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River Cafe

Review: River Cafe

The other week I met up with a friend at the River Cafe in the Karura Forest. It was a beautiful day and the setting was just perfect. The cafe is open air, but covered so you’re protected from the sun and rain. You feel like you’re dining outside. The atmosphere is laid back and comfortable. Too boot, the place is dog friendly. Not only that, but they make sure no dogs are too close to one another and they provide water and bowls for the dogs. The service was a touch slow, but not bad. Everyone was very friendly, so I was okay with things taking a little time given the great hospitality. The food was pretty good. They messed up both our orders. For me, my poached eggs (they asked how I wanted them and I said very runny) came out a bit too firm and my friend’s vegetarian meal came with bacon (uh oh!). I dealt fine with my eggs—they were still yummy. The waiter came back quickly with the right order …

Two Rivers Mall

Two Rivers Mall has opened, thankfully without any caged up dolphins. The mall is still pretty empty, but some stores and restaurants are open. The key store, Carrefour is open, which makes life easier. Overall the mall is nice. It’s an alternative to Village Market. There are plenty of the same shops (boring) but some other ones too. I’m hoping (probably in vain) that there might be some smaller boutiques and small businesses opening up in the mall. If not, then I’ll mostly be going just to the Carrefour. The overall feel is very much like an airport. It’s nice and airy…but still like an airport. The restaurants are still opening up. The one that’s open and running is Nove. It’s decent. It’s not amazing, but it’s solid. Sadly, they changed their menu. They used to have a nice weekend brunch menu but no longer offer it. In addition to the Carrefour, there is a Chandarana. It seems odd to have to two grocery stores in the same mall, but there it is. It’s a …

Fashion High Tea

A couple weeks ago, I attended the Fashion High Tea with some friends. The event was held at Zen Garden and included food, drinks, music, artisan stalls where you could shop, and of course a fashion show. I didn’t stay for the fashion show. I would have, but things kicked off at 2 pm and I had another event that night. I needed to pace myself and take a breather in between. This is not to say that I didn’t have fun. It was nice to dress up and be out with girlfriends. It was nice to be out in a setting that was casual and not stuffy, and yet everyone looked fantastic. My friend, @anelegentleman on Instagram, would have approved of the event and of all the stylish people in attendance (men too!). Several of the most fashionable were wearing designs by my friend Sarah (in the white, red, and yellow dress). I was off brand but I changed into one of her dresses later that night for a party. Her designs were a …

Diving in Watamu

Our first real dive trip in Kenya was in early January at Watamu, just south of Malindi. It was amazing. The diving was easy, the reefs were healthy, and marine life abundant. While we didn’t see any sharks or whale sharks (though it was whale shark season), each dive had something to see and was really enjoyable. You literally could coast along and be entertained by all the fish. We dove with Aqua Ventures and did ten dives total. We would have done more but afternoon diving wasn’t really an option because of the winds. Still, ten was plenty and I reached my 200th dive! What did we see? We saw a lot of eels, lots of schooling fish (always nice to see given the state of the oceans), puffers and boxfish (my favorites), Napoleon Wrasse, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, and much more. We did take pictures and video (to come soon). Please note that they are from a simple point and shoot. I think next time we’ll go with DSLRs to get better shots. Unfortunately, with …