In a London restaurant, Senegalese hold heads high despite England disappointment | WorldCup

It was a freezing night in east London, but inside Little Baobab, an inconspicuous Senegalese restaurant hidden away in a building in Clapton, there was a cautious buzz of optimism. Usually the venue hosts Senegalese musicians, often playing mbalax, a type of Senegalese and Gambian dance music. But tonight, it was all about the football, with the crowd of 40 or so hopefully their team could reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in just the second time.

Khadim Mbamba, the restaurant’s chef, refused to sit, but chose instead to lean nervously against a chair at the very back of the room. “Some people have told me Senegal only has a 15% chance of winning,” he said. “I would say 35%. I don’t think there’s going to be many goals, though. 1-0 or 2-1, maybe.”

For Mbamba, it’s significant that the team is led by Aliou Cissé, a veteran of the famous 2002 campaign when Senegal beat then world champion France.

“We were coached by French managers so long. Now, most of the African teams are coached by Africans. Every country has its own mentality. A Senegalese manager knows how to handle the team and deal with the players.”

The Senegalese team are no strangers to grief. In the year of the 2002 World Cup campaign, the MV Le Joola, a ferry that connects Senegalese coastal cities, sank and 1,863 people lost their lives. Eleven of them were relatives of Cissé, and his sister was one of the dead.

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“The Drunker You Are, The Better I Am”

Adele cracks jokes, telling fans to order drinks during her Vegas act
Adele Cracks Jokes About Fans Enjoying Her While Drunk During Concert (Photo Credit –Instagram)

British singer Adele said that she has worked her “absolute a*** off” to create her Las Vegas show.

The 34-year-old singer previously postponed her entire residency, just 24 hours before the opening night, after her team was hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, and Adele has now confessed that her fans “wouldn’t have liked” the show, reports Female First UK.

She said on stage: “I worked my absolute a*** off for this. I couldn’t have done that other show and you wouldn’t have liked it either, I’m telling you that.” The ‘Easy on Me’ hitmaker, who is one of the world’s best-selling artists, also joked that her fans will enjoy her show more after they’ve had a few drinks.

According to the ‘Sunday Mirror’ newspaper, Adele told fans: “Go and order some drinks …the drunker you are, the better I am.”

Earlier this year, an insider explained that Adele had made a conscious decision to make her shows at Caesars Palace more “intimate” than she previously planned.

The source said at the time, quoted by Female First UK: “Adele has revised her plan for the show, has stripped it back. The production will be very classy, ​​the show is centered on her energy and vocals.”

Adele postponed her entire residency in January, and the award-winning star afterward took to social media to explain the decision to her fans.

Female First UK further stated that the London-born star

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50 notable new Connecticut restaurants that opened in 2022

Spaghetti Boia at the new Cugine's Italian in Stamford's South End.

Spaghetti Boia at the new Cugine’s Italian in Stamford’s South End.

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John and Morgan Nealon opened Cugine’s June 10 in the Harbor Point district, with what they call “alluring, well-plated Italian cuisine,” refined cocktails and an extensive wine list. The new upscale restaurant is next door to Taco Daddy, their casual and playful spot for tacos and whimsical drinks, but they’re looking forward to introducing something entirely different, they say.

Chef Rick O’Connor brings experience from Michelin-starred Marea in New York City, where he became proficient in crafting crudos. He brings that expertise to Cugine’s, with plates like tuna with shaved frozen foie gras and torched pickled strawberries, uni and anchovy butter on brioche toast and bay scallop ceviche with watermelon and mint.

Other shareable plates include meatballs, steamed clams with Calabrian chili butter, crostini with whipped ricotta and roasted grapes and fried calamari. Vegetable-forward dishes include shaved raw and grilled zucchini with mint salsa verde, mixed mushrooms with garlic and thyme, and Brussels sprouts with honey agrodolce and mint.

A variety of fresh, housemade pastas range from simply-prepared ricotta cavatelli pesto and spaghetti boia with tomatoes to wild boar gnocchi, baby octopus puttanesca and lumache with bay scallops, zucchini and guanciale. An entree of brick chicken tagliata features arugula salad with shaved parmesan, and petite shoulder tenderloin is served with potato-fontina croquettes, grilled lettuce, red wine jus and cauliflower puree. Grilled langoustines are paired with a fennel and citrus salad.

121 Towne Street, 203-276-9266,

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