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Fyah Grilled Pizzas on a Tuuuesday from Stush In the Bush During Love in the Time of Corona!

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Randy and Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga with their fur baby, Annie.

With word of Stush in the Bush coming to town with Fyah Grilled Pizzas on a Tuesday, there was no hesitation to order.

During Love in the Time of Corona, Stush came knocking on my door, from their farm to my table with my neatly packaged order of Fyah Grilled Pizzas ($2000JMD each), Chocolate Chip Cookies ($1000JMD per dz.), Herbed Vegan Cheese ($2000JMD) and Basil Pesto ($1200JMD).

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It was without doubt that I had to make it a Family night with all the excitement shown by my fur baby, Annie once all the goodies were taken out the bag and I mentioned Stush in the Bush.

I had to do a Stush set up too! Pun intended. A farm to table vibe with freshly picked flowers from the garden, recycled wine bottles, burlap and lace, mason jars and of course a trendy GW Art wooden sign by yours truly. The wooden sign said, ‘Thankful’, fitting for the occasion and for coping with Covid times.

The Pizzas traveled well and just needed to be reheated in the oven for a few minutes. We had Pizza with Pesto sauce, olives and capers, carrot lox and dill with vegetarian cheddar and vegan parmesan, as well as Pizza with Tomato sauce, ripe plantain, coconut bacon and red onions with vegetarian cheddar and cashew cheese.

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A myriad of unforgettable flavours on each Pizza brought us right back to Stush in the Bush’s home in Free Hill, Priory, St. Ann. We cannot wait to return!

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Stush in the Bush

Location: Free Hill. Priory, St. Ann

http://www.stushinthebush.com/visit

Instagram: @stushinthebush

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

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5 Healthiest Cheeses to Eat!

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Photo source: Vegetarian Times

Cheese should be included in any balanced diet. More specifically, 2-3 servings of dairy should be consumed each day, as cheese is a good source of calcium, protein and other nutrients. Calcium also helps to break down body fat. A single serving of cheese is 1 ounce, which is equivalent to about one thin slice or two small cubes, roughly the size of a pair of dice.

Of course there are so many different kinds of cheeses based on various farm animals, aging and processing methods used. So most cheeses are high in calories, fat and sodium, but you can still find healthy cheeses to aid in weight loss, prevent heart disease and osteoporosis (deterioration of the bone).

Healthiest Types of Cheeses

1. Mozzarella

Mozzarella is typically lower in sodium and calories when compared to other cheeses.

Originally from Italy, it is made from the Italian Buffalo or Cow’s milk and is known to have probiotics that strengthen your immune system.

There are different types of Mozzarella on the market, such as full fat, low-moisture, part-skim etc. However, if your goal is to lose weight, I do not recommend that you have Mozzarella cheese as it may still have a bit too much saturated fat. However, if maintaining your weight and you find that you have space for a few fat calories, a part-skim Mozzarella can be consumed. In Jamaica, you can find shredded low-moisture, part-skim Mozzarella with 15% saturated fat in Supermarkets such as John R Wong, Sovereign and Loshusan.

I would love to see the fat-free shredded Mozzarella in the supermarkets though!

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2. Feta

Feta cheese, soft like Mozzarella, originated from Greece. Hence why you probably first saw it in a Greek salad. It can be added to eggs, pizzas and mixed into a dip to eat with fresh vegetables too.

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Photo Source: Loving it Vegan

It is definitely lower in calories compared to other cheeses, but tends to be higher in sodium because of how it is usually packaged to preserve freshness.

Feta is also known to have Conjugate Linoleic Acid (CLA), a fatty acid that has been linked to reducing body fat and improving body composition.

