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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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Merry Christmas from Suga Lifestyle!

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Suga would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the season! 

It has been a great year for Suga Lifestyle and I have to tell you all a Big Thank You for staying tuned to all the categories that build the Suga Lifestyle brand; GW Art, Charities, Restaurant Reviews and Ratings, Brand Jamaica, Sports, Health and Fitness and more.

I am also very proud to report that the 1st staging of my Trade show, Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection held at The Liguanea Club on Saturday, December 15th was a success. The event involved artisans hand-picked by me to offer their unique, handcrafted, handmade, Jamaican items to the public.

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TCP’s Jamaican greeting cards were also in the building as a convenience for shoppers to get cards to go with their gifts.

With Suga Lifestyle’s Christmas Connection, there was no need to shop for gifts online. The event gave sponsors and guests the opportunity to support Brand Jamaica, specifically entrepreneurs who operate within the
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector. Through their support, Jamaican made products and the
island’s creative industries, were highlighted. Vendor industries included; food, graphic art, woodcraft, ceramics, fashion, agro-processing and personal care. My Suga Artisans were hand-picked to inspire innovation, and to provide a platform for business growth.

For those who missed out on Suga’s Winter Wonderland or for Suga Bears and Suga Daddies who would like to relive the moment, here are some highlights from the day.

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Guests entering the venue were greeted by some of the Sponsors, Gustazos, Sagicor Bank and Jablum. Gustazos along with Suga Lifestyle offered some Selfie photo fun, while Jablum treated guests to freshly brewed, hot Coffee and Sagicor Bank offered Scones from Cannonball Cafe to complement the Coffee.

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Sponsor, Norman Grant, Managing Director and CEO of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory with Gabrielle Burgess of Suga Lifestyle at SL Christmas Connection on December 15, 2018.

My contented guests then felt the Christmas spirit and not only felt lucky by participating in the entry raffle, but contributed to Charity and received a few swag bags to accompany them inside.

Who was inside?!

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There was something for everyone at SL Christmas Collection and it was a family affair!

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Confectioneries galore!

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The venue was buzzing with guests from the 4pm start time straight up to the closing of the event at 8pm.

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Guests not only browsed items, but shopped well. Kudos!

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Suga’s very own, GW Art booth did well too! GW Art shoppers (L-R) Prudence Simpson, Michaelia McLean, Sheena Taylor and Taraja Richards left with their shopping bags and were all smiles.

Shoppers sipped and shopped in comfort too!

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Guests enjoyed their night at the bar without having to pay a penny. Afterall, according to Suga’s popular GW Art piece, It’s Always Wine o’clock!

Prizes and Surprises!

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L-R Everton Cummings and Stephen Greig were amongst the Suga trivia winners for the night.

Guests either won prizes by raffle or won spot prizes after answering Suga’s trivia questions correctly based on categories of Brand Jamaica, Health and Fitness and Foodie fun.

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(L-R) Stephanie Chen chose the right time to move to Jamaica, copping a 3 lb Christmas Fruit cake for her family from Sweet Obsession Ja. Moyen Campbell and Pricella Dawson (Right) also walked away happily with prizes.
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Suga created great memories having persons winning raffle prizes for their first time! SL Connection made this avid, Brand Jamaica Shopper, Tricia-Gaye O’Connor’s day.
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It warmed everyone’s hearts to see Suga Artisan, Averell French’s son win a sling backpack from Tracy Jackson Blake’s Because It Is For You and tell everyone why he liked Christmas.

Charity

Members of the non-profit organization, Rotaract Club of New Kingston assisted Suga Lifestyle on the day of the event and happily received a donation from Suga at the end of the event towards their Marie Atkins Shelter Project to be held on January 12, 2019.

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Suga’s mission was achieved, where Artisans did well with sales, a donation was made to Charity and guests sipped and shopped locally in comfort for family and friends.

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Thanks to all of my sponsors, Development Bank of Jamaica, Sagicor Bank, Gustazos, Jablum and BPM Financial as well as kind persons who contributed giveaways from their Businesses to the event to make this possible: Stush in the Bush, Cafe EITS, Eden Gardens Spa, Rituals Coffee House, Mystic Thai, JPS, Chive Restaurant, Irie Rock, Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Tracy Jackson Blake’s Because It Is For You, Sweet Obsession Ja, Tai Tai Ice Cream rolls, Closet Cloud, Select Brands, RSS Natural Delights, Cabana City Reserve and Swypz+ Ja.

