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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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Crab from the Best Crab Back Ever sourced from Reesu Bistro!

Trusted Suga Baby, Tricia O’connor says that Reesu Bistro in Parkington Plaza, Half Way Tree has the best Crab Back ever! Her friend says the Salt and Pepper Shrimp is delish too. Can’t wait to check them out!

Reesu Bistro is open for Lunch Mondays to Fridays and open even later on their Seafood Saturdays that looks like 🔥🔥🔥.

Dining, Take-out and Delivery available.

Reesu Bistro Ltd.

Location: 14 Parkington Plaza, Half Way Tree. Kgn. 10. Jamaica

Ph: 876-547-5950: 876-649-2746

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 11am – 5pm; Sat. 11am – 7pm

Instagram; @reesubistroja

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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Chive Restaurant still gets a High Five!

Suga’s Ratings for Chive Restaurant

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

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: 
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 👌🏾 They owe me that Tiramisu that I missed out on! 😉

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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Suga Revisits Seaside Dutchie!

Suga’s Ratings for Seaside Dutchie

Date and time of visit: Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 8:25pm

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: 

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally got to revisit Seaside Dutchie over Independence weekend. The Service was even better and faster this time. The Appetizers were just as tasty and the Main was just as delicious. Value for money once again. I keep missing out on their Bread Pudding though!

Johnny Be Good ($700JMD) – Deep fried Johnny Cakes stuffed with Spicy Shrimp and Callaloo with Escovitched Mayonnaise
Saltfish Fritters ($700JMD) – Priory crispy Conch Fritters
Roasted Fish (Price based on the size of the Fish and served with your choice of sides)

Check out Seaside Dutchie’s current opening hours by giving them a call on the number below. They should be a must-stop whenever you are in St. Ann for some authentic Jamaican cuisine with their special twist or just some good seafood without a lengthy wait. Kudos to the Chef. Suga hopes to be back sooner and not later because Seaside Dutchie is still #SugaEndorsed. Cheers!

Piña Colada (It was iced versus creamy, but still tasty)

Seaside Dutchie

Location: Fantasy Beach, Priory St. Ann. Jamaica

Ph: 876-329-4110

Instagram: @seasidedutchie

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

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TGIF to Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Frozen Mint Lemonade & their Safety Practices!

TGIF to Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Frozen Mint Lemonade & their team continuing to play it safe in the kitchen. Jamaica Liquor Warehouse ‘s Signature Frozen Mint Lemonade is quite a refreshing treat for just $500+tx and you can spike it!

Their team is playing it safe in the kitchen too. Kudos to them. I haven’t spied much Chefs wearing masks in the hot kitchen, so please keep it up!

As Covid is even a bigger threat to us now, I encourage you all to try and be as safe as you can this weekend. Wear your masks! Be wise and Sanitise!

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse offers pick up and you can check them to see if they are still delivering. They are #SugaEndorsed.

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Deli & Bar

Location: 17 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston

Ph: 876-925-9427

Instagram: @jamaicaliquorwarehouse

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

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Suga Hits North Coast Restaurants for Independence Weekend!

It was so refreshing to leave town last Independence weekend and Restaurant hop!

Of course, with so many culinary gems on the north coast, I didn’t get to go everywhere I wanted to go, but definitely made a few stops worth mentioning.

First stop for Lunch last Friday, Evita’s Italian Restaurant!

Attentive staff with face shields, great, timely service, tasty dishes and a picturesque view.

We enjoyed Grilled Octopus, Smoked Marlin, Curried Shrimp and Chicken Breast and Chicken Breast Tortellini.

Grilled Marinated Octopus served with a fresh tomato and olive salsa (USD$8.50)
Smoked Marlin ‘Carpaccio’ sliced thin, topped with capers and marinated onion rings (USD$7.50)
Ja Curry ‘Supreme’ – Shrimp and Chicken Breast in Curry Mango-Chutney, white wine sauce (USD$16.50)

I concluded lunch with their Tiramisu. I was wondering why they didn’t dust the top of my Tiramisu with cocoa powder though.

Tiramisu

Stay tuned to see Suga’s next stop in St. Ann with Excellent Tiramisu!

Evita’s Italian Restaurant

Location: Eden Bower Road. Ocho Rios

Ph.: 876-974-2333

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

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Start your Week off with a Healthy Matcha (Green Tea) Latte using Likkle tea’s Organic Grade A Matcha!

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Likkle tea’s Organic Grade A Matcha is back in stock and I love matcha!

See Suga Lifestyle’s healthy, dairy free, sugar free ICED MATCHA LATTE & MATCHA SMOOTHIE RECIPES here!

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***Matcha is ground powder of specially grown and processed Green tea leaves. It is believed to have cancer-fighting effects, may prevent heart disease and Type 2 diabetes and may encourage weight loss!***

likkle tea

Shop the Website: http://www.likkletea.com

Instagram: @likkletea

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

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