‘Sit down to a meal with a stranger, get up bosom friends.’ That is a popular saying in Calabar/Akwa Ibom State, a region in Nigeria where I come from and which, to many Nigerians, is synonymous with high quality, well-prepared and tasty cooking. The saying, above, captures the importance of food culture to the people of Calabar/Akwa Ibom. To us, food is much more than something with which you fill your stomach. It is a tool of reconciliation, for example. To show the sincerity of the end of enmity between two (or a group of) people, it is usually insisted at the time of settlement that both sides share a meal together, both dipping their hands in and eating from the same bowl. We also use food as a tool for making friends, and bridging gaps of cultural intolerance. I grew up with this, almost spiritual, love for food and the art of preparing it. Finally, I now live in Austria, where the phrase positive integration is becoming more and more important as I encounter people from other cultures. I want to take the vital lessons I learned about food while in my country and make it work for me as well as the many people I meet daily in my new country of residence. After all, you can’t dine with someone and fail to get to know a little more about them before the meal is over, can you?
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Sarah 's experiences
Sarah 's experiences
African in Austria: Cuisine from Nigeria
What to expect at Sarah's place
Sep 28, 2015
Had a really lovely evening at Sarah's! Extremely tasty food (and plenty of that!), great people and just overall a cozy atmosphere in the heart of Vienna! Loved every second of it! And I know I repeat myself: Open a restaurant. Right. NOW! ;-) Will stop by again! Best wishes, Dennis
Apr 16, 2015
The food was great! I've never tasted YAM before and it was a new experience. There was also one REALLY spicy dish - holy moly! The atmosphere was so relaxed and we met some really really lovely people!
Nov 7, 2014
Spending an evening around Sarah’s dinner table is a true pleasure. The atmosphere is very cozy and relaxed; the food is absolutely tasty; a friendly, clean and well put-together environment. Every dinner with Sarah is a unique experience! The food I have had (and I’ve done this many times) has always been cooked without cutting corners and with absolute love! Sarah is a great host, warm and very welcoming. She always makes sure her guests are well taken care of. I highly recommend without any hesitation an evening around Sarah’s table. It definitely worth every penny! In fact if you're lucky, you might go home with an extra bowl of food! My absolute fav! <3
Nov 4, 2014
I've had the utmost pleasure of experiencing Sarah's mouthwatering and delicious cooking many times. She is a lovely and wonderful hostess and always goes the extra mile to make sure her guests are well fed in a relaxing ambience. You also get to meet interesting people from different spheres of life at her events. I would most definitely rate her 5 star!