Celebrating the Last Day of August at Boma, 2006

Celebrating the Last Day of August at Boma

September 2006
Celebrating the Last Day of August at Boma

So looking forward to the end of the worst months of the year, although September can be hot, humid, and filled with hurricanes, the last day of August seemed worthy of a celebration. After all, once September arrives, we’re getting down to the home stretch. For one thing, the Food & Wine Festival begins on the 29th.

We made an 8:10 ADR for Boma – we’d been dying to try it ever since our last evening at Jiko. Rich loves making the call – especially when they ask where we’re staying and he says “we’re locals.”

We left our house at around 6:30 so we could drive across the property, valet park and then have time for a drink in our favorite lobby bar, Victoria Falls. The Lodge was rather quiet – it’s getting to be that time of year plus threats of hurricanes tend to thin out the crowd. It was quite pleasant. We were feeling adventurous in the cocktail department so we looked over the drink menu and for the first time, we didn’t have to walk up to the bar to order our drinks. A wonderfully pleasant CM arrived to take our order: a Lemon Drop Martini for Rich and a Mt. Kilimarita for me. Both so deliciously refreshing.

Lemon Drop Martini: Grey Goose Le Citron vodka, sweet & sour, and a splash of soda water. Served chilled with sugar and a lemon slice.

Mt. Kilimarita: Sauza Gold tequila, Van Der Hum tangerine liqueur, citrus and a splash of cranberry juice.

Later, our friendly CM stopped by and asked us what time our ADR was. When we told her, she offered to check in for us and brought us our pager. We thanked her profusely and she replied that it was her last night at AKL and she was flying back home to South Africa the next day and she couldn’t wait to get home. We’ll miss her.

We were seated at a table for two, our server was busy so another server, Maureen, stepped in her place, and gave us an overview on how Boma works and what tonight’s selections were for this particular rotation. This was the first time we had heard about a rotation and thought that was interesting. We’ll have to return other times to sample additional rotations.

What can we say about the food except, “Wow!” Talk about a party for the senses! The flavorful African buffet was like taking your tastebuds on safari. We were especially impressed with the Durban Spiced Roasted Chicken. Rich notes it was the same deliciousness as the chicken he last had at Jiko. Another favorite was the Salmon topped with Almonds. We both kept going back for more chicken and salmon. Other dishes that stood out were the Bobotie, FuFu, Potatoes with Afritude, and Black Olive Humus. We were so enthralled with these savory flavors, that we weren’t that into the desserts. We’d heard so much about the Zebra Domes, but actually we preferred the Banana Cream Canoli and the Banana Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. Guess we were in a banana mood. 🙂

Over dinner we were entertained by the pulse of beating African drums. Ooooo, I love drums! Hawaiian drums, Caribbean drums, and now African drums. It was like being at a luau. We’ll definitely have to go back.

The drive home across property was magical, once again, and we’ve come to the conclusion that we really need to stop being so silly by suggesting we’d actually ever consider leaving here. Who are we kidding? We couldn’t possibly live any place else. 🙂

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