The Official IJGB* Guide to Lagos - 2018 Edition

*IJGB (I Just Got Back)

IJGB /eye-jay-gee-bee/ 

The official term used to denote a fresher in Lagos. One who has probably just hopped off a plane at Murtala Mohammed Airport and is ready to pioneer all possible rocks in Lagos. 


First, this is the latest IJGB Guide we’ve done in a while. But it’s not my fault though, I was busy fighting my enemies in the office so I didn’t notice December had properly kicked in until my salary kicked in. 

Second, your boy has been paid so Christmas has OFFICIALLY started. 

Speaking of of getting paid, the dollar has been relatively stable this year. There was a little spike a couple weeks ago, but big daddy Meffy has been fighting the fire with all his might. Smart people say it’s one of those things where you transfer the effects to the long term in exchange for short term reward. Long story short, your dollar might not buy out the bar this year, but it probably will next year. So stay tuned for 2019 IJGB Guide lol. 

Anyway, here’s a lowdown on what you’ve missed since your last visit:

 

Where to Eat

Z Kitchen

Yeah, some locals might say it’s overrated or it’s “not that good”, but those ones tend to forget they’re in Lagos and everything sucks. Look, you cannot, with good conscience, say there are 10 restaurants in Lagos better than Z Kitchen. And when you look at it like that, it’s easy to see why it’s the best new opening of the year. The seafood pasta is a scam, but they steaks are excellent and so is the cheesecake. 

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Honorable Mentions: Sushiholic, Maison Kayser, Burg

 

Where to Drink

Buzz Barr

Was Buzz Barr here last year? I’m a washed man so I really don’t know what the streets are saying these days. Christina knows though and she says the Pornstar Martini is a top 5 cocktail in Lagos:

The Porn Star, which is a passionfruit martini accompanied by a miniature glass of champagne, was O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G.
It was made from fresh passionfruit, vodka, passionfruit liqueur, vanilla liqueur, fresh lime juice and shooter champagne. This definitely makes top 5 Drink Lagos cocktails – it was neat, strong and sophisticated.
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She knows what she’s saying so I’d trust her. 

Honorable Mentions: The Grill by Delis, SABOR

 

Where to... Lagos?

Has anything really changed since last year? Oh, there’s no more Visionscape. Yeah, that’s a big change.  Anyway, here’s a calendar full things I’d do if I was still jumping the fence at Likwid. 

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Top 8 Tips for #EatDrinkFestival

December is one of our favorite months of the year in Lagos. December in Lagos is exactly how you get scammed into moving back. You come home for Christmas and Lagos “finishes” you with enjoyment. The love for December is a little different as locals, but it’s love regardless lol.

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December is also the month of the Festival — #EatDrinkFestival, that is. Year after year, we talk about each upcoming festival is our biggest yet, but we really mean it this year. We have an impressive vendor line-up and we’ve tacked on a couple new elements as well. Someone on the Nigerian internet said the festival is slowly becoming like mathematics, but trust us when we say this, this will be the one time a math class is enjoyable. Just trust us.



WHAT IS #EatDrinkFestival?

#EatDrinkFestival is our wonderful two-day food festival happening on December 26 and 27. For these two days, at that big field beside The Lekki Coliseum, you’ll get to sample from the finest in local culinary talent, attend some tasting panels, and if you’re really about, sample a fine dining dinner from a chef at the only Nigerian-owned Michelin star.

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I’M NEW TO YOUR EVENT. WHAT DO I DO?

So you just ordered a wristband to #EatDrinkFestival or maybe you’re thinking about it. You aren’t too sure about it (trust us, it’s going to be great so get wristbands HERE) and don’t know what to expect. What if you don’t know anyone else there? What do you wear? How many pounds will you gain? How many jollof arancinis is too much?

Fear not, beloved. There is nothing to worry about. Here are a couple tips that'll help you make the most of this two-day feast  so that you can live your best life at #EatDrinkFestival


1. GET WRISTBANDS EARLY

Lagosians can be the masters of “lastminute.com” and we get it. Sometimes, you’re just too lazy to do anything ahead of time. Or maybe you just don’t trust online payments, which is a valid fear. 

But this one time, you might want change things up a bit. Having your wristband early means you don’t have to stand in line to get into the event. We’ve done this four times now, it is ALWAYS crowded at the gate. You don’t want that type of stress in your life. Guests with wristbands get on the express line, i.e. no line at all. 

