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Monday, December 15, 2014

Watch An African City - Trailer and all Season 1 episodes

Below you will find
- my thoughts
-their instagram pages to stalk
- trailer & all episodes 1-10
EPIC


We know I love tv & movies but last year I fell in love with webisodes! Amazing tv shows that are 5-20mins mins long, free and of great quality online, and a lot are on youtube.

TRAILER:

One of the shows I really enjoyed is called an African City. It's like Sexy & the City meets Nigeria, but instead it's placed in Ghana . Growing up, my only bubble was Nigeria, it was all i knew (ok and trips abroad to London & LA). As for the rest of the world I got it on TV, novels & comics. I remember watching discovery channel as a kid, and seeing naked black people, wondering where in Africa that was, and how archaic it seemed. I remember watching Simon Cowell on Pop idol as a kid. Life was Flinstones, etc and normal. 

Then I moved to America at 16, and realized I wasn't just Nigerian anymore, or Igbo which is how i had identified myself. I was now black, and represented not just my tribe, or my country, but every African city and country became the same, and various continents with black people all became the same. Can you believe lots of people wondered if i lived in a house? or if i were a princess cause i had clothes, like common dude i got here on a plane!!! Think about it... we have an airport, cars, electricity (sometimes)... i knew Simon before you had American Idol!!! *sigh* they lumped me with those people on the same discovery channel. You get a different consciousness. 

what's the point of saying all this? I don't really blame them, because I grew up thinking america was just like "Saved by the Bell," a beautiful melting pot, where all races got along ( I was kinda wrong). So now watching this... I kept going "OMG Ghana is just like Nigeria!!," "we're twinnies!!" we might as well be neighbors.  It's a different perspective but remember like Saved by the Bell & the Discovery Channel this doesn't represent everyone in Africa.

Plus i think they jumped into bed way to quick with people!!!!! This isn't normal right? or am I really a square, and it's like that even in Nigeria, Ghana, or wherever in Africa.

I love that my blog shows you cool parts of Nigeria ( or wherever I am, and i think this mini-series is Amazing does that too!!!). They understand the whole moving back to the country!! Being an adult. It's done well... I enjoyed it... and it was free :) 

free stalking
( check out their site & donate if you like )


instagram pages of the actresses:
Makena (Marie Humbert ): @marielaly 
Nana Yaa (MaameYaa Boafo): @maameyaaboafo
Ggozi (Esosa E): @therawgirl
Sade (Nana Mensah): @officialnanamensah 
Zainab (Maame Adjei): @msadjei



Now the show

THE RETURN - Episode 1 An African City


SEXUAL REAL ESTATE - Episode 2 An African City


AN AFRICAN DUMP - Episode 3 An African City


A CUSTOMS EMERGENCY - Episode 4 An African City


THE BELLY BUTTON TEST - Episode 5 An African City


HE FACEBOOKED ME - Episode 6 An African City


CONDOM ETIQUETTE - Episode 7 An African City


AN ODE TO SATURDAYS - Episode 8 An African City


#TEAMSADE, #TEAMNGOZI - Episode 9 An African City


A BIG DECISION - Episode 10 (Season Finale) An African City

amazing right!!! LOVED IT. different topics me and my friends discuss. but it slightly irked me the way they pronouced Ngozi wrongly. the funniest part is I didn't notice Segun was a Nigerian name at ALL!! for a long time cause it was pronounced wrongly. So great I just watched it wishing i were part of the production. LOVE IT SO MUCH!! the clothes, cinematography, the free... lol. ok gotta go work... or i'll be late.

ps: let me know what you think, or any fab show i should check out.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Quarter Cafe Abuja - i desperately wanted to love it

My 3 day experience trying so hard...

Beginning

So on instagram I was suggested by @Jonkis_ to check out The Quarter Cafe since i was looking for fab restaurants in abuja.

I went on their insta page & fell in love! they had waffles & icecream!!!! shepherds pie! pasta! and so much more. My greedy ass decided to try it all, and the best way to do this would be to invite friends, so i could be that annoying friend who tries everyone's food or shares.




The interior is so pretty!!!!! LOVED IT! heard the owner designed it herself! i can't imagine what her home or bedroom looks like!











LOCATION

Address: 6 TAPETA ST. British Village. WUSE 2. ABUJA (Off Thaba Tseka St. Off IBB Way)

number: 08184144444
BBPin: 7F47A5F3

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 12-6pm
Instagram:  @QCafeAbuja
Website: currently not up


1ST TRY: SATURDAY NOV 29TH 2014
hearing the bad news

we went there, there was no light! (aka no Nataional electricty/ power, which is pretty normal in Nigeria, so every business has a stand by generator)

ok put on the gen. it wasn't working... but we were told that we could pick from the menu & order anything that didn't require electricity. I tried waffles? nope needs electricty... pie? nope... needed  light. So we gave up & went to the Charcoal Grill (this post).

(as you can see my friends have on same outfit in both posts)

I DIDNT GIVE UP!!!
i called later in the evening. they told me the gen was working & sure i could come tomorrow.




2ND TRY: NEXT DAY/ SUNDAY

so excitedly i went back with my cousin!!



so happy... didn't know what was coming lol


When we got there The gen was working, there were lots of people, all was well with the world.

but no.... there was a private birthday party, so we couldn't dine in. We could take it away, but i wanted to eat in & take pics for the blog (insert sad face). I met a super nice & lovely lady that was related to the owner & she apologized & wanted to make it up to us. She explained they announced they would be closed on BBM etc. the guy on the phone didnt tell me or guy at gate.

