Category Archives: Beverages

10 Things to Do in Gaborone, Botswana

Two months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Botswana for the first time. Not the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park (the big safari destinations in Botswana) but rather the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. I was very busy right before the trip, so I didn’t get to do much more than a perfunctory online search of what there was to do in Gaborone (which yielded very sketchy information), but I tried not to worry about it, sure that I’d figure it out once my trip began. On the appointed day, I hopped onto a Fastjet flight to Johannesburg (I would connect to Gaborone … Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Gaborone, Botswana

Konyagi (Tanzania) vs. Uganda Waragi

Have you ever heard of the East African spirits, Konyagi and Uganda Waragi? Today, I’d like to tell you a bit about each one and pit them against each other in a taste test. Let’s see who comes out the winner.  Not too long ago, I met up for the first time with a reader of this blog who recently relocated to Dar es Salaam from Kampala. Although we had never met before, we found that we had a lot in common including that our parents had completed their graduate studies at the same university in the U.S. (at the … Continue reading Konyagi (Tanzania) vs. Uganda Waragi

Dawa Recipe (Kenya)

Have you ever heard of the East African cocktail ‘Dawa’? In this post, I tell you just how to make one. Read on to make the perfect Dawa from the comfort of your home. Ready, steady, go!  I’m feeling thirsty. No, not that kind of thirst—water can do nothing for me right now. I mean THIR-STY thirsty. Catch my drift? (It’s Friday, don’t think too hard! 😉 ) READ ALSO: Waragi vs. Konyagi: 2 Great East African Spirits Go Head-To-Head This evening, I’m going to take inspiration from all the honey and lemon I have been handling for my hair and … Continue reading Dawa Recipe (Kenya)

Gilbey’s vs. Gordon’s Gin

In my early twenties, my drink of choice was a gin and tonic. I loved gin and tonics because they were so refreshing. Poured over a lot of ice, a cool gin and tonic went down smooth with just the right amount of fizz and caused me little trouble the following morning, what with gin being a white spirit (as they say: the darker the spirit, the worse the hangover). Whenever I would order a gin and tonic in Nairobi, though, I would often get asked a question that I was rarely clear on how to answer. The question was “What gin … Continue reading Gilbey’s vs. Gordon’s Gin

Cocktail Tip: Make Your Own Cocktails

In the comment sections of my posts about Soho’s and Mercury Lounge, some readers and I shared our views on the quality of cocktails served at some of Nairobi‘s most popular bars and nightclubs. In that discussion, Mercury Lounge and Casablanca were named as establishments that were thought to serve good cocktails, while Hidden Agenda and Soho’s came up as places to avoid when in search of a good cocktail. Lately, I have not been too impressed with what I’ve been seeing  many establishments pass off in the name of certain cocktails. Because it is trendy to serve (and be … Continue reading Cocktail Tip: Make Your Own Cocktails