Courtesy of Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine
What do you do when your local chicken outlet starts charging a cock and a rooster for one small Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken Burger? I’ll tell you. You take matters into your own hands.
Head along to your local Durban stores and buy:
- Super hot Veri Peri sauce by All Joy
- Succulent chicken fillets on special at Star Meats
- Freshly baked Portuguese rolls from Bread Ahead
- Cheese, fresh lettuce, onions and tomatoes from next door to Star Meats
- Healthy Flora margarine to help lower your cholesterol
- Crosse & Blackwell Trim Original low oil dressing to safeguard your heart
- Cerebos salt to taste
- Black pepper, garlic, dried bay leafs and parsley from Spice Emporium to flavour
Coat or marinade the fillets overnight with Veri Peri sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic, dried bay leafs and parsley.
Braai (barbecue) over a medium heat
Do not overcook
Clean and cut to size
Unpack the fresh rolls
Slice the rolls in half and spread the Flora on the bottom half. Spread the Trim and more Veri Peri generously on the top half
Layer chicken, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and even more Veri Peri to ensure the burger burns!
Serve on a plate and have burger no 2 lined up (the person eating no 1 will surely want another)
See what I mean?
Craig suggested a routine bike ride about two weeks back. I agreed. Hadn’t seen the silly fella in a while.
It was going to be a short ride from 07h30 to somewhere nearby, followed by a long relaxing juicy breakfast and then home by 11h00 latest.
I subsequently invited Neil, who rides a KTM motor cycle, to join us.
What could go wrong?
I nearly wore short pants as I usually do.
We met at Pavilion Westville at 07h30 as planned. Routine then fell apart.
Snag 1: Neil was not there. A quick telephone call revealed that he had overslept.
I asked Craig where we were going. He said “straight to the pub across from Sakabula Golf Course near Howick”.
Neil said he would hop out of bed straight away and meet us there shortly. This is where the next snag (2) came along.
The leader of the pack (an advocate I believe) vaguely mentioned to one or two riders that we were going to detour into
a valley (sounds like ONE valley doesn’t it) along the way. I did not hear this but followed the pack like a blind sheep.
One valley became MANY valleys; lots of valleys.
The temperature started to drop…
Now a few years back, whilst driving up Sani Pass into Lesotho, I saw some motor cycle riders who were also travelling in the snow.
It was cold enough in the car and I mentioned to my companion that one must need really specialized and warm gear to travel in such conditions. I planned to do this “bike / snow thing” one day; with some PLANNING of course.
Anyway, let’s get back to our little bike ride.
The detour became one of many.
Before I knew it, we were closing in on snow-capped mountain peaks!
Whilst the temperature was 6 degrees Centigrade on the BMW bike thermometer, one needs to consider the following:
- The wind was blowing hard (wind chill)
- We were travelling at a good speed
- We were dressed for a standard Sunday bike ride i.e. to the local diner and back
- In Durban (our hometown) a winter day temperature of 21 degrees is standard
- The BMW thermometer was probably playing up
After a while my fingers (in gloves) were no longer part of my body.
We were soon in the snow-capped mountains. Freezing cold I tell you!
Perhaps we should have check the weather report below
There was a very quick pit-stop (not the best photographs – they were taken using a cellular telephone) on the roadside
Yes, we survived and had HOT coffee and brunch (juicy burger and chips) at Dulce Cafe in Hilton.
Have a look at their menu.
A lovely view of the quarry below from the Cafe (a must if you are in the area)
Our travels shown below
The routine (not) trip was roughly 386 kilometres and 5 hours 39 minutes (well not quite that long I think).
Well it was not at all well-planned but certainly turned out to be one of the most scenic and interesting rides that I have done in a long time.
Thank you Gentlemen.
My dear friend Allan Maclean ambled over to the Ghost House at Westbrook Beach, South Africa and took some lovely photographs (one shown below).
Now I am sure he visited Beach Bums Restaurant which is next door.
We recently had a work event there; and I will post some related photographs in due course.
But for now, click right here to view Allan’s other photographs.
Another super hot write-up by the Walk & Talk.
Information and beautiful pictures about being in Hong Kong but not having to pay to fly there.
Similar to “being in India” whilst at the Bangledesh Market in Chatsworth Durban South Africa.
Now back to business. Here is an image I found of Octopus Takoyaki:
Now that I have your attention; click right here to see why I say the Walk & Talk strikes it hot at Richmond Night Market!
Now those of you that know me well, know that I like a really hearty breakfast at a really cheap price.
Spur (especially Southway Mall) has always been a front-runner. Their Westwood branch (also in Durban) improved vastly after slight prompting.
So obviously Timol and I got hugely excited when we came across Mimmos in Umhlanga.
A lovely Sunday morning ride on the motorbike or in the Ford Ranger with Roscoe the dog on the back.
We have been there a good few times and the waitrons are always so accommodating (Roscoe get fed bits of bacon fat).
The hot-deal breakfasts have been yummy and yes.. good value for money. Good parking outside too!
Look what you get for R24.90; one of the best deals in town
And for under R20.00
Buffet costs more if you want to pig-out
For the sweet tooth
Up close and decadent
Coffee (now this is where it slips a little)
The coffee could have been warmer.
The breakfast below.. (well the eggs speak for themselves: should have been soft)
The chicken sausages were “rubber” (taste & feel) and I tried to bounce a section of one to show Timol, who does not want to return to Mimmos.
Other things that morning were not firing a 100% but we won’t go there.
Now this blog is for celebrating good food and not having a go at anyone.
So I will forward this post to Mimmos and I am sure (just like Spur WW); they will up their game so they can continue drawing customers like Timol and I (who previously had at least three top drawer breakfasts in a row).
Good luck Mimmos!
We will visit once more and hope all is back to normal (please – I have seen you draw more customers than your neighboring “competitors”).
You are the only ones who can challenge Spur.
PS – I don’t go to W…Y and all the other spots who have failed to offer value for money in the breakfast department.