Best Kenyan cuisine – Amaica

    When visiting a new place, one of the first things you’ll want to do is experience the local cuisine. Pamela Muyeshi saw this gap in the market and opened up Amaica. The menu initially offered only western Kenyan meals but has over the years expanded their cuisine to incorporate food from all Kenyan communities.

    Where to find Amaica: Ralph Bunche & Peponi Roads, Westlands, Nairobi Area, Kenya.

    Best Kenyan cuisine – Amaica When visiting a new place, one of the first things you’ll want to do is experience the local cuisine. Pamela Muyeshi saw this gap in

    Poshest restaurant in Kenya – Seven

    We all appreciate a bit of posh every now and again and according to the locals Seven Seafood & Grill is Kenya’s premier seafood destination and is “redefining the flavors of local produce with every dish”. Stop by for some of the finest Indian Ocean seafood in one of Nairobi’s most distinctive and innovatively designed restaurants.

    For those that do not have a fancy for fish, Seven offers exclusive, hand-selected cuts of Kenya's finest beef, carefully aged and butchered in-house.

    Local sounds – Eric Wainaina

    For award-winning Eric Wainaina music is a craft that has to be done excellently and this ethos has served him well in his journey to becoming one of Kenya’s most loved recording artists. Eric was recently commissioned to write the music for a United Nations MDG campaign entitled “Eight Goals for Africa” which featured African greats such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba MaalOliver Mtukudzi and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. He also wrote and starred in the musical theatre production, Mo Faya!, which was performed to sold-out houses in at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

    Fashion designer: Katungulu Mwendwa

    Katungulu Mwendwa is an enthusiastic, up-and-coming fashion designer born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She grew up entertaining a vivid imagination and as the years passed, her eclectic personality stayed intact but reality became more distinct.The design approach she adopts is an extension of her eclectic personality as inspired by what she experiences on a day-to-day basis. Ultimately her deep-seated imagination comes from those traditional cultures, both in Kenya as well as the rest of Africa, that are barely touched by modernity. 

    A favourite Kenyan dish

    Pan-fried tilapia is a family favorite in Western Kenya. For those that don’t know, tilapia are freshwater fish found in Lake Victoria, located in the middle of East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda). This recipe requires very few ingredients but it’s super delicious! A must-try when you touch down on Kenyan shores.

    Local jewellery – Kazuri beads

    Kazuri are beautiful, one-of-a-kind clay beads that are hand-made by women in Kenya. These gorgeous beads are used to make the most amazing bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The women who make these gems are paid fair wages and enjoy good working conditions. Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting with making ceramic beads made by hand.

    Popular local drink – Dawa

    Dawa means “medicine” or “magic potion” in Swahili. In other words, a dawa is said to be so potent that it will cure whatever ails you. The recipe is based on a famous Brazilian drink that was introduced to Kenya. It is now one of the most widely consumed cocktails in the country.

    Make your own dawa

    1 tbsp sugar

    60ml vodka

    Crushed ice cubes

    1 whole lime quarter, with skin on

    1 dawa stick (looks like a pestle or honey stick)

    Creamed honey

    1.     Put lime and sugar into a whisky tumbler.

    2.     Crush limes slightly, add ice and pour in the vodka.

    3.     At this point you twist a dawa stick into some honey and add the stick to the drink. A wooden honey stick or other type of stick twisted in honey will work.

    4.     Muddle limes with dawa or honey stick. The more you crush the limes into the mixture and stir, the sweeter the taste. 

    Best spa – Kaya at the Tribe Hotel

    Kaya, the exclusive spa at Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, combines traditional and new world treatments from around the globe. The five treatment rooms and hair studio infuse a sense of tranquility through inspiring design – taming the body, mind and soul.