Have you ever gone to a restaurant and noticed the signs that say, “graciously offered by Boujee.” Well, guess what? They’re just fancy names for a foodstuff that is actually made in Mauritania, hence the name. If you think that’s the important part about this food, think again. There’s much more to it than that.
A meal can be described as a combination of ingredients that offer a balance in nutrition and flavors. In the case of this type of food, that means balancing in calories and nutrition. If you put an equal amount of salty and sweeteners in one dish, you can’t expect to come up with a balanced meal. The key to survival at Boujee restaurants is knowing which balance to aim for. Here are some survival tips for when it’s hot, as well as some things you can order from the chefs that will make your experience more pleasurable:
When it’s hot: When it’s hot, Mauritania is known for its heat, especially in the mornings when the air is dry and humid. It’s no wonder that people have such a good time dancing in the streets in the morning. So if you’re heading out in the morning, make sure you have a bottle of water with you just in case you get dehydrated while you’re on the move.
When it’s cool: Mauritania is known for its relative coolness during the summer. If you plan to visit during the summer, make sure you bring a heavy jacket and lots of sun block. Mauritania is also known for its food, so when it’s cool you don’t have to worry about a big fuss finding something to eat. But when the sun is burning hot, you might want to consider bringing an umbrella or a cooler.
Where to go: If you’re going to Mauritania, make sure you have a map. And before you leave, get a guidebook as well. Mauritania is known for its natural beauty, so if you’re planning a trip there, you will need a guide to help you navigate the landscape. They are very well equipped and know every small village and town in the country. So don’t be afraid to ask them questions. They are very knowledgeable and can take you to places you’d never have dreamed of traveling to.
Boujee survival tips: As mentioned above, Mauritania is a Muslim nation. Make sure you don’t bring a non-Muslims into the country. Mauritania is a part of Africa, after all, and all Muslims, men and women, are strictly forbidden from eating pork. But as long as you follow local customs, it should be easy to stay out of trouble.
Stay healthy: Mauritania is not like South Africa. Here you don’t always see plenty of people outside of the beaches, and that means that they are much more prone to diseases. You should try to make sure you eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and lentils as well as whole grains. Even though you may be tempted to grab a bottle of wine and head for a night on the town, you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Staying healthy is a big part of enjoying your time in Mauritania, so make sure to keep yourself as hydrated as possible.
Boujee survival tips: Mauritania doesn’t have money to waste. That’s why when you come back home you should be prepared to do some economic and banking practices to earn some money. This means you should work as hard as you can to make your way from one point to another, taking advantage of every opportunity. Be careful with money, though, so use passports, traveler’s checks and negotiable papers when getting around the country.