Krispy Kreme – Best doughnuts ever!

Hi guys! so I know I’m a little late on posting this review but you know what they say, It’s better late than never. I was initially reluctant to write this blog post because I knew it was going to be short but I decided to share it anyway because y’all just needed to read about my experience.

Nearly a month ago, my sisters and I decided to go on a last minute vacation (we called it Eid-cation lol) because it was just about two days before Eid celebrations. So, because we took the trip to cool off, I promised myself I wouldn’t be doing any work, business, blog & content related things. However, deep down I knew the foodie in me won’t let that happen but hey! at least I tried right?

Krispy Kreme was the final icing on top my perfect Eid-cation. It was conveniently located at the departure hall of the Murtala Muhammed Aiport Lagos (MMA2) Ikeja. Before getting to the full details of the delicious doughnuts I’d like to first of all applaud Krispy Kreme’s customer service because it was super efficient. There’ll be more details on this at the bottom of the post.

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The Doughnuts!

First of all it might help to know that in Nigeria Krispy Kreme shops can only be found in Lagos. They have about 4-5 outlets around the city. However I have heard from a little birdie that they’ll finally be opening an outlet for the people of the buj’ (Abuja).

Now, let’s talk doughnuts! They have about 3 variant sizes of doughnuts(from what I saw). The regular sized doughnuts, mini doughnuts and doughnut holes. The regular sized doughnuts cost NGN600 each and NGN3,400 for half a dozen. The mini doughnuts cost NGN4,200 for a box of 16 doughnuts. It is also worthy to note that asides from doughnuts, they also sell hot and cold beverages which I couldn’t try unfortunately because they weren’t available at the time. There are also a couple of Krispy Kreme merch available at the store.

I ordered half a dozen doughnuts (NGN3,400) with the following combinations ;

  • Coconut ring – This was an automatically instinctive selection. Anytime I order doughnuts from a new place, I always go for coconut flavour because I feel like you can’t go wrong with it. I was right because it was delicious! It was the first I tried and I couldn’t believe it. It was so rich, extremely soft, like really really soft because it felt like I was biting into foam. The coconut shavings were a great + because it made everything just perfect.

  • Crunchy peanut butter – The crunchy peanut butter doughnut was really yummy. It was all round peanut. Definitely not for someone with a peanut allergy but I loved it. It was different and quite frankly my first time ever trying out a peanut butter doughnut.

  • Original glazed – I couldn’t leave Krispy kreme without trying the world famous original glazed crispy kreme doughnut. I mean, it’s the reason they are famous. Well now I know why, it’s SPECTACULAR. I honestly do not know how to give a detailed description of it but its just great. Really sweet as well. I loved it.

  • Orignal oreo – Oreo lover for life! Yeah, that’s me! It was my favourite doughnut out of the box. It had a nice and creamy Oreo filling in it so when you take a bite, it unveils delicious Oreo cream. It also had broken Oreo pieces on the top which added a nice delicious crunch to the doughnut.

  • Red velvet cake – This was honestly my sister’s choice. She totally loved it but I on the other hand wasn’t really a big fan of it. It was nice but just not for me.

  • Strawberry cheese cake – The strawberry cheesecake was just as delicious as the rest of the doughnuts. Just like the Oreo doughnut, it had a cream filling but it was strawberry based this time around. It didn’t have a very pronounced/harsh strawberry taste which didn’t really turn out badly because the doughnut was yummy regardless.

General Review

To be very honest with you all, going into Krispy kreme I went in prepared for disappointment. This is because I’ve read countless reviews and blog posts on how their doughnuts are just diabetes waiting to happen. I expected the doughnuts to be all sugar and no quality at all. To my surprise I actually really enjoyed it. It was a quite sweet but not in a distasteful way. If you’re a sweet tooth like me you’d definitely enjoy it. If you’re not that into sugar I would advice you go for the coconut ring, red velvet cake or crunchy peanut butter flavours. But one thing is for sure, they really do sell the most quality doughnuts I have ever tried and I am really really looking forward to their store opening here in Abuja, hopefully I get an exclusive launch invite…lol.

Thanks for reading…..Xoxo

Gelato and pizza with my babes at – Nosta cafe and Galaxy pizza.

