Hopefully you’ve noticed that I’ve taken quite the hiatus over the past few weeks. After two glorious weeks in Kenya (more on this later), I returned to New York and immediately moved to a new apartment. But, now that the dust has somewhat settled, the first order of business is to reminisce on my African adventure with lots of food photos and descriptions of utter hedonism.
Although this was my first experience in Africa, my trip was far different from the traditional safari voyage; in fact more of a relaxed beach vacation. After an 11 hour layover in London, 16+ hours of air travel, and time spent in the makeshift international arrivals area (read: tent) at Nairobi airport, my parents and I arrived in Lamu, a small island off the coast of Kenya.
A world heritage site, Lamu is the ultimate paradise—clear blue waters, long stretches of un-inhabited beach, and boats instead of cars. Days were spent enjoying long luxurious beach walks, sampling local seafood, and going for dips in the ocean.
Lunch at Lamu House Restaurant on the other side of the Island:
The local Swahili cuisine is an interesting mix of Indian and African—samosas, chutneys and pungent stews are pervasive, with an emphasis on seafood and tropical fruits. We ate almost entirely seafood-based dishes, ranging from Western-inspired to Swahili and even some Asian influences.
Fish Curry, Okra and a Spicy Fresh Salad:
Langoustines and Roasted Vegetables: