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A coun­try­side ta­pas brunch, plus sweet treats

I only ever travel specif­i­cally for food. These places are usu­ally re­ally busy, too, which is great – I need a con­stant buzz around me to func­tion. I envy peo­ple who can switch off.

I’ve gone across the world for a sin­gle meal more than once!

I drove from one side of the USA to the other over three months, purely to eat in ev­ery town along the way. I picked up about 20 ki­los but it was worth it!

If I could re­live a sin­gle meal, it would be sit­ting on a tiny pink plas­tic chair in a restau­rant called Quan An Co Lieng, in the mid­dle of Ho Chi Minh City, Viet­nam. It was one of the most de­li­cious meals I’ve ever had – and pos­si­bly one of the sim­plest. I try not to travel to the same place more than once, so I can see as much of the world as pos­si­ble. But I’ve been to New York four times in four years and I never tire of it. It’s hard to find a bad meal there.

I was sur­prised by the food and beer in Van­cou­ver, Canada. I was just blown away at ev­ery meal I had. It’s a very unas­sum­ing place with friendly folks who re­ally know how to cook.

The food scene is crazy in Copen­hagen, Den­mark. It’s some­where I’d hap­pily live.

The one place in SA ev­ery­one should visit is Pa­ter­nos­ter. For the town it­self, but also to visit Wolf­gat and eat Kobus van der Merwe’s in­cred­i­ble food.

Ash’s new restau­rant in Church Street, which opened in Oc­to­ber, fo­cuses on ‘sus­tain­able, con­scious cook­ing’. 021-424-7204

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