Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Join us for Four Corners of Africa Lunch, March 11

Want to munch dishes from five African countries, while helping a mother who just lost her only child? Then come join us for an epic African lunch on March 11! Here’s the story: I met Aline, an immigrant from the Central African Republic, when she took an entire day off from work to prepare a home-cooked meal for […]

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#153 Central African Republic: bring on the home-cooked grub(s)

  Let’s get this out of the way first: yes, I ate four plates of caterpillars. Yes, I very much enjoyed them. And caterpillars contain four times as much protein per ounce as unadorned chicken breasts, so I could even make horrible puns about eating healthy grub(s).   Now you might be wondering: how, exactly, does an […]

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#152: the world’s only Mauritanian restaurant!

  Pretty much my entire life revolves around hard-to-find international foods, but this is one of my favorite finds ever: I just ate in the world’s only Mauritanian restaurant outside of Mauritania. Here’s the story: I contacted absolutely everybody I could find from Mauritania. Unfortunately, that was only one guy: a fellow named Nasser Wedaddy, […]

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#149-150 Zambia & Zimbabwe: Southern African geniuses gone wild

  I was drinking beer at an alumni happy hour a few weeks ago, and I kept thinking to myself: “You know, I’ve never even met anybody from Zambia or Zimbabwe. Ever. I mean, I’ll probably find those cuisines in New York City only when pigs fly through the 86th Street subway station…”   As luck would […]

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#148: amazing Gambian hospitality

  Sometimes, people are simply amazing.   With mixed success, I’ve been a cold-calling fiend lately: if you’re a UN Mission, a community organization, or a New York-based artist from any of the remaining hard-to-find countries, I’ve probably tried to contact you. I’ve even spent entire rainy afternoons wandering through the Bronx, chasing vague rumors of Gambian cuisine. In […]

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