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Throwback Thursday to a Cliffside Dinner in Negril!

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Suga’s Ratings for The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen Hotel

Date and time of visit: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at ~5:30pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown

The Lodge Restaurant had an intimate, open air setting overlooking the Caribbean sea from the cliffside in Negril. It’s name is quite appropriate with its homey, wooden and log decor, similar to a getaway log cabin or lodge. So homey, you would meet resident Ridgebacks, Tensing and what looked like his brother. No need to worry though, once ignored, they stayed at a tolerable distance and quietly moved to the next table. The thatched roof and seaside views made you remember you weren’t anywhere cold, but enjoying island temperatures and sea breeze instead.

We caught Negril’s famous sunset and enjoyed the well mixed cocktails from the bar and the Grilled Garlic Lobster, which was the special for the night. The Chef’s grill is visible to diners and the Lobster was freshly caught, cooked and seasoned to perfection. The dish was delish!

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Grilled Garlic Lobster

Most of the variety of items on the menu are done to order and seafood is freshly caught, but service was still timely and the staff were quite attentive and courteous.

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Tensing Cool Runnings (USD$10): Whisky, Orange, Pineapple, Ginger Beer; Blue Lagoon (USD $10): Wray & Nephew White rum instead of Vodka, Blue Curacao, Liqueur, Lemonade

Cheers to visiting The Lodge Restaurant! I had a pleasant, memorable stay at Tensing Pen too. It’s #SugaEndorsed.

The Lodge Restaurant at Tensing Pen

Location: Tensing Pen Hotel. West End Road, Negril

Ph: 1-800-957-0387 or 876-957-0387

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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A MUST Stop on your way to or from Negril!

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A stop by Smoked Marlin is a must on your way to or from Negril! I enjoyed my Hummingbird and check out my customized Smoked Marlin with Baked Irish Potato, which was just an appetizer believe it or not, but great pick me up.

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Smoked Marlin and Baked Irish Potato.

Commendable service and a scenic view as usual. #SugaEndorsed

Smoked Marlin Restaurant

Location: Main Street. Hopewell, Hanover

Ph: 876-609-4181

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

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Throwback Tuesday to Seaside Dining with Stellar Views!

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Suga’s Ratings for 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 maximum 

Parking (Valet): ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★☆☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

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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Sautéed 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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Epicurean Delights Served on Eye-Popping Displays from Barton G Miami!

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Suga’s Ratings for Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach

Date and time of visit: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:30pm

No. of diners: 3 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★☆☆

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown

My Aunt, Maxine Spencer visited Barton G for her birthday in August and highly recommended it as a must-stop destination in Miami. From what I saw, I knew I had to visit on my next trip with my husband, Randy.
Epicurean delights were served on eye-popping displays that only added to the enjoyment of the food, great service and ambience. We also had front row seats to see them all come out the kitchen.
We kicked things off with cocktails like no other!
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Stairway to Heaven – Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Godiva White Chocolate Cream, Frangelico
Appetizers
The appetizers were so tasty, you had to worry about space for the entrees!
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Lobster Pop Tarts (USD$29) – Lobster and Fontina Mornay sauce, Flaky Phyllo, Tabasco Hollandaise, Tarragon Aioli
The flavours and textures in the Lobster Pop Tarts were truly a pleasant surprise. There was even a hint of sweet.
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Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp (USD$27) – Crispy Rock Shrimp, Sweet & Spicy Chili sauce, Popcorn
The Popcorn Shrimp had the right amount of crisp, complemented well by the sweet and spicy chili sauce.
The tender, juicy delish Sliders almost struck me out! But I wouldn’t allow them to do so. I just had a taste.
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Strike Out Sliders (USD$36) – Wagyu Beef, Gruyere Cheese, Red Onion, Jam, Smoked Ketchup, Garlic Aioli, Black Truffle Brioche

Eye-popping Entrees!

