food and drink
When we arrived in Athens it was market-day in our street, so as soon as we dropped off our bags at our apartment we went straight downstairs to do some shopping for the week. The European fresh-produce markets are really fantastic. The quality is great and you can stock up on almost any produce for the week, and they are truly markets for the people.They are nothing like the markets in Cape Town which sell (to be fair excellent quality) expensive “artisan” produce catering for the upper-end consumer.
If I had a market like this near my house I would happily shop there every week.
If you want the best Fish and Chips in Cape Town there is only one place to consider, and that is Kalky’s inside Kalk Bay Harbour. The fish and chips are brilliant, inexpensive, and unpretentious.
I hardly ever seem to get there, but when my colleague Arijit from India wanted fish and chips I had to take him to Kalky’s.
Hake and chips at Kalky’s
Arijit get’s ready to eat his Snoek. He didn’t listen when I warned him about the mountains of bones in Snoek. There are loads of bones, you have been warned!
Kalky’s – simple and unpretentious
This is about as traditional as Viennese street food goes, the humble Vienna sausage. The Vienna sausages from Vienna are nothing like we get at home. They are not the mass-produced slightly suspect sausages we think of. Rather they are top-quality.
You can find them on almost any street corner, usually served sliced with (not on) a roll, with a little mustard or tomato sauce on the side. They are great value and perfect for filling the lunch-time gap.
A selection to choose from
A heuriger is a wine-bar/restaurant on a wine farm which has a special licence to sell the recent harvest for onsite consumption. In short, you get great food and wine cheaply.
We were recommended Heuriger 10er Marie, and it was so good that we went there twice. The outside is deceptively quiet, but it is busy inside, mostly with locals.
Some of the tables
Both times we went we had a fantastic time. The food is great, the crowds are boisterous, the wine flows freely, and you have a great time.
If you are in Vienna, a visit to a heuriger is a must!
Another round of wine, please
The best schnitzel I have ever eaten (chicken – I don’t eat veal)
If you weren’t at the burger festival this weekend you lost out. They should have more correctly called it the burger and beer festival, because there was plenty of amazing craft beer.
It’s great to see how many small scale breweries there are now in Cape Town, and tasting how good some of the beers are! There was plenty to taste, and the beer community has such amazing people in it – so passionate about their beer, and so willing to share.
Of course beer goes hand in hand with burgers, and it was difficult to choose which stand to buy a burger from. I eventually settled on a 3-cheese burger – mozzarella and cheddar mixed into the patty, topped with blue cheese from Fat Harry’s. I don’t normally eat chips, but after a 30k run this morning I was hungry, and I am glad I ate the chips. Without a doubt they are the best chips I have ever eaten.
It turns out that Fat Harry’s is a restaurant in Harfield Village; I will be taking a turn there to try their other burgers. Here is their website. http://www.fatharrys.co.za
Here’s a pic of my burger; you can decide for yourself how good it looks.