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© Jennifer Stern© Jennifer SternWhat is a holiday without good food, good company and - possibly - a nice bottle of wine? There are so many delicious temptations, you would do well to pack elasticised pants in your luggage – or check out the adventure & fun or Sport & vitality sections to get rid of the excess before you head home. And, let’s face it; one of the more interesting aspects of travel is trying out new food, so check out these culinary terms and local specialities.

If you’re into seafood, you’ll be spoiled for choice. As well as the many excellent seafood restaurants, there are a few special treats for lovers of fishy fare. In summer, the West Coast features open air beach restaurants, which are very casual and offer an enormous range of seafood – all cooked on an open fire. Oyster lovers will revel in the quantity, quality and variety of these delicacies on offer all along the Garden Route where you can choose between cultivated or wild oysters. The Wild Coast is renowned for its seafood, and even the most humble of accommodation establishments offers enormous seafood platters for a reasonable price and many feature wild oysters and crayfish (lobster) legs as bar snacks.

Other local attractions include traditional food. This ranges from sweet, fruity, spicy Malay curries to hearty African food such as putu (a grits-like maize porridge) and, of course, the ubiquitous South African braai, which is similar to a barbecue. Game meat and the unique ostrich meat feature heavily on local menus, and Karoo lamb is claimed by many to be the best in the world. But all those meaty attractions are no reason for vegetarians to despair. Although there are some restaurants that just don’t cater well for herbivores, the majority can create something rather wonderful out of the impressive array of delicious fruits and vegetables. In Durban, the large Indian population contributes to a wealth of good curry.

And, of course, you’ll want to wash all this down with some delicious Cape wine.

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