Mouth-watering Steak from Stonegate Smoke!

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Steak from Stonegate Smoke! (Instagram Photo: @stonegatesmoke)

A few Sundays ago, a Jamaican and his neighbours in Michigan a.k.a Stonegate Smoke fired up the ol’ smoker and put on a marinated tri-tip (triangular cut from the bottom sirloin) from Byron Centre Meats. It finished with an 800° sear!

Mouth-watering meat charred to perfection makes any face happy during quarantine.

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By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Award-Winning Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

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View from the Veranda at Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove. (Photo: Suga Lifestyle)

Add the award-winning Restaurant, Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove to your Post Covid-19 Bucket List!

I had a wonderful experience there a few years ago and I am overdue to return.

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Traditional Jamaican dish served for Breakfast at Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove. (Ig Photo: @christophersjamaicaaaw)

Christopher’s serves locally sourced gourmet fare such as farm to table greens and freshly caught seafood on an ocean-view veranda.

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Freshly caught Lobster delivered to Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove. (Ig Photo: @christophersjamaicaaaw)

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Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove’s award-winning Chef Conroy Arnold. (Photo: http://www.christophersjamaica.com)

Their award-winning Chef Conroy Arnold creates traditional island dishes with a contemporary international flair for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Here you go, feast your eyes until you can go. When you go, you know! #SugaEndorsed #PostCovid19BucketList

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Classic Oxtail from Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove. (Ig Photo: @christophersjamaicaaaw)

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Grilled King Fish served with roasted eggplant. (Ig Photo: @christophersjamaicaaaw)

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Ribeye Steak (Ig Photo: @christophersjamaicaaaw)

Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

Location: Hermosa Lane, Pineapple, Ocho Rios. JA.

Ph: 876-974-3699

Website: http://www.christophersjamaica.com

Instagram: @christophersjamaicaaaw

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Cellar 8!

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Cellar 8 was the place Suga’s husband, Randy chose for the Valentine’s Day date!

He loved their menu, also endorsed by Suga and wanted to avoid places that felt too crowded.

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Cellar 8 seemed to manage an expected heavy flow of diners for the occasion well by having two seatings for the night, 6pm and 9pm. 6pm was a bit too early for a Friday evening, so we appreciate being accommodated for 7pm.

From the looks of it, appetizer servings seemed small, but we came out on top with the Chicken Marsala Kebab served over a mixed green salad and the creamy Seafood Bisque.

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Chicken Marsala Kebab served over a mixed green salad.

Randy’s cut of Steak could have been bigger, but it was cooked to medium rare perfection and I thoroughly enjoyed my Seafood Thermidor.

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Thyme and Tarragon crusted Beef Tenderloin with mushroom cream sauce.

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C8 Seafood Thermidor with mixed greens and garlic bread.

Their Blackforest Cake and house made Gelato trio were a sweet ending to the evening.

With regards to cost, it was the usual high end price compared to if you chose from their regular menu, racking up a bill of about JA$20,000 for two if you ordered an additional beverage. Perhaps they could offer a Valentine’s Day special next year.

As a part of the earlier set of diners, service was managed relatively well. If there was any delay, we were made aware right away. The food was delectable and the ambience suited the occasion. Loved the brawta photo on the way out! Cellar 8, thanks for a memorable evening.

XoXo, Suga

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Steak & Seafood Poolside at The Terra Nova Tomorrow!

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Suga Bears have been enjoying Terra Nova’s Steak and Seafood Poolside Buffet that they host from time to time on the last Wednesday of the month.

The event is poolside with candlelight and a wide spread of Seafood and endless Steak such as Filet Mignon, Lobster, Crayfish and more.

It’s a relaxed setting for family, friends and business partners to enjoy great food and value for money! Check it out tomorrow!

The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel 

***Reservations Recommended***

Guests with Reservations receive Priority Seating

Location: 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10.

Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-754-2114

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The Terrace at The Terra Nova Continues to be Top-Notch for Fine Dining

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Escargots baked in Herb Garlic Butter (USD$18.95)

Suga’s Ratings for The Terrace at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel 

Date and time of visit: Monday, December 30, 2019 @ 8:30pm

No. of diners: 4

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown!

The Terrace continues to be one of the few dependable fine dining restaurants in Jamaica. The quality of the food remains top-notch. The service is up there too, but the waiters could loosen up a little. Though professional, they could be more pleasant and use a bit of charm.

The Terrace has a quiet setting with ambience ideal for conversation as we enjoyed our courses.

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Caribbean Marlin Plate – Thinly sliced Caribbean Marlin served with Marlin Ceviche, Herbed Cream Cheese and Tropical Fruit Salsa, Lime and Balsamic Vinaigrette (USD$17.95)

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Seafood Risotto with creamy Arborio Rice, Grilled Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Herbs and Parmesan (USD$35.95)

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Grilled Filet Mignon with sautéed Mushrooms and Béarnaise sauce (USD$46.50)

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Crème brûlée !

If you have visitors for business or pleasure, a special date or occasion, The Terrace at Terra Nova is #SugaEndorsed.

The Terrace at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel 

***Reservations Recommended***

Location: 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10.

Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-926-9334

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Where to Indulge in Juicy Steak before the New Year!

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Sizzling Ribeye Steak recommended for two ($8500JMD): Grilled and served on a sizzling cast iron pan, finished with demi-glaze, truffle butter and mashed potatoes.

Need to indulge in a juicy Ribeye Steak before the New Year? Chef Alex D-Great has left Steak House on the Verandah in Devon House, but not to worry, Chef Jermaine Erskine and his team of two other Chefs have taken over in fine fashion.

I was a bit worried since I was treating my husband for his Birthday dinner on December 3rd, but I had friends who had gone recently and said the standard was still high. I am in total agreement. Service was commendable, the Ribeye that we shared was cooked to order, medium rare perfection and our sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell was delicious as well.

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Sautéed Escargot starter in pesto cream and a puff pastry shell ($1500JMD)

The pocket may have to run a bit deep for your visit, but you get value for your money. #SugaEndorsed

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Steak House on the Verandah

***Reservations Recommended***

Location: Devon House

Ph: 876-616-8833

Facebook: @steakhouseja

Instagram: @thesteakhouseja

Opening Hours:

Mon. to Sat. @ 12 noon – 9:30 pm

***Closed on Sundays*** 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Epicurean Delights Served on Eye-Popping Displays from Barton G Miami!

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Suga’s Ratings for Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach

Date and time of visit: Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 8:30pm

No. of diners: 3 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★☆☆

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga’s Breakdown

My Aunt, Maxine Spencer visited Barton G for her birthday in August and highly recommended it as a must-stop destination in Miami. From what I saw, I knew I had to visit on my next trip with my husband, Randy.
Epicurean delights were served on eye-popping displays that only added to the enjoyment of the food, great service and ambience. We also had front row seats to see them all come out the kitchen.
We kicked things off with cocktails like no other!
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Stairway to Heaven – Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Godiva White Chocolate Cream, Frangelico

Appetizers
The appetizers were so tasty, you had to worry about space for the entrees!
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Lobster Pop Tarts (USD$29) – Lobster and Fontina Mornay sauce, Flaky Phyllo, Tabasco Hollandaise, Tarragon Aioli

The flavours and textures in the Lobster Pop Tarts were truly a pleasant surprise. There was even a hint of sweet.
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Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp (USD$27) – Crispy Rock Shrimp, Sweet & Spicy Chili sauce, Popcorn

The Popcorn Shrimp had the right amount of crisp, complemented well by the sweet and spicy chili sauce.
The tender, juicy delish Sliders almost struck me out! But I wouldn’t allow them to do so. I just had a taste.
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Strike Out Sliders (USD$36) – Wagyu Beef, Gruyere Cheese, Red Onion, Jam, Smoked Ketchup, Garlic Aioli, Black Truffle Brioche

Eye-popping Entrees!

