Month: November 2016

Peace, Land, and Bread

Okay, just bread…but really good bread. In between exploring Africa, we do plenty of mundane things in Nairobi. There are errands to run. There are groceries to get, otherwise we can’t eat. There are all the usual daily chores that everyone has to do no matter where one lives. But, every now and then, there will be a moment of delight in the mundane. It’s those small but special things that keep a home happy. Our latest discovery is Brood. I am not a big bread person (I have problems digesting grains. I’ll have it on rare occasions if I absolutely must or if it’s worth the consequences. Let’s not discuss that anymore.) J. loves his breads. We’ve had trouble finding quality bread in Nairobi. Enter Brood. Brood is a high quality bakery using only natural ingredients. (FYI – Their breads are all sourdough, which, ahem, which helps those of us with digestive issues. Also, they have splet bread if you can’t have any wheat at all.) They originally opened in Amsterdam and then expanded …

Review: Emerson Spice

One of the places I definitely wanted to go to in Stone Town was the Emerson Spice, a lovely hotel with a gorgeous rooftop restaurant. There is only one seating per night, and there are only 12 tables. So, I made sure we booked a reservation. (I tried to book a few days in advance through the Blue Bay Beach Resort, but the utterly lazy staff at Guest Services only faked an attempt to call (right in front of us) and then said we should do it ourselves. Thanks. Luckily, on Monday, the day we wanted to go there, the Serena, where the staff is wonderful, booked it for us without any problem.) Dinner was at 7 pm, but we went early at 6 so we could enjoy cocktails and watch the sun set over Stone Town. The five-course menu changes every night and they are really good about asking about any dietary restrictions. The wine list and cocktails were excellent. The service was amazing. It was a really great and delicious experience. Here are …

Review: Blue Bay Beach Resort

For most of our stay in Zanzibar, we were at the Blue Bay Beach Resort. My review of the place is mixed. I wanted to love it, and could have, except for the service. First let’s start with what was good: Great beach area with lots of options for sun or shade Not any looky looky boys and very few people bothering you on the beach Really good food Nice room Great bathroom with fluffy towels and excellent water pressure Nice pool area Excellent gelato Now, let’s get to the service…it was slow, which is to be expected. But it was slower than you’d usually have to deal with. There was also a certain amount of rude behavior from the staff at the bar. The bartender lectured me and then made fun of me to other guests. How did that come about? I had ordered a daiquiri earlier in the day. It wasn’t made correctly. It had ice cubes in it instead of being a frozen drink. No problem. For my next one, I just …

Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Market

The other weekend, desperate to break free of U.S. election depression, we reached out to some friends. It was time to get out of the house. It was time to do something fun and see that there is still good in the world. It was time to snap out of that funk. (Not complacent, mind you. Just no longer being catatonic.) They invited us to join them and some others at the Bizarre Bazaar in Karura Forest. The bazaar is held twice a year. There is one in June or July that is basically a crafts fair. Then there is one in November that is a Christmas Market. Side Note: Normally I would have said a Christmas Market in November would be too early. I like to do one holiday at a time. However, we don’t do Thanksgiving in Nairobi. So, it’s all fair in my book. The market was lovely. In the center there was food and drink—good German beer and food from Brew Bistro. There was a stage with various dances and performances. …