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My Trip to Nigeria (Part 1)
June 1, 2016
Bridging the Gap: A Sip & Shop Lunch Affair
March 29, 2017

J ollof Rice Wars are real!!!
Who makes the best Jollof Rice? Ghana or Nigeria, that is the question?
African Kitchen Series- Jollof Rice Edition

Our first ever African Kitchen series was an absolute HIT!!! So many came out to support our cause and enjoy the traditional dish, Tjebu Djeun, which is the Senegalese version of the ever so popular jollof rice. What a delicious treat provided by our ever so gracious host, Uncle Madieye of Yassa African Restaurant located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood!

As we learned in the cooking demonstration, Tjebu Djeun, the national dish of Senegal, is a dish that requires much preparation as spices and special ingredients are packed into this ridiculously large fish, usually grouper or red snapper, and left to marinate overnight. Such attention to detail could be over heard as bite after bite, our guests could be heard squealing and exclaiming just how delicious everything was.

Merlot, Moscato and Chardonnay flowed freely as we were treated to the history of the Jollof kingdom and just how jollof rice came about. Uncle Madieye, as he is often referred to, delighted us with history and traditions of the Senegal people. Seconds and thirds were dished out as people began to explore the menu and indulge in another tasty dish known as the Yassa Lamb. I can’t even begin to describe just how scrumptious that dish was. You just have to go and try it for yourself. Much thanks to the staff and owners of Yassa African Restaurant and our guests who came out to support our launch of the African Kitchen Series.

We hope you’ll join us for the next one which features jollof rice, Nigerian style, at Simi’s.

Get your tickets at Culture Rich hopes to expand your palette.

Taste the three variations of jollof rice and decide which one's the best.
Our next stop is NIGERIA

Learn the different styles of Jollof Rice

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The African Kitchen Series

Chi Chi O.
Chi Chi O.
I love the process of putting things together and exposing people to new things. My motivation stems from seeing the inexplicable joy expressed on their faces. My goal is to enlighten you as to the vast beauty held within this resourceful country, empower the indigenous and and those in the diaspora to utilize the resources found within and enrich your overall quality of life by expanding your travel horizons. Africa, we're more than disease and despair. We are so CULTURE RICH!!!

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