The last month at EatOut has been insanely crazy. We spent the weeks running up to Nairobi Restaurant Week working round the clock to make sure that thousands of Nairobians had the opportunity to enjoy the city’s finest restaurants at accessible prices. Thanks to our sponsors, Magnum and Viva, diners were offered amazing deals on drinks to complement the impressive NRW menus. Furthermore, partners like Twitter Africa and taxi ordering app Uber, worked tirelessly to amplify the event. Over a dozen restaurants even chose to extend NRW due to the overwhelmingly positive response.
Of course as #NRW2015 came to an end, the hype for Valentine’s Day came roaring in. Restaurants all over Nairobi developed bespoke menus to create the perfect evening for our city’s lovebirds. These unique offers were curated and captured on the EatOut site and are discoverable through the hashtag #yummyvalentines.
Here at Yummy we believe that any excuse to party is a good excuse and seeing that the Chinese expat community here in Nairobi is growing at the speed of light, we decided to investigate what the celebration entails and hopefully crash a karaoke party or two. With that in mind, we set out to uncover everything Chinese New Year related.
From firecrackers, to red lanterns, potstickers, crouching tigers and hidden dragons (see what I did there?), we researched and waited for the party invites to arrive. Alas,to no avail. It seems as though the Chinese community here likes to keep a low profile, or decided we weren’t cool enough to invite (impossible). That didn’t stop us from making our own improvised CNY fun though. How? With an issue dedicated to CNY of course!
So for a capitalist-inspired Sino tour of what delectable Chinese goodies our vibrant city has to offer, read on! In this issue, you’ll learn how to use chopsticks, meet the chefs at Taste of China and of course, find out what Chinese New Year is all about.
Additionally read about Susan Wong’s experience at one of the Chinese Embassy staff’s favourite Chinese restaurants in Nairobi (can you get a more legitimate endorsement than that?). If you are so inclined, flip forward and try making an Oriental dish or two from the specially featured recipes out of the new cookbook from Nairobi’s renowned Zen Garden. Test our flavourful Asian-inspired cocktail recipes, making sure not to ruin your New Year’s health resolutions by following Amy Selbach’s tips on healthy options in Chinese cuisine. Finally if you are more Merlot than black tea, read our Concha Y Toro wine ambassador interview and experiment with our Asian oriented cocktails.
As we strive to be the most comprehensive resource for everything food and drink related in Kenya, we look forward to keeping you informed about the best this country has to offer. Look out for some exciting events coming up, including Dinner in the Dark, one of the most unique dining experiences on this year’s food calendar.