Street Eats, Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Street Eats, Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Karibu sana! Welcome back to our “Street Eats” series! Join us as we explore some of our favourite street foods from around the world! This week, we’re taking on Tanzania, a country that is not only known for being home to beautiful landscape (including Mt.Kilimanjaro) and exciting wildlife, but for traditional foods like chapati (a sort of oily, but yummy, pancake eaten for breakfast) and ugali, a dish of maize meal made with water that has the consistency of oatmeal and can be eaten with meat or vegetables, or on its own.

In 2005, when I spent 8 weeks of my summer volunteering in a village approximately 8 hours west of Dar es Salam, our staple meals included chicken, beef, rice and vegetables. When we ventured out of the house, we would order rice and beans, a filling (and affordable) meal. That was until, we stumbled across one of the most delicious street foods I have ever had – ever. Because of it’s superb simplicity yet irresistible appeal, my vote goes to…

#1 Street Food in Tanzania: Chipsi Mayai

Chipsi Mayai
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Moroccan soup: Quick and easy to make, enjoy a bowl of B’Sarra any time of day

Moroccan soup: Quick and easy to make, enjoy a bowl of B’Sarra any time of day

B’Sarra: Moroccan breakfast soup

B'sarraTruth be told, I’m not the best cook – it’s not that I can’t cook, but I don’t have a ton of time and when I do, my counter space doesn’t really allow for a vast display of ingredients and offers nothing in terms of mixing space, meaning I get frustrated easily and revert to something that is either simple to make or prep for an entire afternoon of prepping, slicing, dicing, cutting and – most annoyingly – cleaning.

Thus, when I was recently flipping through The World’s Best Street Food by Lonely Planet, a birthday gift from a very dear friend of mine, I was delighted to come across this recipe for B’Sarra, a simple, yet mouth-watering Moroccan breakfast soup. How I missed this while actually touring around Morocco escapes me – it’s quite possible that I literally (or il-literally) couldn’t read the signs. Now that I’ve found it though, it’s become my go-to back up for a last minute meal. My husband loves it and  it only requires a handful of ingredients. Here’s how to prepare B’Sarra, enjoyed for breakfast by Moroccans but satisfying enough to fill your soup bowl any time of day…

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Street Eats, Toronto, Canada: Simply Street Meat

Street Eats, Toronto, Canada: Simply Street Meat

Welcome back to “Street Eats”! Join us, as we explore some of the best street food from around the world. We’ll share our favourite and our not-so-favourite dishes and would love for you to share your experiences with us, and the world! Leave them in a comment below or send me an e-mail with your post and links to your social media, or blog, at and create your own Street Eats post to share with our readers! Bon Appetit!

Today, our series hits the streets of Toronto, the busy, bustling capital of Ontario. Toronto may not be the culinary capital of the world but if you’re strolling around the city, you won’t find yourself starved for something to snack on! Whether you’re stopping to grab some peameal bacon on a bun (backbacon – a genuine Canadian treat) from the St.Lawrence Market or popping into one of the bakeries lining the streets of Chinatown, you’ll find something to keep you energized throughout the day as you tour the AGO, visit the ROM, climb the CN Tower, or stroll along on the waterfront. While these snacks are delicious, there’s only one thing you can get no matter where you are in the city! So, my vote goes to…

#1 Street Snack in Toronto: Street Meat

It may not be the most “Canadian” cuisine you can find, but Street Meat – that is to say delicious hot dogs and sausages – is the most common (and delicious) street snack for visitors to Toronto.

Street Meat, Toronto
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