The Pier Restaurant Abuja, Latest Rave in Town!

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Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
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I visited the Pier Restaurant and Lounge in Abuja, one of the city's latest hot spots. It's new, different and absolutely stunning. Let's talk about this location and my thoughts!

Location
The Pier Restaurant is located in Kado, close to NAF Conference Center. It is honestly quite tricky to find. The restaurant is located right after the Uturn before the conference center. Once you take the turn, enter the next entrance you see on the other side of the road. Note that this entrance looks quite abandoned.  I actually go lost despite taking an Uber, only to realize that we had been driving around the space. 

Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Restaurant Layout/Ambiance
The layout of this restaurant is different from your usual Abuja spot. The ambiance is amazing with three igloo-like structures offering different vibes! It felt like a little getaway, a resort would have been perfect for this spot too! The different compartments could actually be rented out for events. The igloo in the middle which offered a stunning view of the sky is absolutely stunning! However, it's so hot, really hot! This spot might be more preferable at night. Now,  the igloo with a cover and several wooden tables I seats had air conditioning which was preferable. The third igloo offered a wide seating arrangement which was quite cozy. The restaurant also has an upstairs seating arrangement where one can get a decent view of the skyline. Let's not forgot other spots located below in the garden area. This place was definitely well-thought-out and planned out. 
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Upstairs seating
The garden area

 Food/Drinks
 I  had previously read a couple of bad reviews about the food, so I just opted for a drink seeing as I wasn't willing to waste my money. I ordered a Virgin Mojito for N2,000; it was okay but a tad bit too sweet. The drinks and basic food on the menu was also standardly priced. See the posts below for some of the food reviews I read. Perhaps the food might improve later on. Who knows! Ya'll be the scapegoats, I wasn't willing to be one for you guys (sorry, not sorry).


Customer Service
I was honestly put off from the beginning when the manager told me I could only take pictures with my phone and not DLR camera. While this is the norm for a lot of places in Nigeria, I was quite shocked having seen fellow content creators post images/videos taken with their cameras (with permission from the establishment). It was even more amazing when the manager kept checking on me (in a negative way) and once even paused to sorta apprehend me. Keep in mind I was using my phone's self-timer at the time to take pictures of myself since I was alone. It is what it is though, it's their space at the end of the day.  However, the waitress was nice, she was kind enough to take a few images of me, the one below is the one that came out decent. 


All images were shot by with my Samsung J7neo and edited with Adobe Lightroom and Vsco

Final Thoughts
The Pier is beautiful with great scenery that is different from the usual. I honestly suggest that you go there with friends, just order drinks, take pictures and talk. Hopefully, the food improves as this spot is still a new place. Will I go back again? Maybe, as your typical blogger, I'm always on the lookout for cool places to take pictures. I might consider going there for that sole purpose but then again the stress...

P. S. I watched an amazing vlog of the Pier by Vivian Okezie, check it out (here) for more thoughts on this place.

Have you been to the Pier before? What did you think? What are your thoughts on camera restrictions in most leisure establishments in Nigeria? I'd love to know


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Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
The Entrance

I visited the Pier Restaurant and Lounge in Abuja, one of the city's latest hot spots. It's new, different and absolutely stunning. Let's talk about this location and my thoughts!

Location
The Pier Restaurant is located in Kado, close to NAF Conference Center. It is honestly quite tricky to find. The restaurant is located right after the Uturn before the conference center. Once you take the turn, enter the next entrance you see on the other side of the road. Note that this entrance looks quite abandoned.  I actually go lost despite taking an Uber, only to realize that we had been driving around the space. 

Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Restaurant Layout/Ambiance
The layout of this restaurant is different from your usual Abuja spot. The ambiance is amazing with three igloo-like structures offering different vibes! It felt like a little getaway, a resort would have been perfect for this spot too! The different compartments could actually be rented out for events. The igloo in the middle which offered a stunning view of the sky is absolutely stunning! However, it's so hot, really hot! This spot might be more preferable at night. Now,  the igloo with a cover and several wooden tables I seats had air conditioning which was preferable. The third igloo offered a wide seating arrangement which was quite cozy. The restaurant also has an upstairs seating arrangement where one can get a decent view of the skyline. Let's not forgot other spots located below in the garden area. This place was definitely well-thought-out and planned out. 
Pier Restaurant and Lounge Abuja

Upstairs seating
The garden area

 Food/Drinks
 I  had previously read a couple of bad reviews about the food, so I just opted for a drink seeing as I wasn't willing to waste my money. I ordered a Virgin Mojito for N2,000; it was okay but a tad bit too sweet. The drinks and basic food on the menu was also standardly priced. See the posts below for some of the food reviews I read. Perhaps the food might improve later on. Who knows! Ya'll be the scapegoats, I wasn't willing to be one for you guys (sorry, not sorry).


Customer Service
I was honestly put off from the beginning when the manager told me I could only take pictures with my phone and not DLR camera. While this is the norm for a lot of places in Nigeria, I was quite shocked having seen fellow content creators post images/videos taken with their cameras (with permission from the establishment). It was even more amazing when the manager kept checking on me (in a negative way) and once even paused to sorta apprehend me. Keep in mind I was using my phone's self-timer at the time to take pictures of myself since I was alone. It is what it is though, it's their space at the end of the day.  However, the waitress was nice, she was kind enough to take a few images of me, the one below is the one that came out decent. 


All images were shot by with my Samsung J7neo and edited with Adobe Lightroom and Vsco

Final Thoughts
The Pier is beautiful with great scenery that is different from the usual. I honestly suggest that you go there with friends, just order drinks, take pictures and talk. Hopefully, the food improves as this spot is still a new place. Will I go back again? Maybe, as your typical blogger, I'm always on the lookout for cool places to take pictures. I might consider going there for that sole purpose but then again the stress...

P. S. I watched an amazing vlog of the Pier by Vivian Okezie, check it out (here) for more thoughts on this place.

Have you been to the Pier before? What did you think? What are your thoughts on camera restrictions in most leisure establishments in Nigeria? I'd love to know


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Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019Hey beautiful people! It's been a minute, hasn't it? I know, I know, my title issa lot but truly so much has happened during the course of my inconsistency on this platform. I honestly can't say how we got here but I do know that I want to get back to blogging the way I used to in the past. Now I admit that Instagram seems to have taken over as a lot of people don't read blogs as before but I thought to try again. So this is me getting back to blogging. Thus it's only right that we catch up first. Y'all remember when "Taking Stock" and "Life Lately" posts used to be a thing? Well, I thought to bring it back for this post. So let's begin!


Feeling: Thankful. I never got to mention it on here but earlier this year I worked on my biggest blog deal yet paying in five zeros. Guys it came so easily too. One of my people recommended me and that was it! It was honestly, the least stressful and most rewarding collaboration yet!

Realizing: that I'm about to embark on some major life decisions in my life (I'll keep y'all posted when it's time).

Trying: To find a balance between my 9-4 and creative life. It's been a tough couple of months at work trying to improve my output but I'm working to ensure I do.  

Planning: On stepping it up on my content creation game by focusing on more quality and intentional content. With the changes on Instagram, I've come to realize that it's better for me to focus on pushing out great content that goes further even if I don't post as consistently.

Thinking: About what kind of content to push out on my blog, to keep y'all entertained while still staying true to myself. Because I know, fashion content isn't exactly enough anymore.

Discovering: Nigeria's prominent entrepreneurs and their success stories (an assignment from work which has now piqued my interest).


Embracing: The fact that God's plans for us may take longer than we expect, thus the key is patience. I recently watched a message by Pastor Micheal Todd titled Marked|Savage Jesus, which has changed everything for me guys. The past few months have been interesting, more draining actually having realized that the plan is taking longer to actualize. But I was reminded that everything we go through is all part of the process of success. I really recommend that you watch the sermon. 

Watching: Movies based on books by English writers, Jane Austen, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Some of my all-time favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Emma and North and South, anyone a fan?

