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Congrats to the Champions of the Weekend!

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US Open Runner up, Serena Williams and Champion, Bianca Andreescu.

Suga hates to say it and it was hard to watch, but Serena let the thought of winning to even the 24 Grand Slam title record get in her head again. It was all about Serena’s start and you could tell from her being broken in the first game on serve, then losing the first set, 3-6, that she was likely to lose, yet another Championship after returning from having her baby.

I’m not knocking young 19-year old Bianca Andreescu’s game, but Serena was tight and was not even able to get a 1st serve in. When did Serena loosen up somewhat? Being down 1-5 in the 2nd set and facing Championship point! Serena fought back to 5-all in the 2nd, then the Canadian, Andreescu finally held her serve to go up 6-5 putting the pressure back on Serena to force a tie break for a 3rd set. Serena tightened up again with a double fault or 2, I can’t remember with the roaring crowd who came to witness the history of Serena winning a 24th major. Andreescu was back at Championship point, capitalised on making a good return from a slow 2nd serve and became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam Title. She is also the first teenager to win one since Sharapova in 2006 and the first woman to win a Grand Slam title on her 1st Final debut. Bianca was absolutely fearless and looks like a young Serena in the making. She is an all-rounder, being a hard-hitter, great on returns and has a powerful serve. Congrats to Bianca Andreescu!

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Many have given up on Serena and after yesterday’s 4th straight Grand Slam final loss, I almost did too. But she shouldn’t give up yet and I don’t think she will. She missed a great opportunity with all the big names such as Halep, Kerber, Osaka etc. being out and she could have used experience to win, but it just was not time. It is the best we have seen her move since returning from having a child, but her preparation time was still cut short with injuries previous to this US Open. If she can keep herself injury free and bring back what sportswriter Lindsay Gibbs dubbed, ‘Catsuit tennis’, and maybe even keep the Duchess of Sussex out her player’s box, maybe she can get to 24.

For Serena Williams, the best is still unwritten. But on a brighter note, Women’s tennis is alive again! This has been the most exciting, competitive tennis I have seen from the women in a long time and it was great to watch. I am excited about Andreescu. I love her fearless style of play, loose yet controlled and her personality. She came from 105 in the world to no. 15 in just 1 year. She did not qualify for last year’s US Open and is now the US Open Champion. Congratulations again Bianca! She won 6-3, 7-5.

We look forward to seeing her fashionista Mom and dog, Coco in the stands again soon too!

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Bianca Andreescu’s parents in her Player’s box for the Ladies US Open final.

THE MEN’S FINAL

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US Open Runner up, Daniil Medvedev and 4-time Champion, Rafael Nadal.

I do not have as much to say about the men, the quieter side this time around. But do we finally see a threat to the big 3 with the Russian, Daniil Medvedev? I hope so!

Medvedev won back the respect of the US Open crowd after an angry moment with a ball boy and a few words thrown at a booing crowd in the round of 16.  He did it with his ability to give the crowd what they wanted – more tennis! He went from looking like he was going to lose in straight sets, to challenging Rafael Nadal to 5-sets in the US Open Final. He somehow had a moment with his shoe at 2-2 in the 5th set, his game was thrown off a bit and it went downhill from there for him to be down 2-4 after Nadal looked like he was going to give him that game at 2-2 to save energy for his service game because he was losing the majority of long rallies.

Nadal’s first service percentage was low in this final too, but he did not let it affect his game. It was more so, lack of energy and well, age that started to show. But as a true Champion and the warrior that Nadal is, even though Medvedev fought back to 4-4, he played well and was able to come knocking on Federer’s door to win his 19th Grand Slam title and 4th US Open title, 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. He capitalised on his opportunity with Federer out early and world no. 1 Djokovic retiring with a shoulder injury in the round of 16. Well done, well fought and Congrats Rafa! When he won, a screen showed all the moments from his Grand Slam title wins and Nadal was emotional, just like in a telenovela. Medvedev joked that it was a good thing Nadal won, because if he did, they would have nothing to show. Medvedev definitely won a lot of fans at the US open and I am one of them.

Now, let the argument of who is the G.O.A.T begin!

