Get Over Hump Day with this Salad from Coppers!

Smoked Marlin Pasta Salad (J$2250)
Smoked Marlin with crisp greens, beets, tomato, cucumber, eggs, cheese, pickled onions with Coppers’ house dressing

Just WOW!

Thoroughly enjoyed this low calorie Smoked Marlin Pasta Salad from The Coppers Jamaica (Ig: @thecoppersja) about three weeks ago.

Great service continues.

*Reservations recommended*

The Coppers Jamaica

Location: 9 Haining Road. Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876.815.5609

Instagram: @thecoppersja

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#tbt to Epican Tapas Lounge Tapas! Have you had them?

Shrimp and Chicken Tacos from Epican Tapas Lounge

Suga’s Ratings for Epican Tapas Lounge
Date and time of visit: Saturday, April 2, 2022 at ~5:30pm
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: 

Feeling peckish after the Coffee Festival a few weeks ago on Saturday, April 2, hubby and I finally got to check out Epican Tapas Lounge (Ig: @epicantapas) at The Marketplace (Ig: @themarketplaceja) on Constant Spring Road.

I was disappointed they didn’t have Steak or Lobster Tapas, but opted for Fish Tacos instead.

Tasty Tacos and dishes, decent service, comfortable ambience & reasonable prices.

Check out what we had!

🍴Shrimp & Chicken Tacos

🍴Flat Bread topped with Chicken & Bell Peppers (I had my quota of dairy for the day, so had it without their cheddar, mozzarella & pepperjack cheese combo)

🍴Herb & Garlic Roasted Chicken with house special gravy, creamy mash & sauteed fresh snap beans.

🍴Fish Tacos

🍹Mojito

Chill spot for a picker upper.

Epican Tapas Lounge

Location: 67 Constant Spring Road. The Marketplace. Kingston. Jamaica

Ph: 876672-7262

Instagram: @epicantapas

*Reservations Recommended; Open Everyday, 4 PM*

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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*

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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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Steak House on the Verandah, Devon House is Still My Fave Burger

Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth excited to dig into her favourite Burger at Steakhouse on the Verandah (Ig: @steakhouseontheverandah), Devon House

You heard it from Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth!

Where do you get your favourite Burger?
Suga’s favourite Burger is from Chive Restaurant (Ig: @chivejamaica) 😁

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Suga Taster, Stephen’s Visit to Blue Brews Bistro on the Culinary Trail!

A month ago, Suga Taster, Stephen Greig ventured up to the cool Blue Mountains on a Sunday, with visiting San Francisco based brother and fam to check out the fairly new, Blue Brews Bistro (Ig: @bluebrewsbistro) in Holywell National Park.

Here’s what he had to say!

The drive was relaxing with majestic views of the Blue Mountains and fresh air to open the appetite along the way.

Upon arrival at Holywell Park, we were directed to Blue Brews Bistro, which had quite a few patrons by 11am. I would recommend that you make a reservation in advance via their email if you have a large party. Kudos to Owner/Manager Jovan Yapp for his hospitality, accommodating our party of 6. The staff were also friendly and attentive.

The menu expectedly had variations of your favourite Blue Mountain Coffee, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Pastries. It was interesting to see that they had non-bistro fare including smoked Pork Chops, Steak & Fried Chicken.

Our party had Pumpkin Soup, Burgers with seasoned fries and more traditional Breakfast fare such as Eggs and Bacon.

We tried their “Brookie” for Dessert, a merger of a Cookie and Brownie along with fresh Lemongrass Lemonade too.

The food was satisfactory, but you really go for the drive and experience. Also, the view and the cool, salubrious surroundings, where you can even go for a walk around the park while waiting.
The park museum is directly above the  restaurant, so do check it out.

There wasn’t any traditional Jamaican cuisine offered, so if there was a recommendation, it would be to really have a more Jamaican experience. Definitely worth a visit though. Big up Blue Brews Bistro.