To get a wristband, just order it off our event site HERE

(Yeah, we built a whole platform just for this and future events. That’s how awesome this one is going to be.)

After we confirm your order, we’ll shoot you an email when your wristband is ready for pick up and you can come down to Cafe One, at Lennox Mall (Lekki), to pick it up. The wristband grants you access to both days of the festival.

2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

Failure to plan is planning to fail. There’s a lot to see and do at #EatDrinkFestival. We’ll have over 80 vendors across the two days so each day is a whole new experience. It’s like having #EatDrinkFestival TWICE. Look over our vendor list ahead of time and prepare a list of "Must Visit” vendors. Check out the map on our website (available the week of the event) and make sure you plan to hit your favorites first.

Like last year, there’s the main stage with Maggi which will feature cooking demos and competitions. This year, we’re adding the Drink Theatre with Guinness. We’ll go in more detail later in the week, but this one is super super fun and there be lots of freebies. 

It can get a little crowded and overwhelming at the vendor stands so we’ve added something a little more chill called Fun Size Events. You can sit, catch your breath and continue the feasting. These are four pop-ups spread over two days in lunch and dinner sessions. View the schedule HERE.


3. MAKE A BUDGET, LOAD YOUR WRISTBAND

One big reason we put out vendor menus early is to help guests budget their festival spend. We’ve gone a step further for this edition. This year, all payments at the festival will be done with the wristband. Vendors will not be accepting cash or card. To make purchases, you'll have to load your wristband with points. You can load points at Cafe One before the festival or at the top up stations + front desk at the festival. Make a budget of what you want to spend and load up your wristband.

4. DRESS THE PART

Get yourself some comfortable shoes, absolutely no heels. Add a hat and sunscreen for the sun as well. Most importantly, wear some comfortable clothes because you're going to be doing some eating. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so get some clothes with a little stretch. You'll most likely want to navigate the festival unencumbered, so pack light. Leave the unnecessary stuff at home.


5. PACE YOURSELF

This is the most important of all our tips. Don't overdo it. There’s no way you’re leaving hungry so pace yourself. The festival last two days this year so you want to avoid the premature food coma. 


6. GET A SQUAD

Get yourself a squad for the festival. As soon as you get into the festival, split up, secure some goodies, get back together at the seating areas and share your spoils 


7. MEET VENDORS, COLLECT CARDS.

Be sure to talk to the chefs, the mixologists, the artisans. You never know who might cater your wedding or your office’s end -of-year party. Get to know these guys because it’s very rare to find them physically  Most of out vendors don’t have physical locations and all most know about them is from social media  Meet them up close and ask al the questions you want. Collect cards from the businesses you loved, and jot down notes on the cards to help you remember their significance later.

8. IF YOU DON’T NEED TO DRIVE, DON'T.

We STRONGLY advise that you carpool or use any of the ridesharing services because that's what we'd do if we were attending an event like this. We even finessed ourselves a Taxify code for this very reason. You’ll be eating and drinking a lot so traffic isn’t something you want to partake in.

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9. HAVE FUN!

We said 8 tips, but here’s one more.


#EatDrinkFestival is presented by Sterling Bank. DECEMBER  26 – 27, 2018

For the FULL  schedule and FAQs, visit eatdrinkfestival.com

Be sure to follow #EatDrinkFestival on Twitter and Instagram.

EDL Weekender: Nostalgia and Pretty World

Hey friends! Weekend is here so let’s get into it. Here’s your guide on what to eat, drink, and listen to this weekend.

Weekender!

EAT

The Burgundy by Chef Stone: Nostalgia

This weekend, Chef Stone and the Burgundy team are hosting their second pop up - Nostalgia. It’s a 7-course fine dining dinner and reservations are 35k/head.

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DRINK

Decemberjam

Lala, of Drink Lagos, is involved with this and there’s drinking involved.

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LAGOS

Pretty World

Maybe I’m a little bit biased because he went to Loyola, but Donald’s tape is one of my favorites this year. It has been pretty amazing to watch him grow as an artist and his show this weekend should be plenty fun.

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Have a great weekend, guys!




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Announcing the Vendor Lineup for the #EatDrinkFestival

And so it begins! The blog has kicked into full #EatDrinkFestival mode and this is the perfect time to reveal our vendor lineup, as well as their menus. While we’ve mentioned this a couple of times on our channels, it probably bears repeating: the festival is running for TWO days this year. We’re also going cashless with reloadable wristbands, more on that HERE.

