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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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Artisanal Chocolate in the Cape – from Bean to Bar!

Artisanal Chocolate in the Cape – from Bean to Bar!

It took a visit to DV chocolates to realize that chocolate has become a commodity.  Chocolate is of course made from Cocoa Beans.  These beans come from many different regions and their flavour profile not only changes from region to region – but will also be affected each year by things such as climate – eg a dry year.  As such chocolate can have an estimated 600 different flavour compounds!! So how do the big chocolate guys make their chocolate…

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On a Roll – Dog’s Kitchen! Cape Town opens its first gourmet hot dog restaurant!

On a Roll – Dog’s Kitchen! Cape Town opens its first gourmet hot dog restaurant!

Rolling on with the blogging we went to try out On a Roll and to chat to Peter Ayub in his Dog’s Kitchen.  This blog has been sitting in my drafts folder for a few weeks as life has been rolling on!   I better hurry up with it as it looks like there will be lots of gourmet worsies to chose from by the time I publish this! I am definitely spotting a move away from fussy fine dining and…

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Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

It is such exciting times – Cape Town has its first Dim Sum Bar!!  Quirky!! Seriously quirky. Ed & Clint saved their money from working weekends at the City Bowl Market in town and used it to transform an absolute hole of a spot in Long Street into a fab and funky little Dim Sum Bar.  This spot was formerly a very tiny night club with solid black walls.  One can see that this restaurant has been decorated on a…

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Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The Dog’s Bollocks!

Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The Dog’s Bollocks!

This has been a fun time for funky interesting restaurant openings in Cape Town.  We explored a couple of these over the last few weeks: The Dogs Bollocks, Clarkes and South China Dim Sum.  Each one is wonderfully quirky.  I will do write up/ photo story of each over the next few days and pop them on my blog.  Lets start with the most interestingly named……… THE DOGS BOLLOCKS This little spot literally popped up in an alley in a…

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Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

From 1 February Bruce Robertson, one of South Africa’s most well known chefs (former owner of the Showroom in Cape Town), will be opening a spot that celebrates  “The Art of Table d’ Hôte” – ie the opportunity to dine in his home in Scarborough.  The new venture is called The Boat House.  This is really exciting as I have been watching this trend on the television in a number of documentaries – it has become very popular in New York.  In…

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Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster is my favourite gourmet retreat in the Western Cape.   It is literally in the middle of nowhere –  two and half hours drive from Cape Town.  Here you can experience a little foodie paradise.  It would be a drawcard just for the food – but there is a reason that the foodies wish to retreat out here – the place is quite simply beautiful. Paternoster is located on a beach on our dry coastline – the West Coast….

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EAT OUT AWARDS – SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP RESTAURANT AWARDS

EAT OUT AWARDS – SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP RESTAURANT AWARDS

Each year I wait with eager anticipation for the results of the Eat Out Awards.  South Africa does not have a Michelin rating system for food – as such awards such as the Eat Out Awards, Rossouws Restaurants guidelines and American Express ratings of the restaurants mean a lot to us.  But out of all of them – the Eat Out Awards have always been my definitive guideline.  This year however, it seems that they got rid of the panel…

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Harbour House – Cape Town Waterfront opens!!

Harbour House – Cape Town Waterfront opens!!

One of my favourite restaurants in the Cape is Harbour House, Kalk Bay.  I eat there about twice a week on tours.  It is consistently good and people just simply love it there.  Part of the magic is the fact that they have a great location in Kalk Bay – they are in the harbour next to the community fishing boats and boast floor to ceiling views of the ocean and the peninsula. Combine this with great decor and you…

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The Biscuit Mill Market – Cape Town – a few delicious pictures to make you hungry!

The Biscuit Mill Market – Cape Town – a few delicious pictures to make you hungry!

I spent last Saturday at the Biscuit Mill Market – and took some delicious pictures to share with you!! The Biscuit Mill Market was the first artisenal market in Cape Town which celebrated our small local suppliers of anything from fresh produce to chaucuterie products through to cider, beer & the great art of cocktail making! This is where you will find Cape Town foodies on a Saturday morning – be warned it gets packed – so go early in…

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