Cheers to Halfway Post Holiday from the New Nirvanna Global!

Low Calorie Cocktails?! What? 🍹Peach Whiskey Smash (150cal 😉)

Suga’s Ratings for Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill
Date and time of visit: Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:45pm
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 Breakdown: 

As we transition fully to outside and face to face especially post long holiday weekend, many of us may be TIRED. But alas, a new weekend approaches quickly and so does the opportunity to visit a new restaurant!

As a part of the Nirvanna trilogy which began on Lady Musgrave road in 2015, we now have Nirvanna Global in Progressive Plaza, Barbican!

Suga visited for dinner 2 Sundays ago and I’m impressed! No extravant décor, simple yet modern with pleasant staff superb service and an experienced Bartender!

I would place Nirvanna in the middle of the trilogy, considering Nirvanna Indian more formal and Masala Wok, casual. However, in terms of the range offered on the menu for international cuisine, it is not comparable to the others.

Reasonable prices, comfortable dining and a relaxed bar setting with ‘Chin’ the Bartender (who is not Chinise fyi) serving up quality drinks by a large tv with the NBA Playoffs is a vibe.

Anyhow, check out what we enjoyed, cooked exactly as we ordered from our on point server, Vish.

🍴Jerk Spiced Calamari with spicy guacamole

🍴Classic Onion Rings with sriracha sour cream dip

🍴Lemon Grilled Salmon with citrus marinade, basmati rice, seasonal salad

🍴Shrimp Pesto Fettuccine with mushrooms

👌🏾Happy to see the high standard maintained across the trilogy.

Visit Nirvanna Global (Ig: @nirvannaglobalja)! The menu is posted on their Instagram page highlights. #SugaEndorsed

Nirvanna Global International Bar and Grill

Location: 24 Barbican Road. Shop #7-8 (Progressive Plaza). Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876-672-9644; 876-801-4703

Instagram: @nirvannaglobalja

*Closed on Mondays* *Open at 12 noon; Kitchen closes at 9:30pm*

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

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Mystic Thai: One Night in Kingston?!

When Mystic Thai comes to Kingston, foodies unite! (L-R) Le Cordon Bleu Paris Graduate & Blogger, Craig Fleming, Blogger, Vanessa Lalasingh, Owners of Suga Lifestyle, Gabrielle and Randy Burgess with Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold.

Last Saturday at Jamaica Food + Drink Kitchen (Ig: @jafoodanddrinkkitchen), a bit over 30 guests had the pleasure of experiencing a Night in Thailand with Mystic Thai (Ig: @mystic_thai_jamaica) coming in from Montego Bay, Select Brands (Ig: @selectbrandsja) and Debra Taylor-Smith a.k.a Wine Lady Debra (Ig: @wineladydebra).

It’s what you would call a precursor to Mystic Thai coming to Kingston! Yes, you read right. Mystic Thai will be opening a higher end version of their restaurant some time within the next 6 to 8 months. Envision Sea Bass and Steaks prepared by a mix of new Chefs coming from India, while you are surrounded by the finest of Thai décor. Can’t wait!


In the mean time, we had the delight of being taken through 7 courses with the most interesting, some shocking, but tantalizing pairings presented by Wine Lady Debra of Select Brands.

Let Suga take you through!

The Beefeater Gin Cocktail was a bold welcome, tempered by Lemongrass that got guests buzzing, catching up after not seeing each other for a little while, then eventually seated with anticipation for what the rest of the evening had to offer.

Then BOOM came an unexpected shot of Stone’s Ginger Wine topped with Torresella Prosecco paired with Tom Kha Soup! A Ginger Mimosa Shot that got us off to a fast, but great start. The rich, creamy coconut flavour of the Soup was amazing by the way.

The Papaya Salad Wraps paired with Rosé cooled things down a bit with delicate flavours and well-rounded acidity.

One of my faves, the Kung Fu Girl Riesling followed to pair with the Mystic Dragon Roll, where its flavours were even more enhanced by a homemade pepper sauce that was offered. It took a little while for Kung Fu Girl to grow on those who were just introduced, as she is on the dry side, but hints of citrus and white peach perhaps made them appreciate her more as they sipped in between bites.

Truffle Infused Pad Thai Chicken paired with a California Cline Gewurtztraminer definitely spiced up the night again! Pun intended. Wow. I enjoyed that pairing thoroughly.

The highlight if the night for me then arrived.

