Travel - Lifestyle - Cuisine

Travel - Lifestyle - Cuisine

Xara

Xara

Travel - Lifestyle - Cuisine


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Family Traditions – Gamberoni Prawns

Family Traditions – Gamberoni Prawns

The most important tradition at any time of the year is just getting together and enjoying the company of your loved ones. Of course, eating is always a big part of that. For me, this has been catching up with my sister Mimi over a […]

Food Journal – Prawns in Mulanje

Food Journal – Prawns in Mulanje

Would you go all the way to Mulanje for some mouth watering prawns? I would. Enjoying fresh king prawns from Mozambique is something I intend to do all winter. And if you would also like to indulge, I recommend the garlic prawns at Nalipiri Eco- […]

Mijn Kitchen – Blantyre’s It Cafe

Mijn Kitchen – Blantyre’s It Cafe

There is so much buzz around Mijn Kitchen and for good reason. The restaurant – as I have recently discovered is the go to for a hearty comfort meal on a busy work day or a fun brunch with friends during the weekend. The restaurant […]

Reflecting on 25 – My Highlights from 2020

Reflecting on 25 – My Highlights from 2020

Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat Warsan Shire I have only been Twenty-six for three months and Twenty-five is already fading into a blur. So, I wanted to take […]

Sip This – A Beginners Guide To Namikango Coffee

Sip This – A Beginners Guide To Namikango Coffee

When it comes to beverages, you can always find me clutching a cup of tea. I have been known to drink tea with everything. From the sweet to the savory – I don’t discriminate. But a few weekends ago, I discovered an interesting coffee brand. […]

Melanonia – A Book Review

Melanonia – A Book Review

In August of 2018, I attended a women’s poetry workshop. Our teacher asked the class to mention female Malawian creative writers. We couldn’t because we didn’t know any. Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of discovering Malawian womxn writers. And now […]

Staycation – Amaryllis Hotel

Staycation – Amaryllis Hotel

As a working professional, it can be hard to set aside dedicated relaxation time. Whether I’m home or at one of my favorite restaurants, it’s too easy for work, friends, and other obligations to create various distractions. For Easter , I wanted to completely disconnect. […]

The Weight of Words

The Weight of Words

I have recently put on weight. I know this because I was there when the angry purple stretchmarks crept up on my waist. But for some reason everyone feels the need to tell me about my weight gain in greatly concerned tones. People see bodies […]

My Birthday Getaway – Cape Maclear

My Birthday Getaway – Cape Maclear

So I turned 26 on March 4th to very little fanfare. I planned and tried to do the most but I failed spectacularly – which resulted in this vlog. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, feedback is always appreciated. Also please […]

La’ Coffee – Blantyre’s Hidden Gem

La’ Coffee – Blantyre’s Hidden Gem

La’ Coffee is a new tree house style café in Chimwankhunda, Blantyre. I had been seeing a few pictures of this space on WhatsApp but no one was forth coming with the details and I couldn’t find any information online, so I did some digging […]

The Single Woman’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

The Single Woman’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Single on Valentine’s Day?? no problem. Really, don’t sweat it, it’s not that serious. Listen, before you dismiss me because I’m not single, know that I’ve been there, for years and years and I’ve become an expert at blocking out the noise on February 14. […]

Going Green – Of Failed New Year Resolutions

Going Green – Of Failed New Year Resolutions

“Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.“ Desmond Tutu, Former Archbishop of Cape Town One of my new year resolutions was to go green. I remember my partner responding to this […]

Life Update – 2021 Goals and Covid19

Life Update – 2021 Goals and Covid19

Hi my love, Happy new year. I was not planning on writing anything until march because honestly, I feel like I have nothing worth saying. But here I am unravelling before you today because that has changed (hooray?). The first thing on the agenda is […]

Malawian Clothing Brands – Summer of Love

Malawian Clothing Brands – Summer of Love

In the summer of 2020 a new clothing line took Malawi by storm. It was a tie dye collection which was inspired by the anime – Eureka Seven – in which they have an event/disaster, which is called “The Summer Of Love”. The T-shirts and […]

5 Things to Love about Sungeni Cottage

5 Things to Love about Sungeni Cottage

Mangochi has countless beach cottages. I have stayed at three but only one was worth writing home about. My stay at Sungeni Cottage was the most relaxing getaway for me this year, I think the reason for this is that it is a truly quiet […]