Wearing:  A lot more comfy shoes and clothes lately. The older I get, the more I'm drawn to comfortable pieces. 

Repeating: The song  "Known" by Tauren Wells. 

Exploring: Mobile photography with my Samsung J7neo for these reasons. Mobile photography gets you less attention and restrictions when shooting in Nigeria. It's less time consuming when the lighting is right. Plus your girl is trying to land a deal with Samsung, y'all pray for me. The two images below were shot with my Samsung. 

Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Red, suit, women, outfit, trend, 2019
Photography by Ruth Audu

Overall my 2019 so far has not been bad at all. Sure a lot is going on but I know that it will all end in praise!

Outfit 
Today's outfit features a makeshift red suit. In one of my last posts here, I talked about how women have taken over the suit trend. This is why I was excited when this blazer paired so perfectly with my Made in Nigeria trousers! I styled this fit with my current fav gold mules also made in Nigeria.

Blazer: Shein|| Bag: Jumia || Mules: Beaufeetng || Trousers: Peace Conno Inspired


So that's it. How has your 2019 been so far? What have you been up to? Can you relate to any of my thoughts? What kind of content would you like to see on here?


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Cantina Restaurant has been on my list of places to eat and visit in Abuja for a while now. I must admit that this was honestly not for the italian food but rather for the amazing ambiance I had previously seen in picutres online. Thus you can imagine that the blogger is me wanted to leap for joy once I walked in and saw that cameras were allowed.


MENU
Prior to my visit to Cantina, I had a look at their menu online. Can we just appreciate them for having a functional website showing their accurate menu (Nigerian restaurant please take note).The menu had quite a variety of Italian, Continental and even Mexican dishes! After looking through the menu, I decided that I probably should try something else rather than my usual burger and fries order. You see I'm a foodie, I love exploring and trying new dishes. I get bored easily thus  when eating out, I rarely ever eat what I can make at home (unless it's cheap lunch at work). But I'm also a cheapskate who find's it hard to spend extravagantly on food.

FOOD
Myself and My date ordered the Ariabiata with chicken. I liked the Ariabiata, it tasted good but it wasn't mindblowing for me. I must add that the portion size was impressive though, I believe two people could actually share it if ya'll eat like oyinbos and not like the average Nigerian (ya'll know we can eat). I also ordered onion rings which I asboutely loved! For drinks I kept it basic with a glass of orange juice. We were also served complimentary bread while we waited for our food to arrive.

Here's a breakdown 
Ariabiata with Chicken - N3,300
Onion Rings - N1,400
Pepsi (not pictured) - N450
Orange Juice (25cl) - N500

 SERVICE
I was honestly too distracted with the ambiance, creating content and discussions with my date to take note of that but I do recall the waiteress being quite pleasant. The food did'nt take too long to arrive either with our drinks coming first as well. Did I mention the complimentary bread? I Also loved the fact that pictures were allowed with no questions asked. 

AMBIANCE 
I loved it as you already know. The browns and greens sold me, especially the bricks, wood and large windows which offered a homely vibe. 

PRICE/BUDGET
We spent a total of about N10,000 for two people, which wasn't exactly bad. I made sure to take a picture of the reciept so you could see for yourself. However, if you are trying to be a cheaperskate, opt for a pizza, onion rings and soda. That should cost about N6,000 for two people. This is actually my plan for next time. Yes I plan on going back!!!
Photography by me

Cantina Restaurant is located in Sinclair Guest House at no 30 Yedseram Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
I recommend that you checkout their Menu (here) prior to your visit, to get a feel of what else they offer and also know how much to budget. Also, click here for another review by Abuja Food Diary  which I found quite helpful.

Ever been to Cantina? What did you order? Also just curious, what's your average budget when going out to eat in Nigeria?

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It's ironic the notion that "Abuja Bloggers are stuck up and cliquey". I always find these thought process quite funny because the truth is that there are cliques everywhere! Life is honestly too short to be stressing over such things. I honestly don't gel with everyone. People are different too, some are just shy and selective and that's perfectly okay. Find your tribe, stick to your people and do your thing. Ever wondered why I repeatedly collab with the same people? Well, there you go.

