Cape Town has pleasantly surprised everyone with some gorgeous sunny winter days over the past two weeks. When the sun is out and you’re not stuck in the office working, sunny weekends are an opportunity to explore. On Sunday, a few of us drove out to Paarl to the Spice Route to indulge in some gastronomical tastings.
We started our day of indulgence at the Cape Brewing Co, where we chose the Masters tasting option. We sipped seven different types of crisp, cold craft beer – each with their own flavours and character.
After chatting away and feeling slightly more giddy towards the end of our beer tasting, we moved next door to join the next Chocolate tasting session. De Villiers Artisan Chocolate is produced on site from ‘Bean to Bar’. We tasted cocao beans and dark chocolate from all over the world. Our favorites were the chocolate slabs made from Ugandan and Sao Tome cocao beans. The other chocolates sourced from Madagascar, Trinidad, and Venezuela were as decadent and tasty. Each region’s chocolate has different flavour tones such as spices, cherries, tropical fruits, wood, caramel and nuts.
We felt like naughty toddlers as we ate the pieces of chocolate before we were told to sample each piece after listening to all the information by our chocolate presenter.
Maybe it was the beer tasting and the fact that we hadn’t got around to eating breakfast, that we gobbled all the chocolate before we were meant to. All we could think about was the freshly made pizzas on offer at the nearby Spice Route restaurant.
The views from the Spice Route are gorgeous with the nearby blue scenic mountain ranges and vibrantly green farms after the Cape winter rainfall. The crisp fresh air and sunny spots actually make you enjoy winter. We had a conversation saying that we wouldn’t have enjoyed our time nearly as much if we were hot and bothered in the dry Paarl summer heat.
We finally made our way down the hill to order lunch and indulged in tasty pizzas at The Spice Route Restaurant. The menu offers basic pizzas with the option of adding other fresh ingredients. I’m a big fan of fresh rocket on pizza so obviously added that, as you can see below. Our pizza boards were empty after we silently devoured every mouthfuls.
We only experienced three facets of the Spice Route on Sunday as there’s only so much a girl can eat and drink. My friend, Julz and I, snoozed in the back seat of the car for the majority of the drive home after over-indulging and being completely relaxed, as a Sunday afternoon should be. Next time, I look forward to tasting the biltong, wines, coffee, gelato and visiting the art gallery, farm stall and Red Hot Glass blowing. So many fun activities – give it a go!