The best conversations happen over coffee with friends. The Yacker attempts to bottle them up and turn them into little episodes. You can expect to hear a lot on movies, books, bollywood, pop culture and more as I tackle these topics with my assorted group of friends..long distance or over chai! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
Local Business Spotlight: Chef Wycliff Nduati of Wycliffs' Kitchen, Columbus
For more pics from the podcast..Follow me on Instagram :) I love trying out new restaurants and cuisines. Food, I feel opens your mind as much as travel and books do. It makes you think about the origin of a dish, the cultural impact it has on a country and of course, the most obvious one, it tastes delicious. On this podcast, I sit down with Chef Wycliff Nduati of Wycliffs' Kitchen right here in Columbus. I met him at his restaurant after work and after the last customer for the day had walked out, he greeted us (husband and I) with a smile still fresh, even after a long day. And we talked about his childhood, his journey as a chef and Kenyan food. I have tried to transcribe the podcast here, if you are into reading more than listening :) Is your name pronounced Y-Cliff or V-cliff? It depends on where you come from. If you speak American English, it's Y-cliff and if you speak British English, it's Wicliff. But it doesn't matter. I am fine with it, either way. Could you tell us a little bit about your family, where you grew up? I was born and raised in Kenya. I grew up in the rural areas of Kenya. I was fortunate enough to be raised by a dad who was an entrepreneur. He was a restaurateur as well. He had a restaurant, a shop and he was a butcher. So, growing up, he treated me and my siblings as his workforce and he trained. So, for me, cooking and being a restaurateur is natural. But for the most part, my dad wanted me to concentrate more on the business side and he wanted me to keep out of the kitchen. But, I admired how people could turn ingredients into something amazing, that people can eat. And I learnt most of my cooking from just watching. And because of my interest, I would try things out and I would always impress people with my cooking. And when did you come to the US? I came to the US in 2006. I came here for school. I graduated from Franklin University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Forensic Accounting. So, completely a different field from what you are in right now. Yes, That's because cooking and restaurant is a way of life for me. When I migrated to the US, I was in Indiana before I moved to Columbus and I was very disappointed that I couldn't find the food that I loved and was used to. And I would go to parties and would have Kenyan food and would say "This is not Kenyan food", even though, it was made by Kenyans. I knew I could cook better than that. And then, my friends would tell me to cook Kenyan food for them. And that's how I found my way back to all of this. Your friends kind of pushed you into this? Only because, they knew my background in restaurant and cooking. They would request me to make something for their parties and they would be amazed at how authentic the food was. They started ordering more quantity and would offer to pay for the food. And that is how we started. Then we started making baked goods from home. And my wife, back in Kenya, had a lot of training in cooking Kenyan food. She's one of the most amazing chefs. So, it was a perfect match. Yes. We enjoy cooking and we are both passionate about food. our concept is to keep it fresh. That's the things about Kenyan food. There's no shortcut to it. If you try to do that, the food doesn't taste as good. All our spices are from Kenya. We take our time with every dish. All our meals are made from scratch. We try to cook as less as possible and try retain all the nutrients of vegetables. And it reflects on the food. It's delicious. Thank you. And your restaurant is the first Kenyan Restaurant in Columbus? Yes, and in Ohio, Indianapolis and in this area. I think the next one you'll find is in Maryland and the DC area. It's the only East African restaurant, in terms of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Because we share our cuisine, 95% of it. If I were to go to Kenya, would I get the same flavor as I get here or do you Ame
Local Business Spotlight: Mrs. Mita Shah Of Mardi Gras Homemade Icecream, Columbus
For more pics, follow me on Instagram. On this podcast, I sit down with Mrs. Mita Shah of Mardi Gras Homemade Icecream right here in Columbus. She talks about her journey to the US from India as a newly wed, her story, the story behind the name of the store and of course, the new summer flavors she's working on. The Yacker is also available on iTunes :)
Local Business Spotlight: Meet Cris, The Owner Of Santo Brigadeiro, Columbus
I met with Cris at her home and we talked about her life before Brigadeiros, her passion and what made her start a business making chocolates in Columbus. Outline Of The Show: What brought her to ColumbusReason why she thought Columbus was great place to introduce BrigadeiroHow do you pronounce Brigadeiro and the story behind these iconic chocolatesHow is it servedWhy Brigadeiros make for great party favorsWhat she is working on right now Where to find Santo Brigadeiro: Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/santobrigadeiro614/?fref=tsInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/santobrigadeirousa/Website: https://www.santobrigadeirousa.com/ The Yacker is also available on iTunes :) If you like it, please subscribe :) Cris - Owner Of Santo Brigadeiro The Best-Sellers: Coconut, Chocolate and Creme BruleeNewly Introduced Banana Nut Bread
Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling I Not a Review I
This podcast has me talking about Mindy Kaling's second book, Why Not Me. I talk about the six things that I really loved about the book and I sort of recommend if you should go ahead and read it or maybe wait a bit! Things I talk About: Talking about looks is not important. It's just supposed to be fun!Why she's not a fan of potlucksWhy soup snakes is the new soul mates (It makes sense, trust me:))Scientific analysis of her brain and mostly it's about UberHer 4 AM worriesHer take on confidence Join me on this chit chat, won't you? Please do leave a feedback. It's always appreciated:) The Yacker is on itunes and you can also listen/subscribe to it here if Apple is not your thing!
Where Have All The Romcoms Gone
Resh joins me on this episode and we mourn the death of romcoms and explore why there aren't any new romcoms. Is the genre dead or is it just evolving? Join us, won't you? :) Things We Talk About: The Romcom FormulaReasons why there aren't any good romcomsTalk about our favorite romcomsMr DarcyHandbag Theory, one of the reasons why studios won't make any romcomsWhat if our beloved romcoms were to be made in 2015, fun game! Join us on this chit chat, won't you? Please do leave a feedback. It's always appreciated:) The Yacker is on itunes and you can also listen/subscribe to it here if Apple is not your thing!
Star TV era of the 90's - The wonder years, Now and Then, X Files, Full House, Crystal Maze and more
My Sister-in-law joins me on this podcast and we talk about all our favourite Tv shows and movies that we watched growing up in the era of STAR TV Network! Hope you enjoy the podcast as much as we enjoyed recording it :) Please do leave a feedback, it's much appreciated. Do you have any favourites that we have missed out on? It's on itunes to listen and subscribe to and it would be great if would leave a review on itunes.
I stumbled on this podcast while searching for "minimalist". I'm almost through my first episode (12/11/15) and I can already telling that I'm going to download the entire series. It's like eaves dropping on a phone call between friends that you want to have as your friends. Would love it so much if this was every week. - 12/27/15