{eat} Rediscovering the art of eating: Foxcroft’s lunch tasting menu

A joyous afternoon spent under the dappled shade of the plane trees that frame the home of Foxcroft Restaurant in Constantia left me with a few too little adjectives. I finally found a place where food comes first, and where I could devote all my attention to the simple pleasure of eating. Introduction We all…

{news} La Colombe announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant

In front of over 700 of the country’s shining culinary talents, La Colombe was announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at a glittering event at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino. Stepping up to collect the award on behalf of his team, Executive Chef James Gaag says, “This…

{product} The sexy side of piri-piri: answering the call of PIPER

When you find a brand that’s as feisty and fiery as the person whose hands and mind conceptualised it, you know you’re onto a scorching hot winner. People of the Mother City – be prepared to get your socks blown off with the arrival of PIPER, the Original Gangster of Piri-Piri. You can hear it…

{wine} Drink a glass, save a rhino: Van Loveren’s Rhino Run wines

Food and wine are almost always about fun and games. So, when I find a brand that’s raising awareness about and committing to fight issues that negatively affect our planet earth, that’s when my ears really prick up. One of these brands is Van Loveren  Family Vineyards with their Rhino Run wines. Background Van Loveren…

{news} Richland Rum x Truth Coffee

Richland Rum and Truth Coffee have collaborated to bring fans of the world’s best sipping rum, and the world’s best coffee shop, a delicious rum-based drink and dessert.    British newspaper the Daily Telegraph voted Cape Town-based Truth as the world’s best coffee shop, while Richland Rum Cask Strength was voted best sipping rum by bourbon judge and writer Fred Minnick…

{wine} Boxed in for all the right reasons: Ben Wren Wine

Why do we assume that quality wine comes in smooth glass bottles, adorned with cursive lettering and golden edges? And why do we continuously buy the pretty bottles, only to put it in the recycling bag? What if, and this is a real shocker, you could still get the same quality wine you crave (and…

{eat} Putting seasonality at the reigns at Cavalli Estate

A visit to the Stellenbosch winelands always fills me with such joy. But recently, after years of Sunday afternoon drives through the vineyards and always ending up at the same places, I’ve been craving something new. Something different; something exciting. Something that will simply take my breath away. Recently, I found that on top of…

{cider} Three cheers for Three Spades Cider!

When I lived abroad, I fully submerged myself in the sub-culture of craft cider. Cloudy or clear, sparkling or still, fruity or floral – in Europe you can find a cider for every whim and taste.  In South Africa, though, cider is synonymous with one or two commercial brands we grew up with. Can you…

{wine} Groote Post’s Seasalter: summer in a bottle

In the same way red wine, fluffy fleece blankets and hearty minestrone soup nostalgically remind me of cold winter’s days, so does the smell of sunscreen, the salty sea breeze and the taste of an ice-cold glass of white wine remind me of endless summer’s days. Now you can have sunshine and summer all year…

{wine} Leopard’s Leap Very Berry Merrytinis

We are well on our way through March already, and I’m still stuck on luxurious December holidays and reminiscing about Christmas lunch. I’m sitting at my desk daydreaming about sun-downers and socials. But who says it has to be Christmas to have a merry celebration? Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards has given me a reason to…

{wine} Brisket and Alto Rouge 2016

There are certain classic duos in this world. Where one can’t be considered or imagined without the other. Think Laurel and Hardy, Romeo and Juliet, champagne and strawberries, gin and tonic, bread and butter, cookies and milk, braaivleis and potato salad, ice cream and chocolate sauce, cheese and tomato. Wednesday nights and Steers burgers. Movies…

{wine} Welcome summer with Welgegund Heritage Wines

If you’re serious about wine, like me, you will most certainly have seasonal favourites. I’m nostalgically packing away my voluptuous, moody reds and soul-warming, hearty whites for another year until next winter, and excitedly making space for my summer staples in promising shades of bright red, pink and white. This summer I’ve made new friends:…