My Skincare Journey – How I got Rid of my Acne

My Skincare Journey – How I got Rid of my Acne

In february of 2020 I purchased a dubious cream and soap on facebook to “even out my skin tone”. The fact that the products came with the labels taken off raised my eyebrows, but the glowing reviews made me try it out anyway. After using […]

Restoring Emotional Balance

Restoring Emotional Balance

Emotional balance has been defined as the ability of the mind and body to maintain equilibrium and flexibility in the face of challenge and change. This is only achieved when we allow ourselves to feel every emotion deeply. Interestingly enough, as human beings we desire […]

How to Weekend Getaway – Mulanje

How to Weekend Getaway – Mulanje

One of the few reasons I tolerate living in Blantyre is that I am spoiled for choice when it comes to doing a day or weekend getaway. We have Majete, Zomba, Mulanje, Thyolo and Liwonde – all just 1 hour 30 minutes away at most […]

On Rejuvenation – Resting is Hard Work

On Rejuvenation – Resting is Hard Work

As December approaches and I start reflecting on the year that has been, I keep thinking about how important intentional resting is. Not just as an act of self care to switch off from the chaos around us, but as a necessary part of being […]

My Top 4- Budget Accommodations in Cape Maclear

My Top 4- Budget Accommodations in Cape Maclear

Hi guys, The festive season is almost upon us and it is time to start planning those end of year getaways. And while travel can be expensive, they are ways to cut costs without compromising on comfort. Lucky for you I know a few spots […]

Kaso Mw – Thrift Meets Art

Kaso Mw – Thrift Meets Art

I love thrifting, I really do. But I am not a young woman anymore and I can no longer handle the fatigue and back pain that comes with thrifting at the market. But I still enjoy discovering unique and vintage pieces, so I have resorted […]

5 Amazing things I have Learnt at 25

5 Amazing things I have Learnt at 25

It’s no secret that 25 has been the best year of my life. I wrote a book and my breasts doubled in size which has resulted in the most delicious boost of confidence I have ever felt in my life. But that aside life has […]

Chinese Food – Where to eat it in Blantyre

Chinese Food – Where to eat it in Blantyre

Hey lovies, I am back with another listicle! this time around talking about my favorite cuisine of all time. Seriously I could eat Chinese everyday for a year and not complain. While there are a number of restaurants that serve Chinese food, there are -to […]

My Favorite Instagram MW Girlies

My Favorite Instagram MW Girlies

I have a weird relationship with Instagram. I’ll be honest, I log out as soon as I post a picture but I also check the app more than anything else throughout the day. But I feel unlike me, these girls have figured it out. The […]

Coffee Culture

Coffee Culture

On Monday, The S/o and I were running errands in Maselema industrial area when I came across this menu. As you should know by now noodle stir fry is my kryptonite. After squinting at the price, I was shocked that it cost a fraction of […]

5 Things I have Recently Learnt about Relationships

5 Things I have Recently Learnt about Relationships

Hey girl hey, So I got into a relationship last year and it has not been at all what I am used to. I am learning a few things, unpacking some toxicity and trying to let it go. For instance how am I endlessly tweeting […]

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Running

So I recently started running for the first time as an adult. I got tired of sitting around at home all day “working” and making frequent trips to the kitchen. My legs had started cramping often and I knew I needed to exercise, not with […]

Cabbage Soup Diet – Is It For You?

Cabbage Soup Diet – Is It For You?

In late 2018, I went to a women’s mixer. As with all events these days, professional photographers were hired to immortalize the whole affair. After a few days of waiting, I received my pictures and let me not lie to you, I deleted them on […]

The B&B Salad

The B&B Salad

If there is ever a day you do not feel like eating carbs,look no further than Elly B’s for a tasty and filling subsitute. While the diner is famous for their burgers,I believe their Bilton and Bacon Salad is one of the most underrated items […]

How to Stay Sane During the Lockdown

How to Stay Sane During the Lockdown

I am worried. I have been trying to keep the panic at bay by keeping myself busy while working from home, but today I received news that most of my industry friends had lost their jobs. This did not surprise me considering the travel industry […]