Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

It’s been a while. You have probably been wondering why there are no recent blog posts. Well, I have had a cheeky holiday to Kenya. I say holiday. I spent three days on the coast, did some charity work, climbed Mount Kenya as well as a few other bits and pieces inbetween which I thought I would now share with you. Well some of the food bits anyway.

Tamambo was one of the first places that I visited. This is a restaurant in Karen which is one of the nicest parts of Nairobi to visit. We stopped off here having firstly been for a big breakfast at a local American style diner. I was very thankful that I could still get my chai latte hit! Though it wasn’t quite the same as one you might get back in England.

Chai Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Bacon and Cheese Croissant.

 

Croissant Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Everything omelette!

 

Omelette Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

My fluffy pancakes.

 

Pancake Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Pancake with maple syrup Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

This was then followed by some elephant spotting at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

 

Elephants Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

It was 11 o’clock and their feeding time. It was absolutely amazing to watch them feeding and playing around with a football. Such gentle giants.

 

Elephant being fed Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

The Giraffe Center is a 10 minute drive away so we headed their to see what mischief we could get up to. The purpose of the Center is a sanctuary for endangered wildlife. There was a new arrival of a rhino but we didn’t get to see it up close. The giraffes that we met were Rothschilds. You can tell them apart from other giraffes as their pattern stops when it gets to their knees.

It was also their feeding time, we were lucky enough to be able to do this ourselves….perhaps not in quite the way you might expect?!

 

Feeding the giraffes Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Oooops.

 

Giraffe eating Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

This is how it should be done.

 

Jess feeding giraffe Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Tamambo’s is really close by so this is a really nice little round trip to do if you are ever planning a trip to Kenya. Tamambo’s is on Karen Blixen’s estate and just down the road from the Karen Blixen Museum. It was such a lovely day that we decided to make the most of the sunshine and settled for a big table in the garden.

 

The three of us at Tamambo Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Bread and butter came complimentary stylishly served in a cone with the butter in a little handmade wooden pot.

 

Tamambo Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

We weren’t too hungry so went for goats cheese samosas and kachos. Kenya’s version of nachos, made with arrowroot (a common Kenyan vegetable) and potato crisps.

 

Tamambo table setting Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Samosa Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

The samosas aren’t actually on the normal menu but my friend who is a regular visitor knew that they do them. They were perfectly crisp on the outside and deliciously melted on the inside.

 

Samosa up close Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

The kachos were amazing. Not quite the same satisfying crunch that you get with nachos but fun and different all the same.

 

Kachos 2 Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Kachos Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

Kachos 3 Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

My main discovery of the meal for me was a Dawa. This is a common alcoholic Kenyan drink made of vodka, honey, sugar and lime. This was the first time I had one and became completely addicted throughout my holiday, they are incredible.

 

Dawa Tamambo Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Kenya

 

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