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Add Likkle More Chocolate to your Post Covid-19 Bucket List!

If you don’t remember Suga’s post on our local Chocolatiers last year or haven’t tasted Likkle More Chocolate yet, here is your update!

To refresh your minds, Founder, Fine Pastry Chef and Artisan Chocolatier, Nadine Burie has been awarded, Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards Dessert Chef of the Year for the past 4 years.

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Fine Pastry Chef and Artisan Chocolatier, Nadine Burie. (Photo: http://www.likklemorechocolate.com)

The Production of Likkle More Chocolate Bars are still in the creative process. ‘We’ve been working on this project for more than 3 years now and we really want to give an excellent product that would be accessible to everyone in Jamaica with this line. We ferment, dry, roast, process the bean from the beginning until the end products and we work with different farmers from different regions. We press our own cocoa butter that we use in our chocolate. We control everything’ says Burie.

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Nadine Burie and staff cracking the Cocoa pods for Chocolate production.

Likkle More Chocolate Produces Decorated Chocolate Bars with a unique variety of flavours!

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Photo: http://www.likklemorechocolate.com
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Likkle More Chocolate’s Decorated Chocolates

***The brand is under continuous expansion or changes, so the percentages and flavours stated are what Suga Lifestyle has observed over the past few years and in speaking with Nadine Burie this March, 2020. They are also currently on Likkle More Chocolate’s Website*** 

– 72% Single Cocoa Estate
(Their darkest Chocolate is made of rich fruity cocoa, featuring delicious cherry & woody rum notes!)
– 72% Dark Chocolate with Nibs
– 70% Dark Chocolate with Fresh Ginger
– 70% Cocoa Sea Salt
– 70% Cocoa Scotch Bonnet
– 67/68% Cocoa Blue Mountain Coffee
– 55% Cocoa Coconut Milk
– 55% Cocoa and Milk Plantain
– Hazelnut Milk Chocolate
– White Cocoa MatchaOther Decadent Chocolate based treats from Likkle More include Seashells, Coffee Pearls and Truffles.

Did you know?
Chocolate varies in taste depending on where the cocoa bean it was made is from.

Nadine Burie also produces a line of Chocolate for Cafe Blue, which I had the pleasure of tasting! Well, eating, because it is true that once you take a bite, you say to yourself, just get a ‘likkle more’.

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All the cocoa used to make Cafe Blue Chocolate is from the central and eastern parishes of Jamaica, from over 3000 small farmers!

There is also less sugar, more Cocoa. Natural Cane juice is used to sweeten and there are no preservatives and no artificial flavours.

My favourite was the 57% Bean to Bar Blue Mountain Coffee Dark Chocolate. Imagine it only had 3.2g of Saturated fat, no Cholesterol and only 2.6g of sugar! I ate that bar guilt-free.

Put Likkle More Chocolate on your #PostCovid19BucketList, BUT you can have the Chocolate line for Cafe Blue right now! You can either go to Cafe Blue, Sovereign Centre or purchase them for $600JMD+tx in Loshusan Supermarket, Barbican. By purchasing these chocolates, you help to impact the lives of over 3000 small farmers and their families. #SugaEndorsed

Stay tuned for when I get to try the Likkle More Chocolate line!

Buy Local, Buy JamaicanΒ πŸ‡―πŸ‡²

Likkle More Chocolate

Cafe Blue, SovereignΒ Plaza, Liguanea (when available)

Instagram: @likklemore.chocolate

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Missing Eleni’s?

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Classic Eggs Benedict from Eleni’s Bakery Jamaica [Ig photo: @elenisjamaica/@brischh]
You wanted Eleni’s famous Sunday Brunch, but could not have it? Well, the Bakery is on lockdown until further notice and offering curbside delivery as they aim to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Owner, Eleni Daperis, made quite a statement on the Bakery’s Instagram page over the weekend, highlighting the need to keep safe, especially for our children, for instance two of her employees who have children with dengue and asthma and there were no beds at Bustamante Hospital for Children to accommodate them. So we can’t imagine if COVID-19 spreads to our children, especially those whose lungs are already affected by asthma or are immunocompromised by dengue and other conditions.

The Bakery will sell bread on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1pm-5pm and will be taking orders through whatsapp on the Bakery phone (See below) on Mondays and Tuesdays for Wednesday pick ups and on Thursdays and Fridays for Saturday pick ups. They will also make an effort to meet your requests for Pastries, or whatever you may need.

Eleni’s we understand and admire your stance taken in light off COVID-19. In the mean time, we will daydream…

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Eleni’s Bakery Jamaica

Location: Sovereign North Plaza. 29 Barbican Road. Kgn. Ja.

Ph: 876.544.2732

Email: elinisjamaica@gmail.com

Instagram: @elinisjamaica

By: Gabrielle BurgessΒ 

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TGIF! The Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Starts Today!

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The 2nd annual Blue Mountain Coffee Festival starts today! Blue Mountain Coffee has the reputation of being one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world over the past few decades.

This event hopes to attract tourists and international coffee buyers, as well as create awareness of the rapidly growing coffee culture amongst us as local consumers.

Friday, March 1st – Trade Day

The Festival kicks off today with a networking and learning experience for farmers allowing them to showcase their coffee and coffee byproducts.

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Saturday, March 2nd – Festival Marketplace

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Last year’s view from Newcastle at the 1st staging of the Marketplace at the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival

After you finish with Suga Lifestyle’s Nutrition session tomorrow, the Festival Marketplace in Newcastle will be buzzing with activity. You can then browse and purchase coffee to put in your protein shakes each morning!

There will be coffee galore, coffee byproducts and live demos if you are a barista at home, as well as live musical entertainment and crafts on showcase from local artisans. You would also learn about coffee related tours.

