Some see I love Foodies as Cape Towns food bible, keeping you in the know of all the hottest culinary experiences around town. Behind it all is editor, Benike Palfi, that describes herself as: "Editor. Writer. Resident foodie. Also actress, model, and lover of life and adventure … And did I mention food?”
Q: What has been your top 3 experiences on the Blogging scene in South Africa?
A: I've had hundreds of amazing experiences as a blogger in South Africa - and new ones get added every day! The most amazing thing about being a (part-time) blogger is that my world literally gets opened up in new and exciting ways every day. There's always something to do that I've never done before, something to eat that I've never eaten before, or people to meet that I've never met before. But if I had to choose just three top experiences I'd have to choose these:
1) Visiting Cellars-Hohenort: I was invited to visit this amazing establishment with a handful of other bloggers. We were treated to a beautiful High Tea, tour of the grounds, and an amazing dinner. I was blown away by the beauty of this hotel - and have been back since just to enjoy it some more!
2) Spending a day with the guys at the Entertainer: I work quite closely with the team at the Entertainer, and every now and then a whole bunch of us get together to experience Entertainer offerings. On this one particular day we did the coolest things: Go-karting, wine tasting, a journey on the Cape Wheel, and a yummy dinner. It was so amazing to discover places I'd never seen before - and I'd never been go-karting before, so that was a real treat! Of course I always get the Entertainer, which allows me to continue trying these things!
3) Champagne Day with Tsogo Sun: This was my most recent top experience. For Champagne Day last year, the Tsogo Sun team treated a handful of ladies to a champagne extravaganza, and we got to sip delicious champagne and eat the most divine food for half a day, after which we were accommodated in the Cullinan to relax! It was the most beautiful day - and I even did a little happy dance! My absolute highlight was the Moet and Chandon Ice Imperial - my favourite champagne!
Q: What are your 3 best experiences in Cape Town as a city?
A: We're tremendously blessed to live in such a beautiful city, and for me it's definitely the nature side of things that comes out tops every time. My best experiences - and things I want to share with visitors every time - include taking a skate (or leisurely walk) along the Sea Point promenade for sunset, driving out to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay for both the views en route and the delicious food that awaits, and walking along the rocks on the beach and taking a dip in the ocean (for those that dare to).
Q: If you had to tell a tourist to go for one activity on his last day in Cape Town, which one would it be?
A: Early morning kayaking in Sea Point. This is without a doubt one of the coolest things I've done in the city. Such an amazing experience to see dolphins up close (if you're lucky); and you get great views of the city. Plus it's super thrilling to be out in the ocean but not scary at all coz you're never alone.
Q: What is your advice to upcoming kids looking to make a career with Blogging?
A: Don't forget why you've started. For me this has probably been the hardest part because it's so easy to get sucked into the blogging world and social media world and it's so incredibly competitive that it's easy to forget, so every now and then I just need to switch off and return to the real reason of why I'm doing what I'm doing. So that would be my first bit of advice. And then to work hard. Real hard. Being a successful blogger isn't a walk in the park - you need to be committed, stay consistent, produce quality work, and just keep on hustling. But it's so incredibly rewarding that every step of the way is worth it.
Q: What's the greatest fear you've had to overcome to get where you are today?
A: The fear of acknowledging my own voice. I come from an academic background and for the first year of writing colloquially I had to work so hard to get rid of the 'academic voice' and find the real me - and then I had to be brave enough to own that voice and just believe in myself. I still struggle with it at times (in my head, at least) on both the acting and the blogging side, but it's something I work on every day. Having the confidence to 'just be you' is hard.
Q: What's the one thing you'd like to achieve in 2018?
A: Challenge myself. I've reached the point in my blogging career where I need to learn a whole bunch of new skills - from photo editing to video editing - in order to grow, and I think it's only human nature to be a little afraid to take the next leap. So this year I'd like to challenge myself to take that leap, learn new skills, and be able to produce greater things. This also applies to me on the acting side and on a personal level, and I've set myself major challenges. So far I'm on track, which is very exciting.
Q: What is your biggest passion in life?
A: People. I absolutely love people. As you'll know by now, I work full-time as an actress and model and what continuously drives me is the opportunity to meet more people, 'be' different people, and affect different people. For blogging it's much the same. I absolutely love the writing (I really do), but the real thing that drives me is getting out there to experience things and meet people who love what they do. And that, of course, gives me the chance to share my voice and my stories with people, and hopefully they can gain something from it - whether it be simple knowledge of a restaurant, a little laugh to brighten up the day, or a companion that they can embark on a journey with. At the end of the day, it's really all about the people. That's one of the reasons why honesty and integrity are - and always will be - my core values. I just want to share a little good with the world.