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Event: 2017 Lagos International Food And Drink Festival

The 2nd edition of Nigeria’s biggest food and drinks-themed event- the Lagos International Food and Drinks Festival will hold April 22-23, 2017 at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos. Billed to attract thousands of visitors and media frenzy, the festival will feature a wide array of exciting activities and promises to be a lifetime experience for everyone.

Announcing the hosting of this year’s festival at the weekend, Mr. Ike Steve, the Festival Director described the festival as 2 days of diverse, all-inclusive gastronomic exploits, plus a weekend to indulge in a lifestyle where your biggest decision will be – how do I pick which activity to attend?

A sample lineup of some fun activities to expect at the festival include-
The Food Fest
Savour the taste of mouth-watering, finger-licking delicacies from the best restaurants and food vendors in Nigeria.
The Lagos Beer Festival
Get a taste of the best of Nigeria’s contemporary brews and join us in crowning the “king of Nigerian beers” (18+)
Wine tasting
Can you taste and tell? Then come and sample a collection of the finest wines available in Nigeria.

Date: 22-23 April, 2017
Venue: National Stadium, Surulere-Lagos
Time: 9am – 10pm daily

These 5 Foods Would Help Eliminate Chronic Mouth Odour

As you may know, mouth odour can be very embarrassing and offensive. There’s nothing worse than meeting someone and realizing that your breath smells like your tuna. Why there are many causes of bad breath’ did you know that certain foods can keep your mouth fresh?

This article will cover what the common causes are and how it can be managed, especially making use of some of the foods we eat.

WebMD which is one of my favorite and informative site, simply put it that Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems.

Not brushing and flossing your teeth after meals can keep food remnants in your mouth and between teeth. Bacteria will grow on these remnant, they decay and lead to bad odor coming out of your mouth. Also poor dental hygiene can cause good amount of bad bacteria to good ones.

For healthy individuals, food odors are temporary and normal salivary flow will eliminate them within several minutes. However, those who suffer from dry mouth can not escape bad mouth odour. So let us see some ways we can eliminate it with certain types of foods.

To get started, you may want to get rid of bad bacteria in your gut first. The first step towards this is to first eliminate foods that may make mouth odour worse by causing poor balance of bacteria in your gut.

  1.  Use Antibiotics: They not only kill bad bacteria, but also destroy the beneficial organisms in your gut. This means that you have to replace the good/beneficial microorganisms after the antibiotic treatment. So, you only need to do this when absolutely necessary.
  2. Fermented Foods: The next step is to eat fermented foods such as such as cheese and yoghurt, fermented vegetables (including cabbage, turnips, eggplants, carrots), and fermented soy. These cultured foods have the ability of supplying your gut with billions of beneficial bacteria.
  3. Sugarless candies and gum. Any snack that increases saliva flow in your mouth, like sugar-free candy or gum, will help reduce odour in your mouth. The plant essential oil that’s often used for flavouring cinnamon gums and candies, known as cinnamic aldehyde, can reduce odour-causing bacteria.
  4. Wet your whistle with water. A dry mouth can make your breath pretty unbearable. In some ways, water acts like artificial saliva, since it can wash away those leftover bits of garlic bread. Keep a water bottle in your workspace your colleagues will likely thank you for it.
  5. Green tea. Green tea contains catechin, a powerful antioxidant that can fend off bacteria — remember, bacteria causes the unwanted odor.

Taking supplements should only be done to support or compensate for a nutritionally deficient diet, as you can mainly get the nutrients your body needs from the food you eat. Probiotic supplements are a great option if you don’t consume raw organic vegetables on a daily basis.

Types Of fruits To Eat That Has The lowest Sugar And Highest in sugar To Avoid

Do you know that certain fruits can pack up to 14g of sugar in less than a one-cup serving in our body? Surprise!

Oh yes, While in take of fruits is very beneficial to our health due to the amount of fiber and vitamins it contains, there are some other factors to consider such as volume of sugar it stores in our body.

