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And high-fives were exchanged

After a late start today, we hauled ourselves down to a spa to get groomed. Andrew got a hot towel shave, and I got both my hair and my face trimmed. Both of us got these weird wax things in our noses and ears which pulled out almost all the hairs. It was pretty great. Especially tired and hung over as we were.

From thence we headed to Company Gardens. Which was very pretty, and thankfully very shady, because it was paritcularly hot today. We strolled for a bit, drank some water, did some reading, and visited a statue of Uncle Cecil. Since we could only park for an hour, we then headed up to Long Street in search of Royale, which was recommended by our coworker Adam and which served us delicious hamburgers–avocado, bacon and cheese for Andrew, and something called the fat bastard for me. The fat bastard included two patties, double cheese, double bacon and a fried egg. Given how much we’ve been eating, I think it’s my eponymous burger at this point. The sweet potato fries were very good.

When we got back to the house we both took naps. Then, just as Andrew was about to start jumping rope, I realised something. Our dinner booking–which I had mistakenly remembered being for 10.15 pm–was actually at 7.15. So we rapidly got changed and headed to The Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort in¬†Constantia, another AdCo recommendation. It was one of the top 10 meals we’ve ever had, viz.,

Goat’s Cheese & Beetroot Lollies
Klein Constantia Brut 2009


Crayfish Custard
with warm sweet potato mousse, crayfish & leeks
Graham Beck NV Rose


Fish Masaic Wrapped in Madagascan Prawn
with watermelon cucumber salad, creme fraiche ice-cream and crispy seaweed
Eagles Nest Sauvignon Blanc 2010


Du Toits Kloof Salmon Trout Mi Cuit
with aparagus ‘risotto’, chorizo, smoked potato and sweet corn chowder
Groot Constantia White Blend 2011


Seared Diver Scallops
with sultana puree, grilled cauliflower, and coconut curry sauce
Tamboerskloof Voignier 2011 (very very good)


Soudough Bread-Crusted Hake
with seared abalone, caper-tongue vinaigrette, lemon marmalade, and red wine butter sauce
Yardstick Pinot Noir 2010


 Smoked Chocolate & Peanut Gateaux
with maple crumble, cherry, dark chocolate crackle, and bourbon ice-cream
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2006 (very very good)

The Hake was Andrew’s favourite course. Mine was the scallops. Andrew didn’t get the wine pairings on account of having to drive us 35 minutes back home through mountain roads, a motorway and city streets, but he tasted my wines. It was FANTASTIC.

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