Warehouse kitchen review – The perfect intimate restaurant

Hey readers and friends! How’s it going?

So let me share a quick joke. The long break was 4 days long and guess who did absolutely nothing? Yes you, me. LOL. But you know what? We shouldn’t beat ourselves up about it, we are human and sometimes we want to just stay at home and be unproductive. So stop beating yourselves up when you’re not being as productive as you’d like.

Okay so back to why we are here.

As y’all already know. We like food and enjoyment. In the words of Bobrisky “Enjoyment fit us die” . Now we kinda have to balance the enjoyment because the economy isn’t friendly and adulthood is a real thing.

We decided to look on Instagram for where to have lunch after a lazy morning. We went out the night before and let’s just say Lagos can actually kill you. We decided on Warehouse because we’ve barely heard about the restaurant (and in Lagos this is sort of a good thing) and it was super close to the house (or so we thought). Now the address on their Instagram page says ‘near fidelity bank ATM’ whatever that means!

So that’s how we started Israelite journey to Fidelity bank ATM. After finally locating the place, we saw a sign that said the restaurant had moved and we needed to turn around.

We did and luckily found the famous Fidelity bank. We drove in and realized they have valet parking – oh so fancy.

We took a bunch of pictures outside the building then quickly entered because at this point we were pretty hungry and over Lagos heat. We initially wanted to sit upstairs but they had a birthday thing going on there so we decided to stay downstairs .

We both ordered a glass of juice while we waited for our seafood pepper soup.

Food surprisingly did not take too long to arrive or maybe it did and we didn’t realize it because we were busy taking pictures. Either way, it came at the right time.

It tasted so freaking good and the portion wasn’t bad at all.

We paid about N11,000 for everything in the picture below plus the two glasses of juice. So I’d say you can have a decent meal for N7,000.

We did not get to explore as much as we wanted but we’ll definitely do that next time we visit

Pros

Nice ambience

Good food

Not too expensive

Free WiFi

40% Uber code to get there

Polite staff

10% off if you pay with your Visa card

Cons

Not so easy to locate


Warehouse kitchen is definitely one of my fave restaurants in Lagos atm. Have you been? Was it a good experience?

TOSIN

3 Must Read Articles This Week

Hi guys,How’s everyone doing today?As random and frequent as that questions is, we really need to take time to sincerely ask and then listen when people respond. You might even need to say “No, i mean it, how are you doing today?” In a world where we are used to routine and cliches, this would really mean a lot to someone. Also, listen to what they \ndon’t say – that wry smile, the drooped shoulders, the heavy sigh. Some people really need someone to show the littlest concern and genuine care, be that person for someone.So I ask again, How are YOU doing today? (do share in the comments)Now to the post – It’s quite different from the norm, but here goes:Most nights, I find myself needing that winding down time, so my night routine involves reading a lot of articles, the motivational ones are my best as they go a long way in helping me unlock the secrets to overcoming the struggles I personally deal with.Of course I have struggles, it’s part of what makes us human.So today, I’ll be sharing some of these articles with the aim of helping just one person out there or who knows? maybe even more. So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite reads this week.1. This one was a great read on self love. “What is real self-love? Self-love seems to be one of the hottest words at this moment.Some people think self-love is self-care. For example, a lazy doing nothing day, a bubble bath, a massage and a Netflix day. Some people think self-love is they do whatever to please themselves. For example, buying a designers handbag, booking an exotic vacation, or becoming a serial dater just to have fun.What is your definition of self-love?”Read more here2. “No New Friends” is a trash slogan and this post explains exactly why i think so. Read all about it here3. A popular phrase used in work emails is *Gentle Reminder* but is it ever really gentle? This is a very short read that captures this effectively and teaches us to be direct yet compassionate. I will try this next time I have to send a mail. Read all about it here.I hope this was helpful. Don’t forget to answer my question. How are you?Love.Titi

Life lately.

Hey guys! How’s it going?

