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Friends and food. August 5, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 8:07 pm

Hey again special people who actually read my blog! I love you all so much! Kisses for everyone :* :* :* :*

So lunch with my best friends was awesome. We went to the a Orchid Bistro and was amazing. And so I am dedicating this post to reviewing the restaurant.

It was a lovely day, thank God for holding the rain! There is nothing worse than trying to locate a place when it is raining. And it would have been especially hard seeing as The Orchid Bistro doesn’t exactly have a signpost infront of or on the building.

It is hidden at 58A Isaac John street, GRA Ikeja. Many who know that street know that it is loaded with a lot of nice food places just like Yellow Chilli and Oh la la (both are nice too). If you’re driving looking for the bistro, you would most likely not find it because you would be expecting some sort of sign for recognition. Instead, you will see a blue building marked as Nos. 58 and 58A. You would also see a signpost of a saloon on the upper floor of the blue building.

Yes, that means you are in the right place. On entering and parking you would be directed into the bistro through a flowery path and a door with no name indicating that it is the entrance. 

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Initially, I was actually afraid that the guy leading us was trying to be funny but surprisingly it was the right entrance and not just a back door. Do they not want people to find the place?

I like how they have a sorta shedded garden place where you can eat. Caught two love birds enjoying a quiet lunch on my way in. Ahh to be in love and to be loved.

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So if you’re looking for a quiet hidden place to take your lover to, Orchid Bistro might just be your place.

The interior is medium sized and has a cosy feel. Love the decor. 

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The customer service is pretty decent. The waiters were patient as five 20 something year old ladies laughed and throughly screened the menu looking for what we would settle on. And they asked if we enjoyed the meal when we were done.

Now down to the main gist.  For drinks we had some lemonade, apple juice and Appletini. The lemonade is lemony lol it’s decent and the Appletini good too, but my friend who ordered the apple juice was quite surprised when they brought her juice. It was all foamy like beer like they actually just blended some green apples and served it straight in a glass. Well it didn’t taste so bad but I guess she would have preferred regular apple juice.

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(Appletini)

Now, food! Their spring rolls aren’t the best really. For N1500 I was expecting the big sized ones like they have in Shaunz Bar in Murphy’s Plaza (which by the way is a great karaoke bar). They were regular sized and didn’t taste so great.

We all had chicken stirfry some with fries and some with rice. Food was great but kinda pricey compared to the portions.

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We picked up some muffins on the way out. They were good but their ‘red velvet’ cupcakes tasted more like regular cupcakes with red colouring lol.

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In general it’s a pretty decent place and might just make another visit. I put up this post with pictures to give people an idea of how it is like and what to expect. I know this will be very helpful so you are very welcome. 

It was an awesome day with my best friends (we all met in high school). I am thankful for their love, humour and infact their friendship. *this is the part where you awwwwwwww*

Till whenever I get something to write about again,
Chiz.

 

Bucket lists

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 4:23 pm

So I was listening to the radio and it crossed my mind that if a foreign musician could be assigned to be the face of each radio station in Nigeria (in a parallel universe I guess) the perfect person for 99.9 Beat FM would be Chris Brown. Get it? Beat? lol no?  I apologise for that failure of a joke.

Anywayyyys, for the past month, it has seemed like my life has no excitement. I don’t even know how the days have gone so fast really because I really haven’t done much. I keep complaining about how boring my life is. All I do is struggle to read my school books, play with my dogs (Scar and Rocky), cook, errands and then lazy about the house.

Thankfully, I have decided not to keep being a waste (Chi gurl would be proud). In putting that to effect I have decided to come up with a bucket list.

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Don’t be like Homer.

 I was chatting with a friend and he asked me the items on my bucket list and it occurred to me that I had never written one. It felt odd seing as I always find myself saying ‘ohh i’d love to do that before i die’.

The whole idea of the bucket list or a list of things to do before you reach a certain age, is to actually help you get out of your comfort zone and live life a little more.

I’m not going to bore you with talks on how short life is and how you should make the best of the little time you have here with the people you love. All i’d say is that having a list and actually working towards making them a reality makes life a little more exiting and interesting (well in my opinion). So instead of lazying about and complaning of how bored I am, I should actually be out living life and ticking off more items from my list!

P.S- A bucket list is supposed to be a list of things you’d like to do before you kick the proverbial ‘bucket’.

Yeah, so some items on my bucket list off the top my head and in no particular order.

-Watch Coldplay in concert or have them perform at my wedding

– Sightseeing in Paris, Spain, Italy.

– Sing on a stage to a loving audience that will not pelt me with rotten tomatoes (and will love my voice). Yes, dreams do come true.

