There are some journeys that we never imagine we could ever take, mostly out of fear or because we like to play it safe most of the time. I have never really been one to play it safe, well not all the time.
I saw on the news about this website that allows you to find and have affairs with other married people. Their slogan “LIFE IS SHORT. HAVE AN AFFAIR.” I didn’t think about it until I booked my ticket off to Cape Town, South Africa; and then it dawned on me that life is entirely too short not to have an affair!
My love affair is not with another man or woman, nor is it the kind that is forbidden by the Bible. Mine is with a place, and that place has stolen my heart! Much like the way a man steals your heart when you are in the throws of some illicit affair…. Cape Town is mine!
I decided some months ago that I would go to culinary school.. It has always been in my plans, but I played it safe and stayed in Nairobi for far too long. I woke up one morning, single and wanting more from the years ahead of me…. So I applied, I got in, and I will be off to Capsicum Culinary Studio in a few months (June to be exact) to become a chef.
So I just want to share with you all the love affair I had with Cape Town in the 9 days I was there in March.
I’ll let the pictures speak for my heart…
My first meal in South Africa was at the airport in Johannesburg. I had fish and chips at Ocean Basket. You got to love how they serve it. Absolutely fabulous.
One of my friends, Jonathan from prep school days took me out to Beluga in CT for some of the most amazing sushi ever! I was literally having mouthgasms! On the plate there is salmon roses, seared tuna, rainbow rolls, and salmon sashimi.
I was staying at this lovely little hotel in Bantry Bay, right by the beach. They had an awesome burger with everything; brie cheese, sautéed mushrooms, tomato and chilli relish, onions. I had plenty of room service!
Out-of-shell mussels and scallops, sautéed until golden brown and served with
home-made mayonnaise and skordalia (potato purée with garlic) from The Greek Fisherman at the water front.
Tender calamari tubes, stuffed with line fish, shrimps, mussels, savoury rice and topped with a mild, curry sauce.
You know I love my junk food. It was awesome in the moment; 4 am, tipsy and trying to manoeuvre the drive-thru. Some nights.
I think this is Signal Hill.
We all know I love my meat, and this was one sweet hunk of meat. Dinner with Jonathan and Greg at The Hussar Grill in Camps Bay.
I do love my sushi.
Lunch at Pepper Club in Camps Bay with the boys was awesome. Beautiful views, great food, awesome company… can’t get better than that!
This has to be my favourite restaurant! The Bungalow Restaurant and Lounge for me kind of embodied what my experience in Cape Town was… A little bit of everything and a big swig of fabulousness!
I’m not one for football but I did go watch a world cup qualifier game South Africa Vs. Central African Republic at The Green Point Stadium (yes where the world cup was played). The atmosphere was electric and I did enjoy myself save for the cold and strong winds!
I don’t remember the name of the restaurant I had dinner on my last night, I went there with Greg and his house mates and they were a bag of fun.
I left a big part of my heart somewhere in Bantry Bay, but that’s how it is with love affairs, you never really get to take them with you…
I now look forward to starting my journey, finding my heart in Cape Town.
To my boys, Jonathan and Greg… Thank you for being a part of my journey, you are now stuck with me forevs!
To all of you looking for that love affair… Life is Short!