to be African, to be Woman, to be Creative, to be Fashionable, to be Intelligible, to be be IMARA

imara by Mshana

This is the canvas and the pages on which I curate and display the life I wish to create for myself and other liminal hu-women like myself. I explore here my passion for fashion, present my literally inspired visual arts, write my visual arts inspired written works, share my linguistics, travel diaries, show my finding comfort in food, and heck, whatever else I feel like... Welcome and enjoy!

KAUAI South Africa

the fresh, the colourful and the foodie

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Oh KAUAI! You are an absolute fairytale for a foodie on a diet. Can you already tell I love KAUAI?

For those who do not know it, KAUAI is a chain restaurant in South Africa that has the mission “to make healthy eating easy and accessible.” Their menu is seasonal so it is always super fresh and try as hard as possible to use organic and non-GMO foods.


The last time I was in South Africa I lived in Johannesburg on a boarding school budget. This time around I live in Cape Town on college student budget! I can absolutely afford something other than Fish and Chips and KFC. I came to South Africa after two years of living in America and eating college dinning hall food and gaining a couple of pounds. Imagine my excitement when I encountered KAUAI.


During my time in Cape Town, this was the best place to reintroduce meat to my diet since I had become vegetarian while I was in America. These a the things a KAUAI Chipotle Steak Salad can do for your life!

The Chipotle Stake Salad comes in a head size bowl (yes I tried to fit my head in it). It has grilled steak, cabbage, carrot, baby spinach, rosa tomatoes and coriander toped with a smoked chipotle chili dressing. KAUAI did that! The combination of warmth from the steak and the cold of the veggies, the heat from the chilli and the soothing waters of the rosa tomatoes balance themselves out in your mouth so beautifully you could cry. Honestly, I do every time I eat this mix.


I have tried a lot of things from their menu but this is still my favourite dish. The best part is that you can add avocado in there when it is in season. It is almost impossible to believe KAUAI is known for anything other than this dish.


Alas, KAUAI is mainly known for its smoothies. KAUAI smoothies are the shit in the summer! By the time I left Cape Town, I was broke from all the KAUAI smoothies I had drunk. But you don’t have to because they have great discounts for students and loyal customers. They also partner with DISCOVERY VITALITY (the health Insurance company) to reward customers for being active. It really doesn’t get better than that.

So, if you are ever in South Africa, just Google @kauaisa and get yourself a Mango berry smoothie and a Chipotle Steak Salad. Don’t forget to send me a picture!


Bernie 😘