Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

The search for Namibian food… in Namibia

Share   In New York, I often spend hours and hours searching for cuisine from underappreciated African nations, like Namibia. But if I actually go to Namibia, it should be relatively easy to find authentic Namibian food. Right? Well, maybe not. My lovely wife and I just spent two and a half weeks driving around […]

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#138-140 Cameroon, Libya, & Mozambique: the 2015 African motherlode

Share   As you may know, I’m a little bit salty about the African food scene in NYC. Don’t get me wrong: I still haven’t met a plate of African food that I didn’t like, and our city is blessed with some phenomenal African chefs. There just aren’t quite enough of them here. Something like […]

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#71B Egypt again, but with no pigeons this time

Share   One of the things that makes my porky heart hurt is when wonderful, hole-in-the-wall ethnic restaurants close down. El Karnak, that fun Egyptian spot I visited in Astoria? Long gone, replaced by a Yemeni restaurant called Maya Cuisine. You know I love Yemeni food, but NYC was a distinctly more enjoyable place when […]

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#133 Democratic Republic of Congo: Badjoko catering

Share     At the risk of sounding like an untrendy culinary grinch, I’m often ambivalent about pedigreed chefs who were trained in fancy culinary academies. Sure, I thoroughly respect the hard work of chefs who learned some great skills in culinary school, and I’ll happily devour their delicious food. But I’m much more interested […]

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#132 Tunisia: Yemeni food is awesome! Tunisian, too… probably

Share   This seems to be a thing lately: my path to a good Tunisian meal in NYC has been filled with a few screw-ups, mostly of my own making. Tunisian food fail #1: I had heard great things about Bistro Lamazou, a restaurant owned by the Tunisians who brought us the always-excellent Lamazou Cheese […]

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