Author: mimalee

Eating and Exploring

Get to Know the National Dish Quest What is a holiday without the amazing food you get to try, nothing i tell ya! Eating and Exploring is actually the motto over here. Whilst trawling the interwebs, I stumbled upon the Traveleaters – a couple of foodies with major wanderlust (people after my own heart). Few clicks into their blog and I discovered that they were doing a National Food Quest – a mission to try the national dish of every country they visited. How cool is that? Knowing that it would take them yonks to finish the quest, they invited all their readers to join in and I answered their call. The Rules are pretty simple,  in order to qualify you need to: 1.) Have eaten the dish in that actual country Yes! Biryani’s in Birmingham don’t count 2) Have your own picture of the dish.     Simples! So join in the quest with me and tag #NationalFoodQuest with every picture you take. I’ll be tagging #mimaleeeats and captioning my conquests with National Food Quest – so you can check it out on my instagram and/or twitter. …

Book of Month, Longthroat Memoirs

“Nigerians will sit in restaurants – in every part of the world, in Lagos, and in Abuja – and eat sushi, fugu, Peruvian ceviche and piure. They will eat it all with an open mind, a fierce worldliness and a sexy congeniality, and then they will go home and bring out the amala (yam flour) and ewedu soup” “The Yorubas are self-conscious about having one of the least imaginative cuisines in Nigeria and are as finicky about their stews as they are about headtie trends. Only a Yoruba stew cannot be like gele; it isn’t really allowed to be trendy. In every Yoruba home, in the middle of every afternoon, there is a stew pot resting on the hob with the lid slightly askew. The jokes about Yoruba people and their stews, about the habitual, come-rain-or-shine pot of omi-obe, are threadbare. Omi-obe literally translates as “stew water”. It means exactly that: the body of the stew minus meat or fish. It is unquestionably derogatory when it comes out of my Igbo friends’ mouths. “What’s for …

Pancake Day, London Edition

From crêpe eating competitions with my childhood friend K, to ordering pancakes at almost every brunch spot I visit, I must admit I’ve eaten my fair share of pancakes. And that’s not even the craziest part I can’t believe I’ve been in Lagos for 13months now and I haven’t had a single pancake – now that’s weird !! That has got to change Would have loved this list to include some spots in Lagos but I haven’t got there yet. So, if you’re in London and you don’t know where to go this Pancake day – here’s a helping hand. Keep reading for 8 of my favourite pancakes and where to get them (in no particular order) Enjoy! 1.) The El Classico What: Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup Where: The Breakfast Club (Any Location) 2.) The Cute One   What: Drop Scones with fresh berries and clotted cream Where: Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings 3.) The Indulgent One What: Buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries, streaky bacon, honeycomb butter and maple syrup Where: Sunday Cafe and Restaurant, Barnsbury …

Sugarcane

I tried to give it up but the food life chose me  After weeks of postponing and last minute cancellations, W’s and I date to Nok had arrived. It was a Saturday and we were going to try out their Garden Menu, most importantly their suya hummus. W rides for her hummus, you see. Much to our despair after casually strolling in at 4pm..they were closed. I mean, who checks out opening times, really?! Apparently, they close between 4-6pm to set up for dinner. Crazy how at that exact moment our hunger pangs started. So we were faced with quickly deciding where we going to eat. Talindo’s? Crust and Cream? Sugarcane? oh Sugarcane! eekk. Going to Sugarcane at this time was actually scary, Plagued with bad reviews it hasn’t really gotten the best rep (food wise). But more than anything I was curious and wanted to try for myself. Plus, their red velvet pancakes were calling my name. And it was decided. Once inside you’re immediately greeted by the amazing geometrical decor and industrial style design. Exposed …

Arty Haunts

Welcome to Lekki Arts & Crafts Market – a huge open air market in Lekki with no website, no contact information, no anything (it’s one of those if you know, you know types).  Well I didn’t know and I reeeaally wanted to go. See my dilemma So i asked google, which showed me nowhere, asked a friend who didn’t know, asked twitter and got a response to check google. And with that I was back to square one. “How do I get to visit this market, universe?” Cue Ginika! (my awesome friend who designs even more awesome leather slippers – shameless plug) During one of our chats, she mentioned that she was going to visit Lekki Arts & Craft market with her sister! “Whuuut!” (thank you universe). With that in bag, i knew how i was spending my Sunday, tagging along of course! Happy days If you happen to find yourself in the same situation that I was, and Ginika isn’t there to help. Drive to the 4th roundabout on the Lekki-Epe expressway, you should find a sign for Oba Elegushi market, follow it .. …

