First Lady Michelle Obama Visits The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa

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20 Responses to First Lady Michelle Obama Visits The District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa

  1. Yup! It true!

    First Lady Michelle Obama’s Cape Town Luncheon: A Visit To ‘The Kitchen’ Restaurant

    “We were having a party,” organic cafe owner says of First Lady’s visit to hot spot in Woodstock arts enclave…
    In Cape Town, South Africa today, First Lady Michelle Obama stopped for a forty-minute luncheon at The Kitchen, a tiny gem of an organic cafe located on Sir Lowry Road in Woodstock. Mrs. Obama and her traveling party of about 20 arrived at 12:30 PM local time, and filled the hotspot, which has signature, seasonal salads and sandwiches that attract locals as well as celebrities and international travelers. Copper cake molds and antique teapots adorn the walls, and chalkboards announce menu offerings above one long communal table.

    The arty enclave of South Africa’s “Mother City,” the ethnically diverse Woodstock is in a reclaimed industrial area that avoided mandatory segregation during the apartheid years. The First Lady, daughters Malia and Sasha, Mrs. Marion Robinson, and niece and nephew Leslie and Avery Robinson stood beside the ordering counter in The Kitchen and listened as chef/owner Karen Dudley described her two-year-old cafe to Mrs. Obama as part of Woodstock’s revitalization, and heralded the focus on artisanal and organic ingredients as the reason for success.

    “So, it’s all healthy,” Mrs. Obama said to Dudley, smiling.

    Dudley showed the First Lady and her party the superstars of her offerings: Love Sandwiches, made on whole grain rolls with a creamy garlic dressing, and 14 different salads, including spinach and cranberry, Turkish salads with falafel and humus, as well as a selection of aubergine [eggplant] salads.

    “I’m sure they will want sandwiches,” Dudley said of the children.

    The First Lady’s party instead chose the colorful salads, lemonade, and ice tea.

    It felt like we were having a party,” Dudley afterwards told South African celebrity columnist Clayton Morar. “I felt like I had connected with her and when she heard about the story of The Kitchen and the fact that it’s only two years old, yet so popular in the city, she told how inspired she was by the people she’s met on this trip.”

    Mrs. Obama’s group included the US Ambassador and Embassy staff, her security detail, and a White House photographer who was at work snapping photos.

    “Everyone was chatty, and Mrs. Obama and her family seemed to enjoy their time here,” Dudley said. “Everyone was in awe of her presence!”

    • Ametia says:

      Wonderful! the Kitchen will be on and poppin’ now that FLOTUS & Co. have eaten there. The food sounds delectable. I’m in to organics when available.

    • This just delighted me so much. I’ve been there myself. Woodstock is the coolest place to buy things directly from artisans and some of the women’s collectives. I had the best time talking to people about their work. I can look around my house and see the beauty I brought back and think of those whose hands created them.

      Sorry, I’m such a ‘shopper’.

      • Ametia says:

        LOL I used to be a shopper; not so much these days. I do like and appreciate high quality craftsmanship, though.

    • PS: I just have to tell this story. While I was visiting Cape Town I injured my foot which got swollen and it was painful to wear any of the walking shoes I had with me. This wonderful man ‘Jamie’ modified a pair of his beautiful hand made sandals right there while I watched, to support my foot and keep any pressure off the injury so I could walk without the pain. Those sandals are a work of art and are one of the most comfortable shoes I ever owned. I still wear them. They are so durable and well made, I expect I could pass them on some day….to anyone who wears size 5. All the women in my family except those under age 10 have surpassed me in foot size, lol.

      I so wish we could get more imports here from African artisans that were not just decor items. They make wonderful clothing, shoes and other things there. The textiles and fabrics are just gorgeous and the craftsmanship is stellar.

  2. I’m just testing to see if I can post. I had a lot of problems yesterday just getting to your site. You are doing a wonderful job here and I really appreciate it.

  3. Ametia says:

  4. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Karen Dudley, right, at her restaurant “The Kitchen” as she makes an unscheduled stop for lunch in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, niece Leslie Robinson, nephew Avery Robinson.

  5. Ametia says:

    FLOTUS will be visiting Archbishop Desmond Tutu, before returning home.

  6. Ametia says:

    You’ve done it again, SG2; posting another wonderful photo gallery with stories. I absolutely LOVE IT! Thank you.

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