GREEN CURRY SALMON with Hahn PINOT NOIR…What?! “Life is too short”, said Wine Lady Debra.
It is indeed. Naturally a Creamy or Lemon Sauce, or even a Salsa topping on Salmon would pair well with a Traditional White Wine, but I applaud this chance taken.
It was a HIT for ME. BRAVO…YOLO.

Crispy Sesame Lamb paired with a Malbec followed. It was tasty, but the small cuts of Lamb were unfortunately overwhelmed by the sauce and crispy texture.

Before we knew it, it was Dessert time! Oh but a bit of an anti-climax for me and my Suga Tasters who have recently traveled to Thailand. They’ve been spoiled by a wide selection of Sticky Rice Puddings, Fried Bananas, Coconut Puddings and other authentic Thai Desserts. Alas, we were served Chocolate Mousse. Owner, Kareena Mahbubani was surprised to know we would have been open to having her Sticky Banana Pudding. Of course, bring it on next time.

Wine Lady Debra did not skip a beat though! The Cocktail paired with the dessert literally fired things up again. An El Dorado Rum Cream Slide with smoky Cinnamon sticks! Delicious! Awesome finale.

Wine Lady Debra in action, assisting to pour the last Cocktail of the night.
Wine Lady Debra with Gabby Burgess

Let us remember that Mystic Thai is one of, if not, the best Ethnic Restaurant in Jamaica, so expectations were high. It was truly a fabulous evening. Kudos to Kareena and her team, Jamaica Food + Drink Kitchen for creating such a spectacular space for these Culinary Experiences along with their amazingly attentive and professional team, Select Brands and Wine Lady Debra who all delivered. A fantastic experience. Cheers. 🥂

Randy and Gabby Burgess of Suga Lifestyle with friends and Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold.
Gabby Burgess with Owner of Mystic Thai, Kareena Mahbubani.

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

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New Hot Spot in Kingston, Holy Smokes! How’s the Food?!

WELL, Suga can show, but cannot tell. Hoping for a tasty experience next time at Holy Smokes (Ig: @holysmokesjamaica). But big up for offering local, Trouble’s Brewing (Ig: @troublesbrewing) Beer!

We had Soup, Curried Goat with roti, mashed potatoes and pressed plantain and also Jerked Chicken.

Love the refurbished, modern, comfortable setting.

Lots of potential for this new hot spot on Waterloo road.

Cheers to Friday Eve!

Suga at Holy Smokes (Where Jo-Jo’s used to be) at 12 Waterloo Road last Saturday, February 19, 2022. Kingston. Jamaica

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Suga and Hubby visit the NEW Trio Grill Wine Bar for Christmas Eve!

Randy and Gabrielle Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle

On Christmas Eve we visited the new Trio Grill Wine Bar on 64 Hope Road. You would never believe Kingston’s newest Restaurant, Lounge and Bar was the original home of Chilitos. They surely did a lot with the place, including a visible private lounge that hosted a Birthday party.

Great ambience and I loved the friendly, attentive, festive mood of the staff.

We thought based on our wait, Chef Haleem Card went to hunt and kill the Lamb, but our dishes were superb upon arrival and thankfully worth the wait.

We had tasty Calamari and Crab Cakes for starters, followed by a delish Surf and Turf with my Hubby, Randy’s Steak cooked to order, medium rare and sizeable juicy, tender Lamb Chops. #SugaSnaps Chef Card.

Surf and Turf served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.
Lamb Chops served with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables.

I’m looking forward to returning to try those signature jumbo Prawns.

Trio Grill Wine Bar

Location: 64 Hope Road. Kingston. Jamaica. W.I.

Ph: 876-616-4784; 876-872-3659

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat; 2PM – 9PM

Instagram: @triowinebar64

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JD’s Urban Pub has found a Home at The Liguanea Club!

Suga’s Ratings for JD’s Urban Pub!

Dates and times of visits: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 7:00pm & Friday, November 27, 2020
No. of diners: 5; 1
NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum
Parking: ★★★★★
Ambience: ★★★★☆
Décor: ★★★★☆
Comfort: ★★★★★
Service: ★★★★☆
Speed: ★★★★☆
Food quality: ★★★★★
Serving amount: ★★★★
Plating: ★★★★★
Value for $: ★★★★

Suga’s Comments: 

The Summerhouse at The Liguanea Club is no longer and JD’s Urban Pub has found a new home.