Festival Marketplace Ticket costs: $1500 (Adults); $500 (Children 2-12 years and students with ID)

***Complimentary round trip Shuttle Services will be provided from UTECH Library Car Park to Newcastle starting at 9am***

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If you would like to make a weekend of it, there are activities on Sunday too!

Sunday, March 3 – The Culinary Trail (Reservation Only)

There will be a Coffee-themed Brunch at Strawberry Hill and other eateries along the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Trail should have a signature Blue Mountain Coffee infused dish on their menu that day.

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Enjoy!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Most Innovative Product at Expo Jamaica for Suga!

Expo Jamaica was quite impressive this year. The show that was put on weekend before last at the National Arena and Indoor Sports Centre, displaying and offering products that were ‘All Things Jamaican’ had tremendous support. It was great to see that especially after seeing the hard work and effort that went into putting on the expo. It was bigger and better, the logistics were as good as they could be given the space and the quality of products were sensational. Not to mention the deals! The Farmer’s Market was a big hit too. I shopped till I almost dropped.

There were hundreds of booths but Suga will highlight a few in weeks to come.

Most Innovative Product for Suga?

Mountain Flavor’s Instaperk Coffee!

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Just tear the top of the bag as indicated and add hot water, wait about a minute or two and you have 2 servings of instant percolated coffee! Great for travelling or when you are on the go.

Mountain Flavor is from coffee farms along Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and the flavour was evident.

Mountain Flavor’s Instaperk comes to the market soon! Look out for it!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Jamaican Breakfast in the Mountains

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Suga’s Ratings forΒ EITS Cafe at Mount Edge Guesthouse

Date and time of visit:Β Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 10:30am

No. of diners: 2

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Exquisite ambience and scenic view with hummingbirds in full flight while you wait for your food made fresh to order.Β  Menu items were quite reasonable in cost. My husband and I had the Jamaican breakfast that included Ackee and saltfish, along with sides of our choice. I thought that they needed more filling in their Fritters, but their Ackee and other sides such as boiled banana were spot on.

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Ackee and Saltfish with Fritters and Fried Dumpling ($900JMD+12.5% serv. charge)

The father-daughter duo who run EITS, Michael and Robyn Fox, were hospitable, making us feel right at home.

Their high standard as a must-stop on the Blue Mountain culinary trail has been kept. Suga snaps for EITS.

EITS Cafe at Mount Edge Guesthouse

Ph#: 876-944-8974

Address: 17 Mile Post, Newcastle. St. Andrew Jamaica

Stay tuned for 2 spots that have gone downhill on the Blue Mountain Culinary trail for Suga Bears next week!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Two Spots Fail for Suga on the Blue Mountain Culinary Trail

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Suga’s Ratings forΒ Crystal Edge Restaurant

Date & Time of Visit: Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 1:00pm.

No. of diners: 2

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Comments:Β I went specifically for the Oxtail, but the quality has fallen off majorly. It lacked seasoning and did not slide off the bone this time, but still had good texture. Diners at another table were expressing the same sentiment. The taste of Coffee was lost in the Coffee infused Chicken. Both dishes in chipped plates were served with Steamed Vegetables and Rice and Peas, but were swimming in gravy. Mediocre service and food with a breathtaking view.

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Oxtail from Crystal Edge, Irish Town
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Crystal Edge’s Coffee Infused Chicken

Suga’s Ratings forΒ CafΓ© Blue

Date & Time of Visit: Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 1:00pm.

No. of diners: 2

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Comments: Β Staff was pleasant but inattentive. Crystal Edge’s staff were seen more around that side than the CafΓ© Blue waitresses. Desserts were dry. We had the Chocolate Mocha Cake and Strawberry Cheesecake.

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Strawberry Cheesecake from CafΓ© Blue, Irish Town

For such a long commute, disappointing experience thankfully overshadowed by the picturesque view of the Blue Mountains with cool, fresh air and the taste of rich, authentic Blue Mountain Coffee.

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Cappuccino from Cafe Blue, Irish Town

After the boost of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival 1 week before my visit, I expected more from Crystal Edge and CafΓ© Blue. Hope they get back on track soon. Not worth the drive.

Did You Know?

Strawberry Hill is now charging $2500JMD at the gate to include a welcome drink if you do not have a booking or reservation.

I was passing by for a drink in between Breakfast and Lunch. So for persons like myself and others who happen to be nearby and spontaneously choose to stop and may end up staying for Lunch etc., I think an entry fee is ridiculous. It would be similar if The Jamaica Pegasus would charge you to enter.

Stay tuned next week to see where is worth the drive on the Blue Mountain Culinary Trail!

Crystal Edge Restaurant

Location: Irish Town, St. Andrew

Ph: 876-944-8053

Opening Hours: Tues. – Sun. @ 9am – 7pm

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CafΓ© Blue, Irish Town

Ph: 876-944-8918

Opening Hours: Mon. – Fri @ 8:30am-4:30pm

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga has Eyes on the NEW Jablum Coffee House!

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Suga scoped out the new, Jablum Coffee House located on the grounds of NCB Twin Towers, by the intersection of Oxford Road and Old Hope Road last week.

It is still a work in progress. At the moment they only offer Coffee, Snacks and Pastries. I was informed Sandwiches are coming soon.

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Based on its central location, the Cafe has a lot of potential and should strive to live up to it. It is quite small, but still has seating available. Plasma screens display clearly what they have to offer along with costs. Prices were relatable to other Cafes. For instance, Iced Coffee costs about $600JMD.

Stay tuned to Suga Lifestyle to see what happens with Jablum Coffee House!

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Jablum Coffee House

Location: 1 Oxford Road. Kingston 5. (By NCB Twin Towers)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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