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Three African Teas to Start Your Morning

Africa may not be at the top of your mental list of tea-producing continents, but you'd better believe they grow it. Though export to North America is not as widespread as the teas of China, Japan, Taiwan, and India, the teas produced in Africa fall quietly below our radar but are certainly worth exploring. More

Snapshots From Morocco: Market Food in Marrakech

The main souk, Jemaa al Fnaa, in Marrakech is the largest market in Morocco. At nearly 1,000 years old, it's located in the medina, the maze-like walled central section that forms the old city. A vast courtyard that by day houses pedestrian walkways, snake charmers, magicians, water vendors, doodad dealers, dancers and all other manner of street performers surrounded by restaurants and cafés, by night it becomes a bustling world of vendors, hawkers, and full-on restaurants serving food and drink ranging from casual snacks to complete meals. More

Four Awesome Kenyan Coffees To Seek Out Right Now

As spring blushes into summer, the emergence of lush, almost enthusiastically flavorful Kenyan coffees has come upon us courtesy of some of North America's finest roasters. We've rounded up four of the very best of these—all hailing from the fruitful Nyeri region of Kenya—plus a bonus coffee from Burundi for good measure. More

A 'Typical' Breakfast in ... South Africa

Centuries of European rule have left their mark on the "typical" South African breakfast. It's a tea-and-coffee culture, so breakfast is often a cup of something hot (with lots of sugar added) served alongside something bready. That can be a piece of toast with jam or cheese, a rusk (a thick and tooth-breakingly hard cookie), buttered bread, or even a hot dog bun. More

'Time' Magazine Recognizes Heaven Restaurant in Rwanda

More Time magazine linkage for you today. Remember that inspiring story about a woman named Alissa Ruxin who opened a restaurant in Kigali, Rwanda, with a menu featuring African, Mexican, Indian, and Mediterranean dishes? And more important, one that employs waiters and cooks who were orphaned by genocide? Time magazine agrees that such international progress tastes good.... More

Man Keeps Pizza Oven Fired Up 24/7, 'Just In Case Friends Stop In'

By day, Julian Abramson is a chili pepper farmer about an hour north of Cape Town, South Africa. But whenever he wants, he can also be a pizza oven master since his backyard wooden oven—using wood from a non-native Australian tree—is heated 24/7. As a farmer, Abramson naturally has pots filled with herbs, tomatoes, and peppers for his pizza's homemade sauces and toppings. His favorite combo: bananas, green chili, and garlic. He makes the thin-crust pies "spontaneously all day whenever he, his family, or random neighbors are hungry." GoodEater.org contributor Joshua Levin visited Abramson in Tierfontein, South Africa. Levin... More

Restaurant in Kigali, Rwanda, Seeking Staff

Alissa Ruxin, an American with a masters in public health, was looking for a job in Africa--because Africa has overwhelming public health needs, she thought--but she found a kitchen opportunity instead. With no background in the hospitality industry, she and her husband Josh started Heaven Bar and Restaurant near the commercial center of Kigali, Rwanda, in the Kiyovu neighborhood. Here, food is just one of many priorities. Also on the list: boost the economy, support tourism, and create jobs with livable wages and healthcare for orphans and other vulnerable youth. Not only does the concept and setting sound beautiful--a large terrace overlooking hilly Kigali decorated with hand-made furniture from Rwandan artisans--but the menu looks tasty too. Pumpkin squash soup,... More

Talk About a Dry Wine ...

telegraph.co.uk At desert's edge in southern Namibia, Allan Walkden-Davis produces "rustic" wines: He works on the edge of the Namib Desert where it only rains between February and April, and the average fall can be less than an inch. Yet he produces annually 3,000 to 3,500 bottles of shiraz, as well as a shiraz-merlot blend.... Walkden-Davis seems to have a sense of humor about the affair: "One fellow could not understand why I couldn't go bankrupt farming sheep or cattle the same as everyone else."... More

Dear Slice: Here's Where to Get Pizza in Zambia

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got this awesome email from Justin C. in Zambia.... I'm a federal civil servant currently on a four-month detail to Lusaka, Zambia, and until recently I had accepted that I'd be without good pizza during that time. Lusaka is the capital of a very undeveloped country, and the options are very limited even in the city. There are a couple fast-food pizza joints here (South African chain Debonairs and Pizza Inn), but they're terrible. A couple colleagues recommended I go to Black Knight, a local bakery/coffee shop chain that makes pizza. The... More

Photo of the Day: Porking the Nation

(Photograph courtesy of Rebecca Kolsky) Out of the blue, my buddy Paul Lukas, the genius behind ESPN.com's Uniwatch column, food writer for the New York Sun, and the publisher of my all-time favorite 'zine, Beer Frame: The Journal of Inconspicuous Consumption, shared this photo with me: "If you're receiving this, it's because I know you're fond of meat and/or interesting signage. So you'll understand why I had to show you this photo." It was taken by Rebecca Kolsky in Zambia.... More

In Guinea: Time to Make the Baguettes

Katy Murtaugh, a Peace Corps volunteer stationed in Guinea, describes the process of mixing, kneading, and baking 90 baguettes in just seven hours—all without tools or measuring cups. The baker she follows works on an enormous scale, given that he's doing everything manually: He starts with about 55 pounds of flour before adding a "deluge of water" and continuing. [via Tim Murtaugh]... More

In the News: Jamie Oliver's School Food Fails; U.S. Farm Bill Hits Snag; Cooking Mama 2

Food safety concerns may stall farm bill: "Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she will block the Senate bill if it includes a House-passed provision that would allow some smaller meat processing plants to opt out of federal meat inspections in favor of state inspections. The bill hasn't even emerged from committee yet." [Associated Press] Food crises in Zimbabwe deepens: Bakeries are closing for lack of flour in the country once known as the "breadbasket of Africa." [Voice of America] Italians plan "vote" against genetically modified food: As opposition wanes in North and South American, Italy is hoping to renew Europe's stand against "Frankenfoods." [Reuters] U.K. egg supply threatened: If prices aren't raised, farmers say they won't have incentive to... More

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