Blue Brews Bistro

Location: National Holywell Park. Hardwar Gap, Holywell. Saint Andrew. Jamaica

Ph: 876-426-1204

Email: admin@bluebrewsbistro.com

Instagram: @bluebrewsbistro

***Open only on Saturdays & Sundays***

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TGIF! Did You Earn It?! Pop by Pop Lab Confections!

Two weeks ago Suga was delighted to try new treats by Pop Lab Confections (Ig: @poplabconfections) on Red Hills Road.

Their scrumptious Apple Pie, tasty Chocolate Chip Cookies, and delish Oreo Bread Pudding lit up my taste buds! They cater!

The Popsicles had a range of super fun flavours such as Chocolate Covered Cheesecake pops, Passion Mango & Piña Colada. All balanced flavours, nothing overpowering.

They are one of my new favourites for sweet treats and looking forward to having them on the next Suga Show 😉!

Excellent service, great packaging and store layout with an Artisan shelf too. Pop by Pop Lab Confections this weekend! #SugaEndorsed

Pop Lab Confections

Location: 18 Kingslyn Avenue (off Red Hills Road, close to Dunn’s Electrical)

Ph: 876-326-1452

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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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Wine & Dine Her. Happy Wife, Happy Life!

Valentines, Randy and Gabby Burgess, Directors of Suga Lifestyle dining at Trio Wine Bar & Grill last Sunday

Suga was treated to V-Day Dinner at Trio Wine Bar and Grill (Ig; @triowinebar64) on Hope Road by Hubby last Sunday, early at about 5pm.

It is recommended to dine early or pre-celebrate occasions to avoid crowds or long waits at restaurants. So take note Gents.

We enjoyed
🍷Pepper Pumpkin Soup
🍷Trio’s Signature Wings
🍷Yardie Bruschetta
🍷Surf and Turf Trio
🍷Mussels in a Garlic & White Wine Broth

Our waitress, Shaniqua was fantastic! Courteous, knowledgeable, attentive and professional. Thanks Randy and Trio! 🥂

Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Trio Wine Bar and Grill on Hope Road, Kingston.

Where are you dining for Valentine’s?! We’ve got the entire weekend! Places may be fully booked already but here’s a tip, book an early time. Also, remember the Super Bowl is this Sunday ladies 😉

Here are Suga’s Top 9 picks in no particular order, to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine from Kingston to Ocho Rios to Montego Bay.

Ambience, Service, Menu choices, Food quality, Location and Value for money all taken into consideration.

*Reservations recommended*

Watch “Suga’s Top 9 to Wine & Dine with Your Valentine!” on YouTube here:

https://youtube.com/shorts/z-hQ8Mwgn8s?feature=share

Randy and Gabby Burgess, Owners of Suga Lifestyle at Copper’s Restaurant on Haining Road.

Trio Wine Bar and Grill (Ig: @triowinebar64), 64 Hope Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-616-4784; 876-872-3659

The Terra Nova All Suite Hotel (Ig: @terranovahotel), 17 Waterloo Road. Kgn. 10. Ph: 876-926-2211; 876-754-2114

Steak House on the Verandah (Ig: @steakhouseontheverandah), Devon House. Ph: 876-353-9728

Summerhouse (Ig: @summerhouseja), Harmony Hall, St. Mary. Ph: 876-858-0031

Stush in the Bush (Ig: @stushinthebush), Priory, St. Ann. Ph: 876-562-9760. http://stushinthebush.com/visit

Sugar Mill Restaurant (Ig: @halfmoonjamaica) , Spring Farm Drive. Half Moon, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ph: 876-953-2211; 1-800-626-0592(Website: http://www.halfmoon.com)

Copper’s Restaurant (Ig: @thecoppersja), 9 Haining Road. Kingston. Ph: 876-815-5609; 876-672-7251

Chive Restaurant (Ig: @chivejamaica), Shop 15, Orchid Village Plaza. 20 Barbican Road. Kingston 6. Ph: 876-820-1194

Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen (Ig: @jafoodanddrinkkitchen), Ph: 876-570-5709. https://jamaicafoodanddrinkkitchen.com/

Gabby Burgess, Owner of Suga Lifestyle at Jamaica Food and Drink Kitchen

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