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Vol 1.02 March 2017

The Drinks Issue

Lagos & Champagne A Love Story

Spot of the Month

Hard Rock Cafe

Fortune in a Cup

The Art of Coffee Reading

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editor's note 03 feature article 06 spot of the month 08 coffee chemistry 10 behind the bar 12 drinks en vogue15 recipe of the month18 restaurant review 22 the top 10 24 cocktail x dress 30 photo of the month 32 events 34 the guide 35

FRONT PAGE IMAGE Toyin Aiyegbo Drink Velvet Kimono at Shiro

This issue is all about drinks


The way to drink, the outfits to wear while drinking, coffee . culture and of course, our love of

Let’s start with the basics. Our bodies are made up of about 60% water so we have to keep hydrated at all times. Water is great but there are hundreds of different types of drinks that make us feel and act in so many ways, both good and better. The drinking culture in Lagos is not just about owambe and champagne but also about coffee, tea, fresh juices and even popsicles. In this issue we will take you on an exploratory journey of drinking in Lagos. Enjoy your read and don’t forget drink responsibly. #LostinLagos #DiscoverLagos #ExperienceLagos Cheers! Olamide

Olamide Udoma-Ejorh Editor-in-Chief Lost in Lagos Magazine



LOST IN LAGOS Vol 1.2 March 2017 FOUNDER Tannaz Bahnam PUBLISHED BY Knock Knock Lifestyle Solutions, Ltd. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Olamide Udoma-Ejorh EDITOR Mona Zutshi Opubor DESIGN NJ Africa CONTRIBUTORS Tannaz Bahnam, Style Me Africa, Olayemi Almahmoud, Mona Zutshi Opubor SALES INQUIRIES


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A bit about the Product of the FTLT Month: For The Love Of Tea

T-Kup Chai Latte

T-Kup Chai Latte is a sweet and creamy tea-based drink with five flavourful spices.

tea in Lagos.

Royal Pops

Royal Pops are handcrafted popsicles made of fresh and natural ingredients.

A bit about me: I am a young, 30-something lady who loves Lagos and trying new things. From restaurants and exotic food, to experiencing new places and cities, I love new new! Having new businesses and companies pop up in Lagos on a daily basis makes Lagos exciting and a fantastic place to live, work and play.


Drink Up! featured columnist Mona Zutshi Opubor

A few months after moving from New Jersey to Nigeria, my children were invited to the birthday celebration of a one-year-old girl. The party had face painting, small chops, a bouncy castle, Chinese and Nigerian deejay, a candy centre, paddleboats and a fashion show. I believed I was a children’s party expert yet this toddler’s celebration was louder, livelier and more extravagant than any party I had ever attended. As I sat at a table enjoying the spectacle, a server plonked a bottle of Moët & Chandon in front of me as casually as if it were a bag of Pure water. Then he placed another bottle of Moët & Chandon Rosé beside it.

To me, champagne was a drink intended for rare and sacred occasions like my first anniversary. On that day, a year into our marriage, my husband and I toasted each other with a miniature bottle of Veuve Cliquot. We sipped champagne from the crystal glasses we received as wedding gifts and felt like royalty.

My generation grew up watching a TV show called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous which touted “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” as the ultimate in luxury. The series showed scenes from the lives of oligarchs as they sunbathed on yachts with women in string bikinis lounging beside them. To me, casual champagne consumption was in the same league as owning a private jet. At this toddler’s party in Lagos, however, I was amazed to see guests guzzling champagne as if it were as ordinary as, well, Pure water. The server returned with champagne glasses. He of the bottle, exposing a bulbous cork. He untwisted the wire casing and it tumbled to the ground. Wiggling a pop. Pink foamy liquid splashed on the tablecloth. He with a small bow, handed it to me. As the evening drew to a close, I sought out Tola, the party planner. “It’s been unforgettable,” I said, earnestly. “You served Moët! This is the best party I’ve ever been to.”

