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Top 10 Bottomless Brunches | DC

So I know you all have been waiting for this post because I am the self proclaimed “Champagne Champion” and your go to Brunch Connoisseur! So boom, pardon my lateness on this, but at least it is here. These places are all affordable [maybe except one, but I will put an alert on it lol]. This should be your holy grail of guides because I legit put my heart, soul, and foot into this… SO YOU BETTA LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE [lol less aggression, but please do lol]. So here comes the list [it is not in ranking order]:

  1. Teddy and the Bully Bar 1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 [Farragut North, Farragut West, and Dupont Circle Metro stations]. First of all, Do not drive into DC. Especially to this place, you will regret driving.. especially since the mimosas are strong and it does get lit, so take precaution or have a designated driver. Brunch begings at 11:00am and ends 3pm. There usually is not a time limit but it does get super busy in here. It is grand for a birthday brunch (which is seriously becoming a great trend, I AM SO HERE FOR A BIRTHDAY BRUNCH) since there is a DJ and hella live scene. I highly recommend this place especially for the bottomless drinks, bottomless food, omelette and waffle stations. Reservation strongly suggested. Cuteness also strongly suggested lol
  2. El Centro  Multiple locations [U street, Georgetown, Ronald Reagan] Did somebody say bottomless tequila?? This place does not have a DJ, BUT the environment is so fun and chill. It is tapas style so the food is bottomless as well as the drinks. I always get the agua fresca (the tequila) but you have the option to get what option to get other drinks, which is why I love the place so much. If you are looking for something a bit more toned down and smart casual. Check this place out!
  3. Toro Toro 1300 I Eye St NW Washington, DC 20005
    This place is cute. Definitely has a Latin feel. For my seafood lovers, they have a seafood bar (unlimited). The scene is a little ritzy, low key, and more toned down than the previously mentioned locations. There is also an omelette station and other cute things to eat. The only difference is this is kind of Buffet style, so if you are not a fan of such, then this place is not for you. I definitely had a nice time there, but I was not on turn up champagne champion level. 
  4. Masa 14 1825 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Now I have had my good and bad days with Masa. I had my birthday brunch here and it was so fun! whereas, I had came another day to a menu that I was not too fond of. HOWEVER, the drinks were still on point. If you are looking for a hip place to grab some drinks (bottomless of course) for brunch with friends or out-of-towners, you can definitely check this Masa 14 out. They are super creative with their dishes, so each time is a different experience.
  5. Station 4 1101 4th St SW, Washington, DC  20024 WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! talk about LIT. Now this place is not bottomless food, however… the food was on point and the drinks kept on coming. I do not remember when I recovered, but I do know I recovered in time to make it for work the next day (Praise Be). Another cute detail is the scenery, it is right by the water (yall know I am a sucka for cute, swanky places). Give this place a shot, I guarantee you will not regret. 
  6. Tico 1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Another cute place that will get you thoroughly bubbly. You can buy bottles and get your juices in a carafe. So it is not where your class is constantly refilled, but you will pour your own drinks and the the price works out just the same. Cute place, not the whole swanky feel, but the art work in the establishment is mesmerizing. Also, they were VERY accommodating. We legit had 2 more people join our table, and they accepted [Hey more monies for them lol]. Food is not unlimited, but delish. Chill atmosphere and HUGE windows.. Instagram worthy pics!
  7. Beacon Bar and Grill 1615 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 Ok, this one is bottomless drinks, but not food (sigh, I tend to love tapas style and so does my belly lol]. It is in a hotel and is very very very chill. If you like a quiet environment, this is the place for you, well at least for me it was super quiet. I am used to  very live environment and this brunch was very low key and calm lol- Like… I can bring my pops to brunch and he probably wont complain. So if you want a very chill and low key brunch… this one is for you. 
  8. 1905 1905 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 I do not even know how to introduce this gem that had me on some sort of cloud. This place is cute and a bit more intimate. I invited my girlfriends to this place and it is legit hidden, but so cute. Very old school (by old I mean colonial times old) and had me on some sort of psychedelic high with their special bottomless elderberry drink. I do not even remember how I got home, but as soon as I did, I knocked out and woke up in a daze lol. Let’s just say it is a cool spot that is chill and low key in a good way. Food is not bottomless, but the drinks are.
  9. Policy 1904 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 It has been a while since I have been here, but I thoroughly enjoyed my food and the bottomless mimosas and that is a bit tough to do for me. Usually the food is good, but does not blow me away to where I would like to buy another one (I usually kill that idea whilst downing more mimosas). Policy actually made me want to buy their skillet meal to-go after devouring my initial buy. It is a bit crowded and tight on space, but overall fun environment. It is NOT a chill place, you will probably have to shout at your friends, but it is ok if they are on the same level of litness.
  10. Fiola Mare 3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007 The only place on my list that I have not attended.. YET. I do know it is swanky and has views, so it is on my go to list. I have been to restaurants around it (Like Fishers, Farmers, Bakers) and love the modern feel of the whole area. The river-walk is literally steps away, so if you want to make this a brunch date, by all means go ahead! Now doesn’t a waterfront brunch have a nice “ting” to it? It is a little on the pricier side (I mean, it is Georgetown), but I can vouch that it is worth it for the views x booze. This is why my next brunch meet up will definitely be here, so I can come back with a mini review and I do believe I (or you) would not be disappointed!         

