The Marula Shak in Mozambique – Mothballed until Tourism returns after Covid-19. Watch this space!

Movie filmed at the old Prawn shack in Amatikulu


Hobnobbing with the stars!
The Prawn Shack hosted Hillary Swank and crew for the filming of the movie,
Search for the movie and see if you can spot the Prawn Shack and the Amatikulu Beach in the movie.

The ‘Shak’ has hosted many celebrities in its time and was famously selected by SA Tourism for their post 2010 soccer world cup marketing video featuring SA’s top 20 most interesting spots!


Market Research in Turkey

Roadside Cuisine i.e. STREET FOOD

Anyone who has followed our travels will know that we always seek out the street foods because that is where all the real action is.

A recent trip to Turkey turned up some of the best street food ever.
Istanbul’s incredible history keeps you very busy sightseeing, so snack and go is the order of the day.

More importantly their philosophy on food is what makes it so great.
Simplicity is the order of the day and food is cooked simply and fresh with just a little salt and lemon.
The Turkish Fish Sandwiches with fish fillets, lettuce, onion and just a squeeze of lemon and salt are a perfect example. Served on the dockside or fish markets their Fish Sandwiches have become one of the ‘must do’ tourist attractions!
We also found fresh mussels, kebabs and roasted chestnuts – all served fresh with – salt and lemon!!

I think Turkey was one of the few countries where I never had a bad meal and I put this down to the fact that they stick to what they know best – Turkish food [oh, and Pizza’s unfortunately].
A meal always starts with mezes which have hot, sweet, salty and sour varieties and a little salad with olive oil, lemon and salt as dressing and maybe some yoghurt. The mains are often a casserole or stew type dish, simply flavoured and always good.

Eating and socializing is an integral part of Turkish life and when I think about our philosophy of long lazy lunches and my mantra of applying salt and lemon properly, I realize that there must be a little Turkish in me!
Watching a group of Turkish men pull out a table on the sidewalk, or even the street [the cars can just damn well drive round them!] and snack on mezes, sip some raki and shoot the breeze, reminds me how much we have lost the plot in our mad chase of – what?
Well, without blowing our own trumpet too loudly, you can still find a little relief from the madding crowd at the Prawn Shak or Bud’s, and possibly a Fish Sandwich to boot!

Remember when – Legends and Gringos

Blast from the past!

Check the slide show for some nostalgia!

To View click on the Title below – a new window will open.. click on the title again and press open file to unzip and watch the slideshow!

Remember When – Saturdays @ Legends & Gringos


Market Research!

Continuing the traditions of ‘Roadside Cuisine’ market research, Bill and the boys headed off on their motorbikes to the Cape, via the backways and byways, for the latter part of March.
One can never be certain of the route until we’ve have woken up each day but it usually includes a few wine farms,  food markets and dodgy drinking joints!

Hope the roads to the Cape are better than this…[taken crossing the Ravuma river into Tanzania on one of our Africa trips!

As it happened, we had glorious weather and ultimately I took a week and did 70% of the journey on dirt roads and saw the country in a completely new light. With all the rain we have had S.A has never looked so good and the Karoo was positivly ‘lush’.
Some interesting riding through the Naudesnek and Tiffendel passes near roads produced a few mishaps that tested us and then by the half way mark rest of the bunch had all left for home and missed some of the best riding as I continued to C.T on my own. I hardly saw cars for days on end and there was no ‘roadside cuisine’ to speak of so when I got to Cape Town a week later, it was a pleasant change to join Albert and Cheryl Roux [he of world renowned fame- Le Gavroche in London etc] at Vondeling wine estate for the weekend. Had a great lunch at the very ‘in’ Babylonstoren Wine Estate but the home cooking was best, as you would expect when there is a world famous chef in the house!
A whirlwind of wine estates and restaurants over the following week didn’t produce much execept for the Sidewalk Cafe in Vredehoek [part of the Madam Zingara stable] which was awesome.
I finally loaded my abused liver onto the bike as well as my daughter Jade [@ UCT] and we headed back to Durban at a leisurely pace on the backroads.
With precious cargo on board the plan was to stick to regular roads, but the dirt bug bit and soon it was the road very less travelled. What an amazing adventure to share with my daughter and for once I shut up and saw the world through her eyes. Man, did I learn a lot and the best part was that she did the driving on the tar! [not bad on a 1200 adventure with a lug like me on the back]
A highlight was the cafe in the sleepy hollow Willowmore, what a gem! and then the road stall near Jansenville [Karoo] with the best game pies in the world.
Ok, so the market research didn’t turn up much but I got to see S.A as I’ve never seen it before!