July 12, 2012
Germandt Geldenhuys’ top three weekend picks
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
In her book, Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote the story of a woman’s journey through love, spirituality, food and life.
Recently, while walking down Long Street, I read a sign on someone’s T-shirt which read “Eat, Play, Love” and this accurately describes the spirit and the energy of our city.
With so much to do here in the Mother City, it’s often difficult o choose one event or attraction over the other, but here are my top choices of things to do this weekend, July 13 to 15, 2012, in Cape Town.
Eat: SGT Pepper
194 Long Street, Cape Town
This alternative little spot, smack in the middle of the atmosphere that is Long Street, boasts eclectic decor, quirky paraphernalia and delicious food. If you’re looking for some of the most unusually delicious pizzas in town, sit on their deck with a lager and the “Tannie Tandoori Pizza”. By far the best pizza I have ever had.
Play: Richard’s Supper Stage
Corner of Glengariff and Main Road, Sea Point
Richard Loring, internationally-acclaimed producer of shows, such as African Footprint and We’ll meet Again, has opened a supper theatre in Sea Point, Cape Town.
This little theatre is perfect for when you are in the mood for a theatrical environment with good wine and some intimate cabarets, or perhaps even a light Sunday lunch with smooth jazz playing into the dusk. His first offering is a show called Kaapse Stories from the Mother City and it focuses mainly on the Cape’s culture, its diversity, cuisine, music and, of course, its people. Go and experience some true local culture and see why this is the city’s newest gem.
Love: A Picnic in Tokai Forest
There are always clichés in romantic movies that tell us what the perfect date is, and a romantic picnic is one of those clichés, but in the words of Alan Bennett, “There’s a reason they got to be clichés”.
A romantic picnic with the person you love in a fantasy-setting, such as Tokai Forest, is the perfect place to take a date or a loved one. Picnics can be casual and playful enough to not be taken too seriously and can also be warm and intimate moments spent cradled in Mother Nature.
Germandt Geldenhuys is the venue co-ordinator of Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro and performer in its first production, Kaapse Stories from the Mother City. Follow him on Twitter at @Gerard_Gold and Richard’s Supper Stage and Bistro at @KaapseStories or visit www.richardscapetown.co.za for more details.