Friday night is hamburger nite

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Traditions are important and interesting as it reveals so much about an individual.  Take the hamburger for instance – it comes in so many interesting taste combinations that boredom should not enter the equation.

Many of my American clients love trying out local restaurants that are rated for their burgers and rarely do we disappoint.  For example, the lamb burger available from River Cafe at Constantia Uitsig is an orgasmic experience.  Paired with their Chardonnay it is the perfect Saturday afternoon pre-rugby warm-up meal.

Tonight I ventured into my Afro-Irish-Danish roots and opted to make a classic burger:  beef patti (homemade) with Kerrygold Vintage Cheddar, red onion, tomato and lettuce.  I could not find the Danish connection in the fridge, apologised to my ancestors and opted for a Steenberg Shiraz, 2007.  A match made in heaven – the piquant cheese embraced the white pepper, violets and berries emitted from the glass way before it reached my palate.  Interestingly, the wine aromas reminded me of my childhood -gentle crayon whiffs  that had me pairing colours with my taste experience.

I love Friday nights.

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