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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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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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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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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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Spice Route Wine Estate- an artisan playground of endless fun!

Spice Route Wine Estate- an artisan playground of endless fun!

All I can say is WOW!  Charles Back is a marketing genius!  By buying the Seidelberg Estate (two farms down from Fairview) – he has created a hub of artisan fun on the Suid Agter Paarl Rd that is too hard to resist. The first step of the metamorphosis from Seidelberg to Spice Route was to bring the Spice Route wines across from Fairview and to turn the original tasting room into the Spice Route tasting centre.  The odd thing…

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My new favourite summer restaurant – The Pool Room on Oak Valley Estate – Elgin

My new favourite summer restaurant – The Pool Room on Oak Valley Estate – Elgin

I am in love with The Pool Room at Oak Valley Wine Estate! This is a great addition to the foodie scene in Elgin!   The Pool Room is a joint venture between a close friend and talented Chef – Nicole Precoudis (of Cilantro and Icon fame in Joburg) – and the passionate foodie Rawbone-Viljoen family that own Oak Valley  Wine Estate.  This promises to be a marriage made in foodie heaven! A huge amount of planning, blood, sweat and…

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Douglas Green Wines – fantastic value for money…..ahhhhh Douglas Green!

Douglas Green Wines – fantastic value for money…..ahhhhh Douglas Green!

My memories of Douglas Green are of a brand that my parents enjoyed when I was a child and of course the 1980’s ad with the Japanese Sushi maker saying “Ahhhhh Douglas Green!” Douglas Green trained as a winemaker in Stellenbosch and was one of the first marketing guru’s in the wine industry.  He spotted a gap that many are following today – he saw the gap to use his knowledge to buy the best grapes he could find and…

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Organic & Biodynamic – Avondale Vineyard Tour……doing things naturally!

Organic & Biodynamic – Avondale Vineyard Tour……doing things naturally!

A book could be written about the farming practices at Avondale!  Avondale is one of the oldest estates in the Paarl Valley.  In 1997 the John & Ginny Grieve (who own Vital Foods) purchased Avondale.  In 2000 tragedy struck when a devastating fire cleared the estate.  However, out of something harmful came an opportunity.   Their son – Johnathan Grieve – rose to the challenge and used the “clean slate” to start trying to restore the nutrients in the soil by…

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La Petite Ferme Cellar Tour with John Dendy Young

La Petite Ferme Cellar Tour with John Dendy Young

It is so rare to be able to do a cellar tour with a member of the family that owns a wine estate.  Most estates get too big and then they employ staff to do the cellar tours.  A cellar tour is always interesting as everyone wants to learn about how wine is made, however there is something so special in getting to know the history of the estate from the family as well as getting the opportunity to learn…

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What’s cooking in the Cape Winelands?

What’s cooking in the Cape Winelands?

Chef’s Table at the Liam Tomlin Culinary Studio in Franschhoek A number of friends kept mentioning that an amazing cooking studio had recently been opened in Franschhoek by the famous Aussie Chef Liam Tomlin in conjunction with Leopard’s Leap Wines.  I was desperate to get there to check it out!  But alas my little touring company was fully booked for March and then April whizzed by…..so finally I got there in May.   The school offers a variety of hands…

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