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Tulip Bistro: An Abuja Institution
 

NOSA: Of all the Abuja restaurants we got tipped on, Tulip Bistro was perhaps the one we wanted to visit the most. We followed them on Instagram in the early EDL days and we’ve since longed for that Louisiana chicken pasta.

FOLLY: Longed!

I’ve tried to convince Nosa many times that EDL needed to pay for trips to Abuja to check out restaurants. The same way he always sends me a message after every Apple keynote to ask whether a new iPhone is a business expense. I digress.

NOSA: The space is a lot smaller than we expected it to be, but it added to the charm. It felt…cozy.

FOLLY: The clientele of Tulip Bistro is a reflection of the ownership (You can find out who that is from their Instagram page).

Nosa and I were outwardly different.

I was coming from one of our pre-festival meetings at the venue so my fitted t-shirt, palazzo pants, TOMS, and a backpack was in jarring contrast to many perfectly tailored up and downs, chiffon scarfs, and perfectly beat faces - I was a bit shy. Likewise, amongst the male guests, who were extremely few, Nosa and the waiters were the only men not wearing jallabiyas - including children. Nosa was wearing his typical shorts too. In hindsight, LOL.

I think our distinct otherness contributed to the service we eventually received.

NOSA: The menu looked like it hadn’t been updated in forever. Wait, what am I saying? It hasn’t been updated in ages. And I’m not talking about “wear and tear” on the actual menu. The items are exactly what I found on a Trip Advisor post from years ago.

FOLLY: And almost everyone in the restaurant was still ordering the same thing namely the Philly Cheese Steak Rolls and the Louisiana Chicken Pasta so who were we not to oblige…

To be honest, we wanted to order a couple more starters but of the four options on the appetiser menu, nothing else other than the Philly Cheese Steak Rolls was available. I really liked the Philly cheese steak rolls and would order it again assuming that the extreme saltiness was a big accident.

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NOSA: The food took forever and when it finally came out, the waiter messed up the order. I ordered a steak and they brought me a chicken kebab.

FOLLY: Then he took it back and brought the chicken kebab again after 15 minutes. He then went again and came back like 20 minutes later with the correct item Nosa ordered and our starter (finally).

NOSA: People make mistakes so I guess we could've let that slide but the guy told us Folly’s pasta was ready and proceeded to not bring it for like another 30 minutes after I eventually got my correct main. Yes, my fixed order came before Folly’s pasta. Apparently, they decided to make her main again instead of bringing it out like promised.

FOLLY: Or gave it to one of the groups that arrived after us and got handed their Louisiana chicken pasta promptly.

NOSA: All of this would’ve been forgivable if the pasta was the best thing in the world, but it was just decent. Not great, just decent.

FOLLY: A bit salty too, just like the Philly cheese steak rolls. I see why some people can be purists on appropriate pasta shapes for different dishes. For me, ziti should be baked and not boiled and tossed in a sauce. When it’s baked it can stick to other pieces with the sauce and cheese for some chunky goodness. When it’s boiled it’s very smooth and a heavy sauce like the one used here just slides right off. The ridges in penne would have captured the sauce and helped it stick.

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NOSA: Ordering the steak was definitely a big mistake on my part. As soon as I said I wanted it cooked “medium” and the waitress said they “don’t do sizes”, I should have aborted my mission at that very juncture. But, did I? No, I did not.

FOLLY: It was a very good laugh.

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NOSA: The steak wasn’t a disaster but it was such a waste of money. They might have overdosed on the salt, but it tasted better than it looked. This is something that the cook you imported from the Benin Republic can make in your house. Definitely didn’t sit right with my spirit that I had to pay legal tender for it.


POSTSCRIPT

NOSA: It’s cheap and the pasta is good enough. Don’t order any steaks and there’s no alcohol on the menu.

FOLLY: The sandwiched looked decent.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

T-bone steak - N9000

Philly Cheese Steak Roll - N2500

Louisiana Chicken Pasta - N5500

Sweet Treats for a Sweet Girl at #EatDrinkAbuja

The EatDrinkFestival is an annual food festival proudly organized by the team. An ever-evolving event, the festival is aimed at connecting food vendors and celebrity chefs with aspiring chefs and individuals who simply have a fine taste for food. For most of its existence, the Festival had only been available to the residents of Lagos. Last weekend, however, things took a historical turn with the first ever #EatDrinkFestival hosted in Abuja!

A few members of the team and I made our way to Nigeria’s capital city last weekend. While other team members were choked with organisational duties and the smooth running of festival activities, I was in Abuja for one simple mission; Eat, Drink, Repeat. I did exactly that.