What are your thoughts on the Abuja creative community?


Rocking the denim on denim trend or should I say double denim is one thing I once aspired to do. I had frequent chats with my sister and friends about how I'd pair a denim jacket with trousers to go with a denim pair of shoes and even a bag. Yup, it was that deep. I was definitely a jeans girl but look at me now, opting for palazzos over denim jeans simply because of the comfortable fit.

When Opeyemi and Debs talked about a denim collab I knew I was in but my options were limited given my style change. I barely own any jeans. However as I always say a good pair of mom jeans can change your life, so I opted for that. Now someone obviously missed the denim on denim memo but we made it work (I hope we did)
Opeyemi is no stranger on here, yall recall our collabs here, herehereDebs and I styled palazzos trousers last year here. It was great coming together once again. I always look forward to such collabs.

For my outfit, I styled a whole pencil dress worn backward and tucked underneath these jeans (see the dress here and here). I simply finished off with these painfully uncomfortable single sole nude heels. Yáll don't often see me in sleeveless pieces but the truth is my arms have always been one of my fav body parts. I just live with my very conservative parents and I can't shout. 
Photography by Ruth Audu

These images were shot at the Cube Art Cafe in Maitama Amusement Park (read my review here)
Be sure to visit Opeyemisdiary.com and Debwritesblog.com for more

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There are certain truths that are quite unique to have a big family. Now having five siblings and then being one of the eldest made growing up interesting. Today in collaboration with my siblings I'm spilling all the tea on the truths of growing up with lots of siblings. My brother Victor and I styled street-style looks with key basic from Jumia Nigeria while my sister Ruth was behind the lens taking pictures hence the inspiration behind this post. Let's begin

1. You are never alone
This is both a good or bad thing depending on your personality. Truth is when you have siblings, there is always someone to annoy you or in my case to annoy. This is great because it's fun but I remember moments wanting to have some personal space to have a private phone call or just be on my own; sharing a room with my sisters does not help either. P.s with this point, impromptu casual family meetings and discussions are a norm, it can be annoying but I love it.

2. Help is always available
Have an idea? Need a second opinion or a helping hand? That's where siblings come in. I rarely lift heavy stuff, I just call on my brothers. I don't pound yam or handle tasks like turning on the generator either. You never realized how handy having a sister is until you cant unzip your clothes or even zip up. And as a blogger, my siblings are a big help. Ruth takes about 90% of my pictures and seeing as I can't drive, Victor drives me to my shoot locations. Being the eldest has it's an advantage when everyone is older. I no longer have to slave over house chores, I get to delegate to the younger ones (insert laugh of glee)

3. Parenting is different
It's interesting to see the way my parents raised my younger sibling çompared to the upbringing of myself and the elders or should I say the first children. During my time, things like having a boy come visit would get you a lecture. Hey, I had a curfew too but things are so different now. Guess parents become lax with old age. 

Photography by Ruth Audu

4. Food thefts are a norm
One of the most annoying things with having a big family is that good food never lasts because there are too many mouths. And sometimes you hide food, plan towards it only to realize that it's gone because someone ate it (cries in memories). I remember one time, my parents kept buying cornflakes and it would finish in the blink of an eye with certain people eating more than others. Lol, you know what my mom did? She bought a box for each of us. It was funny at the time but very realistic actually. I've learned to hide my favourite goodies or eat while I see the good stuff.

Being part of a big family has been fun for the most part and I wouldn't change it. I'd love for my kids to have to same but the thought of giving birth so many times, stresses me out.
 How many siblings do you have? Did you grow up in a big family? What was it like? Can you relate to any of my points?

 I had so much fun shooting with my brother, who knew he would eventually grow to love pictures. We really need to do this more often because he's a natural, don't you think?

Sweatshirt: Jumia Nigeria (here) || Skirt: Virtue Clothiers (here) || Shoes: Zara (Here)|| Good Vibes Shirt: Jumia Nigeria (here)


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