I enjoy a lot of different cuisines, but my favorite would be of the Asian persuasion - oh, and Nigerian of course. We all know that there's just something about a perfect plate of jollof rice, or native soup, or plantain in any form! Nigerian cuisine isn't popular around the world, but there are chefs around who are doing amazing things with Nigerian food. From Kitchen Butterfly to 9jaFoodie to Chef Fregz, and the lady of the moment, Chef Imoteda, Nigerian cuisine is being reimagined, reinvented, and reinvigorated in so many different ways.
When I found out about the Nigerian Food Fusion Tour, an idea birthed by Chef Imoteda (of Heels In The Kitchen), and supported by Chef Fregz, I was determined to go. The premise of the NFFT is to introduce Nigerian cuisine to a larger audience in a fine dining format, and also to showcase the versatility of our food. I looked forward to it a whole month in advance - I like to plan my outings way ahead of time.
We were all kinds of hungry and couldn't wait for the food to arrive. On the menu was a six-course "tasting" selection and while we had seen photos on social media beforehand, we weren't quite sure what to expect. There wasn't a confirmed menu for Atlanta, but it turned out what we had was similar to what the tour stops in London and Toronto were having.
|Yeah, the cutlery/silverware setting was incorrect but I fixed it immediately :p|
First on the menu was the Egusi and Peppersoup. The description said it was Egusi Tortellini, with Smoked Turkey, Peppersoup, Herbs and Cured Egg Yolks. Thank God I was too hungry to notice the egg yolks because I typically don't like them. I really enjoyed this dish. The egusi tortellini was my favorite part of this course. It was definitely a good surprise.
here, here and here in previous posts. Back to this event though, like I mentioned, there were some things that needed improving - maybe hiring professional waiters/waitresses, a nicer venue with better decor, and timing. But we definitely enjoyed our food and I'm looking forward to what the next tour will cook up - literally and figuratively.
Of course Rexie and I got up to our usual play before finally leaving. See more of us goofing around here.
Thanks for reading and have a BERRY gorgeous week!
P.S. I'm sorry for the quality of the photos. I've been so exhausted lately that I didn't have the time or energy to edit them. Going to work at 4:30 and 5am tends to get you that way.
P.P.S. The exhaustion is also the reason why some posts have gone up later, and I haven't been able to keep up with comments here (and on other blogs too), but I'm trying to figure out how to manage my time and energy better.