JD for Jason Delvaille, opened JD’s Urban Pub at The Liguanea club almost 2 weeks ago, on Friday, November 20th. With the closing of Summerhouse for some time now, The Liguanea Club was in desperate need to have a new Restaurant/Bar open for members, visitors and guests.

I hosted a small launch of http://www.sugalifestyle.com at The Liguanea Club a day after their opening and decided to try them right away after my launch with hubby and friends.

It was refreshing to see the staff genuinely excited to politely welcome diners and maintain attentive service throughout. It was quite a comfortable atmosphere and quiet, calming ambience. A bit too quiet though, some background music was needed. No worries though, that was fixed when I visited on my own a week later. They smoothed out bar and billing glitches the second time around and the food on both occasions was excellent. Adequate servings, great presentation, tasty and value for money.

I had their freshly made Lentil and Mushroom Burger (J$1500) for my first visit and last Friday, with my waitress, Keron’s advice, I had the Boneless Curry Goat Wrap (J$1200). That wrap was delicious! The meat was tender, seasoned to perfection and full of flavour. Bravo Chef!

My friends have tried and enjoyed the signature JD Burger (J$1800) and 6-piece Hot Wings (J$1200).

JDs Burger
Hot Wings

Owner, Jason Delvaille has made rounds checking on guests and gathering feedback. We know how important it is for Restaurant Owners to always be present. I have seen many Restaurants/Bars come and go at The Liguanea Club, but if JD’s keeps this up, they may be there to stay.

Suga is looking forward to their Sunday Brunch from 11AM – 5PM and to visit their Pub for drinks with friends. You should too!

(L-R) Sherene Radcliffe, Ryan McKenzie, Randy Burgess, Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and Shane Walters enjoying the new Restaurant and Pub in town, JD’s Urban Pub. [November 21, 2020]

Location: The Liguanea Club, 5 Kutsford Blvd. Kingston 5. JA. W.I.

Jason Delvaille’s Restaurant, JD’s Urban Pub

Ph: 876-926-8144; 876-833-0627

Instagram: @jds_urban_pub

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TGIF to Pavlova from Tea Tree Crêperie!

Pavlova from Tea Tree Crêperie [📸: Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold]

TGIF to this yummy Pavlova that Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold enjoyed from Tea Tree Crêperie! Service was decent too👍🏽

Fun fact: Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova.

Enjoy the Weekend! Stay safe!

Tea Tree Crêperie Restaurant

Ph.: 876-978-7333 

Location: 80 Lady Musgrave Rd. Unit #2. Kingston 10, Jamaica 

Email: info@teatreecreperie.com

Website (includes menu ): http://www.teatreecreperie.com

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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

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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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TGIF to Chicken Loaded Fries from Jamaica Liquor Warehouse!

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Chicken Loaded Fries!

TGIF to Chicken Loaded Fries from Jamaica Liquor Warehouse!

Enjoy!

Takeout and Delivery Available!

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Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Deli & Bar

Location: 17 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston

Ph: 876-925-9427

Instagram: @jamaicaliquorwarehouse

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Preview NEW Paintings from GW Art & Lunch on the Go from The Haven at Hillcrest!

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Check out Suga’s Birthday twin, Karen Darby, Owner of The Haven at Hillcrest tonight!

Karen is dressed and ready for Suga Lifestyle’s Virtual Pop Up Shop this Friday night on Zoom. Are you? Get your Vino ready to hear what’s going on with The Haven at Hillcrest during this time and what’s for Lunch to Go! 

Here’s a Preview!

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REGISTRATION is NOW CLOSED. The Event has been SOLD OUT. THANK YOU!

The Haven at Hillcrest

Location: 12 Hillcrest Avenue. Kingston.

Ph: 876.648.2115

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GW Art has NEW Paintings! Check out the NEW Collection that’s still in progress tonight with Suga Lifestyle.

Paintings are mostly Graphic Art and Acrylic on Canvas.

GW Art is known to be for everyone. So you will find various sizes suitable for different kinds of décor.

GW Art will have a few Paintings and Trendy wooden signs on special for Mother’s Day starting from $3000JMD and upwards.

Also, check out GW Art’s Framed piece (by Frame Art Jamaica) in response to COVID-19, ‘Covid Air’!

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REGISTRATION is NOW CLOSED. The Event has been SOLD OUT. THANK YOU!

GW Art

Email: gwartforall@gmail.com

Ph: 876-422-3769

Website (Gallery):  http://www.sugalifestyle.com 

Instagram: @gwartbygabby

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XoXo,
Suga 💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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