Monday, October 20, 2014

Soaking in Kenya

On Sunday, we decided to explore some Kenyan culture. We started at the Giraffe Center which is working to conserve the endangered Rothschild giraffes and educate youth about conservation in Kenya. The giraffe we visited with was named Daisy who was quite hungry. We learned that giraffes eat 75 pounds of food a day. At the center they also had a turtle enclosure and warthogs -- who are apparently uninvited but continue to burrow under the fence to have their babies.

After that, we headed to the Bomas of Kenya for a cultural dance, music and acrobatic show. It was hard to stay in your seat! (Check out some of the action below.) We ended our day with dinner at the Sarova Stanley Hotel and I had the fish in chips, served in a giant serving chandelier (not sure what else to call it). It was delicious and the waiter was excited to present the dish to me (those arms with things in them were attached to the plate you can see behind it).

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Maasai Market Morning

This has been a busy week of work in Nairobi getting ready for a conference next week but we were finally able to take a break today and head out to the Maasai Market. My co-worker, Madeleine, and I grabbed a cab after a late breakfast and started our day with major bargaining. We were talking about how our moms would love the market and want to buy everything - sorry, moms, we just couldn't fit it all in our suitcases, you'll have to come check it out for yourselves. After the market, we stopped by a local mall to look for an outfit for Madeline and found these pretty sweet, tiny hats for US$100 which was way too much but the photo was free.
For about US$85 I took home this haul. One thing isn't pictured because it's a gift (well, a couple things pictured are gifts too, but you'll just have to act surprised). My favorites: jammy pants (super soft with pockets!), a woven bowl (which will look perfect on my coffee table), a glass bead and brass necklace and a sisal and leather woven purse. If you ever come for safari, this is a must-see stop. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more weekend adventures!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Crawl

Some of you may remember my post from last spring about the Caffeine Crawl, you can check it out here. Curious about whether a second crawl could live up to the fun of the first time, we bought tickets months ago (because it sells out fast!) and headed out yesterday on the yellow school bus for another round of coffee and chocolate in KC.
Our stops for the day included: Hi Hat Coffee, Annedore's Fine Chocolate, Broadway Cafe + Roasting Company, Kaldi's Coffee, PT's Coffee, All About Coffee and Parisi Artisan Coffee. The day focused on education and we each made our own latte with a milk coach, mixed a coffee blend of beans, learned about kitchen science with homemade coffee caviar and pomegranate pop rocks, taste-tested the difference between washed and natural coffee beans and performed pour overs.
It was another great day of tasting and exploring the city (and the weather cooperated this time, which was a nice surprise after it poured during the last crawl). The places we visited were generous and filled our bellies with everything from toddy-flavored cream puffs to chocolate covered popcorn and sent us home with beans to brew. The LAB, who organizes this and similar events across the country, is apparently working on a food and cocktail tour that should be hitting our Royal-blue city soon so stay tuned to their website and/or the blog and I will keep you posted!