Sophia Lindop of Cape Table is one of those people whose personality just seems to radiate from their blog pages. You feel as if you know them already, and when you do get to meet them in person, you discover that they are as lovely in person as their blog suggests! Sophia's half-Lebanese, half-Afrikaans roots make her a real child of the Rainbow Nation, and her blog reflects her infectious passion for food.
1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
I live in beautiful Cape Town!
2. How long have you been blogging?
My first post went live on 24th February 2006, to be exact.
3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?
I love the fact that I am part of a group of ambassadors that tell the world about South Africa and its growing and interesting food industry!
4. Any downsides or frustrations?
I call it 'Blogger's Block'… And then there's always a shortage of time! Running my own business monopolises a lot of my free time. But, still, blogging is one of my creative outlets.
5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?
My inspiration to cook came from my late mother and grandmother, Engela and Josephine Joseph; to drink, my wine hero, Gunter Brozel; and to write, my late grandfather, Dr. P.G. Joseph.
6. Where and when do you like to blog?
Mostly at night, when I'm at my best and the city's asleep…
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
I love combining Cape cuisine with Lebanese cuisine – as you know, I am half Lebanese and half Afrikaans… My favourite wine is Neethlingshof's Gewurtztraminer, a few years old.
8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?
9. Favourite restaurant?
It depends… I had the best meal I've ever had at Rust en Vrede the other day, prepared by cute chef, Dave Higgs. But, that was quite a 'serious' meal. My favourite regular jaunt, though, is Caveau at the Mill.
10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…
Green bean bredie with basmati rice, a nice ripe avocado with Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, a fresh and crusty baguette, sushi, and a nice lamb loin chop done on the braai. What a combination!