Posts – Food & Wine

I’ll be trammed!

Kudos to the Western Cape Government and the Franschhoek Wine Valley for conceiving a fun, unusual and nostalgic way to visit the region’s vignerons: a wine tram.

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Macaroon mania

A while back, South Africa experienced a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs moment, except that the deluge took the form of cupcakes. My understanding is that we have an episode of Sex and the City – where Carrie and Miranda swoon over cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in New York – to thank for the craze ... NOT!

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Shrimp madness

You’re sitting in a restaurant, scanning the mains. There are prawns. Fabulous. Choice made. But, tragically, prawns (shrimps) are 1 of the worst possible culinary choices you could make.

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Gorgeous champagne bar Beck-ons

Gorgeous champagne bar by Graham Beck Wines recently opened at Steenberg Estate in Constantia. The venue is in keeping with international food and wine trends, where chefs, food brands, and selected foodstuffs become the focal point of a niche venue.

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A Johannesburg experience with a difference

You probably know about Johannesburg’s major tourist attractions – the Apartheid Museum, Sandton City, Soweto, Gold Reef City, Maropeng at the Cradle of Humankind among many others – but have you heard of historic Fordsburg?

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South Africa’s best cheese shop

I am a some-time believer in karma – usually when I stumble upon a wonderful new restaurant, or a food store I never knew existed.

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Eating Cape rock lobsters – what you should know

Whereas crayfish are prized for their meaty claws (and tail), it’s the sickle of almost-sweet, soft, delicate white meat in the rock lobster’s tail that gets seafood lovers salivating.

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Top 5 winelands chique-nics for summer

Although old-fashioned picnics will probably never go out of style, increasingly, Cape wine estates are upping the ante with their connoisseur chique-nic offerings.

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DIY winemaking course

If you’ve long fancied yourself as a winemaker then invest a few days in your passion.

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Make a meal of brandy

The chefs avoid the usual foils for brandy like butter, cream and cheese, and achieve plates that are complex and delicately flavoured.

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