposal!

With screams from the Feyoncé to be’s girlfriends, all eyes turned to the prepared stage for the special occasion and to see her say YES. Congrats to the lucky couple and Suga is looking forward to when cases are lowered and the Best Sunday Spot can resume Brunch! Cheers🥂

(L-R: Alison Sutherland, Dahlia Martin, Racquell Brown, Taraja Jackson, Gabrielle Burgess)

District 5, R Hotel

Location: 2 Renfrew Rd., Kingston. Ja

Ph: 876-978-6091

Instagram: @district5_skylounge

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

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Chillin’ Restaurant is Back and Suga visited on Holborn Road!

Suga’s Ratings for Chillin’ Restaurant
Date and time of visit: Saturday, February 20, 2020 at 2:15pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★★
Speed: ★★★★★
Food quality: ★★★★★
Serving amount: ★★★☆☆
Plating/Packaging: ★★★★☆
Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown:

A rainy Saturday afternoon, hungry after errands with the reopening of Chillin’ Restaurant nearby at a central location on Holborn road meant that I had to stop for Lunch!

I was relieved to see a sheltered area for seating. Located in a new complex, loved the cosy, modern decor. I can see myself taking in some sports on the flat screen in the near future by the Bar counter.

Courteous staff that you could see worked as a team harmoniously.
Orlando was our waiter and he was attentive throughout our visit.

The Menu was understandably limited during Covid times to standard Jamaican and Chillin’ faves, Curried Goat, Oxtail, BBQ Chicken and Friiiiied Chicken.

Hubby and I enjoyed our Oxtail (J$1100) & Curried Goat (J$950). His Oxtail tender, sliding off bone, while my Curried Goat had no bone really. Usual @chillinrestaurant standard. Tasty, well seasoned and spicy. But, mi nearly order 2 cuz mi did wa likkle more!

Oxtail (J$1100 incl. Tx)
Curried Goat (J$950 incl. Tx)

Still a great pick me up, Value for $ and their Menu and usual sizes should be back soon as they navigate Covid. #SugaSnaps for reopening P.J. Wright!!! Chillin’ Restaurant remains #SugaEndorsed 👌🏾

Chillin’ Restaurant

Location: 5 Holborn Road, Kingston. Ja

Ph: 876-665-6661

Website: http://www.chillinrestaurant.com/

Instagram: @chillinrestaurant

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

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TGIF! Head over to The Jamaica Pegasus’s Poolside Lyme After Work Later!

✔Good Music ✔Good Food ✔Good Vibes

All Covid-19 protocols observed.
Food and Drinks on Sale!

Reservations recommended, but it’s a big poolside, so socially distanced seating should still be available.

Have yourself a good time before curfew. Cheers!

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

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