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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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A Suga Taster’s Review for Casa Sensei, FL!

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Suga Taster Ratings for Casa Sensei, FL

Date and time of visit: October 13th at 7pm

No. of diners: 2

Server: Dane N

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★☆☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★☆☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

A Suga Taster’s Breakdown !

A friend and I selected Casa Sensei as the place to be when we decided that a night out was overdue. Casa Sensei had been high on our list of places to try, since the cuisine is pan-Asian mixed with the dynamic culinary traditions of Latin America.

The restaurant does not have its own parking lot, but there is a parking garage within close proximity and payment is collected via the Pay By Phone App.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted quite pleasantly by hostesses, Kamilah and Daniela, who seated us within five minutes of our arrival. Although the interior of the restaurant is Asian-chic, we decided to dine outdoors by the waterfront, overlooking the Himmarshee Canal on Las Olas Blvd.

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Our server, Dane approached us shortly after, provided the food and drink menus, and took our orders quickly. However, within one hour we no longer had our server’s undivided attention and we had to be asking other servers for him to fill our glasses with water on several occasions.

Closer to the end of our disappointing dining experience, we were approached by Barbara, who I was told was the night manager. She was seeking feedback on our evening. She apologized for the server’s sparse attention and stated that it was due to it being a Saturday night, where the restaurant had its fair share of patrons. With regards to the saltiness of some of our dishes, she urged us to give them another try. Despite the mediocre service and food quality, we had already planned on returning to try their Sushi dishes. Complimentary Cotton Candy was also a sweet ending to a salty night.

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Kimchi Flavoured Popcorn (4/5) – The Kimchi flavoured Sauce gave the Popcorn quite a spicy kick. It would have been more enjoyable if the Kimchi sauce was evenly distributed though.
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Tom Yum Shrimp Soup (2/5) (USD$6) – The soup had the potential to be delectable but the sodium level was at an all time high. It was returned to the kitchen.
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Blue Crab Rangoon (4/5) (USD$9) – the Rangoons were deep fried to perfection and the sauce was just the right amount of sweet. The only complaint was that there should have been sauce drizzled on top of the rangoons as well.
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Rock Shrimp Tempura (4/5) (USD$13) -The Rock Shrimp Tempura was perfectly fried and then bathed in a sweet chili sauce. The only downfall was that the Shrimp was sliced up.
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Lobster Curry Curl (3/5) (USD$19)- The red curry sauce was also high in sodium and the flesh of the lobster was hard to remove from the shell.
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Pescado Frito (3/5) – The fish, although fried to perfection was a bit on the salty side and the accompanying sauce was quite congealed.
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Sensei Special Fried Rice (5/5) (USD$18) – House special fried rice with pork, chicken and shrimp. I’m not a big fan of rice, but I enjoyed the quantity of various meats incorporated within the dish.
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Coconut Cream Creme Brûlée (3.5) – This is my absolute favorite dessert in the world and while the flavours of the coconut milk and the berries came shining through, it was clear that the Creme Brûlée was not set, because it was very lumpy in texture.
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Lycheetini (USD$10) and Melontini (5/5) – Both were delicious.

***N.B. Prices quoted subject to additional tax and Service charge***

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Casa Sensei

Location: 1200 East Las Olas Blvd. #101 Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301

Ph: 954-530-4176

Instagram: @casasensi

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

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Meet Suga Taster, Jehan based in Florida, who Dined Dockside!

Suga introduces you to Suga Taster, Jehan Knight!

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Suga Taster, Jehan Knight

Jehan Knight is a Mental Health Therapist, who currently resides in Florida. She enjoys cooking Steak or Salmon and Beef is her favourite choice of meat. Her favourite dessert is Crème brûlée and she has the biggest sweet tooth I know. She does not have a favourite restaurant to go to for special occasions because she is always trying somewhere new. Food is always on her mind.

Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for Kaluz Restaurant, FL

Date and time of visit: September 22nd at 6:45 pm

No. of diners: 4

Server: Andrew

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

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Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

As I pulled up to the new kid on the block, Kaluz Restaurant, I was eagerly greeted by a remarkably polite and well-mannered valet attendant who informed me that there was no charge, as they work off of gratuity.

Upon entering Kaluz, it had modern décor, it was breezy with dockside views and my party was seated right away. Our server, another courteous, yet quirky young man by the name of Andrew came over, introduced himself, briefed us on the menu and took our drink orders. About five minutes later, Andrew returned and took our orders for both the appetizer and main course. He gave us the rundown on each dish, ensuring there were no allergies. Everything was nothing short of well seasoned and divine, tickling my Jamaican roots.

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Chicken Drum Lollipops (USD $12) – Herb Marinated Chicken, Chipotle Barbeque Sauce, Scallions, Roasted Garlic Ranch.
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Jumbo Lump Crab dip (USD $17) – Parmesan Cream, Fire Roasted Red Pepper, Spinach, Jumbo Lump Crab and Panko served with Crostinis.
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Smoked Salmon dip (USD $14) – Chef Sauce, Orange Zest, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes with Crostinis.
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Shrimp Cargot (USD $14) – Marinated Shrimp, Garlic, Havarti Butter with a Baguette.
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Barrel Cut Filet Mignon (USD $37)- (9oz) Premium Choice Beef Tenderloin, Bearnaise with a Fully Loaded Baked Potato.
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Maple Leaf Duck Confit (USD $24) – Slow-Braised Duck Leg and Thigh, Thyme, Garlic, Plum-Orange Demi with Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.
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Scallops Pomegranate (excluding Quinoa medley) – pan seared scallops with a mango compote, pomegranate reduction.
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New York Strip (USD $42) – 16oz Prime Rib, Garlic Truffle Butter with Broccoli.
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Expresso Affogato (USD $6) – Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Freshly Brewer Expresso, Cinnamon and Chocolate.

*N.B. Prices listed were subjected to tax and service charge

Kaluz is definitely endorsed by Suga Taster, Jehan and she will return.

Kaluz Restaurant, FL

Location: 3300 E Commerical Boulevard. Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33308

Ph: 954-772-2209

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

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