If trying to lose weight, I suggest a reduced fat Feta. Unfortunately, at the moment, you cannot source reduced fat Feta in Jamaica ot a Feta that has less than 20% or 25% Saturated fat, which is way too much. If maintaining your weight, Ruby Goat Dairy located in Trelawny, visits the Ujima Natural Farmer’s Market in Liguanea, Kingston (22 Barbican Road; 9am-3pm) each Saturday and sells low lactose cheeses. You will not see a nutrition label, but it should still be less fatty than the Feta sold in our supermarkets.

Good news though! You know Suga’s got you. One of our favourite farm to table vegetarian and vegan providers are working on the formula to offer Vegan Feta soon! Can’t wait because Feta is the type of cheese you need with a sharp, pungent taste, where you only need a small amount to be satisfied.

3. Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese a.k.a Chèvre, another soft cheese, is tangy and of course, made from goat’s milk.

As mentioned earlier, Goat Cheese is lower in lactose. So it is usually easier to digest compared to cheeses made from cow’s milk. Great for persons who are lactose intolerant.

Goat Cheese contains less acidic proteins, which also aid in the digestive process  and since it is absorbed quickly into the body, it is less likely to be stored as fat.

4. Ricotta

Ricotta, another Italian cheese, creamy in texture, is made from the watery parts of cow, goat, sheep, or Italian water buffalo milk that are left over from making other cheeses.

Ricotta cheese, also available from Ruby Goat Dairy in Jamaica, is usually a great addition to pastas, lasagna, salads, scrambled eggs, creamy dips or can be served with fruit.

Low-fat Ricotta can be sourced in our local supermarkets as well.

Ricotta is a cheese with a high source of protein, mostly whey, which may promote muscle growth and lower blood pressure.

5. Parmesan

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Photo Source: Today Show

Last but not least, Parmesan! One of my faves. Parmesan, unlike the others, is a hard, aged cheese. It’s made from raw, unpasteurized cow’s milk that’s aged for about 12 months to kill harmful bacteria and produce a unique flavour.

Parmesan is rich in Calcium and low in lactose, so it should promote healthy bones.

It is best to have fat-free, or low-fat grated Parmesan and feel free to add it to your veggie or fruit salads, pastas, pizzas and even your burgers.

Have you tried Stush in the Bush’s Vegan Parmesan? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?!

Fat-free Cheeses are on the market, but tend to be sliced, processed cheeses. It is best to stay away from processed foods. Cheese can be a great nutritious addition to a healthy, balanced diet, but it is important to keep an eye on your intake, as some cheeses can be high in sodium and/or fat. Everything in moderation right! Just remember, Cheddar is the devil 😈

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer amd Sports Nutritionist)

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Do you have your Tickets for this Wine Pairing Soiree yet?!

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If you can still get tickets, go get them at the restaurants mentioned on the flyer. 17 mile post/EITS Cafe will also deliver to you.

So many great restaurants/cafes in one place to pair the wines, cheeses and chocolates we love all for a good cause, driven by the Canadian Women’s Club of Jamaica.

Celebrate International Women’s Day, contribute to Charity and enjoy what is lined up to be a memorable culinary experience. It’s a triple win, but earn your carbs 🙂

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Highlights from GW Art’s Collection last Saturday!

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GW Art’s Collection was held in the Rio Bueno Suite of the Jamaica Pegasus last week Saturday evening. The weather held up and a few persons even came out within the first hour of the show, but the majority filtered in from 6pm onwards.

Guests appreciated the colours and textures used by the artist, as well as the variety of pieces on display. The Collection definitely represented GW Art’s motto that ‘GW Art is for Everyone’.

Acrylic on canvas was the main medium used for wall paintings, big and small, framed and unframed.

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Homey pieces greeted guests on the way in, followed by a wall of nature.

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Consultant rheumatologist, Dr. Stacy Davis admiring a decorative pair of paintings by GW Art.

The standout piece for the night, ‘Connected’ showed depth and good technique from the artist.