Hope you guys enjoyed this long overdue list! If you do decide to go to any of said places, let them know nnennayalator from notesandnods sent you! It may grow over time and may change as my taste does change (chile I am getting old), but I will definitely keep everyone updated on the latest and timeless brunch spots!

Happy Brunching from the Champagne Champion [Me]!

Ciao,

Nnennayalator                                                           

 

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Health + Wellness Tips

R.I.S.E.

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Hello ladies and welcome! As many of you may already know, I have undergone a physical, mental and emotional transformation over the last four years. This has included losing 75 pounds! Overhauling and changing my diet was a substantial part of this however, there were other important factors that had equal if not more powerful impacts on my overall journey. If you are interested in hearing more about this full journey, please see the health section in my blog which will further explore what I learned throughout my transformation in the upcoming weeks.

Today, lets focus on the ketogenic diet which I began in January 2018 and has aided me in loosing an additional 30 pounds. I chose to try the ketogenic diet after loosing 45 pounds and finding myself at a plateau for almost a year! I did some in-depth research (typical of me…

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THE MAN CALLED LINUS OKORIE AND WHY IMO STATE CITIZENS NEED TO JOIN THE PROSPERITY TRAIN……..

This is very interesting!

WakeUP Africa!

youtubedotcom Linus Okorie

As 2019 draws closer, the election arena gets hotter, with more youth showing interest in political positions. And in Imo state the same scenario is also playing out. The contenders for Governor Okorocha’s seat are many and some have great prospects, but chief among them is Linus Chinedu Okorie, popularly known as Linus Okorie. He is an astute man with very intimidating educational background, the 44 year old is the Managing Consultant of New Vision Consults, a world class leadership consulting firm he founded in 2007, which thrives in advising and training top level civil servants, government officials, military and paramilitary as well as the private sector. He is the West African Representative of Adair International, United Kingdom , also author of “Footprints; Leading Beyond Today” and the President and Founder of Guardians of The Nation International (GTNI), a non-profit leadership development organisation based in Abuja, Nigeria. Born…

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Women Sleep With Men to Survive | Did she lie?

 

Click Here to Watch Boduong’s Interview with Amanpour 

I just read that Moesha Boduong has apologized for her special she did on CNN with Amanpour stating that SHE sleeps with a married man to pay bills [she lives in Ghana] and I am wondering… DID SHE LIE? but did i lieAnd to be quite frank, I do not necessarily know what are her true woes, but I cannot judge her when I am knowingly getting paid 75% less than a man for the same job here in the United States, let alone in Ghana… like ‘wa gime’?! I also so not believe she should say sorry to any of us [maybe to her married boyfriend’s wife, but definitely not to us]. I am in no way condoning sleeping with married men, however, who am I to judge if a woman is really does do such acts because she needs to eat or needs a roof over her head? Let us unpack this situation, and I mean the elephant in the room situation.

