Hob (literally meaning love in Arabic), is a guesthouse tucked away in the backstreets of Kitisuru run by a wonderful couple, Kelly and Peter Aburi. Serving primarily Levantine cuisine, the guest house is, as the name suggests, run in the most loving manner with little quirks everywhere to make you feel right at home.
Capri is the holiday spot of the rich and famous, from the likes of Rihanna and Leonardo Di Caprio to the Kardashians (who were around when I was there!), and the prices on this beautiful island reflect exactly that i.e. you better have a full wallet when you land.
As somewhat of an Ancient Roman history buff, I had read up on Pompeii a little beforehand and was extremely intrigued to see it in person. Pompeii was an Ancient Roman city on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius (still active to this day) and was founded in the 6th/7th Century BC. On the 24th of August (or 23rd of November depending on what you read), AD 79, the residents of this city (around 11,000 people at the time) were going about their day as usual. Little did they know this would be the last day they would ever see. Mt. Vesuvius erupted and covered the entire city in 4 – 6 metres of volcanic ash, just one day after they had celebrated Vulcanalia, the festival of the Roman God of Fire (isn’t that ironic).
Italy is my favourite country in the whole world. They are my football world cup team (I know, I know, they didn’t make it this year), the food all around the country is amazing, the scenery is beautiful and their language is super sexy! So when planning my annual “summer” vacation at the beginning of this year (yes, it’s winter in Kenya so isn’t that the perfect time to get away?) where else could I choose than gorgeous Italy, the place that holds my heart… and my stomach.
I never turn down an All-You-Can-Eat buffet. Like never. I don’t care if I’m on one of my spastic diets or if I’ve just had lunch, I still never say no! So when an invitation came in to review the AYCE (“All-You-Can-Eat”, yes, I made an abbreviation for it since I love them so much) buffet at Baluba restaurant at the newly opened Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi in Westlands, I quickly responded back with a resounding YES!
I was one of those people who would drink wine just because everyone else around me was drinking it, not really considering the taste and flavor profile, and I would mainly stick to white and rose wines as red wines would give me a headache. Yeah, one of THOSE people.
Calling all high tea lovers! Have you seen this crazy influx of high teas in Nairobi?? From expensive ones, to simple ones, to boozy ones and themed ones – there seems to be a high tea to tickle any fancy. I recently tried new one that’s just been launched at the Urban Eatery and is going to be available every Saturday afternoon (12 pm to 6 pm)…
How many of you know the benefits of Baobab? That’s right, you know that big tree that looks like those creepy trees you always see in horror movies, looming up into the night sky with a trunk as big as a house?!
Disclaimer: This meal was comped by Ole Sereni. It’s been a while since Valentine’s Day, and a while since I’ve been meaning to post this!… what were your plans this year? Did you take your other half out on the town for a special night, or perhaps cook a fancy dinner at home? Did you…
Disclaimer: The Arbor invited me to this festival and comped food and drinks. So, the Arbor is at it again – you know how much I love that dinky little place with it’s cute swing, endless trees and grassy knolls. I wrote a piece about their last festival at Christmas where they had a bunch…