The food here? Overall, amazing! Good, fresh food is affordable for me and I’m taking full advantage of it everyday.
Once orientation was over, each meal at the school cafe or at the student restaurant has had plenty of veggies and salad. During orientation the student restaurant at the hotel wasn’t ready yet and the bagged lunches that were provided for us usually had chips and soda in them.
One of my favorite delicacies we get to enjoy is fresh feta. I’m not a huge fan of feta in the US. Other than having it on my gyros I never buy it on purpose. However, here it is offered with most salads, either on it or on the side. You can always tell the difference between fresh and process and this feta is fresh!
Honestly, fresh food is one of the things we are kind of warned about when coming to South Africa. Why warned? Because even canned food has fewer preservatives than our US food and has the chance to go bad. So, we are warned not to buy fruit cups and think they will last a couple of weeks. Generally, I buy groceries only for the next couple of days, not the whole week. We are close to the shopping center and only have a mini-fridge so it works out.
I do eat out a lot more here than I did at home. I’m qualifying eating out as meals I do not cook for myself-like at the student dining room in the hotel. It is very affordable and for what we get, cheeper than cooking. Breakfast at the student restaurant is R30 ($2.75) while dinner is R40 ($3.70). Usually for breakfast we are served scrambled eggs, meat (bacon, saussage, or hotdogs), roasted tomatoes topped with parmesan, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. We have more variety in our dinners and if there are a lot of people who eat dinner, we get more variety all in one night. For dinner we usually have meat, veggies, a starch like potatoes or rice, salad, coffee, tea, and a dessert (sometimes its a sweet like mini cheesecakes but other times its fruit salad). The meals are served buffet style and so we can get 2nd helpings if we would like.
The following pictures are just some meals I’ve had out at a couple of my favorite places.
This is a tomato and cheese trammie from Kaffine, a local coffee shop that also serves killer food. Oh, and they have good internet. On any given day there will be a student here FaceTiming.
This is breakfast I had a couple of Sundays back at Dulcé Café. It is eggs and avocado served on a fried potato cake, and on the side is a salty cheese.
This is another meal at Kaffine, I told you we are here a lot! Fresh salad and a chicken feta wrap.