I went to Cape Town on business for a few days this week, and apart from work, which is well, work… I had a ball on my own!

Yes, strange but true, I do enjoy having time to myself… it’s something that doesn’t happen very often. I revel in exploring on my own and eating in restaurants on my own… ok, I’m not actually alone anyway I have Twitter for company 😉

I arrived too late on Tuesday evening, so I couldn’t do anything other than grab a bite to eat before getting to the hotel room to sleep… but Wednesday was another story entirely.

Every time I travel there on business, I try to do something touristy.  I love the views in Cape Town, it’s just such a gorgeous city. So after work, after I changed into jeans, I rushed to the car and headed for Signal Hill to catch a bit of the view before the sun went down.  My plan was actually to get to Rhodes Memorial because I haven’t been there in years, but I knew I wouldn’t make it with the traffic.  As it was, I just made it to the look-out point before the sun started setting.

I know it’s not exactly “safe” there on my own after dark… but I hit the road as the sun dipped below the skyline… and there were buses of American tourists there too anyway 😉

And then, it was time for food! My cousin works at Burrata, an Italian restaurant at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, so I headed there for dinner for one.  It was the only opportunity I would have to see her, even though she was working that night 😉

Well, what a meal! If you have the chance, and you’re looking for a place to eat, you should definitely book a table there for the evening!! Wow!! I literally rolled out of there after having the most incredible food!  Oh and the wine… lest I forget… I cannot actually remember when last I’ve seen a more impressive and extensive wine list.

There was no way I was going to finish a bottle on my own, so Daniella suggested a glass of a red wine from a cask they’d received from a vineyard and bottled themselves… wish I could remember more than that, because it was simply delish!

And then for the food… I actually managed to eat my way through 3 courses, and that’s huge for me!  For starters I had the norwegian salmon tartare topped with crispy pancetta. Loved.  For mains I had the mushroom and aubergine lasagne which was not a normal baked lasagne, it was an unstructured layered pasta with the most delicate mushrooms in it! It was out of this world

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Then Daniella convinced me to have dessert too… OMG… so divine! So light! It was a white chocolate ganache with plum sorbet on the side.  By the time I left, the place was packed… no wonder… because it’s a stunning spot!

After chatting to Daniella that night, we decided to meet for breakfast in town the next day.  She suggested Dear Me.  It’s a little cafe and event space in the heart of the old part of Cape Town. I can’t actually remember when last I had such delicious coffee.  We both ordered the eggs benedict for breakfast, and it was so very yummy!

I actually loved the whole menu there and found it very difficult to choose.  They only use free range eggs and meat, and the range of healthy breakfasts was impressive… I just didn’t feel all that healthy 😉  I see on their website now that they have a “menu designed to accommodate special dietary requirements”… first time I’ve noticed that at a restaurant.

If I’d actually thought about it, I would have bought some of their produce that they sell in the shop.  They sell a range of homemade preserves that looked amazing on their shelves!

So, I’m now back in Joburg… and longing to get back to Cape Town to explore again 😉