Throwing it Back to Kenny’s Italian Café for My Birthday!

With an NBA Finals game on my Birthday and when in Negril, I had to choose Kenny’s Italian Café (Ig: @italiancafejamaica)! So familiar to me with great Italian food, good Bartenders, good vibes and TV screens. That’s all I needed 😁🎉

We had their Soup of the Day, a tasty Caprese Salad, followed up by delish, flavourful, herby Shrimp Spaghetti Puttanesca and I swapped my Shrimp Alfredo to Tomato sauce. I still asked them to work on a Pesto or light White Wine sauce for the Pastas, but they were delectable nonetheless.

Watch “Throwing it Back to Kenny’s Italian Cafe for My Birthday!” on YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/2f8STUZDtCM

Thanks sooo much for making my Birthday even more special. There were two others in the house and we rocked it to different songs. Appreciated that Mr. DJ!

Kenny’s Italian literally got the entire staff to chime in for the Birthday serenade, like WOW, plus a Free Birthday Shot. Okrrrr Partayyy 💃🥃🥃🎉

Thanks for showing Suga Amore always…I returned the following night for Drinks too. Dangerous Bartender you have there, but not calling any names 😃💖

Kenny’s Italian Cafe continues to be #SugaEndorsed.

Kenny’s Italian Café Jamaica

Location: Norman Manley Blvd., Negril. Jamaica

Ph: 876.957.4032

Instagram: @italiancafejamaica

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

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Suga Finds the Key to the Pie at Blue Skies Beach Resort!

Fairly new from welcoming first guests last year and published earlier this year by The Jamaica Observer, we learnt that US civil rights attorney, Dana Kurtz opened Blue Skies Beach Resort (Ig: @blueskiesbeachresort) and realised her dream. This led to her also driving the dreams of aspiring Jamaican Chefs.

I can appreciate the old authenticity of shacks and huts on Negril beach, but appreciate modernizing it even more. Negril is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and we should move with the times and strive to keep it as such.

If strolling on Negril’s 7 mile beach, you cannot miss the Blue Skies Beach Resort. Bright blue and new furnishings on its wooden sea deck with not one, but 2 bars and blazing music. They also advertised having the best Coffee on the beach, but we were on a Rum run.

Fast forward to night time, we approached from Norman Manley Boulevard where they have a bit of construction happening for greater things to come. There was a Baby Shower happening on the top deck, but we were still able to get suitable parking.

With the event happening, more staff should have been on deck (literally) that night, but Chef Sanika Clarke picked up double duty and greeted us like guests to her own home. She took our order and still attended to us even when our server, Veronica introduced herself to us mid-service. Veronica was quite hospitable as well.

Blue Skies Beach Resort focuses on Jamaican cuisine, but had International and Italian options as well.
We enjoyed the enhanced flavours of each dish by local herbs, spices and fresh farm veggies, topped off by freshly made, scrumptious dessert made by Chef Sanika herself.

🍴Spicy Crayfish soup (spicy and tasty!)
🍴Chicken soup (tasty!)

🍴Fried Farm Fresh Okra (delish!)


🍴Roasted Conch (yum, nom nom!)
🍴Oxtail (a bit too heavy on the spices & herbs, but still tasty)
🍴Bread Pudding (the Rum Caramel sauce was 🔥)
🍴Key Lime Pie (Perfection👌🏾👏🏾)

Blue Skies Beach Resort is definitely #SugaEndorsed.

Blue Skies Beach Resort

Location: Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Jamaica

Ph: 876-882-4500

Instagram: @blueskiesbeachresort

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

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Brunching Outside at CRU Bar & Kitchen!

Suga’s Ratings for CRU Bar & Kitchen
Date and time of visit: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:30pm
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 Comments: 

Suga enjoyed the weekend before lockdown with hubby, Randy at Cru Bar & Kitchen’s Saturday Brunch.

Rooftop dining is quite sunny in the early afternoon, but we had a bit of breeze and some seating areas were partially covered or shaded. I welcome back the fans anytime though.

I appreciate the Scan Barcode menu anywhere I go. #SugaSnaps #CopingwithCovid

We enjoyed their consistently tasty and authentic Murray’s Curried Goat, as well as their Grilled Salmon along with refreshing Cocktails. We had two rounds of the Blue Lagoon Mojito and Whiskey Sour.

Murray’s Curried Goat served with handmade roti, bammy and steamed veggies (J$2100 +10% serv. charge +tx)
CRU Grilled Salmon with mashed potato, steamed veggies and sweet cilantro, lime glaze served on the side (J$2800 +10% serv. charge +tx)

Service was slow, but our waiter was attentive and we were just thankful for being outside, listening to the DJ play and seeing and waving to people from a distance. Seeing a few younger millennials in action was entertaining as well. The lighting on the rooftop seemed to be perfect for selfies.

Looking forward to returning to Brunch at CRU after the lockdown weekends.

…Until next time!

CRU Bar & Kitchen

Location: 71 Lady Musgrave Rd. Kgn. Ja

Ph: 876-571-1168

Reservations: 876-667-2323

Instagram: @crubarjamaica

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

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Seaside Dining by a Hidden Gem along Tower Isle!

With the upcoming lockdown weekends, I am happy my hubby, Randy and I didn’t put off visiting this hidden gem of a restaurant along Tower Isle, Ocho Rios two weeks ago.

The Rocks Restaurant & Bar, Villa Viento, Ocho Rios

Suga’s Ratings for The Rocks Restaurant & Bar
Date and time of visit: Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 4:00pm
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:

The Rocks Restaurant & Bar is located on the seaside directly across from Harmony Hall and has breathtaking views, attentive staff and food done to order.

