Eating Healthy the Fun way with The Commissary’s Simo’s Bread and Catering!

Start your week off the right way and remember you can eat healthy the fun way on weekends too!

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I enjoyed going to the The Commissary by Devon House and using Simo’s Bread and Catering’s Cherry Tomato Salsa to top off my loaded baked Potato Wedges and Chicken franks (meat optional) also topped off with black beans and corn. Great for a light Lunch.

Then I had a little extra left and used it top off my Sunday Dinner! Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed Simo’s Bread and Catering’s Vegan Pesto with my Grilled Chicken & whole grain Linguine Pasta, also topped off with a dash of low-fat, low calorie (20 cal.!) grated Parmesan Cheese.

Grilled Chicken Pesto Linguine by Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, Gabrielle Burgess

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By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle; Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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EATING HEALTHY CAN BE FUN!

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Check out this healthy, colourful dish from Wright Life Live Food Eatery in Devon House!

Ackee Taco, Cauliflower rice and a fresh, flavourful Chickpea medley. I mean, Chickpeas don’t always have to be curried!

Sorry Suga Bears, but Wright Life Live Food Eatery (Ig: @wrightlifelivefoodeatery) is temporarily closed.

In the mean time, be inspired and even try to cook it in the kitchen yourselves. The world has gone digital. Use your tools and apps wisely 😉

Have a healthy day!

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

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Celebrating a Successful Brand Jamaican Show with Authentic Jamaican Cuisine from Reggae Mill Restaurant!

Gabrielle a.k.a Suga and Randy Burgess, owners of Suga Lifestyle at The Reggae Mill Restaurant last Sunday.

Suga’s Ratings for Reggae Mill Restaurant

Date and time of visit: Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 6:00pm

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 Comments: 

After Suga Lifestyle spent last Saturday successfully showcasing a few of our local businesses and entrepreneurs, what better way to celebrate than with an Authentic Jamaican Dinner!

It has been long overdue, but I returned to the Reggae Mill Restaurant last Sunday with hubby, Randy.

Their Jamaican Wings started us off and my only complaint is that we wanted more. Seasoned to perfection with a sauce that was finger lickin’ good.

We missed out on their tender Oxtail, so we both had the Ruddy Ram Goat with Steamed veggies, festival and the available rice and peas. Tasty, truly authentic Jamaican Curried Goat.

As if I didn’t have enough Bread Pudding for the weekend, I couldn’t pass theirs up either. They surely didn’t short us on the Rum in that Rum and Raisin Bread Pudding.

Comfortable setting and decent ambience with staff adhering to Covid-19 protocol. Reggae Mill Restaurant is #SugaEndorsed.

Even though she may not have been there that day, kudos to her guidance and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Reggae Mill Restaurant’s Executive Chef and Managing Director Orlease King!

Reggae Mill Restaurant

Location: Devon House, Hope Road. Kingston, Ja.

Ph: 876-631-2000

Ig: @reggaemill.restaurant

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

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Simo’s Opens The Commissary at Devon House Today!

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Simo’s Bread and Catering is finally opening THE COMMISSARY AT DEVON HOUSE TODAY until Sunday! 2pm-6pm today and 12-5pm for the rest of the week!

They will have Tiramisu, Alcoholic popsicles, Passionfruit Sorbetto, Simo’s Scotchie products, Vanilla extract, Wright Life Ginger Turmeric shots, LikkleTea, Pure Chocolate, Oneone Cocoa, Tooksies Balsamic, Ashebre Spices & so much more!! All while supplies last! First come first serve, unfortunately they can’t hold anything, so if I were you Suga Bears, I’d go TODAY! Simos Bread and Catering literally goes like hot bread!

***OPEN WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY 12-5pm as of next week with Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches too!***

Enjoy!

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

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Where to Indulge in Juicy Steak before the New Year!

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Sizzling Ribeye Steak recommended for two ($8500JMD): Grilled and served on a sizzling cast iron pan, finished with demi-glaze, truffle butter and mashed potatoes.

