My week in words & pictures

Feb
2011
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I have been all over the show this week – travelling, eating out, playing, working… Generally, a typical week in the life of me, which I thought I’d give you a little insight into.

 

Sunday saw me fly up to Johannesburg, and during my stay I caught up with old & new friends.  My first night was spent at Turn n Tender at the Parktown Quarter in Parktown North, sharing happy moments with a very dear friend.  We shared a creamy and spicy portion of chicken livers to start.  Sautéed in brandy, spiced and finished off with cream, these were served with slices of baguette.  I haven’t tasted chicken livers this good in a long time.  I interrogated the manager for more details about the ingredients, but he really wasn’t giving in to my wily ways.  We then moved onto ribs as a main course – beef ribs, that were smoked and roasted to perfection.  Sticky, sweet, smokey, salty & yummy; these were served with skinny fries, and we shared a plate of vegetables (very tasty creamed spinach, steamed carrots & mashed pumpkin).  If you’re a fan of a good steak joint, this is definitely a place to stop in at when you’re in town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A visit to the quirky Wolves Cafe in Illovo to meet the lovely Sian Rice turned into a hideout from a sudden thunderstorm.  The sky turned black, the rain came down hard, lightening flashed & thunder cracked overhead.  It was beautiful.  I ate their famous & delicious Hummingbird cake (the last slice – and boy did I get told off by a regular patron) and drank tea.  Sian tucked into the baked cheesecake and drank a latte.  Both looked so good.

 

 

I love that a place like Wolves exists for the Joburg crowd – can we please see more of these quirky little places pop up around Jozi?  The locals are hungry for artistic, small, quality establishments that serve & sell beautiful things.

I unfortunately don’t have pictures to show you as the lighting is trés romantique, but Unicorn and I dined at our very favourite bistro, Thomas Maxwell in Parkmore.  Each time I’m in town it’s become our little tradition to eat there together.  And each time I go there, it doesn’t fail to impress me.  We’re looking at my 8th or 9th time dining there now, and I still find pretty trinkets lying around that I never saw before, and taste heavenly delights that Thomas Barker & his team expertly & effortlessly executes with style & precision.  Thomas served us personally as we drank Steenberg bubbles and drooled over our starters of tomato tart and ostrich carpaccio rolls filled with goats cheese.  I confessed my love for him over his main course special, a duck & berry compote pie with a gorgonzola dipping sauce.  He smiled back at me, knowingly & politely.  Unicorn got stuck into the poached salmon fillet packed with thyme & topped with coconut shavings and served with pea mash.  We saved our waistlines (mostly mine, Unicorn is tiny) and only nibbled on the cupcakes that are presented with the bill.  One cupcake went home in someone’s purse, but further than that, I’m not saying.

Some friends of mine work at the impressive Pick n Pay on Nicol store, which is their flagship food store.  If you’re ever in Jozi, and haven’t yet been here, I recommend you go.  It’s on the corner of William Nicol and Republic Roads, and is stocked with food you are unlikely to see in any other retail store.  Nicky is the manager of the Good Food Studio, which runs cooking classes and demonstrations, and hosted a bunch of us for a catch up and tour around the amazing premises.

 

 

I unfortunately can’t include any of my work images for you, as it’s all top secret product development stuff – suffice to say that I am hugely excited about my work and the wonderful projects that are in the pipeline.

I’m now happily back home in Cape Town, and have the luxury of spending the day with an old school friend I haven’t seen in years – much excitement!  Life is about sharing beautiful moments with good people and counting your blessings daily.  Gratitude. It’s so underrated.

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  1. Kirsty

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