This is Spice Monster. She was created for - and inspired by - Tarnia Van Zitters, who lives in Cape Town and is my wife's friend from college. Tarnia hosted us both this summer (winter in South Africa!) and introduced us to her beautiful city and country. It was an amazing trip. Tarnia is a wonderful chef, and I wanted Spice Monster to capture Tarnia in her element. She's also using Tarnia's catchphrase, "Deal with it!"