Many might say that the way into the heart is through the stomach! Although this analogy tends to be used more in relation to men and their appetites…I can honestly say that even as a woman, almost nothing beats a delightful meal! Now serve that up with a smooth Cab Sauv, delivered by your loved one’s hand by candle-light or via a good sunset picnic session and my heart is a-flutter. How about yours?
Since the day of love dawns on us in merely a few hours, I’ve been thinking about how to treat my most loved…and everything that came to mind was food related, which has got to have some symbolic connection to the above analogy…surely?
So having made my mind up that actually the best way to deal with my Valentines was through the tummy, I have put together a few ideas on how to deal with yours – if you have any better ones, I’d like to know!
- I am crazy about the combination of charcuterie and good cheese, and whilst my hubby won’t give you thanks for the stinkier variety – paired with some fine wine – this is also pretty much right up his alley…
Groot Constantia offer a cute little pre-packed cheese platter complete with mini wooden board and cheese knife. On your way to the estate in Constantia, stop off at Raith Deli for a quick charcuterie fix before popping across to the cellars with your loved one just before they close in time enough to do a quick tasting and purchase a cheese platter together with your tasting glasses and preferred wine. Take this, together with a blanki, up to their top lawns overlooking Cape Town and revel in these and a sunset of course.
(Slip a bottle of Chilli Addict Sauce into your pocket before you leave the house for the charcuterie bit!)
- Our weekends are never complete with a romp in Kalk Bay/ St. James to give us time enough to fantasize about our future in a big old house on the cliff overlooking the ocean in a quaint bohemian fishing village on the coast!
One of our new most favourite things to do on a hot day is head across to the St. James tidal pool around 5pm for a swim and snorkel followed by a barefoot stroll into the village for an early dinner with the girls. (Okay – perhaps minus the girls for V-Day!) Kalk Bay has a brilliant range of quirky restaurants to choose from and all of them accept sandy feet sans shoes!
- A touch of Shakespeare never did anyone harm, especially seeing as the annual Shakespeare at Maynardville Park is always scheduled over Valentine’s Day! Pretty smart considering…and for 8 of the 10 years I have known my hubby (as well as few before that…wink, wink) our Valentines tradition was always to picnic in the park followed by Shakespeare under the stars. Love, love, love!
- Lover of sparkling wine are you? Well, I have recently discovered a local wine estate called Ambeloui, in Hout Bay who make the most delicious sparkling wine! A family owned a run business – they sole principle is this….about family and the glue that sticks it together.
On your way up to one of the many breath-taking view spots up Chapmans Peak Drive stop over at the cellars and buy a bottle or two of your favourite. Find a view spot of the bay that speaks to you and together with a selection of fresh summer fruit and berries – dive in! Then…on your way back down again – stop over at the Chapmans Peak Hotel for their award-winning calamari.
However you decide to treat your loved one/ s tomorrow – don’t just stop there….I urge you to do it again and again throughout the year. Love them all year round, not just on the 14th Feb! And for those of you packing picnics….don’t forget about Eat.Arts’ gourmet salts range – perfect for finger snacks! As well as their seriously saucy Chilli Addict range…to raise the temperature if needed 😉
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Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.