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HERE ARE 7 PLACES YOU CAN EAT AFRICAN FOOD IF YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY

Courtesy of OkayAfrica, we have curated a list of places you can eat African food and feel at home away from home; because from unofficial research work done by me, that is really all Africans in the diaspora miss. *rolls neck*

-DF Nigerian Food Truck

The vibrant DF Nigerian Food Truck can be spotted in Midtown, generally around 44th street and 2nd avenue. It’s the stop if you’re looking to get your fix of Nigerian jollof, fried rice, honey beans and pepper stew, suya and more.

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant

The well-known spot serves Ethiopian staples in locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Choose from their classic menu items like ShiroDoro Wat, or Yebeg Tibs or try the Awash Special which comes with kitfo, marinated beef, lamb and seasoned veggies. It’s a prime spot for vegans and vegetarians, as injera the sour-dough flatbread central to Ethiopian cuisine, is naturally vegan.

La Savane

Located in Harlem, The Guinean and Ivorian-owned restaurant offers a plethora of West African dishes, and specializes in Ivorian classics like attiéké and foutou served with a variety of soups including okra and tomato stew with peppers.

Ponty Bistro

With locations in Harlem and Gamercy, this fine-dining establishment offers a unique menu of Senegalese-French fusion, which includes dishes like Le Poulet Tagine, a chicken dish served with diced tomatoes and couscous, as well as an extensive selection of seafood entrees.

Farafina Cafe & Lounge

Farafina Cafe & Lounge in Harlem offers an array of West African dishes, like Senegalese yassa and groundnut stew. It’s appeal goes beyond just the food—get the full experience by catching some of the live performances by local talent and ordering from their extensive menu of drinks and cocktails.

MADIBA

Located on Dekalb Ave in Brooklyn, the popular spot serves flavorful South African dishes in a colorful and casual atmosphere. You can try their beef and egg-based bobotie if you’re looking for a traditional South African meal, and if you’re in the mood for a meaty meal, try the classic  sausage dish, pap and boerewors

 

Accra Restaurant

This Harlem-based eatery offers Ghanian quick-bites like fried yam served with peppers, and fried fish with plantain. If your tastes fall on the Ghanaian side of the jollof rice spectrum, then Accra Restaurant should be on your list of stops.

TINK Africa Gathers Experts to Discuss 'Future of Food in Africa'

EVERYTHING HAS A FUTURE INCLUDING FOOD. HERE'S WHY PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS OF FOOD GATHERED AT TINK AFRICA FOR A BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON WHERE FOOD IS HEADED. READ THE STORY BELOW TO HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT WENT DOWN JUST LAST WEEKEND.

It was a gathering of thought leaders in the food industry, experts, bloggers, cooks, chefs, foodies, food enthusiasts, foodpreneurs and anyone who eats at the Food Meetup themed “The Future of Food in Africa” which was organised by TINK Africa, a trends intelligence brand on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the TINK Space in Ogudu, Lagos.

This event is the maiden edition of TINK Africa’s monthly trend theme which will focus on the different sectors of the economy for each month.

This chop and chat session included a panel of discussion session where these influencers, experts and anyone in the food business gathered to talk about the future of food in the continent. These contributors included the likes of Ozoz Sokoh, Food blogger and founder, Kitchen Butterfly, Tunde Badmus, CEO Food Africana, Stella Naiye, Founder Chillis Kitchen, Itorro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, with representatives of Naija Butcher, Café Neo, Splash Greens among others.

Meme Osuocha, Business Experience Manager, TINK Africa said that it is important that we know where we are coming from and where we are headed especially as it concerns the food industry. This event is important especially to those in the business of food because at the end of the event a report will be collated and made available for them to be guided as to where the food industry is headed. The smart ones should be able to key into these trends and use them to improve their businesses.

Tunde Badmus Founder, Food Africana commented that their brand would continue to export local content. People who are not in the continent should enjoy indigenous cuisines. He says.

Ozoz Sokoh, Founder Kitchen Butterfly who commented on how much the culture of food has changed in Nigeria said there is more outside of the home eating habit and more focus on indigenous cuisines thanks to social media who has helped more Nigerians embrace more indigenous dishes.

For Itoro Effiong-Bright, Founder Ibom Soups, food is becoming more than just from mouth to stomach, it will get to be a unifying factor in the sense that a lady from one culture learns how to make delicacy of another culture because she likes it.

In an appeal to food bloggers Ozoz said that good food media will help the perception of food both home abroad. These bloggers and media should write and present our local dishes in such a way that it looks visually appealing because now people eat first with their eyes.

As regards making other cultures aware of the Nigerian food, Kunle Shokunbi, Founder Naija Butcher urged indigenous chefs to travel to other countries to showcase our foods because food tourism will help get Nigerian food recognised overseas.

In a closing remark Meme charged entrepreneurs to study trends in whatever industry they find themselves in as trends show a little of the future.

The general from all in attendance was for the Government to look into and invest in the food industry.

To cap the trend meet up, TINK Africa will be producing a comprehensive Food Trend Report for the year 2017 with focus on Nigeria and the continent Africa. This report promises to take you through an exploration of man’s number one need and will cover every length and breadth of food, from planting to harvest, processing, packaging, preservation, sale and delivery. It will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here. 

The panelist discussing The Future of Food.

Audience participation,. questions and suggestions

Real time Practical sessions and Exhibition

The Food report will be made available and can be downloaded for free on here.  

Hurray! We're having a food meetup!

One of man’s oldest needs remains food. Man from the beginning has hunted animals and tilled the soil in hope of the reward of food. Feeding is as old as humanity itself. Everyone eats to survive and different people have adapted to different types of food over time and are today eating it in the most incredible yet unique way, practically forming an important part every culture.

