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More from Austin, Texas…Gourmet Barbecue!

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Crispy Wild Boar Ribs Appetizer (USD$16) with honey and sambal, buttermilk blue cheese dressing, celery and daikon slaw.

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson was pleased to visit Lamberts Barbecue Restaurant and not get typical BBQ platters, but gourmet BBQ and other meaty fare instead.

You can also enjoy live music at Lamberts’ upstairs Bar too! Feast your eyes.

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Country Style Pork Ribs (USD$21) with fennel and coriander rub, maple chili glaze.

Lamberts Barbecue Restaurant

Location: 401 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Ph: 512-494-1500

Menu: http://www.lambertsaustin.com

Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays @ 5pm – 10pm

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Taster, Taraja Enjoys Japanese Cuisine in Texas!

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Spicy Edamame
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Tacu Yaki

Suga Taster, Taraja Jackson enjoyed Japanese Cuisine in Austin, Texas a few days ago. She had a memorable experience at Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen.

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Cheers to that and Happy Thursday!

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Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen

Location: 1303 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, United States

Ph: 512-444-8081

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Congratulations to the Champions of the Weekend!

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Kansas City Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes celebrates. (Photo: Los Angeles Times)

SUPER BOWL LIV CHAMPIONS – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

They say defense wins Championships, but last night the 49ers did all that they could do, then towards the end lacked the offense they needed and a star QB to get them the points for that Super Bowl win.

Both teams had interceptions and we didn’t see a lot of Mahomes Magic, but the Chiefs came together as a team to win this Super bowl led by their Head Coach, Andy Reid. Reid now ranks 6th in all-time NFL head coaching wins at 222. He was previously the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (1999 – 2012).

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Chiefs’ Head Coach, Andy Reid gets the traditional Gatorade pour after he led the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl after 50 years.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S CHAMPION – SOFIA KENIN

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21-year old Sofia Kenin came from a set down to 2-time Champion, Garbine Muguruza to win her 1st Grand Slam and the Australian Open on Saturday. She never gave up and played the best tennis of her life. With more areas to improve in her game, I look forward to seeing rivalries with her and other young, fiery, competitive players such as Bianca Andreescu (injured left knee who did not compete) and Coco Gauff in the future.

Congrats Sofia! Dreams do come true.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN MEN’S CHAMPION – NOVAK DJOKOVIC

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Photo: Washington Post

For the men, the top 3 continue to reign. Novak Djokovic (2) remains the Australian Open King, being 8-0 at Australian Open finals, now within 2 Grand Slams to equal Raphael Nadal and 3 to match the GOAT, Roger Federer. I am sure they will continue to battle it out this year with the French Open next!

Novak showed the true meaning of Champion when he came back to win from 2 sets down to Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4! Young, Dominic Thiem (5) was in top form and took out World no. 1 Nadal in an epic 5-setter in the Quarters and Zverev (7) in the Semis, who we may see more of in the near future. His legs started to go with more errors in the 5th versus Djokovic, while Djokovic was revamped to play spectacular tennis. Great match.

Congrats Novak Djokovic! Kobe Bryant, his late friend and our basketball legend whose initials and #24 he wore on his warm up suit would have been proud. #RIPKobe #BlackMambaForever

Over 6 million dollars was raised to fight the Australian fires from the Open as players made various pledges and there were other contributions. Let us pray that they are able to restore their lands, animals and normal way of living soon. 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Taster, Kim takes her Sushi craving to Atlanta!

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth’s Ratings for Eight Sushi Lounge, Atlanta, Georgia

Date and time of visit: December 28, 2019 @ 6pm

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, Kim’s Breakdown!

With an environmentalist boyfriend, travelling for me means the zoo is a must, and a full day at the zoo always leaves us hungry and wanting to sit and enjoy a satisfying meal. After a splendid day at Zoo Atlanta, I consulted the reliable TripAdvisor and looked for the top ten restaurants nearby. Eight Sushi Lounge had great reviews so it was an easy choice. After we figured out it was valet parking only, we were smooth sailing.

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This Japanese restaurant was put together with an interesting marriage of the southern heavy wooden décor and bold ultra modern Japanese accents and accessories. We told our waiter this was our first time and he excitedly and knowledgeably guided us through the menu. We ordered the Tuna Crisp appetizer, the #Hashtag roll, Windmill roll, Explosion roll and Langoustine roll. This was our first time having pressed rolls.

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The flavour combinations were so bold that we had to take the time to really savour each roll, despite wanting to gobble it all down. Everything was so tasty and exhilarating!

I don’t know if you’ve spotted a trend with my reviews, but of course we had dessert! We had the Matcha Cheesecake, Homemade Bread Pudding with ice cream and the Chocolate Pudding.

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The sweet finale was definitely pleasurable, but the Sushi is what we will be heading back to indulge in once again! This was truly an delightful dining experience.

EIGHT SUSHI LOUNGE

Location: 930 Howell Mill Rd NW, Ste B, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Website: eightsushiatl.com

Email: info@eightsushiatl.com

Phone: (404) 796-8888

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Suga Taster, Kimberly Nesbeth.

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

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The Chiefs and 49ers are Heading to Super Bowl 54!

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Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP

The Kansas City Chiefs advance to their first Super Bowl in 50 years! Congrats to them!

Tennessee Titans QB, Ryan Tannehill and Head Coach, Mike Vrabel showed their inexperience yesterday and Mahomes’ magic killed their fairy tale.

The Chiefs’ young and talented QB, Patrick Mahomes had 3 Touchdown passes, 1 memorable Touchdown (TD) run before halftime and punched his ticket to the Super Bowl! Chiefs won 35-24.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

The defense failed Green Bay and the 49ers had a field day, where Packers’ QB, Aaron Rodgers was sacked twice in the 1st half. The Packers were also intercepted twice and the 2nd quarter ended without them getting on the board, down by 27. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. The Packers showed some life after Halftime. They got on the board with a TD, but defense failed them again, and 49ers were up 34-7 at the end of the 3rd. In the 4th, despite a comeback attempt that was too late by the Packers, QB, Jimmy Garoppolo and his 49ers rushing attack were just too fast and too much for the Packers. They won 37-20.

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The Chiefs and the 49ers will go for the Lombardi!

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will take Centre stage at the Super Bowl Halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV is Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30pm at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Who’s Going to the Super Bowl?!

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Who’s going to the 54th Super Bowl?! The action starts with the Titans vs. the Chiefs!

The Titans are the underdogs, but that’s nothing new, especially when they ended up winning in Week 10 vs. the Chiefs. Their running back, Derrick Henry has to be controlled and their offense will be strong versus the Chiefs. However, the Chiefs have wide receivers that have carried the most in the NFL this season and young Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, last year’s MVP, who usually has a bag of tricks and gets at least 8 or 9 possessions. The Titans have a different game plan every week, a discarded quarterback from Miami Dolphins who never started a post season game before this season and ended the Patriot’s dynasty in the wild card round, but Suga still got the Chiefs on this one!

For the Packers vs. the 49ers, the 49ers have been consistent and slaughtered the Packers when they met during the season. On paper they should win, but you can never bet against one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time, Aaron Rodgers for the Packers, who is trying to go to and win another Super Bowl a decade later!

Tune in and enjoy!

 Super Bowl LIV is Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30pm at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida!

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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