Photo-Journal: A Taste of Zanzibar


Traveling is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Few things are as wonderful and satisfying  as the opportunity to experience new places, diverse cultures, people and of course, local cuisine.

Adventure Time 

While I have really been trying to not be a Judgmental Judy these days, I still struggle with the idea of people who travel, only to gripe about the culture and local food and loudly demand “normal food.”  You know the type I’m talking about! Of course we all crave a good burger once in a while, but when travelling, I really prefer to immerse my taste-buds in local flavours, experimenting with different food combinations, teasing my palate  a bit. If I don’t like it, so be it; now I know one more thing to not try next time!  To each their own I suppose, but I do highly recommend living a little, and being open to new experiences! It makes for a more satisfying and exciting experience.


Fun ‘n’ Fresh

Freshly squeezed fruit juice in the morning. Fresh fruit. And yes, I admit it, colourful citrusy cocktails! The holiday was in full swing and we were in higher spirits . My absolute favourite thing was a lime, ginger smoothie. My best friend, (whom I’ve seen drinking whiskey straight from the bottle by the way,) was complaining about the “kick. ” Imagine? I loved it and am still desperately trying to recreate it in my humble kitchen with my long-suffering blender.




Fresh from the Mango tree.


Coffee Time 

East African coffee is arguably some of the best coffee on this earth. I really enjoyed sampling the vast array of local flavours available.I am currently sipping on an intensely creamy, rich and fragrant vanilla coffee.

Spanish Omelette, Toast and a rich coffee for brekkie.
Gorgeous vintage coffee pot that I was desperately looking for everywhere around Zanzibar!


A Blogger’s Dream 

Stone Town Cafe, Stone Town; a Blogger’s Dream. We had a lovely leisurely lunch here after an eventful day of fun in the sun, sailing and snorkeling.


I’m still dreaming of these delicious enchilladas with a fresh and very spicy salsa! @Stone Town Cafe.


A wonderful seafood pasta (that took forever to come while we were starving! )which we enjoyed by an oceanside cafe after a full day of walking, sightseeing and shopping.


A lovely green chicken curry with fragrant rice.

“Pig” in the Room

One of the things I did really hate,  was that there were so many things “off” the menu when we went out to order. And because Zanzibar is a primarily Muslim island, there was definitely no pork on the menu (I know!)  But we made the best of it and survived a bacon and rib-free week!  Voila.

European Style

Like I said, sometimes you crave a little taste of home and something familiar to rest the palate! We found ourselves at the Hilton in Nungwi for this, and indulged in some lovely eats. Not local recipes, but fresh locally sourced products, and delicious offerings.

Fresh prawns in a garlic sauce. Always a winning combination.
Calamari snack.
I swore I would learn to make this dish once I got home and I’m almost there! Ravioli in a pumpkin, cream cheese, mushroom and tomato basil sauce. Unbelievably rich and filling.



The visit to the Spice farm was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We went to Jambo Spice farm and spent the morning with a local guide showing us all the different spices and plants indigenous to the island. The guided tour included a live coconut picking skit, fresh fruit tasting, and the chance to buy some spices after the tour.

Easy like Sunday afternoons.

One of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. He scaled a coconut tree for us and gave a proper show!
Fragrant lemon grass straight from the field.
My friend could not get over the fact that Pineapples grow in the ground.

Dreaming of Zanzibar  

Zanzibar remains one of my favourite travel destinations, and I have no doubt I will be returning to explore the delicious food, some sun and friendly people soon!



KWAHERI! Tutaonana baadaye. 


A hymn of Thanksgiving and Praise 💛🌻💛

Sustained by my Mother’s prayers,
Her Mother’s prayers,
My Father’s Mother’s prayers; namesake.

The steady unwavering hand of my Father,
Strong, silent, ever present.

The light of my sisters,
The fierce competition and righteous anger,
The tears and the fights!
Mellowed into friendship and love over the years,
Companionship and sisterhood. Life.

The laughs of my friends,
The easy summer nights,
Forgiving and growing,
Grieving and healing.
Nurturing this adult.

Light from light.
Golden and radiant.
Grateful and blessed.
A birthday hymn.

Daily Affirmation 18.01.18

Do the things that set your heart on fire,

That remind you that you are alive,

That you are blessed beyond belief,

That you are smart, capable and worthy.

You are here in this moment; you own this moment.

You are worthy. You are deserving.

Just a little each day.

Mazizini, Zanzibar


Easy Like Sunday Afternoon

Any day is always a good day for ice-cream in my world. Sunday afternoon, however, is a particularly good day for ice-cream. There is something magical about Sunday afternoon; the sun shines brighter, the air is softer; time moves a little slower. It’s perfect for trying out delicious new combinations.

Armed with a friend, I made my way to Gelato Crema, at Riverside Mall in Avondale; there is another branch in Borrowdale.  Gelato Crema is a fairly new space specialising in ice cream, fro-yo and baked goods; something which really has a market in Harare, especially among those with children; it’s an easy appeasement spot at a decent cost.

The space itself is positively quaint, with delicious colours stimulating your senses as you walk in, making you feel right at home. A sensory delight of baby pink, mint green, stripped awnings, light and sparkles. It’s almost like something out of a kid’s book. I love it.


The space is fun and pretty; the ice cream is good. The staff is very helpful and obliging; they let you have tiny tastes of the treats before you make your choice. Anyone who knows me knows that I am big on getting value for my money and being treated well where I spend my money. Life is too short to be spending your money where you are treated badly. Consumer care is pretty low in these parts, so I always note and appreciate a special effort. We really enjoyed our ice-cream date and I will definitely be going back to treat myself once in a while, especially for that positively orgasmic chocolate brownie!



While there is space to sit down, I wouldn’t recommend it because the shop is tiny. There are two tables but you are better off grabbing and going to enjoy your goodies outside in the warm sun. Just how ice-cream should be enjoyed. My friend had the Baobab and sugar-free Vanilla, while I opted for a double scoop of refreshing Peach and the brownie. Did I mention how good the brownie was?



“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice-cream! It’s kind of the same thing,” the chalkboard proclaims.

Look, i’m not arguing.

You should be listening to…


I’ve been making heavy use of the rotation feature on my music apps lately. I have a tendency  of finding the most amazing music, and then having the same playlist on repeat for months on end. Almost obsessively. I mean if it’s good, it’s good, right?

Then one day I will wake up feeling like I might most certainly punch a wall if I have to listen to certain songs one more time. So I drift, often in a completely new musical direction. And that’s how I end up stumbling on the best new music.  That’s the creative process for my carefully -curated playlists.

Recently, my ennui has taken me to Denmark 🇩🇰, where I discovered CHINAH. I don’t know how best to categorise them, but I would classify them as a folk band with a pop leaning coupled with electronic and classical contemporary sounds. It’s a delightful mix.

Guitarist Simon Kjær, singer and songwriter Fine Glindvad,and electronic musician and pianist Simon Anderssonption

The sounds of Chinah are mellow and frosty. It’s a very minimalist sound over a rich instrumental.  There is an almost eerie feel to their music. You find yourself listening for hours on end, thinking about some long-suppressed past. It’s haunting and engaging- draws you in and holds you and before you know it,  you have the entire EP on repeat for a couple of hours when you really only wanted to listen to one song. It’s melancholic but pithy, and just the sort of thing you need for winter blues.


Listen to the rest of the EP. It’s very ” Sunday-afternoon-in-bed-watching-the-grey-sky-from-your-bedroom-and-ruminating-on-a-lover-who-did-you-wrong.”