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Taste the Cape – try a gourmet traditional South African Meal paired with Spice Route Wines in the Cape Winelands

Taste the Cape – try a gourmet traditional South African Meal paired with Spice Route Wines in the Cape Winelands

Strangely enough in South Africa it is really hard to taste our local cuisine.   As such I challenge you as foodies to go searching for it………and believe me it won’t be easy!   Most of the cuisine is buried in peoples homes – and making friends with locals can take time!  Most people will leave our shores having experienced the most amazing fine dining restaurants and will leave pretty clueless about our cuisine and its influences. The local flavours…

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The Foodbarn Studio

The Foodbarn Studio

TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL THEY GET THEIR LIQUOR LICENSE SORTED OUT Ever since the closing of The Flagship there has been a gap for an intimate dining experience on the Cape Peninsula.   The Flagship was my idea of heaven – 5 courses paired with 5 wines by a passionate chef who introduced each course while you stared at him and the sea view.   As such I was terribly excited to receive a call from Chef Franck Dangereaux to hear…

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A touch of Reverie with Chef Julia Hattingh – Reverie Social Table

A touch of Reverie with Chef Julia Hattingh – Reverie Social Table

Reverie ………….a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing: lost in reverie.   A daydream………. a fantastic visionary Chef Julia Hattingh has created a space where people will quite simply come together for dinner.   The table seats 18 people who will gather at this table d’hôte restaurant to relax, laugh, chat, interact and enjoy an evening where Chef Julia will send our her inspired creations for you to dissect, photograph, nibble and chat about with your neighbour.   Each…

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Happy Days at The Flagship – a dining experience with Chef Duncan Doherty & a tribute to the founder Chef Bruce Robertson

Happy Days at The Flagship – a dining experience with Chef Duncan Doherty & a tribute to the founder Chef Bruce Robertson

It all started with an email saying that top South African Chef Bruce Robertson was launching a Table D’Hote in his home in Scarborough.  I googled it and found it was a dine at home concept – so I interpreted it as a dine at home restaurant and immediately released a blog saying that he was launching a new restaurant in Scarborough.  Little did I know the chaos that blog would unleash!  The mayor and the police turned up to…

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New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

New Hip Zones in Cape Town – Bree Street

Cape Town is a creative hub and with the artists come artisans who are channeling their creativity into the food and entertainment world.  This creativity is best felt and experienced by exploring areas of the inner city and its fringe areas e.g. – Bo-Kaap, De Waterkant and Woodstock.   The trend over the last few years has been a return to artisan roots and to support the smaller local artisanal businesses.   There is a very public shift away from big brands eg Illy…

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Terra Madre Market – a feast to celebrate the love of good food

Terra Madre Market – a feast to celebrate the love of good food

My mate Nicole was raised with lambs legs gently swaying above her pram.  Her Mom and Dad both arrived as immigrants from Greece and owned one of the local butcher shops in Joburg.  Her Mom and Aunt loved to cook and to prepare all the traditional dishes from their homeland. To the Greeks every meal with the family is a celebration and should be cherished!  It is always a feast when the family get together and there are an endless…

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Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour – using art as a platform to activate change in our communities!

Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour – using art as a platform to activate change in our communities!

In 2010 a street artist called Freddy Sam started a street art revolution in Woodstock. He started by asking residents if they would allow him to paint on open walls – showing them the art before painting and getting their permission first. This has inspired other local and international artists to come and work in the area.  You can now book for a walking art tour of the neighbourhood to see about 40 artworks.  Juma is a local street artist…

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Hydroponic Herb Tour on Allee Bleue Estate – a sensory treat!

Hydroponic Herb Tour on Allee Bleue Estate – a sensory treat!

Allee Bleue wine estate is located in Franschhoek.  It was originally settled by the French Huguenots in the late 1600’s.  In 1999 it was purchased by a German family –  Elke and Wilfried Dauphin in 1999.   The initial offering of wines from the estate were launched under the Meerust label, which is the original name of the farm.  This was unfortunately a bit too close to one of South Africa’s most iconic wines – Meerlust.  As such Meerust was…

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Recipes from Mamma Lindy’s African Kitchen

Recipes from Mamma Lindy’s African Kitchen

Many years ago I set up a meeting with the Eziko Cooking School & Restaurant in Langa Township in Cape Town.   Here I met with Victor, founder of the Eziko Cooking School and his Mamma – Lindy – who was Head Chef of the restaurant.   The aim of my visit was to try and find a way that foreign foodies could experience our African cuisine.   Little did I know that this would be the start of something…

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The Long Table Restaurant at Haskell Wine Estate – a local favourite!

The Long Table Restaurant at Haskell Wine Estate – a local favourite!

A few months ago I received an e-mail from a local (Elaine) asking what I would recommend for a lunch in the greater Cape Town region that would offer: great food, local prices, a great view and something that would be a memorable lunch for all of them.     I sent Elaine a few ideas and was delighted when she sent me the most wonderful feedback  on how they enjoyed their lunch at the Long Table Restaurant on Haskell…

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