That said, back to talking about what you can EAT and DRINK at the Festival. To make things fun, each day has a fresh set of vendors minus a couple exceptions who will be there on both days.

On day 1, Dec. 26, we’ll have:

URBAN FUXION, Linez Teas, Moxys, Drinks.ng, D’Waffle Hub, Barcode Cocktails, Vanessa’s Waffle House, DEARHealthys, Smigz Mobile Bar, The Juicelady, Oh So Nurition, Delicioso Mobile Chefs, Chow Noodle Bar, Chef Ette Barbecue, Plated Memoirs, Limehouse Bars, The Fish Lady, Mo’s Jollof, Happy Healthy Food, Zee3hree BBQ Co.,The AJs, Phurahbookcafe, Loshe’s Chocolate, El Padrino, Eko Street Eats, Johnny Rockets, Lawlas Snowcones, Royal Pops, Slush Queen, Hans and Rene, Bubbletii, XO Bakery, Chef Benedict, Earth Blend (The Juice Lab), Cocktailville & Chops, Eventi Cocktails, Porkagrill, luliucuisine, Toasties by Biscuitbone, Victoria Treats, Kaldi House Lagos, The Healthy Salad Company, Chef Khudu, Garlicknot Catering, BM Foodie, Wings’n’Sides, Buka2Go, Captain Licious, Pink Delish, Keto.ng, On the Rocks with B

Click to enlarge each menu.

On day 2, Dec. 27, we’ll have: 

URBAN FUXION, Tcheep, Honey’s Cupcakes, Smoothie Express, Obi Bakes It, Rum & Passion, Tammy’s, Moo Diary Milkshakes, Smigz Mobile Bar, The Shake Bar NG, Legacy Grill, Food Fairy, The Poffertjes Place, Chef Ette Barbecue, 19.8 Drinks & Cocktails, Limehouse Bars, The Fish Lady, Segi’s Zobo, La Taverna, Zee3hree BBQ Co., Namii.ng, Crispy & Grill, Aunty Joy’s Gourmet Chilli, Heels in the Kitchen, Johnny Rockets, Tutti Blendz ‘N’ Treatz, Royal Pops, Big Fish Cocktails, Hans and Rene, Bubbletii, XO Bakery, Chef Benedict, Hol Brew, Cocktailville & Chops, Eventi Cocktails, Nascogrills, Shawarma Xpress, Sari Herbal Living, Rhodes BBQ Smokehouse, Thrive, CHOWSTATION, Louie Boy’s Kitchen, Torte SugarFlakes, HotHobs, MOGEE MAGIC, The Popcorn Palace, KD Prime Cuisine, Majikjuice, Pink Delish, Luxebars and Cocktails, Kewa’s Kitchen

Check out all the menus and prices too! (so you can set your budget and prosper).

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#EatDrinkFestival presented by Sterling Bank is taking place on Dec. 26-27 at the Lekki Coliseum (14 Providence Street, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1). Get a preloaded wristband at eatdrinkfestival.com

EDL Weekender: La Taverna Christmas Party, FEMME and a Kaldi House Pop-up

Hey friends! Weekend is here so let’s get into it. Here’s your guide on what to eat, drink, and listen to this weekend.

Weekender!

EAT

La Taverna Christmas Party

Fellow  Taverna regulars, Chef Cristian is closing out the year with a little party. Yeah, it’s bit weird because it’s super early and he’s not closed for the rest of the year. Either way, I’m always down for a party and Taverna is one of my favorite spots in Lagos, so yeah…

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Kaldi House Pop-up

Kaldi House is popping up again this weekend. They’re all the way in Ilupeju so having them on the island for the weekend is nice.

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LAGOS

DJ Ayeee at South

The Village Sound-system in partnership with South Eatery & Social house and LA Concepts presents an above ground edition of Lagos Metronome. Lagos Metronome exists to provide you the city dwelling African with dance music foe your urban soul. @aye_of_vss & @sensei.lo at for your groove and emotional satisfaction. You will be safe in our village.
— Lala


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FEMME

Found this on twitter. It a little showcase at Miliki with female performers only, which is kind of a big deal because they never really get the same platforms as the guys. Like, I know most the alté male artists, but very few of the female ones. Maybe Lady Donli, but that’s about it.

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Have a great weekend, guys!