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Spectacular Open. See you next year!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Prayers for Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

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Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas yesterday with its Category 5 strength.

The slow moving hurricane, travelling at 1mph, sat over Grand Bahama this morning at about 3am creating havoc.

Reports have been made that Hurricane Dorian took the life of an 8-year old boy after hitting Great Abaco island after it made landfall.

We pray for our Caribbean neighbours, the Bahamas at this time, hoping that other persons remain safe despite the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Dorian.

Residents in Florida and the Carolinas, by the Southern East coast of the USA have been warned to prepare for hurricane-force winds.

#PrayersforEveryone

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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TGIF to Celebrating Bigly at Barton G Restaurant in Miami!

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Chocolate Cake layered in gold bullion, which was torched by the server and melted off!
My Aunty Maxine celebrated her Birthday bigly with daughters, Jordanne and Bianca two weeks ago at Barton G. The Restaurant in Miami Beach.
Now that was a Birthday Dinner! They had a blast. Wish I was there. #SugaEndorsed
Enjoy the weekend!
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(L-R): Maxine Spencer celebrating her Birthday with daughters, Bianca Baskins and Jordanne Kimok on August 8, 2019.
Barton G. The Restaurant – Miami Beach
Location: 1427 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Ph: 305-672-8881

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Quaint, Little Breakfast and Eatery in Weston, Florida!

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Green Tea in a homey tea set from Little Hen Breakfast and Eatery.

Suga Taster Ratings for Little Hen Breakfast and Eatery, FL

Date and time of visit: Sunday, August 18th @ 10 am

No. of diners: 4

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Food quality: ★★★★☆

Serving amount: ★★★★★

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

This Suga Taster is always looking for new places nearby her place of residence to dine. Little Hen Breakfast and Eatery opened seven to eight months ago and from the looks of it, business was doing well.
The restaurant, although small in size, is quite quaint in appearance with its farm-style decor. The party of four arrived separately and did not have to wait to be seated. Kudos to the efficient
hostess.
Their server, Augustine came over quickly, introduced himself and gave them a rundown of the menu, including the restaurant faves. The food arrived no more than ten to fifteen minutes after ordering and everything was delightful.
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Bourbon Batter French Toast with caramelized apples, fresh strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (USD$12)
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Carbonara Omelette with breakfast potatoes and whole wheat toast.
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Buttermilk Original Pancakes that was served with warm maple syrup (USD$10).
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Little Hen Rancheros served with tomato-chili sauce and sliced avocados on a warm corn tortilla (USD$12).
Being content from beginning to end,
there were no complaints about the server, the service, nor the quality of the food.
What could they do better? My Suga Taster suggested that a sign be placed outside the eatery so that patrons could find the restaurant easily. The server informed her that the permit was recently acquired and that the sign should be up sooner than later!
Suga can’t wait to visit Little Hen for Breakfast or Brunch on her next visit to Florida. I mean, check out this Macha Bowl!
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Little Hen Breakfast and Eatery

Location: 4579 Weston Road. Weston, FL 33331
Ph: 954-626-0855

 

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

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A Suga Taster’s Review of a Seafood Spot in Florida!

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Photo: Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant

Suga Taster Ratings for Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant, Southwest Ranches, FL

Date and time of visit: July 28, 2019 @ 5:45pm

No. of diners: 3

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★☆

Décor: ★★★✯(3.5)

Comfort: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Service: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Speed: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Food quality: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Serving amount: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Plating: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Value for $: ★★★✯ (3.5)

Suga Taster’s Breakdown!

This Suga Taster went to the Fort Lauderdale location a few years ago in September 2016 for a Birthday dinner and remembered how good the food was, so she decided to try the new location which was closer to her. She was quite disappointed though!

Appetizer

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Coconut Shrimp with homemade creamy pineapple sauce (USD$14)

Drink

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Fresh Lemonade (USD$6)

The Lemonade was fresh and made to order, with mint and Limoncello (liqueur).

Entrées

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Barbados Shrimp (USD$24) with Portobello mushrooms in a creamy butter, wine, shallot, and herb sauce served with mashed potatoes.

