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 FeyoncΓ© 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! CheersπŸ₯‚

(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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A Sentimental Visit to the Relocated Summerhouse where Hubby Proposed

Suga’s Ratings for Summerhouse
Date and time of visit: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2:30pm
No. of diners: 4.5
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Suga’s Breakdown

It’s always a pleasure to visit Harmony Hall, that dates backs to the 19th century, now the home of Summerhouse.

Exquisite outdoor dining with superior service and delectable courses that I enjoyed with my husband, Randy, friends and Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold and Suga Baby, Blaire Arnold.

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold with Suga Baby, Blaire Arnold.

I could almost say our culinary experience was excellent from start to finish, but with fair warning, disappointing Dessert loomed the air. Bread Pudding is usually a common, highly anticipated request by us Jamaicans, where the calories are worth it. When ordered with a side of their dairy-free ice cream, the ice cream didn’t help it. It was dry and left unfinished. The other Dessert options weren’t satisfying either and sometimes this may leave a lasting impression, but definitely not this time. It’s early days, with many naturally talented bakers emerging during Covid. They should be able to find a superb Pastry Chef.

The Appetizers and Starch dishes were large enough to share, the Coal-Fired Proteins were divine and we had a few Cocktails. The Strawberry Bellini was on pointπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ. Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh paid us a visit for feedback and he was lauded.

Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with Strawberry Bellini in hand at Summerhouse last Saturday, May 22, 2021.

We enjoyed scrumptious Saltfish Fritters with a spicy dipping sauce, mouth-watering cheesy Callaloo dip with Crostini, Curried Ackee Wontons, juicy Local Beef Tenderloin cooked as ordered, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, tasty Orzo, mixed Mushrooms, savory Fresh Grouper, delish Ripe Plantain Gratin and one of specials of the day, Grilled Tuna with a heavenly lemon & cilantro butter. Feast your eyes.

Quite a delightful experience and currently considered one of the Best places to Brunch on a Sunday. Kudos to Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau, Jamaican sisters who have found a new home, where it’s always Summer, providing us with the pleasure of embracing modern, heritage dining with a side of fresh, Caribbean Sea breeze.

Summerhouse

Location: Harmony Hall, St. Mary.

Reservations: 876-603-3777; 876-858-0031

Instagram: @summerhouseja

Website (Including Menus): http://www.summerhouseja.com/

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

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TGIF to Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Frozen Mint Lemonade & their Safety Practices!

TGIF to Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Frozen Mint Lemonade & their team continuing to play it safe in the kitchen. Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Signature Frozen Mint Lemonade is quite a refreshing treat for just $500+tx and you can spike it!

Their team is playing it safe in the kitchen too. Kudos to them. I haven’t spied much Chefs wearing masks in the hot kitchen, so please keep it up!

As Covid is even a bigger threat to us now, I encourage you all to try and be as safe as you can this weekend. Wear your masks! Be wise and Sanitise!

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse offers pick up and you can check them to see if they are still delivering. They are #SugaEndorsed.

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Deli & Bar

Location: 17 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston

Ph: 876-925-9427

Instagram: @jamaicaliquorwarehouse

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Brunching at The Rib Kage Grill During Love in the Time of Corona!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and husband, Randy Burgess at The Rib Kage Grill last Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Suga’s Ratings for The Rib Kage Grill

Date and time of visit: Sunday, June 7, 2020 @ 11:30am

No. of diners: 2

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Suga’s Breakdown!

During Love In The Time of Corona, Suga and hubby, Randy Burgess brunched outside! As restaurants slowly start to reopen, we jumped at the opportunity to try The Rib Kage Grill located in Sovereign North and kick-start Suga’s Birthday week as well.

Still taking precautions, we made reservations for their opening time at 11:30am and we were their first and only diners at that time, where everything was clean and spotless. We only saw a family pick up a take-out order.

Mandella was our waiter and the service was superb from we entered until we left. We appreciated Mandella. Another positive coming out of Corona is the extra effort to offer great customer service and for customers to be pleasant and thankful on the receiving end as well. I hope it lasts!

