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Suga Taster, Kimmy makes a stop at Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant in Negril!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant

Date and time of visit: November 14, 2019 @ 1pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

 Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth of Suga Lifestyle

Suga Taster, Kimmy’s Breakdown!

We had a long drive from Kingston to Negril for a business meeting and took the opportunity to try one of the new restaurants on the strip; Matthew’s had its official opening on September 14th, 2019.

On entering you are welcomed by a wide, tastefully branded Appleton Estate Matthew’s Bar and wallpaper with beautiful photos of a variety of Jamaican landscapes. The dark wooden decor finishes and free wifi were very welcoming and our host greeted and seated us quickly.

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My party of 3 ordered Calamari and Wings for appetizers and Coconut Curry Shrimp, honey glazed Salmon and torched Salmon Rolls for the main course. The Calamari was enough to share and EVERYTHING was really tasty. Meal portions were just adequate. My party was satisfied, but I wasn’t leaving without dessert! We shared the Tortuga Rum Cake with Ice cream.

A pleasant dining experience with welcoming, attentive staff and tasty food. Nothing we had was remarkable enough to plan a trip around visiting this restaurant, but I would add it to the list of options if you happen to be in Negril.

Massive kudos to our waitress who honoured my request for honey and lime to accompany my white rum in an attempt to keep my pesky cold at bay!

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Matthew’s Sushi-Bar-Restaurant
Location: The Boardwalk Shopping Village, Norman Manley Blvd., Negril, Jamaica  
Phone: (876) 564-1355  

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

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Seaside Dining with Chef Conroy Arnold that’s not too far away!

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Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson.

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson’s Rating for Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

Date and time of visit: November 17, 2019

No. of diners: 4

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Taraja’s Breakdown!

Christopher’s at Hermosa’a Cove was the perfect Sunday evening setting. Tucked away on the beautiful beachfront property at Hermosa Cove, the restaurant overlooks the sea for a casual, yet intimate dining experience.

The menu was diverse with a sample of Jamaica’s unique fusion of European, Asian, and Indian flavours with local favorites, braised Oxtail, steamed Callaloo with Scotch bonnet peppers, and of course, jerked Chicken. However, Executive Chef Conroy Arnold decided to tantalize our taste buds with a selection of some of his signature dishes for a unique culinary experience. Our Chef’s special dishes consisted of six courses totalling $7000JMD each and included Red Peas soup, a delicious Salad with tomato, feta cheese and arugula topped off with a honey mustard vinaigrette. We also had a Shrimp alfredo puff pastry, Mahi-Mahi in eggplant sauce, Beef tenderloin with grilled sweet corn and for dessert we had Crème brûlée and a Banana flambé.

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Salad with tomato, feta cheese and arugula topped off with a honey mustard vinaigrette.
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Mahi-Mahi in eggplant sauce.
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Shrimp alfredo puff pastry.
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Banana flambé.

There were no delays during the courses, however it was a quiet night, which allowed for personalized, attentive treatment. Chef Arnold did an excellent job showcasing his talent and the group was extremely satisfied and pleased with the service.

Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove continues to be #SugaEndorsed !

Christopher’s at Hermosa Cove

Location: Hermosa Lane, Pineapple Hermosa Cove, Villa Resort & Suites, Ocho Rios

Ph: 876-974-3699

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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SUGA TASTERS, TENNYSON AND ASHLEIGH ARNOLD SHARE THEIR FINE DINING EXPERIENCE WITH EXTRAORDINARY CITY VIEWS IN SINGAPORE!

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Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson share more from their anniversary celebrations in September that took them to the other side of the world to Singapore, Bali and Vietnam!

Suga Tasters, Ashleigh and Tennyson Arnold’s Rating for Cé La Vi, on the rooftop at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore. 

Date and time of visit: September 28, 2019 @ 7pm.

No. of diners: 2 

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: N/A

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☯️(4.5)

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

Suga Taster, Ashleigh’s Breakdown!

A trip to Singapore would not be complete without a visit to the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and more importantly, without a visit to Ce La Vi, a swanky Restaurant and SkyBar perched atop the striking Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The menu featured a relatively wide offering of contemporary Asian cuisine and though just a tad bit on the pricey side, once you take a bite you will understand why…the icing on the cake? no doubt the 360 degree magnificent views of the iconic city!!!

What the A-Team ate!

