Monday, December 14, 2009

South Africa Dining: Lunchtime Bliss

We ate at many of South Africa’s top restaurants during our trip, but two of our most casual meals, both Winelands lunches, stick out in my mind despite being among the most casual.


Our entire stay in the Winelands (Franschoek to be specific) was blessed with sunny, gorgeous weather. The area is surrounded by rugged mountains, so everywhere you look is a spectacular view. We decided to stop for lunch during a day of wine tasting at the Goatshed, the restaurant on site at Fairview, producers of the reasonably well known Goats do Roam wines.


We sat on a lovely sun dappled patio, overlooking their goat tower (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like!) Tired of big meals, I chose simply a cheese plate from the list of cheese made by their own cheesery. The 2008 Spice Route Chenin Blanc went from so-so to perfection when paired with the cheeses. And is it just me or is there something wonderfully decadent about drinking wine in teh middle of the day, particularly a nice chilled white in hot weather!


My hubby, feeling slightly more adventurous opted for the springbok stirfry, which essentially tasted like a steak salad. It was fortunately much lighter than it sounds, and although not as good of a match for the wine, it was at least quite tasty and lovely to look at.


Sigh…it was such a lovely way to while away the day. A nice view, good wine, good, simple food and my honey…
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