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Food Review : Texas RoadHouse

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Last Saturday , I went out to Texas RoadHouse and it was an interesting experience. I ordered 8 oz of steak , potatoes and sweet potatoes.

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I wanted to try something new to drink, so I ordered Jamaica Cowboy Margarita. It consisted of Malibu Rum, DeKuyper , Peachtree , Schnapps,  orange & pineapple juices, and a splash of Margarita.            [ Disclaimer drink responsibly ].

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My partner in eating* ordered  Steak Kabob which consisted of marinated steak (medium cooked), mushroom, tomato, red pepper & green pepper.  It was served with seasoned rice and a bowl of side potatoes fries.

Funny fact is that I have been driving past this place for 6 years.  To my surprise, the restaurant was crowded and they eat a lot of peanuts. It was my first time seeing peanut shells thrown on the floor and the floor was littered with peanut dust. FYI you need to book ahead of time and come on time . The wait time for people that did not book ahead of time was 1 hour.

Overall I enjoyed my food and the drink was excellent. If you want to celebrate your birthday bash cowboy style they got you covered ! View their site.

Nigeria to the World : She is 58 years & We No Dey Carry Last !

Happy Independence to Nigeria! The motherland is 58th years old. She got her independence on October 1 st 1960.  #1 Africa country #NewAfrica highlights on the good things happening.

Fashion

I bought this Nigeria dress and crop top from PrettylittleThing. Repping my country in a fashionable way! Threw on  a trench coat from Nine West to give me a classy look with a pair of heel from FashionNova.
Wore a leather skirt from Macy’s and Bike jacket from FashionNova – I am giving you simple woman. It’s fall and Issa cold in MN!

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I did my makeup myself, fixed my eyelashes and dressed my self up.
Foundation : Born This Way by Jackie Aina
Fenty Beauty Highlighter
Urban Decay Eyeshadow
Lip : Nyx and Maccosmetic

Food

The famous Nigeria Jollof Rice.

Get recipe and learn how to prepare Jollof rice Read More

Podcast : I recommend you listen !

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Jesus and Jollof By Luvvie Ajayi and Yvonne Orji

The two things I cannot live without is Jesus and Jollof rice .

If you are very sad and you think the world is about to end please listen to this podcast.

Web : Jesus & Jollof FM

IG : Jesus&Jollof

Audio : iTune.  Soundcloud  .Spotify

Nigerian Youtubers

To keep myself updated about Lagos I watch SisiYemmie and Dimma Umeh Youtube channel.

Youtube Channel : SisiYemmie TV

Youtube Channel : Dimma Umeh

 

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Eko Atlantic is a unique city inside another city reclaimed from the ocean along the coast of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria.

This project aim to solve the shortage of real estate in the fastest growing city of Lagos. Currently reporting a population of approximately 21 million and it is still growing everyday.

World economic forum forecast  that in 100 years from now , Lagos population will increase to approximately 88.3 million people.

This is why Eko Atlantic  is a  great investment (esp. for potential real estate investors) in bridging an economic gap for massive population demand – and also a gateway to emerging markets of the continent. I strongly believe that the  “New Africa” is been lead by Nigeria.

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Nollywood Entertainment

New Movie Alert- > Nollywood Movie to watch out for 2019. I was super excited when I was asked to share this with my Minneapolis readers.

"Coming from Insanity " is  a Nigerian Movie centered around a true life story.

The main character is a 12 year-old boy (KOSSI), one of many children trafficked into Nigerian borders from Togo. He worked as a houseboy for the Martins Household in Lagos. However, with his intelligence he  became street smart especially in the area that involved MONEY (like fraudulent activities) as an adult boy. This later landed him in big trouble with the Nigeria agent EFCC who are doing everything to bring him down,

Written and Directed by Akinyemi Akinropo and produced by Ibidolapo Ajayi.

More good news from Nollywood

NextFlix bought Genevieve Nnaji “Lionheart”,  a movie centered around the issue of sexism in Nigeria Firm .

Nollywood gets the opportunity to be streamed globally and gain more exposure about the rich culture of Nigeria.

The world has become so small with the power of digital technology.

Wizkid Live for Nigeria  Independence day celebration on Oct 6th in Minneapolis

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NIKE BY WIZKID STARBOY

Wizkid launched his own Jersey in partnership with Nike .