– Learn to tango, salsa and other contemporary dances.

-Sky diving

– Have Chris Martin and or Praiz serenade me for my birthday

– Back up for Coldplay and Asa

-Start a real rock band

– Learn to play a guitar

-See the seven wonders of the world

-Water skiing and Jet skiing

Those are just a few items off mine and I’m sure I’ll add more as time goes on. Also, I’m working on a list of things to do before I turn 25 and one of those was to have an Appletini ^_^ Lol (don’t ask please).

I hope this inspires someone to come up with a bucket list and start living! Feel free to share some items in the comment section.

Peace, love and Oreos,
Chiz.

 

My palates are NOT amused July 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 8:05 pm

Spoiler alert: This post may have to do with Chef Fregz instagram pictures.

So this cold rainy morning, I am sitting at the dining table having tea and biscuits (oh yes, I am fancy) with my books infront of me. I wonder how I’m going to be able to read because I have a headache and I feel like I should go back to bed.

‘But you’re on strike you should be in bed all day sleeping! Why the hell are you even reading’, you may think. Well the sad truth is, you see sometimes even when I’m tired and no matter how many sheep I count, I can’t sleep.

No, I don’t suffer from insomnia thank God! This only happens during the day. So once I wake up in the morning, no matter how tired I am sometimes I am not able to go back to sleep. It’s a sad and terrible thing. But that’s not why I am here today. You see today I am here to rant about my unamused palates.Yes you read right. My palates are very unamused!

Being stuck at home for the past one month (once again special thanks to ASUU and the FG), I have had to take breakfast almost compulsorily. When I’m at school I usually have early classes and so I hardly have time to eat in the mornings except occasional runs to the coffee shop in between classes.

For some odd reason I find it hard to stay in bed later than 9am. My body clock has betrayed me! I hardly ever have the sweet long beauty sleep my soul requires thanks to some certain members of my family that keep disturbing my sleep for reasons I feel can wait till I’m already up! *sigh* I digress.

Where was I again? Oh yes, my palates. This isn’t even only about breakfast. Lunch and dinner inclusive. I have for the past month been stuck in a ‘palatial rut’ (my invention). This means my meals are so routine and now I’m sick of it. Bread, eggs, plantain, yam, beans, etc. The only things I am not tired of eating are plantain and Quaker oats. (Don’t even ask why)

I am craving so many things that I can’t access to from my house 😦 (Thank you Festac Town for being on the edge of the earth!)
I want variety in my meals and I want it now damn it! I want to have pancakes with maple syrup, waffles with honey, pizza with extra pepperoni, and everyone sweet and slightly unhealthy food! (I’m so sorry fitfam)

It doesn’t even have to be unhealthy but why is it so hard to find variety and at such close proximity? Do I have to travel to Shoprite in Lekki or Surulere to be able to find these things?  Why can’t these things be supplied to closer areas? Why don’t I have long and bouncy white girl hair? 😦 *sigh* I digress again lol.

I stumbled across the famous Chef Fregz’s instagram and let me just say that I am sad that I missed the Chef Fregz’s special at GET Arena yesterday and I will NOT miss the next one. Yes, that is how heavenly the food looks (and tastes from popular opinion).

*sigh* The only thing keeping me going is that I will be having lunch at the famous Orchid Bistro later this week with my best friends.  Only for this reason are my palates slightly appeased.

Peace, love and Coldstone’s Oreo overload,
Chiz

P.s I tried to work on my editing a bit. I give myself a C for effort ^_^

 

Mental banter of a student stuck at home.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 7:50 pm

(Please pardon my poor editing skills, I was too busy daydreaming in high school English classes.)

I’d like to start off with thanking ASUU for forcing me on an involuntary holiday which doesn’t even feel like a holiday, because I still have to read for tests and exams!!!

For the past four weeks, I have gone through various stages namely; depression, anger, sadness, happiness, etc. That’s what being at home will do to you. I have been turned to the house cook and errand girl. I can’t count how many pots of soup, stew, rice, etc that I have made. On the bright side, my culinary skills have improved 😀 I made this coconut rice two weeks ago and bruhhh if I could wife myself just because of how good that rice was, I would! Lol

Some days I’d wake up so sad just thinking of how the federal government was trying to ruin my life. I had my plans for the last half of the year sorted out. I was going to work as an intern with this big accounting firm for about 6 weeks then head out for summer. Already had my summer ‘rockies’ (lol) planned. Was going to visit one of my high school best friends and explore downtown Louisiana.

There’s still hope for that sha, thankfully I had late summer plans. So you can just imagine how I felt hearing about the strike. *sigh*

Anyway, thank you Teni (@Griffinstreaks) for forcing me out of my block, haven’t written anything reasonable in months. It’s sad really, because I usually start up a story in my head but then I’m always too lazy to put it down.

