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Vol 3.07 | July 2017

EAT RIGHT SIPPING PRETTY Add some much needed flavour to your water

CURATED GOODNESS Susan Wong shares her evening of healthy dining

SNACK APPEAL Perfect goodies to snack on 1. when running on low enegy


FEEL GOOD LIVING It’s no secret that foodies live for their culinary escapades. Borderline obsessive about dining, unapologetic about indulging in mid-week drinks and highly unlikely to count calories, foodies rarely hold back! That said, we are no stranger to the realities of our sometimes unhealthy lifestyles. While we’re all for enjoying food, we need to strike a balance and treat our bodies with kindness. It’s with this in mind that we turn to mother nature’s unadulterated goodness and tackle all things health without skimping on the tastiness. I’ll be the first to say that in no way has this edition been designed to make you feel horrible about your need for a quick fix or even a treat. A healthy diet is often pushed aside in favour of fast, easy and unfortunately often unhealthy alternatives. We’re human! In fact, when we first settled on the theme, I laughed as I had a family pack of sugar biscuits by my side. Truth is, like many, I’m not healthy day in day out. However, what I do believe is, we instead should strive for ways to avoid jumping on the fast track to obesity or disease while still enjoying life’s edible joys! Food is fuel. Being healthy shouldn’t

be a bore. So while the internet will continue to roll out listicles on healthy living, we’re here to help you find a way to adopt some of these ideas without losing your mind. This month, a mother, a startout vegan, a kitchen-loving athlete and a spiritual seeker each take us on their wellness journey on page 32. What’s immediately evident is that their choice to be healthy came out of a keen interest in produce and a desire to be more in touch with their personal needs. Our hope is that you’ll see yourselves in their stories and be inspired to make some changes of your own. They also each shared a recipe from page 34 to prove that healthy eating can still pack flavour. This edition has of course given way to deep research into what does and doesn’t work. We start with the basics - water! We all know we

should drink more but let’s face it, knocking back litres upon litres can be a mission. So instead, we suggest infused water on page 25. If you’re a sucker for snacking (like me) and looking for some guilt-free treats, turn to page 27. If you know you need to exercise but the idea of running on a treadmill to euro trance fills you with dread, then turn to page 42 for some alternative exercise programs available in Nairobi. And finally, if you need a little TLC but simply cannot bring yourself to splurge on spa treatments every month, then try out some of our divine homemade body scrubs! On page 41, Charity’s seasonal love of foraging natures little treasures in Chianti is sure to stir up nostalgia. I think we can all remember going on treasure hunts for edible treats in our playgrounds and gardens. We also have our regular columns, including a

visit to Urban Eatery to sample their customised healthy menu on page 20, we chat with the quirky Tin Roof Cafe’s co-founder on page 22 and we have our monthly guide to the city’s latest eateries to open up shop on page 6. As always, stay in touch and let us know what you want to see more of. After all, this magazine is all about making sure you have access to everything you need and want to know about food and drink in our gorgeous city.

Michelle Slater General Manager


JULY 2017





We explore this ancient cereal from Latin America.

Be sure to try out the Nairobi’s newest spots in this



This month, we speak to renowened DJ and HBR’s

G Money about his morning cuppa.



Susan Wong heads to Urban Eatery and samples their

healthy menu.



We speak to Abbie Sharp of Tin Roof Cafe about her

her love for cooking healthy meals.



Four health enthusiasts share their most loved recipes for

you to try.


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Charity Keita takes us through a year of foraging in Italy..

FOOD TALES Four individuals tell us about their journey to eating healthy.

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KOROGA FEAST Koroga time for family and friends at the Mint Shack Enjoy fun times and delicious food with family and friends over koroga at Mint Shack along Peponi Rd, Hse No. 56. With spacious bandas and a loaded koroga menu, Mint Shack guarantees a fun cook out for groups looking to bond as they feast their hearts out.

AFRICAN CULINARY An African steakhouse only at Ankole Grill Named after the iconic cattle breed of East Africa, the Ankole Watusi, Ankole Grill located at Senteu plaza in Kilimani aspires to provide an African culinary experience. From their creamy Swahili coconut curry to their succulent grilled steaks, enjoy uniquely prepared delicacies which you can wash down with a hand-crafted signature cocktail of your choice.

BURGERS AND RIBS Juicy ribs and delicious burgers at Big Square Craving for a rack of juicy barbeque ribs? The newly opened Big Square Mombasa road at Shell Petrol Station, Bellevue, should be number one on your list. Featuring two floors, it is the largest Big Square & Pizza Mojo branch in Nairobi, and is open for 24hrs from Thursday to Saturday. It doesn’t get better than that!


360 VIEWS Savoury treats with a view to die for at 360 Grills Along City Park drive sits a new barbeque restaurant, 360 Grills. Sink your teeth into a juicy rack of barbequed ribs as you enjoy the panoramic view of Nairobi. 360 Grills is perfect for a romantic dinner, special celebration or a family dinner. This restaurant promises the ultimate experience in Nairobi dining.

CASA ITALIANO Italian cuisine not to miss at Colosseum The Colosseum Restaurant and Lounge gives you an experience of Italy, with their unique ambiance, design and tasty Italian Food. Be sure to try out their Pinsa Romana, the first of its kind in the country, a tasty flat bread made from tender wheat flour, soy flour, rice flour and delicious toppings, often compared to modern day pizza, but the two are not the same. The Pinsa is a registered trademark with precise preparation rules, a key speciality of the Colosseum’s head chef, Angelo Di Prima.

GREEK SPECIALITY Delicious Gyros right here in Nairobi Being the only Greek Gyros restaurant in Nairobi, Gyros 2Go, located in Valley Arcade, provides fresh gyros using home made pickles and sauces. Indulge in their tender beef and lamb gyros that have incredible flavour or the vegetarian option; a crispy lentil dumpling which you can have with regular, garlic or sweet potato fries.



TAMARIND @ 40 Celebrating forty years in the industry Marking their 40th anniversary, Tamarind Nairobi will be offering a special classics menu at a 40% discount from Sundays to Thursdays starting 18th July. You also stand a chance to win a fully paid weekend holiday at Tamarind Mombasa. What do you need to do? Post a throwback photo of yourself at Tamarind on Facebook and tag Tamarind Nairobi and who knows? It might just be your lucky day.

WIZKID AT BBQ LIVE Delicious barbeque and great performances Wizkid from Nigeria will be performing in Nairobi, Kenya come 22 July 2017 from 2pm till sunrise. The concert will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) grounds for The Barbecue Live 4th Anniversary. He will perform alongside, Nameless, Fena Gitu, Ideal and Willy Paul. Early bird tickets, Ksh. 3000, advance tickets 4000 gate tickets 5000 VIP 10000, VVIP 25000. Tickets available at partypeople.

KOROGA IS BACK Food, fun and entertainment by D’Banj at Koroga Festival From Saturday 29th July from 2pm to 11pm and Sunday 30th from noon to 7pm, the 18th edition of the Koroga Festival will feature an exciting line up of DJs including Dj Kace, Dj Suraj, Dj Foozak, Dj Protege, EA Wave and Dj Slik. Headlining this edition is D’Banj D Kokomaster. Saturday tickets cost Ksh. 1,000 and Sunday tickets cost Ksh. 2,000. Season tickets for both days cost Ksh. 2,500.



JASON’S LYRICS Jason Derulo is a singer, songwriter and dancer who has become embedded in the fabric of international pop culture. Our returning columnist Anyiko Owoko chats up the “Swalla” hit maker, who is born of Haitian parents, about his favourite Haitian food, music and what he can whip up to perfection. What Kenyan food have you had at the Stanley Hotel? Jason: I had a lot of food and all the proteins and meat dishes remind me of Haitian cuisine. The meat and sauce accompanying it is very well seasoned just like Haitian food. The only new thing is how Kenyans cook the lamb; it becomes tender, almost like chicken. How has your experience in Kenya been so far? Jason: My biggest eye opener was the difference in music throughout Africa. Everybody has a totally different vibe. It’s been really good to dive into everybody’s style and mash it together. I only wish that the world would take note on how music is doing in Africa and how African music is mashing up the world. Our planet would be a better place if it treated itself in the same way music does.

What the one meal that you can whip to perfection? Jason: Eggs! I like to experiment with them. Whether it’s an omelette or adding peppers and mushrooms or a scrambled egg, I try and get it done right but that’s as far as my cooking prowess goes (chuckles)


Tell us about Haitian Food? Jason: The most popular traditional Haitian food is called Griyo (Fried Pork). It is served with lots of rice and fish. It can also be served with cabbage salad or spicy pikliz (pronounced pick lees) a vegetable pickled relish.

What’s the secret to making hit songs? Jason: I try to make music that speaks to me – whether it makes me want to dance, laugh, fall in love or remind me of love- that’s what most fun to me! [Maybe] it’s that the number of songs that I am writing is a lot because at the end of the game, when it comes to song writing - it’s about a numbers game. The more songs you write, the more chances you have of making a great record. I write many songs but the ones I like the most end up

being the big songs because if it speaks to me - chances are it speaks to somebody else because we go through the same things. Did you know that “Swalla” would become such a huge record. The song’s YouTube statistics currently stand at 480,347,898 views in just 3 months. Jason: Swalla is one of those songs that you either love or you hate it. It’s such a pulverizing song - when it comes out it stands out among other tracks and I love the fact that it provokes emotion the way it does. It’s amazing to make people feel something. The song does that. Having Nicki Minaj and Ty Dollar $ign adds to the appeal of the song. I thought of Nicki first because of her Caribbean roots and Ty never disappoints with the melodies. What’s the Coke Studio Africa experience been like? Jason: I feel like the fact that Coke Studio Africa has brought all these artists from different places to collaborate is amazing – there is no better give back. This is the start of something even bigger than music— it’s a merge of people. Through the show, we will be more exposed to different cultures and music. To me, that’s what is most beautiful in the project – I’ve been able to dive into cultures that I would otherwise never have gotten into.




Happiness in a Cup.”

