A spicy afternoon at Café Kwae
We checked out the EssieSpice Pop Up Shop at Café Kwae a few weekends ago.
We tasted the entire menu!!! #foodiesunite
What we drank?
TamarindOH Dark and Spicy
Ash: This was a spicy sweet medley of yummy. It was very similar in taste to an amaretto sour or a whiskey sour, I believe it is generally the same concept. I absolutely loved this drink, which was both refreshing and satisfying, I almost got one to go.
Dede: So my first sip was full of salt because of the salted rim, I wasn't amused one bit. Honestly, what is the purpose of the salt near any drink? Please enlighten me guys. But after I cleared the salt from there, it was such a yummy drink that could be likened to an amaretto sour, which is one of my fav drinks. So now you know what to get me when you see me out.
What we ate?
Meko Dry Rub Sweet Potatoes
Ash: I don’t think I’m capable of saying anything bad about sweet potatoes. They are life. Tasty, low in calories and every foodies happy place. Unless you burn them, I’m completely biased in their favor.
Dede: I love love sweet potatoes. When I was a babygirl, still am though, I used to buy them by the road all the time till my mama banned me because cholera was real. The meko rub added a tang to the sweet potato in a perfect way.
Chicken wings with three different EssieSpice spices.
- Coco for Garlic
Ash: I initially thought this would be my least favorite but nah, it came top of the pack for me. Garlic is such a complex spice and if used properly can evolve into just the yummiest of flavors. The spice and the grill on the chicken was amazing, you taste zero direct hints garlic, so this spice definitely doesn’t smell of garlic and isn’t trynna scare the vampires away. It is just flavor on flavor, layer on layer of yummy and it gets better with every added bite. Honestly, I wanted to buy this spice and use it on everything. Like plantain, coco for garlic, chicken, coco for garlic, goat meat, still coco for garlic. This sauce is new and will definitely blow your every expectation, like I knew i liked garlic before but now I’m definitely Coco for garlic.
Dede: This was my favorite. Hands down. It was just so good and it was just the right the level of spicy and like Ash said the garlic wasn't overwhelming. You know I have the lowest tolerance on the block for spice so for me to say it was the right level of spicy, it was the right level of spicy. Coco for garlic has to be a staple in everyone’s kitchen. Add it to your wedding registry, you'll thank us later.
- Tamarind OH
Ash: Tamarind OH was my first taste of EssieSpice spices and I was like whoa. I love this. The Tamarind OH spice is a sweet and sour number. It’s not your traditional Regal or Imperial Peking sweet and sour, it has more of a flare to it and almost has a zesty tangy thing going on. I loved the spice on the chicken and on its own, I see it doing great in like a stir fry sauce or on ribs. Ughh. The thought alone is so finger licking good.
Dede: So I thought this was going to be my favorite because I'm the Queen of sweet and sour but this wasn't working for me. Maybe it's an acquired sweet and sour or maybe it's more sour than sweet. The Tamarind OH was an oh no for me.
- Mango Chili Medley
As: Flavor on flavor on flavor. There is this blow of pepper you get from the Mango Chili Medley, it was love. Sweet pain. You enjoy the flavor then you shed a few tears as the pepper condemns your whole tongue. I don’t actually think this will be too hot for the average Ghanaian, but as an ajebutter my mouth is committed to par levels of pepper, anything else and we have a problem. The mango was equally as infused in the sauce as the chili, it actually was a harmonious medley of mango and pepper, each working wonders on your tastebuds to create the ultimate foodgasm.
Dede: I thought Mango medley was going to be my favorite, let me tell you I rotated the plates so that one will be in close proximity. But the spice was taking no prisoners, my tongue was burning. I just didn't want to believe it was the mango so I kept telling Ash that the Coco for Garlic was killing me and she was like nah mate it's the mango so I tried it alone and realized that it was that bad boy. The mango medley is literally emoji flames but it's still so good with the hints of mango infused in there. Pepper lovers, this is what you should have on your wedding registry. Poppin’ spices, popping marriage. You heard it here first.
Ash: My absolute favorite part of the EssieSpice experience was Essie’s commitment to her art. Speaking to her, there was a very apparent joy in the work she puts out, a confidence in her handwork that was admirable and motivating for me. Her passion and willingness to discuss not only her spices but how she got where she is is mirrored in the flavor that comes through when you try her spices. There is an excitement for more, never overwhelming and filled with absolute joy and happiness.
Dede: Everything Ashley said and more. Essie we are impatiently waiting for Essiespice in Ghana.
EssieSpice gets a 100% check mark from Accra Craves.