|Yesterday at the Cape Grace Hotel, having afternoon tea|
Good afternoon from Hong Kong, after a pretty pleasant overnight flight. It was 12+ hours from Johannesburg to Hong Kong, and I slept for a good nine hours.
I thought I needed the energy as I'm landing in Manila in a few hours, and it's straight to a party hosted by a luxury car company in an equally luxurious hotel (read more about this tonight).
And then I have to do a French exit and head for a wine dinner hosted by an ambassador.
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DINNER AT THE BEAUTIFUL CAPE GRACE
IN CAPE TOWN
Last night, there I was in Cape Town, having dinner with a friend at the beautiful Cape Grace Hotel right by the waterfront.
We sat in the enclosed terrace with views overlooking a quiet marina and Cape Town's multi-million dollar apartments, and Table Mountain in all its glory.
SO NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, TABLE MOUNTAIN
It was so nice to see Table Mountain again.
The last time I was in Cape Town, which was exactly a year ago, we'd gone up the mountain at sunset, taking a beautiful Victorian picnic hamper with us.
We were the only ones on the mountain with such a hamper.
So we got stopped by so many people, wondering where we had gotten such a beautiful basket.
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DINNER BY THE MARINA
This time around, I spent sunset by the marina, having a drink and then a very nice dinner cooked by the executive chef of the Cape Grace Hotel.
We then asked Martin, the Cape Grace sommelier, to recommend some wine pairings for us, and these turned out wonderfully.
And then I had a very nice Pinotage to go with my pork belly dish.
CAPE GRACE'S FAMOUS CHOCOLATE CAKE
For dessert, I just had to have Cape Grace's famous chocolate cake.
I'd been eyeing it all afternoon, throughout afternoon tea, but I just didn't have time before my massage yesterday.
BACK IN HONG KONG
And now here I am in Hong Kong, enroute back home, to another wine dinner on just another nice evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
SORRY I MISSED YOU,
PS: Speaking of wonderful dinners in Manila, one that I sorely regret missing was the dinner hosted by the Peninsula Manila and Enderun Colleges with Alain Ducasse as guest.
My invitation came just before I left for South Africa and I was sorely tempted to cut my trip short by a day to make it for this dinner.
Unfortunately, every detail of my trip had already been set.
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TWO MEMORABLE DINNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA INSTEAD
The dinner last night at the Cape Grace in Cape Town, and the al fresco dinner in the Kalahari Desert the previous night at the beautiful Tsuwa Game Reserve, certainly made up for this, though.
More on these in a later blog entry.