I haven’t written a personal post in a minute and I haven’t been so active on Instagram so I thought I should share what I’m currently up to.

So I’m currently…

Accepting that sometimes things are not okay or going to go well and that’s life. It’s not necessarily about me or what I’m doing right or wrong.

Reading two books atm. If Beale street could talk by James Baldwin and When the crawfords sing by Delia Owens and funny enough I see some similarities. Loving both so far! I have three paperbacks and two ebooks on my TBR list this month.

Loving my new job. I’ve learnt so much in a such a short time. It’s actually quite amazing. I also love that it’s flexible and I get to sleep at home every night. #Winning.

Practicing this self love thing. I read about it and I’m always reposting things about self love on my instagram story but I have been trying to actually go beyond just reading about it. When life gets overwhelming, I am practicing self love and taking care of my mental health.

Feeling stressed but blessed. I’ve had a rough first quarter of the year and to be able to say I’m feeling blessed is a blessing on its own.

Trying to be more patient with people I love. Trying to see things from their perspective sometimes and not react based on my expectations.

Learning to save for the rainy days. Y’all I don’t know how to save and it’s mad stressful. I usually blame it on unplanned expenses but It’s really just an excuse.

Interested in volunteering. I mentioned this thing last year but somehow never got around to it. Please I need an organization that needs volunteers. It’ll be nice if it’s easy to join as well. Know any? Please share! I’m actually begging guys.

Hoping to get all the schmonayyy I need for all the numerous exams and plans I have before the end on the year. Pray for me guys!

I know this list can go on and we’ll be here till tomorrow so let me stop here so you can get back to your life.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to share what you’re currently doing in the comments section.

• TOSIN

Circa Lagos – Worth the hype?

There’s a popular saying about how time waits for no man. Have you ever wondered the patience levels it has for women? Non existent!

So it was that on this particular day, Titi and I were bored and wanted somewhere to pass time and have fun. Somewhere close with good scenery and food – also fit for our musings without distractions.

And so we prepared but then, it seems every time we want to do something together in Lagos, the weather decides to f*ck shit up! Because down came the rain. See, I’m not even sure why it’s raining in March. 🤷🏾‍♀ Anyway, we weathered the storm (see what I did there?) and still headed out. The focus was obviously on a place with a nice indoor ambience and proximity to the house.

We decided on Circa Lagos. We’d heard a lot about this place and it was fun to finally be here

There is a “Circa non pareil” located on Admiralty road. This is more of a bar I think. Circa Lagos is located at No 2 Kola Adeyina Close, Lekki phase 1.

On getting there, we saw the famous wall and decided to have a mini photoshoot. The security guy on duty politely agreed to take pictures of us. He was even open to corrections as regards the positioning of the camera. This was already a good sign as far as we were concerned.

After our photoshoot, we entered the restaurant and noticed it’s a small space compared to most restaurants in Lagos but it has that minimalist vibe which we absolutely love.

We loved that It wasn’t so crowded as well maybe because we visited on a week day.

We came there to work and they had free WiFi. So it can actually double as a quick work space if you’re a creative. Obviously we were loving it but the most important thing for me is the food. It’s not ambience I came to eat dears.

We quickly scanned through the menu and placed our order. I ordered Fish and fries (because I’ve learnt that in Lagos I’d rather be safe than sorry) with a strawberry margarita. Titi ordered some sort of seafood Alfredo pasta with a virgin Pina colada.

The waitresses were polite and indulged our numerous requests to take pictures of us while we waited for our food. We didn’t have to wait too long before the food arrived and the food was so delicious. The portions were not bad either. I don’t eat large portions but I was full and still had some to take home with me. I wasn’t so impressed with the cocktail – maybe because the week before I had the same cocktail at Crossroads and it was heavenly but I wasn’t so bothered because the food made up for it.

The budget for having a decent meal here is approx. 10k per person.

