This year, more than any year before I’ve come to find that there is a fail-proof recipe for a perfect time.
Good people + good food + good music.
Try it. The combination is sure to make for an unforgettable gathering. When the three hit it off, it’s special. And if like me, you’re blessed to have the former present, the music and food is really just the icing on the cake.
When asked whether I am an introvert or extrovert, for a long time I used to answer reluctantly, “introvert”. I say “reluctantly” simply because I knew as soon as the words left my mouth, the faces of those I was speaking with would screw up, followed by “since when?” “no you’re not” and “oh please”. Often times, because I am generally loud (I’m working on the whole “cute laugh thing”), talkative, open and have a Youtube channel, people struggle to imagine that I could ever want to just sit on the sidelines in social gatherings and observe. The truth is, I used to be and still can be quite shy from time to time.
That said, the more I’ve grown and actually the more extroverted I have become, (having found more confidence) I’ve began to find that a majority of the time, I have the common symptoms of an extrovert. And that’s ok! Tiring at times, but fun nonetheless. I am who I am (and most likely that is an ambivert!).
But I most definitely do have my moments where I want nothing more than to spend time with myself, in my thoughts, and void of interaction with others. And boy do I enjoy them. Those days I may be found editing, writing, eating out, listening to music, planning, or travelling solo. For me, these are important and precious moments and no matter how extroverted I may be or continue to become, they will always remain that way.
However, sometimes I want nothing more than to surround myself with my favourite people, share, question, sharpen and laugh until I cry. I’m blessed to enjoy both sides of the coin and I’m even more blessed to have beautiful people to enjoy this company with.
Last Sunday, myself and a group of friends from Birmingham, London and Manchester, gathered together for Soul Live Acoustic, at Spotlight, Digbeth, Birmingham. Naturally, no good night is complete without food and so we decided to dine at the contagiously-quirky Caribbean restaurant, Turtle Bay. I say decided, but really if you see the amount of “wahala” and back-and-forthing it took to come to this decision between all of us. Ah! Eventually the Londoners amongst us won, being that there is no Turtle Bay in their neck of the woods, and so Turtle Bay it was.
The restaurant has a really cool vibe. We all agreed between ourselves that there’s something very Shoreditch about the decor and I love that. Think Breakfast Club (but much better food) meets the Caribbean and you’re pretty close. There’s always some soca, bashment(?) or reggae playing which further sets the atmosphere alight.
It being my third time dining there, I forced myself to try something different than my usual jerk chicken and rice & peas. I ordered the brown stewed chicken with a side of sweet potato fries, and dumplings although I would have liked more of a kick in the stew (it’s the Nigerian in me), it was delish!
After ending the meal with a refreshing rum-infused cocktail, we were off to the show to support our good friend Dalet, (Dave to us) perform some songs from his new EP. Soul Live Acoustic was a fantastic night of live, raw and honestly brilliant music. The perfect way to end a perfect evening.
If you’d like to see more of what we got up to and footage of the show, look out for the Vlog coming out soon!