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Deli Express

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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                  

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Neighbourgoods Night Market

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Winter's swept in and our couches have become adorned with bum-shaped wear and tear,  while the soup bowls pile up in the sink and our energy levels seem to lag a little along with the weather. In the spirit of getting up and out, The Old Biscuit Mill opens up for warm Winter's night market, this Tuesday the 15th of June from 18h30 'til 23h30.   For us that know the Saturday Morning Market, The Old Biscuit Mill is a foodie's dappled-light haven of smoked olives, charcuterie and the smell of roasting, imported coffee. This Tuesday eve, the Biscuit Mill's boasting Cape Malay curries, Von Geusau gourmet hot chocolate and creative "sarmies" courtesy of the Kitchen Cowboys. And while we                  

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Sushi and Chinese please!

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It's Friday! And given that we're on the precipice of a weekend, this post should come as divine enlightenment... On a very merry excursion to all sorts of central city venues for debauchery, jollity and merriment, we found ourselves quite under the weather/influence on the taxi trip home. Doing the route back to le loov-leh 17 on Loader (Cape Town's chic bed and breakfast in De Waterkant), the heavens opened and revealed a luminous red sign, on Seapoint Main Road, reading - "Xiang Yuan". With the excitement of teenage girls at the mall, we begged the cab driver to pull over and poured in to Xiang Yuan. Now my love of  the place may seem ridiculously evangelical but, given that the time was almost                  

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Taste of Cape Town

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For those who autopilot to the golden arches after work, or can't remember when last they consumed a microwave-free meal, it's time to up the steaks ;) In a city that's home to award-winning chefs and internationally acclaimed restaurants, there's no good reason for "just add milk"- eating. This year's Taste of Cape Town festival promises to be a walk-through wonder-lust of tastes,textures and smells. The food festival version of Broadway - boasting big-name chefs, the best restaurants and some wildly good wines. Taste's menu features delicious dishes from Le Quartier Francaise, Bread and Wine, The Cape Colony, Nobu, Bistro1682, Wang Thai, Grande Provence, Societi Bistro, Myoga,                  

Coffee & Roasteries

Divine De Waterkant’s La Petite Tarte.

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  Situated just around the corner from 17 on Loader guest house, is the magnifique La Petite Tarte. Today was not a day for coffee shops that advertise "bustling atmospheres" and positive attributes, so I walked into this small French haven of sidewalk coffee culture to be greeted by convivial staff and aromas of buttery pastry. This patisserie appeals to everyone - around me were seated a young couple, some businessmen meeting over coffee and some gossipy grannies hububbing over the vast selection of French teas. Everything is served on their signature crockery, with polished silver and pristine white napkins. The walls are lined with antique teapots, silver trays of French tartlets and boastfully                  

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Divine De Waterkant: Buena Vista!

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image courtesy of capetowndailyphoto.com Spitting distance ( but don't try it) from 17 on Loader guesthouse and straight off of the Somerset Road sidewalk, through a dimly lit corridor and up the staircase - the muffled sounds of chatter and salsa, with heady aromas of good cigars and the fine food of the Americas, engages your autopilot right up the steps to Buena Vista Social Cafe`. Buena Vista, meaning good view, bejewels Somerset Road - the good view now enhanced by the lights of Greenpoint Stadium at night. Image © Joanne 2009 There is an understated grandeur and seduction about the well-worn wood and wicker chairs,heavy, tactile tapestries, dimly-lit, smoky air (of the smoking area) and flirtatious Latino                  

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CAPE TOWN BAKERIES

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Summertime is around the corner and it’s time for a well-balanced diet. We recommend carrot cake, pumpkin pies, tomato tarts and almond croissants, and furthermore, where best to find them… For sweethearts with a sweet tooth and late night cravings, Limnos bakery, Claremont, is a slice of rapture - lush interiors, amidst heady aromas of buttery cinnamon, cocoa and roasting coffee beans. Their cakes look as delectable as they taste and their marbled chocolate cheesecake left us in a state of childlike wonderment. Although also superb in the sun, Limnos Claremont uniquely and perfectly succeeds in creating an enchanting, evening bakery experience. Taking pastries to new levels of opulence, is The One and