WE CATCH UP WITH RENOWNED DJ AND RADIO PRESENTER, G MONEY. WHEN HE’S NOT GETTING YOU PUMPED UP ON HBR RADIO, HE IS MOVING CROWDS IN CLUBS. HE TELLS US HOW HE LIKES HIS CUPPA AND MORE. How do you like your coffee? Coffee for me is divided into two categories. There’s the “I need a caffeine fix now!” - when I wake up in the morning and get ready for work. In this instant, it’s just a strong black coffee. No milk, no sugar, just the Gold Blend instant coffee. When I’m out for coffee then I like a strong brewed coffee. I prefer cream to milk, in fact, at home if I’m brewing I use evaporated milk rather than regular cow’s milk because it’s creamier. Coffee flavoured ice cream with chocolate sponge cake or iced coffee with a chocolate croissant.... choose one. This is a tough one. Until recently, I wasn’t really a fan of iced coffee, but on a recent trip to Memphis we stopped in a coffee house and I had an iced caramel macchiato! It was out of this universe! Since then I have really been experimenting with iced coffee. The problem here though is that I don’t like chocolate croissants! So could I have iced coffee with chocolate cake? If not, reluctantly coffee ice cream and chocolate cake. I’m sure you can make a special dispensation for me though right? What’s the absolute maximum cups of coffee you can have in a day?

I try to have no more than 3 cups a day, that roughly translates to maybe two in the morning and one when I get home in the evening. Apart from radio, what else do you do? Hmmm, I’ve recently become a fitness freak spending 4 or 5 afternoons a week training. I DJ extensively on the club circuit here in Nairobi and I have a talent management company with a long time friend here, something that I really enjoy doing. I am about venture into a new business. I also cook and sleep a lot, I love traveling so every so often, I disappear for a while. Have you ever experimented cooking with coffee? I can’t say that I have, but have I drank coffee while cooking, Does that count? Have your Caribbean roots influenced your love for coffee? Most definitely. Jamaica is famous for Blue Mountain coffee. Because of the altitude, the berry flavour is very distinctive. It has won numerous awards globally and is an amazing cup of coffee. I also recently discovered Ethiopian Coffee which I must say is very good, but nothing compares to Kenyan coffee.



MOËT HENNESSY Moët Hennessy Kenya was pleased to host Mr. Bernard Peillon the President of Hennessy on his maiden trip to Kenya. Together with the regional Hennessey team, they met with key personalities for an Exclusive Hennessy Experience at the KIZA Lounge and Restaurant. World leading luxurious alcohol brand, Moët Hennessy, has inked an exclusive distributorship deal with Viva Global Limited to increase its market penetration and brand visibility within Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. And on that note, we raise our glasses! Cheers! 1.






1. Bernard Peillon President Hennessy, Rupen Samani MD VIVO, Pascal Asin MD Moët Hennessy Africa and Arabian Gulf and Alexandre Helaine 2.Hennessy display 3. Lucia Musau 4. Lyra Aoko,Sheila Ndinda and Bridget Shighadi 5. Ali Omarou and Judy Gitau 6. Anne Claire Dellamarre, Janet Mbugua and Dr. Chris Kirubi



BARISTA TALES Kenya’s top Baristas converged at the Nairobi School of Coffee for the Kenya National Barista Championships knockouts stage held on 13th and 14th of July 2017. The top 15 will proceed to the finals which will be held at the Junction Mall on 27th and 28th July 2017 from 9am. This public event is sponsored by Dormans Coffee and The Nairobi School of Coffee.





CURATED GOODNESS After sampling Urban Eatery’s healthy menu, Susan Wong walked us through her experience as she made an attempt at dining all healthy for a change. Eating healthy has always been part of my family. Growing up, it was always less oil, less salt, less this, and less that. Partly rooted in my mother’s Taoist upbringing, eating simply was a practice that directly impacted a person’s longevity and health, and more importantly, on how one should live and practice spiritualism. Despite not following my mother in practicing Taoism, I admit that there is wisdom to the general Taoist practice of eating simply. We are what we eat, after all. Back in January, Urban Eatery partnered with NutriEats, a bespoke weight management company, to come up with a new menu that would help diners achieve their new year goals – assuming dieting or eating healthier was one of them. Personally, I’m not a fan of the traditional sense of going on a diet, but if it’s about making better lifestyle choices, I’m all for it. Urban Eatery is a place of buzz, to some, noise and clatter, where the sight of chefs grilling and serving in four different kitchens and mixologists shaking cocktails from a signature bar, entertains not just the diners but also the cocktail-going crowd. Urban Eatery is a one-of-akind concept that brings dining and a contemporary-designed social space to Nairobi’s blossoming food and beverage culture. The approach is like a cafeteria, but much more refined and comes with the perks of personable and friendly

service. In fact, the only similarity between the two is that the diner may choose from a number of options, in this case: All-day dining, Pan-Asian, Mexican and Mediterranean, Indian, and specialty frozen yogurt. Urban Eatery is banking on that it can be everything to everyone. With four kitchens, a bar, and frozen yogurt, more than 80 items on its extensive menu, choice is what Urban Eatery thrives upon. I understand the important of choice. But, sometimes when I am passed the heavy clipboard menu during my visits, I often find myself wishing for a simple onepager. Enter the Healthy Menu. It’s one page, well, double-sided. We started with a beautiful, non-alcoholic, pineapple and mint concoction dubbed “Pinemade.” A much more well-balanced and less tart than other pineapple and mint juices I’ve had in Nairobi. Aside from the welcomed smoothness, knowing that we weren’t consuming empty calories of no nutritional value certainly got us all quite chuffed. The Paneer and Mango Salad featured grilled homemade cottage cheese that had become cold and hard, fresh mango, and some garlic naan for substance. A little bit of warmth would’ve softened the paneer and made it more palatable. The fresh mangoes were the highlight of this dish, which had been prepared with minimal oil. Obsessive garnishing is a pet peeve of mine, and this salad arrived with a tomato rose, mint

Urban Eatery is a one-of-a-kind concept that brings dining and a contemporarydesigned social space to Nairobi’s blossoming food and beverage culture. leaves, lettuce leaves, curly parsley, and a lemon wedge. Visually, the salad looked confused and it took a little bit longer for me to taste the best parts of the salad. The wok-tossed Thai Chili King Prawns with coriander, pineapple, bell peppers and Tamarind Sauce was also prepared with minimal oil. Sweet, chili, tart, and savory - the punchy flavours of Thai cuisine was instantly recognizable and incredibly aromatic, making this a satisfying pairing with steamed rice. I was drawn to the Omega-3 Salmon Fillet Burger. A beautiful plate from the low-fat grill section, the salmon was marinated in mustard, served with a brush of more mustard on the

grilled-side of the soft bun. The fish was cooked perfectly, both moist and crispy on the skin, and the dill complemented the mustard that had a surprising kick. The thin slices of gherkins, onions, tomato, and lettuce completed the burger experience. The scribble of balsamic syrup, one of my all-time favourite pantry items, elevated the simple side salad. I would definitely order this again. Then there were the lean pork chops grilled with minimal olive oil served with a delicious grapefruit and mango salad. The Cuban Pork Chops arrived with a fan of thin apple slices covering the beautiful charred chops. For a leaner version of a chop, I was surprised how much flavour there was. I was amazed that I didn’t miss the fat. The sauce was quite flat, and didn’t make any impact at all. In fact, the chops were better without it. Eating healthy is certainly a practice and state of mind. When it came to dessert, that’s where the healthy menu came to a screeching halt. Clearly, this menu was designed with dessert as an afterthought. The nearest was a Chia Seed Parfait. Perhaps natural yogurt layered with fresh fruits and Chia seeds would be satisfying for breakfast, but forgive me, old habits die hard. “Manuel, do you have a dark and rich chocolate brownie on the other menus?” “Of course, Susan. Would you like it warmed?”




SERVE IT RIGHT In recent years, Nairobi has seen a marked increase in the number of restaurants that serve what they deem as healthy food to their clients. Tin Roof Cafe in Karen is no different. We spoke to Abbie Sharp, the co founder who shared her journey. Tin Roof Cafe opened its doors in Karen almost four years ago with its first outlet at The Souk. Abbie partnered with her husband and a friend to come up with a concept that would try and make their brand environmentally responsible and healthy. Two years later, after the success of their first outlet, they opened their second cafe at Langata Link about 2 kilometres from its sister cafe. The idea was to have a simple cafe with a relaxed ambiance that people could stop by and wind down. Abbie, who is into film and photography, designed both spaces and their respective menus making salads their speciality. In a bid to stay away from typical salads, she did her research and consulted with a nutritionist friend of hers to come up with combinations that weren’t boring and were pleasant. Lentil based salads or grilled vegetables and cheese are


just some of the many salads that get served up if you happen to drop by. The good thing is that their salads can be ordered as a meal on its own or with an accompaniment. “Fortunately or unfortunately, we don’t serve chips at the cafe. It all depends on how one looks at it” she says with a smile. The good news is that they still serve burgers and sandwiches for those seeking to satisfy a mad craving on their cheat days, with a salad option of course. How about drinks? “All our juices are freshly squeezed with no added sugar. Unless requested by a customer. Our kiddie menu also comes with a gluten free and sugar free option” But what makes this cafe environmentally friendly? “We got rid of all our plastic straws and in their place, we have paper straws”. So what made this restaurant owner make the change from documentary film making to become a chef? “I am

a self taught chef, something that has grown organically since I opened Tin Roof Cafe” she confirms. “Most of what I know and what I continue to learn is based on research, trial and error. Before opening Tin Roof Cafe, I travelled extensively because of the nature of my job.” It was after the birth of her son that she realized that she couldn’t travel as much. Instead, she indulged in her second passion which was cooking. Over time, she became interested in healthy diets and eating right and decided to consult with her good friends at Green Spoon Kenya in order to get it right. The importance of teaching her chefs the right meal combinations was important because she wanted her customers to get the best of the menu, without feeling like they are eating cardboard. Does Abby practise eating healthy in as much as she preaches it? “I’m in transition because I’ve been thinking

of becoming a vegan. Granted, it’s not an overnight process because the body needs time to adjust”. She recently started researching on sugar free diets and is experimenting with sugar free banana bread which, according to her, tastes just as sweet because of the natural sugar in banana. With time, Abbie intends to expand the restaurant’s menu which will be able to capture everyone’s diet preference from the staunch vegan to the carefree burger loving individual, but all within the parameters of a healthy meal. This is because she recognizes that people are becoming aware of what they eat and how they eat it. “As long as I continue to learn new things that are good for one’s health, it shall be reflected in the menu.”


