{eat} A true hidden gem in Constantia: Phantom at Purple Rayn

We are quick to say we’ve found “a hidden gem” when we come across an experience we’ve enjoyed and that might not be known to many people. Today I believe, fully and completely, that I’ve found the Cape’s best hidden gem. Situated like the sparkling crown jewel in the Queen’s tiara in the green belt…

{eat} My latest OBZsession: OBZ Café

When you ask a young(ish) Capetownian about Observatory, (or Obs, as it’s fondly called) most will recollect a handful of great memories that involves some watering hole in Lower Main Road. I’d like to think Obs is now a bit more grown up and caters for students and tourists alike. And with the gradual re-shift…

{experience} Pull up a chair at Chef Santi’s table

We always gasp aloud and snap away with cameras at the gorgeous dishes placed in-front of us when we choose to dine out. But do we ever spare the chefs in the kitchen a thought of thanks? How often do we appreciate the time, love and labour that goes into their fantastic creations? I was…

{news} Valentine’s Day Vegan Dinner at Balducci

Not sure what to do this Valentine’s Day? Tired of chocolates and take-aways? Balducci’s has you covered with their very trendy Valentine’s Day vegan dinner offer! To read my blog on Balducci’s new vegan menu, please click here. VALENTINE’S DAY VEGAN DINNER R395 per person (excluding gratuity) GLASS OF VEGAN BUBBLES ON ARRIVAL ANTIPASTI STARTERS…

{experience} Cooking like a nonna at Nonna Lina

I’ve always had this incredible infatuation with, but also a deep respect for, the simultaneously simple and complex nature of Italian cuisine. I admire the easy way Italians throw a few quality ingredients into a dish and it’s elevated to next level tastiness, but I’m also fascinated by the deeply intricate art of making pasta…

{eat} Balducci Restaurant: Chef’s Vegan Table

Why does it feel as if veganism has made a sudden come-back in recent years; undergoing some sort of plant-based revival? Why does it feel so buzzy and contemporary? Eager to jump onto this meat-free bandwagon, I was delighted to join the Chef’s Vegan Table at Balducci Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront for the launch…

{event} DINE4SIX’s 100th event celebration at Cape Grace Hotel

I have a very real fear of meeting new people. It sometimes borders on a mild case of anthropophobia. Sitting down and dining with strangers sounds pretty nightmarish to me. But, as the wise old universe would have it, I was gifted an exclusive opportunity to attend DINE4SIX‘s 100th event celebration at the Cape Grace…

{product}{recipe}{part 1/3} Spiced amasi chicken wings

We all know and love our local Capetownian Fair Cape Dairies‘ range of milk products, so I was thrilled when my friends at the farm sent me a little something-something I’ve never worked with before: amasi. I scratched my head for days and spent countless hours on the interwebs searching for inspiration and I finally came…

{eat} A meaty affair at Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs

There are a few foodie dishes that simply must be prepared to perfection for that ultimate dining experience. These dishes deserve respect and demand your full eating attention. And if they were not prepared by a master craftsman (or woman!) then please just take my plate away. These items include: an impeccably seasoned medium-rare steak,…

{giveaway} Win a seat with DINE4SIX!

DINE4SIX, the social dining app that brings people together over fine food, is celebrating its 100th event in August 2018. After hosting 99 delicious dinners in 6 cities across the world, what better way to celebrate than by hosting a free experience for some of our loyal diners? Over the next 5 weeks, we will…

{eat} Eat away your winter blues at The Shortmarket Club

Let me do you a favour and let you in on Cape Town’s best foodie secret – winter specials. Yes, Capetownians, crawl out of your lairs and put the hibernation on snooze for a few hours – the mother city is lit with gorgeous winter special menus! And let me do you another huge favour…