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Dining Alone and Loving It

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Life in the city can be quite draining, and sometimes we all need a break from the busy 8-5 schedule that most of us have become accustomed to. Sometimes, the much needed break could be in form of a random dinner after work, or a cuppa after 5 especially in between the week.

I took the liberty to look for some hidden gems around Westlands and Karen. If you are averse to overcrowded and very loud places like I am, you’ll find this article helpful. The few things I look for before settling on an eatery is the location, ambience, food, customer service and the type of crowd in no particular order.

  1. About Thyme Restaurant

If you love green, privacy, great wine, cocktails and good food, this is the place to make your  reservation. It’s one of the perfect places to take him or her for that random date. I don’t like restaurants that make you feel like you have to try so hard to fit in, and that’s why About Thyme is easily one of my favorite places to escape to when I need some tranquility. You just have to be you. If you also love solo dates like I do, this place can work for you. They do offer business brunches as well.

The restaurant is located along Eldama Ravine road and they offer international dishes. If you’re looking to expand your palate, please pay this amazing, green place a visit. Their prices are quite pocket friendly and range between ksh. 1,200 to ksh 2,500 for main dishes.

2. Tin Roof Cafe

This is a boutique outdoor cafe, located in House of Treasure on a quite garden in 70 Dagoretti Road, Karen. Despite the cafe aura, this place serves amazing juices, healthy salads, pizza, sandwiches, coffee and food.  The general setting is that of a traditional living room.  The meals range between ksh. 750 to 1,800.

In addition to the great food, another upside of dining at the cafe is that it’s located at House of Treasures Emporium. The Emporium is a shopping gallery that houses hidden treasures. They sell unique architectural pieces, house hold decor, clothes, toys etc. When I say unique, I mean unique. Their merchandise is sourced from all over the world. This makes it a perfect place to enjoy lunch and a bit of retail therapy.

3. Amaica The Restaurant

This is one of my favorite places. I’m sure by now you’ve noticed my choice of eateries have a flair of green. I relish nature…and this is one of the perfect places to listen to the sounds of nature and let its tranquility calm your mind as you enjoy your meal.

Amaica is located at Getathuru Garden, along Peponi Road, Westlands. Dining at this place lets you enjoy the traditional African ambience, while giving you a view into the lush Karura forest. You also get to enjoy a stellar menu of indigenous African dishes. The main meals range between ksh. 1,000, to ksh. 2,500 and they are open from 9.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m.

4. Mediterraneo Ristorante

I was there for lunch on a Saturday….actually I was waiting for someone and decided to pass time by dining there. I was there for about two hours and not a single soul walked in (apart from the staff of course). This is not to say that the food is terrible hence fewer people, but I’m just saying if you enjoy a bit of solitude you might like this place.

It’s located at 9 West,  just opposite the bus stop. Of course there is noise from the street, but fortunately it is drowned by the calm music inside. Their tables are set for 4, but they have some for as many as 8 pax. ‘Are you alone?’ the waiter asked. ‘Yes, table for one please…” I said. You can always take a table for 4 or even 8 if the spot makes you happy…who cares? After all you are paying for it.

I ordered lamb chops, fried rice, mushroom sauce and a latte (don’t judge, it was freezing outside). Man….I have so much to say about this place. Maybe it’s because I had to wait for someone for a while….what a clown moment. Anyway, bottom line is, I sat there and enjoyed my mushroom and pretended that it wasn’t the first time I was having mushroom. I didn’t even try guys…I looked the part….like a natural mushroom eater, because that sauce was delicious. It didn’t even taste like it looks. If you’ve never tasted mushroom, just pretend that the tiny kidney looking pieces drowned in thick sauce are chicken kidneys.

My lamb chop was well done (bad mistake). I toyed with the idea of asking for medium rare but the waiter assured me the well done piece would be tender. Well, I did more chewing than I had subscribed for, so your guess is as good as mine. What I’m saying in so many words is,  if you want to order fillet steak or lamb chops, your best bet is to ask for medium rare.

I generally enjoyed my solo date and dining experience, albeit numerous stares from the staff. Probably wondering what in the loneliness was I doing there, but if you are like me you’ll just shrug it off and enjoy your meal. It’s a thing guys, solo dates are empowering.

Their prices range from ksh. 1,650 and above for main dishes.

My concern though is that I didn’t see female staff. Where are the ladies Mediterraneo? Or do they come at night?

Bon appetit!

 

 

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Diamond’s hit song ‘Cheche’ pulled down from YouTube

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Diamond Platnumz’s collabo with Zuchu Cheche was recently pulled down from YouTube following a copyright strike by a person identified as Tony Anthony. Although little is known about Tony Antony, some netizens are speculating that it could be a conspiracy to take down the fast-rising Zuchu.

However, according to the Head of Digital Department at WCB Wasafi Kim Kayndo, they are in talks with the YouTube management to ensure the Cheche video is put back on the streaming platform. He added that the copyright strike issued against the video is fake, and therefore it will be easy for them to get the video back on YouTube.

