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Dining Cape Town: Ndiyabulela uMama wesiXeko!

Updated: Mar 7, 2019


I finally got my husband, Joe, to make the long trip to South Africa. I had been before but always wanted to see the country through his eyes. He was not disapointed, and neither was I. We both love Cape Town and hope to return many times.

As the food contributor, I can only say that we never had a bad meal. We tried a variety of fish, game, coffees and wines, fab wines. Oddly, finding bobotie on a menu was difficult, so I never managed to taste a local recipe. No fear, there were so many other things to try.

We didn't do much cooking as our aim was to sample the local menus and delight in the food on offer in Cape Town. We enjoyed the set lunch menu of the Pot Luck Club, at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, and eating on the beach at the Grande Africa Cafe at the Waterfront. Foxcroft in Constantia, with it's delicious menu and stunning crockery, was saved for our final event.

The most enchanting, however, will always be the picnic lunch at Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West. The setting, the food, the wine! We moved several belt buckle notches after that picnic!

We sampled wines from as many vineyards as possible, enjoying the Constantia Wine Route as well a few out in Stellenbosch as well. Klein Constantia, Buitenverwaching, Jordan, Tokara and Asara were some of our favourites.

We went to many restaurants and the best thing on the menu was always tomatoes. Omg...the tomatoes were so incredible. maybe because it was summer or maybe, just maybe, they know how to grow them right!







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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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