I already mentioned African food, but going into a restaurant in West Africa is an experience everybody must have... well, at least once!
Most of the better restaurants here are owned by Lebanese people and thus serve good Arabic food. Sure, they cater for western people as well just as much as for Africans, but their really strength is in good Arabic food like Shwarma! (kebab type of meat with veggies wrapped up in a thin, flat bread) :)
First you order drinks. What I love most about Africa is that you do have western drinks, but they all have Arabic names and they are made with real sugar instead of corn syrup; they are very sweet! Here is my 'Fanta orange' drink disguised as a Miranda Mango :)))
We tried to order in Frenglish, but we weren't too successful. Our waitress said that they 'just ran out of chicken shwarma'. Of course! We know, this is the standard line of no, we don't have it, don't even try later!
Amazingly it didn't take long for our food to arrive. Even more so amazing that the waitress did understood us after all and brought extra plates! We were about to dig in, when somebody asked the standard question: who has hand-sanitizer? Yeah, good point! Back home you'd be considered rude if you did that in front of the waitress, but here it's a must unless you wanna get fast-fast. Actually, even after hand-san you can still get a nice, long, painful fast-fast, just think about the many possibilities: the meat is not cooked enough, the fresh veggies are washed in local water, the sauce has expired milk in it...etc.
But even with all these risks you just bless the meal and start eating. And it tastes delicious! For once the chicken (hah, did you catch it? They did have chicken after all!!) is well cooked, the beef is well seasoned, the veggies look fresh, the sauce is wonderful and the portion is enough for the 2 of us easily! And suddenly you forget that you are in Africa, that poverty, cholera, thefts and death just outside the door and for once you have a splendid meal with wonderful friends!
Oh, best bit: Ali was kind enough to pick up the tab for us! What a blessing!!! :)