This is a post that should have been my first of the New Year but alas…New Year’s Day and most restaurants were closed so we stayed close to home.
Breakfast with one of my friends almost turned into lunch. We ordered their cappuccinos, and slowly ate our way through orders of English muffins with scrambled eggs and salmon and crumpets with bacon, banana and syrup – more like dessert really. Calories galore with all the taste though. Bella on 66 Rivonia is just off Rivonia Road, a stone’s throw away from Sandton City.
I could not have thought of a more apt name for a place that serves such delicious food. Not an expensive restaurant – more middle range prices for a quick bite, but with decent food. I met a friend for lunch and was delighted by the tasty duck samosas with a hoisin sauce that she had ordered for starters.
Maropeng is a Tswana word that means “return to your roots” and it is a museum dedicated to the archaeological finds of the origin of man. The area in and around Magaliesburg is called ‘The Cradle of Humankind‘ as it has produced the largest and oldest number of the fossil finds of hominid man ever found.
Internet access at last! Between travel and trying to find a quiet spot with a free wi-fi service, the blog posts had to wait.
Vida e Caffe (Life and Coffee), just the name brings a smile to my face, is a franchise of coffee shops in South Africa that first opened about 5-6 years ago. It’s first opening was in Cape Town and several more followed in the rest of the country – I remember it being one of my stops every day to the office…ahhh fond memories of caffeine-filled mornings.
I am continuously surprised by a view of the ocean a mere five minute drive from Accra city centre. Being in the inner city one forgets that we are actually by the coast and that reprieve from the traffic, smog and tro-tros is just a short drive away. My son had yam sticks and kelewele with shito – no worry about carb content with him. I had the fruity mango chicken curry; also sampled off my other dining partner’s plate the steamed paw paw and rice with beef at Tribes Restaurant.
It was a long weekend this past weekend and we had no plans to travel beyond the immediate borders. Farmer’s day is a public holiday in Ghana falling on the first Friday of December that was first introduced in the 80s as a way to honour the farmers of the country and their contribution to the economy – a sign of the times, when sub-saharan Africa was experiencing boom times in agriculture. For now though, with the agricultural sector not performing that well, due mainly to crippling droughts and food security under threat in Ghana and much of Africa, one wonders as to how much longer this holiday will hold much significance.
That aside, Accra was relatively quiet, a refreshing change. We decided to go to Till’s for the day yesterday.
This one was long overdue. One of my favourite restaurants in Accra, La Chaumière was open for business at lunch as usual. The food as always was superb. They have a wonderful chef who always manages to consistently reproduce the menu without disappointing.
An hour drive from Accra gives you a trip out of town and the chance to have freshwater-reared Tilapia looking out at Lake Volta. I find it interesting that although Tilapia is actually not an indigenous fish but was introduced to Ghana some ten years ago, yet has firmly become the country’s favourite fish, and prepared well, it makes for a tasty fish.
Afrikiko is a small(ish) resort on the banks of Lake Volta and near the Akosombo Dam, which is popular with tourists, expats and Ghanaians alike.