Atakpame Togo Restaurant Atakpame, Togo West Africa Friday, July 13, 2007
I ate two omelets here today in Atakpame, Togo
Two, two-egg omelets for 500 CFA per omelet along with piece of bread and some ice cold water in a bottle, which I am sure, was not purified. I wrapped the two-egg omelet up in the bread, make a sandwich and life was good.
500 CFA is One U.S. Dollar, not the cheapest meals for the bottom of the HDI scale countries, however this is a good bargain in West Africa.
Cafeteria in French with a couple of accent marks and maybe I have finally put together one hidden ideas of eating cheap in Togo. I knew there was a Cafeteria in Kpalime, where most of the White people sat and drank in the center of the village.
There was also a place with a sign on it that said Cafeteria on the way to the Auberge Mandela.
Cafeteria is the word.
This may sound strange, however one word can make my life better. The word Hotel causes me to look at too expensive and crazy priced hotels. The word Auberge gets me down to reasonable priced rooms, and if I want to get rock bottom rooms I now say, Pas Cher Chambre de Passage.
If I say restaurant in Togo to a taxi, they will probably normally take me to a French restaurant that would cost a Togo person one half month pay for lunch.
Cafeteria seems to be the correct word for cheaper restaurant food and a lot cheaper than the hotel food.
I am excited now, I am going to try this world with a motorcycle taxi guy in Lome or somewhere, see where they take me. It is always nice to take down the curtain over the wizard who knows all the answers.
I normally eat street food or purchase food and cook myself from the small markets. Then splurge once in awhile and eat French or Lebanese food to leave Africa.
I have been checking the not ready for prime time WikiTravel.org site, it is probably good for the Hostel Toursit in Europe and fun to check. http://wikitravel.org/en/Togo
Quote: Drink bottled water such as Volta or sachets of "Pure Water". Bissop juice is also fairly safe as it is boiled, avoid the lemonade "citron" despite its delicious aspect. Stay away from road-side meals if possible.
Ok.. I drink the tap water. Bissop taste like crap so I drink the Citron. I usually eat the road-side food, I like to meet the cook, see how the clean and know what life is about.