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East African Chow: Tanzania and Kenya


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East African Chow: Tanzania and Kenya

Seth Zurer | | Aug 3, 2000 04:20 PM

Alright hounds,

In September, I will go on a month-long trip to Tanzania and Kenya : climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Safari in the Serengeti, relaxing on the Spice Island of Zanzibar. I would love to hear any chow suggestions, whether they consist of specific restaurant recommendations, or more generally, kinds of food to keep an eye open for. I am specifically interested in local specialties, but unexpected cross-cultural pleasures are welcome--if Arusha or Dar es Salaam has an irresistible gelato stand then I'll go.

Information on the rest of the web is sparse and vaguely unpromising: simple trekking fare on the mountains made palatable only by extreme physical exertion, some references to open-fire barbecues which I find intriguing, and the usual medical stipulations about avoiding food from street vendors.

I don't know what to think about the medical stipulations: they fly in the face of all my eating instincts--avoid the food that locals eat on the street!?! Anyone care to offer positive or negative (preferably non-graphic) street-eating experiences? On second thought, maybe posts would be more palatable if they recommended specific food items worth the risk of moderate to severe gastrointestinal distress.

Zanzibar in particular sounds like it ought to have fascinating food. Maybe I'm wrong. I hope that the hounds will be able to point me in the right direction.


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