Need to indulge in a juicy Ribeye Steak before the New Year? Chef Alex D-Great has left Steak House on the Verandah in Devon House, but not to worry, Chef Jermaine Erskine and his team of two other Chefs have taken over in fine fashion.

I was a bit worried since I was treating my husband for his Birthday dinner on December 3rd, but I had friends who had gone recently and said the standard was still high. I am in total agreement. Service was commendable, the Ribeye that we shared was cooked to order, medium rare perfection and our sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell was delicious as well.

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Sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell ($1500JMD)

The pocket may have to run a bit deep for your visit, but you get value for your money. #SugaEndorsed

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Steak House on the Verandah

***Reservations Recommended***

Location: Devon House

Ph: 876-616-8833

Facebook: @steakhouseja

Instagram: @thesteakhouseja

Opening Hours:

Mon. to Sat. @ 12 noon – 9:30 pm

***Closed on Sundays*** 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Healthy, but Tasty Option during Restaurant Week!

If you are facing the dilemma of losing weight before Christmas, but you’d like to participate in Restaurant Week that is tempting you with various menus, here’s an option for you that is not a salad!

Nyam and Scram with the juicy, Veggie Bean Burger from Pimentos! Ask them to scratch the mayo though. You’re welcome. Enjoy!

Bean Attack – $1,300JMD *(Excludes tax and Beverage)

Black Bean and Ackee Burger (BBA) and small vegan bean soup – The ultimate veggie burger with Black Bean, Ackee, Plantain, Chipotle mayo, served on whole wheat bun coupled with a small vegetarian bean soup.

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Pimentos

Location: 26 Hope Road, Devon House, Kingston

Ph: 876-291-5400

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

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The NEW Reggae Mill Restaurant Offers Authentic Jamaican at Devon House

Last Thursday evening, Suga had the pleasure of attending the official Grand Opening of the Reggae Mill Restaurant at Devon House.

After two and a half years of serving Greek Cuisine at Devon House, familiarly known as Opa, owner, Alexx Antaeus decided to leave it up to his business partner, Orlease King (Jamaican, born and grown) to take over and give Devon House and by extension, Kingston, Jamaica, an authentic Jamaican cuisine restaurant.

The restaurant shares the same space as Opa and the Reggae Mill Bar, but according to Antaeus, the prices for the Reggae Mill Restaurant should be more reasonable to encourage persons to make it their preferred spot for lunch.

Appetizers were offered to guests, giving you a taste of what to expect when you decide to dine at the new, authentic Jamaican dining spot.

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Niesha from the Reggae Mill Restaurant serving Ackee and Saltfish on fried, pressed green plantain.

The Ackee and Saltfish on pressed plantain gave persons the option of adding more seasoning or spice. While the tender Pork bites gave you the true Jamaican hit of spice, mixed with a touch of sweet from the sauce.

CPJ had an assortment of wines serving throughout the night and the buffet opened up, treating guests to Rice and peas, Curried Goat, Jerked Chicken, Oxtail and Stew Peas.

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Stew Peas, Oxtail, Jerked Chicken, Curried Goat and rice and peas from the buffet at the Reggae Mill Restaurant Launch last Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Suga enjoyed it all. The flavours were balanced and the meats, sourced locally, were well seasoned and juicy to the bone. Orlease did a fantastic job of recreating the meals we grew up enjoying from our kitchens. We all know the home cooked Stew Peas that tied our fathers is not easy to achieve. I am also happy to say in Jamaican words, ‘it neva salt’.

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Stew Peas from the Reggae Mill Restaurant!

Well done to Orlease, Alexx and their team. Looking forward to see the Reggae Mill Restaurant maintain a high standard of true, home style Jamaican cooking.

I am also looking forward to trying the Jamaican desserts, in particular, my favourite, the Bread Pudding!

Reggae Mill Restaurant

Location: Devon House, Hope Road. Kingston, Ja.

Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays: 12 noon – 11:00 pm, Saturdays 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

***Closed on Sundays***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Book your Spot at the Table for TASTE with 6 Top Jamaican Chefs and 6 Tantalizing Courses!