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SIPPING PRETTY Many health enthusiasts will agree that water plays a pivotal role in staying fit. For some people, me being one of them, water is bland. Good thing is that water can be infused with different fruits and fresh herbs to give it some much needed liquid personality. Your body is about 70% water, the majority of your blood and every cell in your body is composed of it. Therefore, you need water to function properly. Let’s face it; water can be a little plain for some people. “It has no taste”, or “I forget to drink water”, are some of the regular excuses. To begin with, water has its own benefits which include; relieving fatigue, helping in weight loss, flushing out toxins, improves skin complexion, natural headache remedy. Water doesn’t have a taste and maybe therein lies the whole challenge to drinking enough. Now of course, simple and plain water is the perfect choice, but if that’s not going to do it for you, let’s infuse it! Infusing water is fast becoming a trend which has caught on. So how do we jazz it up whilst enjoying the maximum benefits? The good thing about infusing your water with fruits and or fresh herbs, you ‘spice’ your drink with all the extra minerals the body needs while hydrating yourself at the same time. One can use oranges, lemons, cucumbers, ginger, strawberries and many more. SLIM DOWN DETOX WATER This is a really popular recipe that makes it good for detoxing. The tartness of the lemons is balanced with the unique, mellow taste of the

cucumbers, and the sweetness of the grapefruits helps add a nice element of flavour. This tangy recipe helps provide a healthy dose of Vitamin C, which is full of antioxidants and has amazing health benefits, including protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. ENERGY BOOSTING This infused drink gets you all pumped up especially before a workout session. Mint is one of few natural herbs that are beneficial for your digestion. It eliminates gases, prevents stomach acid, helps you absorb nutrients, is an antiinflammatory and relieves nausea. Ginger activates the functioning of the intestines and stomach, helps digestion, prevents gas and inflammation, and boosts the elimination of fat. If you combine it with the other elements like the ones listed here, you will get an ideal remedy to get that workout. The ginger will heat you up just enough to cause a sweat detox. Cucumbers are a great diuretic, facilitate the elimination of fluids, and are great for treating infections like cystitis and nephritis, diseases that also tend to make your stomach get bloated.

CUCUMBER, MINT, AND GINGER (Energy boosting) Ingredients 1 litre purified water 10 mint leaves 2 tsp of ginger, grated. 1 cup cucumber, sliced Method Make the mint infusion by adding ten mint leaves to boil in a cup of water. Once it boils, let sit for five minutes. Peel the cucumber and blend it as you add the mint infusion. Blend until smooth and pour into a pitcher. Pour in the water and mix it all. Add two teaspoons of grated ginger and if you would like, another mint leaf. Let it sit in the refrigerator for up to an hour but not more than 24 hours. Serve. LEMON, GRAPEFRUIT, CUCUMBER, LIME AND LEMON. (Detox) Ingredients ½ litre purified water ½ lemon, sliced ½ lime, sliced 10 grapefruits, sliced 1 cup cucumber, sliced Method Pour the chopped fruits into a jug; add the ½ litre of water. Let it sit in the refrigerator for up to an hour but not more than 24 hours. Serve.



SNACK APPEAL To snack or not to snack? Nutritional Therapist Heather Cuthbert suggests that the secret lies in experimenting by listening to your body’s hunger signals and slowly figuring out what exactly is best for you.

If you often feeling restless, if you get snappy at certain times of the day, if your concentration tends to waver as you get close to meal times or if you tend to feel suddenly exhausted, you might be someone who suffers from low blood sugar. For some types of people, long periods without eating may cause the body stress, resulting in the release of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can increase our blood sugar levels and excess sugar can lead to fat storage. So if this is you, best you remember to keep healthy snacks at time because you’ll find that on the long run if consumed in moderation, they can help you lose weight rather than pile it on. It’s all about balancing your blood sugar levels. If you manage to eat a small portion of protein with every snack you can slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, preventing a blood sugar roller coaster. Why do we need to balance our blood sugar?

Sugars and refined carbohydrates (such as sweets, cakes, white flour products; pasta, white bread, white rice etc.) are broken down easily during digestion and quickly raise blood glucose levels. Since high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia) can be damaging, our bodies respond by releasing insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that helps to remove excess glucose from the bloodstream and transport it to our cells; to either be used as energy, stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles or stored as fat for future energy needs. However, if too much sugar is removed from the bloodstream at once, then symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) may occur. For example, after eating a carbohydrate dense, sugar rich meal too much insulin might be produced, which could result in blood sugar levels dropping too low, leading to unpleasant symptoms (irritability, shakiness, dizziness, fatigue, nausea). This is when you might find yourself

reaching for sugar loaded options or stimulating caffeinated drinks. Here is where healthy snacking could help. What to snack on? Even though the world has just about got over the crazy low fat craze of the 90s, many people are still resistant to snack on certain, what I would call ‘goodies’ like nuts and seeds because they still believe that they are ‘fattening’. Opt for snacks containing protein, fibre and beneficial fat, to help slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream, maintaining steady blood sugar levels and keeping you fuller for longer.

guacamole · 2 oatcakes/ryvita with smoked salmon/cottage cheese/nut butter · A boiled egg or 4 boiled quail eggs with a tiny pinch of sea salt and black pepper · A small handful of olives & a handful of unsalted pistachios · ½ an avocado with a splash of balsamic vinegar · Thumb size piece of fresh coconut · Sliced apple dipped in almond butter

Snack ideas: · 1 portion of low GI fruit (e.g. apple/ pear/plum/handful of berries) with a handful of raw unsalted nuts or seeds (e.g. almonds/cashews/pecans/ brazils/walnuts/pumpkin seeds/ sunflower seeds etc.) · Vegetable sticks(carrot/celery/ cucumber/pepper) with hummus/





ORGANIC CHIA Chia is an ancient cereal from Latin America and legend says Mayan and Aztec warriors would eat it to keep their strength and stamina. Since then, chia’s popularity has spread across the world and is now making its East African debut thanks to innovative farmers and health-focused consumers. Laura Secorun found out more about this cereal. At first glance, Betty’s farm in Masindi, Western Uganda, looks pretty conventional – a field of deep green rolling as far as the eye can see. But Betty is actually an agricultural pioneer because instead of growing maize or bananas, she is cultivating a crop few have ever heard of: Chia seeds. Granted, when Betty first heard about this mysterious new crop, she was skeptic. The small grey seeds didn’t look very appetizing to her. Who would want to buy them? And if she didn’t sell them, how would she even feed them to her family? Still, she decided to give chia a try and quickly realized that she could earn more money from it than any traditional crop. Not only does chia sell for a higher price than maize but it is also more resistant to drought and pests. Betty now feeds her own children chia seeds for breakfast and grows hectares of the crop for Dr. Chia, the Kenyan company pioneering the seed’s commercialization in East Africa. Sabina Karumba is Dr. Chia’s cofounder and says the interest in chia seeds is growing by the day “In the past three years, we have noticed a very high increase in demand from both individuals and restaurants.”

Karumba started with a handful of food stands and is now selling her Uganda-grown chia to shops and chefs in all Kenyan counties. The health appeal is strong. Nutritionist, Fatma Kudwoli confirms “Chia seeds are tiny but loaded with an impressive amount of nutrients. For starters, they are very rich in Omega-3, a crucial supplement for cardiovascular health that is hard to find outside fish. They are also full of minerals. A spoonful alone has as much calcium as a glass of milk and more iron than a serving of spinach”. If that wasn’t enough, chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, key in slowing down the aging process and managing chronic disease. To be sure, there are plenty of vegetables with similar qualities but none has them all at the same time. And few are as versatile in the kitchen. Chia seeds have a very bland taste, which means they can be easily incorporated into virtually any dish. Toasted, they make for a crunchy snack and a great addition to salads. Soaked, they gain a jelly-like consistency ideal for smoothies and desserts. Chia seeds are also becoming a

popular choice among vegetarians and vegans because they contain all nine essential amino acids to form a ‘complete protein’ and can be used as a substitute for animal products. Just a spoonful of soaked seeds is enough to replace an egg when making pancakes. “Kenyans are craving healthier food options and chia seeds are a convenient solution,” says Ann Mbugua, founder of the Bridges Organic Health Restaurant. This popular spot in downtown Nairobi specializes in wholesome meals and its chef uses chia seeds in many of their desserts - from the ‘Tropical Fruit Bowl’ to the ‘Iron Man Smoothie’ – a cinnamon-infused blend of oats, bananas and honey. Mbugua says chia seeds are also a great aid in weight loss, which is a concern for most people trying to clean up their diet. The seeds contain plenty of fiber and can absorb up to 20 times their weight in water. That allows them to expand when digested, leaving diners feeling more satiated and less likely to snack. Bridges Organic is not the only restaurant bringing Chia into their

kitchen. ArtCafe too has several chia-powered items on their menu. “I was so happy to find Chia seeds in Kenya!” says Sabrina Gilles, a German tourist having brunch on the Westgate terrace “they are an easy way to get my nutrients when I’m traveling.” The blonde is sipping on a tall glass of ‘Chia Firecracker,’ a bold smoothie made with chia seeds, honey, banana, melon, passion juice and red chilli. But smoothies are not the only food that can be made healthier with a touch of chia. ArtCaffe’s bakery is also selling beautiful brown loaves of ‘Chia bread,’ which tastes just as delicious as a whole-grain baguette but packs an added dose of fiber, iron and calcium. For healthy conscious chefs, this is just the beginning. As Kenyans become more interested in nutrition, this super-food is likely to start showing up in countless other dishes. Dr Chia is already developing cookies and breakfast cereals and Sabrina thinks chia seeds would be great in chocolate cake. “They are like a nutritional Trojan horse,” she says, “you can’t taste them but you can feel the difference.”




GET GLOWING We all want to achieve skin texture that is smooth and evenly toned. We recommend you start that beauty journey in your kitchen. Ingredients like sugar, pineapples, honey, coffee and many more are not only good for you inside your body, but they also act as great exfoliating agents for your skin leaving you smooth and smelling oh so delicious!