I really wanted to start an intense diet the next day, Monday Dec 1: such a perfect date for anyone OCD! & I wanted to get a 1 month head start before all the new years resolution folks. But the nice lady promised us everything would be fine the next day... so my cousin & i decided to come back after work the next day.

At the end of the day 2  We went to Yogoberry to get stuff... then my friends BBQ!! so i finally got some amazing food ( thanks man!!! since MD you're BBQ's have been epic)



3RD ATTEMPT: MONDAY evening

We came back again.... yes... we did. we didn't give up, we had faith. Our friends raved about the restaurant! Its almost like a relationship, where for some reason, you keep going back & hoping for the best because you're so optimistic!! & you know what it could become.

we got there. there was light ( amen for the country) we ordered:

No icecream!!! what??? He said they couldn't find the particular Vanilla icecream that they use & he had been looking for a few days. ok fine... so no waffles & icecream, we we're sad but ok.

My cousin got a milkshake & a crepe.



I ordered shepherds pie!!!

--- no picture---- because it never came :(

20 minutes after i ordered, the electricity went off... and the gen wouldn't come on. so they gave me the bad news: sorry.

It was almost funny & very sad! can't believe it!!

BUT im not going back... this year. How many times can I try?... need to diet. Next year i'll try again... and hopefully.... There'll be light, or a working gen... or even a mini gen for the stove & if it happens I'll come back and update this post with pictures of my food.

till then....


you can plan you're meal & if you've been before or if you go after reading this, let me know your experience :)

The Menu ( get an idea of the price)






not the cheapest place... but according to pictures on instagram & people, i hear it's good. It's unfortunate I went there 3 times and was never able to successfully get food.





OK soooo.... Im soo excited to watch this can't wait!!

Did yall forget Im obsessed with romance, books, movies & ratchet tv? i hope not.

Comet!!  (dvd quality illegally online *hides face*)


edit: i just watched it, it's different, a little odd, about moments & time but i enjoyed it.

Beyond the lights (will wait for it to come to Nigeria/ better quality online)


Enjoy your week!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lunch at The Charcoal Grill Restaurant

yesterday (can you believe it!? I'm literally blogging about yesterday, not 2 months ago, or last year, see.. I'm improving.. *high five*) was a crazy fun packed day those on snapchat saw it all (you can add me/ same instagram/twitter screen name/ "lovebombchell"

Part of my day included pigging out at The Charcoal Grill with a few friends from waaaaay back in the South (USA) though we're all from the East (cuz we're igbo, get it... ok my jokes suck today).

Got dressed! skipped the red lips for something neutral. I was feeling like a hippie flower child ( I think I want braids & a henna sleeve... not sure how that will fly with a corporate gig).

best part of my outfit?? it was insanely cheap. over the summer in Atl was passing Wet Seal in the mall I thought how it's sad non of their stuff fit me anymore, I went in, found the flower hairband for about $10 and my kimono/jacket for under $20-25! also found 2 shirts that fit. In London i was desperate for tights & my cousin helped me get there from Primark for bout 2-5 pounds!



sorry I dont remember where i got my HOPE cut out shirt. got it years ago

Shoes : American Rag Cie - got em from Macy's

I haven't brought most of my stuff so i carry this bag 50% of the time... not really by choice lol Everywhere

The Charcoal Grill Restaurant & Coffee Lounge
This place is so spacious & beautiful! different corners. At least 3 different section. Some bakery inner section. some middle section... and yes big screen tv if you don't want to miss whatever game is on... and the balcony (OMG it was hot out there!!! great for pictures, but even if you pay me i won't sit out there in March, it was hot enough this November)... AC's perfectly fine inside though.







The Menu is quite extensive!! we couldn't decide waffles? rice? suya? poor waitress we kept asking her to ask the other person. She was a good sport.





for an idea of the Menu & Price

lol love how they packaged Bole & Fish


Our food took a while to get there, so snacked a lot








LISTEN CAREFULLY! well... READ CAREFULLY
if you're ever in Nigeria, or in a Nigerian restaurant you have to order Chapman!!! it's a non-alcoholic cocktail. It's everywhere like finding sprite, coke, or fruit punch... until you leave Nigeria then you can't find it.

Tip: if you're in some club with crap drink options, just order a chapman & spike it with a shot of vodka. Voila


picture on the right was calamari..... (hmmm....... looked different from what i expected)


 The food was really good though. I ahve to give it to the Chef, only one was on duty & he came through!!! LOVED it.
English Breakfast

My food. I think i chose the best! it was amazing -- the sauce was great - jamaican jerk chicken with spicy rice

Also ate out of her's ... and we later asked for much more whipped cream

Our AWESOME chef!!! ( I believe his name's Chef John.. pls correct me if i'm sleepy & wrong)

We had such a blast, the staff was really friendly, the food was great, and the place was pretty (apart from the little time hiccup it was perfect).

Time to head home

Location: The Charcoal Grill


Address: Penthouse (KFC Building), 112 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria

Phone Numbers: +234 811 131 1177 (or 08181116161 or 08143041915)

Website: www.charcoalgrillabuja.com   ( instagram  & facebook )


I hope you enjoyed this post!
Love Bombchell

  pictures took me a long minute to edit... it's 2.46am.. this was such a fun weekend, met a few new faces, went to fun events, tried a few restaurants, and my friends bbq, grateful I cant complain
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