Guy Ben­nett of Grande Provence, Fran­schhoek

Getaway (South Africa) - - ESCAPE BITES -

I’m not one to lie on the beach and sun tan. I’ll ad­ven­ture to all sorts of des­ti­na­tions, let­ting loose and try­ing ev­ery­thing.

I’m al­ways on the look­out for new mu­sic – in mu­sic stores or at gigs. Get­ting tat­tooed in dif­fer­ent coun­tries is a must, and if there are waves I’ll try get in the wa­ter and catch a few.

I al­ways take a day or two ‘off’ dur­ing a trip. Down­time while on hol­i­day al­lows me to process what I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced.

Buy­ing and cook­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents on hol­i­day means I’m con­stantly aware that I’m in a dif­fer­ent place, and it’s more au­then­tic – even a sim­ple salad or sand­wich can be so much fun us­ing lo­cal foods.

I vis­ited Paris twice when I was a kid, and was mes­merised by the mar­kets and food cul­ture. I re­turned in June 2017 and fell in love all over again. I plan to re­turn when­ever I get a chance!

The best meal I’ve had on hol­i­day was in Barcelona at Tapeo. Amaz­ing tapas – beef slid­ers with truf­fle mayo and foie gras, crispy an­chovy with fresh le­mon, dark-choco­late mousse with sea salt…

One place in SA ev­ery­one should visit is McGre­gor. It’s a sur­real dor­pie in the moun­tains, a dif­fer­ent world.

I’ve got more trav­el­ling to do be­fore I can choose a favourite place. Next I’ll be hit­ting up Hong Kong and an is­land off Viet­nam. Guy cre­ated this sum­mer’s new hum­mus-and-wine pair­ing at Grande Provence. 021-876-8600

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