WHAT WE ATE: Mandazi, African beignets. Any chef who makes beignets, donuts, or any other sort of deep-fried pastry for a food festival, is bound to hit the jackpot. Everyone wants them! Mandazi are more like donut holes, and they came in a few flavors, not overpowering, just a subtle tinge of cocoa, coconut, or banana. They’re also not exceedingly sweet with just a dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top. It’s a perfect dessert, if, like me, you find everything in the US excessively sweet.
WHO MADE IT: Linda Adria Sebisaho came to the US from DR Congo. When she was in college, she decided to start a business venture centered around the concept of healthy African food. Today, Linda is a very busy young woman, who has her own meal delivery service in addition to catering and cooking classes. The best thing is: you can sign up on her website for a scrumptious dinner and fun conversation at her apartment: these occur weekly on Tuesdays.