To celebrate two years knowing each other, being best friends and sharing an enormous amount of love, we went to Die Strandloper in Langebaan this last Sunday.
There is literally nothing better than enjoying a tasty, filling meal with Calvin. It’s our favourite past-time. In fact, and holy cow, I sh-udder (see what I did there?) with embarrassment to think of this now, but we once had a couple’s casting together right in the beginning of our relationship and this is [roughly] how the conversation with the casting director went.
Casting director: How long have you two been together?
Me: About four months.
CD: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Me: I love being outdoors, going to markets, restaurants, eating.
CD: And what do you enjoy doing as a couple?
Me: Uh, travel, going out to restaurants. Eating.
CD: What do you like most about him?
Me: The fact that he loves food.
Anyway. Moving on.
The weather was incredibly beautiful on Sunday, one of the best Cape Town days. We had spent the two days prior at Up The Creek where I got outrageously burnt. The worst I have ever been my whole life. Probably. Which is why, in the first picture below, I am bundled up like it’s the middle of winter. Ain’t no sun gonna burn me again.
You are asked to arrive at 12 and lunch starts promptly at 12.30. The courses are served slowly over a 3 – 4 hour period with a half-an-hour break in the middle (just so your stomachs’ can really swell to capacity before the next courses are served). You’re encouraged to bring your own drinks, which we did: beers and orange juice (to nourish that sunburn, ya know). There is a bar, however.
The courses range from mussels to angel and line fish and fish curry to crayfish and everything in between. There is also the most delicious bread that is taken out of the oven [pictured below] two minutes before it arrives on the “buffet” table steaming hot. An absolute winner. They have an assortment of jams – grape, guava, fig and apricot – and creamy farm butter slowly melting in the sun. My mouth is watering just thinking about it now.
It’s a truly wonderful experience in a stunning, rustic location. Bring your musical instruments (if you play), your costumes and towels, YOUR SUNSCREEN, your favourite drinks, your best friends and sit back and enjoy one of the most fantastic afternoons you can experience in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Oh, price-wise? Incredibly decent. At the moment, R295 pp and you have to book ahead. Be sure to take cash with you as they don’t have card facilities. Visit their website here.