NIKE By Wizkid  Click to Shop

If you do not have anything doing for October 6th 2018, then Wizkid concert Issa goal!

Starboy Midwest Invasion Wizkid ft Chidinma live and direct in the Twin Cities

Date & Time : Oct 6th 2018. Doors open at 8:00PM

Venue : Skyway Theater. Downtown Minneapolis

Click to Get Ticket

 

The Art in Henna : 1 on 1 experience

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What is Henna ?

According to fragrancex.comhenna is a plant which grows in the tropical climates of Africa, northern Australia, and southern Asia. Its leaves contain a pigment called lawsone which combines with proteins to cause staining. Because of this staining quality, Henna has been used throughout the ages to dye hair and create body art designs.

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My Somali co-worker and friend, Hinda took me to the Somali Mall to get my henna. Prior to me experiencing it, I heard a lot of bad remarks about it. But I was curious to get my own experience. During the process from the beginning to the end I did not feel nothing or get any allergic reaction. Rather it was cool and relaxing for me.

A few things to know before getting henna:

  • The content for my henna was mixed with henna plant and black hair dye.
  • If you have a sensitive skin then henna is not for you. Remember the content (or mixture) has hair dye that contain strong chemical combination of  ammonia and hydrogen peroxide etc.
  • Know your tolerance level for your skin. FYI : The hydrogen peroxide works by bleaching out the original  colour and releasing oxygen, then allows chemical reactions to take place. In this case it allow the henna to stay black rather red. This will make the henna last for about 2 weeks .

 

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Minnafropolis Stepping into Fall Fashion with Zara Floral Jacquard Blazer & Pant

A new season is upon us in Minneapolis and it time to change our wardrobe again. I love this period because I get rid of everything from previous season, and welcome something new. The excitement for shopping never get old at all. While I was in Mall of America to pick up a few items, I saw this beautiful 2-set piece at Zara store.

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ZARA | Mall of America

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I walk by Faith , not by sight !

Fashion is ageless and I believe as one grow you gradually change your look and identity.

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Creating the perfect closet with a “blazer and pant two set piece” provide comfort and a personal touch of style.  I am in the process of cleaning out my closet because I love been organize and been able to see everything I have in my wardrobe. The funny fact is that we wear only 20% of our clothes .  I feel so disorganize when I  have both summer and fall clothes mixed together .

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Our clothes are an important part of our everyday life. As a woman I buy clothes that match my inner beauty.

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I choose this Zara Blazer and pant for this post because it fit my minimalist wardrobe that I am trying to create.  I want items that I would actually wear and easy to style with other outfits.

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what do you like to wear for fall season ?

 

Photography : By Fam

Clothes : Zara Blazer & Pant

Ear Jewelry : Bejeweled Metal Earrings

Necklace : Handmade by me

Make up : Done by me

Eyewear : Ray-Ban

Makeups : Too face foundation, Fenty beauty trophy wife highlight, urban decay eyeshadow, Maybelline mascara .

Lip : Mac cosmetic and NYX nude

 

 

 

Travel, My Story: August Getaway from Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX 🛫

Today is August 31 2018 and I cannot believe this month just ended so quick! Is anyone wondering 🤔 like me that 2018 is moving too fast ? Is the world coming to an end so soon ? These are the questions I kept asking myself while I was meditating this morning for yoga💆🏻.Click this Subscribe to My Minnafropolis Youtube channel .
Let circle back to my trip to Dallas, don’t get distracted . This was a spectacular trip and it opened my eyes to new adventures . When I was leaving Minneapolis , I knew I was going to celebrate my birthday and I left with an open mind to experience a new state for my blog. My plans were to drive around, eat good food and do some shopping. A lady got to live her best life out here , when you work too hard !

