Retreat: Wrapping a Weekend Up with An “African” Meal

Peli Peli Kitchen

by Makayla Mason

On our final day of the retreat, we spent the morning working on plans for the semester.  Following a two-hour meeting, we worked up a hunger, and we took the opportunity to stop by a LEAP favorite: Peli Peli Kitchen.

Peli Peli Kitchen is a restaurant that some of the LEAP Ambassadors have been to, but this time, the restaurant had been revamped, and the food was different than it had been previously. Once we walked in, the smell of delicious African-themed cuisine made our mouths water! The restaurant is a build-your-own-plate assembly line. You first decide if you want a “taco” (which uses Naan bread) or a plate. We were able to choose between coconut rice or cauliflower rice. Then, we picked the meats and sides of our choice. There was a delicious creamy garlic cheese sauce that many of us decided to get on top of our food. It really added to the flavor of the dishes.

For meat, we could choose curry chicken, steak, chicken, and shrimp.

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For dessert, we had the sticky toffee cupcakes and almond chocolate chip cookies. The cupcake was the overwhelming favorite.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Houston Texas, Peli Peli Kitchen

After a great retreat weekend, it was a nice meal to enjoy before heading back to Huntsville. Overall, the LEAP Ambassadors feel confident that they will have a successful semester!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Museum of Natural Science, Houston Texas

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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