Tola’s eyes narrowed as she studied me, trying to see if I was joking. “You mean,” I said, as comprehension dawned, “there are parties better than this?” What I learned in the years that followed is that champagne is a beloved and ubiquitous drink to a certain breed of Lagosian. Many people have informed me that Nigeria is the world’s penultimate champagne consumer, second only to France. Research doesn’t back this up although it does feel true. While Nigeria is the largest champagne importer in Africa, globally it ranks just outside the top 20.

butter. When Toyin saw my gift, he thanked me warmly and told me to put it on the china hutch with the other bottles. glass of bubbly that had been chilling in the fridge.

Who would have imagined that a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France could play such an outsized role in Nigeria? For some people in Lagos, an event is not considered worthwhile unless champagne is involved. I’ve seen champagne served at book readings, baptisms, board meetings, playdates, football tournaments and even in the VIP room of the nail salon. After my father-in-law’s funeral—a great man who lived a great life—we gathered with relatives by the lagoon and reminisced over drink was the perfect complement to the memories and stories pouring forth.


I’ve adapted to Lagos now. When a friend turned 40, I arrived at his house with champagne, knowing it was his favourite. What had seemed an unattainable beverage now felt within reach, just another item nestled in my grocery cart

Mona Zutshi Opubor is an Indian-American and Nigerian short story author and memoirist. Follow her on Instagram @mopals5


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The spirit of some of the most famous rock and roll legends watches over the constant hum that is Hard Rock Cafe Lagos. There is an unspoken beat that carries through Hard Rock; a beat the

plate with grilled onions and green and

stage and the diners fall into upon entering. For over 40 music and those who have created that

cream and warm tortillas presented in a brown paper sleeve.

industrial-chic design of the restaurant embodies the essence of what the

There is a process to making the perfect Classic Nachos platter is also

the centerpiece inside-outside bar all come together in creating a space that

the warm tortilla and top with one or two pieces of the tender beef and succulent chicken to melt the cheese. Then fold

drinks and food. of sour cream. music events in Lagos but also boasts unique and colourful cocktails and HRC is larger than life including the food. The generous portions are perfect

This larger-than-life sized burger is mind

base and close each side around it. their desserts are no small feat. Their American Apple Cobbler is a warm plate of goodness. The fresh apple chunks are

Combo platter. The platter is a selection include: Tupelo Chicken Tenders and sweet Onion Rings with the perfect basil and parmesan; lostinlagosmagazine

Their Cheesecake made with Oreo combination. This burger epitomises the perfect American burger.

The inside-outside bar at HRC links the impressive outdoor area with a pool and beach-front to the indoor stage and dining area. The long bar is home to HRC’s famous cocktails, available in an array of sizes and colours. From the orange and red of their signature Hurricane to the electric blue of the aptly named Electric Blues cocktail, the colours ignite one’s curiosity and a sudden thirst ensues. or simply skip the alcohol but not the experience with an impressive virgin Wildberry Smoothie. No one will know there’s no alcohol in it. One of Hard Rock Cafe’s attractions, other than the food, drinks and live HRC, all sorts of fun and collectable Hard Rock gift items greet you. What makes each item special is that they are all branded with ‘Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos.’ They also sell their famous collectable pins that the waiters wear around their necks. Look out for the waiters with lots of pins. They’ve been there the longest! Hard Rock Cafe is a landmark in Lagos, an international iconic brand symbolic of the strides Lagos is taking in the dining and entertainment sector. Here music is remembered, created and enjoyed.

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Dr. Nasra Ali A public health physician

Chemistry process.

Commercially there are two main types of beans, Arabica and

and sent out.

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from Europe to build an African brand. beans rest for

and realised the more they ate, the easier it was to recite endorsed in Ethiopia.


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content is reduced and you are able to appreciate your

. If you drink it fresh, there is no need to store it. You can put it in the fridge but you should not keep it for too long. The

There has been some correlation with reducing depression, improving mental health and fortifying your heart and liver.

and spoiling.


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An Interview with Hisham Abu Abdallah Bar Manager at R.S.V.P.

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"Keep drinking cocktails!"

How did you get into bartending?

