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New Food Alert (Quinoa)

In my new quest to find alternatives to rice i found quinoa!!! listen guys i know it’s not news and all but i have been living ignorantly because i refuse to give up rice completely plus the fact that the price of quinoa is kinda high there compared to rice. And i refused believe when people say quinoa is kinda like rice. I majorly just be like are these people crazy?? Rice is bae  and goes with  fish sauce, stew not forgetting  jollof rice etc but you can’t do that with quinoa now can you?

Yesterday i had a friend invite me over to her house and she told me she had quinoa and chicken in her kitchen. she asked that we make something tangible from these, since i’m not a rude person i replied- yea sure but i have never had quinoa and i hope you don’t mind but i already think i won’t enjoy this lunch. Long story short she made me cook it since am the better ‘cook’. We both had quinoa made from fresh chicken broth and tomatoes sauce with roasted chicken. I have to say it was not actually what i expected, it tasted really good.

Now, knowing that quinoa tastes almost as good as rice plus the great nutritional content like high protein,fiber and antioxidant. i will have it incorporated in my weekly meal even though i must admit 100percent it’s not quite like rice.(am Nigerian) hence the stupid love for rice. Lets not forget it’s also pricey but am willing to try more quinoa. Anything for a healthier me am up for it and i want you to share in this too.Do let me know how you eat your quinoa and recipes please!!

 

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5 MUST KNOW ABOUT THE CNE

As the CNE,(Canadian National Exhibition) also known as the EX wraps up today  September 4th at the Exhibition grounds those of you who don’t make it this year and thinking about it next year here’s so of the things i think you should know.

The CNE attracts hundreds of thousand of people from all over the world, everyday for the 18days it runs through, it is one of the largest annual fairs in North America. How ever you are getting to the CNE it’s always a struggle with the long queues ,clumsy crowd,etc. It’s overwhelming almost but here are some guides to help you have a smoother and fun experience at the CNE!

  1. CASH ONLY– If you are like me then you like to not walk around with cash thanks to interac and android pay these days but the CNE doesn’t allow for this luxury as you require cash at almost every food vendor or gaming center you patronize. The only place i remember having the option of not paying cash was at the ticket outlets,but everywhere else i checked out with my friends we had to pay with cash. Infact i had to use the ATM and i got charged 3 dollars, so imagine the inconvenience of looking for an ATM machine in a crowded and busy ground full with people and probably have to wait in line for a couple of minutes at the ATM, waste of time and vibe killer. So avoid this and go with cash especially if you have a large family, indecisive of with you want to do or just don’t have a budget. i  highly recommend going with some cash. But if you run into this problem you can find an ATM at the food building, at the shopping center and some on the ground close to the gaming section.

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LONG QUEUES – Yes! it’s inevitable and it doesn’t change with the time of the day as long as the CNE is open the long queues just fill up everywhere. From the gate entrance to the food building especially the rides ,OMG! i and my friends had to stand in line for an hour and 40mins for a ride that lasted only 1minute and you would think we are grown up’s with better things to do but that was the case. Almost every ride at the CNE had these queues so we joined in the waiting fun. We only went on two rides between but the wait  in totally for these ride was about 2hours 30mins. I would suggest going to the CNE with comfortable shoes,and a bottle of water in other to make the process less drenching.

FOOD BUILDING- This was the first place we went to immediately we made our way into the CNE and we were not disappointed. I was overwhelmed as a matter of fact because there were so many sections and food vendors in and outside the building that i had a tough time choosing so i settled for some Rice and peas with goat (Jamaican ).  It wasn’t so good depending on the price -15.75 but i was hungry and wanted something to eat without waiting in line for a long time.  I also stopped for some dessert at the Cake Shack and i wish i had a picture to help describe the joy i felt at the sight of my treat.What i should have done was checked the CNE website and look up the food vendors ahead of time so as to avoid walking around the huge food building looking for what food vendor is there and what they have. I also should have used the Map but i totally forgot until i was on my way out of the CNE.  P.S- If you aren’t into food there are street food, dessert places, pubs etc as well.

EVENTS LINE -UP– There is so much to do at the CNE that you can’t be bored or not find anything that would catch your eye. The rides this year was top -notch in my opinion, the dress up’s the rock bands and musical performances, the games, the market vendors, the shopping center, the food building, the media interaction ,the vijay’s etc. Whatever you are into or not into you can come across at the CNE. Oh and the air show is another highlight at the CNE.20170903_202826

FREEBIES AND GREAT DEALS– You can get to win free gifts, cash included at the CNE, another reason i go lol but i haven’t won nothing yet so am going to try next year. Radio stations particularly looking to engage their listeners and reward them hence freebies. Also the vendors tend to have good deals depending on what you are in the market for. It’s kinda like a flea market but alil bit expensive i would say but hey it the EX everything is expensive sadly.

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Photograph’s Of The Month (Food Edition)

Food Foodie Food Alert !!!!!!

Thats me, yep! hence why i have a hard time dropping these calories. Bruhh really though what is life without the tastiest, spiciest, flavour dripping circus happening in your mouth??? These are a few meals i had the pleasure of trying out in Bogota, Colombia last month.