PINEAPPLE MANGO BROWN SUGAR SCRUB Pineapple and mango have enzymes that will help clear up any problematic patches on your skin, as well as help to brighten and tighten all over. The brown sugar acts as a gentle exfoliating agent and works well for normal skin types. Ingredients ½ cup mango, finely diced ½ cup pineapple, finely diced ½ cup brown sugar Chop both the pineapple and mango very finely, and add the fruits to your mixing bowl along with the brown sugar. Use a pestle and mortar to smash the ingredients together, and then scoop into a jar. Apply onto skin and avoid eye contact.

from the skin. Ingredients ½ cup sea salt ½ cup oil of your choice (jojoba, almond, olive, whatever) 1 teaspoon citrus zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit or a mix) Mix ingredients together in a small container. Gently massage onto skin while in the shower (avoiding eyes) and rinse off.

dry and hard skin conditions. Ingredients 1 egg white (optional) 1 Tbs honey 2 Tbs ground coffee 2 Tbs coconut oil Mix all ingredients together into a bowl, and gently rub onto skin. Avoid eye contact and rinse off with warm water.

COFFEE AND HONEY SUGAR SCRUB The caffeine found in coffee scrubs typically increases blood flow, and may reduce the appearance of cellulite giving your skin an even tone. Coconut oil is a great skin softener and helps you do away with

CITRUS AND SEA SALT BODY SCRUB Soften tough skin with a moisturizing sea salt scrub. This simple recipe leaves the skin soft, refreshed and renewed. Use sea salt that doesn’t have rough, sharp edges. The texture of the sea salt should be fine and gentle to the touch, because you don’t want it to scratch your skin but gently exfoliate the dead skin cells. The lemon will help dry out the oil



FOOD TALES Each one of us is different and what is considered one man’s meat may be, in many cases, another man’s poison. The decision to eat right and stay healthy is a personal one. We spoke to four individuals on different health journeys where they shared their love for food so good, right down to every calorie.

FATMA KUDWOLI Nutritionist and mother of two As a trained nutritionist, it was only natural that i take on this journey with my family. I wanted to give my family the best. I believe you are what you eat. The quality of your life is significantly influenced by your eating habits. And this comes from everything your mind body and soul consumes. A typical weekend menu in my home includes a pepper steak with grilled sweet potatoes and a salad. Whenever we are out and about with my children (aged between 7 and 12), that’s when it gets tricky because


people use a variety of ingredient combinations thus making it a little difficult. With time, they have come to start making better choices when we are out and about because they now understand the importance of eating healthy. We also eat sushi which is lean.​Kids being kids just love pizza, so when they want some, we make it with gluten free flour, on a thin crust and healthy toppings. Over time, they have learnt to make it on their own. When it comes to preparing snacks for young children, I don’t encourage using processed sugar in any form. This encourages inflammation, cause dental cavities and only offers an energy hike that quickly dips because it lacks any beneficial nourishment. My kids love most of the snacks we make but their f​avou​rite is almond banana bread.​It’s healthy because it’s gluten​free, sugar free (processed)​ and additive free. Another favourite is sweet potato snackers which are guilt free, easy to prepare plus they taste great. DENNIS OMBACHI Professional Rugby player I am a sportsman by profession I am currently part of the Kenya Sevens

Photo: Arigi Obiero National Rugby Team so to me, health and nutrition go hand in hand with what I do. My healthy journey has always been inspired by my sporting career. Over the weekends, I like to indulge in my favourite meals although I don’t have any typical menu at while I’m home. I’m drawn to eat what I crave, food is there to be enjoyed and I find having a planned menu though convenient, can become a little boring. I will give my body what it craves that day. When I entertain guests, pork ribs will have to be on the menu. I believe

I make the best barbecue pork ribs out there and it’s one of those meals you can make to feed a crowd. Chicken makes an appearance too in the form of chicken wings. I would serve them as appetizers paired with a simple salad or coleslaw. My favourite food? Of course I have one! And that would have to be what I just prepared on any given day, so that means I love what I cook. Experimenting with new recipes where I’m able to give an existing dish ‘the Dennis touch’ by adding my own twists to it, these type of meals are my favourite. The satisfaction you get from getting a new recipe right is unmatched. As an athlete, I’m peeved by the smoothie and green tea fad in order to shed off weight. I’m not entirely convinced that they are the healthiest way to achieving weight loss. I’m also against feeding kids junk. I believe they should be taught a healthy lifestyle from a young age and they will make better choices in future. Apart from rugby, I am a food blogger and a graduate in Political Science and Sociology from University of Nairobi.


WANJA WOHORO Musician and writer About once a week I get asked why on earth I chose to become a vegetarian/ vegan. In this meat eating culture, it is almost an affront to people’s idea of normalcy to decline a succulent, pan-seared steak. I had struggled for a long time with how to maintain a healthy mental relationship with food and my body. Perhaps that’s why I found those first steps into veganism so freeing. I gained a peace of mind and a fullness of stomach that I hadn’t experienced in my earlier, bodyconscious years of young adulthood.

The decision to go meat free and to significantly reduce my dairy consumption happened over the course of a few short months in my second year while in University in Sydney. My student budget made meat eating a luxury, reserved only for birthdays and nights out on the town. This, combined with living in a health-conscious shared accomodation of excellent student cooks, soon made meat eating almost redundant. Those among my friends who were vegetarian would explain their ethos behind abstaining from animal products. They demonstrated the beautiful, careful and creative ways they would prepare their meals. It became clear to me that plant based meals can be wholesome, colourful, tasty, as well as more environmentally friendly. It’s definitely not an easy road to walk, especially while travelling through cities and households that are less accommodating. With that necessity came innovation, and now I find myself cooking with a greater sense of joy and creativity than I ever did before. This choice was a part of a bigger

journey to of self love and self care, discovering the way that my body works, what makes it feel good and satisfied, and learning to accommodate it. Vegetarianism comes in all colours and portion sizes and the version I chose is robust, non calorie restrictive, full of spices and flavour and utilises every vegetable under this tropical sun. PAIGE ELENSON Co Founder, Africa Yoga project The truth is that I simply stumbled upon this journey of health and wellness. I was on a vacation and wanted to “check-out” a yoga program that was happening down the road. Turns out it was training with world renowned Baron Baptiste. It was during that training that I learnt the practices of Meditation, Yoga, and Self Inquiry and I was hooked. I started choosing the journey of health consciously over and over again. I am a vegetarian so a typical weekend menu would consist of a morning smoothie and/or green juice and coffee with almond milk. The afternoons consist of salads and mixed nuts and in the evenings, I like to enjoy rice with fresh cooked

vegetables. When we are consciously aware of what we are putting into our body, then the food will support what our body needs. I think it is important for us to be grateful and give thanks for the food we enjoy. After a yoga session, I crave a fresh green juice! I have been practicing yoga for the last 20 years. It happened over a school break and I haven’t stopped since. My favourite salad recipe right now is a bowl of Vegan fattoush. It is healthy because of the fresh foods and nutrients to fully and completely nourish our body.



VEGAN FATTOUSH (Paige Elenson) (Serves 1) Ingredients For the salad: 1 head or 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce ½ bunch or 1 cup chopped kale ⅔ Cup chopped Persian or English cucumbers 2 scallions, thinly sliced 3 radishes, thinly sliced ½ cup tomatoes, halved ½ cup cooked chickpeas 10 mint leaves, torn 2 tablespoons torn parsley For the dressing: ½ clove garlic, grated Juice of ½ lemon ⅓ Cup extra virgin olive oil Salt, pepper and sumac For the za’atar flatbread: 2 spelt flatbreads 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 ½ teaspoons za’atar Salt to taste Method 1. Preheat your oven to 220°C. 2. Combine all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl. 3. To make the dressing, whisk together the garlic clove, lemon juice, and olive oil, and season to taste with salt, pepper, and sumac. Set aside. 4. Brush one side of each the flatbread with olive oil and season with the za’atar and flaky salt. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until browned and crispy like a cracker. Use your hands to roughly break them into bitesized pieces. 5. Toss the salad with the dressing, season to taste with more salt, pepper, and sumac as needed, and top with crushed flatbread.


SPICY GRILLED PERI PERI BREASTS (Dennis Ombachi) (Serves 2) INGREDIENTS 2 large chicken breasts Ÿ cup Peri Peri sauce Homemade Peri Peri sauce 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon chopped red onions 2 red chilli peppers (more or less according to your heat level) ½ red jalapeno pepper 1 teaspoon salt Pinch of black pepper 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 basil leaf 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Method -Blend the sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth and consistent. -Wash and pat dry your chicken breasts -Using a kitchen mallet, gently hammer your breasts until even and flat. -Generously apply the marinade - Set this in the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes or overnight. -Take your chicken out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature before grilling. -Cook undisturbed for 4 to 5 minutes then flip over. -Let this cook for a further 4 minutes then take it off the heat. Serve.




Ingredients 2/3 Cup of brown or white rice 2 ½ tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Onion, chopped 3 Cloves of Garlic 1 ½ tablespoon Curry Powder 1 tablespoon of Cumin ½ tablespoon Cinnamon 2 tablespoon Salt 2 Medium-sized Sweet Potatoes (cubed) 3 Small Carrots (thinly sliced disks) 1 Red Capsicum 1 Broccoli Bunch 2 Chopped Tomatoes 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes 1 Cup of Vegetable Stock/water 165ml can of Coconut Cream /milk ½ a Lemon (juice) 1 Bunch of Spinach (or Kale) Method - Add onions and garlic to a medium pot with olive oil and fry until translucent. Add spices and the salt. Fry until fragrant.. - Add the chopped sweet potato, carrots, capsicum and tomatoes and fry for 3 - 4 minutes on medium turning the vegetables regularly. Pour in the can of crushed tomatoes, stirring it in with the vegetables and reducing the heat to medium. - Cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Pour in the stock/water and simmer for a further 15 minutes (covered). -Add the rice. Allow to cook in low heat for another 5 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally. -Stir in the coconut cream once the dish has started to thicken and reduce. -Once the rice expands, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Add the spinach leaves last, mixing them in with the rest and serve with chilli, coriander and mango to give the dish an extra kick.


SWEET POTATO SNACKERS (Fatma Kudwoli) (Serves 2) Ingredients 2 Large sweet potatoes 2 tablespoon arrowroot powder 3 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon Sea salt 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Method Peel the sweet potatoes and dice them (French fries). Place the potatoes in a quarter size zipper bag, add the arrowroot powder close the bag and shake to coat the potatoes. Lay the potatoes out flat on the baking sheet, sprinkle some sesame oil and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy. Sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Allow it cool then serve.



SO SMOOTH Two food bloggers shared their favourite smoothie recipes which not only look good but taste even better. GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL


Why smoothies? They’re so easy to prepare! You can make smoothie packs with all the ingredients in perfect quantities stored in zip lock bags in the freezer ready for blending whenever. You could probably have a different one every single day of the year without repetition. Maybe that can be your challenge?