So you might be wondering, how did she have pizza and gelato from two different spots at the same time? Well, the answer is actually quite simple, a food court! Nosta cafe and Galaxy pizza are both located at No. 2 Atakpame street, chocolate mall, Wuse 2 Abuja. Prior to the launch of my blog, I had visited Nosta cafe a couple of times but I have never actually tried the galaxy pizza or burger. This time around I decided to try both and get a good review for my readers.

Nosta Cafe – Gelato

Nosta cafe is a nice little cafe spot at the chocolate mall food court that sells amazing cakes, pastries, shakes, hot & cold beverage as well as my fave, ice cream. As I mentioned earlier, I have tried out Nosta cafe before and it was amazing! this time wasn’t any different. They serve a unique variety of ice cream flavours that are very rich and creamy. some of them include; mango, salted caramel, cookies and cream, coffee, strawberry, white chocolate, cotton candy, blueberry and so much more.

There is no menu for the ice cream so you are to choose from any of the available flavours on display. A scoop of ice cream costs NGN800. You can have as many scoops as you wish in a cup or a cone(the cone costs N200). I had 2 scoops of ice cream(NGN1,600) – Salted caramel and coffee with broken waffle toppings because I do love me some crunch in my ice cream. It tasted marvellous, I totally recommend this combo. The coffee ice cream had tiny Hershey chocolate bars in it and my heart literally melted when I realised.

My sisters had the Amarena/salted caramel with broken waffle topping(second frame) and the chocolate flakes/salted caramel combo (third frame). I had a taste of both and I totally recommend these combo’s.

The only problem I had with the cafe was their service. It’s not that the customer service was bad, the staff were actually very nice but I think they undercharged me. Firstly, they charged me for 1 ice cream instead of 4(8 scoops). I had to go back to them to let them know and I think they also forgot to charge for the toppings. It’s not the fist time I’ve had this experience at Nosta cafe, it has happened more than once.

Galaxy pizza – Pizza

It was my first time trying galaxy pizza and I just want to say they have officially become my pizza plug in Abuja. I ordered the BBQ CHICKEN SPECIAL PIZZA (family size) and it cost NGN5,000. It was marvellous! The pizza was not greasy and I loved how it wasn’t flat. They were definitely not selfish with the ingredients. The pizza was very rich and filled with a lot of everything. It had cheese, bbq chicken, tomatoes, onions, green pepper, garlic, red pepper and bbq sauce.

Another thing I loved about galaxy pizza was their menu. Although I didn’t get a picture of their menu, I can still remember it quite vividly. They have a price range of about NGN3,500 – NGN10,000. Their menu also features a wide range of options like arabica piazza, Hawaiian pizza, pepperoni pizza, chicken shawarma pizza, cheesesteak pizza and so much more. I also liked the fact that each item on the menu had a picture of it on the side which gives you a visual representation of what you’re about to order.

I will definitely be visiting both places again soon and I’ll be sharing an update about my experience.

Tea charme – My first bubble tea experience

For those who do not already know, bubble tea is a special kind of tea/drink that has its origin from Taiwan. It is made with boba balls, which can also be called tapioca balls. The boba balls are kind of soft and chewy in nature. Now as a Nigerian local who has never been to Taiwan before, I obviously have never tried it before. However, I’ve had tapioca a number of times before. I have always fancied bubble tea but I never really knew where to get it because I obviously wasn’t going to Taiwan anytime soon and Nigeria is nowhere near Taiwan. Luckily for me there have been some improvements with different food franchises coming to Abuja. Restaurants now are more focused on bringing in something new/foreign to customers so there’s a lot of room to try out different cuisines other than what we are already used to here.

I have actually noticed a growing number of bubble tea vendors here in Abuja (which I’ll definitely be trying out soon). I decided to try tea charme first because I just kinda felt like it would be coming from an authentic Taiwanese source and not just someone trying to Mimic something they’ve had. Although it might actually be the case but I really don’t think so.

Tea charme is a cute little take out tea shop that not only sells bubble tea but also coffee, drinks and ice cream. As a take out spot, there is obviously no sitting area. I would have honestly preferred it if they had like a little space where you can sit and wait for your order most especially because of the sun. Your only options if you have to wait are; sitting in your car, standing for as long as it takes for your order to get ready or climbing up to the charme restaurant upstairs which in my opinion is not very wise because there’s no means of knowing if your order is ready.

