Sundays in South Africa

The Goatshed, Cape winelands

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Do you remember what it was like to be a student?  All those late nights followed by dragging yourself to early lectures.  The emotional upheavals of falling in and out of love at least twice a week.  The shrewd evaluation of which of your classmates might have the best course notes, and persuading them to […]

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Curried vegetable potjiekos

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  A colleague of mine recently returned from a week of watching FIFA 2010 World Cup football in South Africa.  He said the football was so-so, but he loved the country – and the food.  Because he stayed with friends rather than in a hotel, he really got to eat what the locals ate.  The first […]

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Belvidere Manor, Knysna

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  South Africa’s Garden Route coastal road between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is over-endowed with all sorts of things – natural beauty, exceptional beaches, outstanding restaurants, and a myriad of towns where visitors can stop, stay and find novel ways to occupy themselves.  I have recommended dozens of restaurants, B&Bs and other activities over […]

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The Roundhouse, Cape Town

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There are many things in life that I do not understand.  Quantum physics.  The popularity of Dan Brown books.  The offside rule in football.  Men.  And people who go to a high-end formal restaurant and then complain that the service was “too attentive”.  If you want casual service, perhaps you should try the Spur.  Or […]

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Fu.Shi, Plettenberg Bay

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PLEASE NOTE THAT FU.SHI HAS NOW CLOSED I have written before about my long-term love affair with Plettenberg Bay.  I have spent so much time there that I sometimes feel more affinity for Plett than the city were i actually lived!  Over the 35 years or so that I have been visiting Plett, I have […]

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Dessie’s, Port Elizabeth

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There are some restaurants that make me wish I were a successful, suited and booted male banker.  You know, the types where the waitresses are all all over the men, but ignore all-female tables; where there are more single malt whiskies on the menu than cocktails; and where you choose your cigar from the climate controlled cigar […]

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South African waterblommetjie bredie

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When most people think of edible flowers, they picture a couple of nasturtiums strewn across a salad; maybe a pansy garnish; or some sugared rose petals on a cake.  What flowers are not usually associated with are hearty stews.  That is, unless you come from the Western Cape region of South Africa! I have written before […]

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