Nairobi Travel Blog› entry 4 of 42 › view all entries
May 31st, 2010 – by: rsummo
As far as Nairobi goes, I'd describe it as on average slightly less developed than Bangkok, but much much better off than Kathmandu. The driving here is hectic, but I've seen far far worse. They do have well marked lanes, traffic lights and roundabouts, but these things act mostly as suggestions for getting around rather than strict rules of the road. Still, at no point during the time that we were zipping around in pretty bad traffic was I concerned.
I somewhat suspected that the guy who drove us to the hotel was going to be hanging out waiting for us so that he could take us to the tour company that he worked for so he could keep earning commissions, and I was right.
Now that we had taken care of business it was time to eat. I felt like I could indulge a little after saving so much on the trek, so MJ the vegetarian and I hopped in the car with Johnston and went to this restaurant named "Carnivore". This place has been voted amongst the top 50 restaurants in the world on a few occasions, and it's famous for serving up all kinds of meat (including wild game meat) until you can't stand to eat any more. I couldn't not go there, and I know that MJ secretly really wants to eat meat, so she "reluctantly" agreed to go. The place was about 15km outside of town, and on the way in you have to drive through a security checkpoint manned with multiple guards. A few minutes past the checkpoint you pull up to the front, and you see a place that looks like it is going to have a "Rainforest Cafe" like ambiance without the crappy animatronic animals. You walk in and discover that the place is huge, with large seating areas inside and outside. On the way in you pass by the large barbecue, and you get to smell all the different types of meat that you are about to eat. Tonight's "exotic" meets included ostrich meatballs, crocodile and camel. There was also a selection of more familiar items such as roast pork, roast beef, chicken, sausage, etc. The menu is buffet style, and for just under 2,000 (about $25) Kenyan schillings you get soup, salad, potato, all you can eat meat, desert and coffee. South African red wine to go with the meal is pretty cheap and tasty, and they had some regularly priced cocktails as well, margaritas, daiquiris, etc.. Hands down the best meat was the ostrich meatballs. The crocodile was better than alligator I've had - usually alligator comes deep fried and breaded so you don't get much meat taste. This may not sound appealing, but the crocodile tasted like a fishy-chicken. I'd certainly eat it again but it wouldn't be my first choice. The camel was the blandest meat, more of a good story than a good food. Everything else was very good, and the numerous sauces they give you to pair with the meats made for some great taste combinations. During the desert, I thought for a few minutes that i had eaten so much that I may actually have to go vomit, but thanks to years of drinking too much I was able to focus and get my stomach under control and avoid such an unpleasant end to the evening.
So now all we have to do is get up early and hop on a bus. The Kili climb is all set, and I'll send out another email once we are back down in Tanzania and have figured out what our next step is. Part of me wants to get to Durban quickly so that I can be there for every game. I'm getting more excited for the World Cup than for any of the other things we are doing. I've been studying players and teams so that I will sound less like an idiot when I am talking to people from around the world who actually have games broadcast in their countries, and I think I'll be able to hold my own, especially for an American.
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