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As the new year approaches its time to start thinking of New Years resolutions, bucket list adventures and gaining new experiences. The country of Mozambique has both the culture and culinary answers to your year of exploration.

Image by Travel Directors

Image by Travel Directors

Made up of 44% coastal lowlands, this country is a paradise beach holiday kept commercially secret in South East Africa. Mozambicans being of Islamic, Christian, and African indigenous beliefs have shaped the country’s cuisine to a delicious variety. There is a strong and spicy Portuguese influence since the 1400’s when the historic Vasco Da Gama landed on the white sandy shores. The local communities take much pride in their fishing heritage and offer the freshest seafood cuisine. The restaurants are vibrant, decorated rustically and a tourists dream! The local markets offer the real-deal foods at extremely reasonable prices, most likely cooked by a welcoming and traditional Mozambican vo-vaw (granny).

Margaruque IslandUnique to Mozambique’s Portuguese background, you will find foods such as cassava (a starchy root) and cashew nuts (Mozambique was once the largest producer of these nuts), and pãozinho (pronounced pow-zing-yo; Portuguese-style bread rolls). Mozambicans put their own spin and magic on cooking meals with secret mixes of onions, bay leaves, garlic, fresh coriander, paprika, chili peppers, red sweet peppers, along with wine! Resulting in the infamous and widely celebrated local Piri-Piri saucy flavour! You have to try their inteiro com piripiri! (whole chicken in piri-piri sauce) Paired over a sunset, crystal clear and warm oceans, with the options of the local 2M beer (pronounced Dos-M).

Image by Erica Meyer

Image by Erica Meyer

So indulge your taste buds, expand your horizons and visit Mozambique soon!