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Review: Wasp & Sprout

I found a cute place near me! I had been meaning to check it out for so long and I really wish I searched it out sooner. Wasp & Sprout is my new favorite place in Nairobi! It’s a really cute cafe/shop in Loresho, tucked inside the Loresho Shopping Center on Loresho Ridge Road. Once you get there (parking is pretty decent, by the way), go to the left of the apartment buildings. You’ll walk a little bit into an alleyway. Then go up the stairs at the building on the right. The space is really nice with ample tables, comfortable chairs and outside seating as well. Toward the back is the shop. The food was really good. I went specifically because on Fridays and Saturdays they now feature oyster specials from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company. I’m not a big “work at a cafe” person, but I want to go back one afternoon and do just that. The space is that nice. It’s lively without being overly loud. It’s cozy and comfortable but not …

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 …

Kitengela

A Trip to the Kitengela Studio

The other weekend we took a trip out to the Kitengela Hot Glass Studio out in Ongata Rongai. I had been wanting to go for a while and I had a credit for the store. So, we filled up the tank (it’s on the other side of town from us and then about 45 minutes outside of Nairobi city limits) and braced ourselves. Why brace ourselves? It’s a rough road. Once you pass Nazarene University, the road is no longer paved. It is really bumpy. I should note that even some of the paved part are bumpy because of potholes. I’m happy to say that it’s worth the drive, as long as you have a 4×4 with a high clearance off the ground. Don’t take a sedan. Don’t take a car that sits low. Trust me on this. I am glad we took the Tuna. Once there, we looked around the shop. Kitengela also has shops in The Village Market, the mall at Junction, and one near The Hub in Karen. But I believe the shop …

Carrefour

Checking Out Carrefour

Carrefour recently opened in Nairobi (at The Hub in Karen) and it is causing quite a stir! We checked it out after our drive through Nairobi National Park. We meant to just give a quick view since we were about to leave for the coast soon. We wound up doing a lot more than that. We went through the entire store to see everything it had to offer. Overall, we were a little disappointed. We heard so many great things about it; we expected more. In particular, we had hoped for some more French brands (or other new brands) but much of what is there can be bought elsewhere in Nairobi. However, that’s not to say that it wasn’t worth the trip or that we wouldn’t go back—in fact, we’ll be making regular trips out there. From the main photo, you can see that the fresh fruit and vegetable selection is good. We can get that elsewhere, but it’s still a plus. The same holds true for the meats. The main draw is twofold: the cheese …

yarn

Where my stitches at?

That’s a knitting joke. You either (knit and therefore) get it, or you don’t. This post is about my addiction hobby and how I’ve been keeping at it in Nairobi. When I first moved here, J. assured me that there would be ample places to buy yarn and knitting needles in Nairobi. I wasn’t sure how he thought he had any knowledge on this, but I took his word for it. It turns out that it’s not so easy to find yarn. I asked around, mostly via Facebook groups. I didn’t get a lot of advice. I did find one place, Buttons and Bows in the YaYa Center. Unfortunately, the store is more about sewing than my particular fiber craft. Also, the limited assortment of yarn was terribly overpriced. I still bought something because I needed something while I waited for my stash (yarn) to arrive in our shipment. My yarn and knitting goodies all arrived safely. I was able to knit properly. I was happy. But, I knew I would need more yarn. Before our …