ask Tetlanyo about
brunches • bookstores • culture • music • nightlife
a bit about Tetlanyo
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in Operations at Facebook. I'm also the Marketing & Corporate Relations Director of the African Professional Network of Ireland (APNI), a non-profit organisation. I believe in both orgs' missions.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Anything upbeat. Adulting is hard as it is. I don't see the point of depressing myself. So lots of hip hop, afro beat and pop.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Mad Men, The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls, Insecure, Being Mary Jane, Dear White People and Queen Sugar. I watch more documentaries than TV shows
Name some spots in Dublin that are good for a Tinder date.
Places with a good vibe. Sophie's (Brunch), St. Stephen's Green park (hanging out), Clement & Pekoe (coffee), Dulce Sicily (dessert) and Drury Buildings (drinks)
Who’s your hero and where in Dublin would you take them out for a serious hang?
The person who comes to mind right now is my grandfather. I'd show him the Facebook office, because I know he'd be curious about where I work.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mainly Zara, COS and DKNY. Every once in a while, I need a more 'classy' dress. For those I typically go to Reiss, Karen Millen or Ted Baker. I travel to Botswana and South Africa at least once a year. When there I make it a point to get outfits made, and shop for clothes and accessories
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Coppers. I heard about it before I even moved to Dublin and knew it wouldn't be for me. But I went there once just to say I gave it a go.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I go for brunch about once a week. Favourite spots include San Lorenzo, 777, Sophie's, Whitefriar Grill and Hatch & Sons. But I'm always keen to try new places.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Dublin and where did you get it?
I'm pretty sure Chapter One has the most decadent and delicious Irish coffee in Dublin. A chef comes and makes it beside your table. It's a whole production that involves heating up the sugar on a flame, and mixing fresh nutmeg, cream, whiskey and coffee. The aroma is heavenly, and the taste is unreal.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Dublin that you particularly like?
The Jameson Butchers, a secret whiskey bar. When you enter through the front, you'd think it's a normal butcher shop. Nothing special. But of course that's all a front.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Dublin? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Again, Chapter One. I wouldn't know how much it cost because I didn't pay for the bill. But it's one of Dublin's Michelin-starred restaurants.
What restaurant in Dublin looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
Asian restaurants on Capel Street
Where can you get the best cocktail in Dublin? Which one do you like?
The Vintage Cocktail Club, commonly called VCC. My favourites are the Dirty Wizard, Purple Pearl and Wobbler. My friends and I try go there once a month. I usually try a new cocktail, or at least taste my friends' drinks.
Where would you take your partner in Dublin if you wanted to really pamper them?
The Marker Hotel spa, followed by drinks on their rooftop bar.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Dublin?
The Guinness Storehouse
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Dublin?
I'm a bibliophile. My favourite bookstore in Dublin is Hodges Figgs.
What are the Dublin spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Walk around Temple Bar - it may be a tourist trap, but it has plenty of hidden gems. Cycle around Phoenix Park - it's got important peoples' homes and deer (yes, the animal!). Take a train to Bray - once there, enjoy the scenic walk to Greystones. Hop on a bus and head to Howth for a hike or the freshest seafood.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dublin. How do you spend it?
I moved to Dublin to work for Jameson. So I imagine I'd visit the Old Jameson Distillery, for old times sake, then head over to The Lighthouse (my favourite cinema in Dublin) if anything good was playing. After that I'd meet friends for one last night out.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
New York. It's a modern art mecca. I can hardly sleep when I'm there - probably a combination of jet lag and the fact that the pace of the city gives me an adrenaline rush. You can never run out of things to see and do there. New York is closely followed by Paris, Cape Town, Singapore and Barcelona.