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, Jehan Resurfaces in Florida with  Mouth-watering Seafood Takeout Dishes and more!

Dynamic Cuisines is a South Floridian Catering company operated by Krystal “Kryssi” Powell. In addition to catering, Krystal also hosts an occasional Fish Fry, has just acquired a Food Truck, and recently launched her Spice collection, which can be purchased at Bravo Supermarket by the corner of Pembroke and Flamingo Roads.

Spice Collection: The perfect combination of various spices to enhance the flavour of your favorite meat of choice, seafood, veggies and salads. 

I have been fortunate to sample quite a few things from her menu and I have not been disappointed yet! She is truly a food lover’s dream come true!

Suga Taster, Jehan Knight’s Ratings for Dynamic Cuisines

Date and time of visit: Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 3:00pm

Pick up and go process: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★★★

Food Quality: ★★★★★

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating/Packaging: ★★★★★

Value for Money: ★★★★★

Feast your eyes Suga Bears and check out Suga Taster, Jehan’s Comments in the Captions!

Say hello to Escovitch Chicken Wings! – Deep fried, juicy Chicken Wings topped with escovitch sauce, chopped onions, shredded carrots and bite-size scotch bonnet pieces. 
The Crabby Potato is a non-conventional twist on a loaded potato. It’s a Baked Potato stuffed with Crab meat and sprinkled with cheese. “She is not stingy with the crab meat nor the cheese”
Teriyaki Mushrooms: Mushrooms are fried to perfection and then glazed in a super-rich teriyaki sauce. These mushrooms are best when dipped in either blue cheese or ranch sauce which accompanied the order. 
Buffalo Mushroom – Deep fried mushrooms tossed in a homemade Buffalo sauce. 
Salt and Pepper Shrimp is crispy, salty, slightly spicy and is served with chopped jalapeño peppers. 
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Crab Boil served with corn and red potatoes. 
Escovitch Lobster

As you can see, Suga Taster Jehan ordered a full spread! She goes to Dynamic Cuisines every week, so it is definitely #SugaEndorsed.

Floridians, order from Krissy today! She will ask you what time you would like your order for and she will make sure it is ready for you.

Dynamic Cuisines

Location: 6022 SW 23 rd St, Miramar, Florida, 33023

Ph: 954-516-3537

Instagram: @kookinwithkryssi

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

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Throwback Tuesday to LIFE MADE EASY with The Perfect Batch !!!

It is the season…Bird Bush season! The weekends where it all began, when Shannon Sasso would Bake Cookies every weekend for the occasion. Instead of sharing her perfect recipe, she shared something even better. The actual Cookie Dough! A frozen log of Cookie Dough at your doorsteps.

Forget about all the hard work, just thaw for a few minutes, lay them out on a cookie sheet, but far apart because they can get huge! Then you have your Cookies, perfect either way. Since it is usually a mix of Chocolate Chips and finer Chocolate shavings, you can add more Chocolate Chips if that’s your preference or even add a little Peanut Putter, M & Ms, you name it. The Perfect Batch of Cookies in less than 15 minutes with no mess in the kitchen. THANKS Shannon!

Shannon Sasso of The Perfect Batch. She Makes, We Bake!

The Perfect Batch also has rich, delicious Fudge sticks and a NEW item, Cookie Dough Bites! The Cookie Dough Log has eggs so for those of us that love to eat Cookie Dough, The Perfect Batch has made it safe by offering Cookie Dough Bites for September. Check out The Perfect Batch today, order up by tomorrow and ENJOY because we all need a little easy in our lives right now. The Perfect Batch is #SugaEndorsed.

The Perfect Batch

Instagram: @theperfectbatch_ja

Ph: 876-454-5596

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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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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***

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TGIF to these Mini Doughnuts from The Bakery Diva!

TGIF to these Baked Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar Mini Doughnuts from The Bakery Diva, Jessica Whyte! So tasty!

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Check out her Instagram page to see the different treats she will offer each week! Those mini doughnuts are the perfect mini fours and are #SugaEndorsed.

Enjoy the weekend!

The Bakery Diva

Ph: 876-476-3393

Instagram: @bakery_divaja

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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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JOIN SUGA AND AID ALEX’S CREATIONS’ 2nd ANNUAL CUPCAKE FUNDRAISER TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD CANCER

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Young, 9 year old, Rajé Josephs is currently fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was diagnosed at the age of 8.

What’s the difference between Hodgkin’s and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma? 

NonHodgkin lymphoma may originate anywhere in the body, whereas Hodgkin lymphoma usually starts in the upper body, for instance in the neck, chest or armpits. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is often diagnosed at an early stage and is thus considered one of the most treatable cancers.

Rajé is described by his mom, Vanessa Morgan as very spirited and exceptionally bright, being ranked 15th in the Spelling Bee Championship of 2017. His ambition is to become a Medical Doctor.

Rajé is currently undergoing medical treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies and is en route to start radiation treatment today. Our prayers are with him.

Alex’s Creations, Suga’s best Cupcake Artisan, will be offering a special of $1200JM for a box of 4 of their scrumptious Cupcakes this week until Friday, June 12th from 11am to 4pm. Part proceeds will be in aid of Cancer Treatment for Rajé.

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Kudos to Baker and Owner of Alex’s Creations, Sophia Harris for taking on this initiative once again. #SugaSnaps

Please support ‘Mariposa’ and purchase cupcakes. You will help to save a life. Rajé, his family, Alex’s Creations and Suga will be extremely grateful.

XoXo,
Suga 💖

To Place Orders or to Make a Donation, Please Contact :

Ph: 876-576-2830

Email: alexcreations20@gmail.com

Instagram: @alexcreationsja

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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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