Move

Swahili Village to move to new location

Well, the time has finally come for our customers to save the date for our move to our new location.  On May 22, 2015 we will be moving to a larger location which promises to make our customers’ Kenyan experience a whole lot better.

Join us on May 22, 2015 as we open the new location and celebrate with us with an authentic Kenyan meal.  We will open the doors at our new facility at 10800 Rhode Island Avenue, Beltsville, Md 20705

Swahili Village in Las Vegas

Swahili Village at the US Sevens Rugby in Vegas

This is an exciting time and we are so proud to be a part of the US Sevens Rugby festivities.  Swahili Village will be at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip, and the Sam Boyd Stadium, providing great, authentic Kenyan food and adding a lot of Kenyan ambiance to the rugby vibe.  We will be providing plenty of nyama choma, and some cold Tuskers to wash it down.

Sautisol

Sautisol

At the Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas Strip, look for the Take Over DJs who will have you on your feet all night dancing to their extremely popular tunes. The Take Over DJs are known for their edgy mixing, with all the DJs in the crew each commanding a very strong, large, loyal following.  From the U.S. to Africa, the Caribbean to Europe, their performances are memorable, with many invitations to return.

Sautisol is slated to perform during the Valentine weekend, February 13-15, 2015.  This award winning group won Best African Act MTV EMA 2014, and were nominees for the Best Worldwide Act for the  MTV EMA 2014. Their music has had international appeal and their fan base continues to grow each year.

The US Sevens Rugby have been a tradition that is growing exponentially in the U.S.  As more Americans start to learn the game of rugby, and understand the rules, US Sevens Rugby has become the mecca for avid rugby fans from all over the world.  The ramifications of its growth in popularity is not lost on the media that has now started to send journalists to cover the event.

Talk about a great way to absorb get a taste of Kenyan culture in the Diaspora.  Don’t forget to share your tweets about our food and your experience with us using #SwaSevens.  Karibu!

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice for health

Coconut has been lauded as a health elixir of sorts.

Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Coconut oil contains lauric acid which helps raise beneficial HDL cholesterol. Lauric acid is als0 converted in the body into monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms.

One cup of coconut water contains more than 10 percent of your daily dose of potassium and is an important treatment for acute diarrhoea in the developing world.

You can make your own coconut milk by using the following recipe from BBC Good Food:

Take water and unsweetened coconut flakes. Heat the water (make sure it doesn’t boil), add the flakes and blend. Pour through a colander to filter out the coconut pulp, then squeeze through a cheese cloth to filter out the smaller pieces of coconut. Use immediately or store in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Use the coconut milk for some coconut rice (wali wa nazi):

Ingredients for Coconut Rice

2 cups jasmine rice ( or any rice you choose to use)
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Rinse and drain rice in cold water. Place in a saucepan with water, coconut milk, and salt. Place the pot over high heat and, bring the liquid to a boil. Stir and reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and cover the pot tightly with the lid. Continue cooking for 15 minutes.Remove the pot from the heat and let stand 10 minutes, covered. Fluff with fork and serve. (Source: Food Network)Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials.

Lenny Juma

Kenyan celebrity actor visits Swahili Village

World-renowned actor Lenny Juma was seen at Swahili Village indulging in some delicious, authentic Kenyan food.

Kona

Kona

This actor, known for his roles in ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ (2003), ‘The Constant Gardener’, (2005) and Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), among others, has also been an actor on the theatrical stage, and is now a casting director with a company he founded, Lenny J Casting Stable .

Learn more about him and his career here.  Follow us Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.  Check in on Foursquare for unique specials and discounts.

Beef stew and pilau

Kenyan media talks about Swahili Village at the Smithsonian

Swahili Village is so proud to be highlighting great Kenyan food at the Smithsonian.

Beef stew and pilau

Beef stew and pilau

The Standard Newspaper noted that Swahili Village won the bid to provide the food for this great event.  Swahilil Village is already contracted to provide food for East and Central African diplomatic missions in the Washington D.C. area, so we are well-versed in providing quality food, in quantity.

You can taste the food before the event at our restaurant. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials.

 

Swahili at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Swahili Village to cook for Smithsonian Festival

The Smithsonian Institute will be hosting a Folklife Festival in Washington DC on June 25 to June 29 and July 2 to July 6, 2014.

Swahili at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Swahili at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Kenya: Mambo Poa is the title and it will feature artisans from Kenya (including Ocean Sole), and will have a segment sponsored by the Kenyan Embassy that will  include sharing khanga stories (khangas are the cloth people use as clothing, and tablecloths, and other household items), a run with celebrated marathoners, and an opportunity to meet Kenyans from all parts of the Diaspora.