Mr Kayndo further said that if indeed the claim was legit, it could have come from a reputable copyright body and therefore, reassured fans that the video will soon be back on YouTube soon. The song in question was trending at No. 1 both in Kenya and Tanzania and had garnered over 2.5 million views within five days of being released. This comes barely a week after fans turned the heat on Diamond Platnumz and Zuchu for allegedly copying Tanasha Donna’s lyrics in the said song.

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Dr Love: How do I know she loves me??

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It is entirely true that love just happens. But it is also not easy to genuinely bond with someone. Certainly to love someone deeply is a very complicated thing. And one of the biggest reasons behind it is that it is very much difficult to understand the signs of how the other feels when in love.

When it comes to loving deeply, women are highly secretive, and it takes them time to admit their feelings. But if you carefully observe their behavior, they do leave some signs, and ways behind that reveal how they feel.

Nervousness Indicates Deep Love

It is natural for anyone to fall in love to feel nervous deeply. And this change in the behavior is often readable. So if your girlfriend shows signs of nervousness, it means you are inevitably going to win her over.

She Shows Signs Of Jealousy

A woman in love will many times reveal shocking signs and display her jealous side if you are talking to other girls or unknown women. It is because she considers you more than just her friend and is scared of losing you to someone else.

She Always Tries To Keep You Happy

Does she always try to keep you happy and make you smile? When a woman is genuinely in love with a man she will try everything to keep him happy. She may even display a good sense of humor and go out of the way to ensure that you are always smiling.

Social Media Displays Her Love Interest

It is always easy to find out the deeply hidden feeling of your girlfriend by getting a glimpse of her activity on social media platforms such as Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Instagram. If she likes and comments on your post regularly, these signs indicate that she is deeply in low with you and wants to come closer.

She Is Always Ready To Hear You

One of the most visible signs of being in love is always being attentive to the words of your partner. You only listen to someone with great intent when you feel genuinely for someone. These are the signs that a man must recognize to identify true love.

You Are More Important Than Others

Have you seen her giving more importance to you over others? When a woman prefers your company more than other, these are her ways of showing how deeply she loves you. It can be anything from sharing food, discussing problems or even asking opinion-but if you are the first person she prefers to talk to, these are the signs that she is deeply in love with you.

Does She Discuss With You New Things?

Does she discuss new things with you whenever you meet her? It is also a vital sign that she is deeply in love with you. If she brings up a new topic every time and discusses with you even smaller things of her life, then it is one of her ways of showing you how deeply she is in love with you.

Presents For No Reason- Signs Of Being Deeply In Love

If she is giving you presents occasionally for no reason at all, then it is an indication that she is indeed profoundly in love with you. Because there can be no other reason why she should be showing signs of surprising you with gifts and presents.
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This Man Dennis Okari

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Dennis okari is one of the best investigative journalists we have in Kenya. Through him, a number of scandals that would have gone past the public eye have been addressed. The most recent one, the covid 19 millionaires shook the government after he uncovered the embezzlement that had happened with the covid funds.

Dennis went to the Kenya institute of mass communication where he got his bachelor’s degree in communication- journalism. He has worked in different companies and reported in different languages. That includes the kenya broadcasting corporation, metro tv, TBN Africa and the standard group media. Currently he works at the Nation group media and is a news anchor as well as an investigative journalist and reporter.

He was married to former k24 news anchor Betty kyalo but their union lasted for only six months. Betty kyalo’s brother did hint to the media that there was abuse in the relationship as well as no support from Okari’s family. It seemed like his family did not support the union. However, both of them did not come out to the public about their break up or what caused their divorce so nobody knows what their side of the story. The two have a four-year-old daughter named Ivanna.

Dennis remarried after divorcing Betty Kyalo. He married a lady named Naomi joy who works at bonfire adventures. The two go to the same church and seem to be happy and lost in love. Their wedding was an invite only affair that was done last year in February at Ridge-ways baptist church. They have since already celebrated their first anniversary together.

Okari is a good chef in his kitchen. He once posted a picture of food he was preparing for his wife after she came home late and tired from work. The food looked very appetizing hence we can tell the man does know his way around the kitchen.

He is one of the highest paid personalities in the country. Though we cant exactly tell his net-worth, we can tell the man does pocket a handsome pay quite often from the luxurious life we see he lives on his social media pages.

Dennis is a bilingual reporter and worked for the BBC where he used to take home a salary of 800,000 per month. He covered issues of governance, security and feature stories. He however came back to seek an opportunity at the nation media group.

Dennis was recently appointed as the special projects editor at nation media effective from January twenntieth of this year. He clearly is doing a good job if his bosses entrust him with such big roles. The man has a professional experience of 12 years and counting.

Dennis okari is a forex trader and a coach as well. One can tell from his social media pages that he is deeply invested in the trade.

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