Why Smoothies? Smoothies are the perfect way to start the day. You get to enjoy the benefits of fruits and vegetables without the guilt.


Ingredients 1/2 a cup of broccoli, 1 cup of baby spinach, 2 medjool dates, 2 frozen bananas, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 inch of fresh ginger 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 1 cup of almond milk. Method Mix all your ingredients together and blend until smooth in a high powdered blender. Serve chilled topped with fruit / nuts / seeds or edible flowers.


Ingredients 1 cup water Large handful baby spinach 1 Inch Fresh Ginger 1/4 cup frozen pineapple 1 frozen banana 1/3 cup fresh mango Juice from 1 lemon Method Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve.



CHIANTI FORAGING As Charity Keita’s Italian stint draws to an end, she waxes lyrical about mother nature’s free bounty and how it always tastes best when eaten straight off the stem. It began with the blackberries. Everyday I’d pick a small handful as I dragged myself up the hill after a game of late afternoon badminton. The purplish berries would peak out from amongst the brambles, fairytale princesses inviting me to brave the thorns and pluck them from their spiky prison. The best ones always beckoned from heights I could not reach, no matter how hard I jumped. As August wore on, the lack of rain turned everything but the hardiest of trees a pale hue of yellow and the blackberries withered away. One day while I walked down a path, I stopped to investigate what the crunch underfoot was. Turned out they were hazelnuts that dropped from trees that had been planted by local monks many many moons ago. I tentatively bit down on one that looked intact and the shell opened to a perfect nut. I let out a shriek of happiness. I was less lucky with my next one though as it contained no nut but a fat white maggot. I

screeched in disgust. By October the foraging bug was becoming too strong to resist. The promise of free food, nature’s bounty made available to me straight off the stem, was simply too good to resist. Over the coming months I would head to the Chianti hills on weekends to stay in the little forested valley and see what edible delights I could uncover on my walks. Autumn brought a bounty of crab apples which were too bitter to eat and had to be cooked down into a chutney. To give them texture I threw in half a dozen tiny little peaches I found on a small tree down by the little brook. I’m not sure if the peaches were wild but their size lead me to believe they were. How long does a fruit tree have to be forgotten before harvesting it can be considered foraging? Was I simply stealing from the neighbour? When the rains came, I made it my business to go and look for the porcini mushrooms that everybody

told me grew under the chestnut trees on the far side of the valley. I wish I could tell you that I found some. Instead of mushrooms I did come back with a shopping bag full of chestnuts which I saved and roasted in December. With spring, the green began to peep out from under the dead leaves again and nettles were the first of the treasures the valley had to offer. Turns out nettles can be made into an excellent risotto and once you have mastered the technique of picking them, you hardly ever get stung at all. With the warming months came flowers which, to my surprise, could be sprinkled liberally on salads and brought great visual satisfaction to the Easter feast we had prepared. Spearmint, picked from the field, was cooked in sugar and vinegar to be served next to a succulent leg of lamb. Wild fennel began to make its presence known in May by letting off a strong liquorice like smell. I had no

idea what to do with it’s bright green stringy fronds that looked nothing like the fennel I know and love, but was eventually directed to making a bright green pesto which could be spread over pork, fish and pasta alike. The crowning moment came in June when one day I spied on a little grassy knoll a minute red berry poking out from under a jagged leaf. Wild strawberries are the most precious of the gifts the valley bestowed upon me. Once I knew how to spot them I could find whole patches that were simply invisible to the uninitiated. Never once did they make it back home, their rough yet delicate skins bruise so easily they are simply best eaten on the spot. The sun is high and the weather is hot and the valley now only bears fruits that are the result of man’s intervention. Which is fine, I’m not complaining, the blackberries will be ripe soon.



NAIROBI IN MOTION Nairobi has seen an upsurge in fitness communities in the last few years. So what are residents of Nairobi into when it comes to fitness?

BIKRAM YOGA- Fitness at 40 degrees. Celsius Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute series of 26 Hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises, carried out in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius and 40 percent humidity. The combined heat and humidity increase muscle flexibility. Bikram Yoga is said to release large numbers of toxins through the breath and the skin by sweating. It is designed for everyone from absolute beginners to more advanced practitioners. The combination of heat and sequence of postures makes their sessions very intense with dramatic and immediate results. Bikram studios have sprung around the globe and Nairobi wasn’t left out. 0737 932 573 2nd Floor, Lavington Green Shopping centre.


CROSS FIT KWETU- Extraordinary gym. They don’t have elliptical or weight machines. Instead, they use your body and real weights to create free, natural movement. Sessions are run in groups, capped at 10 or 15 people dependent on session. There is a set warm up followed by a set workout. All movements are explained in detail and participants are given time to familiarise themselves with the exercises. Workouts are designed for pensioners to sports professionals, housewives or professionals on the move. Members get a great sense of achievement from completing these workouts and make friends along the way! 0701 748 786 Gigiri Lane,Nairobi.

GETFIT with AJ - Martial Arts And Body Sculpting Whether it’s matrial arts training or getting that beach body in time for the coastal holidays, GetFit with AJ has got you covered. They also offer diet and training plans just for YOU. I’ts a one of a kind private functional training studio now open in Nairobi (Lavington). They also have martial arts training for kids too! Now offering one on one personal training in a one of a kind studio, as well as group classes including kids classes - Give them a call or drop by and check them out! 0708 735 151 Lavington

TAUT BODY- Inspiration and vitality. The philosophy of Taut Body, is to help you become the best version of you through an evolutionary process of both teaching and learning. They firmly believe that exercise is about finding inspiration, vitality, life force, energy and gaining confidence. Could you do that push-up last week or hold that pose for 30 seconds? While the name for the fitness studio is Taut Body, it is more about having a taut mind, body and soul. They give nutritional and lifestyle counselling in person and online, host retreats and workshops for women entrepreneurs or simply for anyone who wants to make a lifestyle change. 0701 053 738 Village Market shopping Centre

THE DANCE FACTORY- Dance and movement. So you think you can dance? or need a helping hand to master the perfect dance steps? then drop by The Dance Factory because this is where you should be. Their dance training seeks to equip executives with the people-skills that they need to strongly compliment their technical expertise making them all round performers. They offer bespoke solutions by maximizing productivity, leading people through change, improving communication skills and fostering team spirit. 0726148780 4th Floor, Lavington Mall

ZEN CYCLE- Party on a bike. Zen Cycle offers one of the most effective and time efficient workouts in Nairobi. In 45 minutes their instructors will take you through a full body workout that’s challenging, fun, inspirational, and interestingly enough, a little bit spiritual. Their workouts are designed to motivate any fitness level which will push you to your limits to get you the results that you are looking for. They love music and classes are been designed in such a way that you ride to the beat of your favourite tunes. To set the mood, they dim down the lights to make it feel like a party on a bike. 0729 712021 3rd Floor, The Pavilion, off Lower Kabete Road.




GUILT TRIP After a night out in Nairobi, our man about town faces the realities that come with Saturday morning. Not only does he discover that spending time outdoors with his children awakens the guilt felt after a night out but it’s also a chance to consider detox and exercise as part of the recovery process.

My daughter is nine. Pretty little thing. At 9- they are already becoming strangers right before your eyes. They ask strange questions, they want strange things you have never heard of, they join dance classes where kids wear strange shoes and they want their own phone. Not too long ago her mom told me: “Please don’t mention anything to do with weight to her, she thinks she has added weight.” I laughed out loud a the preposterous thought. Then it dawned on me that perhaps all those burgers and fries she likes to order were beginning to make themselves visible and, however cute I thought this was, I could see how it might have started to become an issue with the kids at school or simply by watching tv. I mulled over her predicament: I


couldn’t sign her up for yoga, or a gym membership, or for a spin-class and I sure couldn’t take her running with me on Saturday mornings. Fundamentally, I want to let her be a child and not worry about her babyfat. Then a brilliant idea occurred to me: teach her how to ride a bicycle! “Papa, can I get a purple bike?” It is a saturday afternoon and we are in Karura forest. “Of course, of course you can!” I respond, purple is the colour of royalty, after all. We ended up getting a blue bike that regrettably - clashed with the colour of her sneakers. We push the bicycle out to the football field. It is a wonderful Saturday morning and all the morning runners have left for home so it is just us and some two middle-aged men kicking a ball through the goal post.

My daughter climbs on the bike and I hold the seat to balance her and off we goes her pedalling, me running, her pedalling, me encouraging. What can I say, she is a natural. At some point an attendant comes up and asks me if he can teach her to ride, he can do it in an hour he says. I send him away. Does he imagine that I want my daughter, in her adulthood, to remember a cigarette-smelling stranger teaching her how to ride a bike while her father sat under a tree reading The New Yorker from his phone? An hour into the exercise and she’s ready. “Papa, can I try alone?” she asks, I was bursting with pride. Then she falls down. It takes me five minutes to convince her to get back on. Later as we drive out, through a

corridor of tall trees, she asks me: “Papa, why do forests only have thin trees?” and I am not sure if the usage of thin is in any way in reference to her weight. So I say: “Oh no, there are many forests with big trees and big trees are also quite lovely and wonderful, plus they are strong and sturdy even when strong winds come. Thin trees can’t stand the wind, they snap easily...” I talk relentlessly like an idiot hoping that her reference to thin trees is not metaphoric in any way. I’m hoping one day she will remember Karura Forest and learning to ride her bike and, if not for anything else, think “dad was a bit of a whisky-head, but he also loved trees.”




SKINNY COCKTAILS Having fun and being healthy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. In a more healthconscious world, counting calories has become part and parcel of the dining experience. But what happens when the same lifestyle crosses over to your favourite cocktail? It turns out that counting your calories doesn’t have to ruin your Happy Hour if you know what to look out for. We went out in search of the holy grail…(in this case the holy cocktail glass)… and came up with a delightful list of skinny cocktails. Just the right mix of a healthy and happy cocktail. You’re welcome to try them out every single day at Happy Hour from 4-7 pm at all Artcaffe branch.




Tanquery Gin 45ml Lime juice 15ml Berry Kiss Tea 30ml Sparkling wine 90ml

White Vermouth 45ml Tonic water 100ml Orange bitters Slice of lemon

Olmeca 45ml Lemon 15ml Orange 15ml Sparkling Wine 90ml

Build in a champagne glass. Top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with strawberry.

