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!

Trivia, Karaoke and More than Food!

During the week you may be looking for some super great things to do, especially with a group of friends. Monday I played trivia at Beetle…. Amazing fun. So it is only fair for me to look and find other great things to do in Chicago during the week…. Here is what I came up with! In a perfect week here is what you can do!

Sunday: Improv @ Four Treys

3333 North Damen Avenue

Specials:

  • P.B.R. $2.50
  • Jameson Shots $3
  • Bloody Mary Pints $4

Monday: Pub Trivia Night @ Beetle 8pm

2532 West Chicago Avenue

Win concert tickets and other great prizes!

Specials:

  • $3 Sam Adams
  • $4 Stoli Cocktails

Tuesday: Karaoke @ Le Fleur de Lis Chicago

301 East 43rd Street

Specials:

  • .25 cent Wings
  • $2 Beer

Wednesday: Open Mic with Coz @ The Globe Pub 9pm

1934 W Irving Park Road

Specials:

Thursday: Bingo at 9pm @ the Burwood Tap

724 West Wrightwood Avenue

Specials:

  • $4 You Call its
  • Free Buffet * 8:30pm
  • Wing & Wedge Potato Night

Chicago Now Blog has a complete list of Trivia spots for everyday of the week!

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Ashley Aviyah’s Top 6 Restaurant Apps

Sorry puppies… I think smart phones are a man’s best friend. (I would apologize to diamonds but I think they are still winning) Since smart-phones are now “Man’s Best Friend”, and food is a close runner-up, what could be better than linking the two?

Although there may be something pleasurable about opening a stained yellow pages, smart-phones can make finding a new place to chow down a bit easier, and a bit better. Being a food lover I’ve downloaded a few food apps on my phone and researched plenty more… I’ve compiled my thoughts on the top 6 restaurant apps for smart-phones.

6. For the… relaxed individual… (Yes, I tried to think of a more clever way to say lazy) there is GrubHub. I will admit this made the list because it is my favorite. GrubHub shows you everyone who delivers to your address. It also shows places you can call-in the order. I focus on the delivery aspect however. GrubHub is free, which makes this ten times better. This app also tells you how much places charge for delivery (some are no cost). Also you can pay for your food online or with cash. This makes it great for if you want to send that special someone a pizza while you are away.. (food beats flowers in my book)

5. Zagat has been called the “king of restaurant reviews” for foodie cities like Chicago. This $9.99 app gives you restaurant reviews for an entire year. Even better, you don’t have to be online to access the app. Zagat also uses GPS Location to find restaurants close by, reservations and FourSquare. Zagat can be used on iPhone, iPod, Android, and Blackberry devices. This app gets a five on the list because it does not cover every city.

4. Do you ever see people shaking their phones? Well this is a fun feature apps like UrbanSpoon take good advantage of. Urban spoon takes the slot machinesque approach to finding good food. You can pick between price, location and food type… Lock in one or two or none and let the games begin! There is also a feature to check in, add pictures, track your friends via Facebook and map the location via Google Maps. UrbanSpoon is free and available on iPhone, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, iPad and Android.

3. OpenTable is designed to make it easier to make restaurant at over 15,000 restaurants. Not only can you view menus and ratings, but the app also lets you reserve tables in real time. Open Table is available on iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. Open table is (our favorite word) free.

2. Every vegetarian knows that eating out can be a very difficult task. VegOut makes this a bit easier by giving you a large international listing of vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants through your best friend(not the puppy). Listings can be found by your exact location or via address. VegOut is $2.99 and sadly only available on the iPhone.

1. FoodSpotting is for us visual thinkers. For that moment when you do not want to red a long review, but you actually want to see the what’s good. Users can take pictures of the food and write a mini review on the item. You can also find restaurants by pictures and location. It can help you pick not just where to eat, but what you want to eat also. This app is free and available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and is getting ready for Blackberry users as well. Users can also like or favorite photos, and trade “wants” and “noms” for dishes they want to try and or truly love. Foodspotting’s visual approach to trying new food is what makes this app number 1!

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