Exploring South African Wine

And then there is the unique wine called seven sisters owned by 7 seven South African Women.  Read more about their history at the company website. Click Here






Ethiopia: Telba (Flaxseed) Drink Recipe


Telba is a healthy and refreshingly creamy beverage. Be cautious of how much you drink, though, as it is a mild laxative.

Serving 4-6
1 c Flaxseed
6 c Water
1 to 2 T Honey

Heat a cast-iron skillet over low heat. Add flaxseed and dry roast, stirring for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Place flaxseed in a spice grinder and grind to a powder. Sieve into a bowl. Add water and stir. Let set for about 10-20 minutes to allow solids to settle out. Strain into a pitcher. Add honey and chill.

Notes: Telba Firfit: Mix telba with broken up pieces of injera bread and heat. Serve as a side dish.

Recipe listed on ethiopianrestaurant.com

Black in Latin America | Cuba: The Next Revolution

The term Afro-Cuban refers to Cubans who mostly have Sub Saharan African ancestry, and to historical or cultural elements in Cuba thought to emanate from this community. The term can refer to the combining of African and other cultural elements found in Cuban society such as race,religion, music, language, the arts, and class culture.

During the 1920s and 1930s Cuba experienced a movement geared towards Afro-Cuban culture called Afrocubanismo.  The movement had a large impact on Cuban literature, poetry, painting, music, and sculpture. It was the first artistic campaign in Cuba that focused on one particular theme: black culture. Specifically it highlighted the struggle for independence from Spain, black slavery, and building a purely Cuban national identity. Its goal was to incorporate African folklore and rhythm into traditional modes of art.

Cuban rumba, born in the poor sections of Cuban cities and carrying dance styles and rhythms that echo the African traditions of Cuban slaves.

Watch – Black in Latin America Documentary – Cuba: The Next Revolution


Born in Mexico but 100% Kenyan: Lupita Nyong’o

To hear her Lupita’s first  name some may recognize it’s Spanish origin and that her last name Nyongo denotes her African heritage.  Currently, the 12 Years a Slave star is one of Hollywood’s “It girls.”  Nyong’o was born in Mexico City, Mexico where her family were political refugees.  It is traditional to name a child after the events of the day, so her parents decided to give her a Mexican first name. She is the second of six children.

Nyong’o’s parents are Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a politician. She is of Luo descent. Peter was the former Kenyan Minister for Medical Services. At the time of Lupita’s birth, he was a visiting lecturer in political science.[5] He was elected in 2013 to represent Kisumu County in the Kenyan Senate.[4] Her cousinIsis Nyong’o was named one of Africa’s most powerful women by Forbes magazine in 2012.

Nyong’o moved back to Kenya when she was less than one year old, when her father was hired as a professor at the University of Nairobi.[5] At age sixteen, her parents sent her back to Mexico for a few months to learn Spanish

Check out her moving Critic’s Choice Award Speech

South African Tripe Recipe- A Favorite of Nelson Mandela’s

South African tripe

Nelson Mandela’s favorite dish was tripe.  It was served on his 94th birthday.  Tripe is the stomach of the cow or sheep.  It is also prepared in many other cultures.  See a Mexican recipe for Tripe(Tripas).

Ingredients for Tripe and Tomato Sauce

  •  1.5 tripe, pre-cooked and cubed
  • 5ml (1tsp) salt
  • 15ml (1T) lemon juice
  • Tomato sauce:
  • 60ml (4T) oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 x 115g can tomato paste
  • 1 x 410g can chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml (1 cup) dry wine
  • 30ml (2T) sugar

See Directions

African Restaurant Week- DC,Maryland and Northern VA


2012 Inaugural Restaurants Participating in DMV African Restaurant Week:


-And So Much More Tasty African Cuisine

*Special African Restaurant Week Discounts will be available*

The African Heritage Food Pyramid

The research, provided by a conglomerate of experts, nutritionists, and culinary historians, is said to connect individuals with their roots of African Diaspora that they may not have access to regularly. Featured foods on the pyramid include watermelon, mango, various types of greens, and plantains in the fruits and vegetable category. The pyramid includes a section exclusive to herbs and spices. Chicken is particularly highlighted in the meats category, and a slice of sweet potato pie is suggested as the dessert of choice. The pyramid also shows Africans playing basketball for exercise.

