Cape Winelands Overview

While on holiday in South Africa, I made a visit to the wine region in the Western Cape Province. The first stop was Cape Town, and then an area called Hemel en Aarde followed by Franschhoek and then Wellington. This podcast gives a short overview of the restaurants I visited during the trip.

If you are interested in taking a food and wine centered tour to South Africa, please contact me at feedback@reservethispodcast.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Restaurant Mosaic

I am on holiday in South Africa and there are many excellent restaurants and fabulous vineyards!

Restaurant Mosaic is a beautiful restaurant located in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy. the chef is Chantel Dartnall who has been South Africa’s Chef of the Year for several years.

We enjoyed a Riesling tasting and then a lovely lunch with several courses.

Visit the Restaurant Mosaic website at www.restaurantmosaic.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Riesling Tasting

I am on holiday in South Africa and there are many excellent restaurants and fabulous vineyards!

Restaurant Mosaic is a beautiful restaurant located in the Crocodile River Valley in the lush Francolin Conservancy. the chef is Chantel Dartnall who has been South Africa’s Chef of the Year for several years.

We enjoyed a Riesling tasting and then a lovely lunch with several courses.

Visit the Restaurant Mosaic website at www.restaurantmosaic.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Citronnelle

On January 11 Tim and I had a lovely meal at Citronnelle in Lancaster PA. On this particular evening it was a fixed menu with food from Ireland.

We started with Boxty which is smoked salmon, dill, herbed sour cream. Our entree was Dublin Coddle which is bangers, bacon, potatoes, onions and parsley. It was served with a side dish of colcannon or potatoes with kale.

Our last course was and Irish whiskey cake served with brown butter ice cream.

Visit the Citronnelle website at www.citronnellepa.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

10 Ways to Enjoy Cup Cheese

10 Ways to Enjoy Cup Cheese

 

  1.    Kettle cooked potato chips dipped in room temperature sharp cup cheese
  2.    Cup cheese and pepper jam on saltines   Cup cheese and peanut butter between two Ritz crackers
  3.    Cup cheese and tomato omelet
  4.    Cup Cheese Fondue   cup cheese, herbs, heavy cream white wine
  5.    Cup Cheese Turkey Club  toast, cup cheese, sliced turkey, toast, mayo, bacon, lettuce, tomato
  6.    Cup Cheese Bacon Vegetable Dip  cup cheese, sour cream, cream cheese
  7.    Cup Cheese BBQ French Fries  French fries drizzled with sharp cup cheese and BBQ sauce
  8.    Macaroni and Cup Cheese  cooked macaroni, cup cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic
  9.    Cup cheese mixed with marshmallow cream, peanut butter and molasses
  10.    Cup cheese drizzled over cinnamon rolls

 

 

Himalayan Curry and Grill

Tim and I had a delightful meal at the Himalayan Curry and Grill in Lancaster.

We started with Bara (Wo) which is basically a pan fried patty, made of lentils, used in rituals and/or festivals, also served as snack in Nepal. We also had chicken Momo which are homemade steamed dumplings filled with ground chicken, scallion, cilantro and fresh spices.

For our entrees we had Kadi Badi ko Jhol or fried lentil balls cooked with fenugreek, cumin, coriander in yogurt sauce and Khasi ko Masu or boneless goat cubes cooked in gravy with cilantro.

And to finish off we had the rice pudding cooked with milk, sugar, coconut and home blended spices.

Visit the Himalayan Curry and Grill website at www.himalayanlancaster.com.

©2017 Joanne Bender

Sydney Tavern

During a recent excursion to Adam’s County in search of cider, Tim and I took a lunch break at Sydney Tavern in East Berlin. We weren’t initially intending to do a podcast but simply enjoy a relaxed lunch. However, the food and service was so noteworthy, we just had to let you know about it.

We both started with a bowl of the Seasonal Market Soup which was Turnip and Vanilla Soup with Currants. Wow, beautiful! For our main course, I had the Open Faced Roasted Haddock Sandwich and Tim enjoyed the Roast Rib of Beef “French Dip”. Everything was superb and the service was impeccable.

Visit the Sydney Tavern website at www.restaurantsidney.com/east-berlin/

©2016 Joanne Bender

The Horse Inn

We had dinner at The Horse Inn in Lancaster PA on October 27th.

Tim and I shared the Galumpkis (Cabbage, Housemade Sausage, Jasmine Rice, Sea Island Red Peas, Tomatoes) and the Beet Salad (Salt Roasted Beets, Radishes, Lindendale Farm’s Goat Cheese, Field Greens, Pickled Red Onion, 18 yr Old Balsamic Vinegar) as appetizers.

For our main course we had the Horse Inn Cheeseburger (Custom Blend of Short Rib, Brisket, Chuck & 10% Dry Aged Beef, Lettuce, Tomato Red Onion, White American Cheese, Special Sauce, Alfred & Sam’s Bun) and the Shrimp and Grits (Shrimp, Geechie Boy Farm’s Stoneground Grits, Rooster St. Butcher Sausage, Local Peppers, Onion, Veal Stock)

The Horse Inn is located at 540 E Fulton Street in Lancaster PA and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Visit their website at http://horseinnlancaster.com/

 

Chatty Monks Brewing Co

On October 7 Tim and I ventured to West Reading to Chatty Monks Brewing Co. Neither one of us drink beer but that didn’t deter us! We experienced a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

We started with “Silly Lilly” Pierogies which are locally made in Sinking Springs PA. They were stuffed with bacon and sauerkraut, sautéed in butter and onion and served with sour cream. Our second appetizer was a side order of hand-cut french fries which were deep fried in peanut oil and dusted with home-grown hops.

For our main course we chose the “Q” Platter which is smoked pulled pork served with BBQ sauce and a side of homemade baked beans and house made slaw. Our second entree was the prime rib panini with Gorgonzola cheese and balsamic caramelized onions.

Chatty Monks is located at 610 Penn Avenue in Reading PA. You can visit their website at http://www.chattymonks.com/.

©2016 Joanne Bender