I’m not sure if I mentioned it before but I don’t have satellite TV and we just recently got given a flat screen for my husband’s birthday after the tube in our 8 year old TV went “poof” in February. My son didn’t have any TV at all for the first 2 years of his life and was only introduced to Barney when his sister came along a year later.
People often ask me where I find time to blog despite being fairly busy at work, church, gym and blogging events and I guess a big part of the answer is that I rarely watch TV. My husband and I will go through a series box set in the space of a week once in a while but as far as watching TV shows I find it to be a waste of time and rarely worth it.
Since so many of the cooking shows in South Africa require a satellite dish I am often completely out of the loop when it comes to Masterchef, Chopped and the rest and I think I completely missed the gastronomy trend because of it. I’m not much of a cook book reader and rarely rely on anything else but the internet for recipes and I’m not even much of a magazine consumer. Every now and then I wonder if this makes me a failure at being a food blogger. I fell into this community more or less by accident when I started posting recipes that I had baked and I’m at a point now where I am questioning if I should even call myself a food blogger any more.
I am all for trying new things and would happily eat something weird (not Fear Factor kind of weird!) and wonderful but whether I would try my hand at making something I can’t find at my local supermarket, I would probably not do so in my own kitchen. Recipes that require a trip to a specialty market or different town would probably also be steered clear of and I often find that foodie goody bags received at events are amazing when it comes to this. Talk about bringing the unusual straight to my grubby paws! LOVE IT!
Which brings me to restaurant reviews… Now, if I wasn’t the sole provider to my family of four and had a bit more money lying around I would definitely make new eateries a priority as I love eating out. My kids are incredibly well behaved and we have left “Spur-type” establishments behind a while ago now. Evening events are still a bit troublesome, especially during the week when they have school the next day, but this will improve as they get older.
There is a wealth of those “in between” kind of restaurants where the relaxed atmosphere makes it easy for families to enjoy a meal together without the limited franchise type “Kiddies meal” options on the menu. Caffe Villagio in Sable Square is one of those places.
I was invited to dine with TableOfATE with IntertwEAT last night and when they announced that Caffe Villagio was the restaurant on Twitter last week, I was over the moon. I celebrated my 30th birthday at Caffe Villagio but haven’t really been back since. This Mediterranean themed restaurant ALWAYS brings quality food to the table. They have a real talent of packing punches of flavour into bite-sized foods, tapas style, which means you can try more dishes and you don’t have to debate for ages over which delicious item on the menu will get your attention that day.
Last night we could sample prawn and feta phyllo baskets, savoury cheesecake and mini aubergine cashew & avo hummus wraps as roving canapés with the most delicious sparkling wine (I know we’re not allowed to call it champagne unless it comes from France) I’ve ever had. We then sat down and were introduced to the jars of sundried tomato and chilli pesto, tzatziki and aubergine and feta dip that was placed around the table. Baskets of mini pita breads were placed on the table and we were invited to tuck in. The sundried tomato and chilli pesto never made it to the other side of the table as two diners claimed it as theirs for the night and spread it on EVERYTHING! The main course was a plate of treats that many claimed has the best chicken and leek pie they had ever tasted. I was a fan of the mini lamb shwarma and the marquee burger. The smoked salmon wrap was also really delicious but I couldn’t really finish it all as I was so full by that stage and dessert was still coming!
Dessert was another plate of treats that encompassed a decadent chocolate brownie which was amazing with the fresh strawberry they served it with and a pistachio nut baklava AND a white chocolate salted caramel cheesecake that went home with me because I just couldn’t eat anymore. This promptly got eaten by my husband when I got home but I was allowed a teeny, tiny taste ;). DELICIOUS!
I could go on and on but I’m pretty sure this is one of my longest blog posts EVER and at the end of the day, all you need to know is that if you are in Cape Town, get your butt down to Sable Square (down the road from Canal Walk) and have a meal at Caffe Villagio. Tell them Tami sent you …you won’t be sorry ;).