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A restaurant called Patacones on Septima and Calle 63

 

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Tostas is kinda like a Starbucks but in my opinion cheaper and better  while Tipicas is an Empanada place with good reviews.
  • Arepas, empanadas,cafe and aromatica are some of the easiest street food to come across on the street of Bogota so why not indulge? This is me indulging….
  • Plantain is a part of Colombian recipe, eaten with rice and fish or just fried on it on with some guacamole.
  • An Ice cream store is in every nook and cranny of Bogota, even when it’s cold the people of Bogota are still having some ice cream … Like i don’t understand but i join in the fun too.
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Orso Ice cream on a raining night!

 

Food Festival @ El Virrey Park

Who doesn’t love food? Especially when it’s at a discounted price?

Last weekend the food festival @el virrey kicked off , August (19th-21st) 2017 and it’s continuing this weekend so if you in Bogota over the weekend i recommend that you go to this food festival. The food at the festival is mostly from all over the continent also merchandises that you did probably be looking for you can find there. Like for instance i found some good coconut oil and African inspired turban at the festival.

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Me and my Friend having an Empanada

Its also a good place to connect with old friends and meet people who might share common ground with. i met with a couple of English travellers and a Turkish man. It starts in the AM to 8PM, and if the weather permits it even a better day with a ton of free stuff ,master cooking classes and great music.

 

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Peruvian rice and Sea food

Nigerian in Colombia

What is an African doing in Colombia?

Why south America?

But you don’t speak Spanish!

Their is nothing progressive in Colombia!

You can’t build a life in Colombia…………

 

All these numerous questions and more i get asked and these are the polite ones. People ask ridiculous questions when you can just google it or atleast do some basic research *rolleyes* Anyway, i didn’t choose Colombia rather it’s the other way round. i have a video on youtube  about it but i got this question again when i told someone i was traveling to Colombia in August.

Just like people anywhere else in the world Colombia is a beautiful place with vibrant and lovely people and i am a people person. My boyfriend is also currently living in Colombia so -LOL! But  honestly home isn’t only where you were given birth in or where your family is but where you find happiness,peace and rediscover yourself . Colombia has done some of these for me in the past 3 year. So it is my second home,

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View of Bogota Colombia from Monserrate

This blog is dedicated to all travelers, backpackers, roamer’s of the world. As the world shrinks and cultures are been exchanged and appreciated, it becomes clearer that there is everlasting liberation in discovering new borders and hopping on a plane to find whatever it is you are looking for or not looking for.

Cheers!

 

PLACES OF WORSHIP (BOGOTA)

Walking through the streets of Bogota today, i decided to take in everything around me including the spectacular architectures – the Catholic churches. Believe me when i say pictures don’t do justice. If you can find a good angle and a great camera you can maybe have a great picture, maybe!

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located between Calle 55 and 50 Chapinero

 

Here are a couple more shots…………….

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In La candelaria
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A fuller view

 

Paragliding in Sopo Colombia

Hi Guys, so we did it!!!!!!!

Yes we, i and my pilot did it, we took off and landed safely. i swear by my favorite vegetable (broccoli), i didn’t think a day will come that i would go paragliding. My fear for heights and snakes, we will get to that in another blog, but i decided that conquer that one height at the time. i started by going hiking. Colombia geographical location is close to the sun and the terrain is surrounded by mountains with spectacular terrain and incredible view.

A word of advice though, if you ever want to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort  zone, like Nike -Just do it! Don’t think about it ,nothing, just go and worry about the repercussions later. Moments later we landed i felt like i was going to pass out! i could not believe myself like Bunmi you did it?? Shock and surrealness was a few feelings going through my brain. But i am grateful i did it and it also helped me solidify my trust in God cause if we had crashed ? hummmmm!!!

 

P.S – i wrote a blog on my first visit to Sopo in January but i didn’t fly so please feel to track back on my blog in order to understand my excitement.

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Take off time!
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Landing

Albums on Rotation

Disclaimer–  i am not a music critic but a music lover however i am open to expanding my music library and knowledge hence i try to listen to as much music as possible.

Recently i got tired of listening to my to go music – no disrespect i just needed something fresh a friend of mine recommended that i listened to Logic and Saba’s album. this was about 3 months ago and since then i have been hooked. As a consumer aside from the beats or rhythm of the music, i need progressive content, lyrics that will put you up on some reflective thoughts. Music that makes you wanna do better and act better is what i like to listen to at the end of the day. Also not forgetting something to 2 step to or twerk occasionally. lol

J Cole  – What can i say that hasn’t been said – thinking……  Nothing but the brother takes you on a ride  that you don’t see coming. His latest album “For your eyes only”  is what we expected from J Cole and more. Forward and sleek with words,his ability to tell a story or picture a vivid picture that gets ingrained in your mind is very dynamic. Most of all he’s part of the realest ones still doing good music. so yet not for J Cole?

 

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Logic – HE’S BI-RACIAL. Let’s clear that up. So now that’s been said he killed his “Everybody” album. Logic takes us on a journey ,starting with the struggles he faced growing with his mum who was a crackhead and his dad who was never around. His struggle with anxiety and racism. Logic is all about inclusiveness hence the title of his album Everybody.  Guys don’t sleep on this album.

 

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Meek Mill– Meek latest album “Wins and Losses”  documents his latest life lessons revolving around his famous ex girlfriend, beef with Drake and his growth since his previous album “DC4” in my opinion. I missed the street style and his rawness, his ability to connects the dots from the street of Philly to the white house. He gets me because he raps about have of the thing we -as regular people don’t want to speak about in our day to day life. He features a number of artist too like Chris Brown ,Ty dolla sign, Teyana Taylor and Rick Ross. I have feel you should take a listen to the album,