Yassa African Restaurant

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Last week the crew and I from Impresario Radio with to Yassa African Restaurant.

Yassa is run by a family from Senegal, a former French colony whose cuisine, apart from fresh-baked pain francaise, bears little resemblance to anything European. The restaurant has Exotic cuisine with Jamaican and Asian spices.

Yassa is grilled marinated chicken covered with a sauce of mustard, onion, carrot, and palm oil and served on a bed of rice.

The restaurant has nice decor and the food was pretty good! My favorite thing at the restaurant was its Ginger and Pineapple juice (gingembre is fresh ginger root, pounded and sugared in the kitchen)

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It’s Menu has much variety such as Chicken, Lamb, Fish and more.  Just reading the menu gets your mouth to water a tad…

The portions were nice. I ordered the vermicelle, a thin pasta type dish with vegetables and seasoning. It was very good and filling even to just be a side dish. Chef Cliff got the lamb dish and from the quietness at the table… I’d say it was good…

Overall, we will be back

Yassa African Restaurant

716 E. 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60619
773-488-5599

Happy Food in New York!

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Welcome to New York, that’s what this place said to me! Well okay it really said hey you are hungry and the sign said natural… This place gets a thumbs up! Usually when I travel to a new town it takes me a while to find “that place”. I just step out of my hotel and walk, take the bus or catch a cab downtown.  This time in New York it was easy! I found yummy healthy  it just two or three blocks from my hotel.  And its name is Pret.

So what’s the big deal with Pret you may ask me?

made_today_gone_today“Pret creates handmade, natural food, avoiding the obscure chemicals, additives and preservatives common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today.”

The food is also made and gone in the same day! They give all the leftovers to charity. How awesome?!?!

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What I ate today!

I ordered the vegetarian sandwich  with a kale spread shredded carrots, lettuce, mozzarella cheese and more on a whole wheat french baguette roll; a bag of almonds (for later), honey tangerine juice (that was awesome), and sparkling Yoga Bunny Detox drink (grape juice with herb infusions), and a mint tea! Yes I had a fat moment but It was worth it! The food was lunch and dinner (with the help of ice) and I’ll eat the almonds for snack later… PERFECTION

After looking up its locations I found out it is in Chicago too! Yay me!

This also can start my Do Goodie of the Week! Learn more about that soon!

Sushi Samba

For my cousin’s birthday we decided to go to Sushi Samba in downtown Chicago. Sushi Samba features a very unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine & design. Originally opened in New York in 1999, Sushi Samba is located in Chicago: 504 North Wells. The menu prices range but you could go and spend about $20 per person (not including drinks) and be truly happy…. Or you can spend $50 and still be happy, just happier. The wait staff is phenomenal and catered to our every need.

Of course the night began with something safe and something adventurous! For appetizers the safe: edamame ($5) and the adventure: 

Sawagani: flash fried japanese river crabs

Sawagani flash fried japanese river crabs ($12) and by flash fried they mean the little crabs were happily living their life in captivity until the big mean cook grabbed them and threw the little crabs into the burning hot oil. I will admit because of this, the little crabs had some interesting poses. The most exciting part about this is you eat the ENTIRE little crab…. shell and all. I can’t eat the crab because I eat kosher,  however, my cousins said it taste like a crab flavored potato chip.

For the rest of the night we stayed on a tuna and salmon selection (minus my cousin’s eel roll. Starting with traditional Salmon sake, we decided to let the waiter choose the rest of our selections… I think he did good: Unagi Tamago freshwater eel, zuke tuna, cucumber, tempura flake, wasabi crema ($16)

We finished the night sharing my cousin’s FREE birthday desert: a Banana Chocolate brownie unlike any other I’d ever tasted (and I hate bananas but this was soooo good!) topped with yummy vanilla bean ice cream. Then right before we left the bartender bought us a round for a great bday ending! This drink was DELISH: Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava.

If i was a huge drinker, this would be my drink! Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava

Sushi Samba Chicago

For my cousin’s birthday we decided to go to Sushi Samba in downtown Chicago. Sushi Samba features a very unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine & design. Originally opened in New York in 1999, Sushi Samba is located in Chicago: 504 North Wells. The menu prices range but you could go and spend about $20 per person (not including drinks) and be truly happy…. Or you can spend $50 and still be happy, just happier. The wait staff is phenomenal and catered to our every need.

Of course the night began with something safe and something adventurous! For appetizers the safe: edamame ($5) and the adventure: 

Sawagani: flash fried japanese river crabs

Sawagani flash fried japanese river crabs ($12) and by flash fried they mean the little crabs were happily living their life in captivity until the big mean cook grabbed them and threw the little crabs into the burning hot oil. I will admit because of this, the little crabs had some interesting poses. The most exciting part about this is you eat the ENTIRE little crab…. shell and all. I can’t eat the crab because I eat kosher,  however, my cousins said it taste like a crab flavored potato chip.

For the rest of the night we stayed on a tuna and salmon selection (minus my cousin’s eel roll. Starting with traditional Salmon sake, we decided to let the waiter choose the rest of our selections… I think he did good: Unagi Tamago freshwater eel, zuke tuna, cucumber, tempura flake, wasabi crema ($16)

We finished the night sharing my cousin’s FREE birthday desert: a Banana Chocolate brownie unlike any other I’d ever tasted (and I hate bananas but this was soooo good!) topped with yummy vanilla bean ice cream. Then right before we left the bartender bought us a round for a great bday ending! This drink was DELISH: Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava.

If i was a huge drinker, this would be my drink! Nina Fresa® Svedka vodka, muddled strawberry, orange liqueur, lime, guava