Food festivals are glorious. Being surrounded by pleasant aromas, a myriad of flavours and people who are just excited about food as you are is absolutely uplifting for the spirits. At the festival, 20 food and drink vendors dished out their finest and as always, I picked a thing or two I’d like to write about. I visited as many vendors as I could and now, I will be telling you why I will either find their home addresses or erase them from my memory, Dumbledore style. Over the next couple days I’ll be telling you about my favorite vendors at the Festival.

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Buttercream Abuja

Build Your Own Cupcake: Chocolate Cupcake, Maltesers, Caramel Popcorn and a Shot of Baileys

Thoughts

Buttercream Abuja happens to be the first vendor I tried at the festival. While everyone made a beeline to Cocktailville n Chops, I decided to start off sweet. One of the things that drew me to Buttercream’s stand was the giant pink balloon arch. It was so cute!

The owners were especially friendly, offering me a bit of their Nutella Banana Bread as a sample. It was absolutely delicious. That’s a lot coming from me because I would usually never put banana bread in my mouth.

I had the option of having a regular cupcake and building my own personalised treat. I decided to go with the latter. A chocolate cupcake, Maltesers, Caramel popcorn and shot of Baileys later, I was in my happy place.

Biting into the cupcake, I felt like I was biting into a fresh cloud. It was fluffy, moist and its sweetness was thoroughly balanced. The creaminess of the Baileys complimented the taste of the chocolate so well while the Maltesers and Caramel popcorn added a bit of crunch to the smooth, fluffy texture. Overall, this was a win.

Verdict

I absolutely loved them! Between their amazing customer service and the even more amazing cupcake, I can’t decide what got me the most. Would recommend to everyone I’ve ever met.

Yogurberry

Cookies and Cream Yoghurt, Cashews and Cookies (Toppings)

Thoughts

I visited the Yogurberry stand a bit late, so they’d run out of a couple of froyo flavours. Bummer! I feel like the vendor understood my pain because he looked sadder than I was telling me they only had a few flavours left. Of the ones available, the Cookies & Cream caught my fancy so I decided to try that out. For the toppings, I went with cashew nuts and chocolate chip cookies. The game was set.

The yoghurt was a flavour overload! The cashews provided a twist to the sweetness of the yoghurt and cookies. I have a sweet tooth but I don’t particularly fancy overwhelmingly sweet treats. This frozen treat kept its sugar levels friendly. On the matter of texture, the yoghurt was smooth and silky. I really enjoyed eating this.

Verdict

Yogurberry is doing an amazing job with frozen yoghurts. Unfortunately, they don’t have branches in Lagos so I can’t pop in at will.

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Waffle Stop

Waffle Pops – Waffles with chocolate and caramel syrup, coconut flakes and crushed Oreos

Thoughts

Taking a walk through the festival, my nose picked up on the most delightful thing and I absolutely had to trace the scent. That’s how I found myself at Waffle Pops. Waffles are a personal favourite so I took no time in ordering.

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The vendor at the Waffle Pops stand had to be one of the bubbliest people I’ve ever met. I loved her energy. The base dish was the waffle which could then be topped with an assortment of syrups and candies. I decided to go for chocolate syrup, coconut flakes and crushed Oreos. The bubbly lady was nice enough to drizzle on some extra caramel syrup and that made me pretty happy.

Let me tell you when I bit into this waffle, I caught a glimpse of paradise. It was warm, super soft and fluffy! It’s almost as if the waffle melted in my mouth. I can’t put into words the joy I felt eating this waffle. It was perfect. While making notes on all the things I’d tried, the only reaction I could muster on this was a ‘whoa!’ That’s exactly how I felt. That is still how I feel. I’m still shook!

Verdict

I want to be adopted by the owner of waffle pops and fed waffles everyday in an air-conditioned room while watching Rick and Morty. If my waistline breaks up with me because of these waffles I won’t even be mad. Transitioning from an hour-glass to a blob shouldn’t be too hard. Round is a shape, right?

#EatDrinkAbuja: Denise's Official Recap

Over the last five years, the EDL team has hosted the residents of Lagos to a fun and flavour filled food festival known as the #EatDrinkFestival. Last weekend, the team spread its wings and took it all the #EatDrinkFestival all the way to the capital city!

On the 8th of June 2019, friends, families and foodies from all over the federal capital territory – and Nigeria, if we’re keeping it a buck – gathered at Harrow Park to delve into a world of culinary delicacies and delight. All day long, we were surrounded by pleasant aromas, a wide variety of flavours and people who were excited to eat just as much as we were! Between the sights, smells and scenery, we can’t tell what we loved most about the #EatDrinkFestival!



The Sights and Scents

The #EatDrinkFestival hosted 20 food and drink vendors and a myriad of side attractions powered by our sponsors Sterling Bank and Maggi.

