Photo-Journal: A Taste of Zanzibar

Travel

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.

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Fresh from the Mango tree.

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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.

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Spanish Omelette, Toast and a rich coffee for brekkie.
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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.

 

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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.

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Spicy!

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.

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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!

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KWAHERI! Tutaonana baadaye. 

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