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Month: May 2020

The Jollof Rice Experience at Mama Ashanti
Food, Reviews

The Jollof Rice Experience at Mama Ashanti

My curiosity for West African food was first sparked on Twitter, during one of those recurring battles Kenyans On Twitter start with other countries. This time it was a fight with Nigeria, with the two countries throwing shade at the culture, dressing, food, and women of the other. ‘Kenyans are the white people of Africa! The most tasteless food I’ve ever had!’ read one tweet, with an attached photo of a sufuria full of mashakura. Now, mashakura is a concoction of veggies and meats, carrots, peas, boiled in a large pot of water, that is popular with Central Kenya folk. Nobody knows why anyone needs so much soup. The story goes that since our Central Kenya friends are too busy solving bigger issues in the country, they have no time to prepare a decent dish. So they throw everything i...
Sikera Premium Cider is Honestly Redundant
Drinks, Reviews

Sikera Premium Cider is Honestly Redundant

You know the way you like something so much that you get a similar one but in a different color or size? But then you quickly realize, maybe you never needed the second one. The first works perfectly well. The only consolation is you now have more than one option to choose from. I feel that is what Kenya Breweries Limited did when they introduced Sikera Premium Apple Cider. Tusker Cider did very well, we totally love (d) it, and they were like, oh, let us give them an alternative; maybe have the Unique Selling Point a Premium Cider’. In the last few years, ciders seem to proliferate the market. Why? Apparently a ‘consumer study’ was done and ‘this new world brand has been specifically developed to meet the changing consumer palette’. Mimi I’d just like to know what percentage of ...
The Bullfrog at Charlie’s Bistro
Drinks, Reviews

The Bullfrog at Charlie’s Bistro

It had been a long time since I’d had a decent cocktail, having spent August in Bungoma and Kisumu, towns that you can’t find decent food or a good cocktail, if you needed one. Actually, after having a meh Mohito at Roan Bar and Restaurant in Kisumu, I canceled out all intentions to try any other made-by-order drink in both towns. I could have changed my mind in Bungoma, but the food (a basic need) in most restaurants was so terrible I couldn’t fathom them putting any effort in fancy things like cocktails. Honestly, Bungoma was a great disappointment on so many fronts, sad to see a town sleeping on so much potential, seeing as those I met visiting are quite a number. Tip: If you don’t want to eat while gnashing your teeth in Bungoma, because of anger at the atrocities served to you ...
Kingfisher: Still a Lady’s best Treat
Drinks, Reviews

Kingfisher: Still a Lady’s best Treat

A friend who contributes here is holding me hostage over something I did with Kingfisher Wine. He calls himself, Ian, the Connoisseur, because there’s very little about whiskey he won’t tell you. His love for good whiskey, and constantly writing about it on his social media platforms, made me drop my favorite brandy, Richot, and start sampling different whiskeys just to see what the hype is all about. Anyway, back to why he’s holding me hostage. We were hanging out at a joint in the CBD a while back, and when my double of Jack Daniels came, I asked the waiter to get me a bottle of Kingfisher as well. Ian looked at me like I had just ordered chapatti with omena stew. His eyes said, ‘what in heaven’s name do you intend to do with a Kingfisher just after ordering a double of ...