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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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Suga Taster, Jody Hits DC’s Best Cuban Rum Bar & Restaurant!

Suga Taster, Jody Dixon at Casta’s Rum Bar in Washinton, DC a few weeks ago.

Open for just over a year now, Casta’s Rum Bar has racked up street credit for not only being Washington DC’s Best Cuban Rum Bar, but one of the hottest Bars in DC!

Suga cannot wait to travel again and hit this spot. Soooo jealous of Suga Taster, Jody Dixon! She visited a few weeks ago with friends and said her smiles were courtesy of Passionfruit and Tequila!

Check out the juicy, salivating Dishes and refreshing Cocktails that she and her friends enjoyed here!

The Menu is online! If you’re in DC, this looks like a spot to hit for sure!

Casta’s Rum Bar
Location: 1121 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Ph: +1 202-660-1440
Website: http://www.castasrumbar.com
*Menu is on Website*
Instagram: @castasrumbar

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 visits Toscanini’s former Chef at PG’s Restaurant & Wine Bar along Tower Isle!

After 20 years of loyal patronage by locals and overseas visitors, Harmony Hall was sold and Toscanini closed.

Toscanini’s Chef, Pierluigi Ricci, nicknamed PG, opened PG’s Restaurant & Wine Bar along Tower Isle in October of last year.

He was happy to find the space, which he continues to make his own. Suga missed out on her trip to Rome this year, but you don’t have to go to Rome to experience the vintage ambience PG has created.

PG’s menu is based on what’s available at sea or is farm to table, accompanied by an extensive Wine List.

The dishes served continue to be high quality, authentic Italian dishes. Their fresh homemade Pasta is one of the best on the island and along with Simos Bread and Catering, so is their Tiramisu.

For Independence Day Weekend two Fridays ago, Suga dined with family, a party of 4. See some of what we enjoyed here!

Escargot Bourguignon
Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Pappardelle Promodoro with grilled Shrimp (Shaved parmesan cheese & Tomato sauce)
Fresh catch of the day, Mahi-Mahi.
Tiramisu

We had Escargot Bourguignon, fresh Mozzarella Caprese Salad, Pappardelle Boscaiola (Bacon & fresh mushroom in a cream & tomato sauce), Pappardelle Promodoro with grilled Shrimp (Shaved parmesan cheese & rucola pesto) although they were out of Pesto so I received tomato sauce instead, Smoked Pork Chop in an apple cider sauce that was juicy to the bone and the fresh catch of the day, Mahi-Mahi.

Definitely value for money and worth the drive for Lunch one weekend if coming from Kingston. Pizza nights and rooftop dining may be on the horizon too.

PG’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

Location: Tower Isle, Ocho Rios. Jamaica

Ph: 876-727-4386

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

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Suga Celebrates Emancipation Day, Rooftop Dining at the NEW Seafood Spot in Town!

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During and after Covid-19, if Suga visits a Restaurant spot and gives a Review AND Ratings, they are #SugaEndorsed! Here you go!

Suga’s Ratings for Offshore Seafood Lounge!

Date and time of visit: Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 5:15pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★☆☆

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★☆☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown!

Suga has been craving lobster since it has been back in season. A restaurant was out of lobster last week, so why not go to an actual seafood restaurant, better yet, a new one!

Offshore Seafood Lounge facilitates social distancing with their ample rooftop dining space, whether covered or uncovered. So no need to worry about bad weather. I went when the evening just about cooled down and I could enjoy the airy seating with a city view, taking in all of Constant Spring’s new developments. Wink wink foodies!

Princess was our server and she did a great job. Attentive and pleasant throughout our stay, because we were there for hours. I blame the Bar and an excellent bartender. You know it’s hard to find a tasty, blended Piña Colada nowadays?! Even some of the hotels water it down, but you can get an authentic, rich, thick Piña Colada at Offshore Seafood Lounge.

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We were offered complimentary Lobster Head Soup as a starter, which we enjoyed and everything we ate after that too. Well seasoned, fresh seafood, rich flavours, tasty sides, satisfying portions and great presentation, all for a reasonable price. Definitely value for money.

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‘Flittaz’ – Fritters with flakes of salted codfish (JMD$600) and Fried Sprat served with a house pickle (JMD$650).