What Moesha is talking about is nothing new under the sun, I mean NOTHING. Back home women are not even seen as equal to a man in the workplace, and majority of the times cases such as SEXUAL HARASSMENT are not even discussed in human resource departments. Maybe this speaks numerous volumes that women are so much objectified in the workforce, that is has become a norm to be a kept sidechick. How many times do we hear this and turn blind eye and usually villanize the woman? If it were to be easy to not have to marry for stability or sleep your way to the top, then maybe the Moesha’s would not even exist, am I right or am i right?

Now, am I mad at CNN for shedding such an ugly light? NO! I am not. We as Africans 3d17687f46db64c1b5eddaaaa0c163d0--be-like-meme-hoes-be-likedefinitely have pride, and never want to own up when confronted with some bad aspects that are clearly a problem. It is time we face the ugly truth. I wrote about the difficulties of being a woman in the workforce from past experience (check out my contribution regarding this topic on Ivery Arie click here for article ) when I tried to relocate to Nigeria, so what Ms. Boduong is not far fetched.

What we need not do is continue this hypocrisy, the men that indulge in such things as breaking their vows should be the ones shamed, not the women that are simply trying to make it in life period. Do I condone it, again NO, but I do see who are at fault, and I do understand. Vows should not be broken, I cannot stress that enough, but we cannot deny that this is a common occurrence. The façade that we as a community try to portray as if everything is angelic and gravy needs to stop. Maybe effective human resources departments to handle cases like sexual harassment in the work place, or for women to have a fair chance in the work force could be a start. Our places are not only in the house; we can be in the work force, we can be in politics and we definitely should not and do not only sleep ourselves to get what we want.. What is your take on this interview and what she said? Is it that bad that many have no choice but to depend on a man?Really want your views on this 🙂

Ciao,

Nnennayalator

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2018 Quarterly Update & Events|Wass-good?

Hey y’all, how is your new year going so far? Hit any of your resolutions yet? gave up yet? Ask for the restart button yet? Yes, No, maybe so? Well, if your year has been a disaster so far, do not be so hard on yourself, and I say this to echo to myself because I need to take my own advice lmao! I said I was going to update everything Thursday and y’all…. that was too damn hard. I really could not keep up with work, social life, plan a wedding, and a plethora of other projects that I am involved in… but I PROMISE… I will do better for the rest of the year if you stay tuned to this paid space of interwebs lol.

Aside from having a successful traditional wedding and an upcoming “white wedding” as we Africans like to call it, I have some events that you all should peep and participate in if you have time in your busy shehdules (spelled that wrong on purpose… sound it out lol):

  • BrunchCon: April 22, 2018 click here to purchase tickets I will be there live and direct… hopefully I will not be to turnt to not snapchat and do ig Live. But it is open bar and bites from all the vendors and I am sure I will have a blast and so should you! Yall know i am the self proclaimed #champagnechampion.
  • UIU DMV Jollof Jam: April 28, 2018 Click here to purchase tickets This will be fun! but do get your ticket before they sell out. Not everyone can cook some good jollof rice, and here some skills will be put to the taste buds test.
  • Igbo Amaka Cultural: Keep this organization on your radar. They will be having a talk show (which involves yours truly on a couple of episodes), and touches on some interesting topics concerning Igbo Culture. If you are looking to understand, learn, or cure some curiousity of a certain ethnic group in Nigeria… this is one of the orgs to look out for. Check out their website as well (drop a donation or two, or three lol) Click for Igbo Amaka Cultural website here

I definitely will have the best brunch spots in DC to check out (definitely bottomless ones will be in there), and an update on “The Safe Sphere”- a podcast that I collabed with @Ndidi_love. With all of the events and projects in the works, this year was not too bad. Cannot say the same for those in the lime light.. seems to be a cheating season in the first quarter… but hopefully it gets better.. for them? Anywho.. lol resolutions and ish never work out for me.. and if you are not hitting your resolutions… IT IS OK!

