Recommendation: Health in a Box – Custom Catering/Delivery for healthy food

Great resource for eating healthy in Dakar.

Health in a Box Menu

Health in a Box



Travel Review: Lisbonaire Apartments (Lisbon, Portugal)

Lisbonaire Apartments.  We loved this place and would recommend to anyone who is planning to visit Lisbon.  The prices ranged from 125-149 euros per night during the Easter weekend, one of the biggest tourist weekends of the year.  I believe that their prices are usually even more reasonable than that.  The location was perfect – 2 minute walk from the metro station, Restaudoroes, on the way in from the airport.  One of Lisbon’s picturesque funiculars is located 1 minute walk from the Front Door and takes you up to the Mirodouro (Viewpoint) district with great restaurants.  It is also a few minutes walk from the train station that takes you out to the Sintra Park with the amazing Pena Palace, Monseratte Palace, Quinta da Regaleiro with the Initiation Wells and incredibly beautiful gardens particularly around Easter time. You can walk down the big pedestrian street and to the main square on the river in about 15+ minutes.  So, nothing is far away.

There is no restaurant or breakfast at the Lisbonaire but you can stock the fridge or, if you want, you can go to any number of nearby places for breakfast – and, of course, for lunch/dinner.  The local cafe is 2 minutes walk and has omelettes and pastries and coffee.  Or you can sit outdoors at the Mirodouro outdoor cafe – about 5 minutes walk uphill – and take in the view.

The concept of the apartments is that a group of Portuguese architects joined together to renovate a mid 20th-century building into 19 one-bedroom and studio apartments.  Our studio apartment was large with a dining table, a lounge chair and a full kitchen.  Everything in the building is by code – entrance door, room door, storage room door, safe, etc.  So, no keys to carry!  The building has a roof deck with a great view if you want to hang out there.  The basement – about 2,000 square feet – is set up as a lounge with couches, pool table, kids play area, library and small gym.  The drinks in the refrigerator are available to take – with a box to leave money per the honor system.

They are listed on most of the major travel sites, including Travelocity where I reserved but going to their website is probably the easiest way to reserve.

Restaurant Reviews: Fish & Chips in Mamelles

“Joy is finding a new spot to eat in a foreign land. The rumors are true, there is a place to get Fish n Chips in Dakar Senegal.

You can sit in or take away. The owner is a gracious host and the portions are generous. The cod is seasoned well and the chips are crunchy. Cost 6000 CFAs includes a drink. Fresh tartar sauce and malt vinegar are available. Will be returning often. @dakareats @dakarlives#FieldNotes of a #Sojourngineer #EngineeredTravel

Fish & Chips

Residence Mamelles Renaissance

+221 70 761 65 30




Going back to DC? Handyman recommendation “Affinity Painting”

Quality Painting & Handyman – DC Area: If you are looking for a trustworthy, capable, and effective painter and handyman team that can fix anything, look no further than Ed Green III and his dad. This father-son team is not only really good at what they do, but they also “get” the transient expat, diplomatic life-style, having both served in the military. Their company is called Affinity Painting, but don’t let the name fool you. They do everything. And they do it well. But most off all, they ensure peace of mind. In their hands, your property will be well taken care of. If you bring a copy of this ad with you, Ed says the first job he does with you will be 10% off. You can’t beat that! Affinity Painting,, 703-350-1954.