All posts tagged: Nairobi

Review: Off the Rocks

After much anticipation…okay, maybe it was just me…Off the Rocks, the oyster bar at Village Market, has opened! I was its first customer. Okay, I am obsessed with oysters and might have been checking in to see if it was open several times a week. Located in the new food court area of Village Market, is the first eatery on the left as you enter. Nicely set up with high tables as well as the bar, and with charging outlets around the bar panel, the bar is also really cute and works well for people who might want to stop in on the go. Who does that? Well, I do. So, there you go. The oysters, from the Indian Ocean Oyster Company, are fresh and delicious. The wine options are great. They also offer artisanal gin made in Kenya, but I haven’t tried it yet. The service is great and the people working the bar know what they’re doing. Yes, it’s in a mall, like so many things in Kenya. Yes, it’s a food court. …

Review: Carnivore

I have been in Nairobi for over three years and I only just went to Carnivore. Why did I wait so long? There are a few reasons. First, it’s far from me. Second, I heard that the food was no longer good. Finally, I heard that it was played out and no longer a fun experience. What I heard was wrong. Yes, it’s far, but it’s worth the trip. The food is very good! And the experience was great! Yes, it’s expanded from the days that J. and his family would go there. But it’s not some kind of enormous Disneyland of food. It’s a nice, casual, churrascaria-type restaurant. (They do have vegetarian options.) There is some “game” meat like antelope, crocodile, and ostrich. There is also plenty of chicken and beef and pork. There were also ox balls, which I have discovered to be delicious. In addition to the great food, the setting was nice and the service was great. Oh, and their wine list is pretty good. I had a fantastic time there …

Time Flies

And just like that, we hit three years. Time really does fly. It’s really been three years. We’ve explored a ton, but we still want to see more of Kenya and of Africa. We’ve learned a lot, and are still learning something new almost every day. We’ve made great friends and keep making more. The journey has been great so far and I’m excited to say that it will continue. We’ve just signed on for another two years. Here’s looking forward to more adventure!

Coffee!

It’s hard, damned near impossible, to find good coffee in Nairobi. I had heard that Spring Valley Coffee was good. However, I never made it there because getting in and out of that shopping center (on Lower Kabete Road, same center as the Total Station) is a nightmare. Well, now, everything changed. They’ve opened a shop in the new food court area of Village Market. Now, it’s easy for me to get good coffee, including whole or freshly ground beans. It’s a big improvement in the quality of our life! If you’re not near Village Market or Spring Valley, then I am sorry. You will have to make do. If there are other places for great coffee (Wasp & Sprout is nice but the coffee doesn’t compare to Spring Valley Coffee) please put that information into the comments!

WAPI? Box

Wapi means where in Swahili. In Nairobi, you’ll hear a lot of, “iko wapi…?” Translated to English, this means, “where is…”—insert whatever the person is looking for. WAPI Box, however, is all about “where” in a good way. It’s about where to get cool stuff that is local. The company, WAPI?, puts it best: Nairobi is full of hidden treasures. WAPI? enables you to discover the best of what your city has to offer, connecting you with local businesses, artisans and initiatives which meet your needs and interests. WAPI? works with local businesses, artisans and initiatives to increase their visibility, reach and impact. WAPI? provides a range of options to help you find local, authentic, meaningful products and experiences, according to your needs and interests, away from the dining, shopping and social experiences offered by go-to malls. The way it works is quite simple. Much like monthly boxes you can subscribe to in the U.S., WAPI? Box lets you sign up for a three-, six-, or twelve-month subscription or you can order month by month. I …