Out & about

HR-HIP-HOP-DSC_0371_1Jackson Biko is Msafiri’s man about town

Hip-hop dance classes, anyone?
For nights you want to show your ‘homies’ that you can ‘kick it’ with the best of  em. But only if you can ‘git down’ (I hope I said that right). At Shani Gym at ABC Place, a bunch of professional hip-hop dance instructors from Los Angeles and Chicago will turn you into some cool cat who can really get jiggy (OK, I give up).
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Jazz news – Edward Parseen & The Different Faces Band
They are arguably one of the best jazz bands in Kenya. Safaricom agreed when they invited them as one of the two bands to play in their most recent Jazz Festival. Look out for their debut album in the works called Breaking Ground, a perfect blend of Afro-jazz with contemporary inspiration from funk, blues, R&B, reggae and benga tunes.

Nest Rooftop Bar, Tribe Hotel
It’s a Moroccan bar. Rather, it’s themed Moroccan. Which means, they sell some darn good house-blend shisha. And some fantastic signature Martinis. The ambience is a winner, naturally. Get there one Saturday with friends or with a special someone for a tipple just before you hit the night.

Tuesday plan
Head to Galileo’s Lounge, Westlands. Some roving reggae deejay kings called Dohty Family play there from 6pm. It’s clean fun. It’s not rowdy but it burns the night. If Dohty Family haven’t played it, then it probably doesn’t matter.

Try Churros delicious Spanish pastries
This Spanish dessert is fast gaining popularity in Nairobi, and is the perfect way to finish your tapas meal. These long and thin fried-dough pastries are tossed in sugar and cinnamon, and will often arrive to your table warm and crunchy. What’s more, they come with chocolate or Dulce De Leche (caramelised milk and sugar) for dipping. It will be love at first bite.

Make your own stuffed peppadews
Grab some peppadews (around 12), a couple of grilled artichokes, a handful of rocket and a slab of goat’s cheese. Crumble the cheese, rip the rocket and chop the artichokes. Mix together and spoon into the peppadews. Serve and enjoy!

Spanish Tapas Restaurants

The best thing about tapas is that you get to try lots of small portions from items on the menu. If Spanish cuisine is on your mind, here are two great spots to check out in Nairobi:

Tapas Ceviche Bar
The space here is intimate, charming and lively with daily specials sketched out on the blackboard above the kitchen pass. Lounge on one of the French-style bistro chairs in the spacious al fresco dining area while sipping on a salt-rimmed Margarita. The kitchen serves up fresh miniature dishes – earning Tapas a legion of devout fans. Tender octopus, sautéed mushrooms with parsley and garlic, grilled prawns with sea salt, cauliflower with anchovy sauce and much more will arrive at your table on bold and colourful earthen plates. Westgate Mall, Westlands, www.eatout.co.ke/tapascevichebar

Cin Cin Bar
Cin Cin Bar is the perfect spot to walk into for relaxed after-work drinks, soothing jazz, great conversation, excellent food and a river of cocktails. Their recently launched Spaleba (Spanish and Lebanese) tapas menu will make you want to keep ordering beautifully presented platters. Try the chicken brochettes marinated in jalapeño, crusted with nuts and served with a yoghurt dip, and fresh tomato salsa. Fairmont Norfolk, CBD,