In Summary: 12 in 2012 (Part 1)

What a year this has been. Never before have I travelled to as many countries and expanded my knowledge of the world as I did in 2012.

Travel Diary: The South Africa Edition – Day 7, final reflections

Now that my 8 day South Africa trip has just come to an end, I’m realizing that the biggest lesson I have learnt, one that I was not even remotely aware of, is the fact Cape Town is a heavy-weight design city. I enjoyed the arts and culture in Johannesburg and its buzzing young professionals whose lives move at 100 miles an hour, but expected that before I got off the plane. When I visited the townships and some of its famous eateries, I mmm-ed and aaah-ed as I…

Travel Diary: The South Africa Edition – Day 6

On day 6 of my epic South African adventure, I found myself in heaven: Babylonstoren in Stellenbosch, which is not only a mere 50 km north-east of CapeTown but also prime wine country. Words cannot do this place justice. Suffice it to say that I am definitely going back, this time for more than just a day.

Travel Diary: The South Africa Edition, Day 4

South Africa is a place of great contrasts, a country where some of Africa’s richest and poorest live. Nowhere is this more visible than in the big cities, where scores of the nation’s poor migrate to find jobs and a better life for themselves and their families.

Culinary Digest: Fishmonger, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Our party of six had already been turned down at two other restaurants in the popular Firs Piazza in Rosebank (remember to always make reservations on a Saturday night here) when we were welcomed heartily to Fishmonger. Although it is a seafood restaurant, there are several other options, including salads and steaks and, to my great surprise, ostrich fillet. I have never had ostrich so it I quickly settle on it, accompanied by a local variant of spinach called morogo and blackberry coulis.