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What Does Valentine’s Day Mean to You? | #QTNA

Hey guys! Aren’t you surprised at my consistency? Yea, me too, becsuse I’m tired lol. So Valentine’s Day ♥ is around the corner and I observed (while single and not), that many people in our community (I am talking people of colour) behave two ways, yes ✌🏾. So I posed a question on twitter (@nnennayalator.. Hit that follow button 🔳 please lol) :

Twitter Question that Needs Answers!

Now this is not limited to just African men, but I really do want to know. I rarely see women complaining (I mean even if we don’t have a lover, we make time for family or friends and keep it pushing), BUT if you bring it up to a man… An African man… The response is usually not pleasant. [Disclaimer: this is only meant for those this case applies to, if it does not.. Enjoy the rest of the article from a different lens 😊].

Now, some men did respond and gave me answers like ‘it is a forced holiday’ or ‘the actually holiday should not be celebrated or a holiday at all’, etc, but then should all holidays be treated like this? Unless you are a practicing Witness, I wonder why the push back from this one holiday? If you are in a serious relationship with someone that loves Valentine’s Day, should you break up? These are questions that need answers!

Women chimed in as well! I had a good friend basically say

“Be with a partner that has common interest”

and I totally agree with this, and if you love your partner as you said you would, wouldn’t you do something that makes them happy? If they are a lover of all holidays, and especially Vals, wouldn’t their happiness make you happy too? It is one day, one lol! It is not like someone is asking you to give birth or anything [insert petty smirk here].

I still want to hear your opinions (keep it respectful) and I also have a poll for you guys (yay?). Let’s get some interaction going, shall we? Catch you all next Thursday!

INSIGHTFUL POLL BELOW:

Ciao,

Nnennayalator

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I’s Married Now Y’all |Traditionally | Part Trois|Finale

I almost did not make it y’all. I am really trying to be consistent with content and bring in the last post of the traditional wedding blog series. Of this trilogy I discussed the summary and the planning components of me planning my traditional wedding from afar (I am based outside of naija). I discussed some of the vendors, showed pics, and dịscussed my mental breakdowns (yes, more than once… Will discuss further down bruv), and how it was still all worth. Now I want to take you on the day of and subsequent days, come along friends.

Trad day was nothing short of amazing. Really do not have much more than that. It was F-A-S-T! If I could slow it down, or experience Trad day in slow motion I would! My friends and family were around and got to experience a monumental milestone in I and my chocolate drop’s lives, I we got to experience an important cultural moment in our lives, and we had fun doing it! It also brought two families together which was amazing because I gained a whole family ♥.

What made things even special were my friends that were able to partake in such an important moment and got to see Nigeria 🇳🇬! It was honestly like a big field trip for my friends y’all with me, chocolate drop, our families and @theifunanya (hey boo) as the tour guides. We did have a rough time with air travel, really the airports. If you need to do travel and have the time (especially going east) travel by road or just fly to Owerri and drive rest of way. Y’all, nobody will be believe me that I cried in the middle of the airport… Yes… Friends and I were about to beat everyone up and catch some hands 👐🏾. It was a very stressful moment, but we survived 6+ hours later.

We went to Owerri, Lagos, and really trotted the country. Peep some of the hotels we stayed at places to check out:

Hotels:

P. Noble (Afikpo)

La Amistad (New Owerri)

Villa Toscana (Oniru Victoria Island)

Things to Do:

Club Opium (Owerri)

Club Cubana (Lagos)

Cafe Lydia (Victoria Island)

Thought Pyramid (Victoria Island)

Tarkwa Beach (Lagos Island)

Lagos Market (let me find out actual name, but they gave great finds FOR (EVERYTHING)

So yes, I feel like I can conquer the world after pulling that whole traditional wedding and trip with all the challenges and people to enjoy it and create memories. If you have any questions about traveling to Nigeria or just statements, hit up the Comments!

Ciao,

Nnennayalator

Here are more pics:

PS: cake by kencake of @PaparazyEvents 🎂