The story begins in the ‘Old-country” in a little town called Lisbon in 1954 .
Jose Alberto Marques,bored with the city life, received a contract to run a general dealer in deep dark Africa.
Being a sea-faring nation, the Portuguese have always been intrepid explorers and Vovo Jose could not resist the allure of the unknown.
So in 1956,he packed his wife and his youngest daughter, at the time and embarked on the three month journey to MoCambique.
They arrived at ANGONIA amid the storms and stenches and the chaos of colonial Africa.
Plucked from the gulley and packed on the back of a battered old truck, amid the blaring goats, bags of rice and sweating barrels of paraffin they clawed their way through the ‘picada’.
The conditions where less than perfect but it must have struck a chord with the young family. The contract was only for a year but they stayed a bit longer.
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. In August 2006 Canimambo Restaurant opened its doors.
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