Happy Monday! Where are You Stopping for Breakfast this Morning?

Suga’s Ratings for Cafe Etal Restaurant
Date and time of visit: Friday, June 10, 2022 at 8:00am
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: 

Cafe Etal, one of the additions to the fairly new Knutsord Express Terminal Building in Drax Hall, Ocho Rios is not only a convenient stop, but a comfy stop.

You can choose to sit indoors or outdoors with a view of the greenery and road above the Café, while you stop for Breakfast or Lunch and Coffee your way.

We were welcomed pleasantly and received great service.

We had Eggs over easy with French Toast, Bacon and Chicken sausage with Coffee. I had a customized, skinny Frappé. They had almond milk and splenda to substitute their milk and sweeteners. No whipped cream.

Persons who take the Knutsford can order before the bus makes a quick stop or drop off there. The Café and facilities are clean, the menu has a variety of affordable options and the food is tasty. Check out Cafe Etal today. #SugaEndorsed

Cafe Etal

Location: Knutsford Express Terminal Building, Drax Hall, Ocho Rios. St. Ann. Jamaica

Ph: 876-972-6455; Whatsapp 876-315-8461

Instagram: @cafe.etal

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

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Pizza & Pasta for Suga & Hubby. That’s Amore!

Watch “Pizza & Pasta for Suga & Hubby from Ciao Bella Art Cafe. That’s Amore!” on YouTube here: https://youtube.com/shorts/LcYdyVj404w?feature=share

Suga’s Ratings for Ciao Bella Art Cafe
Date and time of visit: Sunday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00pm
No. of diners: 2
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★☆☆
Comfort: ★★★★
Service: ★★★★
Speed: ★★★★☆
Food quality: ★★★.5☆
Serving amount: ★★★★
Plating: ★★★
Value for $: ★★★★☆
Suga’s Comments: 

We visited Ciao Bella Art Cafe (Ig: @ciaobellaartcafe) on Easter Sunday in Taj Mahal Plaza, Ocho Rios, where my beloved Mama Marley’s used to be.

The service was up to par, the staff were pleasant and we enjoyed our Italian staples of choice, Bruschetta, Pizza & Pasta in their cosy ambience.

Puttanesca from Ciao Bella Art Cafe

The Pizza lacked a bit of authenticity for me though. I prefer Pizza from a Wood Fire oven and the use of more fresh garlic and herbs for flavour.

Delightful experience with more than satisfactory servings nonetheless. Value for money.

🇮🇹Fresh Mushroom & Goat Cheese Bruschetta + 24 Karat Global Beer
🇮🇹Proscuitto Pizza (medium) with cured Italian Ham, Arugula, Mozzarella & Marinara sauce + Da Luca Prosecco
🇮🇹Puttanesca with house made Marinara sauce, anchovies, olives, capers and parsley

Did you know?! 👀

Puttanesca is an easy sauce, briefly cooked, very fragrant & spicy. Puttanesca translates as “in the style of the whore.”  The name derives from the Italian word ‘puttana’, which means whore. Google this odd sauce history!

Ciao Bella Art Cafe

Location: Taj Mahal Plaza, Ocho Rios. Jamaica

Ph: 876.974.3733; 876.463.9998

Instagram: @ciaobellaartcafe

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Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Trio Wine Bar and Grill on Hope Road, Kingston.

Where are you dining for Valentine’s?! We’ve got the entire weekend! Places may be fully booked already but here’s a tip, book an early time. Also, remember the Super Bowl is this Sunday ladies 😉

Here are Suga’s Top 9 picks in no particular order, to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine from Kingston to Ocho Rios to Montego Bay.

Ambience, Service, Menu choices, Food quality, Location and Value for money all taken into consideration.

*Reservations recommended*

Watch “Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!” on YouTube here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/z-hQ8Mwgn8s?feature=share

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Copper’s Restaurant on Haining Road.

