South Africa

So I recently went to South Africa with the hubby. The food in Johannesburg is not too dissimilar from what we have in the UK, pretty much what you’d expect from any city.

Room service: for the first day when we were too out of it to really go anywhere. This was cookies and cream dessert, and it was not what I was expecting at all. It was chocolate cake and ice cream, which was apparently cookies and cream-flavoured, according to hubby. Not too sure about that, but it sure was tasty. Though I was honestly expecting a cookie somewhere. Kudos to the strawberries though, one of my favourite fruits.

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Take out from a local pizza place in the Rosebank. It was…ok. I’d say that Pizza Hut is nicer to be honest, and Pizza Hut isn’t exactly the best the UK has to offer. It was an interesting way to order: you order, pay, get a receipt with a number on, and when your number is called you then go and collect your meal. This was the same for KFC. We also went to Nandos, all these places were really close by. I’d say the weirdest thing in Nandos is that they put sauce on your corn on the cob. It was the worst corn on the cob I’ve had, way too spicey, I just like butter on mine. The result of lazy quick meals: May 1 – Food 0
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Near the hotel we came across a place called Mike’s Kitchen, they had almost everything, I’m pretty sure it was the largest menu I’ve ever seen. Their portions can be quite large too and the desserts were huge. I went for the lamb shank, it seemed an appropriate mahoosive meal to kick start the holiday. The lamb was so tender, literally coming off the bone. Hubby went for a burger, which is no comparison to Byron’s burger really.

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2015-08-02 13.51.28Their cocktails were really nice too.

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Hubby enjoyed Mike’s Kitchen and managed to persuade me to go back another day. We mixed and matched a healthy seafood salad with a not so healthy fried seafood meal, it worked out quite well actually. The salmon was lovely and refreshing, and the prawns were massive, can’t go wrong there. I think this was when I realised that avocado is not that bad after all, it worked really well with the salmon. 2015-08-07 12.54.45

2015-08-07 12.54.35Defeated by the dessert, too much dairy, maybe? Hubby went for strawberry cheesecake, it was more like American cheesecake than British cheesecake. I had the largest bowl of ice cream ever with masses of cream. Definitely too much dairy. Add Mike’s Kitchen to the table: May 1 – Food 1

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2015-08-07 13.25.13On a couple of lazy evenings we simply spent the evening in the hotel, where there was a lovely water feature in the middle that I couldn’t quite capture on my camera phone. I’d say the menu had a wide range of meals, I suppose the hotel was trying to cater to everyone. 2015-08-06 09.08.25

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2015-08-03 19.13.31Cutest bread board ever. 2015-08-07 19.03.24Hubby went for a simple strawberry cheesecake, this one was more like British cheesecake. I went for fruit, thinking that fruit for dessert would be healthy. I was wrong: there was ice cream, meringue, and cream as well. May 1 – Food 22015-08-03 19.53.04Towards the end of the week we went back to the hotel restaurant. Hubby went for the lamb shank, which was quite similar to the one I had in Mike’s Kitchen, but the sides weren’t mashed this time. I went for a homely meal, some sort of beef stew with rice. There was so much sauce, and I was hoping for more meat, but still nice. May 2 – Food 22015-08-07 19.15.53

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Last breakfast of the holiday, became a pro at mixing English savoury breakfast with American sweet dessert. I believe this was the day I decided that pancakes were better than waffles. Yup, I said it. 2015-08-08 09.28.33At the airport. Hubby wanted meat, meat, and meat – so that’s what he got. Craving seafood, I got me some calamari, and it was good. A nice simple meal before a 7 hour flight. May 3 – Food 2

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I’d say the food we tried in South Africa was good. I didn’t manage to get pictures of everything, and evidently my camera isn’t fantastic. On one of the days we went to a buffet, where there was more traditional food. I had no idea what I was eating, there seemed to be a lot of mashed vegetables, the meat options were very nice. Desserts in all the places we went to were really tasty, but I must admit: I really enjoyed the desserts on the plane, both outward and return journeys. I’d say after a week: May 3 – Food 3

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