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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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!

Watch “Eating Healthy the Fun way with The Commissary’s Simo’s Bread and Catering!” on YouTube here:

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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Freshly made Food, Local Beer and Good Coffee from Ragamuffin Coffee Bar!

Earlier this year, hubby and I enjoyed Ragamuffin Cafe’s freshly made Miso-Hungry Beef and RFC (Raga Fry Chicken) Burgers, local craft Beer from Trouble’s Brewing (Ig: @troublesbrew) and some good Coffee from Deaf Can! Coffee (Ig: @deafcancoffee) !

Miso-Hungry Beef Burger (J$1800 incl. Tx)
RFC (Raga Fry Chicken) Burger (J$1500 incl. Tx)
Sweet Potato Fries (J$400 incl. Tx), regular Fries (J$400 incl. Tx) and local Craft Beer (1 Pint – J$1000 incl. Tx) from Trouble’s Brewing.

They also have healthy options from Dream Bowls Ja (Ig: @dreambowlsja) and more.

Cute, cosy café to sit down away from it all with decent customer service. Ragamuffin Coffee Bar is #SugaEndorsed.

Ragamuffin Coffee Bar

Location: 74 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston, Jamaica

Ph: 876-332-9876

Instagram: @ragamuffincafe

Open 8 AM – 5 PM, Mondays to Saturdays

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

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EATING HEALTHY CAN BE FUN!

[📸: @wrightlifelivefoodeatery]

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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Chillin’ Restaurant is Back and Suga visited on Holborn Road!

Suga’s Ratings for Chillin’ Restaurant
Date and time of visit: Saturday, February 20, 2020 at 2:15pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★★
Speed: ★★★★★
Food quality: ★★★★★
Serving amount: ★★★☆☆
Plating/Packaging: ★★★★☆
Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown:

A rainy Saturday afternoon, hungry after errands with the reopening of Chillin’ Restaurant nearby at a central location on Holborn road meant that I had to stop for Lunch!

I was relieved to see a sheltered area for seating. Located in a new complex, loved the cosy, modern decor. I can see myself taking in some sports on the flat screen in the near future by the Bar counter.

Courteous staff that you could see worked as a team harmoniously.
Orlando was our waiter and he was attentive throughout our visit.

The Menu was understandably limited during Covid times to standard Jamaican and Chillin’ faves, Curried Goat, Oxtail, BBQ Chicken and Friiiiied Chicken.

Hubby and I enjoyed our Oxtail (J$1100) & Curried Goat (J$950). His Oxtail tender, sliding off bone, while my Curried Goat had no bone really. Usual @chillinrestaurant standard. Tasty, well seasoned and spicy. But, mi nearly order 2 cuz mi did wa likkle more!

Oxtail (J$1100 incl. Tx)
Curried Goat (J$950 incl. Tx)

Still a great pick me up, Value for $ and their Menu and usual sizes should be back soon as they navigate Covid. #SugaSnaps for reopening P.J. Wright!!! Chillin’ Restaurant remains #SugaEndorsed 👌🏾

Chillin’ Restaurant

Location: 5 Holborn Road, Kingston. Ja

Ph: 876-665-6661

Website: http://www.chillinrestaurant.com/

Instagram: @chillinrestaurant

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#tbt to One of the Best Stops for Curry Goat & Rum in Jamaica!

Randy Burgess of Suga Lifestyle gives Lyming at Walkerswood and his favourite rum, J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum his approval on his way back to Kingston from his Birthday Trip last December.

When leaving or heading into St. Ann, you have to Stop, Eat & ‘lyme’ at Lyming at Walkerswood.

Their Curry Goat is definitely amongst the best you can find on the island. Spicy and tender to di bone! You get a spectacular view too. #SugaEndorsed

Lyming at Walkerswood

Location: Main Street, St. Ann

Ph: 876-917-2812

Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm Daily

Instagram: @lymingatwalkerswood08

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

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Suga Enjoyed Breakfast in the Mountains for Heroes’ Weekend!

Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga enjoying rhe freshwater river pool by Rafjam Bed and Breakfast in Irish Town, Jamaica

Suga’s Ratings for RafJam Bed & Breakfast’s Restaurant

Date and time of visit: Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 9:30am

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: 

After 3 years, I finally made it. Imagine it took a German friend visiting Jamaica to tell me about RafJam Bread and Breakfast. Then I was reminded about it by Jamaica’s 1st Blue Mountain Coffee Festival a bit over 2 years ago when they drafted their Culinary trail and posted signs all along the way. Look out for them!

RafJam Bread and Breakfast is nestled in Red Light District, Irish Town, also known as Backpacker District. It’s the Right turn after Craighton Estate, i.e. the 2nd Right turn after Cafe Blue. When you make that right turn leading downhill to RafJam, follow the signs and beware that the road is a bit ‘Raf’. But difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations right?! Indeed it did.