I got at least 3 Instagram messages from random people saying they really love the restaurant and the food there. So they are definitely doing something right.

So if you’re looking for a cute , intimate restaurant for lunch or dinner alone or with friends in Lekki, then Circa Lagos is the place for you.

You can follow us on Instagram for more pictures because like I said we had a mini photoshoot and you must see everything.

Location – With google maps you should easily locate it. However it does not look like a restaurant from outside so you might think you’re entering someone’s house.

Budget – At least 10k per person

Ambience – 👍👍👍👍

Food – 🤙🤙🤙🤙.5

customer service – 👍👍👍👍👍

I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Have you been to Circa Lagos? Will you revisit ?


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— TOSIN

Swinging out of mood swings

Hey guys! How’s it going?

So a little personal information, You know how it seems like Nigeria is set up to just frustrate you and drive you bonkers? I’ve been experiencing that first hand recently as I’ve been struggling with getting a decent job. It’s been about 2 months now and lately I find myself getting moody and sad about it and life in general – tempted to use the word depressed but then I’m a doctor and I know I absolutely am not depressed.

I often get in these moods on Mondays maybe because I feel every responsible adult is off to work and I have nothing much to do. Recently however, I have found 6 ways to get out of these horrible moods and I know someone is going to see this post and just relate or even try my get-out-of-a-bad mood plan and it just might work for them! . So hey! I thought I’d be nice enough to share.

The first thing i do is pray – I don’t know if this is a regular thing to do but it works for me. I pray and then make a list of reasons to be thankful in my head and then I go ahead and just thank God – especially for the fact that I even have a list.

To be honest, I feel just slightly better right after praying so I move on to the next thing which is

– Eat. I find something I’m craving and eat it. Don’t worry if you feel guilty for spending money you’re not making. It’s normal. Just eat. – try to eat healthy o cuz I won’t be blamed/ responsible if you have chronic illnesses. (Haha!) Thanks

– After eating, If i still don’t feel better, I call or talk to a friend. Just let it all out. If possible cry. If the tears are held up, I just talk and talk until I realize I should probably let my friend get on with her life because I mean she has a life and things to do as well. I believe in the power of positive venting especially to someone who actively listens.

Also please, be sensitive and always ask if your friends – no matter how close y’all are, are available to talk. Don’t just bombard people with rants.

I usually feel like 70% better after praying, eating and ranting but then they don’t call me napaholic for nothing. I take a sweet nap. Guys I always wake up feeling refreshed (except the devil is working overtime that day) and at this stage I’m like 80% better.

To round it off, I go on the internet and read random peoples stories – mostly HONY. Nothing gets me out of my shitty, unemployed, sad mood as fast as a story of how things could be so much worse.

Tip: (sometimes, what we need is to attract positive stuff, so reading success stories is also another way to get going)

Now usually I’m about 90% better and I snap out of it and just get on with my day and try to be as productive or unproductive as I can be.

I remember asking people on Instagram how they get out of bad moods and here are some replies I got.

Be by myself for a while, self pep talk, listen to music.

Eat, cry and sleep.

Change the environment or write it out.

Go out of my way to be nice to someone.

A good read, music. Sometimes I call any of the really great people in my life.

Cry

Eat

Listen to music , paint or I lay down and go to my own imaginary world. It’s not so bad there.


If you’ve read up to this point, I hope you’re already feeling better. Also, don’t forget to share with your friends and family.


I’d like to know how you get over a bad mood. Who knows ? It just might help someone out there!

The perfect getaway spot in Lagos – Lakowe Lakes

Daily we rant and vent about how draining Lagos can be. From the hassle of waking up early (to beat traffic) and get to work, to the stress of closing late (and getting stuck in traffic) to get home. We crave that relaxing getaway but our bank accounts tell us “don’t try it!” and the thought of long journeys make it all not worth it. But what if I told you there’s a friendly neighborhood solution to this?