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Fish Tacos (JMD$1000)

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XL Shrimp served with mashed potatoes and seasoned vegetables (JMD$2300).

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Garlic Lobster served with one side and seasonal vegetables (JMD$2900).

For the ladies who love their pics, there is an Offshore themed painted wall with great lighting upon entry. The DJ is also quite good. They surely seem to live by their tag line, Great Atmosphere, Great Food, Great Vibe. Give them a visit if they are open for the Holiday tomorrow, or this weekend! They are #SugaEndorsed.

Offshore Seafood Lounge

Location: Consumer Plaza Rooftop, 103 Constant Spring Rd., Kingston. JA.

Ph: 876-840-2863

Open Tuesdays – Sundays, 3pm to 10pm

***Delivery Now Available through 7Krave***

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

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Suga Dines Out with one of her Suga Babies at Jamaica Liquor Warehouse!

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Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga with Suga Baby, Tricia O’Connor last Saturday at Jamaica Liquor Warehouse.

Suga has been celebrating her Birthday ALL Month long. JUNE, the month when we can go back outside, is definitely worth celebrating!

I had to make a stop Jamaica Liquor Warehouse for a little Birthday treat. Thank you! 💖

I had their house faves, the Loaded Fries w/ Tomatoes, Onions & Cheese ($1000JMD+tx), Waffles w/ Crispy Chicken & spicy Maple Syrup ($1500JMD+tx) – one of the Best around town and their Frozen Mint Lemonade ($500JMD+tx).

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Loaded Fries and Crushed Green Plantain Bruschetta!

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Crispy Chicken and Waffles with spicy maple syrup ($1500JMD+tx)

My Suga Baby, Tricia O’Connor, also a regular at Jamaica Liquor Warehouse and supporter of Suga Lifestyle’s initiatives enjoyed her crushed Green Plantain Bruschetta and had a decent Quinoa Salad with Chicken ($2000JMD+tx).

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Quinoa Salad with Chicken ($2000JMD+tx)

I am happy to see Jamaica Liquor Warehouse fully open again.

Check out their current Opening Hours and Menu here:

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***They are also offering a Graduation Special for 4 for $10,500 tx incl. on Tuesdays and Thursdays!***

Give them a visit! Cheers!

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Frozen Mint Lemonade ($500JMD+tx)

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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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!

Watch “Sunday Brunch is Back at The Jamaica Pegasus!” By Suga Lifestyle on YouTube here:

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: 876-926-3691 

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

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TGIF to Suga’s Birthday Cake from SEAR274!

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TGIF to My Birthday Cake from SEAR274!

ABSOLUTE PERFECTION from the details to the core! I made a special request to hubby that I wanted a pretty Birthday Cake that tasted good too and he did well!

It was ‘REAL RICH 👏’ My Cake was filled with the new Pure Chocolate Company’s 70% Dark Chocolate – Coffee flavour and Almonds. The few friends that I had celebrate with me raved about it and by the end of the night we were only left with 1 slice! #SugaSnaps #SugaEndorsed

Sear 274

Website: http://www.sear274.com

Instagram: @sear274

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

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TGIF to Drinks last Weekend by the Poolside Bar at The Jamaica Pegasus!

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Kareem Tomlinson, Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga, Michael Campbell and Jhanille Brooks enjoying Drinks by the Poolside Bar at The Jamaica Pegasus last Saturday, May 30, 2020.

I finally got a few friends to come and have some drinks with me in the open air by the Poolside Bar at The Jamaica Pegasus!

We observed social distancing as much as possible, our waitress was attentive and wore her mask and we wore ours to enter and leave. They gave us cute poolside table lamps too!

The Poolside Bar was actually closed a little earlier that day, but they had no issues facilitating our preference to be in open air and brought drinks down to us from The Blend Bar upstairs.

It was surely a nostalgic feeling to pour Drinks at a bar and ask my friends to pass the ice bucket with their clean hands. Then drink with just enough time to make curfew 😉 As Restaurants and Bars slowly start to reopen, thanks to The Jamaica Pegasus for never closing their doors with all necessary protocols observed, remaining Kingston’s preferred Hotel. We appreciate you👌🏾🍻 #SugaSnaps #SugaEndorsed 

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

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