My husband, Randy and I, parked walking distance away so we wouldn’t block in anyone and arrived at the quaintest house tucked away in the Blue Mountains. We were greeted by owner, Susan, telling us immediately what was for Breakfast as if she was welcoming us home from a long trip on the road. It is indeed her home. Susan inherited her parent’s house and decided to transform the lush, tropical paradise into a magnificent Blue Mountain getaway. 

I was initially disappointed that we missed out on the Ackee & Callaloo, leaving limited choices of Salt Mackerel or Saltfish and Baked Beans, but I was prepared for simple, Jamaican cuisine. We both ordered the Salt Mackerel.

We sat outdoors with an instant reminder of how beautiful Jamaica is. We overlooked, lush, green vegetation by a river and small waterfall. Tropical Paradise. Sweet Jamaica. Jamaica Land We Love.

Randy Burgess and Gabrielle Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle.

Our Breakfast arrived and it was far from simple. It was freshly cooked, homemade, farm to table goodness! Salt Mackerel with boiled food to equip you to make a small climb up to see their 15-ft waterfall, and a side of fresh watermelon.

It was cold, but we enjoyed the freshwater river pools, didn’t take the clean, fresh air for granted and had a few drinks from their Tiki Bar before we headed back downhill to make curfew.

RafJam’s Tiki Bar

Upon leaving we heard them telling a few European visitors what was for Lunch, a more expanded menu, with more Jamaican goodness. We were very tempted to stay, so will return to RafJam, hopefully one day soon. #SugaEndorsed

RafJam Bed and Breakfast

Location: 6 Springdale Cove, Hopewell Road, Red Light District, Irish Town, Kingston. JA.

Ph: 876.897.4767; 876.516.5442

Website: http://www.rafjam.com

Instagram: @rafjambnb

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

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Start the Week off Right with Breakfast from the New, Quaint Cafe Tucked Away from Busy Kingston Life!

A Happy and Bright Monday to you from the NEW, tucked away Cafe, Trotters Cafe!

Suga’s Ratings for Trotters Cafe

Date and time of visit: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 9:30am

No. of diners: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Comments: 

Trotters Cafe is located at Park Place also known as the Golf Academy by The Liguanea Club, adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

As you enter you are greeted by brightly coloured umbrellas similar to the umbrellas of Calle Angosto in Cartagena, Colombia. Definitely a décor win and a great marketing strategy for the current era that maximizes on Photo ops for Instagram and other social media platforms.

Seating is in open air by wooden tables with the most adorable Cacti centre pieces.

The Staff is extremely courteous and attentive.

I loved that their menu is posted on their Instagram page, so I knew what I was going to order before I got there and I didn’t have to handle the menu.

They serve Coffee Beverages, Smoothies, Traditional Eggs, Pancakes, Waffles, Omelettes, Bagel Sandwiches, Croissants, Paninis, Crepes, Wraps, Pastries and more.

They have options for Lunch too such as Soup, Salad, their Signature Burger and Pizza.

Trotter Passport with a serving of Eggs, Bacon and Pancakes with homemade Blueberry topping ($1050JMD +tx & 10% gratuity).

I had the Trotter Passport with a serving of Eggs, Bacon and Pancakes with homemade Blueberry topping ($1050JMD +tx & 10% gratuity).

Smoked Salmon Omelette ($950JMD +tx & 10% gratuity).

My husband, Randy had the Smoked Salmon Omelette ($950JMD +tx & 10% gratuity).

Presentation was excellent with a more than satisfactory serving size and most importantly, Breakfast tasted great! Eggs my way, over easy and fluffy pancakes. The service could have been a little quicker with us alone there, but I saw and appreciated that everything was hot and freshly made.

Randy had 100% Blue Mountain Coffee ($400JMD) and I enjoyed my French Vanilla Frappe ($600JMD).

Their Dessert counter is also quite eye-catching. I was full, Randy had their Bailey’s Cheesecake that sas decent.

We were offered a complimentary glass of wine. It was 10am but Why not?! They have other alcoholic options too.

Trotters Cafe is #SugaEndorsed

Trotters Cafe

Location: Park Place, The Golf Academy at The Liguanea Club. New Kingston. Ja

Ph: 876 – 648 – 5243

Instagram: @trotterscafeja

***Menu on Instagram Highlights***

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

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TGIF to Lobster from Island Vibz Jamaica!

Four (4) Lobster tails with Corn on the Cob ($4000JMD)

TGIF to Lobster from Island Vibz Jamaica!

Island Vibz located in Manor Centre has been a frequent Lunch spot for hubby, Randy Burgess for a few months now.

Huge, satisfying servings of well seasoned, spicy, flavourful Seafood that is definitely value for money!

Even though we usually do Take-out, they have a huge open air dining space overlooking the rest of Manor Centre, Constant Spring road and the now lush, green Constant Spring Golf Course.

Island Vibz is now Open Everyday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from 7am to 7pm!

Spice up the weekend and visit Island Vibz! #SugaEndorsed #StaySafe

Island Vibz Jamaica

Location: 195 Constant Spring Road. Manor Centre. Kingston 8. Ja

Ph: 876-866-8789; 876-383-2208

Instagram: @islandvibz_seafood

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

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