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Gaya Cafe Lounge

December 1, 2009 4 comments

Gaya Cafe Lounge

Comfortable leather armchairs surrounded by beautiful objects and works of Art, often affectionately referred to as an “Alladins Cave”.

A lovely terrace garden where you can sit or stretch on a lounger and watch the world go by.


Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!
Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market 
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/




Gambia Fine Dining

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment
We all want to eat well when we are on a holiday and Gambian cuisine is famous for integrating cross-cultural elements and serving up something exquisite.
The local dishes are prepared with an eye for detail and you are bound to find some of them perfect for your taste. For those who seek the comfort of the familiar there are restaurants that offer a variety of dishes from English, French, Italian and Spanish cuisines.
Fine dining  with a twist.
The idea of the Gaya Art Cafe was in development over many years through the proprietors world wide travels and observations of many cultures.
Continental European
Blend of fresh organic dishes with a twist. A selection of tapas, salads, freshly baked foccacias and tortilla. There is also a variety of freshly roasted coffee beans from other countries.
Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!
Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022

Benachin

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Cooking Ingredients:
1. 2 lbs fresh fish
2. 2 cups of vegetable oil
3. 6 cups of water
4. 1 medium fresh tomato
5. 4 tbsp tomato paste
6. 2 large onions
7. 1 small cabbage
8. 2 medium carrots
9. 1 bay leaf
10. 4 cups of rice
11. Salt and pepper to taste
 

Cooking Method:
1. Clean and cut fish in halves.
      
2. Fry the fish in the vegetable oil until both sides are brown.
      
3. Remove fish and add onions, fresh tomato and paste to the hot oil and fry until brown.
      
4. Pour water and bring to boil, then include cabbage, carrots, bay leaf, and seasonings, reduce heat and simmer for 20 mins.
      
5. Remove vegetables and add the rice while continuously stirring.
      
6. Reduce heat and cover the pot. Simmer for 10 mins.
      
• Benachin is sometimes referred to as cheebu / chebu jen in Senegalese.

Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!

Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/

Gambian Spinach Stew – Plasas

October 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Cooking Ingredients:
1.     2 packages frozen chopped spinach
2.     1 pound meat stewing beef
3.     1/2 pound smoked fish, flaked
4.     2 hot chili peppers
5.     1 large onion, chopped
6.     1/4 cup groundnut paste (peanut butter)
7.     3 cups water
8.     1-1/2 cups palm oil

    Cooking Method:
1. Cut meat into bit-size portions.
      
2. Put in saucepan with two cups of water, salt, chopped onions and peppers.
      
3. Bring to boil and add palm oil.
      
4. Continue cooking partly covered. Cook for 1-1/2 hours over medium heat.
      
5. Add spinach (previously thawed and drained), flaked fish and groundnut paste mixed with water.
      
6. Stir, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
      
The recipe is served with steamed rice.

Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!

Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/

Gambia Food Dishes

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Traditional Gambian dishesJollof Rice, Benachin cooked in homes are mostly rice, the staple food, with a covering of various spicy sauces as on the right. However, steamed millet, couscous, cassava is also eaten.

The defining ingredients for these various dishes are either peanut butter paste (Domoda), ladies fingers (Okra), palm oil (chew deu terr) or edible leaves such as spinach or cassava leaves. Very popular among poor families is Mbahal which is rice mixed with grated peanuts, dried fish such as bonga. Many of these dishes are also common to Senegalese cooking as both countries have common cultural ties.

Some of the best known dishes are ‘Domoda’ (peanut butter sauce), ‘supakanja’ (okra stew), ‘benachin’ (Jolof Rice), ‘Chere’ (couscous type millet), chicken ‘Yassa’ (fried chicken in onions). Lunch is usually cooked for a couple of hours until the meat is well cooked – though for fish dishes, the fish may be removed after a short cooking time and replaced towards the end of the cooking time.

Most urban Gambians eat bread, butter and/or jam for breakfast. People may also have ‘Chura Gerrte’ (rice and peanuts – boiled) or ‘ruy’ (pap), with added yoghurt or tinned milk. For the majority of Gambians afternoon lunch is the most important meal of the day.

The main staple dish in The Gambia is rice with a choice of stew – made with either fish, chicken, beef, lamb or goat – usually cooked with vegetables, spices and sometimes peanut butter. Pork is NOT on the menu for 90 percent of Gambians who are Muslims, though it is available for Christians in many supermarkets and from specialised pig breeders.

Lunch is served in a large, common food bowl next to which the diners sit on the floor or a wooden stool. When eating you use your right-hand (washed), though many urban men (and some women) may use a spoon.

For dinner people eat either fried fish, oysters, shrimps, chicken and fried beef with onions. These may then be served with salad and / or bread or couscous. Others may have ‘Chura Gerrte’ or ‘Ruy’ (Coos porridge).

Increasingly Gambians are eating more convenience foods, particularly in the evenings, and this has begun to lead to health problems associated with high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Jumbo and Maggi cubes are similar to bouillon cubes, and are widely used to season all types of Gambian dishes and fare, from sauces to sandwiches.
Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!

Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/

African Gifts

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

We have many smaller gift items: beautiful scented candels, napkin holders,incense gift sets, picture frames and much more.
We will wrap your gift beautifully for that special person in your life.

Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.

A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!
Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
www.gayaartcafe.com/

Superkanja

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Cooking Ingredients:
1. 2lbs of lean beef
2. 1lb smoked fish
3. 2 cups palm oil
4. 2lbs cut okra
5. 1/4tsp of baking powder
6. 2 large onions chopped
7. 8 cups water
8. Salt and pepper to taste

  Cooking Method:
1. Wash and cut meat into bite size pieces.
      
2. In a large pan, boil fish and meat in water for 15 minutes, then remove the fish.
      
3. Add onions, salt, pepper and okras.
      
4. Simmer for 15 minutes and then add palm oil.
      
5. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
      
6. Add fish and continue simmering in low heat for 10 minutes. Serve with plain boiled rice or Fufu.

Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!

Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022

gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/

Art In The Gambia

August 1, 2009 2 comments

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa. It follows the banks of the River Gambia to the Atlantic Ocean. It is completely surrounded by Senegal except along its western coastal margin. There are just over 1.5 million people, with many different tribal groups speaking different local languages as well as English, French and Arabic.
Compared to some of its near neighbours in West Africa, The Gambia has created few artistic ethnographic objects. Most villages had blacksmith-craftsmen, but the cultural area with huge expertise stretching across the generations and down through the centuries was that of music and oral traditions.

Musicians played drums and the kora (a complex stringed instrument). Griots, storytellers and poets who preserved knowledge of ancestors and of oral traditions, were vital guardians of the culture. However, recent decades have seen a sudden blossoming in the visual arts and the emergence of a number of internationally respected artists.
There are four really well-known Gambian visual artists who have exhibited widely, both within The Gambia and internationally.

They are:

Njogu Touray whose work we have shown for three years. You can see examples of his work and read his biography in our gallery.

Momodou Ceesay, painter and printmaker, residing in Bakau where he has his own gallery showing his work and works by upcoming young artists he has personally selected. He spent many years in the United States and is using his good connections to promote the arts in The Gambia, working especially with schoolchildren.
Alhajie Bubacarr Badgie, a well-known painter, who we have not yet met unfortunately as he was in the United States when we visited.
Edrisa Jobe, a painter living and working in Katchikally.
There are many young artists emerging in The Gambia today and who are benefiting from the surge in interest and support that stems from both the growth in tourism and international development aid.
As in many African countries, the Alliance-Francais has been particularly active in its support and has organised and/or hosted numerous exhibitions. All the artists listed above were included in their 2002 exhibition Art From The Gambia, which helped define the current state of the visual arts in the country.
A number of galleries have also sprung up – the Village Gallery, African Heritage, Gaya Art galleries and the major hotels often show high quality work.



Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.

A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!
Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm  
gayagambia@gmail.com
www.gayaartcafe.com/


Gaya Art Cafe

July 29, 2009 2 comments


The Cafe
Flavours of the Mediterranean, Latin America and Asia. Great cocktails, freshly ground coffee from around the globe and delicious cakes. Ecelptic ambience, Wi-Fi Internet, catering services, take-aways and much more!
The Gallery
We cater to all budgets. Great selection of African Art, unique gifts, custom jewellery, furniture, and lots more. Interior decoration srervices available.

Fine dining whenever you want to eat out in Senegambia.  
A unique Gambia restaurant for both Gambian and global cuisine.
Come and enjoy our restaurant in The Gambia!
Directions Bertil Harding Highway, next to Senegambia Craft Market
220 4464022
220 6664022
gaya@qanet.gm
gayagambia@gmail.com
http://www.gayaartcafe.com/

Gambian Restaurants

No holiday is complete without good food. One of the best kept secrets of The Gambia is the vast variety of restaurants! The Gambia is a melting pot of cultures and because of this you will find a wide selection of restaurants from many origins.


Most restaurants are family run establishments offering an authentic flavour to their individual cuisine.

Sample some typical Gambian dishes during your stay like:

Pepeh Soup

This is a tasty thick stew which is very easy to make. Very spicy and it’s commonly prepared with fish, cow leg or foot wit the bone into to the stock.


Domoda
This is a typical mandinka dish made from groundnuts in most part of the Gambia. As the name implies, “Domo” means eating whilst Da means the stew pot. The uniqueness is that the flavor of this wonderful piquant dish comes from the main ingredient of concentrated peanut paste. Domoda can be prepared with meat, beef or fish with lot of vegetables. This is a source of high protein and with nutritious value in this Gambian local dish.


Benachin
This is a popular Gambian dish, originated from the Wolof meaning cooking with one pot. As the name may suggest, just about anything can go in, this is Africa’s answer to a good risotto lady fish. Alternatively it can be made with beef.


Yassa
It is made with chicken or fish, the delicious tangy flavor or fresh lemons or limes make Yassa sauce a huge favorite in this part of the world and definitely recommended as one to try.

Enjoy your Gambia Holidays!

Our members are involved in Gambian restaurants, tours, excursions, eco-tourism, car rentals, and shops within the vibrant Gambia Tourism Industry.
Please visit our website www.ttag.gm

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