Weekend Agenda: Old Biscuit Mill

Are you familiar with the TV show The Best Thing I Ever Ate? You know, the one where food celebrities and famous chefs describe their favorite meals? Well, call me Ina Garten, but I must walk you through last Saturday morning at Old Biscuit Mill, where I had the best thing I ever ate.

The base was a giant potato latke, crispy on the edges, tender in the middle, topped with two perfectly poached eggs, rich, tangy hollandaise sauce, salty bacon and a healthy sprinkling of parmesan cheese and chives. Is your mouth watering yet?

But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Before I devoured this rendition of eggs benedict, I sampled thai pesto on warm ciabatta, a lemon mint smoothie, chai tea, six types of olives, carrot cake, sundried tomato spread, falafel with hummus, dark chocolates, and cheeses galore. Welcome to Old Biscuit Mill.

The Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill, in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa is open every Saturday from 9am-2pm. The award-winning food market hosts over 100 specialty traders, including local chefs, bakers, farmers, butchers, artisan producers, and even three guys dressed like Popeye making omelets to order. Once you’re stuffed silly, you can explore the clothing tents and home decor stores in the surrounding courtyard while listening to vinyl records from the “Bring and Play” station, where visitors are invited to share their own tunes.

Regardless of whether you’re a student studying abroad in Cape Town for five months, a tourist just in town for the weekend, or a South African native, you must spend a Saturday morning at the Neighbourgoods Market at Old Biscuit Mill. Just make sure you save room for the eggs benedict after all your samples!

Lucy Dana is a junior at Duke University, currently spending the semester in Cape Town, South Africa where she is trying to muster up the courage to conquer the world’s highest bungee jump. Read More…

Originally posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011

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