Taste the Liberation, How to Make a Cuba Libre

The history of the Cuba Libre, also known as "Rum & Coke" to philistines, is pretty interesting. The only thing everyone agrees on is that the cocktail originated in Cuba. Different liquor houses have their own take on its origins and in all that marketing propaganda, the truth is to be found.

As far as ingredients go, the Cuba Libre is as basic as it gets. In fact, it is one of the simplest cocktails to make.

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 part Bacardi Gold
  2. 2 lime wedges
  3. 2 parts cola
  4. Cubed ice

HOW TO MIX

  1. Fill a glass with lots of ice.
  2. Squeeze 2 lime wedges into the glass, to release the juice.
  3. Drop the lime wedges into the glass. The lime zest gives it more flavour.  (NB It is important that the lime juice coats the ice).
  4. Pour in the Bacardi, top up with chilled cola and stir gently.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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EDL Weekender: New Restaurant Alert

FOLLY: Here's what happening this weekend that we feel you should be hip to. 


Dreakfast by Anu Bello @ Vapors

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NOSA: Breakfast for Dinner!

I hope the usual Vapors crowd has gone back to wherever because I actually want to go to this.

 

Sugarcane its Opening its Doors

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NOSA: They used to make cupcakes and it looks like they have a whole thing now.

FOLLY: It's hard to drive past Ologun Agbaje without noticing this striking new restaurant. Today is opening day and we can't wait to visit.

 

Movienic by Nothing To Do In Lagos

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EMEKA*: It's the First #MovieNic of the Year!

Time: 5:00PM Picnic. 6:45PM Movie
Fee:  N500
Location: Cafe Neo, 19b Adeyemi Lawson, Ikoyi
 
Tip of the Day: Bring a bottle & blanket. The Kingston Kitchen food truck will be there serving their delicious Jamaican dishes & you'll also be able rent hookah. Let's get outside! 


*Curated by NothingToDoinLagos

Work Lunches: Smoothie Express

Our "Work Lunches" series focuses on your non-traditional food establishments, the ones without brick and mortar locations. For nomenclature purposes, we'll call them Online Restaurants


Smoothie Express

Order online

0909 931 9266. 0909 931 9267

FOLLY: Our Smoothie Express review has been elusive for a while now. We've ordered it before but I can't even remember what happened but we never posted it. Outside of that experience, I have also ordered their smoothies a couple of times.

NOSA: I actually order Smoothie Express with some frequency.

FOLLY: I ordered the Kiwi Banana Smoothie and the "Spicy Shrimps" Salad. The word "shrimps" in the menu item irks me because shrimp is the plural of shrimp.

NOSA: I think I've never ordered the shrimp one for this very reason.

FOLLY: Please, owners of Smoothie Express if you're reading this please change it, please. 

smoothie express salad

FOLLY: First impression of Smoothie Express is that they, unlike most of their competitors, have a decent website for online ordering that actually ALLOWS you to pay online.

NOSA: This is a MAJOR selling point for me. I can order, pay online, and at no point does anybody call me to "confirm" my order (looking at you, Chicken Republic). The website is a bit buggy, but the tech aspect of Smoothie Express' operations certainly doesn't get enough credit.

Anyway, I got the Berries Fete smoothie (not pictured because I forgot smh), which is a cup full of blueberries, strawberries, grapes, bananas, and honey. At 300 cal, per the Smoothie Express website, this is pretty healthy for a non-healthy option (Smoothie Express has "light" versions of their smoothies).

kiwi banana smoothie express

FOLLY: My smoothie arrived very cold and still frozen (i.e. the water had not begun to separate) which was great considering we're in the tropics. 

The ingredient list of the kiwi banana smoothie contains kiwi, banana, pineapple, yoghurt and honey. My initial reservation on this smoothie was that the kiwi would be overwhelming cause I find kiwi quite tart and after I eat it my lips begin to tingle (that eventually happened) but I ordered it anyway. 

NOSA: To be honest, I never really look out for flavor when I order smoothies. I just want it really cold and still "frozen". I hate fruit enough already, I'm not trying to taste it. But the Berries Fete my favorite of the lot.

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FOLLY: I thought it was a great smoothie and the taste of the pineapple (my second favourite fruit after orange, yes, I'm basic deal with it) came through in the entire thing. It also wasn't bitter or overwhelmingly sweet.

NOSA: My salad, on the other hand, was pretty solid. Like a solid 6/7. Not great, but far from bad. Could have done with a little variety in the content. Maybe some spinach here and there. A little less cabbage and carrots. Wished it was more "leafy". Salad, not coleslaw. I got avocado as an extra to give it some oomph.

shrimp salad smoothie express

FOLLY: Now, this "spicy shrimps salad" was not the one for me. I'm very big on smells and I can condemn an entire plate of food if there's a smell I don't like. Upon opening the salad, there was a particular smell I couldn't place. I think it was one of the spicies used in the shrimp and so I could only stomach a few bites before I condemned this to the "it's a no from me" pile. Yeah, I tried and I really couldn't. 

 

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Their smoothies are great, the salad wasn't my cup of tea.

NOSA: Well, they're SMOOTHIE Express, not SALAD Express.

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Spicy Shrimp Salad - N1500

Kiwi Banana Smoothie - N1500

Chicken Salad - N1400

Berries Fête Smoothie - N1500

 

 

PARKING

N/A

Delivery only

Anu Bello Culture: Make the Perfect Gizdodo

Since we've blown our entire food budget for the month at the CUT, we are forced to look inwards for the rice that is always at home.

JK we really haven't, we'll still bring you more reviews for the rest of the month. 

That said, this week, Anu Bello is sharing her Gizdodo recipe. It's super simple and you probably have all these ingredients at home with the exception of gizzard (unless you're just into gizzard like that) and the dijon mustard (cause you might be Nigerian if you're reading this).

Folly's tried it and can vouch for the recipe and the taste, so you should too.  

Check out her Goat Meat Fries recipe from last week here and you can keep up with Anu and her other food adventures on Instagram @fromlagoswithlove