Trio Wine Bar and Grill (Ig: @triowinebar64), 64 Hope Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-616-4784; 876-872-3659

The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel (Ig: @terranovahotel), 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10. Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-754-2114

Steak House on the Verandah (Ig: @steakhouseontheverandah), Devon House. Ph: 876-353-9728

Summerhouse (Ig: @summerhouseja), Harmony Hall, St. Mary. Ph: 876-858-0031

Stush in the Bush (Ig: @stushinthebush), Priory, St. Ann. Ph: 876-562-9760. http://stushinthebush.com/visit

Sugar Mill Restaurant (Ig: @halfmoonjamaica) , Spring Farm Drive. Half Moon, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ph: 876-953-2211; 1-800-626-0592(Website: http://www.halfmoon.com)

Copper’s Restaurant (Ig: @thecoppersja), 9 Haining Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-815-5609; 876-672-7251

Chive Restaurant (Ig: @chivejamaica), Shop 15, Orchid Village Plaza. 20 Barbican Road. Kingston 6. Ph: 876-820-1194

Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (Ig: @jafoodanddrinkkitchen), Ph: 876-570-5709. https://jamaicafoodanddrinkkitchen.com/

Gabby Burgess, Owner of Suga Lifestyle at Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen

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#tbt to Authentic Pasta Dishes from PG’s Restaurant & Wine Bar!

Pappardelle Pomodoro with Pesto from PG’s!

It’s been almost a year since Suga has visited PG’s, but a trip there is overdue.

Chef Pierluigi Ricci’s hospitality and polite, professional staff is bar none. Their wine selection is top-notch to accompany the variety of delectable, authentic Italian dishes available.

Remember that PG’s used to be Toscanini at Harmony Hall. But now, it is a bit of a hidden gem along Tower Isle. If you drive slowly enough, you’ll be sure to see it or just give them a call! With Covid restrictions, opening hours frequently change, so reservations are recommended.

Some ‘Coping with Covid’ humour from PG’s

PG’s may not be as active or picturesque on social media, but please remember to support our best Restaurants so that we can move forward with them during and after Covid.

PG’s Restaurant & Wine Bar

Location: A3 Main Road, Tower Isle, Ocho Rios. Ja

Ph: 876-727-4386/2; 876-358-4136

Opening Hours: Wed. & Fri. 12 Noon – 5PM; Sat. 12 Noon – 4PM

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

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We’re Popping up by the Beach at Seaside Dutchie in Priory, St. Ann EVERY LAST FRIDAY!

Cruise Ships wi ready again!

POP STYLE CONCEPTS with Jen Quinson a.k.a Rouge (Instagram: @jqkingstonwest) and Suga Lifestyle will be hosting a Pop-Up Shop Series by Fantasy beach at Seaside Dutchie, Priory, St. Ann every last Friday starting this Friday!

Jaabo Muzik (Instagram: @jaabomuzik) will be there to build the Vibez!

Sip, Shop Swim & Eat, We’ll be there!

XoXo, Suga 💖

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

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SUGA is Popping Up in St. Ann!

That’s right! Watch this space to see Who is collaborating with Suga Lifestyle, When and Where the Pop Up will be!

Let’s bring the island’s various creative industries that are value for your money wherever you are!
Stay tuned.

XoXo, Suga 💖

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

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#tbt to this Shrimp Surf & Turf from The Neptune’s at Beaches Resorts, Ocho Rios !

The Neptune’s Shrimp Surf & Turf with Chargrilled Boston cut Striploin Steak, Shrimp Skewer, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and garlic butter was divine! Tender, juicy and well seasoned. Kudos to Chef Viv!

Dinner was spectacular from the start with their Seafood Salad, Assorted Meze including Octopus, Prawns and more, Ceviche, the mains with Surf & Turf, Lamb, Swordfish Steak, Pastas and more, topped off with Baklava and Ice Cream for the finale. My family cleaned up!

The Neptune’s at Beaches Resorts
always delivers! Especially when they used to have booths at various festivals and events.

They maintained great service when the hotel was fully booked and understaffed. Bravo.
#SugaSnaps & #SugaEndorsed.

The Neptune’s at Beaches Resorts, Ocho Rios

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#Sugalifestyleja #issalifestyle #SugaTasters #Seafood #RestaurantRatingsandReviews #OutdoorDining #SeasideDining #Views #CopingWithCovid #WeAreInThisTogether

TGIF to Sal’s Sweets Baking the World a Better Place!

TGIF and #fbf to #Sugataster Randy and I indulging in the unique variety of Sal’s Sweets delights.

From practicing Financial Services in Estonia and Florida to settling back home in Jamaica and practicing her passion, Sal Mahtani brings out the flavours she has grown up with that complement each other so well. She is of Indian heritage and has family in the Phillipines, where she has visited as well as countries in Europe. Being well travelled, she has demonstrated a knack for playing with different flavours, for anything but an average result.

This home-taught Baker started out baking Lemon Rosemary Scones for herself and friends while living in Florida. Go figure!

