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The Drive for Chapman’s Peak Hotel

Just a sun-shiny day.
Just a sun-shiny day.

You don’t often get the opportunity to drive one of the coolest roads in the world, and when you do it is important to seize it. The Chapman’s Peak Drive between Cape Town and Cape Point in South Africa is is one of those roads. I could go on and on about the views, but I’ll let the picture of the drive below do the talking while I write about the delectable squid of the Chapman’s Peak Hotel.

The drive is better than the calamari, but not by much.
The drive is better than the calamari, but not by much.

With a perfect view of the polluted, yet beautiful turquoise waters of Hout Bay. Yet, Chapman’s Peak Hotel is more famous for a little something on its menu: calamari. If you read my blog enough, you may have noticed a distinct lack of seafood. Yeah, I dabble, but I usually prefer terrestrial meat over the aquatic variety. Nonetheless, along with my glass of South African pinotage wine, by recommendation of a certain Zimbabwean cousin of mine we ordered a calamari appetizer and it was simply fantastic.

Cala-oh my.
Cala-oh my.

Topped with crispy bread crumbs and seemingly pan-fried, the calamari was truly notable because of the size of the squid rings. Seriously, I don’t know if such calamari exists anywhere else, but this added so much to the dish and made me wish all calamari could be this way. Unfortunately, it cannot, and while I was never much for calamari in the past, Chapman’s Peak Hotel has spoiled me and made me realize just how much the potential of fried squid has been squandered everywhere else.