royale eatery

Dearest ______,

Let me just put it out there:
Cape Town is majorly Hipster City. The locals know this too, as evidenced by the countless cracks made about Moleskin- toting, cafe- sitting ironic kids at the stand- up comedy show we caught there the other Sunday.

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If hipster should mean great “gourmet” food and “artisanal” drinks, or an all- around awareness and appreciation for cleverly good design, then I really don’t mind.

What’s more, I think hipster Cape Town is very cool indeed .

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brunch justified at abc

Dearest ______,

Everybody’s into brunching out these days.
But why?“, you might ask.

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If you’ve ever been to the Artisan Boulangerie Co. smack in the middle of the city though (a little off Orchard, along Killiney Road), I reckon you’d be swayed to partake more in this very hip quasi- period of the day (it’s neither breakfast nor lunch, after all).

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vegetarian kitchen: buttered asparagus and mushrooms

Dearest ______,

With the exception of the fried tofu which took a light year and a half to bronze over / cook, this was a relatively fast dish to prepare.

While most asparagus and mushroom combinations require the browner species of the loveable fungi (Button Mushroom, Portabello, Shiitake, etc), I got the white clamshell mushroom which is said to be better paired with seafood. For my mediocre tastebuds though, they looked lovely enough with the dish. For this, I used:

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Garlic, Mushrooms, Asparagus…
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… And fried tofu for much- needed protein.
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As soon as the diced tofu had shown signs of bronzing above all that heat and oil and time, I tossed all else into the sizzling pan- including butter, salt, pepper.

And that’s how I quickly made lunch for my work lunch box tomorrow. The end!

Love,

Karlita

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chye seng huat hardware

Dearest ______,

Yesterday’s post- band practice “coffee conversations” finally brought us to Chye Seng Huat Hardware, where I’d been dying to go since reading about it online.

Perfect that I brought an engaging conversationalist (and her hilarious partner) in tow, for the first of my surely many visits there.  Cafes such as this one are conducive to all forms of talk: trivial, existential, pseudo intellectual, and the downright funny.

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Snug within the exciting labyrinth that is Little India, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is pretty much everything you want a cafe to be:

1) They have a great selection of coffee beans from all over the world, including those from their own in-house specialty coffee Roastery.

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lunch, boxed 3.0

Dearest ______,

My Mesclun salad with some homemade vinaigrette.

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My mixed vegetables in tomato sauce (vegetarian Kaldereta, if you will) with hard boiled egg for protein.

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Jessie’s homemade Rotti Prata with curry sauce.

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Love,

Karlita

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vegetarian kitchen: the most authentic spanish omelette

Dearest ______,

From the people at BBC Good Food, I got this really easy recipe for making a Spanish Omelette using the following ingredients:

– potatoes

– onion

– extra-virgin olive oil

– chopped flatleaf parsley

– eggs

It’s so easy I’m not even going to tell you how I did it, in “words”. Here’s an easy diagram!

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If you Google “Spanish Omelette images”, you’ll find that my attempt at a Spanish Omelette does not look like how they say a correct Spanish Omelette should look.

Uhm. Aheeheehee. I might have done something wrong different along the way…

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But tell me now- isn’t this the most authentic Spanish Omelette you’ve ever seen?

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Love,

Karlita

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