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Peninsula trip stop 7: Dinner at Cape to Cuba

Peninsula trip stop 7: Dinner at Cape to Cuba
Dinner at Cape to Cuba in Kalk Bay was awesome. Their service was snappy, they had half-price cocktails (between 5pm and 7pm) and the array of unusual dishes were both tasty and pretty well priced.

If you enjoy eclectic d├ęcor, beach sand, good service, then visit Cape To Cuba in Kalk Bay - it was pretty awesome. :)

Along the harbour pier

Along the harbour pier
I couldn't see exactly what these folk were looking at in the water, but I imagine it must have been a frolicking seal, or perhaps a studious school of small fish.

Last Sunday I spotted a small group of dolphins splashing about in the water outside of the V&A Waterfront, near the entrance to the Granger Bay harbour. A little while after I spotted a whale (perhaps a hundred meters further into the bay) splashing about, having a whale of a time (go figure, right?).

After reading an article by David Hurwitz (who, last month, captured photos of orcas hunting dolphins in False Bay) it stuck me that it's possible that the whale I'd seen was in fact an orca (aka killer whale), and that the dolphins may not have had as much of a fun time as I'd previously imagined they were!

Kalky’s in Kalk Bay

Kalky's in Kalk Bay
Kalky's is probably the most well-known fish 'n chips restaurant in Cape Town... perhaps even in South Africa! As you can see, the decor is quite unassuming - there's nothing special about the look of the restaurant - which I guess you can then take to be a testament to how great their food must be!

The best time to go would be an hour or so before lunch time - just to make sure that you get a seat. You'll find the restaurant located close to the water's edge, inside Kalk Bay harbour.

And, if you're wondering why it's so empty... it's because this photo was taken a little while after 8am, while the restaurant was closed. :)

Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay

Olympia Bakery in Kalk Bay
This old red door, located on the side of the large Olympia Bakery building (off Main Road in Kalk Bay) is the entrance to the bakery's take-away section where patrons buy breads, danishes, croissants, and many more delectable baked yummies.

The side of the building that faces Main Road has large glass windows that allow the morning brightness to flood the restaurant. I'd hoped we could have a bite to eat at the bakery's restaurant, but it seems as though it's popular enough that one would have to book in advance to get a seat. So alas, we moved on to an alternative restaurant that was ok, but not quite as awesome as I think Olympia would have been.

We'll have to make a plan to return - perhaps for breakfast and then hop over the road for lunch at Kalky's! :)

A morning at Kalk Bay harbour

A morning at Kalk Bay harbour
Kalk Bay (pronounced "Cork Bay") started its existence as lime-producing town. In case you're wondering if there's a link between the word "kalk" and lime - there is! The Dutch (and Afrikaans) word "kalk" means "chalk" - which is a form of limestone. So the literal translation of Kalk Bay would be Chalk Bay. :)

Breakfast in Kalk Bay

Harbour Pier
When you look back from the end of Kalk Bay's harbour pier you stare straight towards, what could be, one of the most popular breakfast spots in the little town - Live Bait.

I wouldn't say that it's so popular because it's food is significantly better than their competitor's - I'd be more inclined to say that it's because they're perfectly located with a killer morning view of the sun rising over False Bay. Live Bait is certainly a place to visit for breakfast on a clear good-weather day. If you'd like to visit a slightly more posh restaurant, visit Polana (it's sister restaurant with even better views), positioned conveniently above.

Fishermen at Kalk Bay

Fishermen at Kalk Bay
Right now, while looking at this photo, I can't think of anything as boring as fishing. I use to fish a little when I was young, but the interest quickly wore off. Even though I, on occasion, went fishing with friends it was always to be social and never because I enjoyed the cold night air, icy spray of sea water, and fishy smell.

I find it so strange that so many guys seem to love exactly that about fishing.

To these particular fishermen's credit, they look as though they're handling their fishing expedition perfectly. Everything looks immaculately clean and tidy - and this scene makes me thing that they're out on the pier for reasons other than the fun of fishing. :)