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Declan loves Cape Town

2nd November 2018 - 4:20pm

Short and Curly ice cream; yum!

Short and Curly ice cream; yum!

Declan Mescall (Features Editor) reports from Cape Town - The Old Biscuit Mill Neighbourhood Market, A Walking Tour & Very Special Restaurant - Turkish Airlines / South Africa Tourism Fam to South Africa.


This award-winning market of over 100 speciality traders is held every Saturday and is a great meeting place for Cape Townies and visitors alike. Produce on sale includes fine-food, freshly baked bread, organic treats, fish, meat, wine and beer. Celebrated local chefs cook up a variety of tasty local and international dishes in front of your eyes, entrepreneurs promote their artisan wares while farmers sell their freshly harvested fruit and vegetables. Our group really enjoyed the experience. We also visited the Bo Kaap neighbourhood, a former township, with brightly coloured homes and cobbled streets.


Afterwards, our guide, Warren, took us on a walking tour of Cape Town and enthralled us with stories of the apartheid era. A group of ladies dressed in their traditional colourful costumes were happy to pose for photographs.


Our two-night stay in Cape Town was at Winchester Mansions, a 4-star seafront hotel, with the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain. In the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha, we dined in the 4Roomed Foods Restaurant owned by South Africa 2014 MasterChef Finalist Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena. She prepared our meal and gave us a cooking demonstration while regaling her remarkable, inspirational story. She grew up in a typical 4 roomed house in the township where it was normal to leave to better your life but she stayed and built her life around cooking traditional South African dishes. Her small intimate restaurant is award-winning and now features in South Africa’s list of Best Restaurants.

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Short and Curly ice cream; yum!
The group arrive in Capetown
Don’t touch the fries.
Yummy ice cream says Rachel Lewis (South Africa Tourism)
Rachel Lewis (South Africa Tourism) and Alper Sean Kanburoglu (Turkish Airlines) enjoy oysters
Mary McCormack (Sunway), Susanne Power (CTM), Chanelle Gallipo (Trailfinders), Jacklyn Joyce (Travel Focus), Shane Coburn (Donabate Travel), Rachel Lewis (South Africa Tourism) and in front Sandra Gildea (Club Travel)
Ladies dressed in their traditional colourful costumes.
The local dancing girls.
Alper Sean Kanburoglu (Turkish Airlines) and Donna Ward (WTC) sit on a non-white only seat, a crime which would have resulted in a reprimand.
Rachel Lewis (South Africa Tourism) shows chef/owner Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena a recent Irish Sunday Independent South Africa supplement featuring her and her restaurant.

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