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Personal Pizzas at The Pegasus Blend Bar!

Suga’s Ratings for The Blend Bar!

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum

Parking: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★☆

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★☆

Speed: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★★★

Suga Endorsement: ★★★★☆

Comments: Perfect Bar and Lounge for a mellow evening or night. Good environment for conversation and a business meeting. The music is not loud.

Personal Size Pizzas (~8″ on a round plate) are now at the cosy Blend Bar at The Jamaica Pegasus!

Suga had a tasting last Friday night of the Pizzas that they now offer. There was Ham and Pineapple, the Pegasus Pizza and Vegetarian.

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Ham and Pineapple, The Pegasus and Vegetarian Pizzas from the Blend Bar at The Jamaica Pegasus

They were filling, flavourful flatbreads. I couldn’t identify my favourite. My friends and I enjoyed all of them with Beer, Wine and Cocktails.

Each Personal Pizza costs $1012JMD including tax.

Go and get your Pizza fix from the Blend Bar and have a few drinks as well over some great conversation.

Happy Hump Day!

Blend Bar

Location: The Jamaica Pegasus, 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kgn. 5

Ph#: 876-926-3690-5

 

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Awesome Recipe for a Meatless Monday!

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Oven Roasted Plantains stuffed with Black Beans, Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro Sauce

This is a smart, tasty and spicy idea for a Meatless Monday! Awesome way to switch things up for the Vegetarian diet. Note that the Black Beans provide additional fiber.

To go completely healthy, you can substitute the Pepper Jack Cheese with Borden’s Fat-Free Pepper Jack Cheese that can be found at Wal-Mart or with another spicy, flavourful Fat-Free Cheese of your choice based on availability.

Check out The Kitchenista’s blog for the full Recipe!

Kitchenista Diaries

Location: Maryland, Washington DC

Email: Angela@kitchenistadiaries.com

Website: kitchenistadiaries.com/

Instagram: @thekitchenista

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Cheesy, Vegetable Casseroles for the Win from Black Orchid Restaurant!

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Two Saturdays ago, I went to Black Orchid Restaurant, upstairs in Eden Gardens to redeem my Fine Vegetarian Cuisine Special for two.

My husband, Randy and I had the Fine Dining Restaurant to ourselves that night at 8:45pm.

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Décor at The Black Orchid Restaurant

Our host/waiter for the night that emerged from the Tulips Restaurant downstairs was quite hospitable.

He took our order of Moussaka and Vegan Pasta, then realised instantly that they did not have Eggplant for the Special we already paid for.

Moussaka is a layered eggplant or potato-based dish that sometimes includes ground meat. Many versions have a top layer made like a custard. In Greece, the dish is layered and typically served hot. In Turkey, it is served warm or at room temperature after being sautéed and served like a casserole. The Arabs usually eat it cold.

Our host reassured us that they had a competent Chef who had experience working with the Cruiselines and that he would come to speak with us shortly. Chef Xavier got an idea about what we expected, i.e. the layered eggplant casserole and the Vegan Pasta, also with Eggplant and Parmesan. He told us that he knew what he would do for us even though he didn’t have Eggplant or Squash, but other vegetables.

To our surprise, about half an hour later, our host arrived with not two, but three dishes! I got both the Vegan Pasta and the Eggplant Parmesan Casserole. Randy had a Cheesy Eggplant Casserole as well, but his was a combination of other Cheeses since he told the Chef he didn’t mind which Cheese was used. Chef Xavier looked like he also found a small amount of Eggplant stashed away and had just enough to put in the Casseroles, but not the Vegan Pasta.

The Casseroles had a mixture of eggplant, other vegetables and potatoes in a freshly made tomato sauce layered with cheese. While the Vegan Pasta had a mixture of vegetables as well, topped of with grated parmesan cheese. All dishes had distinct flavours that pleased us both.

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R-L (Top row): Piña Colada; Vegetable Pasta; (Bottom row) – Vegetable and Cheese Casseroles

I just planned on having the Vegan Pasta and tasting the Casserole but as I had a little of both, I had a lot of both. Chef Xaver did an exceptional job. Cheat Day times two!

I really appreciated them extending such a courtesy when they saw we were not going to get what we expected. They actually exceeded our expectations.

Our Blended Drinks were delish as well!

I can’t speak to other items on their menu, but if you are ever feeling for Cheesy Casserole Dishes, go to Black Orchid and pray that Chef Xavier didn’t sail away in a Cruiseline Kitchen.

Black Orchid Restaurant

Location: Eden Gardens Wellness Resort & Spa @ 39 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston

Ph: 876-946-9977

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Hidden Spot for Jamaican and Vegetarian Cuisine Lunches!

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Photo credit: Stephen Greig

Healthy Bites is located at a house in Trafalgar Park, close to NCB Atrium where you can pick up your Lunch.

