So it was a special occasion when I went to a Kenyan restaurant in D.C. called Swahili Village Bar & Restaurant. It took us an hour and 20 miles to go 24 miles. But it was completely worth it! It was cozy, had AMAZING food and it was cheap (by American standards).
My friend and I started off with Bhajia and Samosas. The samosas were great. Tasted just like when I had them in Kenya- so juicy, flavorful and succulent. I never had Bhajia (spicy fried potato chips) before, but it was so good.
Then we moved on to Samaki Kaanga (spicy Tilapia), Ugali, Ndizi Kaanga (plantains) and Sukuma Wiki (collard greens with onions). We had water and a mango/yogurt smoothie to drink.
It was quite a sight watching my friend attempt to get the bone out of the fish. The people in the restaurant all starred at us in amusement. At one point, I asked our waitress if there was a trick, she said there was, then snickered. But didn’t tell us what it was.
We were so completely full; we could not finish everything! The amazing thing about everything was it was only $30 (so $15 bucks each)! Not bad at all, considering we went home with a lot of food.
It was so good. Definitely just as good as I remembered it in Kenya. The journey made me nostalgic for a vacation I didn’t completely appreciate until I was already back in the United States.
While I was in Kenya, I was so focused on how it was not like America, and all the amenities, foods, etc Kenya was missing, that I truly did not get to appreciate and experience its culture. However, once I returned to America, I began to realize what an amazing opportunity I had- and nearly missed. The beauty of Kenya is truly unlike anything I’ve seen before. It was so surreal, peaceful and beautiful, without all the major towers that dominate the cities or the money hungry individuals plaguing the streets. No, Kenya’s beauty was natural. Kenya’s food was so fresh and delicious, it has ruined having certain foods, namely fruits, in America.
All in all, I’d say the hour and 20 minute journey to Beltsville, MD was worth the long drive! It was simply amazing, and although it did not have Picana Mango, I must say the rest of the food did make up for it!