This sure looks good, but my Suga Taster found the sauce to be quite salty.

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Anegada Lobster Trio (MKT) – three lobster tails with a side of sautéed spinach.

It seemed like the Lobster meat was not previously removed from the shell, cooked, sauced and replaced for service, because this Suga Taster had difficulty removing the Lobster from the shell with a knife and fork. After all, this was not a restaurant that required a bib.

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Blackened Crab Alfredo Linguini (USD$26) – Crab meat tossed in a blend of blackened seasoning with freshly made Alfredo sauce

This dish was the pleaser with an abundance of Crab meat. No complaints for this one.

Desserts

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Tres Leche- sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk- evaporated milk, heavy cream and condensed milk.
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Coconut Mousse – Coconut custard topped with a sugary sauce and coconut flakes.

Dinner came to a decent close as my Suga Taster’s family were delighted with their dessert that had just the right amount of sweet.

Pirate Republic Seafood Restaurant 

Location: 6670 Dykes Road. Southwest Ranches, FL 3331

Ph: 954-689-3500

Menu: http://www.piraterepublicseafood.com

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

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Book your Spot at the Table for TASTE with 6 Top Jamaican Chefs and 6 Tantalizing Courses!

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The Chef’s Advocate and Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica present Taste, an evening of Culinary Tapestry on the East lawns of Devon House on Friday, July 26, 2019! 

The Chef’s Advocate, out of Brooklyn, New York, is a marketing and events management firm that supports Chefs in the culinary industry across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Annette Davidson, who founded the company in 2017, is also known for ‘Savouring Jamaica’, which was held last November at the James Beard House in Manhattan, New York. The event highlighted our country, culture and chefs with an exclusive menu. The James Beard House was once the home of legendary gastronome James Beard, who hosted the very first television food program in 1946.

Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica is Jamaica’s first ‘foodie-centric’ platform dedicated to the celebration of Food in its many forms, taking you on a never-ending epicurean experience across Jamaica; from delicious recipes and trendy, hot, new ‘foodie’ spots, to Jamaican Chefs’ insights and extraordinary gourmet experiences islandwide.

What to Expect?!

Imagine the kind of night to expect, now that The Chef’s Advocate and Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica have teamed up to host Taste!

Five Chefs, George Matthews, Hugh Sinclair (Chef Irie), Jacqui Tyson, Alex D-Great and Lucian Dunn joined by Patisserie Terri Brown Palmer will combine their skills and a myriad of flavours and textures to create an intricately tantalizing six (6) course tasting experience which, will be further enhanced with Wines from Caribbean Producers Jamaica and signature Cocktails.

Meet your Chefs and Patisserie!

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TASTE has been marketed locally and internationally. Be a part of Jamaica, continuing to rise as a Foodies Paradise.
‘When you think TASTE, think
PREMIUM! Think Champagne, Fine Wines, Signature Cocktails, Sumptuous Cuisine and White Glove Service‘. Book your tickets now!
***Ticket Information***
Tickets are available via a Concierge service for Patrons wishing to purchase tickets for TASTE by credit or debit card.
You can contact Pop-Up Gourmet’s Booking Office to schedule your concierge visit or to get the link to pay online by eventbrite.com!
Note that there is ***LIMITED SEATING***(Tables of 10)

Service is available within the Corporate Area on Tuesdays & Wednesdays ONLY.

COST: US$170.00 per person

Booking Office Details:

Telephone: 876.807.5349

Email: info@popupgourmetjamaica.com

FOLLOW Pop-Up Gourmet Jamaica on Instagram @popupgourmetjamaica

Facebook: @PopUpGourmet

Website: http://www.popupgourmetjamaica.com

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Gold Cup Champions, MEXICO!

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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 Gold Cup Champions, MEXICO!

Mexico defeated the USA 1 – 0 (Santos 73′) to win the Concacaf Gold Cup last night. The match was unexciting for the most part with both teams using the 4-3-3 formation and possession just about even throughout the match, but the edge went to Mexico.

Mexico created more opportunities, committed less fouls and deserved the win.

Congrats again, Mexico!

By: Gabrielle Burgess 

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