Starter:
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CALAMARI SCHNITZEL Lemon, coriander
Main Course
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STEAMED KÜHLBARRA SEA BASS AND NAM JIM DRESSING: Thai basil, aromatic smoked fish broth
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XINJIANG LAMB: Yogurt flat bread, spiced miso tahini
Dessert
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JACKFRUIT PAVLOVA (AF) (GF): Baked meringue, jackfruit custard, jackfruit ice cream
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ICE CREAM AND SORBET (AF) (GF) (V):  Vanilla, chocolate, sea salt caramel, jackfruit, basil, ginger flower
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[Photo source: Hotels.com Singapore]

Cé La Vi, Singapore

Location: 1 Bayfront Avenue Hotel Tower 3, Level 57 Marina Bay Sands, SkyPark 018971
Ph: +65 6508 2188

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Chilitos JaMexican – A Crowd Pleaser for Restaurant Week

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Jamexican Whole Bowl – A bed of cilantro brown rice and lettuce topped with refried beans, fresh corn and tomato salsa, fried plantain and grilled shrimp glazed with chipotle pepper jelly.

Chilitos Jamexican’s Nyam and Scram offerings for Restaurant Week have been buzzing on social media. Their RW Jamexican Lunch Combo is $1100.00 (+tx) to include 1 Appetizer, 1 Entree and your Choice of Drink/Soda.

Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth gave it a try for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. She thought the Whole Bowl was spicy and filling and thought that the Elote was amazing.

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Elote – 1/2 Char grilled corn covered in scallion crema, cayenne pepper and feta cheese

Suga Taster, Kimmy rates her Nyam and Scram experience as 5/5. Chilitos Jamexican is #SugaEndorsed

The last day for Restaurant Week is this Sunday so get the deals while you can and enjoy!

Chilitos Jamexican Restaurant

Location: 88 Hope Rd, Kingston

Ph: 876-668-0772 ; 876-634-6243

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold enjoy a Michelin Star Dish in Singapore!

Suga introduces you to Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold!

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Suga Tasters, Tennyson and Ashleigh Arnold at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore in September 2019. [📸: Ten80p Photography (Ig: @ten80p_photography)]
The Arnolds have been married for 6 years. Tennyson proposed to Ashleigh in flight, so how appropriate that their anniversary celebrations usually take them on a trip to see more of the world. This September, they chose Singapore, Bali and Vietnam.

At home in Kingston, Jamaica, they enjoy eating casually at Uncorked and for special occasions, The Terrace at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston and The Sugar Mill Restaurant in Montego Bay.

Suga has had the pleasure of being out with the A-Team and can tell you that these foodies have an insatiable love for all cuisines and they always have room for Dessert!

Suga Taster, Ashleigh Arnold’s Rating for Hawker Chan, China Town, Singapore

Date and time of visit: September 27, 2019 @ 2pm 
No. of diners: 2 adults

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Hawker Chan gets an overall Value for $ rating of 4/5.

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Hawker Chan is in the China Town Food Centre in Singapore and serves as a feature of Singapore’s culinary offerings and culture. It can be regarded as a walk-in fast food restaurant and was awarded by Singapore’s Best Foods in 2017. Their primary concern seems to be getting as many plates out as quickly as possible, given the long lines versus Décor, Professional Service, Cleanliness and Comfort.
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Suga Taster, Ashleigh’s Breakdown!

Hawker Chan, formally known as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soy Sauce Chicken and Noodle, is the world’s first Hawker to be awarded a Michelin Star! It is located in the China Town Food Centre, China Town, Singapore. The dish for which they were awarded a Michelin Star is the Singapore favourite, Chicken and Rice, which, though simple, is exceptionally flavourful. It stands out as one of the most tender pieces of chicken we have ever eaten. This is a must try while in Singapore, where every savoury bite is worth the long cues that one has to endure for a US$8 meal!
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Hawker Chan’s Michelin star dish, Chicken and rice.

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson hits Bellefield Restaurant and Bar in Montego Bay!

Suga introduces you to Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson!

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Taraja is a Civil Engineer/ Military Officer and her favourite dish is anything with Pork! Her favourite casual place to eat in Kingston is Triple T’s Eatery and Miss T’s Kitchen for out of town. For special occasions, she visits Ivan’s Bar & Restaurant out of town and frequently goes to Tamarind Indian Cuisine in Kingston.

Taraja enjoys globe trotting and has hit quite a few countries already including Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic and more. However, she says the country she has travelled to with the best food, is Peru.

According to Taraja, the character trait that declares her as a certified foodie is that she eats and cooks for entertainment!