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The Chef’s Advocate and Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica present Taste, an evening of Culinary Tapestry on the East lawns of Devon House on Friday, July 26, 2019! 

The Chef’s Advocate, out of Brooklyn, New York, is a marketing and events management firm that supports Chefs in the culinary industry across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Annette Davidson, who founded the company in 2017, is also known for ‘Savouring Jamaica’, which was held last November at the James Beard House in Manhattan, New York. The event highlighted our country, culture and chefs with an exclusive menu. The James Beard House was once the home of legendary gastronome James Beard, who hosted the very first television food program in 1946.

Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica is Jamaica’s first ‘foodie-centric’ platform dedicated to the celebration of Food in its many forms, taking you on a never-ending epicurean experience across Jamaica; from delicious recipes and trendy, hot, new ‘foodie’ spots, to Jamaican Chefs’ insights and extraordinary gourmet experiences islandwide.

What to Expect?!

Imagine the kind of night to expect, now that The Chef’s Advocate and Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica have teamed up to host Taste!

Five Chefs, George Matthews, Hugh Sinclair (Chef Irie), Jacqui Tyson, Alex D-Great and Lucian Dunn joined by Patisserie Terri Brown Palmer will combine their skills and a myriad of flavours and textures to create an intricately tantalizing six (6) course tasting experience which, will be further enhanced with Wines from Caribbean Producers Jamaica and signature Cocktails.

Meet your Chefs and Patisserie!

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TASTE has been marketed locally and internationally. Be a part of Jamaica, continuing to rise as a Foodies Paradise.
‘When you think TASTE, think
PREMIUM! Think Champagne, Fine Wines, Signature Cocktails, Sumptuous Cuisine and White Glove Service‘. Book your tickets now!
***Ticket Information***
Tickets are available via a Concierge service for Patrons wishing to purchase tickets for TASTE by credit or debit card.
You can contact Pop-Up Gourmet’s Booking Office to schedule your concierge visit or to get the link to pay online by eventbrite.com!
Note that there is ***LIMITED SEATING***(Tables of 10)

Service is available within the Corporate Area on Tuesdays & Wednesdays ONLY.

COST: US$170.00 per person

Booking Office Details:

Telephone: 876.807.5349

Email: info@popupgourmetjamaica.com

FOLLOW Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica on Instagram @popupgourmetjamaica

Facebook: @PopUpGourmet

Website: http://www.popupgourmetjamaica.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Highlights from the 21st Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with husband, Randy Burgess at the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday, May 30, 2019.

The 21st staging of the Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards last Thursday on the lawns of Devon House was truly a euphoric atmosphere with the highest standards of food and drink in abundance with vibrant music to bounce and wobble to while guests indulged.

All the booths were quite inviting, but with experience, my friends and I were quite selective about our approach to ensure that we didn’t neglect or overlook any of our favourites or newbies on our hit list.

We started at Rainforest Seafoods, where they had salivating Sushi spreads and Wines to pair it all with, including one of my faves, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling courtesy of Select Brands.

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One of the salivating Sushi spreads from Rainforest Seafoods.

We then made our way over to the Restaurant booths from Sandals Resorts International. Tender, juicy cuts of Beef, Ham and Lamb, Seafood, Ribs, Cheese platters, Cocktails, you name it!

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Cumin and Honey marinated Lamb Chops from Sandals Resorts International.

They also had a gigantic Sushi spread.

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As I continued to walk the lawns of Devon House with 18-year old whiskey in hand from Johnnie Walker, my stops had to include my other faves, Stush in the Bush, Christina Simonitsch, Half Moon, Uncorked Sovereign North, Mystic Thai, Steak House on the Verandah and newbies, Jamaican Peanut Butter Factory and Butcher Block by Gregory Burrowes who had savoury offerings from Chef Celeste Gordon, last year’s OFA Caterer of he Year.