So let’s say you are looking for a perfect spot for that trip with your girls? A baecation? Or just want to spend some time out of your house but still within Lagos? Ladies and gentlemen, think Lakowe Lakes!

During the month, I was invited by Filmorealty to spend the weekend at Lakowe Lakes and I must say, my expectations weren’t grand but by the time I had to leave, they were pretty much exceeded.

The resort is located at KM 35, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lakowe, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos. (Just use Google maps and save yourself the stress). Don’t let the KM deceive you, It’s not on the way to Ibadan, but just slightly after Ajah – slightly.  The first thing that caught my attention as we drove in was the beautiful buildings arranged systematically, with pedestrian pathway, this is perfect for you fitfam folk who like to jog and run.

We arrived at our apartment, a one-bedroom apartment with a view. Apartments come in different shapes and sizes – cabins, apartments of different sizes etc. and all fully furnished. There’s also cable tv (so you can keep up with your football games or series), kitchen utensils, towels, shower gel were also provided. All you basically need to do is bring yourself. Oh! I love the fact that you can cook if you so wish to. There is also a restaurant available if you are like me that wont be caught cooking on a getaway.

Beyond the living area, there’s other fun stuff to do around the grounds so if… just if you get bored, you have alternatives.

I will be detailing all the activities I got up to but list is not limited to this. Lets dive in shall we?

TAKE A STROLL AND EXPLORE LAKOWE LAKES

The entire resort was so calming and picturesque.

LEARN HOW TO FISH AND MAYBE CATCH A FISH

I have never done anything like this so I was definitely pumped to experience this. I was hoping to catch a fish and maybe roast the fish, sadly I didn’t catch any. It was fun all the same.

GOLFING

This was also a first-time experience, The instructors personalized the experience and made time for a one-on-one training with everyone. Immediately I got the hang out it, your girl couldn’t stop.

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS

We ended the day by seeing a movie under the stars, popcorn and soda were provided.

SPORTS

I love the fact that right in front of my apartments, table tennis and bicycles were available for the sports love. Of course trust me to explore this. Learned very quick that I suck at both.

Please share your thoughts on Lakowe Lakes, will you be visiting?

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The Perfect dinner movie – Nothing to hide

We all have that friend or group of friends we absolutely love to hang with, yes? But ever found out if you really know them into their deepest secrets?

Watched a movie the other day that brought this to the fore. Titled “Nothing to hide”

Now, it’s about a bunch of old friends who decided to play a ‘game’ during a dinner night hosted by one of the couples.

The rules of the game were quite simple – everyone has to place their mobile phones at the center of the table and every text message, phone call, email, Facebook message, etc. will be shared verbally with everyone else at the table.

This is clearly a recipe of disaster. A typical example of ‘if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it’.

As the evening proceeds, It unravels a whole lot of hidden issues as they all had something to hide, phones go off, bitter truths are revealed, feelings are hurt, and old friends quickly realize they really don’t know each other completely.

My favorite scene was the father – daughter conversation – Daughter called her dad about losing her virginity and he said “If it was just for me, I’d say don’t do it, don’t ever do it. Stay my little girl forever. But that’s impossible.”

“Nothing to hide” is a good balance of funny, touching and dramatic moments. I particularly loved the plot twists, the ending was unexpected.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend this.

This movie just reiterates the fact that mobile phones and social media allows us to build a life that is probably far from the truth.

IMDB rated it 6.8, I’ll rate it 8/10.


What would happen if your private messages were read in public? Will you play this game?

TITI

Travel Tips – 6 Ways to improve your airport travel experience

Travelling can be such a drag sometimes – from the long queues, navigating airport security, uncomfortable plane seats (oh Lord help if you’re stuck in a middle seat) to unending transit hours and arrival anticipation.
But what if i tell you it doesn’t have to be this burdensome?

Everything/Anything can be fun if you plan ahead and guess what? I’ve  highlighted some tips which I’m certain will enhance your travelling experience.

