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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Meeulanders and Olifantskop

It has been a busy weekend friends, on Friday afternoon we left home at about 16h30 and headed down to Capetown on the big red machine, what should have been a pleasant hour was ruined by a raging south-easter that buffetted us unmercifully all the way in to Linda's house.
The occasion for this trip was Janet's coming of age birthday and our 39th wedding anniversary, a double celebration at the "Dias Tavern" in town with six of our friends, for which purpose we very sensibly organised a taxi - and what a party it was! The food at Dias Tavern is great Portuguese fare such as fried tentacles and sardines, spicy hot chicken and espetadas and delicious Irish coffees and Dom Pedros with double Jamiesons to finish, replete and somewhat inebriated we made far more noise in the taxi on the way home than we did on the way there.
Saturday morning, feeling somewhat jaded we made our way home rather than partaking of our intended ride out and a stayover somewhere and the rerst of Saturday was quiet and restful. It's rather sobering to realise that we are no longer able to party like we used to, or rather that the after effects of serious partying take much longer to dissipate than they used to! Oh well, what can you do?
The weather was much better today, Sunday; quite overcast with no wind to speak of. Lovely weather for the bike. I had heard that the Meeulanders were going to do the hand-over of the foodstuffs collected on their tin run to the local Round Table organisation so we decided to pop in there before going to lunch.
Div, the president of the Meeulanders told me that the members had done an excellent job on the tin run, of which I wrote about a short while ago and had collected 1,4 tons of foodstuffs, tins and packets! That is a phenomenal amount of food which will be distributed to those in need by the Round Tablers;
There was a display representing the food collected by that worthy club which was officially handed over. Congratulations to Div and the members of the Meeulanders Motorcycle Club who worked so hard to make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than others.
I've said it before and I'll keep on saying it; ~ Bikers are good folk.
We stayed for a while chatting with our friends, had a couple of beers with them and then it was time to head off in search of sustenance.
A short but exhillerating blast through to Langebaan brought us to the "Olifantskop Farm and Restaurant" just outside of the town, it was many years since we had last been there and time to visit again.
"Live rugby in pub" ?! Could be a bit rowdy! A lot has changed since we were there last, particularly the accommodation, the friendly manageress told us that they can now accommodate up to 100 people in en-suite rooms and chalets and the restaurant and outdoor eating area had been enlarged considerably.
Unfortunately we were the only people there for lunch, Janet ordered a starter of lightly battered prawns  with a sweet chilli sauce dip and the prawns were very nice, fresh and crispy.
My Peri-peri chicken livers were delicious, the livers were not over cooked and the sauce had just enough of a spicy background to get the endorphins flowing slightly, I really enjoyed that one. Our hostess recommended the pork spare ribs, apparently the chef has a reputation for them and that was good enough for me, "The large protion please!"
 The ribs were oustanding, quite frankly the best I have had for a long time, they were lightly honey-glazed not sloshed or drowned in a sweet barbeque sauce as is so often the case. The slight honey flavour delicately complemented the pork and they were wonderfully tender, the bones just pulled away from the meat, a lovely meal with nicely cooked chips.
Janet's hamburger with a "home made meat patty" on the other hand was a disappointment, the meat patty was small, compressed and rather dry, she enthused over the pepper sauce though and I tasted it, fabulously peppery with chunks of ground peppercorns.
I ommitted to get their phone number so we'll have to go back, I look forward to it because of those spare ribs. Give then a try, you won't be disappointed and apparently there is live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, just outside of Langebaan opposite the Club Mykonos turn off, see you there.
Our bill for a bottle of wine, two starters and two mains was R300, excellent value.

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