Meals in Burundi (with poll)

While you are reading this, I’m on a plane. Flying to Virginia.

On Friday the 13th.  The flight left at 6 am.

Yes, I made the reservations. Who knows what I was thinking.

All I can hope for is a little relaxation.

I bet I could find some at this beach, in Burundi…

Lake Tanganyika. Photo Courtesy of Andreas

For today’s FFF,I thought it would be fun to share 4 first hand accounts of meals in Burundi, followed by our weekly poll:

Lunch at the Market restaurant

A heaping plate of rice and peas in tomato and onion sauce, fried bananas, a piece of beef (having lived a long and toil-filled life before landing on the plate), accompanied by slices of fresh pineapple, by bananas, peanuts, and a soft drink, cost $1.50 each. Move over McDonald’s.

Burundian Delicacies

…gorging ourselves on a number of Burundian delicacies – many different cooked vegetables, fried plantains, rice, sauce with beef (none of which was all that unusual to our American palates – though we think the cheese in one of the salads may have been the cause of several of us not feeling completely well the next day)

Three dollar feast

We took a break at 1:00 to have lunch: a plate of beef with sauce, rice, beans, spinach and fried bananas, salted peanuts, and bananas for dessert, with a bottle of soda per person. By local standards a great feast. Cost $3

On the enjoyment of meat

I invited them to lunch in the bar/café of the hotel. They all ordered beef brochettes. Three of them are farmers and they have the chance to eat meat perhaps once every three months if that. Etienne said he liked meat very much, but that he was very old (I asked – he’s 56). I didn’t see the connection right away, so they explained that in Burundi, the older people get the more they like meat. In any event they all savored their brochettes. We continued talking through lunch, and then it was time for me to leave.


  1. I am assuming that the entry of “Pinot Beans” refers to “Pinto Beans” and is just a typo. If not, I would love to try them as I imagine that they would taste like Pinot Noir!

    I have enjoyed this adventure in cooking immensely and look forward to see what the rest of the world is eating.

    • globaltable says

      😀 I, too, would love to try pinot beans… ha! Unfortunately, it is a typo. I’ll go in and fix it in a moment. I’m so glad you are enjoying the Adventure. Hopefully you get to try some of the food with your family, too. Best, Sasha

  2. Hi Sasha,
    I’ve been “out of things”. But,happy to return and discover what is new.
    I think that a break will do you good;I could use one too!
    Have fun and I’ll be here enjoying your posts.

    • globaltable says

      Thanks Barbara! We’ll keep truckin’ along! I couldn’t completely stay away, but at least I wrote most of my entries for this Monday ahead of time! 🙂
      Have a great Sunday!

      PS Doesn’t your blog have photos from different cities around the world? If you ever have cool pictures from a certain country, let me know about a week ahead of time. We’d love to put them on the blog with a link to you and the photographer’s site.

  3. Jessica Bennett says

    Beans are definitely a staple in my diet! I did only choose 2 like you requested, but I would have checked off all of them.

    By the way, where in Virginia are you? I’m in the southwestern part of the state.

    And I have several pictures from various countries on my website (the site hasn’t been updated in years, but the pictures are still there). Feel free to use them if they’re good enough:

  4. I tried to vote twice because I wanted to include LIMA BEANS…but your poll would not allow me to add another vote. LIMA & GARBANZO are the best…but your question said “for the rest of your life” and since KIDNEYS are so “meaty” I figured they would be the best choice. (I”m an aspiring VEGAN)

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