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Effort

“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation” ~ Plato

CT2This photo, as with a previous one, is dedicated to Herman and Yvonne, regular viewers of my blog, who reminded me some time back of the lovely views to be seen in and around Cape Town. During my previous visits to this lovely part of South Africa, a couple of years back, I took some other photos with my Blackberry cell phone – click here to view.

Sunset

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ~ C. JoyBell C

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This photo, as with a previous one, is dedicated to Herman and Yvonne, regular viewers of my blog, who reminded me some time back of the lovely views to be seen in and around Cape Town. 

During my previous visits to this lovely part of South Africa, a couple of years back, I took some other photos with my Blackberry cell phone – click here to view.

Opportunity knocks twice

“The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work” ~ Thomas A. Edison

A few weeks ago Len and I went to Cape Town in the Western Cape. I had my Canon camera with me but, alas, I was not able to get to any scenic places.

Late Monday afternoon, after work ended of course, I quickly made my way down to Blouberg Beach to get some photos of Table Mountain. I was not going to miss a golden opportunity again! Here is one of the photos I took. I will post some more in the days to come.

This photo is dedicated to Herman and Yvonne, regular viewers of my blog, who reminded me of the lovely views to be seen in and around Cape Town.

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On previous visits, a couple of years back, I took some other photos with my Blackberry cell phone – click here to view.

 

Cape Winelands

What to do with a few “low quality” Blackberry photos of my scenic work adventures around Western Cape during early 2011…

Well, don’t be shy and give it a try, as a very good friend of mine always said.

Maybe something will grab your attention and you will soon be booking a flight to South Africa,

It was an intense time: the work I had to do was in the spotlight at a top level and I was away from home nearly every week.

I would return home on weekends and usually fly out on a Monday morning at 06:00 (this is the flight where you fall asleep shortly after take-off and awake to find that you have been (embarrassingly) snoring and dribbling out of your mouth!

The propensity of change was high: one minute returning home, the next minute flying or driving to a completely different area.

Different beds, sometimes every night. New challenges all the time.

The “hardship” had a bonus flip-side.

I got to see many different and beautiful areas of my country, that I most likely would not have seen in this lifetime had I not been employed in the position I was.

I met many different and wonderful people, and somehow got back in touch with some very important things I had “forgotten” about myself.

This was all at someone else’s expenses (although I certainly earned my keep and more).

I managed to snap away with my Blackberry (no space or time for any other camera) every so often, and below are some of my photos (the panoramic photos are from a friend).

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The Queen of England (off to see her)

On 3 November 2012 we were sure we could smell Turkey.

The plan was: a little stop in the UK on a farm, two weddings and then off to Istanbul.

On 16 November I disclosed that the visit to Turkey was “cold” and would just have to wait.

Despite this “setback”, Timol and I still had lots of fun in the few days on land and in air.

A little snack at Durban International Airport (King Shaka) was in order before we left.

I hadn’t been to Mugg & Bean in a while and was pleasantly surprised by what was served up and at a fair price.

 

I initially wasn’t going to eat but was soon tucking into everyone meals.

Didn’t have too much to eat as I was hoping to taste the yummy food on Emirates.

 

We were loaded up not too long after the air-hostesses who speak a multitude of languages.

I made sure that the meals were being loaded by Sky Chefs before I took my seat.

Up into the air we flew; bound for Dubai then the UK.

A good meal with some red wine helped settle us into the evening.

The selection of movies was vast and I had enough leg-room.

I watched three movies in a row before I got all “movied-out”.

Flying from Durban to India via Dubai on Emirates is OK, but the flight from Dubai to the UK (BHX) on this trip was a bit too long at 7 hours 50 min (Durban to Dubai is 8 hours 40 min). That’s over 16 hours of flying in a row.

I would rather fly direct next time thank you.

In the next post we will have a peep at the farm outside Birmingham where we stayed for one night.

And when I really get energetic, I will show some pics of London and the food inside Harrods.

I can smell (that) Turkey

By the same time tonight, Timol and I will be cruising at an altitude of 35000 ft on an exciting trip. It will also be dinner time.

The menu on Emirates should be something like this:

Chicken breast

Grilled chicken breast with caramelised plums, served in a cranberry reduction, accompanied with mashed potatoes, baby spinach and carrot slices

Lamb brochette

Fillet of lamb marinated in Arabic spices, combined with assorted peppers, charcoal grilled and served with a cinnamon scented sauce, accompanied with broccoli, roasted baby corn and steamed rice

Dessert

Sticky date pudding – A delicious dessert served with caramel sauce

Red Wine

Cecilia Faugerres Oak Aged

Now what’s this about “I can smell (that) Turkey”..?

