Cantina Restaurant: Italian Food in Abuja

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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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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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Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Look who's back on the blog again, that's right Opeyemi's Diary. Opeyemi is no stranger on here recall our previous collaborations below.


This time we got together to style ankara dresses from Mayrush, a made in Nigeria ready-to-wear brand that specializes in more affordable ankara pieces. For example, both our dresses are below N10,000 which is way more affordable compared to others. I love the fact that we both opted for slingback pointed pumps when styling our ankara dresses too.
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Abuja blogger style ankara dresses
Photography by Ruth Audu

 The term "blogger friend" is often used loosely in the industry to refer to a person's friend who is a blogger or a content creator. So here's the thing about blogger friendships:

1. Your Network is your Networth
The importance of having friends in the industry cannot be overemphasized. For one thing, it exposes to you several opportunities. Personally, I have been privileged to have met some amazing people who have connected me with amazing opportunities like working with brands. Sometimes it's the people you know or people that know you that make the difference. Having great content is good but not always enough. 

2. They Understand the struggle
The truth is it's much easier for a person in the industry to understand some of the issues you face and even offer solutions. It's hard out there so having people you can consult or learn from makes life easier. For example, when not sure of how much to charge a brand, I reach out to people in the industry who have more knowledge or prior experience.

3. They inspire
Certain people can inspire you to work harder, or even bring concepts to life. What's that saying," two heads are better than one".

4. However
One has to be careful oh. The industry is quite saturated but small in a sense. Some people are not genuine and just want to gumbody or have ulterior motives, I have met some amazing people in this blogging thing but previous experiences have taught me to be cautious. 

My brother asked me why I always work with Opeyemi and I basically said, we work well together, vibe well and I like her genuineness. And as you can tell from our collaborations, it's always fun times, good laughs and great talks. A pleasure doing this with you girl, let's do it again. 

What are your thoughts on blogger friendships?

Head over to Opeyemi's blog, she wrote an inciteful post on going beyond the hashtag or catchphrase of Women Supporting women 

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colour block work look
colour block work look
colour block work look
colour block work look
The suit trend for women has really taken the fashion world by storm since 2018. I mean everyone and their mama owns one. I just love that it can be dressed up for the workplace and now with fashion styling, dressed down even with sneakers. Prior to this I actually never was a fan of suits but seeing the way things have changed up with bright colors and buttons, has made me want to try it out. While this outfit is not exactly a coordinated suit, it's close, don't you think? The trousers were #madeinnigeria but came with the worst camel toe which kept me racking my head on how to style it but then this look was birthed. The blazer was a thrift find previously styled here

Long time no see on the blog eh beautiful people. I'm hoping to post more on here and find a balance between posting on Instagram (which has taken over), the blog and perhaps Youtube?

colour block work look
colour block work lookcolour block work look
colour block work look
Photography by Ruth Audu


I love how this outfit turned out, from the colour palette with peach, purple, pastel blue, and pink. I honestly really didn't have a plan with this, I just started throwing colors together and it turned out better than expected. The colour blocking pairing is not bad either. Although, the accessories were really the game changer.

Just as the resurrection of Jesus Christ was the gamechanger for us Christians. This has given us the power over death, illness and any situation that is dead, ugly, horrible. Most of all its the grace, forgiveness and access to his presence. I mean can you imagine having to kill a sheep each time you sinned, most of us would have been broke. Thank God for God truly.

Shoes: Newlook || Bag: Jumia Nigeria || Blazer: Thrift || Earrings: My Velvet Box Ng (IG)

What are your thoughts on this look? Happy Easter!

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red tartan plaid midi dress with pink mules
red tartan plaid midi dress styled by abuja blogger princess audu
red tartan plaid midi dress with pink mules princess audu

In today's post, I'm styling a red tartan dress paired with a pair of #madeinnigeria pink mules. I find that tartan, plaid and gingham prints are often used interchangeably so much so that they get mixed up. Oh well, that isn't the topic for today.

I'd like to delve into the other side of social media, those sides that we don't talk about often enough. In today's world, it has become quite impossible to do without one form of social media. And as a Communications Officer and blogger/influencer, it becomes sort of hard to wean oneself off of it. That being said, I took some sort of a break of social media last year, IG particularly as I spend most of my screen time on the app and it made me realize some not so great things about the impacts of social media on my life.


Don't get me wrong, social media is great, I would not be able to make a living without it but in recent times the not so great sides have sort of overwhelmed the great sides of social media.

1. Comparison
 First, there is this comparison trap that comes with seeing the highlights of peoples lives online and think you're missing out. Wanting to be like other people or have things that one doesn't need. Wondering why you're not at a certain level when your mates or people who started before you have reached there. While we may know that comparison is the thief of joy, it actually takes great effort not to compare. I always tell people to stop assuming and take everything online with a grain of salt but this requires a conscious effort.

2. Self Worth
Then there's this gratification that comes with likes, followers etc. Which goes further to now gaining some self-worth based on recognition from a social media app, when in actuality no one really cares in the real world. One has to try not to get lost thinking that you're the shit and stay humble.

3. Addictive
Now don't get me started on how addictive and time consuming it can be, especially when not controlled. One minute you hop on Instagram and the next thing you know, one hour later and you're still scrolling mindlessly while neglecting other things. 

4. Vulnerability
There's something about social media that makes us quite vulnerable. It's the fact that we have absolutely no control over what happens to our content once it's published. It should be something of concern but we often forget this fact, I'm guilty too. The internet is forever though and we never know where that post will end up or how it'll affect us down the line.

red tartan plaid midi dress styled
red tartan plaid midi dress
red tartan plaid midi dress
Photography by Ruth Audu


I don't know why you may be using social media but as a blogger, I can't do without it, particularly Instagram. I hate to admit this but checking my IG page is one of the first things I do when I wake up. In fact, my performance on the app can even influence my overall mood. Perhaps it's just me but then I doubt that. The truth is when you invest so much into something, you'd want to see results. 

I guess it is important not to get lost in it all. It's important to define our self worth from something greater (GOD) because deriving value from an app that can disappear at any moment, is dangerous. Also, regular breaks are great for one's peace of mind. Interestingly enough, I've found that I enjoy certain apps a lot more when I'm not posting on them regularly because then I'm not worrying about engagement but simply enjoying other people's content.

Dress: Ericdress || Mules: beaufeet.ng

It appears I rambled a little in this post. Either way, I'd love to know your thoughts on this/. Why do you use social media? Would you say social media has had a negative effect on you? Do such effects outway the good? How has social media affected you either consciously or unconsciously? 

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