Chop Bar this year had many exciting and memorable moments: a dance off battle initiated by host and travel influencer Jessica Nabongo, live painting by Dunnie O, our “spice” t-shirt made waves in our Chop Shop marketplace, yummy bites from Chef Hiyaw, and of course our crafted cocktail, The DC Dawa, a crowd favorite!
African cuisine is among some of the easiest food around the world to veganize due to the fresh produce, hearty grains, and fragrant spices that make up many traditional dishes. Soups, stews, and other dishes with animal products left out or swapped with plant based alternatives can stand up to traditional dishes without sacrificing taste. Here are vegan dishes from various countries in Africa.
When it comes to Nairobi’s food scene, food enthusiast and vlogger, Mandi Sarro is always on top of what’s hot. The dynamic foodie, is known for sharing meals through videos that she has popularized through posts on social media. We sat down with Sarro over food and drinks at one of her favorite restaurants in Nairobi, Nyama Mama, for a discussion on food and the business of food on social media. She shared the lessons she’s learned on building her brand.
Dine Diaspora landed in Ghana just in time for the one of the most anticipated events held in Accra -The Chale Wote Street Art Festival. This year’s event, held from August 14th to 20th in Accra’s Jamestown neighborhood drew crowds of diverse people eager to see and experience the wide array of alternative artistic expression. The event promotes different types of art, from music and performance art, to visual art, and provides an opportunity to showcase Ghana’s local artist as well as international artists.
The Leisure Hour is a time of relaxation and reflection combined with music, conversation, and food. The three founding men have a friendship that dates back to their undergraduate days at Davidson College and their bond is evident with their effortless teamwork and communication. On a sunny Sunday, they decide on a cozy location (one of their homes), curate a brunch menu and a playlist that is hard to sit still to. After brunch, the podcast recording follows, and let’s just say no topic is off the table!
On August 28th, Dine Diaspora hosted a pop-up dining experience called “Chop Bar” in Washington, DC . “Chop Bar” is a local West African phrase for makeshift small restaurants where people gather over food, music and positive vibes. This encapsulates Dine Diaspora’s Chop Bar experience where attendees enjoyed tasty bites from our featured chef — Chef Jonathan Harris.