For Ayesha Curry, there was no better way to surprise guests at her new restaurant, “International Smoke,” than a visit from fellow Toronto native and rapper Drake and Golden State Warriors guard (and husband) Steph Curry. Before heading in for today’s NBA playoff games, reining MVP Steph Curry took a couple of days to help his wife open the doors to her new barbecue pop-up in San Francisco. The pre-event on opening night got even more exciting for fans and future diners when Drizzy, aka Drake, showed up to support the duo and get a taste of Ayesha’s Asian-inspired barbecue.
Ayesha, who is also slated to host her own show on the Food Network — according to ABC, has offered fans of the Curry family recipes and meal ideas for months via social media and promises her own cookbook. But now, she’s decided to give fans an actual taste of flavors in her first restaurant venture.
The restaurant is a collaboration with award-winning restaurateur and chef, Michael Mina, and is a quest that Curry has been interested in for quite some time. Housed in Michael Mina’s Test Kitchen in the Marina, the new pop-up is one of many eateries that has graced the area and will continue to invite foodies in until the end of summer.
For some, the two may seem like an unlikely pair but in a release by the San Francisco Gate, Ayesha shed light on how the concept for the new eatery came about.
“As Michael and I talked, this idea was born. It embodies every aspect of the flavors I cook with and it is representative of the different cultures I grew up with and around.”
As with each of Mina’s Test Kitchen pop-ups, guests are offered a four-course menu that is served family style. And, customers have a new reason to stop in each month. The International Smoke’s menu selections will change and feature entrees straight from Curry’s impending cookbook, “The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well”.
Ayesha Curry…Mother, Wife and Entrepreneur
The health conscious Mrs. Curry has also worked to inspire women (and men) in other areas outside of the kitchen. Besides encouraging women to dress less provocatively, she’s also been vocal about family and taking care of home.
The mother of two has never been shy to admit the joys and laughs endured while raising her and Steph Curry’s girls, Ryan and Riley. In an interview with Parents magazine, she gave readers a taste of life for the family of four.
“The amount of stuff you get done in a day is insane. Like, what were we doing with our time before kids?…It’s an event to get all four of us out of the house at once. When we get in the car and we’ve brought everything and everybody has socks on, it’s like a dream come true.”
The busy mom also talked about co-parenting with her record-breaking NBA star, Steph Curry.
“The thing I love about him is that he’s not too cool for school. He’ll get down on the floor and play with the girls. He’ll put on dress-up clothes if he has to, and he’s very patient, which is something I’m not. We balance each other out.”
Ayesha’s cookbook is due out this fall. Curry’s International Smoke is now open and will run Wednesday-Saturday nights until summer’s end. Fans can tune in to see how far Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors will make it in the NBA playoffs against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors were the victors in the first battle on Thursday.
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