Travel ✈️

I usually travel with Delta Airline but I could not find an evening flight from MSP to Dallas Forth Worth. My plan was to drive straight to the airport after work on friday evening. Most flights that were available on Delta were mostly early in the morning and the evening flights did not fit my work schedule. Alternatively, I booked a new airline called Spirit which was not a pleasant experience .
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I booked my flight on Spirit.com and in the process I had to pay an additional :
  • Shortcut security for additional $8
  •  Add check in baggage for $ 32 and
  • You have to pay for your seat 💺which ranges from $13 to $20. If you skip paying for your seat💺, then a random seat will be selected when you chek-in. So I opted in because I am out here trying to secure my bags 💰💰💰. When I checked in I got the window section (you see God 🙏is on my side) and  it was easy for me to film.
At this point as a new customer am like WOW! Delta has never done this to me. POSITIVE VIBE !!!! BIRTHDAY MUST BE LIT 🔥🔥🔥! Here I am talking to myself in front of my computer. Finally made it to the check out page and I was able to add a SUV rental car 🚘 for additional $32/day. Excited at this point, grand total approximately cost 💳$360 for everything . Thank you🙏 Jesus, we made it!
Friday 8/17 came,  checked in with no problem . No free food or snack in the flight. You are responsible to pay for your own snack and drink , even water. No problem, POSITIVE VIBE ONLY ! Got to Dallas at 11.59 pm. It was very hot outside around 90 + degree F. Got into a rental bus from the airport to pick up my rented car for an additional 15 minutes drive approximately. 

Car Rental 🚘

The time is 12.16 am at Hertz waiting in line for about 30 minutes . Got to the customer service desk, I told the representative that my email show that I got a reservation with Hertz and I am here for pick up. He is like no, you are with Dollar Rent A Car (DRAC). Got to DRAC representative desk and asked to please add full coverage insurance to my car for safety. Provided my card for their records and walked out alone to go look for my car. Picked up my Car and the key was already in the ignition . Drove to Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center Hotel


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Arrived at 1:35 am with the help of my GPS. Checked in and got my room card . This location was breath taking, so beautiful. Parked my car at the parking lot and went to my room. The room was nice and I rushed to clean up. Finally got on my bed at 2.15 am and slept off.

 

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 My body has gotten use to waking up early for work, I woke up at 5.30 am. Forced myself back to bed and my alarm rang at 6.30 am . Got dressed  and went to get breakfast. I had breakfast at the hotel,  this was not complementary ( that was the only con, everything else were pros). I had 1 day (less than 24/hours)  to get everything done and time was ticking. 

Shopping 🛍

 

Outside Temperature was 95+ degree F . I did my shopping at Galleria Dallas . It was like walking into a candy land – Macy’s, Gucci, Ann Taylor, Rolex , Louis Vuitton etc. This was one of  my happiest moment while dragging shopping bags to the car. I would go back again! Watch the video  on my youtube channel . 

Food 😋 Drinks 🍽🥂& NightLife

 

 In the evening I met with my friend at Aso Rock | Restaurant & Lounge she was super late. The wait was worth it at the end . The food was amazing I ate  Jollof rice and it took me back to Lagos. The last time I visited Lagos was 10 years ago, I remember eating this type of Jollof rice that had this distinctive ingredient in it.  It had an authentic taste that would make you crave for more .I do not know if this has ever happened to anyone, sometimes when I eat some food I remember different countries. I had that Aha moment with this food. And then they brought out the Suya , I started praising God  for good food.
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Have you ever praised God for good food ? Well I do it when the food is too good! I think at this point I was overfed. Changed to a new dress . Then my friend took me out to a place  in her words “chilling spot” to celebrate the remaining of my birthday . The NightLife in Dallas is quite interesting compared to the Midwest, that is all I got to say !

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The NightLife, Outfit by CK.  It was a rainy day!
On my way back Hilton Dallas Lincoln Center Hotel there was traffic, which was interesting to experience at night. 

Coming Back 😫😩 with Spirit Airline🛩 

Woke up at 7 am and drove to target to get a Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara for my lashes. Drank a lot of water because I ate late and my stomach was not feeling good that morning . Got dressed and checked out from the hotel.
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Outfit for church by CK

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Drove straight to Winners Chapel Dallas church and it was an amazing service. Meet with my friend at the Galleria again to eat and we chatted about life and the future of Minnafropolis Blog . Returned my rented car and finally arrived at the airport on TIME! Now the real drama happened at DFW Airport at 3.30 pm and I was happy to document. Patiently waiting in the line, when Spirit announced “we are sorry, but our system is down and we would have to go through manual check-in “ , am in shock with a boarding pass in my hand. They grouped everyone by states and passengers started missing their flights . People were complaining and this was ALL NEW TO ME ! Dropped off my bag and  manually wrote my luggage tag. MSP Flight was delayed because flight was booked beyond capacity  (flight was meant to leave at 6pm) . Crew members started offering deals to passengers so they could stay for the next flight. Remember POSITIVE VIBE ONLY ! I slept off when I finally got on my seat and again I sat by the window. I woke up when the plane started moving and I lost track of time.
While all of this chaos was happening rather than complaining , I thanked God I was save. I started writing the draft for this post at the airport because I wanted to document everything . Then I realized that cheap ticket resulted to cheap treatment. This is all I have to say for future passengers that plan to book Spirit, you would need to have a lot of tolerance and patience . But as for me,  I would definitely stick to Delta for sure .