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GW Art’s new piece, ‘Connected’ – Acrylic on (60×60)m Canvas

‘Connected’ had quite a bit of representation for 1 piece and the artist ensured her perspective for it was expressed in her Lookbook, which ended up being passed around by guests with much excitement. The Lookbook included a chronological order of pieces from the current and previous collections with a bit about the artist, her perspective on each piece and how GW Art began. The Lookbook was dedicated to the artist’s late father and past West Indies Cricketer, Basil (Shotgun) Williams. Gabrielle plans on updating this lookbook as more pieces are created.

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Sacha Vaccianna-Riley going through GW Art’s Lookbook with a glass of Vino in hand. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
There were a few wooden signs and pieces on a grid wall panel display, courtesy of Miracle Corporation Ltd., that caught the eyes of many. These pieces showed the trendy side of GW Art and ‘Blessed’ was a favourite, with replicas ordered throughout the night.

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Amongst the smaller paintings, ‘Our Doctor Bird’ was another favourite, with light brush strokes. The piece was inspired by the artist’s outing to Cafe Eits one morning for breakfast, where  the hummingbirds would often come and go to their trees on property in the midst of a calm and cool ambience.

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‘Our Doctor Bird’ on (8×10)” acrylic on canvas

‘Figure 8’ and ‘Foreplay’ were quite a hit with the men.

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Gabrielle Burgess of GW Art with Jagari Green and her acrylic on canvas piece, ‘Figure 8’. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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GW Art’s ‘Foreplay’ – Framed by Frame Art Jamaica; Acrylic on (12×16)” Canvas. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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Patsy and Raymond Mair shop cheeses with Gordon Dempster of Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Throughout the night, guests mingled and contemplated which pieces they should walk away with for the night.

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Hospitality guru, Nicola Madden-Greig and husband, Stephen Greig were in attendance to support Suga Lifestyle (GW Art). [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
With GW Art, it’s always wine o’clock, so wine was complimentary to guests complemented by what was on offer from the 3 selected, local artisans. Gabrielle Burgess of Suga Lifestyle, under which GW Art falls, knew that Jamaican made cheeses from Outland Hurders Creamery & Farmstead, Homemade Jams and Pepper Jellies from Chorlavi’s, along with bean to bar 71% dark Chocolate from One One Cacao would not only pair well with the Wine and Prosecco offered, but pair well amongst each other as well.

The artisans were pleasantly surprised, realising this during the event and were seen purchasing from each other. This is what Suga Lifestyle and embracing Brand Jamaica is all about!

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Half and Half, Red Maroon, and the guest’s favourite, Jamaican Jack – cheeses from Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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Tipsy Tamarind Jam, just one of the many from Chorlavi’s Homemade Pepper Jellies and Jams, low in sugar, which paired well with not only Cheese, but One One Cacao’s St. Mary, Unity Estate, 71% Dark Chocolate. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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The award-winning One One Cacao had their Bean to Bar Dark Chocolate and freshly baked Dark Chocolate Cookies. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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Nella Davis Stewart of Chorlavi’s telling Dr. Kamar Fletcher and Kareem Tomlinson all about her homemade Pepper Jellies and Jams. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
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Local Chocolatier, Nick Davis with wife, Marta enjoyed the night as much as guests did. [Photo: Kirk Wignall]
Brand Jamaica was well supported by over 80 guests in attendance and the event was a success for Suga Lifestyle (GW Art).

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(L-R) Diane Wilson, Artist, Gabrielle Burgess, Damany Calder and Kimberly Nesbeth enjoyed their night with Suga Lifestyle (GW Art). [Photo: Kirk Wignall]

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery): 

http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

Facebook: Suga Lifestyle (GW Art Album)

By: Gabrielle Burgess – Founder/Owner of Suga Lifestyle (GW Art)

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Gabby from GW Art Promotes Upcoming Exhibition by Video!

Check out all you need to know about GW Art and the Exhibition this Saturday, by watching the video here:

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

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Throwback Tuesday to Chicken and Waffles from Uncorked!

