Friday, May 20, 2016

Nando's Peri Peri Sauce Comes to Atlanta

I first ate at Nando's when studying in London and it was love at first peri-peri spiced bite. The hubs and I have kept a stash of Nando's at the ready for our scrambled eggs for years (thanks Publix British section). Nando, if you're listening, please put some of your restaurants here. Don't just tease us with sauce!

Now you too can become a Nando's fanatic. Thanks to my little brother, Adam Zuckerman for pinch hitting and writing this article! Now for more on their grand entrance into Atlanta...

Following up on their surprise delivery of Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce to the doorsteps of nearly 40,000 metro Atlanta residents last month, Nando’s continued their full-court press marketing campaign for the recent launch of their famous sauces on the shelves of Georgia retailers (technically you've been able to get Nando's in the British section of Publix for a while, but now it's heading to the regular hot sauce aisle). From May 5 to May 14, Nando’s transformed Atlanta Beltline Bicycle into a lively Braai, a traditional South African barbecue involving friends, fire, meat and plenty of PERi PERi sauce, to help spread the word.

Nando's peri peri chicken
 Peri Peri chicken on the grill

The sauce, which is made from unripened lemons, onion, garlic and the African Bird’s Eye chilli pepper, was created in Nando’s PERi-PERi restaurant chain started by Fernando Duarte and Robbie Brozin in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. There are now more than 1,000 Nando’s PERi-PERi restaurants around the world, including more than 30 U.S. locations, serving dishes influenced by Mozambique and Portugal cuisine. 

Nando's Brai on the Beltline
Nando's brai on the beltline

The wait is finally over for Georgia residents who previously had to grab a bottle of the addictive sauces while traveling. Georgia residents can now buy Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce, touted by the event promoters as “The most famous sauce you’ve never heard of,” in retailers such as Kroger, Fresh Market, Walmart and Publix.

The flavorful sauce is available in five styles, including Mild, Medium, Garlic, Hot and Extra Hot. As I can attest, PERi-PERi sauce is a flavorful addition to everything from barbecued meat to scrambled eggs. Or, as demonstrated at the event, the sauce is also a deliciously fiery ingredient in your next Bloody Mary. Now, just head to your neighborhood grocery store and buy a bottle for yourself already!

Want to make your own peri peri chicken? Check out the recipe here.

*While this dinner was free, I legit love Nando's and have paid for many a bottle myself! The opinions are our own.
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