Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Under Construction

With the New Year approaching and so much to do, I’ve been extremely busy. Unfortunately, I have not been able to post this month as often as I would have liked. On another note, I am grateful to say that God has blessed me with gifts that I will be exploring in 2012. 

Thank you all for your continued support. To all those that have been anticipating the unveiling of my first piece, it is definitely worth the wait! It’s almost time for me to share it with the world. I will launch my collection early next year so stay tuned! 
Look forward to new posts and what's next for the Uniquely Atypical brand. It’s about to go DOWN owww! 2012 will be amazing…CLAIMED!!!  

The Heartless Moves series will be continued and I can’t wait to share. The scoop on how I lost 45 pounds the right way will be revealed and so much more.  

So as you can see, I am Under Construction, but the finished product will be MAGNIFICENT!!!

Coming soon!!! :)

P.S.: I finally joined twitter…follow me @uniquelykarin 

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Everything is possible with God..."Iyabo! Cuisine"

"Everything is possible with God" were the lovely words that were uttered by the uncle of Kudira Afolayan, owner of "Iyabo! Cuisine", during the opening prayer. On November 20th, I was given the opportunity to attend the launch of "Iyabo! Cuisine" and blog about it. This event was truly motivation to all that no matter what obstacles you might face in life, with God by your side, you can accomplish anything.

The event was a true success! Every seat was filled, leaving some people standing while they waited to consume the tasty menu that awaited us. From coconut rice to seafood fried rice, from curry chicken to fried fish, there were delicious dishes for everyone to taste. As I sat with a few people to get their individual feedback, smiles consumed them. They, like myself, were truly pleased with Iyabo! Cuisine. My favorite items on the menu would definitely have to be the coconut rice, curry chicken, fried plantain, and moi-moi...simply scrumptious!

I got a chance to have a one on one conversation with Kudira. Read about it below to find out more about her journey:
How was the beginning of your journey?
In the beginning I had plans to go to school to further my education. When going to school in the states wasn't working out for me, my friends encouraged me to cater because I'm great at cooking.

When I asked what steps she took, she explained that she enrolled in a private college for culinary arts and hospitality management. As she excelled in her program, she prayed and let her faith guide her to put all her energy into starting her own catering company. On Nov 20th, it became official with the launch of Iyabo! Cuisine.

It was a scrumptious Sunday!!! :)

Iyabo means "she has returned or mother has come back". When I asked why she picked this name, Kudira replied "My grandmother died when I was 12. She taught me how to cook. She was like a mother to me." She explained that in her culture after a grandmother passes, their daughter is meant to name their next daughter Iyabo. Because Kudira's mother already had all her kids, Kudira decided to name her company Iyabo in honor of her grandmother.

Christmas is coming up and I know most of us are truly exhausted from the slaving it took to prepare Thanksgiving dinner. So, why cook? Contact "Iyabo! Cuisine" and let Kudira cater to your appetite. You haven't tried traditional African food? Well, evidently you are truly missing out! Contact Kudira today and she will have you and your guests smiling from ear to ear!

Contact Iyabo! Cuisine:
Kudira Afolayan
@iyabocuisine on twitter
Iyabo Cuisine on facebook coming soon!

Support black owned businesses. Get your plate today!

Meet Kudira Afolayan, owner of "Iyabo! Cuisine"