If you live in Ontario as a young person you have probably heard how incredibly boring the city of waterloo is. I beg to differ. It may not have all the theatrics of Toronto but it is definitely not a boring city. I went to visit our Afrolems Chef Mariam as she recently moved over there. We drove around to a lot of interesting places and I can definitely say it was a more relaxing environment than the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Whilst we were at her school, we were discussing where to have lunch and one of the professors that walked by suggested King Street Trio and we thought what the heck might as well. We arrived the restaurant and I was already impressed by the hospitality. There were a few people having lunch and it looked like they were having a good time already. As we sat, I noticed the decor of the restaurant and it was pretty amazing. The waitress came and was very friendly. She suggested I order the crazy monkey cocktail and boy was I glad I did. We also got some complimentary bread and Oil/vinegar/sun dried tomato dip. Our food was equally amazing. I’m always worried about ordering something and it comes out bland and I have to get chilli flakes to mask the blandness. However, King street trio got it right and the portion of food was a lot so by the time I was done, I couldn’t move but it was well worth it. If you are ever in Waterloo Ontario and you are wondering where to dine, King Street Trio is my choice
Address: 40 King Street South, Waterloo, ON N2J 2W8
Quinoa and baked Salmon
I’m embarrassed to tell you that I only just tried Chapman 3 weeks ago at my grandma’s birthday party. You see it was a mistake, I saw my cousin drinking it and I was thirsty from all the running around and I needed something to drink and so I had some. Let me tell you, it was awesome I don’t know why I had not tried it before. Oh i know, I don’t drink pop (soda), so I just avoided Chapman and frankly I didn’t see the big deal but now I do, it is an amazing fruit punch and the one i had at the party had little or no soda in it. I know we have post on how to prepare Chapman.
So I recently started going to this leisure club to use the gym, you know because we all need that summer body. And I also tried their Chapman there, simply magnificent, amazing. You won’t even taste the alcohol (alcohol is optional of course) . The food there is also divine, which brings me to the point of this post, I’m very particular about how my fish is prepared and I must say they did it justice. I loved it and the chips at the club were yummy, you see I don’t like processed fries I think they should be discontinued…
they are barbaric ; fresh cut fries are amazing. So you already know what I had, I ordered the fish and fries and my cousins went for the basic chicken and chips and pasta. The sauce the chef prepared was good, had peas, carrots and onions and it was yummy.
The club is located at Eric Moore Close, Surulere Lagos, and it is called Godi Leisure Club. The staff is amazing and helpful…the only disadvantage is that you have to be a member to have lunch or dinner at the club. But it is totally worth it.
Feyisope for Afrolems
A few weeks ago, I met up with some friends in New York for Memorial day weekend. Ok maybe not a few weeks ago but about a month ago and it was a swell time. To be honest, New York reminds me very much of my beloved city Toronto so I didn’t really feel like I was in a completely new environment except it was bigger. It was a rainy weekend and it was freezing but sight seeing still had to happen.
As I walked through the streets of Manhattan, I noticed something that I found a little odd. In addition to the hotdog and Falafel stands, there were a lot of honey roasted nut stands. I mean I love peanuts, honey roasted or salted but I didn’t realize they deserved a whole stand on the street but I guess it’s part of the food culture over there.
After a lot of sight seeing, my friends and I decided it was dinner time and I had heard about this restaurant in Brooklyn named Buka. It was featured on CNN and all that great stuff so the foodie in me convinced everyone that it would be worth the journey. After several train rides and getting lost, we finally arrived our destination and as we swung open the door, a chorus of laughter and clinking glasses filled our ears. I already felt at home. As the waitress (who happened to be a caucasian lady) ushered us to our seats, I began scanning the restaurant. I saw a few fine brothas *wink wink* and a lot of friends hanging out and just generally having a great time. The ambience was really nice. Dim lights, jazz in the background, laughter just filling the air. Our waiter attended to us on time, he was friendly but also from his accent sounded Jamaican or like he was from the Islands. We ordered our appetizers, drinks(chapman) and main course. The presentation for the appetizer wasn’t bad at all. We got suya as an appetizer. I wasn’t too pleased however with the presentation of my jollof rice. But then again, Nigerians value quantity when eating. I felt it was a bit too slapped on the plate here you go type serving. Taste – wise, I felt it could use a little more seasoning especially for the Egusi soup I tried. Overall, it wasn’t a bad dining experience, I just felt a little more work on the dishes and presentation would put it right up there. I would however recommend it if you are in Brooklyn or just New York generally, you should check them out.
