Take Me To Senegal

I somehow find a way to mention my birthday in almost every post without me knowing. It is as if I take a sedative while writing at night and do not catch things until the morning.

Why am I bringing this up? Well, because this story requires a slight indication of the b-word (birthday, not the naughty one) and we will get to that. First, we need to cut-scene back a few months ago, How I Met Your Mother style.

Sarath and I have always made/got each other little things for our birthdays these past fews. For 2013, she purchased a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant for me. I have wanted to try this place for the longest time, but never got around to it.

My old roommate (who is back in Boston now) and Sarath used to get crazy here late into the weekend nights. I, being the grandma that I am, thought that a nice early dinner sounded much better before bedtime.

This meal was very fun because it was completely new to me. I have never eaten at a Senegalese restaurant before. For the cartographically-challenged, Senegal is located in the westernmost tip of Africa. It is also a melting pot of cultures (Middle Eastern, French, African, etc) due to politics that are far too heavy for this silly blog.

It took us a few days of rescheduling but we finally made it work! Time to eat delicious food at Bissap Baobab.

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Who better to ask to accompany me more than Sarath herself? This is her doing an artsy pose.

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My pose was a little less creative. I honestly look the same in every picture. Whenever anyone tells me to do a funny face, it ends up being the smallest variation of this.

I can not complain because it is a step up than my old smile, The Chandler. My awkward stage lasted a few years longer than it should.

PS: I miss my long hair, I got a haircut two days ago and it is so short. 🙁

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Our appetizer, the pastelles, were a great introduction to this foreign cuisine. These deep fried pastries filled with marinated beef tasted amazing and I wish we ordered two! Yum.

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Family style is always more fun because you get the pleasure of eating two entrees without the guilt of feeling like you are going to rip your pants after. This decapod dish was marinated in garlic and cayenne pepper, served in a red curry with pita bread. The Baobab Gambas had a unique curry taste, tasting more similar to East Asian curry rather than Indian.

Marco, the owner, told us that he gets some inspiration from the South East Asian flavors from traveling in Bali and the surrounding areas. Sarath introduced us and I really enjoyed talking to him, it is always nice to see the vision behind the man in charge.

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Our other shared entree was the Niebe Thies, chicken and black-eyed peas cooked with vegetables in a spicy Senegelese sauce. Coincidentally, I was commenting on blogs the morning of our dinner and wrote that I never tried black-eyed peas before. Somehow the stars aligned and I knew that I had to try them! Love at first site, really. This was my favorite dish.

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The star of the night was the Banana Flambee, bananas sautéed in butter and rum, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A la mode always does it for me on a cool San Francisco night. Plus I love banana desserts, like fried bananas with green tea ice cream. Mm mm.

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I tried to take a picture of their sign but it was too bright for my camera. I love the little dancing man.

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In more recent news, Erin @ The Almond Eater and I officially met in person! Is she not the cutest little being ever? Our original plans was to grab beers and tapas but the restaurant was closed for a private event. Instead, we chowed down on delicious burgers and I gave her a small tour of the city!

PS: Do not ask why the picture is so yellow, I can not remember the lighting being so horrible. Also do not bring up the fact that I tried to hide my half coke half diet coke.

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What culture’s cuisine have you been wanting to try?

When you met your blogger friend, what activities did you partake in?

23 thoughts on “Take Me To Senegal

  1. I don’t have any cuisine I’m dying to try. But what I do want to do is travel to different countries and try the food there. First stop…Italy! Hopefully soon.

    And when I met Nisha a few months back, we ate gelato and walked around Lincoln Mall Road in South Beach. 🙂

  2. Ooooo this restaurant looks amazing!! I want to try it!

    I bet you would be surprised to find out that I usually meet up with other bloggers for . . . a workout! I knew I would catch you off guard with that one. 😉 Happy Friday!

  3. So fun you met Erin! I feel like Erin gets to travel around the world and meet all my fav bloggers 🙂 And not surprisingly we always go eat when I meet up with bloggers. Though I have to say I love me a blogger who can get a burger and fries and doesn’t suggest we go to the one chain of healthy restaurants in Toronto…it gets kinda old!

    Come to Toronto!

  4. What a neat restaurant! I totally wish there was diversity in food around here. One of the bloggers i became good friends with and I have started going on double dates and just hanging out at each other’s places. So cool when online friends because real life friends 🙂

  5. Your hair looks great – and I can say that now because I’ve met you in person. 🙂

    Loved seeing you yesterday – I hope you enjoyed the Kayser cookie!

  6. Yayyy so happy I got to meet you! I kind of like the yellow lighting–makes me look tan…ish. Also–YES to being grandmalicious. I’m all about it. Also all about that banana dessert. We call it bananas foster over in Pittsburgh—or do you guys have that too and I’m just confused? PS your hair isn’t short so hush 🙂

    • I never heard banana fosters but I am sure we have something like that out here.
      Come back so we can be grandmas together!

  7. I am so curious now! I want to see your pics with the shorter hair. I am sure you look amazing as usual. I always want to do that, cut my hair real short and then when it is short, I miss it being long.

    • It is maybe 2-4 inches shorter, so not a dramatic change but for me it is so different because my hair us usually long!

      You should do it if you want, I am sure your face can pull it off. 🙂

  8. I really wish I could have met up with you two!! I am working as many extra shifts as possible right now to help pay for my wedding and I have zero free time. But we are definitely meeting up after my wedding!

    You can take me for tapas and beer. 😉

    That’s so funny that you tried to hide your half diet coke. Are you afraid of being an unhealthy blogger?

    • Focus on your wedding first and we are bound to cross paths one day! Especially since we sometimes hang out around the same places.

      Haha and no, I am not afraid! I was just being silly. 🙂 I hardly consider myself a healthy blogger anyways, all my healthy eats look boring so I do not photograph. However, I can not resist a coke when eating a burger!

  9. I really want to eat good Mexican food. I haven’t had it since traveling to the US a few years ago! I have not met another blogger before! Although few have said they’ll come to Delhi, so let’s see 🙂

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