In 2000, I started working in hospitality and bartending in Lebanon. I enjoyed the job, especially talking to customers. I’ve attended many courses and have studied hospitality to train for my job. My favourite experience was World Class Week, a seminar in South Africa that provided continuing education in the

How did you get involved with R.S.V.P.?

A friend of mine told me about R.S.V.P. and I was interested in coming to Lagos to work there. I thought it would be a unique experience.

What do you think about Lagos?

What’s the most important skill a bartender should have?

A bartender should have knowledge and be up to date. Research must be done. There are always new items emerging, new spirits you should know about. It’s also very important to interact with your customers appropriately. You should know when to talk and when to listen.

Is there a drink you’ve made that you thought would be a hit but didn’t catch on? Gin Blossom, the cocktail I mentioned earlier, wasn’t as popular as I expected. I don’t know why people didn’t like it more than they did because I think it’s a very nice cocktail.

It’s still a fresh place to bartend. Not too many people know how to create unique cocktails.

What is your favourite drink to make?

I like to make Gin Basils. I also like making Gin Blossoms. It’s gin

What are some of your favourite ingredients to work with?

My favourite ingredients are all homemade. We make our own infusions and syrups at R.S.V.P.. We make fresh ginger, lavender, pineapple, jalapeno and hibiscus syrups. We make almost all the syrups we use ourselves. We also make chocolate vodka.

What are your plans for the cocktails at R.S.V.P.?

interacting with people and listening to music at work. When I’m not working, I like quiet nights by myself.

What’s your favourite cocktail?

II like rum. I prefer Zacapa, an aged rum. It’s my favourite. I drink rum.

What is best thing about being a bartender?

I like that i can be creative with my recipes. It’s very nice to keep in contact with people. I enjoy talking and listening to them. You meet a lot of interesting people through bartending who end up becoming friends.

We are in the tasting phase of a new R.S.V.P. cocktail menu. When the tasting phase is complete, we will debut the new menu.


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DRINKS EN VOGUE For VIPS, members of the elite and those in the trendy world of high fashion, what you drink has become just as important as what you wear. Much like how styles on the runway change with each season, so too does the world of wines and spirits. Having said that, we thought we would catch you up on what is in so that you too can make a statement with your drink

Are you Ginning? The rise of gin snobs

Whisky? Keep it single and Japanese, please. The world’s best whisky is no longer made in Scotland or Kentucky – it’s made in Japan. In fact, the trend for Japanese whisky has put the spirit on the verge of a global shortage.

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How did Japanese whisky get so good to the point of causing a global shortage? We shall save that fun fact for next time. For now to get you up to speed, here are a few noteworthy picks to keep handy the next time you are out ordering whisky.

Gin mare


Yamazaki 18 Single Malt Whisky

Nikka Coffee Grain


Hibiki Harmony

number of possible botanicals that it can be distilled with. Be sure to stock your cabinet with the vital gins below.


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What do you know About Sipping Tequila From a Champagne Glass?

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Ever tried looking through Rosé-Coloured Glasses? We bet you the world looks better through Rosé-coloured glasses and that’s probably the reason consumption of Rosé wines have been on the rise. Rosé wines incorporate some of the colour from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify as a red wine. The pink colour can range from a pale “onion-skin” orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and the winemaking techniques. the following:


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Personal Bio: Atim Ukoh is the Creative Director of Afrolems, an African Food Blog. She trained at the University of Toronto as a Digital Enterprise Management Specialist and received a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. She has successfully managed the food blog for over 8 years and received recognition from media outlets like CNN, Buzzfeed, Ventures Africa, Punch Newspapers and a host of others. She worked with an international social enterprise that focuses on combating counterfeit drugs globally in Boston and currently consults with them in Nigeria. Brand Bio: Afrolems is an African food blog with a specialisation in Nigerian Food. Our main focus is to stylise African food so it can be internationalised. We aim to educate our followers with kitchen tips, cooking know-hows, modifications of recipes from other cultures and interesting recipes from all over Africa. We also like to play with foreign recipes, as well.

