I have had countless encounters with wonderful people in this city and it is a shame that they are not always shared. Well, this one is to sharing… Anna Kurtycz is a renowned Mexican artist specialising in engraving and woodcut who has been living in Accra for two years. She has held numerous exhibitions with local artists and holds workshops at her studio with local artists as a means to get people more aware of local and regional talent.
An hour drive from Accra gives you a trip out of town and the chance to have freshwater-reared Tilapia looking out at Lake Volta. I find it interesting that although Tilapia is actually not an indigenous fish but was introduced to Ghana some ten years ago, yet has firmly become the country’s favourite fish, and prepared well, it makes for a tasty fish.
Afrikiko is a small(ish) resort on the banks of Lake Volta and near the Akosombo Dam, which is popular with tourists, expats and Ghanaians alike.
For a change this post is not just about food…well, not entirely. The signage directed me to ‘High Tea’ at Labadi Beach Hotel this morning and for a moment I groaned inwardly. As much as I love going for ‘High Tea’ at posher than posh hotels, I was really hoping that Labadi had deviated from the norm just a bit this time. They had indeed. I can’t remember the last time I had prawns for breakfast, but prawns it was, done tempura style. There were salmon and cream wraps, profiteroles stuffed with a variety of fillings, bacon-wrapped sausages and a huge array of pastries and bread. But we were there for a good cause and that made the experience all the more worthwhile.
First you view the exquisite art deco furniture in Art Deco, located in Adabraka, then you sit out on the patio and enjoy your crepes. The Orangery bills itself as a creperie; and crepes were the order of the day when we visited.
It was suggested by a friend who had been there once and could not stop raving about the crepes served there.
The furniture at Art Deco is exquisite, and is indeed art deco furniture – minimalistic clear lines and more importantly locally made. This is one of the better, if not best furniture stores in Accra but it’s like a well-kept secret. Why I don’t know, because it has truly beautiful furniture.
I set out looking to take a few pictures of the Arts Centre in Accra.I left there with offers of rare Ashanti artifacts and ivory carvings. Yes, ivory carvings. Never mind that trade in or the sale of ivory is banned in Ghana, or in pretty much all of Sub-Saharan Africa, Forget that it is…
The cappuccino mousse served at the end of our meal is what sealed it…”The best food I’ve ever tasted in Ghana” was my daughter’s verdict. Okay, to be moderated slightly, without the tweenie hyperbole.
Barely forty minutes out of Accra, and you can find yourself surrounded by tropical forests and astoundingly beautiful flora, limited fauna and surprising bird life. We came across turkeys on our walk.
Some of the best croissants in Accra can be had here. On a good day you will definitely get light, flaky on the outside and soft on the inside, golden croissants…
on others you may not be as fortunate but there is plenty to choose from on their very extensive menu with the choice varying from pastries and light breakfasts to salads, hamburgers, some Ghanaian dishes, continental choices and even snack platters.
“It is not an art gallery in the typical sense – more of a concept store” is what the owner and creative director behind Joe’s Perspective Art Boutique, Kukua Ampah calls it. The curious name – Joe’s Perspective actually pays homage to Kukua’s dad; Joe who had a passion for art and as she puts it, “‘is the real inspiration behind the concept store”.