I’ve been trying to combine reading my school books and Americanah. And incase you’re living under a rock, ‘Half of a yellow sun’ is being made into a movie and I saw the preview earlier this week and I cannot wait for the movie to be out!!
Well I guess that’s all I have for now, expect more posts from me very soon.

With love from your favourite Oreo Rock star,
Chiz 🙂

 

Memories June 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 4:33 pm

ARIKE SAYS

Hi guys! Today’s guest feature comes from my good friend, Chizotam. Please read and enjoy.

“Enjoy the moments as they come before they become memories.”

I remember…
Growing up as a child,
Having piano lessons, never practising till just before my teacher came, and hoping he wouldn’t notice that I hadn’t.
I wish I had taken those lessons seriously.
I wasn’t so bad on the keys.

Sticking an aluminium fork in flames, and then pressing it against my sister’s leg, as she sat on one of the branches of a tree.
Lol.
She almost killed me.

My sister giving me half of an orange, with so much affection.
I should have known she had creamed the top with a nice helping of salt.
You don’t want to know what that tastes like.
Trust me, I had my revenge some years ago; did the same to her.
(•ˆ⌣ˆ​​•)

My sister not…

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Funeral For Love June 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 8:57 pm

Hey guys! This lovely poem was written by my very good friend @AneeUche. I decided not to edit it so you could enjoy it just the way she wrote it. It’s a really beautiful poem and im not saying this because she’s my friend. 🙂 Happy reading :)(you could comment too ;))

FUNERAL FOR LOVE

Love never dies.
Love is faithful.
Love is pure.
Love is a many-colored thing.
It goes on and on.
Songs about love.
Stories about love.
Searching for love.
Falling in love.
Being in love.
Falling out of love.

I’m more concerned about what happens after.

When the effects of Cupid’s arrow have worn off,
And the fairy dust has cleared from our eyes;
When reality has set in,
And hate has come to nest;
When the tears have been shed,
When goodbye has been said;
What happens then?

When hearts are broken,
Sometimes, beyond repair;
When bodies are worse for wear;
What happens when the fairytale ends?

Do we attempt to pick up the pieces?
Do we mend our broken hearts?
Do we wrap ourselves in a quilt of regret, knitted by our tears and pin?
When time is lost and cannot be regained;
When going back is not an option?
When we realize we share our beds with strangers;
When the center of our universe becomes somebody that we used to know;
When the glass has been shattered and the scales fall from our eyes;
When love has been stripped bare,
And the truth is plain to see,
The once beautiful become grotesque;
Who do we turn to?
When we’ve lost everything,
And the only way to go is forward,
Do we stop or go?
Bury our heads in the sand like and ostrich,
Or rise to the challenge?
Where do broken hearts go?
What do we do when love dies?
What do I do, now that I have lost you?

 

The Only Exception May 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chiz @ 8:40 pm

Hey guys! I don’t know if I’m the only one but most times when I’m not even paying attention I find myself singing songs over and over again in my head (I cnt be the only one jo) and I fell in love with this song from the first time I heard it. It’s from an American rock band called Paramore and their lead singer is Hayley Williams (I think x_x) . Image

So I decided to google the lyrics (so I’d stop singing rubbish) and I also read it like a poem  (it’s such a short sad sweet story :’) so beautiful.. If you haven’t heard it please download it I promise you’ll love it and might be able to relate to it. Enjoy! xx

The Only Exception – Paramore

When I was younger I saw my daddy cry and curse at the wind.

 He broke his own heart and I watched as he tried to reassemble it.
And my momma swore that she would never let herself forget.

And that was the day that I promised I’d never sing of love if it does not exist.
But darling, You are the only exception.

You are the only exception.

 You are the only exception.

 You are the only exception.
Maybe I know somewhere deep in my soul that love never lasts.

 And we’ve got to find other ways to make it alone. Or keep a straight face.

And I’ve always lived like this keeping a comfortable distance.

 And up until now I’ve sworn to myself that I’m content with loneliness.
Because none of it was ever worth the risk.
Well you are the only exception.

 You are the only exception.

 You are the only exception.

 You are the only exception.

You are the only exception.

I’ve got a tight grip on reality, but I can’t let go of what’s in front of me here.

 I know you’re leaving in the morning when you wake up.

 Leave me with some kind of proof it’s not a dream.
You are the only exception. [x4]
You are the only exception. [x4]
And I’m on my way to believing.

 Oh, and I’m on my way to believing.

Thanks for reading!

Chiz xx

p.s ignore all grammatical errors 🙂