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson’s Ratings for Bellefield Restaurant and Bar

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[Photo source: Edward Rattigan (Google Photos)]

Date and time of visit: October 23, 2019 (Lunch time)

No. of diners: 6 adults

Name of Server – Nickesha 

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★★

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster, Taraja’s Breakdown!

Nestled in the hills of Fairfield, Montego Bay, Chef Robert Joseph’s Bellefield Restaurant and Bar at Bellefield Great House was a pleasant lunch time surprise. They had a wide selection of items on their menu, however the group chose to select from the lunch time special menu, which was reasonably priced at $1000JMD per person to include a small Soup of choice and an Entree.

The service was excellent. We were greeted at the entrance and seated immediately. The server was courteous and highlighted all the specials for the day. I selected the Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup topped with roasted coconut shavings, which boosted the flavour of the soup. It was quite tasty.

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup (Sml)

The Entree did not arrive right away, but the group was distracted by basking in the pleasant ambience of the estate. We had Island Style Fried Chicken served with rice and peas and roasted vegetables. Other options were Chicken Penne Pesto, Whole Red Snapper with fries and Jerk Grilled Chicken with rice and peas/Baked Potato.

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Bellefield Restaurant’s Island style Fried Chicken ($1000JMD +tx – Sml Soup + Entree combo)

The portions were adequate and the Chicken was fried crispy to perfection with a delicious Bbq sauce on the side.

Bellefield Restaurant is in the Savoury Category ($2800JMD) for Restaurant week that starts today and ends on November 17! Give them a try!

Bellefield Restaurant and Bar

Location: Bellefield Great House, Fairfield Ave, Montego Bay

Ph: 876-952-2382

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Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight does Steak, Lamb Chops and more at ETARU Hallandale in Florida!

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for ETARU Hallandale, FL.

Date and time of visit: November 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★☆

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★☆

Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

ETARU Hallandale has dining by the terrace and an indoor/outdoor cocktail bar that specializes in contemporary Japanese Robatayaki-style cuisine. Robatayaki is when food is cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal similar to barbecue.

Upon arriving to the restaurant, valet parking was smooth with a USD$13 charge. We were then directed to the hostess who had our reservation for three requesting outdoor seating several days prior. However, she apologized that there were no available tables outside. Once seated inside, our server, Vasiliki B. presented us with the dinner and drink menus, informed us about the cuisine offered including the fact that everything was a la carte, gave us a few minutes and then returned to take our orders.

Two servings of Pork Dumplings were requested, but one had to be sent back because a member of our party was allergic to sesame seeds. The server apologized for not asking about any allergies, as she was in a rush to get our orders in before the kitchen got extremely busy.

The downfalls with this restaurant were that a few of the dishes lacked flavour, which was appeased by the sauces they were served with. Also, the wait time, as we did not complete our meals until about 10:40pm after getting there at 7:30 pm.

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Japanese Fried Chicken with YoZu Kosho Mayo

The fried chicken lacked flavour. It seemed as if no salt or pepper was added to the batter, but the sauce was rich and had hints of lemon zest.

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Pork Dumplings with mushrooms, truffle and ponzu sauce.

The Pork Dumplings were tasty, but lacked an adequate serving of ponzu sauce to have all the flavours truly marry together.

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Grilled half Chicken with spiced lemon saikyo miso.

The Grilled Chicken was seasoned well and reminded me a bit of ‘Pan Chicken’ from home (Jamaica). The lemon saikyo sauce had the perfect consistency and provided a burst of flavour from the various oriental spices.

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Baked Sweet Potato with yuzu soft cheese.

The Baked potato had too much garnish and not enough yuzu soft cheese, so Suga Taster, Jehan was unable to fully appreciate the combo.

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New Zealand Lamb Chops with Korean spices and sesame cucumbers.

The Lamb Chops were cooked medium, with a succulent slide off the bones with each taste. The pairing of the Korean spices and the sesame cucumbers were on point.

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Broccolini, with ginger and moromi ginger.

The Broccolini was blanched perfectly, but I would have peferred if the sauce had been evenly dispersed.

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10 oz. skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri.

The Steak was cooked medium well as ordered. The wasabi chimichurri sauce added the right amount of heat to the steak.

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Yoghurt and Almond Cake with mango toffee, caramel miso Ice cream.

This dessert option was on point and satisfied our sweet tooth well!

ETARU Hallandale

Location: 111 S Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

Ph: 954-271-3222

Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess

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