Vovo Jose eventually found a office position at the coal mines in MOATIZE-TETE, where Carla ISABEL, their youngest daughter, was born in 1963.
In 1973 the family moved to Lourenço Marques. The outbreak of the war (1974) forced the family to flee to Souh Africa, where they found refuge in the bustle of Hillbrow and its mix of cultures. They survived on the culinary skills of Vovo’s young wife, Maria Augusta, who could seemingly make soups out of thin air. People came from far and wide when they heard Maria Augusta, singing FADO, as this normally meant that she had a pot of CALDO VERDE or FEIJOADA bubbling to ease the “TRISTEZA E SAUDADE”.
It is with young Carla that the story continues, for her love for the culture and the cuisine was only put on hold for the love of her children. She raised four of them and as soon as they were able to let go of her skirts (although grudgingly) she decided it was time to get back to the Culture of food.
With the help of her loving husband, Lance, her beloved children Sean, Nicole, Nando (son in law), Courtney, Wesley and close friends Boudewyn and Nicollette, her dreams started to take shape.
That was three years ago and the launch of Canimambo Restaurante, Graskop.
The restaurant and brand has grown since then, with another branch open in Dullstroom and a cocktail lounge in Graskop.
Despite this growth, the same recipes that held the family together during the last 55 years are still being served and the same “can do” spirit dishes it up.
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