TGIF! Cheers to Fine Dining at Couples Tower Isle!

Suga at Bayside Restaurant at Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica during Easter Weekend 2022

Eight Rivers! We’re back again and will keep returning. Superb service from Shenara last Easter weekend. Eight Rivers took us through a fine dining experience with Sorbet palate cleansers in between courses.

Everything was perfection, except for dessert, but no complaints here.

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We started off with a Seafood Tasting, Coconut & Herb Crusted Crab Cakes, Jerk rubbed Beef Carpaccio with pickled Beets, crumbled feta and more, hand poured Thyme roasted Shrimp Bisque with Sherry, followed up by a succulent cut of Cracked Black Pepper Crusted Beef Fillet Mignon and then dessert!

Another night we headed over to Bayside! Authentic Asian cuisine at its best and spiciest!

We were introduced to Bayside with a tasting platter of Thai fried Butterfly Shrimps, Garlic & Honey Chicken Skewers, Spring and Summer Rolls and Korean Cabbage Cakes accentuated by amazing dipping sauces – peanut, sweet chili and sriracha honey!

Then what better starter than the flavour that defines Thailand! Thai Tom Yam Goong Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp, Chicken and Veggies. Yum! We also had the tasty Indonesian Rice Noodle Salad.

We tried almost everything from Thai Green Curry Beef, Manchurian Chicken, Chinese stir-fry Shrimps to Red Curry Pan-seared Snapper Fillet. Thick, rich, spicy, authentic curries paired well with the fresh seafood and meats and veggies to cool off the tastebuds.

Then the night was complete with tasty Coconut Cake made with a Green Tea Custard and candied orange sauce!
Fantastic experience for Couples. As quoted in the Eight Rivers menu, ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw’

Gabby and Randy Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica

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

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Cheers to Halfway Post Holiday from the New Nirvanna Global!

Low Calorie Cocktails?! What? 🍹Peach Whiskey Smash (150cal πŸ˜‰)

Suga’s Ratings for Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill
Date and time of visit: Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:45pm
No. of diners: 2
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Suga’s Breakdown: 

As we transition fully to outside and face to face especially post long holiday weekend, many of us may be TIRED. But alas, a new weekend approaches quickly and so does the opportunity to visit a new restaurant!

As a part of the Nirvanna trilogy which began on Lady Musgrave road in 2015, we now have Nirvanna Global in Progressive Plaza, Barbican!

Suga visited for dinner 2 Sundays ago and I’m impressed! No extravant dΓ©cor, simple yet modern with pleasant staff superb service and an experienced Bartender!

I would place Nirvanna in the middle of the trilogy, considering Nirvanna Indian more formal and Masala Wok, casual. However, in terms of the range offered on the menu for international cuisine, it is not comparable to the others.

Reasonable prices, comfortable dining and a relaxed bar setting with ‘Chin’ the Bartender (who is not Chinise fyi) serving up quality drinks by a large tv with the NBA Playoffs is a vibe.

Anyhow, check out what we enjoyed, cooked exactly as we ordered from our on point server, Vish.

🍴Jerk Spiced Calamari with spicy guacamole

🍴Classic Onion Rings with sriracha sour cream dip

🍴Lemon Grilled Salmon with citrus marinade, basmati rice, seasonal salad

🍴Shrimp Pesto Fettuccine with mushrooms

πŸ‘ŒπŸΎHappy to see the high standard maintained across the trilogy.

Visit Nirvanna Global (Ig: @nirvannaglobalja)! The menu is posted on their Instagram page highlights. #SugaEndorsed

Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill

Location: 24 Barbican Road. Shop #7-8 (Progressive Plaza). Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876-672-9644; 876-801-4703

Instagram: @nirvannaglobalja

*Closed on Mondays* *Open at 12 noon; Kitchen closes at 9:30pm*

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

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TGIF! Enjoy the Weekend! Remember Balance is Key

The Smoothies & Chillers at Trotters Cafe by The Liguanea Club, New Kingston are awesome.

Enjoyed my Berry Berry Smoothie.

Enjoy the weekend! Stay safe.

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

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#tbt to Lunch at Cellar 8 being just Stellar!

Hubby and I made an overdue visit to Cellar 8 a little over 2 weekends ago on a Saturday afternoon.

Happy to see the buzz return and the quality of food being excellent Cellar 8. Reservations are definately recommended.

Kudos to their new Executive Chef, David Wellington.

The crunchy texture of our Cauliflower florets enhanced by the flavour of the spiced orange curry sauce it was glazed with, was just right.

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The C8 Mac ‘n’ Cheese is a must have! The mouth-watering pic speaks for itself.

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Randy enjoyed his creamy Seafood Pasta with Shrimp, Salmon and Calamari tossed in a light cream sauce served on roasted garlic linguini. We appreciate when creamy sauces are indeed light.

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I had the Honey Garlic Salmon, which was perfection. That honey garlic sauce definitely puts a different, but good spin on the taste.

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Service was excellent and Bartender, Kedoo’s Mojito and Peach Bellini with Bubbly & Rum were on point!

Cellar 8 is #SugaEndorsed. Suga will return soon!

Cellar 8 Wine Bar & Bistro

Location: Shop 10, Upper Manor Park Plaza. Kgn 8. JA. W.I.

Ph: 876-220-1367

Instagram: @cellar8kgn

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

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Girls Day Out at Broken Plate!