Their menu is quite big for a small take out shop, but I love the fact that it gives you a variety of options including non-dairy options.

What does bubble tea taste like?

Well, to answer the question we’ve all been dying to know, It tastes like a nice milkshake with boba in it. I ordered the medium sized chocolate dirty tea (because when I’m not sure I go with the safest, most delicious option – CHOCOLATE!) It cost NGN2,300. I initially wanted to order the milk bubble it but someone said it wasn’t rich and creamy enough.

The chocolate dirty tea was honestly delicious! I wanted to finish it in a single sip. It was very rich and creamy. I got carried away sipping and forgot about the boba at the bottom of the cup so when a single bubble slipped into my mouth I almost screamed that there was a giant bug in my tea but the it was chewy so I immediately remembered what I was having. The boba at the bottom if the tea were not too soft and sticky neither were they hard to chew. I must add though, that I do not think the boba adds any special kind of flavour to the tea. I think its just there for chewy purposes.

I definitely loved it, and I can’t wait to try out more flavours and most probably more vendors too.

CLUCK’N CHICKEN AND WAFFLES – The first of its kind in the city of Abuja or is it?

Hello readers, its been almost three weeks since my last blog post and I have really missed writing. I have been quite overwhelmed with series of shoots, meetings and of course school preparations. I am starting with Cluck’n chicken and waffles because it was my very first food shoot for the year and I have been obsessed ever since.

Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a brand new chicken joint located at No.2 Bangui street, Wuse 2 Abuja. They sell amazing chicken which is served in tasty little waffle cones. Asides from serving waffly good chicken, their menu also include different drinks, a tasty apple crumble dessert and shisha.

In this blog post, I’ll be giving an insight on the Cluck’n space, their menu, the food and of course my favourites.

THE SPACE

The cluck’n chicken and waffle space is definitely one of the most beautifully designed food spots I’ve been to lately. Its a small space, but every corner was definitely effectively utilised. I am no design guru but I can definitely tell if a place is beautiful and this one is. My favourite thing about the entire place is the burnt orange coloured stools, they really give the whole place a unique and popping flair which makes the place 10x more beautiful. There is also a prep counter inside, where you can see all the BTS action going on with the food. Another thing to love about the cluck’n space is that it comes alive at night. It is quite beautiful during the day but even more attractive at night when the decorative lights come up.

I didn’t get as much pictures of the space as I would have wanted, but here’s a glimpse of what it looks like.

THE MENU

As I mentioned earlier, the cluck’n menu includes tasty waffly chicken, chicken wings, drinks, water, dessert and shisha. There are however some things not listed on the menu yet which are available and there might be some future changes/additions that would be made so stay tuned for a blog update. The food prices at cluck’n are super affordable and I love how the menu features some Nigerian elements like kuli kuli, yaji and so much more.

THE FOOD

The food at Cluk’n honestly tastes as good as it looks. I had the opportunity of shooting the entire menu but I didn’t get to try everything though. I tried the dessert first and it was really sweet, literally perfect for a sweet tooth craving. I also had a taste of the cluck’n burger, waffle burger (not on the menu) and the plantain sandwich.

Here’s a look at what I had and what I thought of it.

Most of the things I tried were not listed on the menu yet so you guys are lucky i’ll be spilling exclusive tea. Both the Cluck’n burger and the waffle burger cost NGN3,200 and they come served with chips. The burger is by far the best thing on the menu in my opinion. Not that everything else isn’t really tasty but I’m a sucker for a nice burger. The burger was extremely delicious and I’ve never tried something like it before. It had chicken, egg, salsa, some nuts, cheese and it was spicy. I’m not really a fan of hot and spicy food but really quite enjoyed this one. If you go to cluck’n be sure to order this burger and thank me later.

The plantain sandwich isn’t on the menu and I don’t know if its going to be in the future but I found it really creative and delicious. While I was awaiting the food for the shoot, the chef really wanted me to try something and he whipped up this masterpiece with the ingredients available. I honestly wish they’d add it to the menu because asides from being delicious it’ll be a very unique addition.

The apple crumble was nice and really sweet but I generally wish it had more moisture because it seemed a bit dry, but it was still nice regardless.

