Meet new people: Christina Masureik!
Christina is one of the warmest and most kind-hearted soul I have ever met! We met last summer, at a Women’s Health workshop organized by Jaynie Lea, founder of Inspire SA Magazine. Within five minutes, we chatted like age-long friends and met up for coffee the following week. A true Southern Californian girl at heart, Christina devotes 200% effort on every initiative she choose to get involved in! She is the owner and founder of Event Stars, a provider of event staff for nationwide exhibitions, trade shows, events and functions. Connect with Christina on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Get to know Christina
- What brought you to Cape Town?
Originally from sunny San Diego, California, I moved to Cape Town in April 2008 to live with my Pretoria born husband and have lived here ever since!
- What’s keeping you in Cape Town?
Cape Town is my home now. My husband and I love living on the Atlantic Seaboard: I enjoying taking long walks on the promenade, and David enjoys surfing all over the coast. We both run our own small businesses and enjoy the energy in this entrepreneurial hub of Cape Town!
- I am a guest at your dinner party. If you could serve me any meal that represents you, what will that be?
I like simple but nutritious food, being from Southern California one of my favorite cuisine is Mexican food! I would definitely serve healthy fajitas with a South African flair, using Ostrich mince instead of Carne Asada or beef mince. Other toppings to add would be low-fat sour cream, fresh avocado, lime, coriander (commonly known as cilantro in the US), cherry tomatoes and chopped onion.
- Alright then, you are hosting your dream dinner party and you can invite 3 guests, Dead or Alive. Who will you invite & why?
Call me cheesy but I’d definitely invite Oprah Winfrey. She has met so many amazing people, from several different walks of life, and I am sure she would have amazing stories and insight to share! I’d also invite Will Ferrell to add some humour and then Anthony Kiedis, my favourite musician and lead singer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is also from So-Cal so would love the Mexican food, and I am sure he will have a lot to chat to Will about (because Will looks like the drummer from RHCP)! Actually, now that I think about this I am not sure what conversations the 4 of us would have, but it will definitely be interesting!
- You’ve had a bad day and craving comfort food, what will you eat?
An oven baked spud with smushed avocado on one side, shredded white aged cheddar and thick butter on the other side, topped with diced rocket, a dash of tabasco and crushed sea salt and ground black pepper. Yummm
- Share a happy memory you have about food.
In high school, when I was at the stage where I was super embarrassed of my Mom, I used to have friends over for dinner on school nights. I’d try and fail to sneak them in past the kitchen and up the stairs to my room, but my Mom would always catch us and reel us in to her food heaven while she cooked. The kitchen would smell of wine and garlic… She would get us chopping and dicing veggies while she prepared the main meal, drank white wine and listened to loud jazz, usually her favourite album “Down to the Bone”, humming loudly and obnoxiously to the energised beats. My friends and I would laugh at her but we always have so much fun and enjoy the meal together afterwards!
- What would be a traditional family meal in your house?
I don’t consider my family to be “traditional”, or that I have only one home. In my pokey Bantry Bay flat my husband and I eat very simple – a whole chicken with steamed veggies or pasta bologna, made with Ostrich mince and lots of spice of course! In my Mom’s San Diego home, she will make an Asian noodle salad with cashew nuts, cilantro, ginger, chicken, carrots, bok choi and soy sauce. In Denver, my step Mom (an amazing cook!) will make delicious Thai ginger sword fish dish, with a side of multi-coloured oven baked potatoes (even purple potatoes!) covered in parmesan cheese, and lots of red wine!
- What’s on your Food bucket list?
I dream of one day enjoying real Greek food in Greece! I love the wholesomeness, and all the natural flavours in Greek cuisine…
- Tell me about your kitchen’s 5 senses: hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling, touch.
In my little kitchen you will hear the sea, since we live that close to it. You will see motivational quotes on my fridge and photos of my family, near and far. You will taste lots of spicy food! You will smell garlic, I always cook with it. And you will feel my cheeky little cat called “Del Mar” rubbing against your legs :).
- Finally, what is the best dining experience you’ve had in Cape Town and why?
Gosh that is so hard to answer! I love the food in Cape Town and the variety it offers. I will have to say, though, my favourite find since moving to Cape Town is the pizza here! Believe it or not, before I moved here I thought all pizzas were sold by the slice, big and thick crusted. I love how Italian food really is Italian in Cape Town, and my all time favourite place is by far Big Route on Somerset Road, Green Point! Before that it was Ristorante Postocinos, they are both so good!