I’m a vegetarian, so I had prepared to spend my three weeks in Cape Town dodging game-heavy joints and citing a few favourites to frequent. The flavours of Kerala give you a taste of just how lush and green the landscape is in India’s slumberous southern tip.
If it’s fruit you’re after, you won’t have to hunt for long – it’s mostly above your head. Shrouded in mystery and perched at the end of Africa’s spice route, Morocco has made a culinary name for itself thanks to its eclectic and aromatic flavours.
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From taking a vegetarian tour of Cape Town to following a spice trail through Morocco, we’ve eaten our way through some amazing foodie destinations, bringing home fragrant memories that still make our mouths water. Meanwhile, the city’s eating options are just as eclectic; a menu of menus at an 18th-century hunting lodge at RThe oundhouse in Camps Bay, grab a balcony seat for a memorable Mexican at El Burro in Green Point or opt for full-on veggie in the former home of the first Chief Justice of the Cape at Aubergine. Hire a car and head into the surrounding winelands to sample cheeses, chocolate and, of course, wine. Try the juicy green mangos, sweet bubble gum-flavoured jackfruit and tiny plump bananas, which you can have for breakfast, accompanied by rice pancakes (appam) and chickpea stew (surprisingly delicious, even at eight o’clock in the morning).
Set by the Straits of Malacca, the state thrives on unpretentious food served in its many hawker centres – chaotic and compelling hubs where food stalls sizzle, steam and fry up most intriguing dishes (for a particularly satiating night out, head to New Lane Hawker Centre in the capital of George Town).

The more playful 55 Cafe is a shoe-in for kids at heart, what with their adorable, three-dimensional coffee art. With the Andalusian influences of peppers and saffron in the North, Berber dishes of pomegranate-flecked couscous and pulses in the South, juicy fruit and fresh seafood along the coast and delicate rosewater and almonds in the Atlas Mountains, Moroccan food is the stuff of Arabian nights: exotic and unknown. A fragrant labyrinthine jungle of spice markets, fresh orange juice vendors and steaming street food stalls, it has an intoxicating effect on the senses. Other culinary cravings include crispy yet tender sardin mraqad (fried sardines stuffed with chermoula marinade) for lunch and a silver teapot of refreshing mint tea and flaky pastries for afternoon sustenance. Simply enter your email and subscribe to Secret Escapes deals newsletter below and you might be the lucky winner. Simply submit your questions in the reply box at the bottom of this post and we’ll pick one or two to answer for the very first instalment. Strategically located in the capital’s centre, ten minutes from the nearest railway station and within walking distance of two vibrant neighbourhoods (the hip Las Salesas and historic Hapsburg), this hotel makes high-street shopping, late-night bar-hopping and cultural days out irresistibly easy. They come with spacious beds, sound systems and walk-in showers with massage jet panels, alongside large soundproofed windows from which to take in views of the bustling city beyond. When it comes to dining, Cape Town represents the globe, with a climate that affords fresh, seasonal produce much of the year round and a sustainability scene that sees projects such as Abalimi enabling the townships to get a meaningful look in too.
You’ve your pick of the bunch when it comes to vineyard visits, with certified organic and biodynamic viticulture peppering the blanket of growing estates.
Local noodle-based favourites include the soupy hokkien mee and fiery Penang laksa, as well as the fried char koay teow. Still, nothing quite beats being served up a more traditional experience: head to your nearest kopitiam, a go-to place for mamak food (tasty Halal comfort fare from the local Muslim community) as well as black kopi-o and teh tarik milk tea (when served cold, this makes a particularly refreshing treat with which to beat the heat). For dinner, Djemaa El Fna, the culinary heartbeat of the city, provides aplenty with steaming stalls and charismatic vendors.
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Cool your palate off with nutmeg juice or an icy bowl of cendol, featuring rice flour jelly, coconut milk and a sugary syrup. Settle down to soft Moroccan flatbreads, fiery chilli sauce, slow-cooked tagines and a hearty bowl of cinnamon-dusted rice pudding – each at the essence of Moroccan cooking. While it could have been a Call to Action hero, you can imagine that an email that doesn’t include a CTA that spells out exactly what is it the subscriber should be doing, is doomed to fail. For a real treat, try Fort House Hotel in Fort Cochin where you’ll find a tropical garden and glowing lanterns that line the path to the pier.
Here you can eat fragrant seafood and red Keralan rice served in clay pots, and sip homemade ginger beer as you gaze out over the water and drifting lotus flowers. Or as a famous email marketing quote says:  The email is the invite, but the party is on the landing page. But there can be a couple of steps before that happens, like the action to view a video or read an article. Especially in B2B there are long sales cycles and complex products, that require some extra steps. There is also a second CTA, “Set reminder” this sets an email alert that is sent just before the offer ends.These intermediate CTAs are definitely allowed and can boost the end results quite a bit.
Don’t give in.You can definitely rationalise any type of email and any misuse or leaving out a CTA in your email.
The key word is “rationalise”, because we all feel it when we see it; it could be clearer, cleaner and more obvious. Every email should be caveman-proof, totally clear without any additional explanation.I have heard many, many, many different excuses over the years. So don’t stay in the valley, go find yourself some action!If you can really find no action, you are probably best off not sending that email.

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