March 2017 shenanigans

March 2017 shenanigans

March has been such an awesome month, with the majority of it being spent abroad in Kenya. I hadn’t been home for over a year so was very excited to finally head to my favourite country to attend my youngest brother’s wedding as well as see family, friends and all my pets. It was the best 3 weeks ever!

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I started March on a high note with a feature in The Nairobian thanks to the amazing Pooja Kotedia – Patel. She has recently entered the Vlogging scene so do give her Facebook page a follow so you can check out all her videos and updates. You can find it here: Glam and Style with Pooja.

The night before I was flying, I went for dinner with my manager to one of Chef Ben Spalding’s events called #AllGunsBlazing. It was an incredibly fun evening and we had lots of dishes prepared by Chef Ben as well as Michelin starred chef Jp McMahon from Ireland.

Our favourite was the Artichoke and Ant dish (yes Ants) surprisingly! Just goes to show you never know until you try and trust me before we tried the dish we were feeling a little nervous about eating Ants!

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The following day I flew to Kenya and arrived to 30+ degree sunshine and the first event in the evening to kick off the wedding celebrations.

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I was so happy to be reunited with my pets too!

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The next day we had lunch at one of our favourite Italian restaurants, Osteria, followed by a super fun afternoon at the Giraffe Centre. You can read about my experience here.

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Catch ups was the theme of the week and the following day we met my fellow blogger friend Harpreet from Harpreet’s Wanderlust for breakfast at Art Caffe where we had some lovely dishes.

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Amit and I then headed to a popular lunch spot, The Talisman, where we had some more superb food and I also had a cheeky Mojito, while Amit had a Dawa.

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We then spent the afternoon exploring the Karen Blixen Museum, which was fascinating and I do have a full blog post about this coming soon.

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In the evening we had a delicious meal cooked by my best friend Meera, also known as The Fit Fab Foodie. She is a genius and she even made Vegan cheese, which I am absolutely craving now, as well as laid on a full Mexican feast.

During the week I also attended a Dessert Party at Urban Eatery in honour of the launch of their Dessert Menu. The party of dreams! I also got to meet fellow blogger friend Kaluhi from Kaluhi’s Kitchen, who is an award winning food blogger in Kenya.

From the Thursday until the Sunday we had lots of Wedding parties and fun, ranging from the Mehndi party,  a cocktail fuelled glamourous night in Karura Forest, a meet and greet reception as well as the actual wedding, which was an absolutely stunning affair.

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Congrats Neer and Devi! It was a great excuse to dress up and spend time with dear family and friends like family!


Our trip to Kenya is also not complete without time with our beloved God children and so even if short it was very valuable time indeed.

Amit then went on to Mombasa a little earlier than me so I spent some quality time catching up with my girlfriends over a fabulous coffee with Harpreet at Wasp and Sprout, followed by lunch with Harpreet and Meera at The Arbor al fresco! Nairobi has some seriously instagram worthy venues.

I then flew to Mombasa where the first thing I did was head to Tamarind Mombasa for cocktails and a view. It was so nice to be by the sea again. Mombasa is where I was born and grew up.

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Amit lives opposite the famous “Lighthouse” and so I made sure I got my Mogo fix in! I have been visiting Lighthouse ever since I was a child and it is one of my favourite spots in Mombasa.

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On the weekend we explored Jumba Ruins and visited Monsoon restaurant for lunch, as well as had lunch the following day at the scenic Sea Haven.

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Mombasa has incredible seafood and I have yet to find somewhere in the world that makes Lobster and Prawns any better! It is always so fresh and always served in generous portions.

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We then beat any Monday blues and checked into Swahili Beach Resort for some much needed relaxing and it was complete and utter bliss alternating between the beach and the pool.

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The rest of the week was spent indulging in food such as Mombasa Mix with the lovely Nasim, as well as old favourites such as Mubins and Yuls, which we have been frequenting since childhood.

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There was more time spent with Giraffes as we visited Haller Park and this took me right down memory lane as the last time I had visited I must have been 15! We saw some fiesty baby crocs too.

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Soon it was time to return to Nairobi for a couple of days before our flight back to the UK. I had one last indulgent session at Urban Eatery, where we tried the Freakshakes which are INCREDIBLE by the way so if you are in Nairobi GO GO GO!

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After a dinner with my family and the newly weds on our last evening in Nairobi, where we returned to Osteria, it was time to bid my beloved home goodbye but this time I won’t leave it so long before I return!

Since I have been back I have been settling into my work routine and have lots of blog posts to write about my trip to Kenya so it is going to be a busy but fun time.  It has been such a fantastic month and I am looking forward to what April brings, which is always a month of celebrations.

I am so excited that my blog turns 3 on April 2nd.  It is also our 7 year wedding anniversary! Don’t know where time has gone!

A massive congratulations to Devi and Neer as they embark on this new chapter of their lives as Mr and Mrs Chandaria. Wishing you a wonderful and happy life together 😀 Thank you for letting us be part of your celebrations. #HappilyEverChandaria

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Hope everyone had a fabulous March! Would love to know what you got up to in the comments section below.

All my love, Binny xx

 

 

 

 

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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3 Comments

  1. March 31, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    What a great post full of fun! Had the best day with you! So glad we got to spend some good time together this time round and can’t wait to see you again! Love you lots xoxo

  2. April 3, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Wow. Beautiful writing and pictures… and I am now off to follow all Harpreet’s blog. Thank you for sharing local reviews too and you met Kaluhi 🙂
    Can’t wait for more posts of your time here.

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