- Monday I met up with Carol for really good gluten free pizza at Col’Cacchio Pizzeria in Camps Bay. For dinner, David and I had really bad sushi at Wasabi in Constantia. Alas…
- Tuesday was Africa Day so we saw a play at the District 6 Museum. For dinner, we went to the highly entertaining Beefcakes Burger Bar, where we played “Bitchy Bingo” with a drag queen MC who sprinkled drag performances in between rounds of bingo. My ostrich burger was pretty over the top, as were the hot beefcake waiters in tight pants, wife beater tank tops, and pink aprons!
- Wednesday I toured around Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest farm/oldest winery. I did a tasting and brought a lovely bottle of port for enjoying at home. Wednesday night we went out with two of David’s coworkers to eat steak at Nelson’s Eye – home of the best steak in Cape Town. 9 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Tel. 021 4232601. The steak was some of the most tender meat I’ve ever eaten, definitely lived up to the hype.
- Thursday I decided to drive down the coast to Muizenberg, is a beach town that was once’s Cape Town’s finest beach. It’s still huge on the surfing scene, and still adorable (even if a bit worn down). I was impressed to see many free kiddie pools and water slides for the kids, and the changing cottages of days past were still there and still wonderfully colorful. Agatha Christie was one of the many famous people to spend holidays there. On one trip in 1922, she’s quoted as saying “Whenever we could steal time off, we got out our surf boards and went surfing.”
- Thursday for dinner David and I dined just south of there in Kalk Bay. We ate at the Harbour House in the middle of a storm. The website promised “A world class location with internationally acclaimed salads and seafoods.” The place was indeed beautiful and the views were amazing, even as the rain was pouring down. Our meals, however, were just okay. My veggies and creme brulee were both undercooked, and my springbok shank was super tender, but a bit too gamey for me. If we go again, I’ll have to try the calamari… it was calling to me but I foolishly resisted so I could try something new (springbok). I suspect we’ll have better luck next time.
The weekend/week ahead promises to be much fun! We have tickets for the Robben Island tour tomorrow and are going on a safari on Sunday so David can experience some of Africa’s famous wildlife. Next week we have dinner plans with Nicole, the fun and generous soul who hosted Susie and I the last time I was in Cape Town. I also have plans to visit two local nonprofits. And the next weekend we have a hike planned with Dave up Table Mountain and a trip to Stellenbosch to enjoy wine country. Monday night will be my last night in town and we have reservations for Madame Zingara. The website looks super fun and I think it’ll be a great celebration to close my trip!