In a currently saturated field of Bakers especially during the pandemic, Sal does not do the classic Cookies, Cupcakes, Banana Bread or Cinnamon Rolls. It’s innate for her to do spin offs.

Russian Tea Cookies
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baklava with a twist!
Baklava with a twist! (Shortbread crust, layered with nuts, baked with filo dough on top and drizzled with pumpkin spice syrup!)
Carrot Cake with a twist! Carrot Cake loaf topped off with with roasted walnuts, cranberries and spiced cream cheese frosting!

Her signature Cookies are Russian Tea Cookies that melt in your mouth, using her Mom’s recipe that she has recreated to offer vegans too. Her Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies with local Chocollor Chocolate, Earl Grey Lavendar Cookies and atypical Baklava are divine. A twist on the classic Baklava, using a shortbread crust, layered with nuts, baked with filo dough on top and drizzled with pumpkin spice syrup! Excellent texture for travel, whether it’s you or Sal! She frequently comes to Kingston on weekends from Ocho Rios for pick up and can facilitate FREE Delivery. Her products are now in the new Ciao Bella Café and soon to be in Lala’s Nutmeg in Ocho Rios!

Looking forward to Sal’s Sweets’  Summer spin offs! A little birdie told me I can look out for Lychee Lavendar, Chai and Lemon Basil flavours with Popsicles in the mix!

Follow @salsweetsja on Instagram NOW and make your orders! #SugaEndorsed

Sal’s Sweets

Ph: 876-388-6426

Instagram: @salsweetsja

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

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TGIF! Are you ready to have a #shotgirlsummer?!

Gabrielle Burgess, owner of Suga Lifestyle at Couples Tower Isle, St. Mary, Jamaica. [👙: Swimshop876]

Have you been Vaccinated, Eating Healthy and Exercising? YOLO

Remember there are lots of deals online for our local Hotels. Enjoy our very own Sweet Jamaica and have a Staycation!

Let’s help the local hotels to stay afloat until we move forward after Covid. They are doing their best to keep us safe. We need balance and R & R time too!

Book your stay to enjoy Sun, Sand and some Vitamin Sea🏝🍹

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

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A Sentimental Visit to the Relocated Summerhouse where Hubby Proposed

Suga’s Ratings for Summerhouse
Date and time of visit: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 2:30pm
No. of diners: 4.5
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★
Décor: ★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★
Speed: ★★★★
Food quality: ★★★★
Serving amount: ★★★★
Plating: ★★★★★
Value for $: ★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown

It’s always a pleasure to visit Harmony Hall, that dates backs to the 19th century, now the home of Summerhouse.

Exquisite outdoor dining with superior service and delectable courses that I enjoyed with my husband, Randy, friends and Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold and Suga Baby, Blaire Arnold.

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold with Suga Baby, Blaire Arnold.

I could almost say our culinary experience was excellent from start to finish, but with fair warning, disappointing Dessert loomed the air. Bread Pudding is usually a common, highly anticipated request by us Jamaicans, where the calories are worth it. When ordered with a side of their dairy-free ice cream, the ice cream didn’t help it. It was dry and left unfinished. The other Dessert options weren’t satisfying either and sometimes this may leave a lasting impression, but definitely not this time. It’s early days, with many naturally talented bakers emerging during Covid. They should be able to find a superb Pastry Chef.

The Appetizers and Starch dishes were large enough to share, the Coal-Fired Proteins were divine and we had a few Cocktails. The Strawberry Bellini was on point👌🏾. Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh paid us a visit for feedback and he was lauded.

Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga of Suga Lifestyle with Strawberry Bellini in hand at Summerhouse last Saturday, May 22, 2021.

We enjoyed scrumptious Saltfish Fritters with a spicy dipping sauce, mouth-watering cheesy Callaloo dip with Crostini, Curried Ackee Wontons, juicy Local Beef Tenderloin cooked as ordered, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, tasty Orzo, mixed Mushrooms, savory Fresh Grouper, delish Ripe Plantain Gratin and one of specials of the day, Grilled Tuna with a heavenly lemon & cilantro butter. Feast your eyes.

Quite a delightful experience and currently considered one of the Best places to Brunch on a Sunday. Kudos to Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau, Jamaican sisters who have found a new home, where it’s always Summer, providing us with the pleasure of embracing modern, heritage dining with a side of fresh, Caribbean Sea breeze.

Summerhouse

Location: Harmony Hall, St. Mary.

Reservations: 876-603-3777; 876-858-0031

Instagram: @summerhouseja

Website (Including Menus): http://www.summerhouseja.com/

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

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