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Hello Weekend: Tastescape Route

Do you know that prestigious international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has placed Cape Town as its Third Best Food City in the World 2014? And that this weekend from 22 to 24 May is Cape Town Tourism’s Tastescape Weekend? With so many culinary experiences to choose from, MapMyWay’s Philip Todres lists his top 7 to-dos to ensure that this weekend will be a feast for your senses. 

Friday, 22 May

10:00     Good Food & Wine Show

Well it opens at 10:00 but you have until  21:00 to get there.  Lots to see, taste, watch, experience and a total foodie paradise.

Saturday, 23 May   

11:00     Casa Labia

Grand sea-side home with a stupendous view of False Bay plus art gallery and great food. Pretend you are taking time out at your ‘place on the coast’. Current exhibition is Annelie Venter – The Life of Mortals: soos Blomme van die Veld. Timed to coincide with her 60th birthday, Venter has put together a body of artworks looking back at the life she and her ancestors’ have lived, particularly in the context of living and farming in near desert like conditions.

TripAdvisor ranks the Café as #1 of 18 restaurants in Muizenberg! Every Saturday (and Sunday) between 13h00 and 16h00 you can enjoy talented pianist, Jean-Paul Grimaldi-Lasserre, tinkling the ivories in the elegant ballroom. Philip suggests booking ahead.

14:00     Kalk Bay Modern   

Have to check out Cheryl Rumback’s gallery with its great selection of contemporary art, select craft and fine art editions, also specialising in Southern African Bushman art. And enjoy the stunning views of Kalk Bay harbor and False Bay to Cape Hangklip in the distance!

14:30     Olympia Café & Deli    

It’s Tastescape Weekend so how can you not drop in for the Florentines, cinnamon-hazelnut Danish, or the decadent chocolate mousse cake, or any of the other delectable confectionaries that go with the outstanding coffee? Any excuse will do to visit this delicious eatery and bakery around the corner.

19:30     Alexander Bar & Café    

OK – we might be suffering from a calorific overload, but there’s always a good salad on offer, or something to tempt those taste buds over a drink in this convivial bar/café/theatre. Main idea is to catch Improp2 in the Theatre Upstairs at 21:00 to see Megan Furniss back on the Alexander stage for more of her unique style of improv. She will be joined by a different fellow improviser every night for 55 minutes of making it all up. Or get there by 19:00 and also catch Every Beautiful Thing.

 Sunday, 24 May         

 12:00     Lazari  

Late brunch with a view of Devil’s Peak. The all-day breakfast is important to Philip as he only enjoy eggs later in the day, and the poached eggs are dependably soft as requested! Philip got hooked on the chili beef salad over summer and will need to check the new winter menu.  Chris and team make it a welcoming neighbourhood bistro. Great coffee and free wi-fi!

14:00     IZIKO South African National Gallery   

At least 2 good reasons to get there this weekend:

Seedtime an Omar Badsha Retrospective A major retrospective exhibition of activist and artsist Omar Badsha’s drawings, woodcuts and photographic essays from the mid-1960s to 2000s. Many seriously iconic images!

Shared Sky ‘brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s most ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)’. Bottom line: it’s an inspiring and visually rich viewing experience, and Philip is delighted to see that Shared Sky will be travelling internationally.

15:00     South African Jewish Museum   

David Rubinger: Eyewitness to History – 60 Years of Israeli Photojournalism is a must see show. Rubinger was Time magazine’s primary photographer for the Middle-East for over 50 years. A show to salivate over.

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