Garri Breaded Chicken INGREDIENTS 5-7 Pieces of Chicken Drumsticks 1 cup of Garri (Ijebu Garri) 1 cup of Breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons of Suya Spice 1 tablespoon of Dry Pepper 1 teaspoon of Ginger Powder 1 teaspoon of Garlic Powder 1 teaspoon of dried herbs (optional) Chicken Seasoning Cubes 2 eggs Vegetable Oil for frying 3 tablespoons of Ketchup 2 scotch bonnet peppers

DIRECTIONS In a bowl, mix the garri, breadcrumbs, seasoning cubes, suya spice, garlic powder, ginger powder, dried herbs and pepper. Whisk your eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Place your chicken in the garri breadcrumb mix, move it to the bowl of the egg and place in there and back in the garri breadcrumb mix and set aside. Heat up your vegetable oil and deep fry your chicken at first on high heat for a minute and then on medium heat to allow the chicken to cook if you did not pre-cook it. Blend your ketchup and peppers and serve with the garri breaded chicken. .

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INGREDIENTS Premium Gold Tequila Premium Orange Liqueur Fresh Lime Juice Homemade JalapeĂąo Syrup

50 ml 20 ml 25 ml 10 ml

.DIRECTIONS Prepare glass with salt and chili rim, place ingredients in a shaker and fine strain into glass. Garnish with fresh red pepper


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make Beer Cocktails

Flavoured Beer 450 ml glass

20 ml MONIN syrup • Beer • Ice cubes

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20 ml MONIN syrup

Ice cubes

Mojito Beer 330 ml glass x10 x4 +


Top with beer

Gently stir

4 lime wedges • Crushed ice

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+ Muddle

30 ml MONIN Mojito Mint syrup

Lime wedges


+ 45 ml white rum



Add crushed ice

Top with beer

Mule Beer 300 ml glass x2

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20 ml MONIN syrup

2 Lime wedges

Beer Rita 1700 ml glass

150 ml MONIN Sweet & Sour





or 15 ml le Fruit de MONIN



Add crushed ice

Top with beer

x3 +

50 ml MONIN Triple Sec Curaçao syrup


Gently stir


150 ml MONIN Sweet & Sour • 50 ml MONIN Triple Sec Curaçao syrup 120 ml tequila • 3 lime slices •


Spritz Beer 600 ml glass


120 ml tequila

+ Lime slices

+ Ice cubes

+ Blend for 30 seconds

= Beer bottle

30 ml MONIN Bitter concentrate • 15 ml le Fruit de MONIN or 20 ml MONIN syrup Beer • Ice cubes



+ 20 ml MONIN syrup

+ 30 ml MONIN Bitter

+ Ice cubes

+ Top with beer

= Gently stir

Flavoured Iced Latte

360 ml glass

3 pumps MONIN syrup (30 ml) - Ice cubes - 150 milk - 1 espresso


MONIN syrup

Cafe Frappe

Pour gently the milk over the ice cubes

Ice cubes

360 ml glass

Pour espresso gently

Serve with a smile

150 ml milk - 1 glass ice cubes - 2 scoops Le Frappé de MONIN Coffee

x2 Milk

Ice cubes

Flavoured Cafe Frappe

Le Frappé de MONIN Coffee

Serve with a smile

120 ml milk - 1 glass ice cubes - 1 scoop Le Frappé de MONIN Coffee 2 pumps Le Fruit de MONIN (30 ml) or 3 pumps MONIN syrup (30 ml)

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Blend for 25-30 sec




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Le Frappé de MONIN Coffee

Ice cubes

Chocolate Frappe 360 ml glass

Le Fruit de MONIN or MONIN syrup

Blend for 25-30 sec

Serve with a smile

150 milk - 1 glass ice cubes - 2 scoops Le Frappé de MONIN Chocolate

x2 Milk

Ice cubes

Le Frappé de MONIN Chocolate

Flavoured Chocolate Frappe 360 ml glass x1


Blend for 25-30 sec

Serve with a smile

120 ml milk - ice cubes - 1 scoop Le Frappé de MONIN Chocolate 2 pumps Le Fruit de MONIN (30 ml) or 3 pumps MONIN syrup (30 ml)



