July 22nd, 2013
09:30 AM ET
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When Ahmed Jama decided to leave behind the successful restaurant he'd started in London to open a new one in one of the world's most dangerous cities, his hometown of Mogadishu, reactions ranged from surprise to scorn to straightforward questioning of his sanity.

"A lot of people think that I am a crazy guy," says the Somali chef, his wiry figure looming over roasting pans full of vegetables and meat inside his downtown Mogadishu eatery.

"When I opened this restaurant they could not believe it," he remembers. "When I came here and bought the land some people told me, 'you are not coming back, come back when you're ready' - I said, 'I am going to build it soon.'"
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July 9th, 2013
02:15 PM ET
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While staying in the beach town of Mombasa, Kenya, iReporter Brian Oh biked approximately 15 miles through the countryside to reach this village, where he was offered a traditional Kenyan lunch. He says he was intoxicated by "the fresh smell of soil everywhere and the sweetness of mango and banana on the air. It was serene and almost primeval." After eating the meal with his bare hands, he left the family with $11 equivalent in Kenyan shillings and biked back to his hotel in Mombasa. – jccarp, CNN iReport producer

Oh told iReport:

On a bike ride through the countryside along the coast in Mombasa, Kenya, I had lunch at a local village consisting of a freshly butchered chicken, sukuma wiki (greens prepared with onions and tomatoes), boiled potatoes and plantains, and ugali (corn maize cake).

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June 5th, 2013
07:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, June 9, at 9 p.m. ET. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.

"Good food is going to be a challenge soon, so we take the opportunity to fill up on what we can," Anthony Bourdain says, fueling up at a local restaurant before leaving Goma. This city in the Democratic Republic of Congo lies at the foot of the Nyiragongo Volcano and has a population of about one million people - many of whom are internally displaced.

Grilled chicken, ugali and piri piri pepper make “a pretty nice meal," Bourdain finds.

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June 4th, 2013
09:30 AM ET
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CNN's Nima Elbagir is treated to a traditional meal of roasted goat while visiting with the Maasai of Northern Tanzania.

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