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African street food

African street food

TAKE a stroll around any city in the continent and you’ll soon discover that the continent loves to eat good food - more so if it fits in your hands, is served on the go and is packed with flavour, from subtle and spicy to bold and fiery. Here is a list of some popular African street food dishes and where to eat them: 1. Zanzibar barbeque, fried seafood and pizza: Sunset at Forodhani Gardens, Stone Town. This is why eating in Zanzibar is exciting. For the group of boys who curl their bodies into balls as they dive into…
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VIDEO: Charity Adupong is redefining Ghanaian cuisine

VIDEO: Charity Adupong is redefining Ghanaian cuisine

FOR years, Charity Adupong's shopping experiences were marked with disappointment as she searched for nutritious local foods in major shopping malls and retail stores. The few that were on the shelves lacked attractive packaging. Increasingly she realised that a huge opportunity existed in providing shoppers with well-packaged indigenous foods. She decided to tap into the growing demand. “I didn’t like the way our markets are structured. We openly display food with flies flying all over. And then there is the one on the floor, the ones that are stored later aftermarket and just stored anyhow. So I wanted to do…
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This popular Brazilian street food is a delicious link to its African heritage

This popular Brazilian street food is a delicious link to its African heritage

LIVELY conversation blends with the rhythmic sizzle of hot oil in Itapuã, a neighbourhood near the coastal city of Salvador in Bahia State, northern Brazil. The golden brown fritters Ivana Muzenza makes at her stall, known locally as Acarajé, represent more than a tasty snack. Muzenza is a “Baiana”, a Portuguese word that describes an exclusive community of Bahian women who sell street food while dressed in traditional attire; typically a white flowing lace dress, beaded necklaces, and jewellery, with colourful headscarves. Muzenza’s great-great-grandmother arrived in the region towards the end of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. She became a "Ganhadeira…
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She’s tapping traditional food culture to grow business for herself and her country

She’s tapping traditional food culture to grow business for herself and her country

"MY memories of food are very powerful. My earliest memory dates back to when I was about eight years old. I absolutely adored going to the farm with my grandmother, we used to get up really early in the morning on weekends to harvest vegetables, sorghum and maize,” said Ompelege Moreosele, who is better known both in Botswana and South Africa as a food entrepreneur and author, Chef Cathy. So powerful were those memories that finding herself working as a receptionist after studying advertising, she chose to quit and start again, this time following her passion. Today, gathering ingredients from…
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How a vegan restaurant in Senegal is finding its footing in a meat-and fish-loving country

How a vegan restaurant in Senegal is finding its footing in a meat-and fish-loving country

MARIA KNODT, BIRD STORY AGENCY FRESHLY painted on the front of a bright, yellow-and-green building nestled between several restaurants on Pointe des Almadies, the westernmost point of the African continent, is the slogan 'The Future is Green', The sign is large enough to be read from far down the Pointe - which offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean - ensuring patrons can easily find their way to Senegal's first and only fully vegan restaurant, Casa Teranga. Staff at the restaurant serve customers five to six vegan dishes, daily. These include local specialities like Mafe and Yassa. But instead of…
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