EAT AT: SLOPPY SAM
Sloppy Sam is a Cape Town institution that’s just moved from Somerset Road to an extremely cool position above Origin Coffee in De Waterkant. For those totally out of the loop, chef Hooman Saffarian’s spot does exceptional Levantine food (that I dream about, to be honest). The menu comprises lots of little plates to share, so ask Saffarian what he recommends on the day — the menu changes based on produce availability — and get a whole lot to devour. Just don’t forget portions of the crispy lamb ribs and the roasted aubergine with tomatoes.
• 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, 021-421-1000
WATCH: LITTLE WOMEN AND MARRIAGE STORY
Get ready to weep (or at least feel a thawing of in your cold, cold heart) with these two films. Director Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is on SA screens this month. It’s a wonderful, warm adaptation but it’s also smartly scripted to feel much more relevant to a modern audience. And it’s got top young stars in the leading roles — including Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh and Timothée Chalamet. Plus, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern too.
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For a hugely real take on modern relationships, and marriage specifically, Netflix’s Marriage Story is going to be hard to beat. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are a couple in the throes of divorce, and this is the story of the separation and its ongoing, unexpected reverberations. It’s quietly powerful drama at its best.
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READ: LADY IN WAITING by Anne Glenconner (Jonathan Ball)
“The next time Colin and I went, he took me to a stage show of a man making love to a donkey,” writes Anne Glenconner of her honeymoon in Paris. You’ve watched The Crown, you’ve marvelled at what’s happening in the current real-time soap opera of Meghan, Harry, and Prince Andrew — now add this fascinating autobiography to your royal repertoire. Anne Glenconner (or more accurately, Anne Tennant, Baroness Glenconner) comes from serious aristocratic stock.
Her father was 5th Earl of Leicester, she grew up with the royals, married eccentric Colin Tennant — the man behind Mustique, Caribbean island to the rich — and then became lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. This is a fascinating glimpse into a parallel universe of privilege, a different time, and some damn crazy behaviour — and it’s anything but prissy.
SUPPORT: OATH MAGAZINE
For a fantastic reminder of the staggeringly good photographers Africa has, buy Oath magazine. This biannual new niche publication is a visual treat. It’s the work of passionate Cape Town-based Stephanie Blomkamp, who has sought out the finest established and up-and-coming photographers across the continent and brought their work together in this gorgeous print product. Want to be reminded about the talent around you? Visit the website to find out more.
• From the February edition of Wanted 2020.