Vegetarian meals such as Lentil Stew and General meals, typically of Jamaican cuisine such as Ackee and Saltfish, usually range in cost from $450-$650JMD. I love when places don’t drench your Ackee in oil. Healthy Bites is definitely a clean eating option. I am promoting healthy food today but if Fried Bammy is your choice for a side option, go for it.

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Photo credit: Stephen Greig

The Menu varies each day and they offer large enough portions that are tasty.

You can customize your Lunch based on the sides you desire and they are open to suggestions. They are also considering Delivery.

Healthy Bites

Location: 3 Circle Close (Trafalgar Park, close to NCB Atrium)

Ph: 876-296-4119 (Ruby Porter)

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Food and Service at Jamaica Liquor Warehouse’s Deli is still up to Scratch

It was a pleasure to return to Jamaica Liquor Warehouse for Lunch 2 Saturdays ago and still experience good quality food and service.

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Crushed Green Plantain Bruschetta with Feta Cheese – $700JMD

Their tasty, Plantain Bruschetta is a delightful starter that can be shared.

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Lentil Stew with Pumpkin rice pilaf and Garlic sautéed vegetables – $1350JMD

The healthy, Lentil Stew was delish. The Pumpkin rice pilaf was dry though.

They altered the Crispy Fried Boneless Chicken Breast ($1750JMD) on the menu to a Grilled Chicken Breast for my other half, which he was satisfied with. It was served with Garlic mashed potato and sautéed vegetables.

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Frozen Mint Lemonade with White Rum

Their Mint Lemonade was a Refreshing Creeper!

The Bread pudding was no Fromage Bread pudding. It was missing that gastronomic crumble on top. But it’s texture was phenomenal and it went down even smoother with the ice cream on the side. Two thumbs up!

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Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream

Jamaica Liquor Warehouse, Deli & Bar

Location: 17 Lindsay Crescent, Kingston

Ph: 876-925-9427

Opening hours for Deli & Warehouse:  Fridays: 11am – 12 midnight;

Saturdays: 9am – 12 midnight;

N.B. Kitchen closes an hour before 12 midnight

Tuesdays to Thursdays: 11am-10:30pm

Sundays: 11am-8pm

***Closed on Mondays***

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Roast Chicken Breasts with Spiced Cauliflower & Green Romesco!

Sunbasket.com embraces the farm-to-table concept and delivers 30-minute recipes and ingredients including premade sauces and spice blends to your doorstep in 100% recyclable boxes.

They are based in the USA and use 100% Organic and Non-GMO produce harvested at the peak of freshness. They use Antibiotic and Hormone-free meat as well.

Recipes are Nutritionist approved and include a variety to suit your type of diet, such as, Paleo, Gluten-free and Vegetarian options.

Here is the ‘Suga Modified’ version of sunbasket.com’s recipe for Roast Chicken Breasts with Spiced Cauliflower and Green Romesco:

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Photo: sunbasket.com

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Suga’s Tip: If you have any left over Romesco, serve it on your morning whole wheat/grain toast with a boiled egg.

Instructions:

1. Prep the Cauliflower

Heat oven to 425°F.

Cut the Cauliflower into 1-inch florets, discarding any leaves or thick stalks.

Combine the Cauliflower, paprika and 2 tsp. Olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then toss.

2. Roast the Chicken and Cauliflower

*Ensure you spread the Cauliflower in an even layer beside the Chicken on the sheet pan

Roast until the Chicken is cooked through, then transfer to a plate and rest.

Continue roasting the Cauliflower until browned and tender, perhaps for an additional 6-8 minutes.

Return Cauliflower to bowl where it was tossed to cool slightly.

3. Cut and Cook Scallions

Cut and cook Scallions into 1-inch lengths and cook until charred for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a plate.

4. Finish Cauliflower

Add Scallion, Parsley and Olives to the roasted Cauliflower and stir to combine.

Add a bit more salt and pepper.

5. Serve

Add the green Romesco and top with the Chicken, then serve Cauliflower and remaining Romesco on the side.

ENJOY!

Check out sunbasket.com for other healthy and fun recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and see if they can deliver fresh ingredients to you!

Recipe Sourced from:

http://www.sunbasket.com

Healthy Cooking Made Easy

Ph: 855-204-7597

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Try this Healthy and Tasty Quinoa Salad!

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Photo & Recipe Source: @BigScoopFood on Instagram

Quinoa is a great source of Protein and is also a Healthy Carbohydrate. So it contains an adequate amount of fibre to help keep you fuller for longer.

For a fun, healthy Quinoa Salad, try the following:

● Quinoa as your base

● Cherry Tomatoes

● Black Olives

● Black Beans

● Kidney Beans

● Cauliflower

● Coriander

*** You can add a light, olive oil-based vinaigrette and squeeze a touch of lemon or lime juice for a touch more flavour and freshness

Recipe Source: –

Instagram: @BigScoopFood

Food & Beverage Company

Food, Nutrition & Health; Nutrition Media; Everyday Tips

Email: bigscoopfood@gmail.com

Endorsed By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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