It certainly looks like it, as the Top Four in Abi’s national Top Ten eateries are all built environment: greenHOUSE, testKITCHEN, tastingROOM and roundHOUSE. She may come over all Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and claim that 2011 is the year of the egg and the wild sorrel, but bricks and mortar are a better call. And she’s not the only one.
The Fleur du Cap Top Ten Cape Town dining destinations of little Irish devil Clare Mack includes the foodBARN and hemelHUIJS, confirming that Clare is with the foodie architectural zeitgeist. Real Belly of an Architect stuff by Peter Greenaway which explains why Abi’s #1 eatery is the greenHOUSE! No surprise she chose TABLE@demeye as the best country style kombuis, either.
Who’d have thought that heaven would be so very sweet indeed? But then little girls, like Nederburg soetes, are made of sugar and spice and all things nice as the English poet Robert Southey pointed out over two centuries ago. About the time the Cape (this was long before the establishment of the Republic of South Africa) was supplying fortified stickies to the drawing rooms of Europe.
A tradition that should be restated tout de suite, although in Shanghai and Sao Paulo rather than Staines and Sarreguemines this time, as the sweet/sour thing going on in the Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2009 would be great with sweet and sour pork or peri-peri chicken and besides, BRIC countries are more likely to pay the bar bill.