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The Treehouse


Many moons ago, teenaged J. would go out to the Toonna Tree, a club on Museum Hill in Nairobi. The Toonna Tree became the Treehouse. The Treehouse closed in 2012. Now, it’s back. We went to the grand opening a few weeks ago. Opening night pulled in a large crowd, and a fun one. The music was good and they had some good bands for opening night. They even had Sauti Sol, a popular Kenyan band, as the main act. For J., it was a trip down memory lane. For me, it was a fun night out. It’s a great club and I recommend checking it out. There’s just one catch: the parking lot area. It’s dark and big with lots of hiding places. Be careful as you leave. Don’t rely on finding a cab. Make sure to use a driver you know and trust. In the club, it’s safe. But that parking lot is not a good place to be waiting or walking around. Here are some pictures from that night.  

view from sankara

Review: Champagne Bar & Graze

We went out recently for a belated birthday celebration at the Sankara hotel’s Champagne Bar and Graze, their steakhouse. The Champagne bar was really nice: excellent service, nice view (even with all construction going on in Westlands), rooftop but with indoor and outdoor options so you can enjoy the view without getting cold, and excellent drinks. Some photos of the bar entrance taken with my iPhone below. Graze was good but not excellent. The overall experience was great, really great. I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The half star is held back because of…well…the steak. We ordered their nicest cut, cooked rare. The meat was tender and juicy. But, it lacked flavor. I think the cut of beef itself was really good, but they probably didn’t season it at all. Or something. I don’t know. I can’t figure it out. The best guess I have is that their audience prefers sauces on their steaks and so they keep the meat bland. I prefer a steak that only needs a touch of salt and …