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Ice cubes

Le Frappé de MONIN Chocolate

Le Fruit de MONIN or MONIN syrup

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Casper & Gambini’s Shaken and Stirred

Keeping with the theme of drinks, Sekemi headed to hip Casper & Gambini’s for a lunchtime drink and meal. Gambini's. I'd already been a year ago and thought the food was too basic for the high prices they charged. This month's focus of Lost in Lagos Magazine is drinks so I thought I'd give it another shot with an eye toward the drinks menu. Casper & Gambini's ambience is quite impressive. The wooden panels on the exterior of the building are eye-catching customers. When you walk in, you immediately notice the artsy decor. The contemporary lights on the walls, the light bulbs encased in metal on the ceiling, the wooden tables and the homey but upmarket interior were but can it keep them coming back? I guess it depends on your tastebuds. Speaking of drinks, the bar is quite nice. The bartender is female which is very uncommon in Lagos. The bar is situated in a cosy corner, giving the illusion of after work drinks with colleagues especially when it isn't too crowded. Customer service was commendable. The waiters were attentive and able to recommend items on the menu. I deliberated on my food for a while because I was keen to try something cocktail.

paper doesn't it? It came nicely plated with sautéed artichokes, olives, tomatoes and cooked properly. It wasn't the best I've had but it was rather tasty. the menu stated, with "lemon-garlic butter sizzling." I was unable to taste the butter or


The only pronounced ingredient was the lemon. It was as if the chef cooked the rice in lemon juice. Alongside my meal, I had the Peach & Honey Rita that cost N3000. I found it challenging to select a drink because the menu doesn’t have descriptions of any of the cocktails. The cocktail was served in a martini glass with a slice of lime on top. I'd presumed meal. The waiter mentioned that it contained, peach syrup, honey, Irish cream, rum and was "a regular order for customers." I expected to be wowed by the distinct taste of honey, peach and Irish cream. Unfortunately the taste of these key ingredients didn't blend well. Instead of being a sweet cocktail as I hoped, it had a sharp fruity taste, almost like a bottle of children’s paracetamol, shaken and stirred. I also had a Red Berry Cooler. It was nonalcoholic, very refreshing. The best way to describe the Red Berry cooler is that it For dessert, I had the Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The fondant was rather dry on the outside. I thought it should have been a bit more moist. The explosion of chocolate on the inside paired with the vanilla bean ice cream, however, made it pleasant to eat. I certainly didn't anticipate that the Chocolate Fondant would outshine my cocktail, especially when greeted with such an impressive looking bar.

Would I go back?

Yes. I'd like to try their Calamari and the Chicken Tenders. I've also got my eye on the Lychee Bellini and the Pomegranate Mojito. Maybe I won't be overly adventurous next time but I'd give it another go.

Sekemi is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Nigerian Law School. She is freakishly obsessed with Harry Potter and even more so with clean hands. She is the Founder of Shay’s Treats, a natural skin care company focused on providing something for everybody but she writes, reads and watches TV shows in her spare time. She also spends her working hours


Drink Up! columnist Banke Makinde Lost In Lagos

We scoured the trendiest watering holes in Lagos to come up with a countdown of the best cocktails from a few of our favourite spots, in no particular order.


The Pornstar

You’re in for a treat at the upmarket R.S.V.P. where they highlight the artistry of mixology. Garnished with passion fruit and served with a shot of champagne, this sweet and sexy cocktail will leave you wanting more. Keeping it Classy




The Demerara Fig Mojito

This mojito is unique to this exotic, palatial restaurant. Fresh mint complements the sweetness from the sugar and fig-infused rum, transporting you around the world. The Pan-Asian Sensation

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Tiki Puka Puka

If you are looking for theatrics, try this titillating tiki-inspired rum-based cocktail. Your drink is literally served emanating smoke. It is just one of the many delicious cocktails served in this fresh, fun and funky bar. Tiki Theatrics