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Orange Salmon (USD$39) – Pan Seared Salmon Loin, Garden Patatouille, Roasted Pepper Paint, Herb Pesto, Fennel Chip

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Randy Burgess with his Samurai Tuna (USD$42) – Ahi, Korean spices, Kimchi Risotto Fritters, Sweet Miso Butter, Shishito Peppers

The Ahi Tuna was perfection. Look at those cuts!
I have to confess that we also had the best Lobster Mac and Cheese I have ever tasted. It was divine with huge pieces of Lobster.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my Risotto Jambalaya. A burst of different flavours with the best of both worlds, Meat and Seafood. Of course I couldn’t finish it, but I must say that the Okra and Spices were sensational additions to the dish.
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Risotto Jambalaya (USD$35) – Chicken Andouille Sausage, Gulf Shrimp, Arborio Rice, Okra, Cajun Mirepoix, Spices

Did we really have Dessert?! Of course! You cannot pass up on getting the ‘Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all’!
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Mega Rich chocolate ganache and dulce de leche tart, under a gold brick shell that was torched off! Vanilla bean ice cream and golden caramel corn. THE perfect way to end the night. 💯
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Barton G is definitely rated 100 by Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga and is undoubtedly #SugaEndorsed !

Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach
Location: 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Ph: 305-672-8881

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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#tbt to this Cheesy Surf & Turf!

20190410_160549Cheat meal anyone? #tbt to this Cheesy Surf & Turf from Black Orchid Restaurant in Eden Gardens! #SugaEndorsed

Black Orchid Restaurant

Location: Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa @ 39 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston

Ph: 876-946-9977

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Why is South Avenue Grill Buzzing with Diners?

Suga’s Ratings for South Avenue Grill 

Date and time of visit: Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 9:20pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★☆☆

Décor: ★★☆☆☆

Comfort: ★★★☆☆

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★☆☆☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga’s Breakdown:

My husband and I were greeted by courteous staff. We had a 15-minute wait to be seated and it was observed that tables could have been cleared more quickly.

Food was served in reasonable time, which was excellent considering it was a full house. The serving size was more than adequate. Our Steaks were cooked to order (medium rare), well seasoned and grilled to perfection. My Chimichurri sauce tantalised my taste buds with spice. It was much preferred to my husband’s creamy sauce that did not have the flavour of Peppercorn. Best place to eat Steak in Kingston right now for a reasonable price. Best place in Jamaica? Marguerites Seafood by the Sea in Montego Bay!

Cocktails disappointed with no banana for my Hummingbird and no mint leaves for the Mojito. We also heard someone shout that there was no more steamed rice. Mega Mart is just up the road. No excuses.

Also, after so many years of going to this restaurant, I still have difficulty reading the menu and would appreciate more lighting while dining. String lights and perhaps uplighting from the garden and sides of the pool would suit their rustic-garden ambience.

Why is South Avenue Grill Buzzing with Diners? 

It is no white glove service and plating is far from extravagant, but service is decent, food is in abundance on the plate, it tastes good and the price is right!

Our waiter, Kenyon was a bit nervous, but quite attentive and hospitable with a touch of humour. I would be happy to return and have him or one of the other pleasant waiters or waitresses serve my table.

My husband and I’s Succulent Steaks! #SugaEndorsed

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8oz Fillet of Steak Churasso Style ($2600JMD+tx): 8oz fillet of Steak prepared South American style. Beef tenderloin marinated with South Avenue’s Chimichurri sauce recipe with red pepper flakes, oregano, olive oil, sea salt and parsley. Grilled and served with black beans, steamed vegetables and a side of your choice.

