Lifestyle

What’s on your plate?

Daily Dish Cape Town Meals

Another late night at work, nothing in the fridge and little inspiration to prepare something amazing for dinner…Well never fear… Daily Dish is here! An awesome new online grocery service that came about as a result of frustration with that last-minute dash around crowded supermarkets after work - frantically hoping the food fairies would drop a fresh recipe hint. Daily Dish does it all for you through sourcing the best, freshest, top quality ingredients for you from amazing meat vendors, to spice purveyors. Simply check-in on their website place you order and check-out… When you get home you'll have the exact quantity of each ingredient you need along with a step-by-step recipe to get your mouth watering. The best part about                  

Market

Only On A Sunday Market

Zula Sound Bar Market Only on A Sunday Market

Long Street is usually bustling with people, activity and non-stop entertainment - except on a Sunday. Although it may loose that chaotic-crazy energy it transforms into something very different and yet lovely in it’s own right. Laura Ronchi noticed this void and launched at the opportunity to create Cape Town’s newest, freshest and vibrant indoor Sunday market. Only On A Sunday… Located in the stunning Zula, Sound Bar building on Long Street the interior possesses that old–worldly charm dating back to the 1800’s. As you weave your way through the different floors and levels expect a delectable variety of art, live entertainment and eclectic stalls offering an abundance of goods ranging from A to Z, retro to modern, collectibles                  

Market

Market at The Palms

The Palms Market in Woodstock

A fantastic new market, the Market at The Palms, is held every second Saturday in Woodstock. The brainchild of Isabella Niehaus, foodie and stylist extraordinaire, this market promises to bring us the best that the West Coast and Platteland have to offer, right here in Woodstock. The market offers a smorgasbord of delicious, fresh and distinctive food, with each of the traders handpicked for their special offering. Look forward to fresh Saldanha oysters and other seafood, fynbos teas, Tulbagh wines, gorgeous flowers, artisan breads, handcrafted chocolate, gourmet sandwiches, scrumptious melktert and fresh produce like figs, pomegranates and waterblommetjies. It’s not only food though, it also showcases unique linen,                  

Wine & Wineries

Tapas and Vine at Durbanville Hills

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  The Durbanville Hills Eatery is now offering visitors a taste of Spain with a superb selection of tasty tapas accompanied by Durbanville Hills’ award-winning wines on Friday, February 25 and again on Friday, March 11. What better way to experience the Spanish philosophy: “Eat while you drink, and drink while you eat!” than with the traditional Spanish bar-food delectably paired with your favourite Durbanville Hills wines while you sit back, relax and watch the sun set over Table Bay. Served with fresh toasted bread, some of the innovative taste options include butterbean and rosemary purée served with ostrich carpaccio, marinated artichoke with goat’s cheese, avocado and sesame- prawns                  

Festivals

Bastille 10.0

Barrel Rolling at Bastille

Franschhoek is a bit of an "all or nothing" little town, and those of you who follow the blog will know my opinion of this French corner of the Cape - this slice of heaven town has a crème de la crème reputation for fine wine, dine... and apparently, swingers (an interesting little fact I picked up at last year's Bastille bash).  Celebrating French Huguenot heritage with admirable abandon this 17th - 18th of July, every shop front and five year-old painted face screams the red, blue and white colour scheme.  Being a valley of award-winning restaurants, Bastille day boasts first and foremost the marquee - housing the aromas and jollity of lavish cuisines and cellar-sellers. In                  

Eating Out

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                  

Festivals

The Stellenbosch Slow Food Fair

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The city is frantic. Even the traffic is flying flagged allegiances. And although The World Cup hype is deliciously palpable, sometimes we need to step out of the red-robot-green-robot regiment that's currently on show and remember the slow, sultry offerings that lie outside of our mini metropolis. Take some time to slow down. This weekend the Stellenbosch Slow Food Fair exhibits South Africa's eclectic food culture. Over forty food stands will feature Indian, German, British, European and Chinese cuisines in a heated marquee - what better resistance to Winter than warm bellies inside and out.  For hot Gossip Girl XOXO - type convo and a good dose of estrogen in the air (which has been admittedly                  

Eating Out

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                  

Eating Out

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                  

Eating Out

Good Food and Wine Show Cape Town

The Good Food and Wine show swings into Cape Town today. Sleeves rolled up, salt and pepper at the ready, Cape Town's kitchen-groupies are twitching as excitably as sugared kids at Christmas.  The Good Food and Wine Show brings culinary theater, big-name book signings and workshops by world-class chefs. The Chefs In Action Theater brings us the BBC's best chefs in live rapport with local celebs, recreating their most innovative and favourite recipes. For the green-thumbed, prime organic produce is on sale, and the slow food market shows us exactly why slow food is so worth the wait. And with a children's cooking workshop distracting the rugrats, why not let loose a little. It's cocktail o'clock all day