Hibiscus Lemonade

The menu at Nok pays homage to Mama Africa with exotic ingredients from all over the continent. Don’t settle for soda. Try this refreshing mocktail instead. The zingy hibiscus infusion adds a little extra to your standard lemonade. Spike-Less



Mi Casa Fish Bowl

Grab a straw and enjoy the Mi Casa Fish Bowl with your mates. The effects may take you by surprise. This fruity but strong mixture is packed with three types of rum and bound to give you the giggles. Fish Bowl Frenzy


Strawberry Margarita Pitcher


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Don’t be fooled by this sweet-tasting elixir. Every sip of it packs a punch. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. A large pitcher serves five comfortably so grab four of your besties and have fun! Sharing is Caring

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The Incredible Hulk

This fruity mix is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It is a blend of orange, mango, and pineapple juice with Bacardi Superior rum, Disaronno, and grenadine, garnished with an orange slice and maraschino cherry. Rock you Like a Hurricane

Kick back on the terrace and enjoy a nice large Incredible Hulk. This bright Hennessy-based cocktail is both sweet from the orange juice and sour from the lemon. The supersize goblet of alcoholic goodness is sure to leave you satisfied. Go Supersize or go home


Sugarcane Frozen Spiked Chapman

Try this Nigerian classic with a twist. This rum-spiked chapman will leave you feeling refreshed and a little bit naughty. Don’t chug it down all at once or you might get a brain freeze. Classic with a Twist


Bar Bar Dreadlock

Too much of this cocktail will get you twisted so be sure to pair it with something from their kitchen or grill. From the courtyard to the decked out urban cavern, this joint has got great vibes and affordable prices. Balling on a Budget


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Fortune in a Cup The Art of Coffee Reading captivated people from all walks of life who yearn to know what the future holds for them. Few people are in tune with their sixth sense. They are unsure how to heal, how to talk with those who have passed or how to read their future. There are

the brew. She allows it to boil several times before removing it from the stove and pouring it into espresso-size white cups. With practice, Zarrin became more surprised at her accuracy in her readings. She usually doesn’t know anything about her clients, not even their names. Clients book through Coco Nail Bar in London and when in Lagos, through referrals. slate: “I once read for a young lady in London. I saw that she was going on a trip with four friends then I saw that a baby was traveling with her. She began crying and said she had just found out she was pregnant. I saw that she didn’t want to keep the baby and she admitted wanting to have an abortion. It’s very get a sense of the person and how much they know but I normally don’t tell them me. It drains all my energy and if it’s a day.” Zarrin studies the lines and smudges of

I can’t explain it but I feel a strong sense of people’s energies.” and followed Zarrin’s instructions on turning the cup to allow the sediment to reading journey.

about the person sitting across from her. After a forty-minute session of tears and hugs, I walk out feeling refreshed with a sense of relief and reassurance that everything will be okay. You can’t hide what is written in your fortune. Most people want someone to talk to who sees everything. Zarrin is calming presence that is therapeutic. She has saved lives, marriages and has rely on her advice when making major decisions. I see how this can become addictive!

If you'd like to get in touch with Zarrin Reading by Zarrin.


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Made in Nigeria Palm Wine

Palm Wine is the most popular local drink consumed throughout Nigeria. Its popularity transcends recreational drinking. Palm wine also plays an important role at traditional ceremonies. The drink is an alcoholic beverage derived from sap in various species of palm trees. Once the sap is tapped from the trees, it is left to ferment and becomes alcoholic. Palm wine is a great source of iron. It improves vision, to the reproductive system.


Zobo is a popular mauve colored cocktail that is consumed all over Nigeria. The main ingredient are dried red calyces and sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus garlic, ginger, pineapple, water and orange, lemon and sugar syrup. Because considerable: reducing high blood pressure, aiding digestion, fostering weight loss and treating coughs and colds.


