Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

#152: the world’s only Mauritanian restaurant!

Share   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 […]

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

Share   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 […]

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#148: amazing Gambian hospitality

Share   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. […]

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Jubba Restaurant: San Jose Train Station Somali

Share   I hate to be one of those food bloggers who massively overuses the word “best”, but I think I might have eaten the best African food of my life recently. And that’s saying something, since I’m a little bit obsessed with African food.   Jubba Restaurant, in sunny San Jose, California, is incredibly […]

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#146 Swaziland: great cook, cruel bartender

Share   My first thought on a recent Saturday morning went something like this: oh crap, I’m accidentally an a**hole. The night before, a wonderful gentleman from Swaziland cooked an amazing meal for me. I repaid the poor lad with an epic, two-day hangover. Here’s the scene: my friend Mfundi – a sharp twentysomething pharmaceutical […]

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