Category Archives: Purveyor

Meat Me at Mzoli’s!

A peculiar thing about the butchers in Cape Town, South Africa is that after you make your purchase, they’ll cook it for you to eat in or take out. One particular place that has become an icon over the years is Mzoli’s Meat.

Mzoli’s is located in the township (Gugulethu) which is not the safest place in Cape Town. However, on Sunday, groups of tourists and merrymakers descend on Mzoli’s for the BBQ, the DJ and the party atmosphere. Bring your beer, bring your rum and punch, because everything other than meat is BYO. Don’t forget the plates, napkins and wet wipes either.

The safest way to do this is to hire a driver to drop you off out front and pick you up afterwards. Some local tour companies offer a township trip with a Mzoli’s lunch stop. We used Uber both ways. We didn’t wander too far from the crowded store and patio but the township is the place to have your hair plaited if you could somehow choose among their unique and imaginative designs.

As for the food, we’ve certainly had better bbq. South Africans seem to have a love affair with sugar and the Mzoli’s sauce reflected that preference. The meat was middling and over cooked. Perhaps well done is best though, considering the sanitary conditions. It’s not about the meal, after all;  it’s about the experience!

 

A Not-to-be-Missed Restaurant in Ubud, Indonesia

We rarely rave about a restaurant, and we rarely rave about a coffee shop, partly because we’re both pretty good cooks and baristas. Here’s one exception:

Homemade prawn sausage, chicken consomme infused with local seaweed, shaved radishes, sunset clams and nasturium
Homemade prawn sausage, chicken consomme infused with local seaweed, shaved radishes, sunset clams and nasturium

Locavore, a restaurant in Ubud, Indonesia, was started by three friends working in different restaurants who decided to create a niche for fine Indonesian cooking . Their concept is unique in Indonesia: Nouvelle cuisine made with local ingredients.

All the dinner seatings were booked for months in advance. We were lucky to be able to make a lunch reservation even though it was low season.

DSC01807Since we didn’t want to eat too much, but wanted to taste everything, we ordered one prix fixe with beverage pairings and an extra entree.  (We’ll forgive that the wines and liquors were not local. Grapes wouldn’t be good in this climate anyway.)

In addition to the five course lunch, the restaurant also served sourdough bread with original dips and a few other plates that were not listed. There was a wow factor in everything we were served including the drinks. That’s an enviable record for any chef.

This is the most original restaurant we’ve ever enjoyed anywhere. The combination of finely honed chef skills, local tradition and local foods creatively presented is completely successful in Locavore Restaurant. If you plan to travel to Ubud, make a dinner reservation well in advance! It’s on Jalan Dewa Sita. We loved this place.

Show Bar Sunset Lounge

Show Bar is the best place in Taiwan to watch the sunset with a drink and tapas. If you’re ever in the southern part of Taiwan, near Kenting or Hengchun, this is the place to visit for happy hour.

Show Bar is the best place in Taiwan to watch the sunset with a drink and tapas.

In one of those beautiful ironies, Show Lin, opened a bar where the “show” is the sunset. We met her through couchsurfing and enjoyed the moments we spent with her. She’s one of those true Citizens of the World that are such a pleasure to meet.DSC00282

Show will make you a drink with which to enjoy the beautiful show.

Deena and Show
Show makes the drinks
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Located on a penisula, the view is also impressive from the cow field out back of the bar.