The Best of African Food Featured at Tryst Cafe.


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As we start 2012, Tryst will be taking a trip around the world to the country of Africa as inspiration for January’s special menu items.

Arizonans may be surprised to learn that African foods are actually quite varied and plentiful. Africans enjoy a diet rich in dietary fiber that can be quite healthy when the menu is created wisely.

Foods eaten by Africans are natural and unrefined since they are products that can be easily grown at farms near where the people live.

Although Africa is a huge country, most of the foods eaten there are based on common ingredients including

  • Beans
  • Beef
  • Black eyed peas
  • Cassava
  • Coconut
  • Cocoyam
  • Goat meat
  • Lentils
  • Maize
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Palm oil
  • Plantains
  • Rice
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Potatoes
  • Tropical fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Vegetable oils
  • Wide selection of spices
  • Yams


While African foods are often starch-based, they also include good amount of vegetables and meat or seafood. Africans’ diets are low in refined sugars and excess food additives and rich in fiber. And get this; 90% or more of African foods are organic!

Feeling jealous? We’ve got you covered! Come to Tryst in January and try our menu (all entrees are gluten-free!) featuring items common in the African diet including chicken, black eyed peas, delicious spices and tropical fruits!

Braised Chicken with dates, almonds and Moroccan spices over curry rice (spices include ginger, cinnamon, curry, turmeric cayenne pepper)

Grilled Chicken with green olives and lemon over a roasted peanut and turmeric rice

Senegalese Chicken with black eyed peas served with an avocado, zucchini cilantro relish

DESSERT:  Sugar cookies and dried fruit over vanilla ice cream

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