Last weekend, one of my coworkers took me out on Saturday night to a local restaurant called Pots and Palms. It’s on Riverside Drive in the Office Park (yes, an office park called Office Park). I got there first and sat at the bar to wait for my friend and I’m pretty sure I was the only non-African there and looking conspicuous. Then my phone was running out of juice and I needed to save the battery to call a driver to pick me up afterwards, so I just sat at the bar drinking my Coke looking around. Really hard to sit still by yourself at a bar while waiting for someone!
Anyway, she arrived and I had some roast chicken and chips masala (spicy fries). Food was regular pub-type food but the real reason people go to Pots and Palms is the live band. I guess it’s Congo style and they played music from all different African countries. The band was awesome and played non-stop, no breaks for at least 2 hours. A lot of people are regulars (like my coworker Beatrice) and the band knows your favorite song. No one was dancing at first but then they started to play her favorite song so she dragged me on the dance floor and pretty soon lots of people joined in. Then the dancing just kept going all night. It was a ton of fun and the music was fantastic. I’ll have to get the songs from her so I can share here. Beatrice told the lead singer my name, so then of course every song he was calling me up to dance and chanting “Christina!” randomly throughout the songs. Hilarious! The band was definitely a funny mix – the lead singer who was from Congo but wearing a traditional Nigerian costume, the blind keyboard player wearing a bow tie, and the drummer in a baseball cap, and a saxophone player.
This was when Mike was still in Mozambique for work so it was ladies night for me and Beatrice. I’ll have to bring him back another time.