Swahili Village has been honored to be asked to provide the Kenyan food for the event and is looking forward to providing an authentic Kenyan  meal experience for the thousands of people that will be attending the event.

Become a fan on our Facebook page and keep up with us on our website as we provide the Kenyan experience in the DMV area.

 

Swahili Village on NTV

Kevin talks about Swahili Village and success on NTV

More great media coverage for Swahili Village.  Owner, Kevin Onyona talked about what it is that has made Swahili Village a success, and shared his experiences and vision for it as we move forward in 2014.

He was candid in his answers to questions that came in from listeners, and encouraged people to follow their dreams and take advantage of their natural skills to build a successful business.

You can watch his interview on NTV below. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials.

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

Health Benefits of Tilapia

Although Tilapia is relatively new to the American population, Kenyans have been eating it for a long time.  It is a tasty fish that doesn’t have that overwhelming fishy taste or smell.

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

There are many health benefits associated with tilapia ( Kenya food is very good for you–Ndengu (mung beans), kachumbari, etc.)

  • Omega-3 AND Omega-6 fatty acids – Omega-3 fatty acids are generally considered to be anti-inflammatory while omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.
  • Selenium – Tilapia is a great source of selenium which may reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – Niacin aids in energy metabolism and, along with vitamin B12, supports optimum nervous system function.
  • Vitamin B12 – Aids in the formation of red blood cells and nervous system chemical messengers or neurotransmitters.
  • Potassium – helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.
  • Phosphorous – helps form strong bones and teeth.
  • Protein – promotes healthy growth, tissue repair and wound healing.
  • If you substitute tilapia for red meat in meals two or three times a week, you can reduce your overall intake of calories, fat and cholesterol making it a great weight loss food.

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Appetizer Sampler

How healthy is Kenyan food

We love to provide Kenyan cuisine here at Swahili Village, but we recently got curious about how healthy it was.  After searching (not easy when the names are mostly in Swahili and not English) for a while for equivalent items, we came up with some numbers.  Disclaimer: we are not sure these are scientific numbers and we are not responsible for their accuracy.  We are just sharing the information.  All calories are approximate.

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

Tilapia, sukuma wiki and cabbage

From Fatsecret and Calorie Count Search:

  • Ugali (50g) – 180 calories
  • Nyama Choma (1 cup) – 386 calories
  • Sukuma Wiki, fresh (1 Cup) – 56 calories (recipe)
  • Fried Goat (100g) – 153 calories
  • Mbuzi Choma (100g) – 144 calories
  • Tilapia, cooked (100g) – 128 calories (recipe)
  • Ndengu, cooked (1 cup) – 348 calories (we talked about the health benefits of ndengu in a previous article).
  • Samosa (1 piece) – 190 calories
  • Kachumbari ( (2 Tbsp) – 10 calories (detailed health benefits of kachumbari in a previous article).
  • Mango Lassi (8 fl. oz) – 140 calories
  • Fried Plantain (1 cup) – 180 calories (recipe)
  • Chapati (1 piece) – 68 calories (recipe)
  • Bhajias (1 piece) – 14 calories (recipe)

Looks like Kenyan food is pretty healthy overall.  A great excuse to come in and get your favorite dish.  Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials.

Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar

New Year, New Moves

We would like  to thank all our customers who dined with us in 2013.  It was a great year with lots of wonderful memories created.

Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar

Swahili Village Restaurant and Bar

We created a lunch special that has been wildly popular with the lunch crowd,  watched several sports together, and grew our list of devoted ‘villagers’.  We were fortunate enough to be featured in the Washington Post in their ‘Thrilling Cheap Eats‘ column, and provided a venue where people could get together to deal with the Westgate tragedy that happened in Kenya.

As we begin this new year, we would like to wish all our customers a very happy, very blessed, very prosperous New Year.  May it be filled with lots of love and family, and may your days be full of positive outcomes.  We will be moving to our new location a few blocks away from our current location and it promises to be a larger space to accommodate our customers more comfortably.  We are very excited about the move (which should happen in the spring of this year) and all the possibilities it brings with it  (larger space, a LOT more parking, a much larger bar, and a more family oriented dining area).  We look forward to serving you all throughout the year.

Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and Twitter. We highlight lots of great deals on our website and Foursquare, so don’t forget to check-in each time you visit us, to unlock additional specials. This year will bring lots of new specials so please stay connected.