Well, it’s not that we will be eating turkey but that we will soon be seeing:-

And before I forget, if you have the time, please have a look at some of Marc Bega’s photos of his home cooking direct from Tamarin, Mauritius.

I have given him this exposure as I really hope that he will soon also get a WordPress blog up and running to showcase his lovely dishes and photos.

PS – maybe encourage him with a few messages if you like what you see!

Harvey’s Restaurant

It was my big day and I needed a top-spot to enjoy a great meal with my precious company.

Friends had told me of Harvey’s and I thought I would investigate. It turned out to be a very good decision.

Their “about” on the web states:

“In Durban’s bohemian suburb of Morningside, a restaurant that combined the demeanour of fine dining with a super-cool attitude and sleek modern styling that spelled instant success with its previous reputation intact and improved.

The original Harvey’s, opened fifteen years ago, has re-opened, This second incarnation of Harvey’s, has already won all the accolades the first one gathered over the years, SA Top Ten, Amex Platinum Fine Dining Awards and International Wine and Food Society best restaurant award for 2009.

Harvey’s restaurant is in a landmark building, nestled between two elegant parks in Durban’s prestigious Morningside suburb. Within its first few months it became a nationally known institution as one of Durban’s must visit venues for any visitor or local.

The venue comprising two rooms, one for dinning, named the picture room for its mass of original paintings covering the padded walls and out elegant Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace, cheekily covered in “grass” and a pavement terrace. An open-air cigar lounge is strikingly decorated as a sort of indefinable retro-quasi-gothic-hunting lodge hodgepodge, complete with mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings.

Consistently crowned Durban’s best since 1994, this stylish restaurant is known for its innovative flavour combinations, excellent presentation, and efficient service. The menu changes every two months, but may feature items like crisp fried spiced calamari served on marinated aubergine with an avocado ice-cream and a roasted pepper coulis or duck confit with grilled magret served on pak choi, with a sticky red currant and pink peppercorn jus, with pear infused pomme William or an assorted berry plate that includes a rhubarb and ginger crème brulee, with a white chocolate and strawberry cake, lightened by a cherry and nougat ice-cream.

Although the menu changes every two months, Timol and I did not miss the bold-printed information above as the waiter “purred” away.

We started at the Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace.

It was lovely to just watch cars and pedestrians go by as we slowly sipped on the bottle of Alto Rouge.

 

 

They weren’t joking about the picture room

 

Timol was not the only pretty lady in that room

 

After viewing the frame below I had doubts about my gold card being able to pay for the meal we were about to have

 

The calamari was certainly crispy

 

Timol had the Dorado on mash

 

I went for the duck

 

A present was thrown in for good measure

 

We ended with more wine and coffee on the veranda

For me, it’s now a toss-up between Harvey’s and 9th Avenue Bistro. I was properly impressed with both and did not mind paying the extra Dollars for extraordinary food.

Cafe 1999, which I previously went to, is not really my cup of tea.

I will have to return to 9th Avenue for round 4 to make up my mind.

Cafe 1999 in Durban South Africa

On Saturday the 4th of August, Timol and I felt like spending a few extra ZAR on some really tasty food.

Cafe 1999 came up on the cards.

I did some research on their website, which revealed: “Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durban’s trendy Berea. Chef Marcelle Roberts award winning contemporary Mediterranean cuisine is designed around sharing”.

Next thing, to test out this claim, Timol and I ambled over to the restaurant, after arranging a “rapid reservation”.

I was armed with my faithful Canon 550D and an FNB credit card.

We settled down to our starters below; whilst deciding what to devour as a main course.

Starters (liquid) – Barista: a good deal at ZAR 125.00

Tasted just as good as it looked on paper (once in our glasses)

Starters (complimentary) – Amuse-bouche : I needed a few more to chew on

 

A friendly waitress rapped off the specials and, before she finished, we made our choices without any further hesitation.

Timol had the large line-fish at ZAR140.00 – she loved it

 

 

I went for the seared tuna; also at ZAR 140.00 – down the hatch mate!

 

The wasabi and soy sauce was thrown in – a must of course (burnt like hell but top drawer)

 

Creme brûlée to share – ZAR 38.00: well worth it

 

Irish coffee for the short drive home (ZAR 30.00) – a genuine single shot of Jameson

A total of ZAR 570.00 for two, which included a healthy tip, for a great fine-dining experience.

Directions and telephone number here.

Read the Eat Out review.

But also give the spot a try yourself!