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William Lawson’s Mixed Apple Drink- Who is It For?
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William Lawson’s Mixed Apple Drink- Who is It For?

I first saw this drink on The Kenyan Bar Guy’s review, where he described it as ‘a drink for people that know nothing about whisky.’ I had not even tasted it yet but was in agreement. Because for one, I am of the opinion that whisky does not make the best of cocktails, and two, apple juice?! I know we are in the wave and craze of launching ciders everywhere, women being the target market, but apples in whisky is something I never saw coming. I don’t know if William Lawson’s did a research prior to establish whether whisky heads would love a dash of apple juice in their drink, or if women who lean towards ciders want the whisky vibe. Or was this an effort to bring both parties together? Anyway, so I get the drink. I was sceptical, but also hopeful that William Lawson’s had put in...
Donuts by Rose
Food, Reviews

Donuts by Rose

This is not her official business name, as at the time of writing this she was in the process of building the brand. Her name however, is Rose. So, we’ll go with that 😜. In these Corona times, many of us have taken to trying out new skills (like me with the banana bread) or sharpening skills we already had. Some, like Rose, have taken their skills a level higher, by not just sharing on social media, but turning it into a business! You see the way we keep saying corona itatuonyesha mambo? Ni kama itatuonyesha new ways of making money pia if we are serious. Rose’s donuts had been looking all sorts of delicious on her IG stories, so of course when she announced she would be selling, I was among the first to place my order! Please, you do not need a special occasion to eat nice thin...
Hunters Dry Cider- A Review
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Hunters Dry Cider- A Review

Is it just me, or does this drink sort of give one an instant feel-good? I love it. And it is not even the instant feel-goodness that I absolutely vibe with, but also the flavour is quite premium! You know that other cider than I reviewed and wondered why they had to use the word ‘premium’ for their drink? I think they should have asked the guys behind Hunters wassup because this is what premium tastes like. Is it just me, or does this drink actually not taste like a cider at first? Ha. I had not paid much attention to the label, was busy enjoying the fullness of its flavour- which gives me more beer-ey vibes than cider-ey-. Kumbe kwa label apples are being mentioned everywhere. You see, this is what drinking too much Tusker Cider and Snapp does to you (and I love those drinks), yo...
On-board The Banana Bread Craze
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On-board The Banana Bread Craze

This article shouldn’t be under the reviews section because I digress a lot and ideally you shouldn’t review something you made yourself, yes? I think so. But all my previous attempts at baking have been whack, and finally something eatable came out the oven! In Kenya we say corona will show us things. Here is you being shown a thing :) . I saw a meme on Instagram that was about people who have only two moods; either they feel totally meh, or they feel like they are Eliud Kipchoge, God’s gift to the marathon world. Is me. That meme. Baking banana bread SUCCESSFULLY had me wondering why with my big age I have not opened a bakery yet? Like… This was my third attempt at baking in life. The first two attempts were a massive flop, even guys who are not picky eaters said no. That unl...
The Jollof Rice Experience at Mama Ashanti
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...