Saturday, March 04, 2006

If You Are Obsessed with Food...

The South African Slow Food convivia are kicking some serious ass. Slow Food in the States is often a bunch of pretentious foodies waxing poetic about the Messiah arriving and obliterating all McDonalds (amen). In Jo'burg, Slow Food is serious business. Last year, there was a tasting of 35 sausages with a two-hour lecture on sausage making. Followed by a taste test of eggs from 12 hens, and a workshop on which bees produce the best honey...

But Cape Town is amazing! Here is the menu for the next Cape Town Slow Food event:

Carpaccio and Avocado

Boerewors rolls and onion marmalade

Home made farm bread and foccaccio

Constantia Uitsig Grape Marmalade

Watermelon preserve

Fresh Constantia Uitsig Grapes

Cape Cheeses

Smoked Snoek

Chicken liver parfait

Watermelon Smoothies

Tea & Coffee

YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. I NEED to find watermelon preserve (jam) with the greatest of urgency. Some translation:
Boerewors= Afrikaans hotdogs. Kosher and halaal versions are available, and they far surpass Hebrew National. If you drive through a game reserve (i.e. safari), you'll smell boerewors braaing (barbequing) far and wide.
Constantia Utisig= One of the most beautiful towns in the Cape winelands. There is nothing more beautiful than the expanse of vineyards and mountains in the Cape and most wineries are now culinary Meccas.
Snoek= A small fish South Africans love.

Two little oddities:
-The Saturday Star (not a tabloid) carried the following headline this morning: "What to do with Maids with AIDS"
-A man tried to ask me out at a petrol station convenience store earlier today by saying "What are you doing out so late?" It was 7:30 pm on a Saturday night.


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