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Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

Probably the worst thing after a missing a flight is catching one of those dreaded 6am flights from Cape Town to Jozi or Durbs. Not only does it mean you have to at least be at the airport by 5:20am (if you checked in online), but if you live as far as Fish Hoek or Brackenfell, you have to get up at like 3:30am. No one should have to do that!

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

Local is lekker with Chef Hajierah

An afternoon dining next to the pool at the sunset deck of The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point is by far one of the most serene and enjoyable places to spend a typically sunny winter's day in Cape Town. Add celebrated local chef, Hajierah Hamit to the mix and you have the perfect recipe for an afternoon well-spent.

By Angie White 15 Jul 2014 06:53

Celebrating flavour with Seelan

I've been acquainted with Chef Seelan Sundoo's visionary culinary skills once before, so I knew I was in for a treat when invited to dine at his very own Seelan - a restaurant and bar offering a celebration of flavour in the best sense of the word and a relaxed yet refined atmosphere.

By Angie White 8 Jul 2014 09:00

Make your way to Empire Café

Chances are, if you're a local, or are familiar with Muizenberg (to a further extent than knowing about the fantastic family beach, colourful wooden houses, surfers, and effective shark alarm), you'll know the legendary Empire Café in York Road.

By Ilse van den Berg 7 Jul 2014 09:05

Easy, peasy pie

My mum will do anything and no effort is spared to bring her family and, yes, sometimes complete strangers, together around her table. She taught me that nothing is too much effort, if you can do, bake or be something for someone, just do it!

By Nina Timm 1 Jul 2014 11:32

Celebrating 20 years of an iconic blend

Most people will remember 2014 as the year that South Africa celebrated two decades of democracy, but it also happens to be a special year for a special wine.

By Eugene Yiga 26 Jun 2014 11:00

Bay Harbour Market: For every type and taste bud

As tempting as sleeping in on a rainy Saturday morning may be, don't let this Mother City and her weather moods make you miss out on a weekend at Bay Harbour Market which, I believe, is one of the best markets Cape Town has to offer.

By Ilse van den Berg 19 Jun 2014 10:45

Easy, yet flavourful Bangers and Mash

Sausage and Mash (or Bangers and Mash) is a meal that features quite often in our household, but I try to give it a different twist every time.

By Nina Timm 17 Jun 2014 11:27

In fine spirits

With Mi Casa live on stage, ProVerb as MC, and over 50 top brandies there for the tasting, Fine Brady Fusion had all the right ingredients for a great night out.

By Eugene Yiga 4 Jun 2014 11:51

Wined, dined and treated fine at the The Twelve Apostles

The Red Carnation's The Twelve Apostles fine attention to detail and preference catering starts way before you arrive at this five-star boutique hotel and spa. Once a reservation is confirmed, so are your personal room preferences.

By Ruth Cooper 4 Jun 2014 10:49

The master of his plate

Former IT specialist Deena Naidoo chats about his experiences since winning the first season of MasterChef SA.

By Eugene Yiga 28 May 2014 10:49

Rise, shine and Shimmy!

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in Cape Town, reminiscent of summer with the freshness of autumn - perfect for breakfast by the sea. Celebrating a special birthday, the family and I were quite excited to experience Shimmy Beach Club's very first breakfast service.

By Angie White 27 May 2014 16:02

Combating the cold

This is the time of year when it seems that everybody has the sniffles and certainly in my family we have all had a turn with a cold or, even worse, the flu.

By Nina Timm 27 May 2014 11:09

The long and wining road

Mae West once said that too much of a good thing is wonderful. Perhaps she was referring to a Stellenbosch wine-tasting tour?

By Eugene Yiga 22 May 2014 12:09

The big pan theory

Every kitchen should have a big pan in it and every cook should learn the art of one-pan wonders.

By Nina Timm 20 May 2014 09:40

Hearty Italian cuisine at Balducci's

Winter is coming and I can't think of a better way to fight the cold than with some hearty Italian cuisine.

By Eugene Yiga 14 May 2014 10:53

Winter warmers

Yup, winter is definitely here and I can feel Jack Frost nibbling at my nose at night and early mornings when I get up to get everything ready for school. It's the time of year when we start eating more stews and soups.

By Nina Timm 13 May 2014 09:51

You can ring my Beluga

Since its relaunch in 2006, Beluga has grown into one of South Africa's top restaurants.Even though my friend and I had an early dinner reservation on a public holiday, the cobbled outdoor terrace was packed when we arrived.

By Eugene Yiga 30 Apr 2014 09:21

Easy Cooking mussels

Mussels are often referred to as the poor man's shellfish because they are relatively cheap and plentiful. Prepared properly, they can be a meal for royalty, let alone a poor man!

By Nina Timm 11 Apr 2014 12:33

"Plants, coffee and everything else..."

Second Avenue in Harfield Villiage, Kenilworth is surprisingly quiet and peaceful at 9 in the morning. With its lively exterior of colourful flower pots on the steps, Twigs with Beans - a quaint little coffee shop/nursery/vintage furniture shop - is quite inviting.

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Apr 2014 11:26

The gods must be happy

A shared love of food brought Agnes and Jonny together. The very same love has also made their restaurant, Manna Epicure ("heavenly food"), such a success.

By Eugene Yiga 31 Mar 2014 09:50

East meets best

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Unless we're talking about Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen, in which case I suggest you come right in!

By Eugene Yiga 27 Mar 2014 09:53

Oink oink - I'd love some pork!

I know I might shock the socks off some of you, but I love pork in any form, shape or size! I often say that my last meal before I depart to "higher grounds" will be a crisp pork belly with all the trimmings.

By Nina Timm 25 Mar 2014 09:39

Master Bartending Academy Awards 2014

I'd always thought that being a bartender was a thankless job and not a sought-after career; however I was proven wrong.

By Jordan Scott 13 Mar 2014 12:02

Shimmy to wow your socks off this winter with Chef Adrian Cook

When I was invited back to Shimmy Beach Club to review a preview of the new winter menu, resistance was futile - who could resist the temptation of dining at one of Cape Town's most gorgeous spots?

By Angie White 11 Mar 2014 14:33

This little piggy went to market

There are such amazing markets in and around Cape Town, and every market has its own unique flavour and atmosphere.

By Nina Timm 21 Feb 2014 11:37

Sizzle and steak

Chinese philosopher Wu-men once said that if your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the happiest season of your life. I couldn't agree more.

By Eugene Yiga 20 Feb 2014 11:15

Spice it up on Valentines's Day!

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and although I have made two delicious desserts, my better half will enjoy "man food", especially if it has a subtle hint of spice and heat.

By Nina Timm 13 Feb 2014 09:17

Easy Cooking in the month of love

February is indeed the month of love and since we have so much love to share, why limit it to Valentine's Day only?

By Nina Timm 3 Feb 2014 09:50

Easy Cooking with Nina Timm - back to school lunchboxes

It's a new year with 365 days full of promise and exciting possibilities. Here in my kitchen it is definitely going to be a year filled with much excitement. My first cookbook, 'Easy Cooking from Nina's Kitchen', will be on the shelves late February 2014.

By Nina Timm 28 Jan 2014 09:49

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