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Orange Salmon (USD$39) – Pan Seared Salmon Loin, Garden Patatouille, Roasted Pepper Paint, Herb Pesto, Fennel Chip
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Randy Burgess with his Samurai Tuna (USD$42) – Ahi, Korean spices, Kimchi Risotto Fritters, Sweet Miso Butter, Shishito Peppers
The Ahi Tuna was perfection. Look at those cuts!
I have to confess that we also had the best Lobster Mac and Cheese I have ever tasted. It was divine with huge pieces of Lobster.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my Risotto Jambalaya. A burst of different flavours with the best of both worlds, Meat and Seafood. Of course I couldn’t finish it, but I must say that the Okra and Spices were sensational additions to the dish.
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Risotto Jambalaya (USD$35) – Chicken Andouille Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, Arborio Rice, Okra, Cajun Mirepoix, Spices
Did we really have Dessert?! Of course! You cannot pass up on getting the ‘Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all’!
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Mega Rich chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart, under a gold brick shell that was torched off! Vanilla bean ice cream and golden caramel corn. THE perfect way to end the night. 💯
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Barton G is definitely rated 100 by Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and is undoubtedly #SugaEndorsed !
Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach
Location: 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Ph: 305-672-8881

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Foodies, Restaurant Week will be back for its 15th Year! Save the Date!

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Block this week out Foodies! Restaurant Week will be back for its 15th year!

Are you ready to enjoy what Restaurants have to offer islandwide at discounted rates?

Stay tuned.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF and Happy National Rum Day!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle, with the Master Blender of the Wray and Nephew line of fine rums, Mrs. Joy Spence, OD at the first staging of the Jamaica Rum Festival earlier this year.

Cocktail culture has diversfied tremendously in Jamaica and what better spirit to do it with, Rum! Suga is looking forward to mixes with the Appleton Estate Signature Blend. Look out for Bars, Restaurants and Tours across Jamaica offering specials and hosting celebrations.

Here are just a few!

Kingston

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Montego Bay

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Ocho Rios

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St. Elizabeth

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Clarendon

For our people who love mass celebrations, Appleton Estate, Jamaica’s popular international spirit, is hosting National Rum Day celebrations at Murray’s Chillin’ in Clarendon, where a live free concert will be held, headlined by Wayne Marshall and Maxi Priest.

Enjoy the weekend and Drink Responsibly!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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How is the Summerhouse’s Veuve Cliquot Garden Party Thursday Summer series?!

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Suga Baby, Tricia-Gaye O’Connor’s Ratings for Summerhouse at The Liguanea Club’s Veuve Cliquot Garden Party

Date and time of visit: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 6pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Plating: ★★★☆☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

Suga Baby, Tricia-Gaye O’Connor’s Breakdown!

Tricia relished in the ambience of the Summerhouse at The Liguanea Club and particularly enjoyed her Insalata Caprese and Grilled Lobster.

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Insalata Caprese (Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Scotch Bonnet Oil) -$1200JMD
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Grilled Lobster with Charred Tomato Butter ($4900JMD)

She also shared the Shawarma Flatbread, Grilled Lamb and Ember Roasted Sweet Potato with a friend. They topped off dinner with a delish Brownie and ice cream. With regards to portions, she thought you had to be familiar with the menu to be aware of what the optimal choices were, but all the dishes she had were quite tasty.

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Shawarma Flatbread (Grilled Mushrooms, Pickled Onions, Spiced Yoghurt, Fresh Herbs) – $1250JMD
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Grilled Lobster; Grilled Lamb with Mint oil and Sundried Tomato Tapenade ($4900JMD); Ember Roasted Sweet Potato with Pickled Onions, Chevre, Herb oil, Goat Cheese ($950); Shawarma Flatbread

There weren’t many diners at the time, but access to Wine was slow. Service was decent otherwise.

The Summerhouse’s Veuve Cliquot Garden Party is a considerable option for dinner after work. It’s best not to go on your own though, as most dishes are enough to share. After all, it is a Garden party! The atmosphere is private around 6pm and more guests seem to arrive about 7/7:30pm. Their menu is posted online and Suga Baby, Tricia would return.

***N.B. Prices quoted were subject to G.C.T and Service charge***

Summerhouse at The Liguanea Club

Location: 88 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston. JA. W.I.

Ph: 876.906.6515

Website: http://www.summerhouseja.com

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

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