Fill a High Ball glass with ice. Add Vermouth & a slice of lemon. Add orange bitters to your taste & Top off with tonic.

Pour Olmeca Gold. Squeeze fresh lemon & orange juice. Shake with ice. Top off with sparkling wine. Pour into champagne glass.

Total calories 201

Total calories 95

Total calories 191








The Village Market Cafe 0712143839 An elegant and simple style gives Artcaffe at the Village Market a distinct class. It is the main bakery for all their cafes and serves an extensive menu through- out the day.

UN Avenue, Gigiri Italian, Sea Food 0705 269 841 Evocative of an Italian Villa capturing Italian love for dining from their A la Carte & Chefs Special menu reflecting traditional specialties of Sea food, Pasta, Meat Pizzas.

General Mathenge Lane, Westlands Eritrean 0721 948 020 A modern and friendly dining atmosphere with fresh, authentic Eritrean and Continental cuisine. They also have an extensive alcoholic beverage selection and children’s play area.

The Concord Hotel, Parklands Italian and Continental 0709 466 444 For a tantalizing array of contemporary Continental gourmet dishes paired with a superb range of fine wines and beverages. An italian dining experience like never before.

Cake City

Suite 101


Brew Bistro

Warwick Centre Bakery & Juice Bar 0715 991 879 This spot uses traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked. Cake City will always be there to deliver carefully created cakes and pastries exactly as desired.

Tribe Hotel, Gigiri Bakery & Patisserie 020 720 0000 Get all your custom cakes, novelty cakes, freshly baked pastries, gourmet chocolates, authentic Italian homemade gelatos and much more, all at Suite 101 at Tribe.

The Oval Café 0717 193 895 Distinctly chic style with creative décor in cluding the largest balcony space among the Artcaffe outlets. The ArtBakery serves freshly baked homemade breads, pastries and desserts.

Fortis Tower Lounge 0705 466 836 This spot reaches new heights of luxury with an expansive lounge and exquisite outdoor terrace where guests can feast on delectable bites and sip specialty brews and cocktails.


Urban Burger

Artcaffe Grand

Cafe Vienna

United Nations Crescent Ethiopian 0725 869 955 Reknowned for its authenticity in Ethiopian cuisine, Habesha offers a wide array of traditional, hearty Ethiopian cuisine served in a rustic and homely atmosphere.

Village Market Café 0205006662 With flavours that pack a punch, Urban Gourmet Burgers bring a whole new level of quality to the humble burger. There’s bound to be something for everyone on our menu!

Westgate Mall Café 0725 202 020 A warm and inviting space filled with freshly baked breads and patisserie, the heartwarming scent of fresh coffee and relaxing music; Artcaffe Grand is a haven from hectic city life.

Nakumatt Ukay Ground Floor Cafe 0708 877 811 Open for 24hrs,we have an authentic,sophisticated and rustic ambience. Famous for the legendary Dr. Oetker Pizzas,glorious breakfast selection,soups and love-filled desserts.




Brew Bistro

Tribe Hotel International, Formal Dining 020 720 0000 Jiko is glamourous yet sophisticated whilst maintaining the warmth and personality of Kenya. Its contemporary cuisine focuses on fresh ingredients.

Golden Tulip, Muthithi rd Westlands Indian, Chinese 0733 888 068 Nestled at the top of the Hotel the restaurant offers an exotic blend of the best Indian and Chinese Cuisine.

Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Groove International 020 420 8000 Located in Sankara Hotel, from the outdoor terrace to the private dining room, Artisan is designed to reflect a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere. Perfect for sun-downers!

Fortis Tower Lounge 0705 466 836 This spot reaches new heights of luxury with an expansive lounge and exquisite outdoor terrace where guests can feast on delectable bites and sip specialty brews and cocktails.

La Dolce Vita


Artisan Coffee


Muthaiga Shopping Centre, Limuru Rd Italian ​0722 624 100​ Nairobi’s La Dolce Vita Restaurant has a bright interior filled with artwork, creating a stylish but unpretentious space for lunch or dinner.

Villa Rosa Kempinski Pan Asian 0703 049 000 Let them take you on a culinary journey through Asia. Admire artistry from within the theatre kitchen as you watch the restaurant’s master chef prepare your favorite dishes.

Lower Kabete Road, Spring Valley Petrol Station 020 420 8000 Pick up a bag of beans or ground coffee to carry, or sample the straight from the oven pastries at this newly opened cafe. You’ll definitely be coming back for more!

Villa Rosa Kempinski Cafe 0703 049 000 This spot is an ideal destination for an international dining experience. Whether it’s a taste of home or something rather different you are after, Cafe Villa Rosa is the place to be.

Lord Erroll

About Thyme


Cake City

Runda Ruaka rd No 89 French, Continental 0721920820 Seeking to create memorable experiences, establish an emotional connection and to develop a lasting relationship with you because you are our raison d’etre.

Eldama Ravine Road Continental 0721 850 026 Offers a well-prepared menu and beautifully presented dishes from around the world. Enjoy an intimate dining experience in a leafy area of Westlands.

Zen Garden, Lower Kabete Rd Pan Asian 0717 542 017 Bamboo is a fine dining restaurant offering the finest fusion cuisine. You can enjoy a combination of Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, set in an elegant atmosphere.

Next to Soin Arcade, Westlands rd Bakery & Juice Bar 0709 729 000 This spot uses traditional recipes to make delicious treats with a homebaked feel. Cake City delivers carefully created cakes and pasteries made as desired.

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Cake City

Fogo Gaucho


Mama Rocks

Sarit Centre Bakery & Juice Bar 0770 808 451 Using traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked, Cake City will be there to deliver carefully created cakes and pasteries made exactly to your liking.

Viking House, Waiyaki Way Brazilian, Steak House 0729 243 202 Fogo Gaucho Churrascaria will serve you more than a dozen cuts of meat and 20 different salads prepared by Brazilian cuisine experts in an elegant South Brazilian ambience.

Woodvale Grove Continental 0729 864 511 The restaurant at Havana is taking ‘bar food’ to the next level with a latin inspired menu featuring fresh local ingredients with weekly chef’s specials.

Inside the Alchemist Bar Food Truck 0705 801 230 Enjoy African-inspired gourmet burgers and sides. With a range of gourmet burgers, wings, fries, milkshakes and artisan ice creams this fun food truck will satisfy your craving.



Jade Tea House


ABC Place Contemporary American 0716 663 463 The warm, inviting ambiance and relaxing atmosphere here is perfect for a quick bite, business lunch or celebrating special occasions with friends. The service is also really great!

Lotos Suites, Next to Oshwal Centre Chinese 0702 874 571 Enjoy authentic Chinese Cuisine at the roof top in the heart of Westlands with a magnificent view of Nairobi Skyline.

Zen Garden, Lower Kabete Rd Multi Cuisine 0724 288 791 Overlooking the beautiful Zen Garden, Jade is a beautiful venue, situated in the heart of Spring Valley. The food quality and high level of service, attracts customers to this area.

9 West, Westlands Italian, Sea Food 0725 547 800 A new modern drop back to the very best Italian fine dining experience; from their Mosaic Pizza Oven to Mediterranean Seafood dishes and Handmade genuine Italian Ice creams.

Cloud 9

Golden Spur


Ocean Basket

Clarence House, School Lane Continental 0725 894 477 A hidden Gem, in the heart of leafy Westlands. Enjoy rooftop experience, with a fusion of cuisines & artistically prepared Mocktails & Cocktails.

Southern Sun Hotel, Parklands Rd Steak House 0724 253 804 Offers delicious specialty steaks, burgers and a wide range of exciting salads. This classic family restaurant also has an activity area for children, with a kiddy menu and playground.

Woodvale Groove Fast Food 0708 515 168 KFC is the largest international chicken franchise serving the world famous Colonel Sanders secret recipe for over 60 years. Enjoy dining-in or order-in through the delivery service.

The Oval, Westlands Seafood Specialist 0770 227 538 Ocean Basket is Kenyas favourite seafood restaurant. We offer friendly people and a welcome atmosphere and great value for your hard earned money.

Curry Flavours

Grab & Go Coffee



Concord Hotel, Parklands Indian 0709 466 700 The restaurant offers an authentic Indian cuisine with an eclectic mix of rich Indian dishes expertly prepared, plated and presented with the contemporary modern flavors.

Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Cafe 020 5147500 The place to enjoy a unique selection of gourmet coffee, sandwiches, salads, freshly baked pastries and a wide variety of juices, smoothies and milkshakes.

Westgate Mall Fast Food 0722 532 532 KFC will cater to all taste buds, from the little ones to the oldest in the group, there’s something for everyone. Friendly staff will ensure your order is out in a few minutes.

Off School Lane, Westlands Japanese, Lebanese, Sushi 0716 161 011 The Phoenician is a fabulous restaurant which serves sushi, Lebanese and Teppanyaki courses, in an al fresco atmosphere at the Junction.




Royal Kitchen

ABC Place Pizza and Subs 708749927 Debonairs is the leading pizza restaurant in Africa. With a wide range of pizzas, sides and hot subs, we’re sure to satisfy any appetite with our value pricing and free delivery

Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove Steakhouse 020 420 8000 Enjoy aged beef, succulent seafood, and classic steakhouse dishes exquisitely paired with an eclectic wine and whisky list featuring some of the finest producers in the world.

Limuru Road Fast Food 070 8515 168 Situated on Limuru road, with ample parking and quick service, KFC will cater to all your chicken cravings with a wide range of menu offerings. You can dine-in, take away or get delivery.

Pride Inn Hotel, Westlands Rd Continental 0728 224 595 Lovers of authentic Indian or Chinese cuisines are in for a treat at Royal Kitchen. Customers are guaranteed of genuine and tasty cuisines.





Ring Road Parklands Japanese 0722 488 706 Furusato specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine and friendly service that will make your dining experience unforgettable. Now with 6 Teppanyaki tables and a Sushi Bar.

The Mall, Westlands Indian 0736 651 933 Haandi - the ultimate name in quality North Indian Cuisine. They offer a bespoke menu and a large selection of wines & beverages that will satisfy any discerning patron

Villa Rosa Kempinski, Westlands Italian 0703 049 000 A popular spot for family brunch on Sundays with a wide range of Italian cuisine, live entertainment, children’s play area and a fantastic mini-buffet.