I don’t eat Pork often, but I have been craving their Crispy Pork Belly Waffles since they posted it. So I definitely ordered that, Randy ordered the Korean Chicken and Waffles and we shared the Smoky Ackee and Tostones, which was a tasty starter.

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Smoky Ackee and Tostones ($1200JMD) – Crunchy twice fried Green Plantain topped with Ackee and Smoked Herring.

Crispy Pork Belly does not have much meat if any, but I would have liked if the few bits I had were more tender with melt-in-your-mouth fat after I got past the tasty, crispy char. My waffles were crisp, but I wanted them to be a bit more fluffy in the middle. So I was slightly disappointed, but it was filling and I was still able to enjoy it.

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Crispy Pork Belly Waffles ($1650JMD+tx) – Vietnamese Crispy Pork Belly with Waffles *There was no Green Papaya Salad as the menu stated.

Randy’s Waffles were perfect. Stick to what you know! Golden brown with a huge serving of delish Korean style Fried Chicken. Mandella also enthusiastically offered us some freshly whipped cream on the side.

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Korean Chicken and Waffles ($1650JMD +tx) – Crispy Belgian Waffles with Korean Style Fried Chicken and Cucumber Kimchee.

Of course we had to drink while we brunched! We had the refreshing Dirty Mojito and Lychee Lemongrass Freeze Cocktails. Cheers!

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Dirty Mojito Cocktail ($950JMD +tx) – Mint, Wet sugar, Lime juice, Myers Rum, Appleton, Angostura Bitters; Lychee Lemongrass Freeze CocktailΒ  ($950JMD +tx)

The Rib Kage Grill

Location: Sovereign North, 29 Barbican Road

Ph: 876-778-7427; 876-632-4994

Instagram: @theribkagegrill

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Late for Planning Mother’s Day Take Out?

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Executive Chef Mark Cole from The Jamaica Pegasus

Have you missed the ordering deadlines for Mother’s Day from Suga Endorsed establishments or Chefs such as Jabba’s Peppa Swims, Simo’s Bread and Catering, Chive Jamaica, The Haven at Hillcrest, Kuk Up Kreations, Sweet Obsession Ja or Chef Alex D-Great with CPJ Ltd.?

Fret not. There is still time to plan. Did you see Executive Chef, Mark Cole from The Jamaica Pegasus cooking up a storm yesterday on Smile Jamaica, TvJ? Well his dishes are usually a treat!

You have until 5pm today to order Family size Brunch/Dinner from The Blue Window, Jamaica Pegasus for Curbside Pick Up tomorrow.

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There are also Breakfast and Brunch options from Fromage Brasserie, Sonia’s Homestyle Cooking and one of my faves, Jamaica Liquor Warehouse!

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Fromage Brasserie and Bistro have eye-catching Dinner options too!

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For other fantastic Dessert Options, check if you can still get the delights of SEAR 274 by Chef and Patissier, Trevanne Donegal (Website:Β http://www.sear274.com) or Essence of Hazel (Ph: 876-874-3686).

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Sear 274

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Essence of Hazel

If Mom still wants to cook, but wants you to stock her kitchen, you have to Drive through Rainforest Seafoods on Slipe Road and/or Box Market Ja at Mas Camp TODAY for some SUPER DEALS!

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Then check out how to set up at Home and the Serving Order of Wine with A Designed Life by Cecile Levee!

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Hope you have a great weekend filled with Love.

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GW Art (Ph: 876-422-3769)

XoXo,
Suga πŸ’–

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Start the Week off the Healthy Way with this Breakfast!

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Miss Shirley’s Elote Street Avocado Toast with Avocado mash, Grilled Corn, pickled Red Onions, Queso Fresco & fresh Cilantro on toasted Multigrain Bread dusted with Smoked Paprika!

Miss Shirleys’ Roland Park location in Maryland is OPEN 8AM – 3PM for Delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub & Postmates!

