Gastronomy in SA: So Yum

I could not have thought of a more apt name for a place that serves such delicious food. Not an expensive restaurant  – more middle range prices for a quick bite, but with decent food. I met a friend for lunch and was delighted by the tasty duck samosas with a hoisin sauce that she had ordered for starters.

Gastronomy in SA: Vida e Caffe – Hyde Park

Internet access at last! Between travel and trying to find a quiet spot with a free wi-fi service, the blog posts had to wait.
Vida e Caffe (Life and Coffee),  just the name brings a smile to my face,  is a franchise of coffee shops in South Africa that first opened about 5-6 years ago. It’s first opening was in Cape Town and several more followed in the rest of the country – I remember it being one of my stops every day to the office…ahhh fond memories of caffeine-filled mornings.

Gastronomy in Ghana: Tribes Bar and Restaurant at Afia Beach Hotel

I am continuously surprised by a view of the ocean a mere five minute drive from Accra city centre. Being in the inner city one forgets that we are actually by the coast and that reprieve from the traffic, smog and tro-tros is just a short drive away. My son had yam sticks and kelewele with shito – no worry about carb content with him. I had the fruity mango chicken curry; also sampled off my other dining partner’s plate the steamed paw paw and rice with beef at Tribes Restaurant.

Places in Ghana: Till’s Beach Resort

1fa1f-img_0935It was a long weekend this past weekend and we had no plans to travel beyond the immediate borders. Farmer’s day  is a public holiday in Ghana falling on the first Friday of December that was first introduced in the 80s as a way to honour the farmers of the country and their contribution to the economy – a sign of the times, when sub-saharan Africa was experiencing boom times in agriculture. For now though, with the agricultural sector not performing that well, due mainly to crippling droughts and food security under threat in Ghana and much of Africa, one wonders as to how much longer this holiday will hold much significance.
That aside, Accra was relatively quiet, a refreshing change. We decided to go to Till’s for the day yesterday.

Conversations in Ghana: Anna Kurtycz – Artist

I have had countless encounters with wonderful people in this city and it is a shame that they are not always shared. Well, this one is to sharing… Anna Kurtycz is a renowned Mexican artist specialising in engraving and woodcut who has been living in Accra for two years. She has held numerous exhibitions with local artists and holds workshops at her studio with local artists as a means to get people more aware of local and regional talent.