World Tour: 2010 World Cup South Africa

[ 0 ] June 11, 2010 |

Each week we post a tidbit on various regions of the world. Either we visited these places, wish to visit these places or are just curious about what types of food and culture come with the territory. The World Cup has began and this makes our job a lot easier. With over 30 teams from around the world participating in the most intense soccer game of the season, making our list of places just became that much easier. Soccer (*everywhere else except America…) is the dominant sport so this is probably the most integrated sporting event that this world will ever see.

With the World Cup being held in South Africa, this brings back blissful memories we spent there last year. Ironically, other than the World Cup events, this is not the best time to visit the southern most region of Africa. Johannesburg and Cape Town is where we spent most of our journey and the weather was less than appealing. Despite the weather it was like a breath of fresh air (*no exaggeration) to take in all the natural appeal of South Africa. Of course, when one is in South Africa, you must go on a safari. How beautiful?! The thought of visiting a zoo now seems almost inhumane when you think of all the animals in Africa just roaming free and enjoying life without being caged in at your local zoo.

Other than the beautiful images and the smell of fresh ocean air (*Cape Town officially holds the title of being home to one of our top five beaches in the world), the food was distinctive in flavor and presentation. When we visit a place where the lobster can literally be collected from the water down the street, thrown into a steam pot and then on our plate…we are going all in! Lobster was our seafood of choice and we tried it in all forms: steamed, sauteed, broiled…all with the deep freshness of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Just thinking of this now leaves us with a slight regret that we did not search for a cheap flight to the World Cup (*which probably would be impossible anyway…). We will start, however, thumbing through United Airlines deals for a getaway later this year…lobster and warmer weather at the southern most tip sounds like a plan.

Category: Travels, World Tour

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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