We're Looking for Writers

Eat.Drink.Lagos needs writers.

This weekend, we got robbed and the criminal made way with our phones and camera. He basically made away with our #content for the week. That got us thinking a whole lot. About life, obvs, and about Eat.Drink.Lagos as well. We’ve reached a point where the site needs to move beyond us. Lawyers call this “Perpetual Existence” or something like that.

We were actually thinking about it before then but that was a good hook. Eat.Drink.Lagos wants to expand our coverage of food in Lagos…AND Abuja, and we’re paying.

We're looking for writers who can create original and engaging stories. We’re looking for digital-first content creators immersed in the culture of the internet.

Not food, but the internet. Because food is easy, the internet is hard.

A 1,500-word think piece on the cultural importance of ogogoro is just as welcome as a 500-word listicle on what to expect in a small chops pack.

So, if you think this is something up your alley, we want you to join us as we try to create a culture of food. Rates, which depend on the nature of content, will vary from 7k - 15k per piece.

To “apply”, send a story or pitch to editor@eatdrinklagos.com. Let’s talk!

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The Lunch Club XVII: From Lagos With Love

We had our seventeenth Lunch Club this past weekend with Anu Bello. The menu was definitely #DodoGang Hall of Fame. 

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Sadly due to a very unfortunate incident, we lost all the pictures of the event, which is particularly upsetting to Folly 'cause the pictures were really nice. 

Our lunch club was held at Workstation, the nicest co-working space we've ever been to in Lagos. We didn't eat in the main coworking space but they have a cozy cafe up front which is where we had dinner. Again we wish we had pictures to show you but we don't so you have to a) take our word for it b) go check it out yourself it's at 7B Ibiyinka Olorunbe Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking of working, Eat.Drink.Lagos is hiring again. We're looking for writers, but we'll have a real proper post explaining all of that.

EDL Weekender: Alex Oke's XO Bakery, Orchid Bistro, and The Art of Diseye Tantua

EAT: Alex Oke's XO Bakery

NOSA: We finally got to try some of Alex Oke's good work and no lies were told, he's pretty good. The croissant was absolutely excellent. Get a box.

 

DRINK: Orchid Bistro Lands In Ikoyi

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FOLLY: Don't be that person asking your friend on Snapchat. "wait, where's that?". I double thumbs up their mojito. 

 

DRINK: La Taverna Ladies Night

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Buy one margarita, get the second FREE!

Time: 7:00PM-10:30PM

Location:  Plot 17J, Freedom Way, Lekki Phase 1

 

LAGOS: S'Art - The Art of Diseye Tantua

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EMEKA: Some photos of pieces to expect from the exhibition have been floating around and it looks exciting! Among the pieces are a part of his father’s classic Mercedes Benz, that he has created chairs, couches, and other design based art that will be showing alongside his Afro pop paintings at the exhibition.  


Don’t Tell Ambode, Bangkok Just Banned Street Food

Bolé. Roasted corn. Suya. All gone.

Well, not here, but I imagine Bangkok residents feel a pain that I can’t even fathom as their government just went and banned all street food.

Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, said officials are “now working to get rid of stalls from all 50 districts of Bangkok” and return the pavements to pedestrians.
“There will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out,”

What a spoilsport.

Bangkok, recently named the city with the best street food by CNN, has almost over 20,000 (!!) street food vendors scattered around the city. Meanwhile, did CNN come to Lagos when polling that because we have some serious objections.

“Street food was still too popular with the locals,” she said. “Of course, it would make Bangkok less charming. But it also takes a big chunk of cheap options away from working Thais, and closes up an avenue of work for many. Where will shop employees, construction workers and taxi drivers eat?”

With the Otodo Gbame fiasco, this whole thing feels like something Ambode could do. He better not get any ideas. To be fair though, Ambode looks like he enjoys a wrap of Amala or two, with hot ewedu and gbegiri and small Star on Fridays. His tie is carefully placed on his left shoulder as he descends into the amala. We doubt he'll make any drastic changes. That said, we're watching.

Officially, it’s being tagged as a “cleanup campaign” but we all know what the deal is.It does bring up one serious question though: What happens to the displaced vendors?

Pulling this “cleaning up city” move is all fine and great, but the displaced vendors are suddenly without jobs. Like the spike in crime caused by the forced evictions in Lagos, Bangkok might have some bigger issues to deal with. It’s crazy how these cities don’t think about the social cost of actions like these.

[The Guardian]

RECIPE: One Pot Suya Chicken and Spinach Pasta

We have Anu back on the blog again and this week, she's sharing her "one pot" chicken and spinach pasta. One pot meals are a favorite because you aren't washing too many dishes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 2 Green peppers
  • 1tbp Suya spice
  • 350g Spaghetti
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1 tbsp Minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp Crushed garlic
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1 Rodo
  • 3 tbsp Soy suace
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup Peanut butter
  • Handful of spinach
  • 4 1/2 Cups of water
  • 1 Stock cube
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder

This recipe is perfect if you're a super lazy bachelor like Nosa and need to meal prep for the week.

PS: Anu is hosting our next Lunch Club and she's going with an all plantain menu. It's pretty interesting. If you want a ticket, reserve HERE.