I like snails. Eating them, that is.
Allada is famous for its escargot (snails). Every well to do traveler stops there on their way up North. Only an hour outside of Cotonou, it’s an ideal place to buy food for the rest of the trip. Or, if you’re Jean Marc, Helene, Bertrand, and myself, an ideal place to waste an hour drinking beer while eating delicoius snails, snail eggs, and fried cheese.
We always buy from Da Mimi (Big Sister Mimi). Her snails are fresh, her snail eggs are crisp, and her fried wagasi is divine. There’s a young girl who sells akassa (fermented corn jello … tastes better than it sounds!) wrapped in banana leaves, which is a divine side dish to go with the hot pepper sauce and meaty snails.