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CHEF SANDILE’S CHAKALAKA RECIPE

CHEF SANDILE’S CHAKALAKA RECIPE

Chakalaka is a traditional South African spicy vegetable relish.   It is usually served with pap or samp & beans and is most commonly found in black communities across the country.   It has become so popular that one can now buy it in cans in the supermarket and order it at KFC!  Everyone’s recipe for Chakalaka is different – I have never tasted two that taste the same.   It can range from mild to searing hot – depending on the cooks…

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The Foodbarn Studio

The Foodbarn Studio

UPDATE MARCH 2018 – THE FOODBARN STUDIO CLOSED DOWN AND HAS JUST OPENED UNDER A NEW NAME – CROFTER’S KITCHEN.   SAME FORMULA AS BELOW – BUT SMALLER AND MORE INTIMATE AND LIMITED TO 14 PEOPLE PER MEAL.  IT IS NOW THE SOLE VENTURE OF CHEF NICKY.  Chef Nicky.  Cost – R765 per person excluding gratuity.   To book contact Chef – Nicky Gibbs, 0837315208, nickygibbs247@icloud.com   I tried it out recently and had the most wonderful lunch – so head to this…

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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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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

UPDATE – NICOLE HAS SHUT DOWN THE PICNIC LUNCHES ON HER FARM AND IS FOCUSING ON SELLING HER TERRA MADRE RANGE ONLINE.  If this changes again I will update it here!   If you are passing through Elgin – one can call her and stop in to buy the products from her apple farm 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…

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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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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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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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