Dar Ice Cream Masters!

So am starting this new segment rightly titled maakuli na mapochopocho which simply refers to mouth watering, finger licking food & desserts and where to get them. I love my food, I think I spend more money going to nice restaurants and places selling food than buying girly things like bags and shoes-ideal woman hey?!! 😉 🙂 I know there’s plenty of foodies out there so this is especially for us! As I live in Dar and hardly ever get to travel outside the city, I can only talk about places in Dar, sadly.

Dar is certainly not lacking as far as places to eat are concerned-ni mfuko wako tu! Fast food chains have recently also started opening branches here and I can see us soon becoming an obese nation he he! (touch wood).

Today I went to Sno-Cream in the city centre. Boy does this place have history! Apparently they’ve been in business for over 50 years-they are as old as Tanzania is in fact! Funny enough I always used to hear people talk about it growing up but it’s only today, decades later, that I finally went to check them out. The place is small and cosy and also has an outside seating area. They have all sorts of sweet goodies-sundaes, shakes, even juices and hot drinks like drinking chocolate. I certainly am no fan of sweet things-I prefer salty, fried stuff, but once in a while I do like to indulge my sweet cravings, and they did me justice. I randomly ordered a coffee shake-yummy, refreshing, made just right. Forgot to take a proof shot but took a few shots of the actual place instead. Many people have very fond memories of this place-as can be seen on the walls.


So, if you are feeling naughty and looking to indulge yourself, then do visit this place next time you are in Dar-calories be damned!

Have you been to Sno-Cream? When’s the first time you ever visited them and what’s your favourite thing to get? Do share in the comments section below, cheers!



Bongo Street Food…’chipsi-mayai’

Another weekend-yay! Am actually still kinda hungry having had a rather so-so dinner so posting about food was pretty much inevitable! First off, Bongo is the nickname given to my hometown, Dar es salaam, but most people use the name to refer to the whole country of Tanzania. So I’ll be introducing you to the most common dish you’ll find in the streets of Bongo. This is called ‘chipsi-mayai’, meaning chips and eggs. It’s normally made by first frying the chips and once they are done they are put in another smaller pan with very little oil then  a couple of eggs are beaten and poured onto the chips. The chips are flipped over for the eggs to cook properly and voila! ready to serve.

Most people I’ve met, particularly my next door cousins, the Kenyans, think this is the weirdest dish that was ever created but then they visit Bongo and by the time they get back home they are singing its praises! Chipsi-mayai can be eaten just as it is or you can also add what we call mishkaki (think sheesh kebab) as well as a type of salad we call kachumbari. This salad is made up of chopped cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and a sprinkle of lemon juice on top, tamu sana! I actually know a couple of people that live abroad who go hunting for chipsi-mayai the moment they land on TZ soil, it’s an incurable addiction I tell you!

And of course here’s a picture for that added visual effect…karibuni mlo!

chips mishkaki mayai