Bicycle Cape Town presents Spring Haas Run…

Creative Cape Town

Cycling culture in Cape Town is gaining momentum and it’s time you got on the Penny-farthing… so dust off your bikes, get those skateboards out of the garage and strut your finest vintage for Cape Town’s Maiden Spring Haas Run. A celebration to see off the end of Creative Week Cape Town 2012 with a leisurely ramble through our mother city with Bikes, Boards and Bowties Fellow Non Motorised Transport ambassadors will meet at Haas, 67 Rose Street this Sunday 23 September at 8:30am for a quick cuppa and then you shall depart for a meander through the City of Cape Town. The theme for Spring(haas)run: Bikes, Boards and Bowties (vintage) gets you a coffee and sticky bun from Haas for 22bucks. Prizes will be awarded to the best                  


Spring has sprung at Laborie

Laborie Lazy Days Market September 1 2012

Goodbye grey, gloomy days of winter and Hello spring! Celebrate the start of spring by heading to the Laborie Lazy Days’ Market, for their fun filled spring-inspired market this Saturday, 1st September. Expect freshly baked breads, coffee, cheese, olives, honey and charcuterie. From mouth-watering food stalls to arts and craft exhibitors – it is all happening at Laborie! Chef Matthew Gordon, resident chef at Harvest, the restaurant at Laborie, will be treating foodies to a cooking demo, as the flowers are in full bloom he will show you how to cook with these edible garden beauties. Laborie is also supporting National Arbour Week and you can contribute by planting a tree or two. Or if you are into the arts check out the permanent                  

Coffee & Roasteries

National Barista Champ – Wayne Oberholzer

Wayne Oberholzer from Origin Coffee

When you hear the word Origin Coffee, ideas of rich aromatic blends and variety are apparent. For those who have been lucky enough to visit the Origin HQ in Cape Town you will agree the experience is out of this world!  At any given time you can have a coffee or Nigiro tea tasting. The professional waitrons will guide you through the menu of coffee’s and if you happen to be making a meal of it, a pairing will be advised according to your selection. Wayne Oberholzer, Technical Specialist, After-Sales Rep and over-all Origin GEM, competed and represented Origin along with 3 of their other baristas at the Regional Barista Champs earlier this year. He easily claimed the title, which allowed him, together with the rest of the Top 6 to                  


Fairtrade Exploding in SA

Fairtrade South Africa

The sale of Fairtrade products has grown by a wopping 283% in South Africa according to the international organisation’s latest results from 2011. That makes us the leading developing market for sustainability and poverty alleviation, truly something to be proud of. Leading the sales were wine and coffee. South Africans' drank 255,600 bottles of Fairtrade wine and more than 3,5 million cups of Fairtrade coffee in 2011! Sales of other Fairtrade-certified goods like cotton, chocolate, herbs and spices are making their way up there too. International Fairtrade certification aims to promote sustainable development to make a real difference at grassroots level in developing countries. This is done by promoting farming without                  

Coffee & Roasteries

Rare coffee found in Civet faeces sells in SA for almost R3 000 a kilo!


A newly opened boutique roastery and espresso bar in Cape Town is selling one of the world’s most expensive coffees, a rare and naturally sweet-tasting bean that has been through the digestive system of the Asian palm civet which removes all traces of bitterness. Known as Kopi Luwak, the Indonesian coffee sells locally for a little shy of R3 000 a kilogram or R80 served by the cup, and is at present available exclusively through the Haas Coffee Collective, attached to the lifestyle design store of hand-made objects, Haas Design Collective in Rose Street in the Bo-Kaap. Kopi Luwak, with a caramel-chocolate taste, takes its name from Kopi, the Indonesian word for coffee and Luwak, the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus                  

Coffee & Roasteries

Coffee – Cape Town – “Rcaffe”

R'caffe 012

Stumbling down Long Street early one morning last week, I was in dire need of a good caffeine fix - ahead of meeting up with my lawyer - which as you know, is often not the most pleasant thing to do at any time of the day, let alone when all good citizens should still be safely ensconced in their pits and in the arms of Morpheus... However, I digress, "Rcaffe" (I am told it is pronounced “aar – café) is a real gem and a great find, right in the heart of good old Cape Town! (For those who can remember that far back, it is where the old "Yellow Pepper Deli" was situated). And - it's in Long Street close to The High Court and Huguenot Chambers (why the reminder of all things legal I ask                  

Eating Out

Deli Express


For those of us that reside on the 'burbs side of the mountain, we occasionally feel cheated of the abundant trendy little bistros and food-stops that one stumbles into so frequently in town. While I love the picket-fence-school-bell atmosphere, I do often catch the city-bowl-itis and drive into town just for the sake of seeing and doing something different - and perhaps being in a place where the average customer does not tick either the "soccer mom" or "geriatric" box. Luckily though, as the Mother City does, the Southern Suburbs are rejuvenating and thanks to places like The Kitchen, The Bromwell and The Old Biscuit Mill (which started it all), what was industrial Woodstock/Salt River (I'm never really sure of the                  

Eating Out

The Kitchen


Recently roaming Woodstock, the mothercity and I rekindled our dwindling love affair... in The Kitchen. Last week, bleary-eyed from the sleep-sapping delicacies of a night become day, I begrudgingly bore my frustration, with the wind, out on the pavement of Sir Lowry Road. With the maniacal twitch of the rampantly hungry, I tore down the tramp-stamped sidewalks with the flavour of curse words in my mouth and was ready to go Jackie Chan on the next opportunist to approach. Then, chim-chimney-cher-oo, her lady Cape Town struck me by surprise again. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUSSEL WASSERFALL   Nose took the lead, and I found myself seated inside of the treatery/eatery that is The Kitchen. The Kitchen is a Karen Dudley project that                  

Eating Out

“Excuse my French” – Kalk Bay


Browsing around a second hand furniture shop in Kalk Bay recently, we perchance stumbled upon this little gem - "Excuse my French". Situated right on the railway line, and within spitting distance from the "Brass Bell" - with views to die for, we discovered one of Cape Town's best kept secrets. The menu? Great coffee, and real French-style Crepe's made by the affable French proprietor, Yoel. But enough said, this is the sort of spot you have to discover for yourself; to linger under a real old "stoep", covered with "latte", and to drink in that quintessential ambiance that makes Cape Town so unique and wonderful.                  


Divine De Waterkant: The Loading Bay!


By day (dumdumdum!) The Loading Bay operates under the guise of a coffee house, but a lesser known secret is that on Thursday night it's home of Cape Town's hotter hipsters - it's burger night:)  Usually The Loading Bay closes shop early on, but last night we stopped by to try out their nocturnal offerings. Burger day considerately caters for carnivores and herbivores alike, with a scrumptious beef burger and an exotic black bean-based patty version for the veggies. Burgers are accompanied by an option of ribbon fries or salad - we opted to keep it clean and green and weren't disappointed. A light side salad of artichoke hearts, sweet basil and red and butter lettuce was the perfect light offering to