Each vendor came prepared with a hands-on team and special menu curated specifically for the festival. Vendors kept their stands colourful by adorning them with balloons, flowers, signature umbrellas – hello, Crazy Pe0ple Cocktails – tiki cups and so much more!

All around the park, you could spot umbrellas attached to benches in Maggi’s signature yellow and red colours. These umbrellas provided much needed shade to the sun – and rain – while the festival took place. Asides the cute umbrellas, Maggi provided various side attractions including a live and colourful food demo by Chef Punshak on Chicken and SeaFood stir fry, a cooking competition with attractive prizes and an Instagram worthy photo accessory in no other word than ‘Maggi’.

Sterling bank brought their A-Game by giving us lovers of technology a bit more fun than we signed up for. At the Sterling stand, festival attendees were given the opportunity to participate in Karaoke, Virtual Reality Simulations and so much more! You were sure to laugh while hearing a scream or two coming from the VR stand. The word ‘hilarious’ doesn’t even cut it.

The #EatDrinkFestival kept it family friendly by providing giant versions of popular games such as Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and so much more! Watching the giant Jenga pieces tumble to the floor is top 2 most entertaining things on the planet and it is not number two.


The Scents and Scintillating Flavours

When you have 20 fabulous food vendors and a host of celebrity chefs like Chef Punshak and Chef Ayo, there’s no doubt that the flavours wafting about Harrow Park last weekend were only befitting for the gods.

At every corner, the rich, smoky smell of grilled meats and the sweet aromas of pastries and desserts were sure to be assaulting your senses. Pastry/dessert vendors like Waffle Stop kept it sweet while Legal Tender Cocktails kept it fresh and fruity for our vegan/fitness inclined attendees. From Chef Punshak’s deliciously aromatic stir fry to Chef Ette’s spicy barbecue grill, there was no escape to the siren scents of food.

Flavours and textures made to satisfy every food whim or craving were present at the #EatDrinkFestival last weekend. From the strong, delicious flavours of Korede Spagetti to the sweet, delectable frozen treats dished out be Entrees Cocktails, every possible flavour need was satisfied at the festival. Attendees came prepared to satisfy their cravings for exotic food flavours and scintillating scents. They were not disappointed.


The Scenery

Harrow Park provided lush green scenery to which vendors and sponsors dotted with colour. The sharp contrast of Maggi’s coloured umbrellas and the white tents created a delicate picturesque balance to the festival’s feng shui.

On entering the park, attendees were greeted with an Instagram worthy photo accessory pleasantly decorated with leaves and fruits. At the perimeter of the festival, the vendors set up shop, attending to foodies, friends and families alike. At the centre of the park, Sterling Bank hosted attendees to VR simulations, Karaoke and many other attractions. Just by the Sterling stand, attendees could be spotted participating in giant board games like Snakes and Ladders and Jenga. Sitting areas took up the area just beside the gaming area and the area close to the magi stand where Chef Punshak held his live demo and cooking competition. The park offered enough play room for kids and teenagers while giving adult enough space to stroll and bond over delicious food.

Our festival attendees kept their clothing comfy and classy. They really knew how to dress to impress while dressing to ingest. Many attendees kept it simple with off shoulder tops, free flowing gowns/jumpsuits or casual jeans/shorts and a top.

It was a good one, Abuja. The team will be back next year

The C.F.Eats’ Guide to #EatDrinkAbuja

For uninitiated, here’s a little bit about Chasseur Fou Eats:

You can call me CFE (cee-eff-ee)! Living, eating and taking on Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, one post at a time!

They’re one of our partners for the Abuja festival and you can follow them on Twitter or Instagram.


In 2017, someone snarkily asked me: “What is there to do in Abuja, even?” And I answered: “Bruh, eat.” And I wasn’t lying. Eating out is relatively cheaper here than in other big cities and we have hella cute cafes scattered all around. Now, as luck would have it, the angels of food have smiled upon us by giving us EatDrinkLagos’ very famous EatDrinkFestival! So, on the 8th of June, we will all troop (fork in hand) to Harrow Park to get a taste of Lagos’ finest food festival, tailored to our very eclectic taste buds.

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I know, I too am overwhelmed at ALL the possibilities and ALL the food but it’s okay, I’ve created this guide to help you (you, me, everyone on the C.F.Eats team) navigate the festival and get a taste of flavours from all around the world along the way!

Remember, it’s a marathon, not a race, so if you get there early, you can pace yourself and pretend you’re doing a Tastemade food festival review at the same time!



CrazyPe0ple Cocktails To Start The Day

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As soon as we walk through the gates, we’re heading for the CrazyPeople’s Cocktail stand because it’s only right that we start with an Abuja fave.

