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the shortmarket club new prix fixe menu

the shortmarket club new prix fixe menu

On Friday I was invited experience the new prix fixe lunch menu at The Shortmarket Club and unsurprisingly I was very impressed. Starting from now, and carrying on through winterer, Wesley Randles and his team will be dishing up an adventurous three-course menu offering a pair of options per course. Dishes will change frequently and will be hearty bistro fare with touches of flare and sophistication.  Continue Reading →

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the most delicious dish of mussels, leeks and bacon on sourdough toast

mussles, leeks and bacon on sourdough toast

This delicious recipe for mussels, leeks and bacon comes from Giles Edwards – the chef and owner of La Tête restaurant in Cape Town. He opened this spot in trendy Bree Street last November and specialized in a nose to tail menu concept rooted in French cooking. I also discovered that this fabulous eatery has so much more to offer for even a slightly unadventurous eater such as myself, and I had the most delicious lunch there last Friday. Continue Reading →

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go on a wineflies tour

Wineflies Wine Tour to Stellenbosch

I was invited to experience a Winefllies tour to Stellenbosch recently and I’m so glad I went along. We are mid harvest, so being on a wine farm is awesome right now. You get to see the grapes being harvested, picked, and brought into the cellar for the first pressing. It’s basically the most exciting time of year in wine production and when all the action happens.

Of course visiting wine farms to taste wine and eat delicious food in a beautiful setting is a good idea any time of the year and Winelflies offers daily scheduled tours departing from Cape Town. As much as this is great for tourists visiting the city and looking for a small and well-curated winelands experience, it’s also fab for locals who feel like a day out without the bother of driving. Their prices are really reasonable, all-inclusive and the tours come with a knowledgeable guide. They can make up bespoke trips and private tours If you want to do specific farms and be on your own. Continue Reading →

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visit oranjezicht city farm market in cape town

Held every Saturday at the historic Granger Bay site at the V&A Waterfront, the Oranjezicht City Farm Market – OZCF Market Day is a community farmers-style market for independent local farmers and artisanal food producers. Its my favourite place to do a weekly shop for free range meat, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables. There is amazing bread from Woodstock Bakery, Puglia cheese, Richard Bosman charcuterie and cakes from Queen of Tarts to name just a few. While I’m there I always pick up breakfast or lunch and eat overlooking Granger Bay and it gets super busy these days so I prefer to go earlier rather than later. It’s also hard to choose what to eat and I love the poached eggs on potato rosti, a steak sandwich from KItchen Cowboys or a Mediterranean feast from Sababa (their shakshuka is delicious). This week I tried the Banh mi for the first time as I wanted to capture a flavour memory from my recent trip to Vietnam and it was very tasty. I can never resist picking up a pasteis de nata from the Hoghouse bakery at Spier because it’s the best pasteis I’ve ever tasted. This is a must visit food market for anyone living or visiting Cape Town. There is ample parking and a great vibe. 

Here are a few of my pictures taken on Saturday

Oranjezicht City Farm Market, Granger Bay

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visit the vineyard hotel

I spent some of my childhood living across the river from the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, so was delighted to be invited to dinner and a sleep over on Friday night. They run monthly wine dinners, and on Friday it was Rust en Vrede’s turn. Who can resist their exquiste wines? This was my second of the Vineyard wine dinners I’ve been to and both were lovely. Special menu’s are created around a selection of wines from featured estates, and you are guaranteed to drink few gems and eat a delicious meal. You also get to meet the winemaker on the night, so this is a must do for any food and wine enthusiast in Cape Town. Check out the calendar of the remaining Taste of 2016 wine-pairing and dining evenings which happen bi-monthly.

The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

I loved staying at the Vineyard. Its one of the few privately owned hotels and they have built a solid reputation with constantly high occupancy rates. They deserve all the success. The service is warm and welcoming and there really is a personal touch. If you don’t get to stay there its worth visiting for a drink in their beautiful Garden Lounge or breakfast in the Square Restaurant. Their Spa is one of my favourite in Cape Town and housed separately in the very tranquil garden next to the pool.  Continue Reading →

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