The 2016 Food Post: The Tanzania Experience PART I: Dar es Salaam

You may have already read the I Love Food posts, but what is life if not eating, talking while eating (chew with your mouth closed, though, please ūüôā ), and talking about food? There is nothing quite like the discovery of a new food or spice, or like the rediscovery of the same thing. Some…

Reunited in Tanzania

This past June, I packed my husband and two younger kids and shipped us all off to Tanzania. I’m joking. They actually had a choice to come. Well, my husband did (smile).     Tanzania is my birth country and although I have lived elsewhere, I still call¬†it my home.¬†The last time I was there¬†was…

Replace the Wheat With the Coconut & Eat It All Up.

As I was measuring ingredients to make some grain-free cookies tonight, I thought about the many times we begged to lick the bowl when a cake was made at home, or to taste some of the raw mix after making a batch of cookies. As a child I ate both and never got sick, but…

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

This Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award is truly a beautiful concept. How often do we think of reading more blogs, finding out what other women are writing about, but get distracted by babies, or work, or needing some no-thinking time? I was nominated to participate in this blog by Tara Wambugu of¬†Mama Mgeni¬†(thank you,…

Captivatingly You Photography

Captivatingly You. Why this name? Why choose a word that some have considered too hard for others to remember (captivatingLY)? Because every person, animal, plant, …. Every thing I have photographed, when caught in the perfect moment is absolutely captivating! The eye of the lens and a person’s eye play a game or dance together…

I LOVE FOOD! Food journey in Tanzania (Part II)

Senene, bajia. and breadfruit, oh my! So, just what is senene? Senene are grasshoppers, and they are a delicacy in Tanzania. When I went to Tanzania there were small packages of senene sold by street vendors! Back in the day people lucky enough to be in areas most visited by these grasshoppers, would be seen…

I LOVE FOOD! Food journey in Tanzania (Part III)

I have done it! I am now hungry. Thinking of all these foods and reminiscing the decadent tastes of them all has really made my stomach rumble! The last blog took us through foods we ate in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, but mostly in Zanzibar. In retrospect I could have divided these foods per…

Ngorongoro Zebra Crossing (Part Two)

What could it be??? Aahhhh… It’s a bunch of these animals! OK, OK, Juuust kidding! It was cheetahs!! They were gorgeous! They walked right through the many trucks from one side of the road to the other! They were hunting. Our driver got word of a lion sighting, which wasn’t always easy to get, so…

Ngorongoro Zebra Crossing (Part One)

In 2010 my then 8 year old daughter and I went home to Tanzania. Besides wanting to meet more of her family, see a new place…my birth place, and trying new foods and desserts, she really wanted to go on a safari. Well, technically speaking, traveling to Tanzania was already a safari, but I knew…

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park was undoubtedly different than Ngorongoro Crater. It was closer to Arusha, I didn’t have to prove I was born in Tanzania (as I had at the Ngorongoro rangers’ house), and this park’s residents were different. Here, we saw a dik-dik making his way from the road to a safer place. We saw…

My Suckling Babe

So… my little baby is now a whole year old. I breastfed her for her first six months of life. I couldn’t believe I still had milk, although I understood how milk production worked. Every time she would leave a satisfied customer, or I pumped more than six ounces of milk (at 5, 6 months)…