Yesterday we arrived home in New York City after three extraordinary weeks traveling around West Africa. (We apologize for the spotty on-the-road updates here: Wifi was not easy to come by for most of the trip.) We have loads of written and visual content to organize and post on EYW, including two full local-food sections for Senegal and Sierra Leone (pictured above is delicious binch (black-eyed beans) and yams from a streetside vendor in Bo, Sierra Leone). But our very first order of business is launching a new contest courtesy of AFAR, our favorite travel magazine (now available on both iPhone and Android) for its focus on real-deal experiential travel.
While we explored the native cuisines of Senegal and Sierra Leone, our requests for specific dishes were always greeted with huge surprised smiles. “You want African food? Really?” came the unbelieving reply. Now we know we’re not the only travelers seeking out the local goods in Africa, and we’re eager to expand our knowledge and coverage of regional foods there, so…we need your help! If you have an original photo or story of local food in Africa—anywhere on the continent—we want to see it on Eat Your World. The user who uploads our favorite entry will win a yearlong subscription to AFAR, but we will tweet ALL of the entries that come through to us, to show the world a little something about regional African cuisine.
Have you indulged in kitfo in Ethiopia? Had your share of local wine and seafood in South Africa? Tried ibihaza after gorilla-spotting in Rwanda, or pap between safaris in Namibia? We want to hear about it!