Please note that fruits as well as sugar are very important to our body, however it’s also crucial to know how much fiber each fruit has, which helps negate some of the effects of the sugar content.
So below is a list of some fruits with the right amount of sugar you can eat and fruits with the amount of sugar it contains to beware of.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes
A single tomatoes contains about 40% of daily vitamin C, A and K requirement. And research shows you’d be better off eating tomatoes every day because it conntains Lycopene, a member of the vitamin A family which helps maintain prostate health. Try eating more by making homemade tomato sauce to top chicken, sandwich, and stuffed peppers.
Total sugar 2.6g

Avocado

Avocado
You won’t have to worry about your sugar intake when it comes to avocado; but be mindful of the fat. Because it’s packed with the good monounsaturated fat, it’s still high in calories, which can sneak up on you if you’re trying to lose weight.
Total sugar 0.7g

raspberries

Raspberries
These bright little berries are nutritional powerhouses. Not only do they quence your sugar cravings (without overloading your body with fructose), they also satisfy your hunger and keep you feeling full longer thanks to their high fiber content. Use plain yogurt with raspberries, snack on them plain or toss on a salad, or blend up in a smoothie: You’ll be adding a dose of vitamin C and body-protecting antioxidants to every meal.
Total sugar 4.4g

pawpaw

Papaya
Okay, so Pawpaw as it is generally called is packed with lots of benefits. Like helping your body metabolize other fruits.
Also, it can boasts an enzyme called chymopapain, which can relieve inflammation. What’s more, one cup has a whopping 144 percent of your daily value of vitamin C.
Total sugar 8g

Watermelon

Watermelon
Another food that boosts your penis health, watermelon is fairly effective in treating erectile dysfunction and maybe even preventing it. Research has shown an ingredient in watermelon called citrulline-arginine helps relax blood vessels by boosting nitric oxide (the same way Viagra does). The juice is also a potent health elixir. It’s been shown to reduce your recovery heart rate and the degree of muscle soreness.
Total sugar 6g

oranges

Oranges
Oranges are naturally high in sugar, so it’s a wise idea to eat an orange rather than drink its juice. The fiber is pretty much entirely removed by the process of juicing, so it can’t slow the absorption of sugar and thus stabilize blood sugar levels. Grab a small orange, though, and you’ll reap the benefits of vitamin C (known to lower blood pressure and the stress hormone cortisol) without rocking your blood sugar too much.
Total sugar 9g

Pineapple

Pineapples
You can taste the sugar in pineapple—it’s pretty obvious. But, it’s also the perfect addition to veggie-based smoothies because it’s got such a strong, sweet flavor. Pineapples are also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which is credited for reducing inflammation in the body. Total sugar 10g

Apple

Apples
Apples are a classic power fruit because they contain fiber, some of which is soluble fiber called pectin, which forms a gel in your stomach that slows the rate of digestion. This means that, while apples are a bit high in sugar, your blood sugar won’t spike as much.
Total sugar 10g

banana-smoothie

Bananas
Bananas are loaded with digestible carbs that can fuel your workouts before you get moving and potassium to help you recover after exercise. But, they’re full of the sweet stuff and can raise your blood sugar levels since they’re mostly made of carbs and water.
Eat your banana with a fat, like nut butter; fat can slow the absorption of sugar by inhibiting how quickly food passes from your stomach to small intestines.
Total sugar 12g

red-grapes

Red grapes
Red grapes, which is the highest in sugar, contain resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory compound that helps keep your skin looking healthy and can convert excess white fat into calorie-burning beige fat. Grapes are great as it is, or frozen; just be mindful of the portion size.
Total sugar 15g

Now we have a broader knowledge of fruits to eat often. The bottom line here: Is moderation.
Please note that there are optimal times to consume fruit. If you’re really looking to limit sugar, make sure you’re not eating overly ripe fruits. The starch begins to turn into simple sugar as it ripens, which is why it tastes sweeter. So, try to eat them before they become super saccharine and soft to the touch. And, easiest of all, opt for fruits that are naturally lower in sugar or highest in fiber.

10 Reasons You Need A Sugar Detox Urgently

One of the most insidious ways the food industry poisons us is by dousing all sorts of foods with “added sugar.” By “added sugar,” I’m talking about any sweetener that doesn’t occur naturally in a food. It may seem innocent, but what added sugar does to the body is shocking.

Added sugar is one of the biggest harm to our current health crisis, and can be implicated in many cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer – but its detrimental effects can take years to surface. It’s the hidden link to so much pain and suffering our body is experiencing.Sugar is in practically every packaged food in the store and at restaurants.

Most recently, an industry front group funded by Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kellogg’s, was exposed for commissioning a scientific review that attacked health advice to eat less sugar. Perpetuating false nutrition and health information for the sole purpose of profits is absolutely ridiculous.

These very companies are all big offenders of adding sugar to their products. Should we all just keep eating sugar-laden foods because the junk food industry says it’s okay? Of course not.

So with these Ten sugar detox tips, now is the time to be our own health advocates by limiting the amount of added sugar in our diets for optimal health.