First thing i like to do and suggest is Check in online.

Most airlines give you the opportunity to check in online. This window normally opens 24 hours before your departure time. So for example, if your flight is for 10pm on Friday, the online check in  portal opens at 10pm on Thursday. The perks of this are numerous.
1. It buys you some time to get to the airport, so you can avoid the airport queues to check in. Just proceed to print your boarding pass and show at the counter.
2. We can agree that a trash seat can make your entire trip a horror story. With this, you  have the opportunity to select from the available best seats to avoid being assigned randomly. This is also useful if you’re traveling with a partner – so you don’t get assigned random seats.  POINT TO NOTE (not all flights have 24 hour online check in. Some have 48 hour windows etc. so do some research to find out)


Keep your travel documents close – If you’re not on a direct flight, endeavor to keep your travel documents close, you don’t want to be unpacking your hand luggage every time you’re asked to show it at the various check points. I’ll suggest a fanny pack or a specific corner in your bag you can easily reach.

Light hand luggage – Is it just me or don’t you roll your eyes at people with “hand luggage” like main luggage, you see them struggling with different boxes while trying to get a charging spot at the airports (read my Nigeria sister and family).I will always recommend light hand luggage, something that you can easily monitor for security purposes and just to make your transit a little less stressful. 

Books/TV to keep you busy – I feel like books/TV shows are usually more fun while traveling but again that’s probably a ME thing. I try to catch up on a chapter or two of that book i’ve not had the time to read or shows i need  to catch up on, thankful for Netflix, you can remotely access and enjoy. So before you travel, try to download your favorite shows so you can binge watch (while waiting) even without internet. 

Dress loose/comfortable – Personally i wont recommend jumpsuit. Maxi dresses, track suits, and leggings are my favorite travel outfits. If possible, avoid belts or anything metal that will need to be removed during screening. 

Cash Always – Have some cash, for spontaneous activities like accessing a lounge or getting coffee. It may or may not have anything to do with my lack of trust in Nigeria cards or maybe I’m just old school but what can really go wrong with that? 

Long transit times and general travel delays can really make you want to tear your hair out. These are just some of my suggestions on keeping your sanity through it. How do you survive? Let’s talk.

2018 in books!

Hey y’all! Happy new year!!

It’s been a hot minute! How is everyone doing? How was 2018 for you? It was quite dramatic for me to say the least but it ended with a bang! If you’re following me on Instagram you already know what I’m talking about and if you’re not then ask yourself if this is really how you want to start your 2019.

I read 60 books last year (59 actual books plus the one my fiancé made for me. Yes he made a picture book with the story of how we met and basically our journey together so far. If that isn’t the most romantic thing ever! )

So let’s get to it shall we? I read a total of 60 books like I mentioned earlier. Here is a mini breakdown. Out of the 60 books, 7 were Nonfiction, 53 fiction.

15 books by African authors,

37 books by female authors

19 books by male authors

13 paperbacks

18 Audiobooks and 19 ebooks.

From this breakdown, it is apparent I like audiobooks and ebooks just as much if not more than paperbacks. Oh and whooosh! I clearly have a thing for female writers!

So out of all 60 books I read, four books stuck out to me and I’m sure I’ll probably reread them in the nearest future. The four books are;

1. Educated by Tara Westover

2. Beartown by Fredrick Backman

3. The book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

4. Born a crime by Trevor Noah

Guys! You really should get these books and read them. I laughed a lot, almost cried, screamed and giggled while reading them.

I’m excited and a bit nervous about 2019 but I know and trust that God will handle everything so I’m chilling.

I plan to read 60 books this year and that’s because I have professional exams coming up, wedding planning (still feels weird saying this) and a whole lot to do this year by God’s grace. I’m putting zero pressure on myself to read 60 books. If I end up reading more, Awesome! If I don’t, awesome!

So here’s to reading more books and taking each day as it comes!


Have you started any book this year?

How’s the new year treating you so far?