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8oz Fillet Mignon and Creamy Peppercorn sauce ($2450JMD+tx) 8oz Fillet Mignon lightly seasoned and grilled, topped with South Avenue’s Peppercorn and herb sauce served with steamed vegetables and a side of your choice.

*** Reservations Recommended ***

South Avenue Grill

Location: 20A South Ave, Kingston. JA. W.I.

Ph: 876.754.1380

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga crowns new Restaurant for Best Lamb Chops in Jamaica!

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Randy Burgess and wife, Gabrielle a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle by the Waterwheel at the front of the Sugar Mill Restaurant last Friday, May 4. The Waterwheel is the only surviving structure of the Running Gut Estate that was established in 1676.

Suga’s Ratings for Sugar Mill Restaurant 

Date and time of visit: Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00pm

No. of diners: 2

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

SuGa Endorsement: ★★★★★

Comments: The Sugar Mill Restaurant lived up to its reputation for a high standard of service and food quality surrounded by the perfect ambience in an authentic, rustic garden setting. Seating at this fine-dining restaurant was spacious and sufficient, giving diners multiple options, including by the actual Waterwheel.

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The menu is diverse, offering international cuisine with a Jamaican flair. Dishes arrived in a timely manner. The meats were cooked to perfection, well seasoned and complemented by other items for added, unique flavours. Well mixed drinks from the bar accompanied our dinner. Sugar Mill Restaurant is the perfect place to impress a date or to enjoy with family. #SugaEndorsed

Sugar Mill Restaurant has quite an assortment of breads with dips to tease the appetite, such as Cho cho with saltfish, a Blue Cheese dip and an Escoveitch dip. If you’re not careful, you will be left with very little space for your main or dessert.

My husband and I received a taste of Tuna with spicy aioli to start us off, compliments of the Chef.

Have a look at our other divine dishes!

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Smoked Marlin ($19USD) – Filled with Crab meat and Shrimp, radish, roasted beets and pickled white onions

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Crayfish Bisque ($15USD) with Breadfruit and Papaya seed crackers

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Rack of Lamb – 14oz/400g ($52USD) with Tangelo Fruit Chutney and a side of Yam Risotto ($8.50USD)

How did their Lamb Chops surpass that of Terra Nova’s for Suga?

The satisfying serving size was similar, but slightly larger than Terra Nova’s Lamb chops. Both are well seasoned, tender cuts that are cooked how I like it, medium rare, but Sugar Mill gets the edge with its flavour and the crust that developed on top as it was cooked for the right amount of time, which made it perfection.

Terra Nova’s signature Mint and Pomegranate Au Jus that accompanies the Lamb Chops is savoury, but I didn’t mind the change with Sugar Mill’s tasty and juicy Tangelo Fruit Chutney. Sugar Mill gets the marginal win!

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Veal Chop – 14oz/400g ($65USD) with jerk-herb butter and a side of sautéed Callaloo with garlic ($8.50USD)

My husband enjoyed this change in comparison to his usual cut of Beef Tenderloin. It was well seasoned and cooked to medium rare perfection. Since the veal is younger, it was a lighter, more tender meat that he appreciated.

We were too full for Dessert, so either the Chef felt like being generous to us or he knew Suga was in the house! We were given Sweet treats compliments of the Chef. Delish!

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Dinner for two at the established, fine-dining Sugar Mill Restaurant can run a couple a bit over $200USD, but it is usually totally worth it. Prices quoted attracted an additional 10% G.C.T and 15% Service charge, however locals get 20% off the bill.

Kudos to the Chef and staff for an exquisite dinner and to our courteous waiter, Dexter Lloyd who provided exceptional service.

Sugar Mill Restaurant

Location: Spring Farm Drive. Half Moon, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Ph: 876-953-2211; 1-800-626-0592

Website: http://www.halfmoon.com

Hashtag for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: #SugarMillJamaica

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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