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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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Mzoli’s – a truly African experience in a township in Cape Town

Mzoli’s – a truly African experience in a township in Cape Town

Mzoli’s is a smash hit among both the township locals and visitors to the Cape who are keen to get a feel of “real” Africa.   Mzoli’s is an African food BBQ/Braai restaurant located in the heart of Gugulethu township.  In Africa a meal is not complete unless there is meat!  So, whatever you do, do not take your vegetarian friends with you! Note that in order to get there you have venture into the township areas of Cape Town…

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Kalk Bay – my favourite village in Cape Town

Kalk Bay – my favourite village in Cape Town

I love Kalk Bay for so many reasons, that I return and return and return to explore, eat and play.  Kalk Bay is quirky, arty, grungy at times, always eccentric and quite simply a fun place to ramble around, to sit and drink coffee, to chat to the locals, to people watch and to buy and eat the freshest fish in Cape Town.   The focal point of the village is the local fishing harbour.  This is the last community…

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A slice of Heaven-on-Earth in Hermanus

A slice of Heaven-on-Earth in Hermanus

I don’t seem to find enough time to blog – life just seems to get so busy and things just pile up!  So now, we have a big pile to work through and share.  This series of blogs is going to share some new places I have found as well as some of my favourite places and experiences in the Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.  As always – I want this website to be a place where fellow foodies…

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BABEL – A DELIGHTFUL FRESH FOODIE PARADISE IN THE CAPE WINELANDS

BABEL – A DELIGHTFUL FRESH FOODIE PARADISE IN THE CAPE WINELANDS

I am completely in love with this new addition to the winelands.  I am firstly going to let the pictures speak for themselves ……… For the last two years the property Babylonstoren has been growing an organic garden that features over 300 different vegetables, fruits and herbs.  Each morning they harvest for the restaurant and the new hotel.  The restaurant offers the most fantastic innovative salads – chose a Red, Green or Yellow salad that will contain what is freshly…

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Cafe Paradiso is fabulous again! Great courtyard for relaxing and kids cooking/entertainment

Cafe Paradiso is fabulous again! Great courtyard for relaxing and kids cooking/entertainment

Cafe Paradiso used to be one of my absolute favourite spots in Cape Town.  We used to spend many many afternoons there relaxing and getting a little intoxicated in the sunshine.  This spot had a magical combination of a large outside area, lovely buzzy setting and fairly good food.  It was sold and rapidly the food went downhill and so did the service.  I had two bad experiences and had not been back there for at least 3 years.  …

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Muizenberg Cape Town – a surfer’s paradise….and a slightly eccentric spot to explore

Muizenberg Cape Town – a surfer’s paradise….and a slightly eccentric spot to explore

Boasting over 36 km of white sandy beach this has got to be one of the prettiest spots in Cape Town.   It is also home to the oldest Surf shops in out city.  So, if you are into surfing, or learning to surf, or simply watching others surf……..this is the corner of Cape Town to head to.  For those who are interested in surfing lessons check out www.learn2surf.co.za or www.garysurf.com.   Note that the water is warmer here then on the…

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Origin Coffee in Cape Town – a must stop for coffee and tea lovers!

Origin Coffee in Cape Town – a must stop for coffee and tea lovers!

I cannot believe that this week was my first visit to Origin Coffee in De Waterkant in Cape Town. Ridiculous – or redonkeyless as my sister would say. Someone a year or two back told me that they had not enjoyed it as it was too dark inside.  So this thought sat at the back of my head and I did not enter.  I simply walked past it or drove past it a thousand times.  Oh boy was I missing…

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