Giles Ed­wards of La Tête, Cape Town

Getaway (South Africa) - - ESCAPE BITES -

I love ex­plor­ing new cities, foods and cul­tures, but al­ways feel I need a hol­i­day when I get back! There is a small camp in the Kruger Park called Balule, which I first went to when I was a year old. It is a very spe­cial place for me and I try to go there once a year. Only a small fence sep­a­rates you from the wild. One of my favourite things is to pack the Landy full and head out. In Namibia I fell in love with the open road and the vast skies. I wasn’t ex­pect­ing much from Turkey. We trav­elled south from Istanbul and the food varied dra­mat­i­cally and was sur­pris­ing ev­ery­where we went.

My most mem­o­rable hol­i­day was in Cinque Terre on the Ital­ian coast. We hired a tiny apart­ment on the cliffs and lived like lo­cals: ev­ery day we ate white peaches, toma­toes and figs, and basked on the stone jet­ties with the kids. I had some of the best paella and char­cu­terie ever in Seville, Spain – at a Hem­ing­way haunt. We were the only for­eign­ers in the joint and ev­ery­one was off to the bullfight af­ter­wards.

As a child, I re­mem­ber eat­ing moules marinière in a court­yard in Saint-Malo, France, with my grand­fa­ther, and think­ing how ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic it all was.

I spent a year on the Wild Coast, work­ing at a back­pack­ers in Cof­fee Bay. I’ll never for­get that mo­ment when I turned off the N2, head­ing for the ocean … I’d never seen such raw Africa.

• La Tête is a farm-to-fork, nose-to-tail eatery in Bree Street, Cape Town. 021-418-1299

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