Kunu is a non-alcoholic fermented drink popular in the northern part of Nigeria. There are two varieties; Kunu Zyaki, made with millet, and Kunu Gyada, made with either maize or groundnut. Kunu Zyaki is usually light brown while Kunu Gyada is milky white. Kunu is rich in protein, magnesium and potassium and



Also known as BKT, Burukutu is an alcoholic drink popular in the middle-belt region of Nigeria. The drink is made from fermented sorghum and other protein enriched grains. Burukutu is an alcoholic beverage enjoyed by the old and young, male and female, educated and uneducated.


Pito is the sweetened by-product of Burukutu. When Burukutu is made, a thick sediment settles at the base. The more liquid brew at the top is called Pito. Pito is light, intoxicating and relatively cheap.

Omi Wara

Omi Wara, is another drink that is popular in the Northern part of Nigeria. The drink is made from water obtained from cheese.

Adoyo is made from ripe pineapple juice and supplements derived from sorghum or maize. The drink is high in ascorbic acid and has similar advantages to milk.



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Tequila sunrise

This pretty drink with layers of orange juice and grenadine is delicious on a hot day. The fact that the ratio of juice to tequila is high makes it a good choice for a daytime cocktail. Pair it with colourful patterns to complement the yellow and orange of the Tequila Sunrise.

Pina Colada

Pina Coladas are reminders of breezy, sweet and easy days. This is why a short dress that screams cute is the perfect pairing. It exudes simplicity, sweetness, beach vibes and a relaxed day out.

Black Halloween

When black vodka, triple sec and orange juice meet a black slash-bodice dress, the result is a killer combination that is irresistibly seductive. Serve up a little black magic in a black contour dress and a cocktail made with vodka that’s as dark as night. PS: This cocktail is not for the faint hearted.


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Compelling images highlighting Lagos

About the Photographer Toyin Aiyegbo is the owner and creative force behind Toyin Aiyegbo Photography, a Lagos-based photographer that offers professional photography services. He specializes in commercial, architectural, fashion and beauty photography, but also enjoys capturing the natural scenes that unfold around him.


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Johnny Rockets

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B.L. Restaurant is Combination of Traditional Home Cuisines from Bulgaria & Lebanon. Alongside a Wooden oven Pizzeria, Homemade Fresh Pasta & Continental Grill...

Johnny Rockets provides the food, fun, and friendliness reminiscent of feel-good Americana. the restaurant boasts great tasting food from a menu of favorites, including juicy hamburgers, classic sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes and malts. Guests also enjoy an all-American look and feel, tabletop jukeboxes, and authentic décor.

A fine dining restaurant by the leading culinary academy, Tarragon is setting the standards for good food. Set in a chic ambiance attached to the Culinary Academy, Tarragon offers a fine dining menu, a full wine list and a sophisticated environment for lunch or dinner. 50 Raymond Njoku Road, Ikoyi, Lagos t: +012120552 / 08083355268/ 08177626031

Freshly ground is a symbiosis of great food, speciality coffee & great ambience. It's a place to relax feel at home. Food made fresh and to precision.

147 Younis Bashorun St. & Sinari Daranijo Junction, Off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island, Lagos. t: 0705 555 0055 / 0908 080 7070 Instagram @blrestaurant

Truffles Restaurant & Bar This trendy spot in Ikeja has gotten people talking. Their contemporary design and delicious dishes from Nigerian favs to steaks and salads, Truffles brings something special to the mainland. 45a Sobo Arobiodu Str., Ikeja, Lagos t: 08024547573 / 09059985945 / 07039855551

Breathe Studio At Breathe Studio services are geared towards all age groups, from children to adults and for all levels of physical fitness. Whether you are an extreme fitness buff or looking to start an exercise program, there is something that will meet your fitness needs. 33 Grace Anjous Drive, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki, t: 0803 673 7525

Proflex Gym If you’re looking for a hardcore gym, Proflex is your place. We have a dedicated room for spinning and yoga, a squash court and a huge selection of classes. No 20-24 Ozumba Mbadiwe Victoria Island, Lagos t: 017407361 / 014618898

