Cote D’Ivoire

Observations after a month of running a restaurant in Abidjan

by phil December 18, 2013 Biz

Here are a few observations and lessons learned from nearly two months of running a full service restaurant in Abidjan. Running a restaurant is a great way to meet people. Among our regulars, we have the captain of ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire’s most storied club football team). We have Monsieur Kedjenou, an extremely well-read Anglo-Ivorian […]

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Open for Business

by phil November 6, 2013 Biz

Around the end of each month, you start to see a few more armored trucks than usual rolling around Abidjan. They are filled with cash and on their way to supply banks and ATMs with the monthly salaries of workers who find themselves in the formal economy. Some people are paid around the 24th and […]

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A Cocktail Shaker and 10 meters of Fabric in Adjame Market

by phil October 3, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

If you want to tropicalize yourself (you should do this at some point in your life), Abidjan in August might not be the place to do so. The rainy season lingers, the sky is gray, and cold showers – normally a relief – leave you breathless. As a pale tubabu, I embrace the grayness and […]

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Venya 2.0: Creating a restaurant sur place in Abidjan

by phil August 7, 2013 Biz

I wrote some time ago about our plans to scale up our food business in Abidjan (for previous posts on the biz, see here). After convincing two additional friends to invest in the project, we are beginning to realize those plans. The latest development: we have a location! Up until now, we have been operating […]

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Red Roofs of Yop City Part III: Abbey and Jula

by phil July 8, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

The following is the 3rd and final part of a piece on Toits Rouges, a neighborhood in the Yopougon quartier of Abidjan. I have spent a lot of time in this neighborhood over the past several years. I hope this offers an accurate picture of that place. See part 1 and part 2 first. If […]

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Personal Update: Travel Plans for July and Updates on Abidjan Food Biz

by phil June 29, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

On the film set for SOS Democracy sketch comedy that will soon be released. First thing, if you use google reader to read this site, that shit is going away on Monday. There are alternatives, though. Free alternatives. I just switched over to Feedly, and it couldn’t have been more straightforward. In one click, on […]

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