June 2015 Dining Out And About

After the craziness that was last week, Dave and I were out and about in June 2015 at Bistro 13 to end the week off on a high note. I was there in my personal capacity, but thought I would share with you photographs of our meal, and of me with Faf du Plessis, the South African cricket captain, his team mate JP Duminy, and Nic, the chef / owner of the restaurant. Faf is a part owner of Bistro 13, and is enthusiastic about food. The evening was filmed for television and will be shown on Bravo! on Kyknet (DSTV) on Thursday evening.

Bistro 13 Dinner With Faf du Plessis June 2015
Bistro 13 Dinner With Faf du Plessis

Lisa Heald from Shed Marketing was asked by Ocean Basket to send me a gift and I was also sent vouchers to the value of R200. Dave and I decided that as Tuesday was a public holiday we would go out for a fish meal on Monday night. We chose the Ocean Basket in Strand as it is situated opposite the beach and the view of the sea always makes a meal perfect. The service was pleasant, the atmosphere quite nice and we had a good meal out. Bread is served while you are reading your menu. It comes with chillies, garlic and tartare sauce. I had grilled halloumi to start and Dave had mussels. The sauce was divine and I dipped my squeaky cheese into his sauce on more than one occasion. We shared the seafood paella for our main course and it was more a rice and seafood dish than a pealla, but it was extremely tasty.

Ocean Basket June 2015
Ocean Basket

Chanel Burke from Storybook Communications invited me on behalf of Zespri Kiwi Fruit to attend a lunch at The Demo Kitchen to showcase their SunGold Kiwifruit. Created by cross breeding different varieties of kiwi fruit (there are over 300!), these gold kiwi fruit have a lovely sweet melon flavour. If you are lucky enough to live in Asia, you can find these alongside some red ones in your local markets. Kiwi fruit are vine ripened and only picked when the sugar levels are correct. The tropical flavours were paired with various dishes. Our morning begun with a mimosa which was drunk with oysters that were topped with kiwi, ginger, lime and black sesame seeds. I could have done without the sesame seeds (not my favourite) but saying that, the oysters were delicious. We then moved onto a white gezpacho soup which was quite sweet from the addition of the kiwi. Our next taste was a pizza bianco but I found the kiwi to be far too sweet for me once grilled. The main course was a choice of pulled pork (scrummy) or chicken. Both were basted with the most divine kiwi fruit BBQ sauce and served with a pickled kiwi fruit salsa. Our meal ended with a French fruit tart, served with an old-fashioned kiwi fruit ice cream.

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Lunch June 2015
Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Lunch

Disclosure: I was invited to attend these functions without being required to blog about them. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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31 thoughts on “June 2015 Dining Out And About

  1. Hi Tandy! I was quite fascinated by the kiwi’s that are picked when the sugar levels are correct. I wonder when that is? Kiwi’s are so expensive here, but so delicious. They add so much. And I love it when the bread at a restaurant is brought early so you can enjoy before your food comes. I find that is not often the case, they seem to make wait until your meal practically arrives. Lovely post =)

  2. I love kiwi and that SunGold variety looks so fun and delicious! What a great event. Happy Friday 🙂

  3. It looks like you have been eating very well! The mussels look amazing from Ocean Basket – I bet your cheese was amazing dipped in that sauce. YUM!

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