House music, Angolan Music, Funk, Soukous …this party was lit af!! First the venue,Ngor Yaatouna was a dreamy spacious beachfront. Then there were so many interesting people, unique hairstyles, and fashion. This was a great way to end my Birthday Month! The awesome lighting and electric vibes made for an amazing night with friends. Electrafrique always brings out a cool crowd and I was happy to see some familiar faces. The DJ lineup was the legendary in itself. International club movers such as Cortega & Jeremy Bellot kept everyone on their toes. Boddhi Seva, hailing from the Central African Republic was the headliner and he lived up to expectations. I didn’t hear any Mbalaax/house blends but I think that would be really dope if mixed right. Either way, I speak for us all when I say Come back OKAYAFRICA !!! Dakar needs you!
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The photographer was the incredicbly talented Siakka Troare. You can see more of his work here.
Chez Fatou..I’ve heard so much about you. I’m glad we finally met! The scenery was beautiful and the mimosas did not disappoint. The seating area was open and had a great view to the oceans and the midday surfers.
Service is really important to me and the people who served me and amiga that day were super helpful! They even sent a waiter who spoke English to help us. The menu is in English, with lots of choices. Unfortunately, the breakfast/brunch menu closes at 11:30 which I find to be a bit early. There are a few vegetarian choices, some local dishes, and lots of international ones. For an appetizer, we chose the Crab Dip and it was toooooo yummy ( but quite small) ! For our entree, I ordered the chicken with au gratin but the food lacked a little flavor. Perhaps they cater to a certain palate but it is defiantly not for those of us who grew up in households that utilize seasoning ( shade but it’s all love 🙂 ) My friend ordered Shrimp Alfredo & she said it was okay. I’m defiantly open to going back and trying different items because overall it’s a great place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE: After visiting 2 more times and receiving terrible service I’m confused as to what happened. I waited 25 minutes to be given a menu and after getting out my seat to ask what was going on, the host seemed unbothered at all. I personally took the menus back to our seat and still waited another ten minutes to get a waiter…and it wasn’t busy at all. The servers didn’t apologize and the mangers on duty did not seem like they were doing anything. I’m not sure how they are managing the tables but I think they need a new system.
photo taken from Gogo’s Cupcake & Coffee Shop website
Mouthwatering Cupcakes ✔
Unique Alice in Wonderland teaspoons ✔
Giant Teacups ✔
Pink pillows and decor ✔
Welcome to my second favorite place in Dakar. Gogo’s Cupcake & Coffee Shop is located across the street from College Sacre Couer. When you walk in you will be amazed to see the quaint pink entry table and couch. You will momentarily forget you’re in Dakar and start really feeling like you’re on a trip to Wonderland!! You can tell the owner loves pink and so do we! I really appreciate how much attention she paid to detail and the woman working the register was extremely accomadating. It’s the perfect place to begin a girl’s day out on the town. It’s in the cut but it’s so worth it. There are usually 6 different types of cupcakes on any given day. Today there is
Caramel Popcorn PopCake
Chocolate with vanilla icing
Chocolate with Strawberries
There menu is also full of tea, coffee, espresso, crepes, quiches, smoothies & even croque monsieur . I’ll attach the link to her Facebook page below. Tell me if you like it!
Buy Local ! Consumme Locale !!
Mafe is the ultimate comfort food in Dakar. It is also well known to make you very tired. I tried to stay as authentic as possible but I added a lot more vegetables in order to make it a bit more hearty.
1 cup of chopped butternut squash/ melon
1 White sweet potato cubed
1 medium cassava root
10-15 pods of Okra (leave 5-7 unchopped)
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 -4 large spoons of peanut butter (depending on how peanut buttery you want it)
1 tablespoon of crushed Netetou (traditional West African seasoning)
1/2 tablespoon Black Pepper
1 habenero pepper (de-seed if you cant stand the heat)
maggi cube or vegetarian bullion really makes a difference)
Salt to taste
- Wash all vegetables and chop veggies , make the starchy veggies not too small so they keep some of their shape and texture.
- Saute oil in pot and add half of the onions, wait one minute and then add 5 cloves of chopped garlic.
- When browned a bit, add a cup of water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. Stir.
- When oil has risen to the top of the pot, add all vegetables except squash and okra.
- Add salt, pepper, habenero pepper, neteou, and maggi cube or bullion
- Let boil for about 15 minutes.
- Add squash and okra
- Take out about half a cup of the cooking broth and set it inside a bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter to that bowl and stir until smooth
- Add tomato-peanut butter mixture to pot
- Stir well
- Taste for seasoning, add more salt if needed.
- Cook for 10 -15 minutes checking on liquid levels.
- Serve with a plate of hot white rice and side of lime!