  1. You’ll shed some weight – and maybe a lot of it.
    Sugar makes you gain weight by adding empty calories to your diet and jacking up your blood sugar – two processes that form excess body fat. It also screws with your appetite. Ditching sugar is one of the fastest and most effective ways to lose weight!
  2. You’ll look years younger.
    Sugar destroys your skin and makes your skin wrinkle. In a process called glycation, sugar molecules attach to collagen and elastin, two proteins that keep skin looking young, and create Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). AGEs weaken your skin’s support structure and lead to lines and wrinkles.
  3. You’ll stop harmful inflammation in your body.
    Refined sugars processed from cane, corn, such as table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are the baddest. so when you indulge in these sugars, you get no nutrition and your body becomes more acidic. These sugars causes more inflammation. When your body stays in a state of inflammation, you are at a greater risk of developing various chronic diseases ranging from cancer, to heart disease, to digestive disorders.
  4.  You’ll protect your liver from disease.
    Excessive sugar intake causes the liver to produce fat in a process called lipogenesis. This can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (in which your liver fills with fat), putting you at risk for chronic diseases.
  5. You’ll spend  less time in the dentist chair.
    Continually exposing your teeth to sugary foods and drinks erodes away your teeth. The bacteria that is naturally in your mouth feeds off of sugars in your diet, producing acids that attack the enamel on your teeth and demineralizes them, eventually leading to cavities and tooth loss.
  6.  Your energy will soar.
    Added sugar makes your blood sugar go sky-high – a reaction followed immediately by plummeting blood sugar. That crash and burn triggers feelings of irritability, depression, and leaves you exhausted until you get your next sugar fix.
  7.  You’ll protect your brain power.
    A study conducted by the University of New South Wales concluded chronic sugar intake triggers changes to hippocampus the area of the brain, which is important for both memory and stress. Another UCLA study found a high sugar diet sabotages learning and memory ability. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study found that people who eat a lot of sugar have a much higher chance of cognitive decline as they age.
  8.  You’ll get sick less often.
    Sugar intake weakens your immune system, so you’re at a greater risk of coming down with something. Increased insulin levels from consuming sugar also tells the body to release cortisol – a hormone that further weakens your immunity.
  9.  You’ll be less likely to have a heart attack.
    A 2015 scientific review in Mayo Clinic Proceedings warns that refined sugar in the diet is a principal driver of heart disease. It’s now come to light that back in the 1960’s the sugar industry paid leading scientists to discredit claims about sugar and heart disease and to paint fat as the enemy instead. That is when the low-fat craze began, causing most people to correlate heart disease with excessive fat consumption. These dirty tactics played by the industry have literally destroyed the health of millions, and I’m so thankful that the truth about sugar and its role in heart disease is getting out!
  10.  You’ll develop a distaste for sugar – making cravings disappear.
    If you develop this habit to stay away from added sugar and practice it on a regular basis, you’ll be less likely to go overboard when presented and tempted with refined sugar desserts. Even more, you’ll naturally eat less sugar in the long run because your body is getting real nutrition from food that hasn’t been chemically altered. Eventually, you’ll develop a distaste for refined sugar and your desire for ultimate nutrition will become instinctive. What a wonderful habit to develop and keep for life!

It has become clear that sugar is an enemy that prevents us from achieving optimal health and the fit bodies we want. Isn’t it time to get added sugar out of your diet NOW?

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Calabar Delicacy ”Editan” How To Make It

I woke up this morning and felt somthing different about the weather. It was chilly like the chillness you experience when you go on a  vacation. Infact vacation is in the air! So if you ask me where for a change I would like to go? I will choose Calabar.

Why?  Because Calabar is arguably the biggest tourist city in Western Africa, it does  not only have the coolest places to relax such as the Obudu Ranch but it also have the best foods you can think of.

Here’s one of Calabar’s best soup you would love to taste.

”Editan” is a delicious Calabar soup with snails and correct meat. The more I talk about it, the more I crave for it.

I would love to eat a variety of different delicious Calabar soups. Unfortunately, the few Calabar friends I have are not filling that space. LOL…

So should you decide to prepare something different and nice this holiday, here is a guide to make this delicious soup.