Sending a special shout out and hearty Congratulations to Chris and Lisa Binns of Stush in the Bush who cleaned up this year and deservedly so! Their plant powered spread by their very own Sagicor Group booth this year, satisfied scores of guests at a time.

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Lisa and Chris Binns of Stush in the Bush who walked away with 3 awards including the coveted, ‘Jamaican Restaurant with Outstanding Gastronomy Experience Award’.

Christina Simonitsch, who walked away the Enterprise and Outstanding Caterer Awards tantalised our taste buds with her Charred Scotchie Shrimp, then cooled it down with her G.H. Mumm & Strawberry Popsicles. The scrumptious Oxtail Arancini left me speechless.

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Christina Simonitsch serving Randy Burgess some of her Charred Scotchie Shrimps.

Other Highlights of the night:

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Outstanding Caterer Nominee and Jing Shi Award Nominee for Dessert Chef of the Year, Trevanne Donegal, also by the G.H. Mumm booth, with delish Dark Chocolate Truffles.

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Uncorked’s Charcuterie and Cheese platter spread!

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The Solomon Gardner Awardee for Outstanding Service, Best Culinary Team Experience Awardee and Norma Shirley Awardee for Restaurant of the Year, Sugar Mill Restaurant at Half Moon Hotel’s succulent Barbeque Jerk Pork Belly!

Did you know?

Half Moon will be opening a Seafood Restaurant this September!

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Half Moon’s Seafood Restaurant, Delmare’s Chefs Claudio and Clarfield

A taste of what to expect from the Seafood Restaurant to come at Half Moon, Delmare were absolutely delicious Pan Seared Scallops accompanied by tomato compote with saffron and vanilla zucchini spaghetti with Tarragon.

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Delmare at Half Moon’s Pan Seared Scallops

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GCG Event’s surprise Cocktails, divine and spicy Jackfruit Crème Brûlée. They had delightful Beetroot Banana and Chilli marinated Shrimps on pickled green papaya too!

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Newbies on the block and Best Food Product 2019 Nominee, Outland Hurders Creamery and Farmstead Cheese Platter Displays! My tasting plate was quite appetizing.

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Sweet Obsession Ja’s White Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries by the Johnnie Walker booth!

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Just a touch of the mouth-watering Desserts at Future Bakery by Jing Shi’s booth!

Even if I didn’t indulge, I had to also stop by newbies Chillin’ Restaurant and Bar, Seaside Dutchie and Tastee Ltd./Brew’d Awakenings

Grace Kennedy’s Harbour Wines and Spirits also impressed with their Ménage à Trois selection of Wines and more.

You are always as good as your last show and this was by far the biggest and best Table Talk Jamaica Observer Food Awards that I have attended.

This year the Food Awards celebrated various Communities with Jamaican cuisine as authentic as you can get. Congratulations to the Chefs of the Communities that were selected and awarded:

• The Sephestines for Mount Estate, St. Thomas
• Monica Ottar for Bailey’s Vale, St. Mary
• The Allens for Gifford House – Granville, St. James, Montego Bay
• Christopher Marsh for Chris’s Cafe – Main Street, Oracabessa St. Mary
• Chris & Lisa Binns for Stush in the Bush – Free Hill, St. Ann

Chefs, Bakers, Caterers, Retailers and Restaurants have really elevated the level of quality for what they had to offer over the past year.

Congratulations to conceptualiser, Novia McDonald Whyte, the Jamaica Observer, the Judges, Sponsors, Retailers, the talented Nominees, Awardees and everyone responsible for the successful execution and staging of the Food Awards this year.

Cheers to next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF! How Fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards Last Night?!

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Gabby Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle at The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards last night at The Devon House.

TGIF! How fun was the Jamaica Observer Food Awards last night?!

I don’t think many persons found the GCG Events booth around the back, but their surprise cocktails handed to you were one of the highlights to my night. Not to mention their spicy JACKFRUIT CRÈME BRÛLÉE! 😍 Stay tuned and follow Suga Lifestyle for more OFA highlights!

Enjoy the weekend!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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