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Kalay Maistry's Blog | South Africa

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“Be like Curious George, start with a question and look under the yellow hat to find

what's there.”

  James Collins

January 31, 2017

Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the veld, shouted the headline of the save the date email lying in my inbox.  On further reading the email referred to the event as an open air opera adventure.  Well, who can resist a musical adventure set in the lush, green wonder that is the...

January 26, 2017

Café Del Sol TRE in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, the third and latest restaurant in the popular Café Del Sol collection, takes its inspiration from the art deco era.  The interior echoes old school glamour and sophistication.  I particularly like the cascading pendant ligh...

January 20, 2017

My favourite of all the churches in Lalibela is Biet Giyorgis (House of St. George). When you first get to it, standing above looking down, it is just a perfectly put together building and a testament to the power of faith. Words will never do Biet Giyorgis justice; it...

January 16, 2017

Gaggan - Progressive Indian Cuisine - the name says it all, here Chef Gaggan Anand puts a modern spin on the traditional. And what a modern spin it is! But how does one get into a place, at short notice, which has won the top spot in the San Pellegrino Asia's 50 Be...

January 16, 2017

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha

Our spontaneous trip to Bangkok, was aimed purely at food travel and enjoying the country’s many culinary offering, in between all our amazing meals,  we also expe...

January 15, 2017

The Queen of Sheba is an important Ethiopian historical figure.  As a woman, I love the references to her being an astute ruler, powerful and commanding! There are far too few women referenced in history, especially in African history.

January 7, 2017

Three things are said to have originated in Ethiopia: coffee, grain sorghum and the castor bean. Add to that my LOVE of coffee and it seems only fair that I begin my Ethiopian food experience, by telling you about the coffee.

January 7, 2017

Within the Gheralta Mountain range is Abuna Yemata Guh – nerves of steel, polished cliff face, act of faith, soaring, church in the sky – some of the descriptors thrown up during a Google search.  Locals say Abuna Yemata Guh was built in the 5th century, historians, sa...

January 7, 2017

A short walk from the main road, through a dense canopy of trees, we found Jinbar Falls.  From a vantage point, that places you above birds of prey, Jinbar and the Geech Abyss canyon into which its water tumbles are visually breath-taking! There are no official statist...

January 5, 2017

While I love eating really amazing food prepared by people who have culinary super powers, I do on occasion like to test my own cooking abilities.  A few months ago, I saw a super easy recipe for chicken souvlaki and thought I would try it out, as I am very partial to...

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