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Pho Basil

177A Mass Avenue Boston MA
T. 617.262.5377 F. 617.262.5259

Sun – Thurs / 11:30am – 10:00pm
Fri & Sat / 11:30am – 10:30pm

Today was a really terrible day in the city of Boston. With snow and slush all over the place it didn’t really feel like yesterday was the first day of spring. I took a trip to Pho Basil for one of my favorite foods, Pho. Now I know this meal isn’t very African at all but a lot of west African countries have asian influences in their cuisine.

Pho Basil which is located on Mass ave is a Vietnamese restaurant that serves a variety of traditional Vietnamese cuisine and even some Thai choices. Pho Basil is a nice location for a late lunch since it isn’t very crowded or busy during that time. The location isn’t very big it is a nice size to have a lunch or dinner with a friend or two and be able to hear what they are saying to you.

The appetizers at pho basil range from $3.95 for edemame to $8.95 for roasted quail. which isn’t a bad range in prices especially if the only thing you may want on the menu are appetizers. The appetizer I went for was my favorite appetizer of all time crab ragoon. Pho basil has some of the best crab ragoon I’ve ever had because the stuffing inside is spicy and the shell is so light and crispy. I thought the crab ragoon at Pho Basil were amazing.

Since I went during lunch time there was a lunch special on the menu which I didn’t take advantage of, but if taken  you wanted to try the special, you would be able to get 3 things for about $6.95 which is a great deal if you want a bunch of different things all at once for little money.

Eventually I ordered a big bowl of Seafood Pho also known as Tom Cua, which is always very nice on a cold snowy post first day of spring afternoon.

Large bowl of seafood pho

The dish consist of Seafood noodle soup with shrimp, calamari, imitation crab meat and fish cake in chicken broth with rice noodles. It’s usually accompanied by soy bean sprouts a lime wedge and fresh mint on the side to be added to the soup as you eat. it also comes with condiments such as hot Sirachi sauce (chilli sauce) and hsin sauce (fermented fish paste) which adds to the tastyness of the dish. My seafood pho cost $7.25 and the cheapest pho dishes cost as little as $5.75 for a small. Other entrees such as rice dishes ranged from $6.75 to $10.95.

side of soy bean sprouts, fresh mint, and lime wedge

The condiments

The restaurant did accept credit card and is handicap accessible. My meal overall cost 15 dollars with tip included. The food was high quality and the atmosphere was calm and relaxing which is always great for a late afternoon lunch.

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Dinner at Tarenga

There aren’t very many African restaurants in Boston but I found one Senegalese restaurant called Tarenga, near the South End. You can check out my twitter feed about the location on KayNTee. It was a very small place with a homey feel that packed a large crowd of boisterous people, who chatted and laughed as they enjoyed their meals of authentic senegalese and other western African cuisine.

I ordered an appetizer of Nem, which are spring rolls. I’m sure when you think of spring rolls you thing of chinese food and not african food but it came about the large Chinese imigrant population in the western African countries. This asian influence brought about Nem which is now a staple across West Africa. It reminded me  of the way my mother used to make them when I was younger. I’ve also become a skilled Nem maker thanks to my mothers super vision. The dipping sauce for the dish which is usually made with nuoc mam (fish sauce), vinegar and hot peppers was a lot sweeter then what I was used to. The presentation of the food was very nice with the asian spoon for the dipping sauce to give it a special touch.  The filling inside had a lot of rice noodles and a lot less meat inside then what I’m used to but it was still a great spin on a dish I love.

The wait for the main courses was very long but the wait didn’t seem really bad because the atmosphere of the restaurant made you kind of enjoy sitting and just chatting while you waited for your food. Finally after waiting so patiently the food arrived and there was a lot of it. It wasn’t quiet what I expected. I ordered Attieke which is a dish that is native to the country of Cote D’ivoire. Attieke is a dish make out of skinned and grounded cassava. The cassava is broken up to make it look like a grain. Its always eaten with some sort of fish either fried or in this case baked. Freshly cut tomatoes and onions are always accompany it with s little bit of oil and seasonings. This Attieke I orders was very different from any Attieke I ever had because it had ginger and limes which made it taste a lot different from what I’m used to. The fish that came with it was huge and very well seasoned. The dish over all was different from what I’m used to but was still very tasty.The person I went with ordered Djebou jien which is the national dish in Senegal. Its usually served with fish and other vegetables such as eggplant, cabbage, carrots, and cassava. The rice is usually a orange in color because it is cooked in a tomatoes sauce with the fish and the vegetables. Its served with everything on one plate and a lime which is how I enjoy it. The lime is squeezed on top of the rice vegetables and the fish. Sometimes like in this case the fish is pre-stuffed with a mixture that is called roff which consist of parsley, garlic, hot peppers and other spices. This djebou jien was lacking a little flavor and a little bit dry but the fish was very good. The entire experience at this restaurant over all was very good and I enjoyed it as well as recommend it if you want to try something new and different in your dinning.

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“All things African”

“All things African” is the slogan for the website, Myweku, which stays true to its word by covering all aspects of the African Diaspora. The site uses all types of multimedia to tell stories while keeping an open forum for readers to contribute to the conversations. Myweku is a sort of virtual meeting place for not only Africans but also people who may possibly be interested in African culture.

The site follows current news events such as the issues that have been going on in Libya as well as features such as the impact of the chinese culture in Africa. It covered the story with a feature on a documentary done about the chinese influence in African countries. Some stories they post are features about where to go when in different countries in Africa such as a cool hotels to visit if you want to get some food and drinks. They have features on how to cook some of the popular cuisines such as Jollof Rice; which is a popular dish amongst west Africans.

The site literally covers Africa far and wide and gives their readers a lot to look through as well as a way to voice their opinions and feelings on African issues. It may be a little bit hard to understand certain things on the site if you know nothing about Africa or the culture but as an African it gives me a home away from home feeling. News organizations can definitely get great use out of this site  because they cover things from very different angles then I have seen in the news such as with their story on Christians and Muslims uniting. news sites can definitely  look to Myweku for stories about the continent and show some more positive things about the continent.

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