C&C Gourmet We produce premium gourmet snacks, make yummy desserts,treat tables & package bespoke gifts boxes for every occasion. t: 08033414621 / 08188441591 Instagram @cncgourmet

The Poosh Boutique

1411, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victori Island, Lagos t: 07087958787 / 08175881155

Browns Cafe & Restaurant Browns Café & Restaurant is an elegant restaurant which offers both indoor and outdoor dining, weather permitting. Internet Wi-fi is widely available through out the restaurants. The menu accommodates all palates. This is a buffet style dining on certain days during the week and Sunday brunch at BC is de rigueur amonts the Island residents. 16B Akin Olugbade St, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 012702606 / 017612137

For gifts you would love to receive! Wedding gifts, personalised, corporate gifts, hand-blown, crystal decanters, glasses, decorative items for the home from top European brands. Better-priced than major UK stores. 4 Agoro Odiyan Street, Sony Centre Compound, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 08126574948

Apapa Amusement Park has been entertaining Lagosians for years with rides, activities and lots of fun events for the whole family. 34 Randle Close, Apapa, Lagos t: 0703 323 3422

t: 0811 310 0000

t: 3rd07032652069 Floor, Mega Plaza, Idowu Martins Street, Eti-Osa, Lagos,

Order wines at or call/text +234 0706 555 888.

Filmhouse IMAX At Filmhouse Cinemas Lekki you can see movies in 3D and 2D at IMAX (short for image maximum) quality. The movies are shown on giant screens with the most lucid and highest resolution. The Rock Drive, Lekki Phase 1, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria t: 0902 497 3014

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Craft Gourmet by Lou Baker is a great place to meet friends over lunch and dinner.


New 3 Old 6 Ogbunike Street (nr Avalon House) Lekki Phase 1. t: 0807 117 0861 Instagram @shopmeidei

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No. 7B, Karimu Ikotun Street t: 08151530000 / 08023655880

No. 16, Fola Osibo Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos t: 012915256 / 08137895911

MeiDei Retail Uptown department store Curated African fashion brands. Uptown. Bohemian. Retail

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Talindo Steak House has fantastic steak and Italian dishes and how can we forget the sizzling brownies, and their newest gourmet creation, the yummy apple pie. The intimate decor and friendly service makes Talindo a strong favorite.

A spa, fitness center with Yoga and Pilates classes, a juice bar and guest rooms, you have no reason to leave for the whole day.


15 Ologun Agbaje St, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 07016676674

Lotus has something for everyone; great cocktails, coffee, beer garden, burgers, salads, Naija menu, Live music on Thursday nights, FREE wifi and so much more to Eat. Drink. Relax! 30 Adeola Hopewell (Law School Road), at Pattaya Oriental, Victoria Island, Lagos t: 0807 760 6870 Instagram @lotuspattaya

Talindo Steak House


Tǽillo is a Home and Lifestyle Brand, who realized that many of our traditional arts and crafts evolved overtime to include practical and decorative items and that human expressions find their way through various forms of art. t: 08089530054 Instagram @taeillo

A one-stop fashion & luxury lifestyle store with its own Bespoke Tailoring Showroom

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17b Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos t: 08030535027

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Drink Up!

Jelly Shooters You know we love Jello shots. If you’re looking to serve something festive, Jello shots are your best bet.


Yellow Layer 1 2 1 3 1


(Note, if you are garnishing with maraschino cherries, add them immediately after the yellow layer is poured in. upright.)

RAINBOW JELLY Suggested pan: 9" x 13" cake pan, or molds Yield: about 45 jelly shots Garnish: Maraschino cherries, if desired

Blue Layer 1 2 1 3 1


Red Layer 1 2 1 3 1


To serve, cut into desired shapes or unmold. 2/1 5 2

to 3

3 to 4





to 3

1 1 2 envelopes (2/1 5 teaspoons) gelatin powder 2/1 2/1 1 envelope (4/3 2 teaspoons) gelatin powder

3 to 4 5

Keep chilled until serving. Sprinkle with more sanding sugars before serving.







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