Happy Tuesday Suga Bears, Suga Babies and Suga Daddies! If you missed Suga Lifestyle’s Instastories from Kingston Kitchen, you missed all the good stuff! Not to worry, I will be highlighting a few this week.
Suga is proud to say her Hit List was on point! Well done to all who participated and kudos to Leisha Wong and her Kingston Kitchen team for another fantastic staging of Kingston Kitchen. Great event for family and friends to come together.
#tbt to the crackling, juicy Pork Belly from Fromage Gourmet Market and the tender Steak Bruschetta from Cannonball Café!
Fromage were also winners with their Curried Goat Empanadas and Cannonball’s Hard (Rum) Lemonade wss a hit too!
Stay tuned his week for more Suga highlights from Kingston Kitchen.
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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Head over to Conu’co Market at the Cove this Cinco de Mayo, Sunday, May 5th from 10am to 5pm as they celebrate all things Jamaican made, grown and sewn! Get an early start to shopping creative, unique, thoughtful gifts for Mom!
Explore beautifully made Crafts and enjoy shopping for Art, Ceramics, Leather products, Jewellery and Accessories, Condiments, Jams, Sauces, Spreads, Cakes, Candles, Skincare and Hair products. Adorn yourself with Henna and Body art and find just the right plants and produce for the home from a variety of local vendors as you walk through the grounds at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove.
Suga Endorsed Artisans, such as My Old Man Leathercraft and Mira Botanicals will be there!
If you haven’t been brought up to date, My Old Man Leathercraft now has belts for the ladies and belt packs for both ladies and gents.
Mira Botanicals will be there with Body Soaps, Oils and Scrubs, as well as some recycable products.
I would also look forward to seeing Siwatu Jewellery and the unique, House of Chematy, just to name a few.
Satisfy the appetite with food galore and cool down with some ice cream or beverages too!
Food Trucks of Jamaica will be there with delish Tacos, Quesadillas, Pico de Gallo, Nacho Chips and Cheese!!!
Chef Vita will be there! Porridge never looked so good.
Kande’s Delights, no stranger to Conu’co Market and also #SugaEndorsed, will be there with their ice cream and sorbet! It is Spring, but I think Summer is already here!
Enjoy! Buy Local. Buy Jamaican.
ADMISSION is FREE!
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Jamaica Land We Love
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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A Curry Festival?! Interesting! Save the Date and some Tums Foodies. Kingston’s 1st Curry Festival will be May 22 from 6pm – 12am at Hope Zoo with food, live performances and an artisan village. Early Bird Tickets are now available for $1000JMD. Children under 12 are FREE.
Two of my favourite Curry joints, Lyming at Walkerswood and Murray’s Fish and Jerk Hut will be there! Also, Banyan Catering, Soup King, Sip n’ Go and more.
Part Proceeds from each ticket sold go to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting kids with kidney diseases through finance, education and support.
Mark your Calendars and buy your early bird ticket today!
Kerryanne Croft of the Vitamin M box says trying to fit in is boring, create the change you want to see.
What’s the Vitamin M box?
Based in New Jersey, Kerryanne saw a lack of support and love for Black owned businesses. She wanted to change that, so The Vitamin M Subscription Box was born. M is for Melanin, the dark brown to black pigment occurring in our skin.
Vitamin M isn’t just a subscription box. It is a movement to not only support these substantial businesses, but to help build their communities and share their stories. The Vitamin M box delivers brands in the form of beauty, fashion, books, home and lifestyle produced by people of colour to your doorstep.
Every 3rd month, Kerryanne donates 10% of the proceeds to a charity/non-profit in the Black and Brown community.
Kerry believes we need to continue to highlight these entrepreneurs over businesses that don’t see or respect their shine.
GW Art is a part of the Vitamin M box for December and the boxes are sold out!
What’s in it from GW Art?
It’s Always Wine o’clock Post-its! Just in time for your New Year’s affirmations.
