Food is our foundation. From it’s medicinal value to its ability to break down many cultural barriers, the power of food has magical powers. And it was the fuel behind the opening of Poa Cafe. The word “Poa” means “Everything is cool” in Swahili, and used as a response to the friendly greeting “Mambo”, which asks “How is everything?” The idea to open a cafe came about on a volunteer trip to Tanzania, Africa in 2013. While there with my then 6 year old, the cultural and age barriers were easily broken down over mealtimes. I learned more about the culture and history with each recipe shared, and more about the medicinal value in food than I had in a lifetime. As weeks went by and more time was spent in the markets and the kitchen, I was hooked. It was then I decided that when I arrived back home to the states, I would make some drastic lifestyle (and career) changes. Upon my return, I kept up with my promise, left my job and opened Poa Cafe a few months later. At Poa, everyone is welcome and conversations are encouraged. The foods we serve are function foods that promote a healthy body.