Lastly, thanks to ALL of my Selected Suga Artisans! The event couldn’t have been successful without you!

Here are a few of their testimonials!

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Looking forward to see what’s in store for next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Jamaican talent, Dalton Harris wins UK X Factor 2018!

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CONGRATULATIONS to 24-year old Jamaican and former Rising star, Dalton Harris who was announced as the winner of the UK X Factor 2018 show yesterday!

The X Factor is a British reality television music competition to find new singing talent and the odds were in our Dalton’s favour to win.

Dalton performed duets with Emeli Sande and James Artgur for the finale.

What did he win with the title?

Dalton is set to be rewarded with a recording contract with Syco Records, Simon Cowell’s label owned by Sony valued at about 1 million pounds!

Scarlett Lee came second after a stunning duet with previous X Factor star,  Leona Lewis.

Anthony Russell reached third place after a collaboration with singer songwriter, Tom Walker.

What’s next for Dalton?

The singer is releasing a rendition of The Power of Love in a bid for Christmas Number One.

Congrats Dalton, Jamaica is proud of you!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Past Jamaican-Born British Olympian, Germaine Mason Dies in Bike Crash

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It is certainly a sad day for the athletic world, friends, family and fans, as retired High Jumper, Germaine Mason died suddenly this morning in a bike crash.

Jamaican-born, Germaine Mason still holds the National record for Jamaica in High Jump. He migrated to the UK and represented Great Britain after 2006.

He won the Silver Medal in High Jump at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 for Great Britain.

This morning, Germaine lost control of his motor bike along the Palisadoes road, crashed and died on the spot.

Rest in Peace Germaine.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga started the New Year with Dinner at Tamarind Continental

Tamarind Continental was one of the few places open on New Year’s Day for a late dinner so I was thankful.

Tamarind Continental, Saffron and Tamarind Indian all fall under the same umbrella, however Tamarind Continental’s menu offers cuisines other than Indian as its name suggests.

Their menu consisted of Soups, Salads and Appetizers in the range of $695 to $1395JMD. The Appetizers looked interesting with items such as Stuffed Mushrooms, Grilled Chicken with Olives, Fish strips, Shrimp bites, Zucchini fries with Onion rings and more.

Their main menu had a range of Pastas (Make your own), Burgers, Pizzas and a variety of Chicken, Salmon, Lamb, Shrimp, Fish and Pork dishes. Mushroom dishes were available for Vegetarians too. Prices were from $1100 to $2495JMD.

I peaked over at 2 tables nearby and the Pizzas didn’t look so enticing so I skipped over that part of their menu.

My husband and I started off with the Mushroom Cappuccino ($695JMD) and Shrimp Bisque ($795JMD) Soups. We thought the wait somewhere between 20 minutes and half hour was too long.

We were happy when they came though. Big servings and the Soups were freshly made and flavourful.

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Shrimp Bisque (above); Mushroom Cappuccino (below)

I wanted something simple for dinner and since I avoided fries during the holidays I enjoyed their Lamb Burger with fries ($1500JMD) even though the whole wheat bun was not available that night. It was not a big burger but I was satisfied since I had their huge Soup before it.

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Lamb Burger ($1500JMD)

My husband enjoyed his dinner as well. He had the Chargrill Sage Garlic Chicken Breast served with mashed potatoes and vegetables ($1500JMD). It tasted just as delicious as it looked.

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Chargrill Sage Garlic Chicken Breast ($1500JMD)

Service throughout the night was good, not great, but I liked the quality of the food and prices were manageable, so I will return. The use of Indian Herbs and Spices in European cuisine gives the food a unique, flavourful taste. My husband already returned for lunch!

Tamarind Continental European Fusion

Location: Shop 14, Orchid Plaza. 18-22 Barbican Road. Kingston

Ph: 876-620-5301; 876-620-5336

By: Gabrielle Burgess
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