I didn't expect anything when I traveled to Ivory Coast. Some of my colleagues told me some horror stories and recommended me to pack some food. And no, not cup noodles, because the hotel we stay in might not have a kettle. Yikes! I packed a bunch of soyjoy bars, cookies and nuts, thinking that I would be totally miserable, but it would be nice to lose a couple of pounds out of this trip. Silver lining is all I see :)
Little did I know... that Ivory Coast, being so French influenced, is so full of delicious treats! Every day, I had buttery and flaky pastries during breakfast (if you followed me on instagram or liked my Facebook page, you've probably seen my breakfast photo reportage ^_^)
Now, here's one memorable short food adventure my colleagues and I had, courtesy of our very lovely and hospitable local customers, in-between working like mad preparing for a successful event.
Hard boiled eggs. I am not a big fan, but...
...with this sprinkle of yummy spices, I fell in love!
Wait a minute. These little nuggets look familiar...
They are Vietnamese spring rolls and they are so popular in Ivory Coast! WOW!
Next, we sat down and had our late lunch alfresco.
The weather was beautiful! We were elated to be dining on the street!
I tried Orangina.
And I LOVE this fizzy orange juice!
We tried this yummy coconut chips.
And these fluffy and crispy shrimp fritters.
And say hello to the best sandwich I've ever had!
The generous bits of grilled beef were so beefy, tender, juicy and so charcoal smoky... none of us could say anything but ..mm...mmm...MMMH!
Did you notice how my local customers got used to me taking pictures of my food? At first they went "Ahhh Rrrrrittaaaa... Riiiittaaa!!! You and your photos!" but after a while, they helped opening this sandwich up for my photographic benefits ^_^
I can't thank you enough!!!
Look at how they wrapped the sandwich in recycled paper!
Ivory Coast, you are delicious!