(L-R) Gillian Jackson, Gabrielle Burgess and Kimario Rose-Stewart

Suga’s Ratings for Broken Plate
Date and time of visit: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:00pm
No. of diners: 3
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Suga’s Breakdown: 

Last Saturday, with no weddings, someone to watch the kids and complete or postponed errands, us girls finally made time for Lunch, Vino & Cocktails! Can you relate? If not, it’s totally worth it.

Balance is key Suga Bears and thankfully, the recently Award-Winning Game Changer Restaurant Broken Plate
did not disappoint.

They don’t facilitate reservations, but it’s somewhat understandable in these times when a party may not show up and not give notice. We were seated quickly enough and our waitress was polite and attentive.

Loved the modern, simple yet tasteful decor.

The Restaurant was full to capacity, but comfortable and they still managed to send out our Appetizers, Beverages and Mains in good time.

We enjoyed Calamari, Duck Breast Bruschetta, the Smoked Marlin Salad, Grilled Salmon and BBQ Spare Ribs. The girls took their Dessert to-go.

Calamari ‘Pop’ (J$1750)
Duck Breast Bruschetta (J$2050)
Smoked Marlin Salad (J$2250)
Grilled Salmon (J$3650)
BBQ Spare Ribs (J$3950)

I asked for my Bruschetta to be lightly toasted and it was honoured, arriving with tasty, tender Duck Breast. I also switched out the creamy sauce for my Salmon with grilled pineapple & corn salsa. You can enjoy healthier choices when you’re out too!

A Restaurant for the young, old & in-between. It took me a while to visit, but I definitely prefer the changes made and this new location. Broken Plate is now #SugaEndorsed

Broken Plate

Location: 24-28 Barbican Rd. , Kingston. Ja

Ph: 876-667-6891

Instagram: @brokenplateja

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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Chive Restaurant still gets a High Five!

Suga’s Ratings forΒ Chive Restaurant

Date and time of visit:Β Saturday, September 5, 2020 at ~3:45pm

No. of diners: 2

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Suga’sΒ Comments:Β 
Chive Restaurant continues to be #SugaEndorsed. I went with my hubby, Randy two Saturdays ago and it is certainly a pleasure each visit or even when we do takeout.

The flavours of Chive’s dishes set them apart. Their Crab Cake appetizer was divine! They used a curry for it that was not overpowering, so you could enjoy both the Crab meat, accentuated by the curry. Bravo.

The Lobster Tacos were excellent. Great serving too.

Their PESTO is RICH! We enjoyed a delish Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken.

Now their Mac & Cheese dishes, where you can choose a topping from Short Ribs to Shrimp is SINFULLY fantastic.

Not to mention their house made Cheesecake! Yummy with the perfect texture πŸ‘ŒπŸΎ They owe me that Tiramisu that I missed out on! πŸ˜‰

Safety measures were in place and practiced as we Cope with Covid-19 together. Pay Chive Restaurant a visit or do Takeout! Definitely Value for Money.

Chive Restaurant continues to be #SugaEndorsed

Chive Restaurant

Location: Shop 15, Orchid Village Plaza. 20 Barbican Road. Kingston 6.

Ph: 876-820-1194

Instagram: @chivejamaica

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

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HAPPY MONDAY! Suga closed out Birthday Week with Brunch at The Jamaica Pegasus !

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga

Sunday Brunch is back at The Jamaica Pegasus !!! Dining at The Blue Window yesterday was the perfect closing to Suga’s Birthday week, as they always make me feel right at home. Ask for Marcia when you go!

General Manager, Peter Hilary as well as Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Mikhailla Robinson were present throughout to ensure Brunch service ran smoothly and interacted with Diners.

All Sanitary Protocols were observed. Diners sanitized before entry, all staff members were masked, the tables were adequately spaced and were set after diners were seated and we had to be served by staff at the Buffet. Chafing dishes were kept closed if no diners were ready to be served and opened towards the server. Wearing of masks by diners around the Buffet station was mandatory. #SugaSnaps

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We were offered rich Jamaican Hot Chocolate and Soup first, then could go to the Buffet that offered delicious Jamaican fare in addition to the Carving station, Salad bar, Crepe/Waffle station and Dessert station. A glass of Fruit Juice was also included.

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Carving Station

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Fresh Fruits

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Salad Station

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Salad Station

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Dessert Station

Everything was on point, but highlights for Suga were the juicy, tender Oxtail, Crackling Roasted Pork that Executive Chef, Mark Cole says is in high demand and understandably so and those delightful jelly-filled doughnuts!

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To top things off, I got a ‘Happy Birthday’ Serenade along with a slice of rich, moist Chocolate Cake! Thank you!

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Stay tuned for more of Suga’s Culinary Escapades for her Birthday Week!

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Music by: Richard Foulkes at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel

Brunch is 11:30am to 3pm and is just $3500JMD per person, subject to tx & Service Charge. *Reservations required* #SugaEndorsed

Check out Brunch for Father’s Day!

The Blue Window at The Jamaica Pegasus will be hosting Brunch for Father’s Day next Sunday in 2 separate rooms, with limited availability. So reservations are recommended, but Take Out Specials are also available.

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The Blue Window Restaurant, Jamaica Pegasus

Location: 81 Knutsford Blvd., Kingston 5

Ph: 876-926-3691Β 

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

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