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A journey into the world of Cape Town,its wine and its gourmet delights!

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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South African Soul Food! What do Black South Africans traditionally eat?

South African Soul Food! What do Black South Africans traditionally eat?

The cuisine is not rated as a gourmet cuisine in this country and as such it is very much a home cuisine that you will not find easily in our restaurants.  As 80% of our population are black, it is really important to sample this cuisine if you are wanting to experience a taste of our local cuisine!   The staple diet of our people is maize. For the vast majority of tribes, the main ingredient in all meals is…

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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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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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The Dog’s Bollocks grows its family to include the Bitches Tits & Deluxe Coffee

The Dog’s Bollocks grows its family to include the Bitches Tits & Deluxe Coffee

The Dog’s Bollocks has found a wife and she has the slightly rude name that I am sure must be grabbing drivers attention as they head down Buitenkant Street.   The Dog’s Bollocks are now serving breakfast and lunch – admittedly all under different names – what a fabulously unusual approach!   At the back of the L-shaped property Deluxe micro coffee roastery have moved onto the property. I headed down there yesterday to try their new delicious sounding sandwich…

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Exciting news: New V&A Market on the Wharf to open in November 2012

Exciting news: New V&A Market on the Wharf to open in November 2012

3 1/2 years ago Ruth Munitz approached the V&A Waterfront with the idea of starting a fresh produce market.  At the time, Cape Town was not used to having foodie markets and the Waterfront did not agree with her proposal for a market where people could buy fresh produce from artisenal vendors and local producers.  A few months ago she was however contacted by the Waterfront and asked to be one of four people contacted to submit a tender proposal…

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Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart has been an institution in Cape Town’s inner city for 37  years. It was always quirky and fun with Mozart’s music gently playing in the background – but gradually it became a shabby chic spot and then it just felt shabby!  Enter the Madame Zingara group in 2010 and it once again became shabby chic and quirky…..with fab food….and great ambiance.  A winning combo for Cape Town!    I was quite amused to receive an invite from the…

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Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro’s was a legend in Cape Town for many years – it was a spot where everyone turned up to hang out in the early hours of the morning after partying all over town. Slowly it became run down and more and more dingy. It was bought last year by the Madame Zingara group – its owner Richard is flamboyant and owns the wonderful tented Madame Zingara theatre/circus which has been a run away success in this country.  This later…

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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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