Out of Town

Roadtrip Essentials

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This week I packed up the unreliable little (sh)Citi Golf I refer to as "The Chad", and headed on out into the great unknown with My Old Man. Doing our own great trek, we dominated bustling metropolises the likes of Colesberg, Laingsburg and Bethlehem - and I only mention these because, relative to the other little dorpies we dashed through, this lot are fast-paced urbanisation. In the face of frequent 20 minute "stop-before-passing" roadworks, however, and throat-croaking attempts at "She'll be coming round the mountain" (which starts to mock, when the trip begins to seem interminable) I realized the necessity of... A ROADTRIP SURVIVAL KIT. So for those heading on out,  Indiana-Jones                  

Eating Out

The Waterfront Wine Affair

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Cape Town's been very quiet this week - we've been nursing our once-flourishing social calendars and wishing for sunburn. But what we have fast forgotten is that winter brings wine, fireplaces and excuses for shared body-heat...  Until Friday, The V&A spends the week swaying with the inebriated influence of dozens of boutique and reserve wines. With curling leaves and early evenings comes the annual V&A Wine Affair. The backdrop of a Table Mountain-marked cityscape makes The Waterfront's look out a perfect rooftop for some indulgent-out-of-doorsness.    This well-loved tasting/sipping soiree is a palate party.  Think sushi, oysters, imported cheeses and charcuterie... the menu boasts the                  

Festivals

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Next weekend, the South African Cheese festival returns to us in all it's stinky goodness! In truth, I'm still not convinced that Cheese festival is a and adequate name. While I dare not blaspheme against the quality and variety of cheeses at the SA Cheese festival, the name shneakily hides the incredible array of other appetizers and palate-pamperers on show.  In the sanctuary of Simondium, somewhere between Paarl and Franschhoek, the SA Cheese festival returns to Bien Donné farm from the 24th until the 27th of April. The Cooking Pot is the cheese festival's cookery corner. By now a renowned space for innovative cheese use (no, really), The Cooking Pot is great place for gourmet gurus and closet chefs to                  

Lifestyle

Cape Town Cocktails

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The recent heat has harnessed all sorts of memories of vacation and laid-back laziness, and for those of us resenting nine-to-fives, we need to snatch up snippets of holiday time where we can. So in the city where the sun is setting at around 8PM, what better way to surrender the day than with sundowners? After hours of "dedicated research" (courtesy of Boozy-Floozy's-R-US)- a (subjective) compilation of Cape Town's best cocktails...    1. The wild berry brumble at Beluga. Vodka, vanilla, sirop de gomme, berries and lime muddled over crushed ice and served on Sundays at half-price with half-price, prime sushi, in Beluga's upmarket but comfortable venue. 2. The mojito slush. It's                  

Art Scene

Infecting the city

Photography by Yasser Booley

If you missed the memo, on why there are pink people peculiarly standing in Greenmarket Square, or why semi-nude men seem to be emerging from Adderley Street fountains, the answer is simple - they're Infecting The City. Spier Performing Arts Festival: Infecting The City, is one Cape Town's most celebrated cultural events - a pioneer festival, showcasing performance artworks that interpret the city, within the city. Infecting The City has turned Cape Town's communal spaces into an urban performance arena. The works are performed at given times, in the open air, below the proscenium arch of the sky, and to stage left and right of traffic. Sponsored by Spier Wine Estate, Infecting the City creates a tangible hype and                  

Out of Town

A weekend away, Darling?

This weekend, the charming Darling of the Western Cape, snatches up the last fleeting moments of ripening weather, to bring us the Darling Music Experience. The donkey-drawn-carriage streets, in amongst swells of Darling vineyards, will be awash with merriment and music from Thursday 'til Sunday. Thursday 11th features concert pianists, while Friday 12th promises wine estate choir performances and rising stars of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition. Saturday the 13th brings a street-side screening of the documentary "El Systema" - documenting the efforts of Evita se Perron. This is followed up with a wicked wine and food paired luncheon, wine-tasting, a musical rally for kids and a duel between dynamic                  

Music

P.H.Fat and Playdoe LIVE!!!

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The discotheque series, presented at Assembly, has done nothing to disappoint. Tonight they bring us two of South Africa's most deliciously high-rising, local acts - Playdoe and P.H.Fat. Both dreamteams have exploded onto the South African music scene by pioneering their amalgam genres. Playdoe's name says it - a malleable genre, a fluid sound and a playful live act that is almost evangelical about, "it's that beat". Playdoe consists of Sibot - the genius that brought you Max Normal, Constructus, Closet Snare, Knights of the Round and Real Estate Agents - while Spoek supplies the god-step and the man purse. They've toured Europe and played with the calibre of Anti Pop Consortium, DJ Krush, DJ                  

Eating Out

Bizerca Bistro

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For those of you that haven't yet - GO. I was out on a first dinner date, expecting the discomfort of a swanky place and what I got instead was Bizerca - in the words of Deslandes himself, "It’s not fancy French dining, which can be stuffy and intimidating, but true bistro style, which is relaxed without compromising on quality". Award-winning Australian chef Laurent Deslandes. Although it should go without saying, it seldom is the case that a restaurant's real show-stopper is what it serves - but such can be said of Bizerca. really was the food. Bizerca, encapsulates what a fine dining experience should be - An EXPERIENCE. The set menu changes bi-monthly, while a chalkboard denotes the delicacies of the                  

Fashion

The J&B MET

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Attracting an attendance of over 50 000 people, this race has become one of the gold-starred, red-circled, ear-marked events of Cape Town's social calendar - and this year the theme, Full Colour, encourages a full voltage experience. The highly fashionable, enjoying gourmet food, artful cocktails and top shelf spirits, will be there, this Saturday, bets in hand. The J&B MET holds back on nothing - marquee dining, top of class DJs and, always memorable after-parties and the penguin-suit/city-Cinderella glamour of the fashion show. In the fashion sphere, the annual award for best-dressed couple and best marquee will be given, with competitors taking part by invitation only. Still, the main attraction are those short,                  

Music

Oude Libertas Outdoor Concerts

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In full swing of the summer season everyone is embracing the AL fresco (and lustfully absorbing the memory for the months of winter that will come before we know it). Every year, Oude Libertas brings an array of artists to soothe those lazing in the sun. Situated on the slopes, Oude Libertas' amphitheatre captures a postcard view of the Stellenbosch mountain range. This year, Oude Libertas again presents a "picnics welcome" line-up of diverse South African acts, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Black Tie ensemble. If you want to sink into the warmth of the Cape mountains, this is the way: wicker baskets, wine and "whine" ;)