Tuesday, November 26, 2013

20 hours from Cape Town to Manila, dinner at the Cape Grace Hotel, and how I missed the Alain Ducasse dinner the other night

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.

Delicious wines every night in South Africa,
living a Travelife
As if I needed any more wine, after two weeks in South Africa, living a Travelife.

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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.

I had a dry white wine from nearby Stellenbosch to go with an appetizer of tuna tacos with a Malay sauce.



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.


What a wonderful, enjoyable and delicious evening this was, in Cape Town's iconic Cape Grace Hotel, living a Travelife.

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,
ALAIN DUCASSE

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.




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