About Cape Town

Two-by-two

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Everyone has been on at least one terrible date. If at this point you are thinking to yourself, “No, not me”, perhaps you are unwaveringly optimistic, perhaps you have flexible expectations, or perhaps you are downright nauseatingly lucky. For the rest of us (who can relate to horror stories of small-talk that led to “I only listen to heavy metal bangra”, or the maniac that asked to see your feet on the first date), we understand how a terrible choice of place can ruthlessly catalyze an already souring date. Luckily for you though, the Mothercity is nurturing when it comes to romance. The rain and winter breeze encourage opportunists to venture in closer, under the guise of consideration and warmth. From Gugulethu to Camps                  

About Cape Town

From Beaches to Bistros: iKapa Delivers!

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    Cape Town is one of the most unique cities in South Africa – in terms of its mixed population, mild weather and varied landscape. Because it’s on the very tip of the country (at the meeting place of the Indian and Atlantic oceans), it’s a microcosm of culture, energy and idiosyncrasy that lies in the cool shadow of Table Mountain. Cape Town provides some of Africa’s most exciting all inclusive holidays, partly because the oceans, mountains, fynbos and wine regions are within spitting distance of one another; meaning visitors can safari, swim, taste wine or hike in picturesque settings, and enjoy world-class accommodation and amenities. South Africa’s “Mother City”                  

Night Life

Cape Town Pub-crawl

They call it the pub-crawl for two reasons. 1. There are pubs. 2. The involvement of such pubs occasionally results in the action of crawling. This fact leads us to conclude, that it is our own best interest to rouse bedlam in pubs conducive to crawling. What characteristics determine crawl-worthiness? CLEANLINESS. To pub-crawl is one thing, but to be in a pub already crawling with bugs and Dickensian dodge-cats is a deal breaker. Moreover, hoping optimistically that visible symptoms of Hepatitis F don’t materialize, as a result of braving bar snacks, can somewhat suck the fun. Hence requirement two: GOOD BAR SNACKS. In a less then solid state, culinary surprises (and I’m talking about the Halloween trick rather                  

Eating Out

The Kitchen

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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                  

Health & Fitness

Two Oceans Marathon

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Tomorrow (Saturday 3rd of April) brings the 2010 chapter of The Two Oceans Marathon! The Two Oceans Marathon was first run in 1970, and has been recognized as one of the world's most beautiful race routes ever since. The name tells all - runners start in Newlands, head out to Noordhoek and across Cape country. Taking on the incline of Chapman's Peak, promising a view of both the Pacific and Indian oceans. This year's race will be just as spectacular as the last, but runners should note that weather reports are partly cloudy skies, a strong southerly and a serious seventy percent humidity. The Two Oceans includes a 56km ultra marathon, the popular 21km half marathon and the 5km or 2.5km fun runs. All in all the Two                  

Eating Out

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,                  

Festivals

Cape Town Carnival

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For those of us who may have gone underground, and have missed the memo, this weekend brings the inaugural Cape Town Carnival. In South African sidewalk-style, performers and performance artists flood into the citybowl to celebrate Cape Town in carnival fashion. Thursday kicks off festivities with fashion shows at The Lookout - the V&A Waterfront. The catwalk will boast celebrity models and big-name South African designers - think the likes of hip-hop, Carducci, Kobus Dippenaar and Rosenwerth, all staged under the glass marquee of the Aston Martin rooftop. Then in the heart of the city - our own Greenmarket Square - live local acts throw down this Saturday the 20th. As of 6pm, local loves Locnville, Loyiso and Emo                  

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                  

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