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The coffee's hot and the toast is brown

Sadly, there is little to report, aside from some success in my research. I will spare you the details. What I will speak on is food.

One thing worthy of note is the vast extent to which this continent can augment the list of bizarre animals of which I have devoured the flesh. Additions so far have been ostrich, which is more akin to red meat than poultry, and kudu. Biltong is also rather easy on the palate, but who knows what it's made from at any given time? I have also encountered a condiment called Mampoer sauce. It is singularly offensive at the beginning of each mouthful, but mellows out at the end.

I have also rediscovered something fabulous: Amarula. Delicious, but dangerously easy to consume. It does make up for the rather lacklustre beers available here. The best is from Namibia, to the north west, which draws on German colonial influence. Apparently all South African cabernet sauvignon vines have some disease which gives the wine a minty taste. I have detected said subtle taste.

Paradoxically, it appears the weight I was told I lost from solely eating Italian cuisine (I don't know, I don't weigh myself) is going to be put back on in Africa. Well, there you go.

Last comment: I see it has finally been legislated that if you don't like sport, you don't really fit into Australia. Between that and the threat of amorous camels, I may stay here, where horses are high.


Aug. 31st, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Hey Paul!

Mark and I came across a deer farm just outside of Bright (in Vic of course - we rarely leave the state!)when we went there last year. It serves ostrich and emu too. I'm all for eating them - the are very scary birds! They are so mean!!! Mark liked it (you know him, give him any new meat to try!)Me on the other hand, is not a fan.

Keep enjoying the food. You'll be back to KFC and Macca's soon enough!!
Sep. 3rd, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: Ostrich
Hmm, I have never eaten of the emu. It's important I do. There are 2 KFCs in Grahamstown (or whatever the name is about to change to - it's too European for the current climate), but they are a long walk from me. Strangly, I don't think there is a McShit.

Has the Coldstream brewery opened?!?
Sep. 6th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
The Brewery
The Coldstream Brewery has indeed opened!

Couldn't get Mark away from the place when it first opened! Haven't been there for about 6 weeks. Mark is looking forward to your return so he can show off the watering hole that is within walking distance from our house. Mind you, Mark has yet to walk to the 1.5 k's to the brewery. Maybe you could accompany him on this adventure when you get back?

Allison :)

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