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Throwback Tuesday to these scrumptious Chicken and Waffles from Uncorked! Crispy and Golden brown on top and tender on the inside👌 Enjoyed my Sunday Brunch with Mimosas a few Sundays ago. They have a range of delish options. Check them out! #SugaEndorsed

Uncorked!

Location: Sovereign North @ 29 Barbican Rd, Kingston.

Ph: 876-632-5500

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF to this Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizza from Fort Laudy!

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Left side: Pesto Pizza with Mozzarella, Pine Nuts and Basil; Right side: Pizza Bianca with Double Pepperoni and Mozzarella

MidiCi Fort Lauderdale makes wood-fired Neapolitan Pizzas. Neapolitan Pizzas are authentic Italian style Pizzas that are made with San Marzano tomatoes grown on volcanic plains in Italy and Mozzarella cheese made with milk from water buffalo that are raised in the marshlands of Italy. The Mozzarella cheese used is known as ‘white gold’ because of its high premium quality and taste.

MidiCi has a Daily Happy Hour from 3-7pm and all day on Thursdays. They also do Wine and Cheese on Wednesdays for $19.95USD.

They have quite a salivating Instagram page. Looks like they are worth a try on my next trip!

MidiCi Fort Lauderdale

The Neapolitan Pizza Company

Location: 510 North Federal Highway. Fort Lauderdale. Florida

Ph: (954) 908-1938

***Menu Online and Online Ordering Available***

Website: http://www.MyMidici.com/

Opening Hours: Sun.-Thurs. @ 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. @ 11am-12am

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Healthy Breakfast Frittata Recipe from Suga!

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Breakfast Frittata by Suga aka Gabrielle Burgess

Ingredients

4 eggs
1/4 cup almond milk/skimmed milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 medium tomato (chopped)
1 tsp. escallion (chopped)
1/4 tsp. oregano
black pepper
3/4 cup cooked callaloo ***(Rich in Iron, Calcium and Vitamin B12)
1/2 cup Kraft fat-free shredded mozzarella cheese

N.B. The more eggs you add, the thicker the Frittata

Instructions

● Preheat the oven to 400°F.
● Spray skillet with cooking spray and set aside.
● In a bowl, whisk the eggs, salt, a dash of black pepper, 1/4 tsp. oregano and almond milk/skimmed milk.
● Add chopped escallion, tomato, cooked callaloo and half of the cheese. Stir, then whisk to combine mixture.
● Pour mixture into prepared skillet and sprinkle the other half of the cheese on top.
● Bake for 15-20 mins, then remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 mins.
● Slice then serve!

Enjoy!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)

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Tea Tree Crêperie

Nice atmosphere and good service. Keeping in mind Tea Tree makes everything from scratch, the Nacho Platter took too long to come out, so much so that the Crepes arrived two minutes after. We understood different persons were attending to the order, so there was a lack of communication since the person who made the Crepes probably thought the Nacho Platter was out some time before.  They apologised sincerely.

The Nacho Platter was alright. It could have had more crisp and had cheeses with more flavour. The popular Smoked Marlin Crepe was good. Nice flavour,  accentuated with the pepper jelly. The Crepe au Poulet with chicken breast, mushrooms, white wine dill sauce and mozzarella was bland though. The preferred option was the Calzone Crepe that had chicken breast, white wine tomato sauce layered with 4 cheeses, black olives etc. but they did not have the white wine tomato sauce.

The majority of Crepes range from $1400JMD to $1600JMD. There is an extremely wide range to choose from, whether you are feeling for something savoury or sweet, so you can choose something new every time. It’s a nice daytime spot to take the kids or have a chat with a friend or two.

Tea Tree Crêperie

Ph#: (876) 927-8733

Address: Unit #5. 8 Hillcrest Avenue, Kingston.

Date of visit: 13/9/14

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★☆☆

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Decor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★☆