Their address is 946 Fulton Street Brooklyn, New York 11238
Enjoy the pictures
What has been your New York Dining experience if you have ever been?
My trip to Nigeria this year was so much fun especially food wise. I got to explore a lot of restaurants, get back in touch with some traditional dishes and most importantly learn to cook certain dishes from my mum the proper way. It was definitely a great time and I look forward to coming back and doing more interesting things. My mum had a sister bonding weekend a few weeks before I visited Brazzerie and was raving about it so when my friend called me up to have dinner at four points, I dressed up and headed out no questions asked. My mum is a very picky eater like me so if she says food is really good, I trust her judgement.
I got to Four Points and my friend hadn’t arrived yet so I decided to order a latte and I got complimentary cookies with it. Don’t you just love when you get free stuff? The waitress was super nice to me. She kept coming back to ask if I needed anything and I was completely surprised seeing that in many Nigerian business establishments, many people aren’t that friendly.
Look how pretty my latte was?
My friend finally came but dinner started at 7 so we had to wait for a little while so we decided to go upstairs to the patio and we got drinks and complementary appetizers. I have never seen plantain chips served so fancy. I guess all that was missing was a dip for the plantain chips. This got me thinking of my next appetizer dish with plantain. Again the waiter was very friendly. I was almost worried he knew I was a food blogger and was being nice on purpose. But there is no way he could have known as I didn’t have my note pad out or anything. The ambience outside was amazing except I was worried that if it started raining we would be in trouble lol. Luckily it didn’t.
Finally, It was dinner time and we were able to grab our drinks and head on over to the restaurant. It was buffet style and boy were there many things to choose from. It was also Mediterranean night that Wednesday which made for an interesting variation of dishes. I chose a little bit of everything I had never tried. I really loved their plantain wrapped in bacon. Luckily the chef was bringing more out and I asked him how they made it and he said they baked unripe plantain and wrapped the bacon as they did that. I am thinking I would try to make this with semi-ripe plantain. It was a really lovely dining experience. It was also a good mix of Nigerian dishes with continental dishes to cater to all types of audiences. Here are some dishes we had.
Baked Plantain and Bacon
Bitter Leaf Soup
As you can probably tell I had a loooooootttttt to eat and was super stuffed when I was done. If you are looking for where to dine this weekend with your family, I suggest you try out the Brazzerie Restaurant at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Lagos. For a list of their themed nights, You can check out their website as they have seafood night, african night etc. More details on their site. If you do try out their food, please leave a comment on this post and let us know.
Sunday Morning brunch after church wasn’t exactly something I grew up with. It was more a case of church is over, head on to Mr Biggs or Tastee fried chicken to pick up something quick or my mum was going to cook up a storm. That was what I was used to.
Fast forward a few years and we are having brunch at Southern Sun in Ikoyi. The ambiance was lovely and the waiters were very courteous. Not something you would typically find at a Nigerian restaurant. They smiled as they served us and made small but funny conversation while serving the drinks. Everything from the plates to the utensils were all clean. Trust me, I’ve been to some supposedly high class restaurants and was appalled by what I saw but that is talk for another day.
The people that walked into the restaurant were your typical Lagos people who like to form (lol) Couldn’t help but chuckle at some of them. My mum and I went around looking at what was available and we were surprised to find Asun on the menu. “Who has Asun so early on in the day? ” After our amazing meal, My mum and I decided to speak to the Sous Chef at Southern Sun, Mr Stanley Mwangi. He was telling us that Nigerians loooove their food. In his words; “Nigerians can eat the same thing in the morning, afternoon and come to Southern Sun and eat the same thing.” He is Kenyan by the way and makes amazing Nigerian food. If you haven’t been to Southern Sun, I’d say wear your really nice clothes (So you don’t feel like a lesser relative) and get ready to have an amazing dining experience.