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

Location: 513 W Cold Spring Ln, Baltimore, MD 21210, United States
Ph: 410-889-5272
Instagram: @missshirleys

***Menu is on the link in their Bio***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Throwback Thursday to Brunch at Shooters Waterfront!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga at Shooters Waterfront on October 20, 2019.

Suga’s got more for you to add to your Post Covid-19 Bucket List. I’m throwing it back to a brunch spread that I thoroughly enjoyed at Shooters Waterfront last October. The live music was entertaining too.
Shooters was offering delivery and takeaway/curbside pick ups, but are now closed and look forward to reopening when the COVID-19 curve flattens.
Here are a few teasers until they reopen!

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Seafood Salad

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Fruit Salad

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Smoked Salmon

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Breads and Tarts

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Waffles, Crepes and Pancake station! Suga had Waffles (R) 😍

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Desserts

There was a Carving station for the meat lovers too! Until tomorrow… Cheers!

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My Peach Citrus Bellini (USD$12) – Peach Nectar, Champagne, fresh orange, lemon, lime, pineapple.

#PostCovid19BucketList #SugaEndorsed
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Shooters Waterfront
Location: 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, United States
Ph: 954-566-2855

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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More from Austin, Texas…Gourmet Barbecue!

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Crispy Wild Boar Ribs Appetizer (USD$16) with honey and sambal, buttermilk blue cheese dressing, celery and daikon slaw.

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson was pleased to visit Lamberts Barbecue Restaurant and not get typical BBQ platters, but gourmet BBQ and other meaty fare instead.

You can also enjoy live music at Lamberts’ upstairs Bar too! Feast your eyes.

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Country Style Pork Ribs (USD$21) with fennel and coriander rub, maple chili glaze.

Lamberts Barbecue Restaurant

Location: 401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Ph: 512-494-1500

Menu: http://www.lambertsaustin.com

Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays @ 5pm – 10pm

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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Throwback Tuesday to Seaside Dining with Stellar Views!

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Suga’s Ratings forΒ Juniper on the Water

Date and time of visit: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:30pm

No. of diners: 4 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximumΒ 

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Suga’s Breakdown!

Juniper on the Water offers valet parking and has both indoor and outdoor dining, but I can’t see why you would pass up the stellar views by the water to dine indoors.

They specialise in Seafood and offer happy hour daily, dinner nightly and weekend brunch.
Our server was a bit quick on taking away the menus each time, but other than that, she was polite and quite attentive.
Serving sizes were more than generous, as some mains could be shared for two. The seafood was fresh and the dishes were flavourful. We all enjoyed our appetizers and main courses, except for the Seared Red Snapper Fillet. Jamaicans tend to prefer Saltwater fish versus Freshwater fish and appreciate a bit more seasoning.

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Red Snapper Filet (USD $28) – Roasted cherry tomatoes, charred cipollini onions, capers in a saffron broth.

Appetizers

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Ceviche Mixto (USD $16) – Shrimp, Cod Fish, Octopus, leche de tigre, shaved red onions, micro cilantro, aji amarillo dressing.

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SautΓ©ed Mussels (USD $15) – Roasted garlic, parsley, butter, chardonnay cream broth.

The Mussels were fantastic. It could be shared amongst our party of 4.
Entrees

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Lobster Gnocchi Fra Diablo (USD $32) – Potato dumplings, garlic, cherry tomatoes, lobster meat, spicy sauce.

The Cioppino (USD $38) (Not photographed) that was a Gulf shrimp, mussels, clams, Atlantic cod, lobster meat Seafood Stew served with grilled bread was delightful as well.

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Seafood Paella (USD $38) – Toasted Israeli couscous, walnut pesto, calamari, mussels, clams, gulf shrimp, fish filet, chorizo, English peas, roasted bell peppers.

Their signature Seafood Paella lived up to its prestigious reputation. It was a steamy burst of flavour that I thoroughly enjoyed.
There was no room for Dessert, but Juniper on the Water is #SugaEndorsed.
Juniper on the Water
Location: 1975 S Ocean Dr, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009, United States
Ph: 954-544-3370
Instagram: @juniperonthewater

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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