Being the last weekend of 2017, my sister and I wanted to have a beautiful lunch to wind down the year. After a horrific experience at a popular seafood franchise, we hoped our experience at Marula Mercanitle would make up for it. Saturday the 30th was stunningly sunny and relaxed and we decided to eat at a place that was open and vibe-y. After our meal and afternoon stay there, I decided to include this as a restaurant review as it was not a planned visit between myself and the staff and I felt I captured them in their true essence. It is something I planned on doing last year, but due being broke af to various factors, I put restaurant reviews on hold. My review of Marula Mercantile will be first of many. I will also be including some of your experiences to my reviews so that you can get the truest, most realistic picture of the restaurant.
“Na kunanukia!!!! Zimeiva?” (“They smell great! Are they done?”) My sister yelled form the stair case as she made her way to the kitchen where I was. I was not really in the mood for cooking because of cramps, but my sister pushed me and after some pain killers I decided to make something indulgent for both of us. Good food makes everything better right? And I had no regrets!!! Step after step after step and few moments later, there you are sinking your teeth into something juicy and delicious!!!The best burgers are those that we make at home. That is when you can customize flavors according to your preference. Aroma of herbs filled the air. Sound of a sharp sear made me salivate. And your next favorite burger is my thyme beef burger with my passion fruit bbq sauce <3 <3
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I had gone to drop off my tripod stand at my friends place as she needed to use it for a certain project over the weekend. Like the true millenial, I called Mwende to let her know I was juuuuuuust around the corner. “Ukifika, ingia tu! Gate iko wazi” (When you arrive, just come in. The gate is open.) I did not intend to stay too long, but because I had not seen her in quite some time, I was willing to be a bit more flexible. She was seated right by the window, in the flood of sunshine streaming in, and her book – The Year Of Yes- turned on her coffee table as she reached out for her watermelon and limes. She picked a slice of melon, squeezed some lime juice over it and munched away. “Jaribu!” (Try it!!) She told me, passing the plate of melon my way. I really loved it. After driving for 30 minutes and boiling in Nairobi traffic for almost the same time, this was a much welcome refreshing treat! I did not intend to stay too long, but a ton of laughs later, a million juicy stories later, a dance off and a fresh cake later (imagine we even decided to bake! smh! #derailed :D) I am happy I did extend my stay.
Inspired by my dear friend’s favorite sunny day treat, today I share with you my now favorite sunny day drink!!
The wind was blowing hard. I was walking as fast as I could. I hoped to get home before the rain could start pelting down, but no sooner had I finished thinking the thought than the rain started falling hard. I increased my tempo took out my umbrella. Despite having cover from the rain, I still got completely wet almost as though I had no umbrella at all. I thought of running, but that would be futile, so I instead decided to enjoy the rain. That is how November showers are; cold, large drops whose fury is only fanned by the wind. I was freezing by the time I got home. But at least I was rained on when coming back home rather than when I was going somewhere important or to meet important persons, right? I had a hot shower and decided to make something soothing for myself. Since I was not too hungry, I settled on a soup- best decision I made that day. Perfectly fragrant, creamy and aromatic; that is how I would describe my mushroom coconut milk soup which will very easily become your rainy season favorite <3.
We all have those tasks we hate for no reason at all. They have to be done, so we do them reluctantly anyway. For me, I just do not like cutting cabbage. I completely dislike that task. Completely! I would rather clean the house in and out, change the roof by hand, tarmac our roads, build a dam, single handedly launch a satellite into orbit than cut cabbage. I do not know why exactly I do not like cutting cabbage, but I just don’t. Is there anybody out there who is in the same boat as I am? We had this very Konversation on twitter about kitchen tasks you do not like doing and I was glad I was not alone, and also got to learn some of the kitchen tasks that are just not your cup of tea. When I crave a good salad or a slaw, I usually talk myself out of it or very reluctantly cut up my cabbage. I waste time in between every slash, and give myself pep talks and motivational speeches that it will soon be over and be very much worth it. And by the time I was done with my cabbage and eating my salad, it was indeed worth it. I hope you enjoy my purple cabbage apple salad with the best dressing ever: my passion fruit vinaigrette.