Your Ultimate Summer Guide to Al Fresco Dining
Summer means many things to many people. For some, the season’s first burning rays herald the onset of long, lazy days on the beach. For others, summer’s balmy climes are a call to enjoy the great outdoors on horseback, bike or foot. But for me, summer is the start of al fresco dining season.
As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than enjoying a long, leisurely meal while getting a good walloping dose of Vitamin D at the same time. It’s the ultimate two-for-one experience that results in a topped up tummy and tan. What’s not to love?
Well there are drawbacks, admittedly. For one, ice doesn’t tend to fare terribly well under the African sun, and a crisp Sauvignon Blanc can rapidly be reduced to a limp, flavourless spritzer under its fierce glare. Wind and food also don’t tend to mix very well, and there are few experiences more soul destroying than seeing a perfectly cooked crayfish tail up-ended by an errant South Easter. Read more »
Photograph courtesy Keith Rein
It’s the country’s third largest metropolis. It boasts a terrific climate, fascinating cultural diversity and magnificent beaches. Yet Durban, South Africa’s ‘other’ city, has never quite gotten the respect it deserves.
Despite using it as a yearly Vitamin D top-up-shop, Gautengers tend to sneer at Durban’s more laid-back way of life, unfairly attributing its residents’ year-round tans to laziness. And Capetonians hate it, because, well, it’s not Cape Town.
But Durbs is rapidly starting to emerge from the shadows of its two bigger siblings, and carving out a reputation for itself as a legitimate cultural hotspot. Sure it may not have ‘the mountain’, or the aggressive cosmopolitanism that defines modern-day Gauteng, but there’s a lot to love about this quirky, tropical city by the sea.
So let’s break down a few misconceptions about this burgeoning urban playground and give the locals a chance to have their say. Here are some of our favourite reasons to visit Durbs this December, as recommended by the folks who love where they live: Read more »
The results are in, and judging by the awesome response to our latest photo contest, it’s clear that you really do love where you live!
We received thousands of entries, and have seen South Africa through a range of different lenses and from a variety of different angles.
So firstly, we’d like to thank you all for your excellent submissions – your patriotic passion shone through loud and clear.
Of course this meant that judging your entries was not an easy task to say the least. But after many long hours spent agonising over colour palates and saturation levels, we’ve made our top picks. Check out our winning submissions below: Read more »