Ingredients

– 4 medium size snails (optional)
– 1 large size smoked Fish
– 1 medium size stockfish head
– 8 medium pieces beef (optional)
– 2 cups periwinkle (in shell)
– 1 big bunch editan leaves
– 4 mediumres Water
– Salt to taste
bunches water leaves
– 3 tablespoons crayfish (ground)
– 1 level tablespoon dry Pepper
– 4 cooking spoons palm oil
– 2 maggi Cubes
– 3 1½ lit

  • Directions
    Wash, season and boil the stockfish together with the beef for about 45 minutes and set aside for use later.
  • Wash and de-bone the fish.
  • Pour boiling water on already cut and pounded editan leaves then, strain. Rinse the leaves thrice to reduce the bitterness.
  • Pick and wash the waterleaves and cut into tiny pieces. Get rid of some of its water by squeezing a little bunch at a time between your palms.
  • Periwinkle can be used either in the shell, which is the traditional way, or out of shell. Chop off the tail end of the Periwinkle with a large knife, wash thoroughly to remove all dirt, and mud.
  • Add waterleaves into the pot containing the meat and stockfish already placed on the burner.Stir,add fish, crayfish, pepper, water and maggi cubes and allow cooking for another 6 minutes. Stir and add the palm oil. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the Editan leaves and cover the pot. Do not stir immediately after adding Editan leaves, then cook for 10-15 minutes but you can shake the pot to enable the leaves have an even spread. After 10-15 minutes, stir and taste the soup. Add salt if necessary, and cook for another 4 minutes.

Editan soup is served with fufu, Semo or eba.

Where would like to spend the holiday? Please share.

Photo credit: nigeriagalleria

Warming! Plastic Rice In Nigerian Market And How To Different It

Its a seasonal period where due to the upcoming festive season, prices of food commodities would continue to be on the rise. Especially the most widely consumed staple food ”Rice”
As I was on Facebook, I noticed a video with the tag plastic rice.
Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.

Plastic rice has been described as rice made from plastic. It has sometimes been reported in the media to be manufactured in China and sold into different countries in Africa

I was so interested in this story because not so long, I planned on buying a bag of rice for the house, so watching the video got me curios and scared to the point that I had to do further research on how to differentiate this.

I have not seen the plastic rice myself, I have only seen reports of it and many of them. But I only noticed that the rice is whitish, brighter in color than the natural grain rice. It  also takes a long time to cook than usual. It gets hard again after you allow it to cool off before serving.

What Are Authorities Doing About It?
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have launched a search for alleged fake/plastic rice from China which is said to have found its way into some African countries, including Nigeria.
Well, I so hope they don’t tire out in their search.

5 Ways You Can Spend Less On A Vacation

The holidays are around the corner and many families have either traveled for their summer vacation or are getting ready to do so. With the Naira increasingly under pressure, it is important to avoid unnecessary expenses that just make your travel experience regrettable. Here are practical examples of keep our expenses in check.  This is based on personal experience and that of others.

Airport shops
Experience they say is the best teacher. If you have ever bought anything as little as bottle water at any of the airport shops you would agree with me that the prices are outrageous. While experience shows that some things you buy at the airport may be cheaper than they are in town, it doesn’t apply to everything. In fact, they are pretty much expensive when compared to discount shops or outlet malls. Don’t ever think you are getting a bargain when you buy things at the airport.

 Pack your food
As weird as it may sound, packing your own food helps you to save money and time, especially while you’re traveling. A typical meal that you can pack will include a sandwich, chips, fruits and fried meats or chicken. This is so much cheaper than having everyone go into a popular fast food restaurant and order a large meals. Packing your own food helps you to save money and time, especially while you’re traveling. I tried this and it really helped me save some cash. Typically I prefer packing fried/ grilled chicken and chips.

Find restaurants where kids eat free
Sometimes, we could include the children in the vacation and this could mean more expense, so before you leave on the trip, Do a search online for the town we will be in that day, followed by the words, “kids eat free.” OR ” restaurant with discount for kids” There are websites that regularly update which restaurants gives discount for kids.

Telephone roaming
When you travel abroad, especially for the first time you should remember you pay about ten times the cost of making calls if you were in Nigeria and also pay for calls that you receive. Also, Text messages are also about ten times what it cost. Data roaming is even more expensive. The easiest way to avoid telephone roaming while on vacation is to get a new SIM card when you get to your destination. For data roaming you can go to the settings of your phone and simply switch it off.

Drive, instead of fly
Most of the time, if you are traveling with a family, it will be much less expensive to drive, instead of fly. We like to research where the cheapest gas prices will be and fill up in those locations. We have also researched how to save money on gasoline and have implemented many of these tactics while traveling.

Healthy Eating: Truth About Eating Too Much Fish

Few days ago I eat a foreign fish named Baby hack and calamari Fish from Shop rite. Photos coming soon.

