Wining And Dining In Europe

I have not stopped blogging. I am on holiday, and the plan was to write about my wine experiences as I tour mainly Paris, Reims, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch as it’s colloquially called) and Amsterdam. What I got totally wrong in my theory was that much as I will be on holiday, I would NOT have time to gather my thoughts and share my experiences with you.

 

I am having a wonderful time, evidence in not making time to write. Every blog post I have written starts with “If you try a different wines, you are bound to figure out which wines you like.” for a reason. I have made it my mission to explore and taste wines I don’t know. I am tasting beers I don’t know and while I am a lager person who does not like Ale, that’s what i am trying as craft beer exploits flavours best in ales and not lagers.
The world of wine is almost endless and staying in your comfort zone and avoiding trying something new is fine, but why settle? I have spent ‘over the normal South African odds’ on wines this holiday, some worth it and some with the wine being good, but not worth the price point. As I sit here and write, I have baby potatoes roasting in the oven with some blue cheese, sliced red onions and garlic all wrapped up in aluminium foil. I did dress it with some salt and pepper and olive oil. 

 

This, together with chicken wings that were oven baked, seasoned with fresh rosemary, olive oil, garlic and lime juice and a coleslaw as well as lettuce salad will be the pairing for the wine of choice tonight. It’s a Bordeaux wine, and the wine consultant at the local “wijn huys” recommended this Pomerol when I asked for a French Bordeaux wine. Something different in that when I have Bordeaux blends back home in South Africa, they are not from the region and the single varietal grapes are local, albeit originally from France.

A Symphony Of Taste, Compliments Of The Chef’s Table

Food can take you on a journey, if the cook has an appreciation for flavours. When you visit a restaurant, the chef can add ambiance to the experience, making the journey all that much more exquisite. Chef Franck Dangereux, is a chef I’ve discovered and grown to know, where the gastronomic experience is different every meal.

Chomba was attached to the corner of the table she chose, as it gave her the best of views to go with her meal
Chomba was attached to the corner of the table she chose, as it gave her the best of views to go with her meal

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Food Glorious Food, With A Twist!

I’m not sure if you have seen an Oliver Twist production. When I get excited by good food, I remember vividly, the scene as the cast bursts into singing Food glorious food! Only for them, it was as they could close their eyes and imagine the food, not what was really before them.

Tapas selection of tempura prawn, carpaccio and calamari
Tapas selection of tempura prawn, carpaccio and calamari

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Gemelli, Putting Joburg On The Map Of Italian Dining

It’s not often that my family and I are in Joburg at the same time. Without a doubt, we’re a family that loves the good food experience. Having said that, I have never resonated with labeling myself as a foodie. Mostly because I feel like I would be ‘elevating’ myself to a status, in which I would be an impostor. Anyway, I digress…

I heard about Gemelli from a friend when it opened earlier this year. I

A daytime shot of Gemelli
A daytime shot of Gemelli

always had an eagerness to go there and experience what their fine family dining had to offer. What better time then, with all of us in the City Of Gold, to give it a go.

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