La Pastaa at La Verandahh

La Taverna, La Veranda, La Taberna… you wouldn’t believe how many times I got the name of this place wrong. Just had to keep clarifying by saying, it’s the restaurant at The Blowfish. Sigh! Le Verandah is an Italian restaurant owned by the guys behind The Blowfish, head over for an extensive menu of pastas and pizzas, plus some other Italian inspired niceties. P.S.(If you missed my post on The Blowfish Hotel, check it out “here“) I arrived hungry so i didn’t want to experiment with regards to the menu, just gave it a quick glance and ordered my fave – Spaghetti Carbonara. If an “Italian” restaurant botches up a simple carbonara then mate, it is doomed! And thankfully it was really good! Our dish came with slices of toasted bread and a side of pate and chilli sauce. You know that feeling when the conversation stops and all you can hear is slurping of pasta, clanking of forks and silence. Yup! that was us I topped up the dish with black pepper and parmesan I was a bit …

Pink Paradise

It’s all pink! What’s not to love ?     I have a couple of places on my must explore list and The Blowfish Hotel happens to be one of them. From the bright pink exterior, the lush green trees to the blue pool !  This place is a photographers dream.     I love how relaxed it was, there was just this air of calm all around. It felt like a place, I could spend all day at. I guess it also helped that it was a public holiday and the weather was cool!  Apart from being a hotel, they also have a restaurant on the veranda, called “La Verandah” (no surprise there) will blog about my experience there soon.  I just wanted to show off my pictures 😊         Find The Blowfish Hotel at  No. 17 Oju Olobun Street, Off Idejo Street. Victoria Island.  Lagos, Nigeria.  Tel No – +234 1463 1298/99 +234 07080070329.

Nike Art Gallery

4 storeys of African Art heaven 😍     Still a Lagos, dare I say Nigerian favourite, this four-storey venue in Lekki plays host to an art gallery and a textile museum with a collection of over 7,000 pieces. It is enormous!   One rainy saturday, I grabbed by niece, my camera and we were off on our latest adventure (we do love our adventures)      You can’t miss Nike  Art Gallery, it’s this huge white building by Elegushi beach. There’s a cute cafe at the front and some quirky sculptures dotted about.      Walk in and marvel at contemporary art pieces in an environment that is warm and welcoming, as is the nature of ‘Mama Nike.’  Oh and if you happen to spot her when you visit, you might leave with a new Yoruba name. Cool right?       

Nostalgia at Ikoyi Club

Life in Lagos is fast-paced, it’s intense and it’s really easy to lose yourself in the myriad of weddings and repetitive “social routines”. I find myself missing the ease to my life in London, sure it had its dull moments but it was also very exciting. I could be at a street food pop-up today, an immersive exhibition the next or the theatre the following day (my kind of fun :)). I’m not saying Lagos doesn’t have these things, I’m pretty sure it does but I slowly realised, i haven’t been doing things for me. Things that make ME happy, that I enjoy! anyways that’s all about change… So i’m doing this thing where i have me-me weekends, (everyother weekend or so) and a pitstop at Ikoyi Club with mates kicked things right off. Ikoyi Club is filled with memories of childhood parties, living with no care in the world and serious grub.I mean who can forget their chips and sausage with chapman. #foodgoals right there! If you weren’t swimming in their pools or pissing in it (don’t deny …

Have you tried? Chicken x Waffles

I try not to eat based on fads but i can’t help myself from being drawn to restaurants based on their signature dishes and at Craft Gourmet, their chicken and waffles seemed to be all the craze… and so you have it I found myself at Craft. Okay before i get carried away… Craft Gourmet is a “contemporary” restaurant in Mega Plaza by Lou Baker. It’s clean, bright, minimal and the staff are super friendly. I’m a sucker a nice decor so at a first glance, Craft won some sweet points in my book. They serve breakfast and lunch dishes with an American and Middle Eastern influence. Sooo we started with their hummus and meat – I was getting ready to tuck in, then i remembered that I’m allergic to chickpeas. I had a wee taste but didn’t eat much of it, but I think it needed a little squidge of lemon juice to to kick the hummus up a notch.  Currently, the Pulled pork Lamb burger and Chicken and Waffles are all the craze, so a …