Actually, Hubby bought it  from shoprite while on his way back from a meeting. He felt hungry and he stopped by to grab a quick lunch. So he had seafood rice with this baby hack fish to his meal and oh goodness… he could not describe how tasty and filling this fish was.

He knew I wouldn’t forgive him if he comes back home telling me about this delicious meal he eat. So it was thoughtful of him to have brought some home otherwise, hum… I rest my case Lol…
So the next day after enjoying this sumptuous meal, It felt like I added some weight overnight because I felt fuller and rounder. *wink*

These got us talking about the possibility for one to feed on fish for a whole week and the health benefits that comes with eating more of fish than meat, like eating grilled fish, smoked fish, fried fish boil fish, barbecued fish etc.

My Finding and Thoughts

While there is nothing wrong with eating fish because fish is good for you as the omega-3 fatty acids found in these fish are known to be good for the heart and brain. But, as with many foods, the key is to make sure you’re not having too much.

While our mission is to eat healthy, Our focus should be that our diet is also rich in the other heart and blood pressure-friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, and that you drink plenty of water (2.5 litres a day.

So whether you like your fish smoked, grilled or fried, always remember to have them in moderation as studies have shown that eating excessive amounts of smoked foods even fish can increase our risk of certain cancers, particularly of the stomach and colon.

5 Must Eat Restaurants In Kano State

Have you ever visited Kano state? If not you need to take a trip to the  state as it is not just the second populated city in Nigeria, but a place to have sweet delicious meal when you visit.

We bring you 5 best restaurants to visit in Kano to have that tasty meal you can imagine.

CILANTRO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

Cilantro is a place to enjoy some quality time with family and loved ones, also a place to hangout with a few buddies to see that much anticipated soccer game. You can try the Sunday buffet, it promises to be a foodie heaven. Located at 67 Sultan Rd., Kano, Nigeria.

CILANTRO
CORNER RESTAURANT
Corner restaurant is a place of maximum relaxation and a place to enjoy some of the best of Arabian dishes. The ambience and food matches the best of Arabian standards.
P.S. Try the Arabian Grilled Chicken, Thank us later. Located at Lafia Road / Sultan Road Corner, Kano, Nigeria.

Corner
MEALS AND MORE
Meals and More is a home for Indian foods. Meals and more offers a bit more to the eat/drink experience, a good place to grab that quick munchies while settled with a cold drink. Located at 14, New Hospital Road, Kano , Nigeria.

Meal &More
JALSA FAST FOOD & RESTAURANT
A good spot for that quick bite, you can get the best pizza and barbecue, as well as a good combination of Indian cuisine. Located at 3, Bompai Road, Kano, Kano, Nigeria.

jalsa

TAJMAHAL RESTAURANT
For the Kano faithful, this is not a new jolly zone, relocated but the food has managed to remain the same over the past 7-8 years. Home to beautiful Indian cuisine and music, find yourself a peaceful meal at this location. Located at 20 Alu Avenue, Kano, Nigeria.

Tajmahal

Don’t forget to give yourself a good treat the next time you get into Kano.

Credit: hotels.ng

How To Differentiate Prawns From Shrimps

On my way back from an early morning walk, I caught sight of a local seller of sea foods such as craps, shrimps and possibly prawn. Why did I say possibly because I usually get confused with differentiating shrimp from prawn.
In many parts of the world, people find it quite difficult to distinguish between crayfish, prawn and shrimp. A large population of people don’t care what they are called and It doesn’t matter to some whether they are calling  shrimps as prawns, they just want to eat it.

The points and image below would help anyone also having difficulty differentiating them

Prawn

  • Gill Structure –  Prawns have branching gills while Shrimp feature lamellar gills, which are plate-like in structure.
  • Relative Size Prawns are typically larger than shrimps. Shrimp are generally smaller than prawns.
  • Leg Structure Prawns have longer legs than shrimp. Also, prawns usually have claws on three pairs of their legs Shrimp have shorter legs and have claws only on two pairs of legs.
  • Culinary Since prawns are larger, you get fewer in number per pound, and subsequently priced higher per unit. Also, much as prawns and shrimp are similar in taste, prawns are considered more of a delicacy because of their size. Since shrimp are smaller in size, they get cooked slightly quicker than prawns.  Sautéing shrimp for longer might make it rubbery and closer to dry fish. Other than that, they taste very similar to prawns.

Please drop a comment on how you differentiate Shrimps from Prawns.