South Africa has had a potted history but in recent years it has become more of a tourist destination and with the football World Cup held there in 2010, the world has started to take notice. However, can you still eat Gluten Free? Check here for suggestions.
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So, let's say it's your first time in Africa. You've been there for about a week, and while you're eaten some wonderful food, your only complaint is that it's just like the food you eat back home. You want a real, traditional African meal. If you're staying in Cape Town, I hope that, as our did, the hotel's guest services recommends Gold. The menu at Gold is predetermined, and 8-10 courses. Though our group was only seven, we had several food restrictions among us. Our waitress asked a few questions of the vegetarian, and when I said "I need to eat gluten free" she just said "okay," and walked away. I won't lie. I kind of freaked out right then. But the next time I saw her, she was bringing our first course of dips and bread, and set a little plate of rice cakes in front of me. I knew I'd be okay.
Our next course was little rolls of roti (that's a flatbread) with spiced ground ostrich. A few minutes after everyone else had started eating, the waitress returned with a little bowl of ostrich just for me. It was my first time eating ostrich - it's a gamey red meat. I'd say it's somewhere between lamb and elk. Next, a chicken pot pie. The pie part was a little piece of bread - mine was just chicken with sauce (the sauce was thickened with tapioca. I know, because we could see - and taste - the little tapioca beads.) The flavor was kind of like rotisserie chicken. The last several courses came out all at once - there were several things I couldn't eat (cous cous, a tabbouleh), but they brought me some spiced basmati rice, and there were still plenty of options to keep me busy. A lentil daal, some patties made from sweet potato, onion and spinach, and a springbok stew. Springboks are a small antelope, the national animal of South Africa It was very beefy, and very tender.
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