Kingston Kitchen had Hope Gardens buzzing with activity last Saturday. It was a great event for family, friends and foodies to unite for the love of food.
The event was well supported, probably the biggest staging I’ve ever seen. The logistics and execution of the event was quite commendable.
Just a few drawbacks for me. One bar was not enough for the event and amount of patrons. It was overcrowded to say the least.
I also believe that our Gastronomy network via the Tourism Industry should have been involved with the event to incorporate tourists from various hotels on the north coast of the island. Kingston Kitchen’s Night Market would have been an eye-opening experience for them to see so much of our culture in one area and in one night. The event would also expose them to Kingston, as many tourists are unaware of the many cultural activities, beauty and places to go that exist in Kingston. For the next Kingston Kitchen, I would like to see them in bus loads!
There were so many vendors to pick, choose and refuse from, Suga and husband went with a hit list.
Here is a reminder of what Kingston Kitchen had to offer in addition to entertainment for adults and kids:
I am proud to say my husband, Randy and I succeeded. We definitely took note of places to try in the near future as well.
MUST-STOPS AND GLAD BAG BUSS
● Stush in the Bush– A variety of unique Sauces, Spreads and Preserves made with love. Always a crowd pleaser.
● Lucky Strike Seafood Bar and Grill – Their Seafood bowl is always a hit. My husband approves!
● Street Food Saturdays – Fresh mint Lemonade, Street corn and more. They kept patrons coming all night!
● Fish Pot – Flavourful, peppery Fish soup. Great gas buster to prep for food galore.
●Simo’s Bread and Catering – Pastries, Soursop Popsicles, Dessert, Sauces, Seasonings. Excellent spread as usual from the main hands of it all, Christina Simonitsch.
● I Love Paella – Rich, flavourful Tapas! From Valencia with love. Bravas, Croquetas and Empañadas cooked right in front of you.
● Scott van Bonnet – New kid on the block from Blue Diamond Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. They had tasty Turkey and Lamb Wraps. Loved the infused flavours.
Coming soon to Kingston, Ocho Rios and Negril. Can’t wait!
● Topp In Designz Limited – Foodie Gear galore!
Suga had to cop this shirt!
● Gypsy House Tapas!
I have never thrown away food at Kingston Kitchen, but there is always a first. Trust me, I tried my best to eat their Seafood and Meat stacked Paella, but I just couldn’t get past the dry rice that nearly choked me and lack of flavour. It was horrible. Chef Enric’s, I Love Paella still stands as the place to go for authentic Valencian Paella.
● Soup King
They didn’t have any Soup for over an hour after the start time of the event. They seemed to have gotten things going later on in the night though.
SATISFYING STOPS #SugaSnaps
● Lyming at Walkerswood – Mannish water, Curried Goat and more. Jamaican cooked food that goes right to the heart and makes you feel at home.
● NCR Sheep Limited – Tasty Lamb sausage.
● Rolly Polly – Ice cream for adults and kids. I enjoyed my topping of Bailey’s rum cream on my Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream. Delish!
Patrons enjoyed their small giveaways, boomerang photo booth and money machine! Fun addition to the event.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES #SugaSpieswithHer4Eyes
> Fromage Bistro and Brasserie, Cafe Dolce, Pita Grill, Deaf Can! Coffee, Chocolate Dreams, Until We Eat Again, Cannonball Cafe, Pink Apron Jamaica, Tea Tree Créperie and Sip ‘n’ Go Juice Bar.
Suga didn’t get to stop by the usual crowd faves mentioned above, but I could see that they continued to please!
PLACES TO EXPERIENCE IN THE NEAR FUTURE #SugasRadar
> Eatopia Jamaica, WTF Burgers and 25 Wafflerie
Kudos to Director Leisha Wong, Melanie Miller and their team for their hard work, efforts and a well executed Foodie affair. #SugaEndorsed
Until the next one!
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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