Halloween! Everyone … well almost everyone I know loves the treats and the tricks that come with Halloween. It’s a fun holiday for kids especially. They play dress up and go round the block trick or treating and by the end of the night they come back with baskets full of sweet candy. This holiday draws the community together and adults definitely participate in the dress up game. Of course for others it’s a good excuse to show off some gorgeous legs or a full cleavage and for those with itsy bitsy ones, well why not show off lots and lots of clavicle with an off the shoulder cat costume. However, others are more conservative leaving the dress up game to simply imitating a famous person or icon while others take it to the extreme and literally dress to kill! I have seen some scary costumes. All in all, its great fun and a lot of countries which recognise this holiday benefit from the commercial side of it.
My Halloween night this year was quite interesting and I learnt a lot about trick or treating in a country with different culture. I was coincidently working in the pediatric centre and I had a 14 hour night shift. Now night shifts are nothing to look forward to. I find myself extremely exhausted by the end of my 7 day night shift schedule. So on the 31st of October, I decided to keep a positive mind and treat my little patients to some yummy candy as a get well soon gift in the spirit of Halloween. Their guardians/parents were not impressed to say the least. Many did not understand the purpose of Halloween and if they did, it was considered evil. As a result, my candies faced huge rejection and in the event that someone did pick a treat, it was not short of a rude remark. I only got a thank you from one person that night.
So I sat down to understand why my good Halloween gesture was such a failed mission. My conclusion was that there is a lot of mistrust between people in Zambia and as such, good will with no biblical reasoning is received with a lot of suspicion. This coupled with Zambia being deemed a Christian nation and the strong sense of traditional culture goes against everything to do with Halloween. Perhaps it would have been successful had I tried to treat an open minded crowd with diverse cultures from different countries where trick or treating is recognised. Never mind, I walked into November with a fairly full bag of sweets to eat alone. I guess I treated myself!
I have been wondering what my next post would be about but luckily a new chill spot called Granddaddy’s (an open grill house) opened up in my city about 3 days go and I decided to try my hand at writing a review about it. I must say, I have been waiting for it to open for a long time. I recently got the chance to spend my Saturday afternoon there with a great friend of mine.
We got to Granddaddy’s at about 3:30pm and there was already a bit of a crowd. We picked a brilliant spot. I was overlooking a perfectly mowed garden and on the right was where the open grill was positioned. The sight was enough to make my mouth water. The semi-indoor sitting area has a well thought out selection of furniture from garden chairs to wooden benches with simple but comphy cushions. The building is made from tin roofing sheets which are presented in a sophisticated rustic style. You could tell a lot of thought was put into the design of this place. The lighting was perfect, perfect enough for a new selfie! I took quite a few at different angles. Let’s just say this place ticks all the right boxes for a good garden summer chill. The ambiance alone was enough reason to order a cocktail at noon and not just any ordinary cocktail. They offer slushy cocktails! I know!! But wait, it actually gets better than that, their cocktail prices are extremely affordable and for that reason I managed to keep the bill running till 10:00 pm. If I didn’t have work the next day, I’d probably have stayed longer.
After our first round of drinks, we ordered the Big Bwana Platter. The choice of food isn’t wide but everything on the menu looked fantastic. The food took about 40 minutes to come. The waiter was polite enough to inform us of any time delays. I was extremely impressed with this as it is a vital part of service that is often missed out. I felt that my time and money were of equal importance to the business. I had no problem waiting for the food because like I said earlier, the sitting area was amaze-balls, so my view was lush.
The food finally came. The Big Bwana platter (grilled sausage and chicken) is rightfully called so, because it was actually way too big for the two of us. We had left over pieces which were packed away in a presentable doggy bag. Something you hardly get round here in Lusaka. The average doggy bag is the white take away pack wrapped in a plastic bag. Yeah, it isn’t that presentable especially for that requested Instagram photo the millennials demand. Anyway, the food itself was quite good. The platter comes on a steaming hot cast Iron plate which helps keep the food warm for longer. Nothing spicy at all, just enough to get your palate working. The sausage was very tasty and I definitely enjoyed it. We ordered a green salad on the side. I was slightly disappointed with the salad as I am a huge fan of salad and I really like to eat a GOOD one. The green salad was accompanied by a bit of feta cheese and a few sliced yellow peppers. Not my ideal salad but for the price, it really did stretch itself. I would suggest that a proper salad is offered for those willing to pay the price.
I must applaud the waiter for his quick service. Immediately we were done eating, the plates where cleared away and the table was back to looking decent and cute. I hate having trash on the table when it can easily be cleared away if the waiter would just do their job. This was another big plus. So we ordered more drinks and this time I tried a strawberry daiquiri slush. However, my favorite was the Salama Slammer! It is anything and evaaarything I have always wanted in a fun cool cocktail.
The restaurant was pulling in more crowds as it was getting later. At this point the service was compromised and ordering drinks became a chore. As a customer, this can be extremely irritating but the saving grace was that the restaurant was showing live football matches, which served as a good distraction.
All in all, if you need a decent place to have a healthy grilled meal and chill for the fraction of the rip off restaurant prices in Lusaka then, Granddaddy’s is the place to be. The restaurant attracts a middle class young vibrant crowd with great socialising opportunities. The music was trendy and not too loud. This allows groups to hold a conversation without the need to shout. It is located in a safe and secure urban area. There is adequate parking space and you are guaranteed to have a grand time. Well I certainly did and I hope you do too! Please feel free to share your experiences with me.
Tinkle Test: 3.5/5
For me, a good restaurant is also classified by how good the toilets are and if they are kept clean. The rustic vibe of the place was carried through to the toilets with the divisions being made from iron sheets cleverly painted in black to give a modern look. The lighting on the vanity mirrors was sufficient and there was a constant supply of tissue. I did not like sharing the hand wash area with the gents. It felt a bit too crowded and got awkward at times.
So I am little bit nervous and excited at the same time because I have been planning to start this blog for quite a while now and finally its here. So ill get straight into it.
I now live in Zambia having moved from England. Its been quite a difficult time trying to adjust to the new way of life and also starting life as an independent adult. The purpose of this blog is to share some of my daily experiences and hopefully speak out to someone who might find it useful. Living in a developing country comes with many challenges but also breeds some of the greatest memories. I have met some wonderful people and one in particular who holds a special place in my heart.
I love to eat good food and have a good time. So ill talk about all these experiences to give my readers an idea of what you’d expect if you ever did visit or decide to move to Zambia.
If there any questions or suggestions you may have, Id be more than glad to be of help. Feel free to let me know what you would like me to address, if anything. I hope you enjoy your time on my blog and that you can share it with others. The more the merrier!