During my preparations for my trip to Japan in next week I’ve looked at many, many websites and blogs stating where to find the best Japanese cuisine. This includes sushi, ramen, oden, udon, okonomiyaki, hot pot, izakaya (bar) snacks, kaiseki, tofu, street food, wagashi, desserts and many more. With each new review I read an increasing crave for all these delicious dishes started to appear as I scrolled through my notebook screen. One particular dish that I plan to eat bowls of in Japan is…RAMEN. Finding a place to inhibit my craving until April proved difficult, until I came across the hip and somewhat secretive little joint, Downtown Ramen, in the Cape Town Fringe District.
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Located on the corner of Bree and Bloem street in the Cape Town CBD, is the hugely popular Jason’s Bakery. What differentiates Jason’s Bakery from many of the other eateries in the area, is the sheer creativity of @captainbreadza, always keeping his customers on the tips of their toes with the menu.
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Fairview wine estate is located in the Paarl wine region of the Western Cape. I recently had the opportunity to do a bit of barrel tasting during a wine festival in Autumn. Fairview also specializes in cheese, especially goat’s cheese which are delicious. If you’re traveling on the Cape Wine Route, this is one wine estate you just have to visit!
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I enjoy visiting the historical places of the world. Every now and again one comes across such an establishment that not only provides you with a bit of history, but also a wonderfully delicious culinary treat. San Ginés is a chocolateria in the heart of Madrid making chocolate y churros for over 200 years!
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I am a lover of all things ocean-like. Beaches, rolling waves and generous helpings of little gems from the ocean on my dinner plate. Seafood, simply and deliciously cooked, is one of my favorite culinary pleasures. During my travels in Europe I’ve had some good food, bad food, expensive food, supermarket food, street food and simple Mediterranean food. There are three dishes that pops into my head first, when someone asks me what dishes I’ve loved most from my travels. Coincidentally, they’re all from the ocean.
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Sometimes my soul craves for something different, foreign, new or strange. I then tend to react impulsively and go off in search for some unique experience to satisfy my wandering whims. When I don’t have the chance (or leave) to travel to some exotic location, I tend to search for local places I haven’t discovered yet. More often than not, I get satisfaction through enticing views or in this case…food.
I love Asian food. I’m definitely not an expert in it though, but I know what I like. I’ve had dim-sum before, but nothing remarkable enough for me to remember. Steamed Asian food, instead of fried is a concept I have only come to terms with the last year. So on a chilly winter afternoon in the Mother City of Cape Town, I went to search for something interesting and flavorful to brighten up my day (and my off weekend).
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