Here are some other things I covered for the shoot but are available on the menu that I didn’t get to try.

Final thoughts

Cluck’n chicken and waffles is a really beautiful place with great chicken, lit ambience and good vibes. I love that they are bringing something new to the table. They are also super affordable and have different amazing deals on different days of the week so be sure to follow them on Instagram @clucknabuja so you won’t miss out on amazing deals. I truly enjoyed woking with them and I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Finally, to answer the first initial question, cluck’n chicken and waffles is not the first of its kind in the city of Abuja. It’s actually the second. The first chicken and waffle place launched in Abuja is called wfl.ng. It was launched earlier in 2020. Im still yet to check it out but when I do I’ll definitely be giving all juicy details on my blog.

If you loved any of the pictures from my shoot and you’d like to work together, kindly reach out to me through any of my contact options.

DISCLAIMER

This post is not sponsored.

A TRIP TO TROPIC GALLERIA; Abuja’s finest mall yet.

Post lockdown, I yearned to go out so much I made a list of places I wanted to visit. At first I didn’t add tropic galleria to my list because I didn’t know of its existence. Late one evening I saw a story post on my instagram time line of a really beautiful spot and I decided to take a look. Behold! it was one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen here in Abuja. As a foodie, I decided to check if there were any restaurants there and UR cafe caught my eyes. The one thing that really caught my eye there was the customised cappuccino coffee they served. So I decided to check it out with my sister and my best girl Habiba.

UR cafe experience.

UR cafe is centred right in mall’s middle, its the first place you set your eyes upon as you enter the mall.

The first thing that caught my eye at UR cafe was the classy white interior. I went ahead to grab a seat and check out their Menu.

UR cafe menu

The menu was made up of a couple exciting things that I wanted to try but they weren’t available. The menu was pretty much not helpful especially when it came to choosing pastries because it was only the items displayed on the counter that were available, so its easier to check what is displayed at the counter and make a choice of drinks from the menu only. At the end of the day I ordered for the white forest cake, creme doughnut & cappuccino. My sister had chicken pie and a glass of chapman, Habiba on the other hand had a lemonade with caramel cake.

Here’s a taste of what I had;

WHITE FOREST CAKENGN1,200

I ordered the white forest cake because it looked beautiful and seemed different from my usual choice of cake. It was indeed beautiful but sadly, I didn’t enjoy it. It’s not that it wasn’t a delicious cake but it wasn’t my kind of cake and I really didn’t like the large chunks of fruit in it.

CREME DOUGHNUT – NGN400

The creme doughnut was simply amazing! I’ve never had so much cream filling in a doughnut ever. I truly enjoyed it and I would totally recommend it for any doughnut lover.

CAPPUCCINO – NGN1,800

The cappuccino tasted basic, just like any regular cappuccino. What was unique about it was the option to write something on it

CHICKEN PIE – NGN700

Guys! This is the best chicken pie I’ve had in Abuja so far! There’s actually chicken in the chicken pie unlike most places that serve disappointments.

I loved that it didn’t look like the regular chicken pie that we are all used to here and it had a nice crunchy crust at the end. I’m surely going to get more of it.

CHAPMAN – NGN1,600

The Chapman was basic Chapman but pricy.

CARAMEL CAKE – NGN1,300

So I actually didn’t order this caramel cake but I really wish I did, but I had a taste of it.

I honestly loved it! It was creamy and crunchy which was my favourite thing about it. But Habiba complained about it being dry and I kinda agree but I personally feel it’s nothing major and it had something to do with where it was stored. But all in all it was Nice.

A deeper look into the tropic galleria mall.

Tropicgalleria has become one of the hottest spots in Abuja RN mainly because of the amazing ambience and aesthetics. I personally think it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s the prettiest mall we have currently in the Nation’s Capital. It has a greek inspired look. there are several sculptures and artworks featuring Ancient Greek history. However, it is still in progress, a lot of things haven’t been finished yet but it’s still beautiful regardless. Currently some of the finished spots include;

@urcafeng

@thehivebywingist

@georgeokoroselect

@casade.luxury

@theballroomabuja

@brooklounge_abuja

I’m really looking forward to visiting again when things are more settled. Watch out for the blog post.