Everything on the menu looks inviting but we’ll start with something light, like a Bay Breeze for example, because we want a drink to whet our appetite and put us in the mood for the food, which we’re always in btw, but this will allow us take cute pictures with our cup in hand before our inevitable food pouch starts showing itself :)

Pocket: -₦2000


Buttercream Abuja for something sweet

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Now that our pictures are taken, it’s time to get down to business with an amuse-bouche. Buttercream Abuja’s Nutella Banana Bread is on our list because Nutella, duh, and one slice sounds like a nice way to exercise our jaw muscles.

I know amuse-bouches are meant to be free but the price of these items can technically be considered free if you close your eyes and don’t think about it too much.

Pocket: -₦500


The Vegan Trip to China

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Vegans aren’t left out as Lily’s Hands make Deep Fried Seitan Cutlets and if you’re into this sort of thing, you get to take a quick food-inspired trip to China!

Pocket: -₦2000



Main 1

because there will be several others

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After getting an appetiser, we’ll head for Ette’s Barbecue because that Famous Turkey and Plantain will not eat itself. Fun Fact: Chef Ette is from Calabar and my family used to have him over to do barbecues for us during Christmas and other random occasions, so I can tell you for free, his grill is magic.

Pocket: -₦1500


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You can head to Jaka’s Grill for a taste of what I think is also from Calabar (or maybe I just think all the grill people come from Cross River State) and try the Grilled Sticky Chicken Combo Box.

Pocket: -₦2500



Waffle Stop for Another One

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After our first main, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate our ability to taste food. What’s a better way to do this than to taste even more food? Trick question, there’s no better way.

At this point, we’ll saunter over to the Waffle Stop stand for a Waffle Pop! Our food pouch has started to rear its head but we’re sure we can still squeeze out a few more pictures at this point. We’ll pick up a chocolate covered waffle pop and take all the pictures we can get at this point.

Pocket: -₦1500



Thirst Quencher Time

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After a sweet treat, we’re going to need an alcoholic drink to lift our spirits (and counter the pending sugar rush). So, to Entree’s Cocktails we go! They have a drink called Tiger’s Blood and by virtue of its name alone, we have to try it.

(At this point, you can convince your friends to try the Watermelon Agua Fresca from Legal Tenders Cocktails and take a sip of it because you’re a sophisticated person too dammit!).

Pocket: -₦1000


Main 2

because we’re just getting into it

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If you’re a lasagna fiend like my friend Amiola, you can hop over to Melo’s Kitchen stand for a taste of Italy and try their Mini Lasagna! Honestly, eating lasagna at a food festival is my aesthetic but if it isn’t yours, there’s a bunch of other things to try on the menu here.

Pocket: -₦1500

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You can head back to Lily’s Hands to try the Garlic & Rosemary Infused Slow-Baked Chicken and dodo because, honestly, I’ve been eyeing it since I saw Deep Fried Seitan Cutlets.

Pocket: -₦2000

Sweet Endings

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Now, at this point, it is important to know you have done your best, honestly. Cool off with a Strawberry Basil Lemonade treat from Ice Pop.

Pocket: -₦500


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If parfaits are your thing, try one of France’s more popular exports in the form of the Medium Cup Parfait from Parfait Cafe (tongue twister? No?)

Pocket: -₦1200

Now, congratulatory high-fives are in order because you made it!! You came, you ate, you conquered! You can go home feeling well accomplished because you really did the damn thing.

Get Involved: We're Looking for #EatDrinkAbuja Volunteers!

Hello Abuja! Want to lend a hand at our first event in Abuja? Curious about what happens behind the scenes at our events? If yes, you’re in luck. We’re looking for volunteers for our first festival in Abuja.

#EatDrinkFestival is a volunteer driven event and without the help of our volunteers, all of it wouldn’t be possible. Volunteer get an inside look at the workings of our events and are an essential part of making it a fun experience for our vendors and attendees.

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While rewarding, being a festival volunteer is super physical. You’re going to be on your feet for a couple of hours and moving around a lot. Don’t worry, you don’t have to stand all day. As soon as your shift is done, you get to join in on the rest of the fun.

For your time, we’ll have some branded goodies and a preloaded wristband, i.e. free food, for you. Anyway, we know you might have a bunch of questions so we’ve put together a little FAQ for you.



What is the volunteer commitment for the festival?

The volunteer requirement for festivals is 2-3 hours on site.

Do I have to buy a wristband?

No! We’ll have one for you when you come in for your shift.

What do I get for volunteering?

In exchange for volunteering, we’ll give a preloaded wristband that you can use at any of the vendor stands, i.e. free food.

When will I receive my volunteer schedule?

We’ll share your shift details as part of our confirmation email.

What should I wear?

Wear a black t-shirt. Also, please wear comfortable pants and shoes you can walk in.



To apply, fill out the following form