La Maison Royale, 9 Mogotio Road Continental 0729 769 253 Rendezvous offers an exuberant environment that encapsulates the very essence of French cuisine. Their wide array of delectable dishes will satisfy your food cravings.

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Spring Valley Oven

Sky Bar


Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove International 020 420 8000 Enjoy sweeping views of Nairobi in this exclusive rooftop location as you try expertly made cocktails. Note that the age limit after 6pm is 25 years and above.

Lower Kabete Road, Spring Valley Continental 0711 557 272 Located in the leafy suburbs of Spring Valley, this restaurant serves as a great place to catch your morning coffee or grab lunch with some mates.

Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Bar 020 5147500 A classic sports bar designed for watching the latest game and enjoying sporting events with stunning and unobstructed panoramic views across the Nairobi skyline.

Junction of Karunda Rd Multi Cuisine 0737 555999 From whitewashed mahogany tables and brass candle lanterns, to our signature black-lit stained glass window, Ventana’s ambiance is second to none.

Secret Garden


Urban Burger


14 Riverside Drive Cafe 0708 800 847 Conveniently located in the new office blocks at 14 Riverside Drive, they strive to keep their food simple, fresh and natural. Secret Garden is one of Nairobi’s must-try healthy restaurants.

Villa Rosa Kempinski Levant Cuisine 0703 049 000 An intimate rooftop lounge, bar and restaurant with a striking decor, exceptional Shisha, authentic levantine cuisine and electrifying performances by belly dancers.

Westgate Café 0205006662 With flavours that pack a punch, Urban Gourmet Burgers bring a whole new level of quality to the humble burger. There’s bound to be something for everyone on our menu!

Lavington Curve Mall, James Gichuru Rd Portuguese 0723 111 999 An upmarket Portuguese restaurant catering to a variety of tastes, including a Halal menu; a combination that will leave you wanting more.


The Grove



ABC Place, Waiyaki Way Seafood 0737 776 677 Offers a sumptuous selection of the finest Indian Ocean seafood. Indulge in one of Seven’s decadent desserts to complete Nairobi’s most unique and sought-after dining experience.

Executive Residency by Best Western Continental 0727 407 167 Our restaurant has something for every occasion be it a social event, client dinner, company gathering, or something specially created to suit your group.

The Concord Hotel, Parklands Pan Asian 0709 466 400 The restaurant's name means 'deliciousness', It signifies an induced meaty and savory taste sensation originating from our delectable Pan Asian inspired fusion restaurant.

The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Café 0708 906 504 Bright, light- filled café famous for its roasted coffees,hearty dishes and mouth watering deserts. It is the ideal spot for postshopping coffee and cake, breakfasts and leisurely lunches.


The Node

Upendo Pizza


Kedong House, Ralph Bunche Rd Continental 0715 053 016 The quintessential jazz experience, Slims Restaurant and Lounge is a winning combination of contemporary style, Great Food and Lively ambiance.

Opposite Jacaranda Hotel, Westlands Continental

The Alchemist Pizza 0728 451 383 Upendo Pizza is where you can enjoy the original oven baked Italian Pizza and a lots more... Make pizza, not war!

Lavington Green Mall Café, Continental 0700 037 059 Artcaffe ensures a warm and welcoming environment. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, cocktails and a full menu. Enjoy great happy hour offers and delicious food.


The Tav

Urban Eatery

Brew Bistro

dusitD2 Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive Thai 020 423 3000 SOI brings world-renowned Thai street food with a modern twist to your plate. SOI also features a communal table and an enclosed space with its own terrace for more privacy.

Sankara Hotel, Woodvale Grove The Mirage, Chiromo Road 0726 848 444 A rustic but modern Pub with an Irish flair offering a vibrant experience with tastefully executed meals and an array of local and international beverages.

PWC Towers, Westlands Multi Cuisine 0709 815 000 Offering an energized atmosphere in the heart of Nairobi,consisting of four different kitchens; a frozen yogurt counter and a signature bar.

Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd Bistro 0771 152 359 Fine dining section complimented by a centralised open kitchen which serves Pan-Global cuisine, incorporating a fusion of French, European, Asian and classic Kenyan flavours.





dusitD2 Hotel, 14 Riverside Drive International 020 423 3000 Soko offers a private dining roundel and a sublime terrace perfect for an upscale business lunch, a get together or a romantic dinner completed with an international and eclectic menu.

Golden Tulip Hotel Multi Cuisine 020 403 4200 Tulip Restaurant serves multi-cuisine fine dining delicacies. Be it lunch or dinner with family, friends or business colleagues there is a cozy ambience and warm service.

Tune Hotels, 155 Raphta Road Continental 020 514 7500 Utamu provides a young, vibrant and informal setting. They serve a fusion of international cuisines and daily specials at a pocket friendly price with high service levels.

101 Manyani East Road Japanese 0717 700 666 The only Japanese restaurant actually owned by Japanese in kenya. Try authentic meals including sushi, noodles, a variety of seafood specials and imported sake from Japan.

0711 089541 The Node a four in one restaurant that offers a cafe,a garden restaurant, a sports bar ,conference and meeting facilities in westlands-opp jacaranda hotel.

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Pizza Mojo

The Arbor

Uchumi Hyper, Ngong Rd Pizza and Subs 0708 749927 Debonairs is the leading pizza restaurant in Africa. With a wide range of pizzas, sides and hot subs, we’re sure to satisfy any appetite with our value pricing and free delivery

The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Italian, Sea Food 0728 855 100 For an Unforgettable taste of true Italian dining set in its family like atmosphere with a variety of traditional Mediterranean Seafood, Home made Pastas and Sicilian Icecream.

Adlife Plaza, Kilimani Pizza 0729 918 435 This spot has a perfect classic pizzas menu and more available on a ‘Two for One price’ being served in a stylish ambience perfect for creating memories and capturing moments.

House 904, James Gichuru Rd Café 0729 400 291 The Arbor is an eco-friendly garden cafe with an eclectic selection of food and as well as a marketplace in a tranquil garden setting in the heart of Nairobi.

Double Dragon

Mosaic Restaurant


The Wine Shop

The Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Chinese 0722 739 143 Double Dragon is a Chinese restaurant located at The Junction Mall. The location offers great service and authentic Chinese cuisine to its customers.

Royal Tulip Hotel, Tigoni Road International 0709 464000 A contemporary restaurant with a world cuisine setup that provides a personalized service and memorable experience to its esteemed clients.

Hurlingham, Yaya Centre Continental 020 806 8594 Sierra Brasserie is a modern interpretation of a classical French brasserie serving simple yet elegant food using the best ingredients available and with fast and friendly service.

671 Piedmont Plaza, Ngong Rd International 0718 003 302 The Wine Shop encourages you to explore your palate and experiment either by the glass or bottle. They also offer a selection of delicious complimentary dishes for your wines.

Fogo Gaucho




Kilimani, Galana Rd Brazilian, Steak House 0715 414 141 Brazilian Steakhouse with a set price for all you can eat, magnificent buffet professional baristas and specially selected wine list. Beautiful ambience with outside terrace seating.

Eastlands Hotel, Ngong Rd Multi cuisine 020 386 1005 Noah Restaurant offers an array of delicacies with contemporary fusion of the west and orient, Karaoke and hotpot on griddle tables available in private VIP rooms.

Uchumi Hyper, Ngong Rd Pizza and Subs 0708783377 At Steers we pride ourselves on quality, variety and customer service. We serve the widest range of flame grilled burgers, tasty fried chicken, grilled chicken and hand cut chips.

Karen Crossroads Shopping Centre Café, Continental 0703 216 579 Offers a tranquil setting for work and play, boasting a two-level restaurant space including the famous Art Bakery, a coffee bar, cocktail bar and outdoor seating.


Nyama Mama Xpress

The Steak Out


Argwings Khodek Rd, Hurlingham Ethiopian 0733 730 469 Renown for its authentic Ethiopian cuisine complimented by great hospitality, Habesha has continued to win hearts around Nairobi and is set in a warm homely atmosphere.

Yaya Center, 2nd Floor, Food Court African, Local Fusion 020 7 602 066 An unpretentious, fun, modern day African roadside diner. Locally inspired, some of our skillfully concocted dishes include chapatti wraps to Mama’s stews and flavourful sides.

102 Manyani Rd. Off James Gichuru Multi Cuisine 0726 211 443 The Steak Out is an elegant and urban steakhouse serving creative foods for all palates in a comfortable ambiance ensuring a memorable dining experience.

The Hub, Karen Café, Continental 0790 124 892 Artcaffe ensures a warm and welcoming environment. Enjoy freshly brewed coffee, delicious pastries, cocktails and a full menu. Enjoy great happy hour offers and delicious food.

La Salumeria


The Royal Pot


Hendred Rd, Behind Valley Arcade Italian 0796088520 La Salumeria is a hidden Italian gem well worth finding. It has a beautiful ambiance and is an ideal setting for a nice, quiet and intimate dinner.

Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Japanese, Lebanese, Sushi 0717 522 374 Come and get our amazing offer, buy 1 sushi roll get half free, Buy 2 glasses of wine and get 1 free. Get the offer when its still happening!

The Monarch Hotel, Continental 0717708050 The home of continental mouth watering cuisines,great ambiance to share with those we love. The place to make culinary memories.

Galleria Mall Cafe 020 233 0772 Their quietly elegant décor and amazing art provides the perfect setting for the intermingled aromas of freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes and specially roasted coffee.





Lavington Green Centre Continental 0719 142560 We are a Bistro and Bar located on James Gichuru road. Live Music, Live Sports, Open Mic Wednesdays, Networking Evenings , our Yummy BBQ bites & alot more new vibes.

The Hub, Karen Spanish 0714 653355 Specializing in Fine Dining, Gourmet Tapas and Cocktails, we are changing the gastronomy experience in Kenya . Our passion for great wine is evident from our extensive wine menu.

912, James Gichuru Road Turkish & Persian 0795 800 800 Three worlds in one, Toranj serves Persian, Turkish and Italian dishes. Toranj offers a relaxing environment suitable for families, friends, meetings and events.

Ngong Lane, off Ngong Rd International 0709 090 000 Spread out over the first floor, Amber Hotel’s all day dining restaurant offers culinary experience at its best with savory international Cuisines. A great dining experience.