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Tips/Suggestion/Advice

Never Travel without an insurance included in your trip. I do it all the time because you never know what would happen! Travel Insurance should be your best friend,  if you love to travel . Also when booking for a rented car do not go through a third party (like Spirit), book your car directly at Hertz or enterprise preferably . If you do not have a choice then book Dollar Rent A Car (DRAC (not a fan to be honest). It would save you time, avoid confusion, and most importantly your BAGs 💰💰💰 will be secured.

 

Food Video : Making Plantain Pepper Soup

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A little history, plantain pepper is mainly found in the capital of  Calabar, Nigeria .  I actually learned this recipe from my mother (shout out to her ) and she learned it from her elder sister that went to serve as a National Youth Service Corps (NYSE) at Cross River state in Nigeria . Most of my recipe have been passed on from generation to generation now to me The Millennial Food Enthusiast.

Let’s Cook !

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Ingredients :

Chopped Plantain
2 Blended Pepper (with food blender)
2 unblended pepper
Dry grounded crayfish
Crayfish Salt
1 1/2Blended onions
2 unblended onions
Curry
Knorr / Maggi
Green Beans
Spinach
Fish

Directions :

  1. Chop your plantain into smaller sizes and rinse it .

  2. Blend pepper, ground your crayfish, blend 1 1/2 onions

  3. Chop your spinach into smaller sizes.

  4. Add water into a pot, pour your plantain into the pot and add everything on line 2 above.

  5. Add salt and Knorr/maggi . Leave it to cook for 15 mins-20 mins (or to what you prefer) . Note: Plantain cooks really quick. Also always taste the food as you add each ingredient .

  6. In a separate pan/pot : add the fish, add 1/2 chopped onions and pepper. Add 1/2 tsp of salt (FYI add to your taste ), curry, Maggi/Knorr and taste to make sure it take good.

  7. Cook the fish for 5 mins (or 10 mins your preference).

  8. In a  fuel paper, place you fish, add 1/2 salt , 1/2 cube of knorr/maggi, curry and wrap the fuel place.

  9. Place the fish in the oven for 20 minute or more at a temperate of 350 degree Fahrenheit ( 180 degree celsius) .

  10. Back to the pepper soup : add green beans once it is soft enough to your taste. Leave to cook a little for 5 mins .

  11. Dish out your food .

Now Let’s eat !

Cliché Fashion

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Quality fashion to me is all about finding the right women clothing store here in MN, where I can feel comfortable  shopping for  fashionable pieces that make bold statements. I love to look distinctive when I dress up and Cliché provide that ‘easy chic look’.   If you leave in Minneapolis you need to check out their store at 2403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

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This was an awesome collaboration because I got to see their fall and winter collection.  If you want great value for your money then buy Cliché.

Why ? It’s  simple :

1.) Excellent customer service – shout to Josh and Andrea they are awesome people.

2.) Quality clothes over quantity

3.) Unique designs mostly from independent designers

4.) Great value for your money

5.) Inclusive fashion that embraces women of different ages.

Simple . Chic. Cliché

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Neon Lights Joggers Made by ELK

The Neon Joggers is perfectly made and my number one piece I will recommend to have in your closet for MN cold weather.  If you are a trend setter like myself , then you would wear a pointy toe heel  with this jogger. Don’t play save !

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Josh and Andrea picking outfit for the photo shoot
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Cliché  new fall/winter collection with bold color for Minnesota weather.

Do you like quantity or quality fashion ? I hate when I buy an outfit that I can only wear one time. Especially if it got spoiled in the washing machine due to the cheap material or because it was poorly stitched .  It definitely cost more to buy cheap clothes that will not last a long time.

 Cliché provide women with quality fashion here in MN and this brings out our personalities while maintaining our ‘stylish chic’ lifestyle .

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Glam up your lifestyle with Cliché

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Go check out Cliché  store and remember to let them know Minnafropolis sent you.

Check out their website www.clichempls.com