Food, Life in Benin

I like snails. Eating them, that is.

Fried snails, up close

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.

Da Mimi's wares, up close

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.

Allada on the way homeраскрутка

2 thoughts on “I like snails. Eating them, that is.

  1. Hi Theresa – welcome to the food blogging world, and congrats on your launch! I love this post – snails are so delicious, aren’t they? I’m fascinated by the other foods mentioned in your post and shown in the photos. It would be great if you would provide a little more description of these “local” foods! As an American, I have no idea what wagasi is, and I am also curious how they prepare the snail eggs, since I’ve only ever seen whole snails cooked in butter here in the States, never the eggs. :)

    There are some great resources for food bloggers at the website . Good place to ask questions and network with other food bloggers. I’m a pretty new blogger myself, and have gotten some great tips there.

    See you on the ‘net!
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