At first look, these food pyramids could be offensive. However, after examining the offered information, the diagram only appropriately categorizes foods regularly consumed by the ethnic group from a cultural perspective. Like the USDA food pyramid, the African Heritage Food Pyramid is meant as a tool to illustrate how much Africans should consume of the traditional foods they may already eat–while celebrating their roots in African American cuisine.  READ MORE

Dining While Black Not Just a Book Review But Alternate Reality

A study in North Carolina has revealed disturbing evidence of racist attitudes on the part of waitstaff toward black customers

According to the New York Daily News there is “new evidence of racist restaurant waitstaff may leave a bad taste in the mouths of African-American diners.After polling 200 servers in 18 North Carolina restaurants, researchers found that a shocking 38.5% discriminated against black customers.Waiters admitted that they often gave them poorer service, based on their expectations that black diners would be poor tippers, demanding and rude.”  READ MORE Sometime we like to bury our heads in the sand about racism yet in 2012 with a physically Black President of the United States of multi-cultural heritage, the reality is still there.  Is it as bad as it once was? No, but it doesn’t erase reality.  This phenomenom isn’t just reserved to Blacks only.  In several private conversations I learned of Latino men  describing dining anxiety or avoidance of some fine dining establishments because of a sense of not belonging or being a sell out.    There are two sides of the coin going on, preconceptions of the diner and the waitstaff.

When approached about doing the book review of Dining While Black written by Aisha Karefa-Smart, I thought to myself “Why?”  I thought it was going to be an insulting presumptuous book about “how we are.”  I hate broad stroking and stereotyping.  However, the book is not at all what I presumed and I will admit the author put me in my place.  In fact I have to give her a 7o’s “Right on!”  To my surprise it is an incredibly warm, personal and informative book. At  page 22 the author  captured my complete attention with topic of  The Negro Motorist Green Book.  The history buff that I am became quite impressed with the history presented about the African American dining experience in America.  READ COMPLETE BOOK REVIEW

Editorial and book review by Crystal A. Johnson

Barbie Gets A Nigerian Wedding

London based photographer Obi Nwokedi posed Black barbies and Ken dolls into 54 ornate frames detailing a Nigerian wedding! The 5 month project is painstakingly detailed and simply beautiful.

Check out Photography by Obi for the entire album.

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5 Great Things to Do in South Africa

Tavaris Peele is a world traveler, Multi Cultural Cooking Network fan at FBsharing with us five great things to do while visiting South Africa.

Table Mountain in South Africa

Table Mountain in South Africa – photo by Tavaris Peele

1. Table Mountain- is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa.

2. Robben Island- Since the end of the 17th century, Robben Island has been used for the isolation of mainly political prisoners. The Dutch settlers were the first to use Robben Island as a prison. Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there. The photo below is of one of Nelson Mandela’s cellmates telling us about Robben Island.

3. Camp’s Bay Beach-Camps Bay beach is Cape Town’s answer to St Tropez and one of the many Camps Bay attractions. It offers spectacular views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles and its fine white sand is packed with beautiful people, especially over weekends and during holidays. Camps Bay’s long stretch of beach is perfect for sunbathing and its open flatness means that team activities like Frisbee and social beach volleyball can also be enjoyed by the more active visitors.



4. Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope-Cape Point is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa.


5. Safari in Kruger National Park.



Bonus Tip! Make sure you eat at Nelson’s Eye Restaurant in Cape Town. It is a steakhouse, open since the 1960’s. http://www.nelsons-eye.co.za/menu_light.htm



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