We enjoyed Escargot (could have been a bit spicier), Roast Chicken and quite a commendable Curry Goat. #SugaSnaps

Escargot (USD$15)
Roasted Chicken (USD$12)
Curried Goat (USD$15)

The Crème Brûlée was deliciously rummy! A pleasant surprise.

Crème Brûlée (USD$8)

The Rocks Restaurant & Bar is #SugaEndorsed. Thanks for the hospitality. I will have Cocktails from the Bar next time around!

The Rocks Restaurant & Bar

Location: Villa Viento. Tower Isle, Ocho Rios. Jamaica.

Ph: 876-810-4179

Instagram: @the_rocks_restaurant_n_bar

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

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TGIF! Come Taste & See what you will Treat yourself to Tomorrow!

NEW NEW Suga Artisan, Taste & See Treats (Ig: @tasteseetreats) will be at Suga Lifestyle’s V-Day Pop Up this SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th at The Jamaica Pegasus ‘s Rio Bueno Suite, 12PM – 7PM.

Come treat yourself to Cookies, Bownies, Blondies and Carrot Cake Cupcakes!

To show some Love to our Kids in need, please add $500 to your purchase.

See you tomorrow in your masks and in the spirit of Valentine’s, be ready to show some Small Business 💖

Danielle Brown, owner of Taste & See Treats

***Covid 19 Protocol will be observed and masks are required.***

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

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#tbt to a quick stop for a Frappé at Patsys Coffee Shop, Negril!

Throwback Thursday to a quick stop for a Frappé at Patsys Coffee Shop, Negril!

Patsys Coffee Shop is a cute, quaint seaside Coffee and Ice Cream shop by the West End of Negril.

You won’t find many Coffee shops in Negril, so check it out!

When I return I need to try the Bumblebee Mocha!

Patsy’s Coffee Shop

Location: One Love Drive, West End Road, Negril, Jamaica

Ph: 876-841-3388

Instagram: @patsyscoffeeshop

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

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Suga and Hubby visit the NEW Trio Grill Wine Bar for Christmas Eve!

Randy and Gabrielle Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle

On Christmas Eve we visited the new Trio Grill Wine Bar on 64 Hope Road. You would never believe Kingston’s newest Restaurant, Lounge and Bar was the original home of Chilitos. They surely did a lot with the place, including a visible private lounge that hosted a Birthday party.

Great ambience and I loved the friendly, attentive, festive mood of the staff.

We thought based on our wait, Chef Haleem Card went to hunt and kill the Lamb, but our dishes were superb upon arrival and thankfully worth the wait.

We had tasty Calamari and Crab Cakes for starters, followed by a delish Surf and Turf with my Hubby, Randy’s Steak cooked to order, medium rare and sizeable juicy, tender Lamb Chops. #SugaSnaps Chef Card.

Surf and Turf served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Lamb Chops served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

I’m looking forward to returning to try those signature jumbo Prawns.

Trio Grill Wine Bar

Location: 64 Hope Road. Kingston. Jamaica. W.I.

Ph: 876-616-4784; 876-872-3659

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat; 2PM – 9PM

Instagram: @triowinebar64

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

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TGIF to Pavlova from Tea Tree Crêperie!

Pavlova from Tea Tree Crêperie [📸: Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold]

TGIF to this yummy Pavlova that Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold enjoyed from Tea Tree Crêperie! Service was decent too👍🏽

Fun fact: Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.

Enjoy the Weekend! Stay safe!

Tea Tree Crêperie Restaurant

Ph.: 876-978-7333 

Location: 80 Lady Musgrave Rd. Unit #2. Kingston 10, Jamaica 

Email: info@teatreecreperie.com

Website (includes menu ): http://www.teatreecreperie.com

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

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Suga Revisits Seaside Dutchie!

Suga’s Ratings for Seaside Dutchie

Date and time of visit: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:25pm

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 Comments: 

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally got to revisit Seaside Dutchie over Independence weekend. The Service was even better and faster this time. The Appetizers were just as tasty and the Main was just as delicious. Value for money once again. I keep missing out on their Bread Pudding though!

Johnny Be Good ($700JMD) – Deep fried Johnny Cakes stuffed with Spicy Shrimp and Callaloo with Escovitched Mayonnaise
Saltfish Fritters ($700JMD) – Priory crispy Conch Fritters
Roasted Fish (Price based on the size of the Fish and served with your choice of sides)

Check out Seaside Dutchie’s current opening hours by giving them a call on the number below. They should be a must-stop whenever you are in St. Ann for some authentic Jamaican cuisine with their special twist or just some good seafood without a lengthy wait. Kudos to the Chef. Suga hopes to be back sooner and not later because Seaside Dutchie is still #SugaEndorsed. Cheers!

Piña Colada (It was iced versus creamy, but still tasty)

Seaside Dutchie

Location: Fantasy Beach, Priory St. Ann. Jamaica

Ph: 876-329-4110

Instagram: @seasidedutchie

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TGIF to Jumbo Cookies from The Sweet Dozen!

TGIF to Jumbo Cookies from The Sweet Dozen!

Last Wednesday, I thoroughly enjoyed my warm, freshly baked Jumbo Chocolate Walnut Cookies from The Sweet Dozen!

Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, with a rich, Chocolate flavour!

I had the Funfetti as well that has white chocolate in it! It was yummy too, even though Danielle Boothe, owner of The Sweet Dozen is still perfecting it as one of her new flavours.

The Sweet Dozen offers Cheesecake, Brownies and more. Delivery available. Order your sweet treat today! Treat Yo’ Self!

Enjoy the Weekend!

The Sweet Dozen

Direct Message on Instagram with Inquiries:

Instagram: @thesweetdozen

Email: sweetdozenbakery@gmail.com

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

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