TINK Africa, a Trends and Intelligence network in Lagos, Nigeria is bringing together a gathering of food lovers, foodies, food enthusiasts, food experts, chefs, cooks and everyone who loves to eat to discuss “The Future of Food in Africa”, with a focus on trends from the past, the present and the future; new technologies influencing food preparation, processing, packaging, ordering, delivery and lots more.

Join us this Saturday, 27TH May, 2017 as we embark on this amazing Journey.

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: 32b Ramat Crescent, Ramat Estate, Ogudu GRA

Panelist:  Ozoz Sokoh  (Food expert, Food blogger and Founder, KitchenButterfly)

Panelist: Ozoz Sokoh (Food expert, Food blogger and Founder, KitchenButterfly)

Panelist:  Tunde Badmus  (Founder/CEO Food Africana)

Panelist: Tunde Badmus (Founder/CEO Food Africana)

Panelist:  Itoro Effiong Bright  (CEO Ibom Soups, Founder Kitchen Integrity and Cook Like a Pro Workshop)

Panelist: Itoro Effiong Bright (CEO Ibom Soups, Founder Kitchen Integrity and Cook Like a Pro Workshop)

Panelist:  Fikayo Durosinmi Etti  (CMO, Neo Café Group)

Panelist: Fikayo Durosinmi Etti (CMO, Neo Café Group)

Special Highlights: Food and Drink Exhibitions | Insightful Discussions | Networking | Games

Connect with us @Tinkafrica

Further Enquires: Meme - 09026643736

Foodstagram

A LIST OF OUR FAVOURITE FOOD BLOGGERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM, ALSO IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Shame on men and women alike that think that women should be able to cook everything, also why women alone cooking in the first place? (i'm not a feminist). The problem comes in when there is an unwillingness to learn, so in need of an extra tip on how to make your puff-puff or abacha; follow these accounts below and feel free to send us a "thank you" e-mail or handwritten letter later on.

Dobby’s Signature is a Nigerian culinary and Lifestyle blog focused on showcasing Nigerian dishes, Exploring Traditional/continental food recipes and Flavors with strong emphasis on Photography, Diversity, Vibrant colors and Health benefits

Iquo Ukoh, the founder of the blog trained as a dietitian at The University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has a work portfolio that boasts of a 30-year-experience with one of the world's biggest food multinational companies, developing recipes for the Nigerian woman.

My inspiration for this blog is to share food experiences and other tidbits around food and health that will help you create variety and excitement and maintain sensible healthy lifestyle.

DOONEY'S KITCHEN

Dooney’s Kitchen is about redefining and promoting Nigerian food. It aims to give Nigerian food the identity that it deserves. For too long, Nigerian food has hidden under the umbrella term “African food”, and it is a term we at Dooney’s Kitchen strongly disagree with. Although similarities abound with, like you will find in countries across Europe and Asia, but distinct cuisines also exist on those continents, like French, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indian, etc and that is what we are striving to do with Nigerian food. Decades from now, Nigerian cuisine will stand proudly, recognised as a unique entity of its own.

KITCHEN BUTTERFLY

I’ve evolved in distinct phases – like the butterfly. I am flighty. I am constantly seeking…. content with my life but still in search of more. I am big on combinations – cross-pollinating and cross-fertilisation. I’m big on flavours and textures. I love pretty. And colour.
Great food for great people

SISI_YEMMIE

Sisi Yemi is a food and lifestyle blogger, who happens to be a mom, wife and mother.

I’ve always been very passionate about writing but it never occurred to me to start a blog before now, though I was always nudged by friends to do so. My passion for cooking and developing recipes began earlier this year. I recently changed jobs and I’m allowed to work from home most times. Not being used to staying at home all day, I got really bored and decided to spruce up my cooking skills to while away time, well, let’s just say I became utterly obsessed with cooking. I took to posting photos of foods I’d prepared on Facebook and Instagram, consequently, friends and followers began to implore me to start blogging so they could keep up with recipes, After several persuasions, I finally decided to marry my two passions; cooking and writing.
Eating through the struggle so you don’t have to

Jumia Food: One more Food App to Get you Out of Hunger

JUMIA FOOD APP MAY JUST BE STANDING OUT IN AFRICA WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD DELIVERY, EVEN RIGHT HERE IN NIGERIA. 

Though fintech and online retail stores are flourishing in Nigeria, one cannot say same for food tech in the country. With a handful gathering of food apps in the country, many Nigerian are not adopting the culture yet. However, a slow but gradual success is being recorded in the industry and there seems to be an actual future for food tech in Nigeria.

That said, I doubt any food delivery account in Nigeria be complete without mentioning JumiaFood. Why? Well here is why, JumiaFood with an impressive and Characteristic Jumia type marketing, has gained all the right publicity in Lagos, spreading into Abuja, Port Harcourt and other parts of Nigeria, in a away most other apps have not. By buying over HelloFood, this company "took hold" of the food delivery world in Nigeria>

The JumiaFood Nigeria app lets consumers find and order food from restaurants around them. The app today stands among the leading food delivery apps in Nigeria (if not the leading), with a friendly interface and an easy to use platform. The app lets the users estimate delivery time, preorder and filter restaurants and also the platforms notifies users when restaurants are running deals, basically what every other food app would offer. But Over the years, JumiaFood has gained popularity in Nigeria like it has around other major African countries. Buying over the successful food tech company, HelloFood was a huge highlight for Jumiafood.

Wanna try it out? Download the Jumiafood app Here on andrioid and HERE on iOS.

Building up to the release of our comprehensive report on “The Future of Food in Africa”, TINK Africa is focusing on Food and Drink in Nigeria, Africa and the World. From new technologies in the food industry to new packaging ideas to New 21 Century African kitchen. Stay with us to get the full report here on our website.