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Big Square

Ocean Basket

After 40

Chop House

Karen Square, Ngong Rd Burger, Casual Dining 0714 781 351 Big Square Karen offers some of the best burgers and ribs that your teeth can sink in to. Features play area for children that has iPads and latest gaming consoles.

The Hub Seafood Specialist 0770 227 538 Ocean Basket is Kenyas favourite seafood restaurant. We offer friendly people and a welcome atmosphere and great value for your hard earned money.

Biashara Street, CBD Continental 0710 500 377 Well known for the international cuisine with emphasis on use of organic and locally sourced ingredients; ensures that every meal prepared is both nutritious and healthy.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 0704 810 000 Specialising in a holistic dining experience that highlights modern African flare, dining at Chop House is a theatrical event in itself.


Purdy Arms


Cin Cin Bar

Carnivore Rd, Langata African, Barbeque, Kenyan 0722 204 647 Considered as ‘Africa’s Greatest Eating Experience’, the Carnivore serves exotic meats roasted over charcoal and carved in front of the guests’ eyes at their table.

61 Marula lane, Karen Continental 0712 007001 Family friendly british inspired sports bar, restaurant bed and breakfast establishment that beautifully blends quirky with classy menu of continental indian and pizza.

Gem Suites, State House Crescent Continental with Italian Fusion 020 263 5556 ‘Argenti”, meaning “silver” in Italian, communicates the fine dining and elegance of the restaurant while retaining an air of exclusivity. They also have very efficient service.

Fairmont The Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Bar and Lounge 020 226 5000 A classic yet modern upscale exclusive lounge bar with a garden view, personalized service and an exclusive G.H. Mumm Champagne Bar with tapas, canapes and signature drinks.

Js Fresh Bar

Simba Saloon



Karen - Opposite St. Christopher’s Continental - British Inspired 0718 607 197 J’s is East Africa’s Café Del Mar, serving fabulous British inspired cuisine in a sumptuous wooden shack; in an informal and cool atmosphere, always with great music.

Carnivore Rd, Langata African, Barbeque 0731 611 606 / 0722 204 647 An a la carte restaurant with a children’s area and a lively nightclub. They serve pizzas, steaks, hamburgers and other light snacks along with Carnivore’s signature cocktail ‘DAWA’!

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Upperhill Continental 020 274 6000 An All-day restaurant on a terrace overlooking the hotel’s main pool. They serve full english buffet breakfasts, contemporary buffet lunches, and an al a carte or set dinner menu.

Muindi Mbingu Street Pizza and Subs 0708749927 Debonairs is the leading pizza restaurant in Africa. With a wide range of pizzas, sides and hot subs, we’re sure to satisfy any appetite with our value pricing and free delivery.




Flame Tree

The Hub, Karen Fast Food 0708 515 168 KFC is a great place to bring family and friends. From burgers to buckets, KFC will cater to all your needs; be it a meal for one or a group, enjoy Colonel Sanders’ famous recipes.

320 Ngong Road African, Pan-Asian, European 0733 761 449 Talisman serves up a delightful fusion of European, Pan-Asian and African Creations by their creative chefs. Live music and art exhibitions are available at the Veranda.

InterContinental Hotel, CBD Indian 020 320 0322 Bhandini transports you to Northern India in first-class style with fine cuisine and a sophisticated setting. The Chef works his culinary magic in a glass-enclosed kitchen.

Sarova Panafric, Valley Rd International 0709 111 000 Dine at this restaurant overlooking manicured gardens and prepare your senses for an unmatched culinary journey. Their personalized service will ensure a great experience.


Tamambo Blixen

Big Five


Junction Mall, Ngong Rd Fast Food 0722 532 532 One of the first KFC outlets to open in Nairobi, this conveniently situated location is a great place to enjoy some of your favourite Colonel Sanders recipes.

Karen Road, Karen Continental 0719 346 349 / 0750 882 130 The Restaurant is open from 12.30 pm for lunch and 6.30 pm for dinner. The bar which opens out to a cocktail lounge is a popular place to meet and mingle with delicious cocktails.

Ole Sereni Hotel, Mombasa Rd Multi Cuisine 020 390 1000 Prepared to savor and relish over the finest of five cuisines of the world as you watch their award winning chefs prepare each order before you with a bonus view of Nairobi National Park

Mama Ngina Street Fast Food 0722 532 532 This KFC will cater to a quick lunch. Freshly made meals, great quality and finger licking good chicken recipes will leave you coming back over and over again.

Tamarind Nairobi

Black Gold Cafe


Karen Blixen, Karen Seafood 0733 603 065 Tamarind Nairobi offers some of the city’s leading seafood in an ambience of elegance. Enjoy a drink in their bar or a well-prepared meal as a live band entertains you.

The Panari Hotel, Mombasa Rd Cafe 0711 091 000 Black Gold Cafe is known for its well roasted coffees, teas, light meals, smoothies and desserts. Its location gives it the atmosphere of a game lodge as it faces Nairobi National Park.

Kimathi Street Fast Food 0708 515 168 Situated in the CBD, this KFC is a great spot to enjoy a quick lunch or bring your friends and family to treat them to some great offers.

KFC Galleria Shopping Mall, Karen Fast Food 0700 324 945 Walk in and enjoy a meal in minutes freshly prepared to ensure great quality always. The Colonel Sanders secret recipe will always satisfy every chicken craving.

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KFC Drive Through

Pango Brasserie

Thai Chi

Cake City

Mombasa Road Fast Food 0705 505 050 Want to grab a quick meal on your way to work or on your road trip? Visit this KFC drive through to enjoy quick service without stepping out of your car.

Fairview Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 020 288 1330 With its famous underground wine cellar, romantic ambience, quality service and excellent taste, the Pango Brasserie is indeed in a class of its own.

The Sarova Stanley, Kimathi St,CBD Thai 020 275 7000 One of the city’s most elegant dining establishments, The Thai Chi boasts the finest in authentic Thai cuisine. A small piece of Thailand in Nairobi.

TRM Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0709 729 000 We use traditional recipes to make delicious treats that feel home baked. Delivers are available and include personalised cakes and pastries.


Road House Grill

Lord Delamere


Radisson Blu Hotel, Upperhill Casual Dining 0704 810 000 Serves local favorites and international dishes with an African twist. The Larder’s cosy ambiance enclaves create a sense of intimacy. In-door and ourdoor seating.

Menengai rd, Upperhill Continetal 0720 523000 Enjoy ROAD HOUSE GRILL nyama choma, drink specials and DJ. The perfect spot in Upper Hill to unwind, watch the game, catch up with friends or beat the traffic.

Fairmont Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Formal Dining 020 226 5000 Classic, charming and modern restaurant ideal for business executives, families and groups of friends. The menu features robust international and authentic Kenyan cuisine.

Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0722 532 532 KFC’s secret Colonel Sanders recipe is finger licking good. Located at Garden City Mall, you can now enjoy great meals at a great price.


Sikia Fine Dining


Mambo Italia

Heron Portico, Milimani Rd International 020 272 0740 Mdalasini is a bright new concept for Nairobi featuring a serene dining hall, airy balcony and sunny patio.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Upperhill Formal Dining 020 274 6000 The Sikia Fine Dining room is perfect for lunchtime catch-ups or mid-week dinners with friends and family. The modern menu is delightful and the dining room is comfortably elegant.

Muindi Mbingu Street Pizza and Subs 0708783377 At Steers we pride ourselves on quality, variety and customer service. We serve the widest range of flame grilled burgers, tasty fried chicken, grilled chicken and hand cut chips.

Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Italian 0703 967 149 Mambo Italia is a casual Italian restaurant and café specializing in gourmet pizzas, pasta, salads and more. Enjoy thin-crust pizzas, home-made gelato or coffee.

Mukutan Garden

Soaring Eagle Spur

Thorn Tree Cafe

Moca Loca

Fairview Hotel, Upperhill Cafe 020 288 1000 The Mukutan Garden Café overlooks a beautiful water feature and is known for coffees and light meals such as gourmet sandwiches and pizzas.

Eka Hotel, Mombasa Rd Steakhouse 0786101102 Our restaurant offers delicious specialty steaks, burgers, chicken, seafood and Tex- Mex dishes. We are very popular for our ribs and buffalo wings.

The Sarova Stanley, Kimathi St, CBD Continental 020 275 7000 This is a legendary open-air, bistro style pavement cafe most famous for its message board located at the centre of the restaurant. The cafe is the perfect meeting place for friends.

Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe & Lounge 0708 084 835 Moca Loca - a cafe, restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, as well as coffee and cocktails . Ambiance is central to this new brand.





Clarion Hotel, Moi avenue Continental 0721 485 024 An all day restaurant with terrace over looking Jeevanje gardens and Murang’a road. We serve full English buffet breakfast,delicacy continental with an option of all ala carts menu.

South C Pizza and Subs 0708783377 At Steers we pride ourselves on quality, variety and customer service. We serve the widest range of flame grilled burgers, tasty fried chicken, grilled chicken and hand cut chips.

Garden City Mall, Thika Rd Cafe 0707 175 574 A place to rest and relax over great food and drinks made by their passionate team of chefs, baristas and mixologists, to ensure each visit is a memorable experience.

Garden City Mall - 1st Flr, Thika Rd Caribbean 0792 482 042 The recently opened Sugarcane offers Caribbean food in a casual, stylish atmosphere. Favorites like Jerk Chicken, Curry and Roti, tropical desserts and yummy drinks!

Ole Pizza



Urban Burger

Ole Sereni, Mombasa Road Pizza 020 390 1000 Now introducing Ole Pizza, the long awaited Wood Fired Pizzeria. Visit us at Ole Sereni Hotel and experience the only love triangle you will ever want!

Fairmont Norfolk, Harry Thuku Rd Formal Dining 020 226 5000 Get flame-grilled, aged cuts of high quality meat and a fine dining experience comprising an a la carte menu and an international range of wines.

TRM Mall, Thika Rd Cafe


0708906505 Their quietly elegant décor and amazing art provides the perfect setting for the intermingled aromas of freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes and specially roasted coffee.

Café 0708906505 With flavours that pack a punch, Urban Gourmet Burgers bring a whole new level of quality to the humble burger. There’s bound to be something for everyone on our menu!

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Yummy Vol 33: Eat Right  

Feast your eyes on this edition of Yummy as we give you tips on how to eat right and live right.

Yummy Vol 33: Eat Right  

Feast your eyes on this edition of Yummy as we give you tips on how to eat right and live right.