Elbow Deep in Jozi’s Culture and Food.

By Guest Blogger Razina Patel.

Living in a world with variety is amazing! Think about all the different cuisines you eat on a daily basis, think about all the different tastes you experience. If you’re one of those people who restrict themselves to one sort of cuisine, here’s two words of advice: taste life!

There’s a stunning Greek restaurant in Sandton called Papas, which has the best Greek food in town. Not only do most dishes contain olive oil, making them super healthy, but they are exceptionally divine too! Greek salad is usually a starter meal to any meal in Greece. They are popular worldwide and are famous for being so healthy. Popular main dishes consist of calamari, which is known as “Gyros”. In Greek culture plate smashing is a very popular tradition and is done to show that everyone is enjoying themselves and having a good time, it also believed that it drives away all evil.


Something completely the opposite of Greek food is Indian food. This one’s more for those who want to spice things up a bit. There are a variety of Indian restaurants in Fordsburg in Johannesburg. Indian restaurants don’t concentrate on anything but their food, which is their main priority. In Indian tradition, dessert or rather a sweet dish is served before the main meal. The main meal usually consists of rice and curry. One of the most popular dishes in India is called Biryani, and in Indian tradition this dish gets served at festivals and weddings.

Another great way to learn the traditions of another culture is by going for cooking classes.  At La Conviviata in Pretoria you can whip up fresh pasta, chicken salads and pavlova, the Italian way. A great activity for friends and team building too. La Conviviata teaches you just about everything you need to know about Italian cuisine and Italian culture. Italians in general are very laid back people and the heart of their culture is family, friends and food. They firmly believe “The more the merrier”.



Live life to the absolute max, because it’s way too short not to. Learn about new cultures, new people and new cuisines. Everything else will seem so much more beautiful when you taste life! As the Greeks say “Herete” which means “be happy”.

Thanks Razina, looking forward to your next contribution.

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