Meet new people: Alexandra Seiler!
Alexandra leads a fascinating life: she is a professional copywriter/ translator by day, and an improvisation comedian by night! I first met Alex through another Chatter, Anja Thiart at their housewarming braai. She shared her passion for recycling and vegetarian cooking, and worked the room with classic witty German humor. Since then, she has become a regular Chatter and even hosted a comedy show, for us to meet new people ready for good laughs.
With a passion for traveling, you will find Alex’s footsteps across Europe and South Africa. You can follow her adventures on Cape Town Magazine (German) and her personal blog. Her company, Seiler Languages offers exceptional copywriting and translation services, connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn!
Get to know Alexandra
- What brought you to Cape Town?
Back in 2009, I accepted a job offer in Franschhoek and moved to South Africa. By the time my contract ended, I had fallen in love with the country and decided to stay. But Franschhoek was a bit too quiet for me, and that’s why I moved to Cape Town.
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
As a freelance translator and copywriter, I can work from anywhere in the world, but Cape Town is the place to be. I love the city – nature is at your doorstep; Winelands in your backyard; and there is always something happening! A great place to experience the tranquillity of the countryside and the pulsating vibe of a city.
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
I will serve bobotie with a lentil, pumpkin and pepper filling topped with avocado. I am a vegetarian and love to experiment with unusual combination, I just can’t live without avos. Oh, and I happen to have a sweet tooth!
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, Dead or Alive. Who will you invite & why?
Well… Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram. I love interesting biographies and his is one of the best I have ever read. Louise Hay, a very inspirational woman. And of course, a Scotsman. I could listen to the Scottish accent for hours.
- You’ve had a bad day and craving comfort food, what will you eat?
Chocolate! But real proper chocolate. None of that supermarket rubbish.
- Share a happy memory you have about food
At Seidelberg Wine Estate in Paarl, they offer platters with German bread, Serrano ham and other goodies (back then I still ate meat). Biting into that slice of bread with ham, the taste of freshly baked bread transported me right back into my grandmother’s old-fashion kitchen with breakfast at the table. The salty taste of ham reminds me of my time as an exchange student in Granada, Spain, hopping from one bar to the next having wine and tapas. I love how food not only conjures up memories, but transports you right there.
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
Spaghetti Napoli. As children, we were extremely fussy and that was one of the few dishes we all liked. Luckily that has changed.
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
I love trying new vegetarian dishes, especially Indian or Asian cuisine.
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch
You can hear the sizzling frying pan as I deglaze the veggies with a Sauvignon Blanc; see a huge mess when I finish cooking; and smell the omnipotent scent of freshly baked muffins in the oven.
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
I have two highlights (one very expensive and one very reasonable):
+ A 8-course menu at Nobu at the One&Only Hotel. Back then the idea of eating raw fish was just gross, but I was invited and I couldn’t say no. The food was so good that sushi now ranks among the top 5 of my favourite dishes.
+ A small, inconspicuous place called Cedar Restaurant in the Rheede St Mall offers authentic Lebanese cuisine. The flavours are so rich, you don’t want to eat anything else for the rest of the day just to savour them for longer!