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Weekend warmers
Weekend warmers

The calendar says spring is here, but as I sit looking through my window, the rain is coming down in buckets. So, we are definitely in for a very cold weekend.

By Nina Timm 16 Sep 2016

Five things to do in Paarl and Wellington
Five things to do in Paarl and Wellington

I recently spent an enjoyable two days exploring, dining and drinking in Paarl and Wellington. Here are my top five activities when spending a weekend round these small-town parts.

By Ruth Cooper 13 Sep 2016

Rooibos Tea Yogurt Cake
Rooibos Tea Yogurt Cake

I grew up with rooibos tea and so did my children. There was always a pot of tea brewing, because unlike black tea, rooibos gets better and better the longer it boils, I think.

By Nina Timm 9 Sep 2016

Heritage meets luxury at the Portswood Hotel
Heritage meets luxury at the Portswood Hotel

Harnessing a history true to the Cape, a stay at the Portswood Hotel is truly something special. After arriving at the hotel in the V&A Waterfront vicinity, the first thing we noticed as we walked into the reception hall was the well situated in the centre...

By Angie White 22 Aug 2016

Dramatic dining at Benguela on Main
Dramatic dining at Benguela on Main

I always look forward to meals and quite often they are the highlights of my day; planning them, preparing them and most importantly eating them is just so enjoyable and quite frankly the words "Shall we get a snack?" can immeasurably brighten my day.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Aug 2016

A simple Philly Steak Sandwich recipe
A simple Philly Steak Sandwich recipe

Philly Steak Sandwiches are by no means something new. They have been around since the 1930s.

By Nina Timm 12 Aug 2016

A vibrant view of Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel
A vibrant view of Cape Town at the Commodore Hotel

Located within the V&A Waterfront vicinity, the Commodore Hotel welcomed us with warm hospitality and spectacular panoramic views of the city on a beautiful sunshiny day in Cape Town...

By Angie White 11 Aug 2016

#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop
#WomensMonth: Kate Schrire and The Creamery of the crop

Strawberry basil, white nectarine, jasmine blossom, hot cross bun, pistachio, and Catawba grape are not your average ice cream flavours and when 'garden mint' in a sugar cone tastes like exactly that, it must be true that The Creamery is the cream of the crop in the ice cream business...

By Jessica Tennant 2 Aug 2016

Speaking Greek with MasterChef Australia's George Calombaris
Speaking Greek with MasterChef Australia's George Calombaris

MasterChef Australia co-judge, chef and restaurateur George Calombaris is back in South Africa for the Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Jul 2016

Magic moments at the Michelangelo Hotel
Magic moments at the Michelangelo Hotel

Arriving at the Michelangelo Hotel, situated in the heart of Sandton on Nelson Mandela Square, we were immediately struck by the elegance and prestige of this beautiful establishment...

By Angie White 26 Jul 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Chilean winemaker experiments with dynamite in subsoil
#WeeklyWineWrap: Chilean winemaker experiments with dynamite in subsoil

This week we find out why a Chilean winemaker has been toying with dynamite in the subsoil of his vineyards, marvel at the gutsy architecture of a futuristic winery and cellar in Bordeaux and see what the fuss is about cloned wine...

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 18 Jul 2016

Soup stories
Soup stories

What on earth can be better in this weather than to wrap your cold hands around a forgiving bowl of soup...?

By Nina Timm 15 Jul 2016

Reaching Stella heights
Reaching Stella heights

With so many top dining options in Cape Town and with new spots seemingly popping up on the hour, it's easy to forget that there are also top restaurants situated in hotels. I paid a visit to Stella Café and Bar at Southern Sun The Cullinan in the foreshore on Friday night and was truly impressed with this chic restaurant.

By Ruth Cooper 13 Jul 2016

The President Hotel, Bantry Bay, Cape Town.
Winter comfort cuisine at the President Hotel

Winter is a tricky season for the restaurant business in Cape Town. Dwindling tourist numbers and Capetonians who lock themselves indoors...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Jul 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Scientists invent a machine that makes wine non-stop
#WeeklyWineWrap: Scientists invent a machine that makes wine non-stop

This week we take a look at the machine that makes wine non-stop; happily note that the fine wine market soared in June; check in with VinPro on their scholarship programme; and look forward to the fabulous wine-related events that will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival in Hyde Park this week.

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 11 Jul 2016

Signature coffee in a cone at The Grind Coffee Company
Signature coffee in a cone at The Grind Coffee Company

When I first caught a glimpse of the latest #coffeeinacone trend making a huge splash all over social media I knew I had to try it, so when I found myself in Joburg's Melrose Arch it was a no-brainer - visiting The Grind Coffee Company was a must...

By Angie White 6 Jul 2016

Staycationing at the Vineyard Hotel
Staycationing at the Vineyard Hotel

One of the things that makes the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands truly special is the grounds it is situated on. Expansive gardens that include a babbling river with jungly walk ways along it plus spectacular views of Table Mountain make this charming hotel a favourite for weddings, lengthy lunches and little staycations.

By Ruth Cooper 5 Jul 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Vineyard robot prototype ushers in a new era
#WeeklyWineWrap: Vineyard robot prototype ushers in a new era

This week we discuss the potential of the IGWS's robotic vineyard prototype, rejoice at the inclusion of an online wine appreciation course on the Cape Wine Academy log, look forward to the 2016 Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival that takes place in Sandton next week, and give KWV a pat on the back for some well-deserved SAWi accolades.

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 4 Jul 2016

A powerful experience predicted for the DStv Delicious Festival
A powerful experience predicted for the DStv Delicious Festival

The DStv Delicious Festival launched at an event at Multichoice City in Randburg on Wednesday with the announcement that it is bringing out the Jacksons to perform at the festival.

By Danette Breitenbach 1 Jul 2016

48 hours in Cape Town
48 hours in Cape Town

On your marks, jet set, go! You have a 48-hour weekend coming up in gorgeous Cape Town and you need to maximise your minutes: see the sights, eat all the food, drink all the wine, and drench your eyes with views.

By Allison Foat 30 Jun 2016

A SMAK of sunshine
A SMAK of sunshine

Offering lip-smacking goodness on a plate, SMAK is located at 22 Bree Street, Cape Town and is a charming little corner café. Its menu offers scrumptious breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches and delicious salads as well as the finest deli selection of cheeses and meats.

By Kim Lawrence 28 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: Top young chef Katlego Mlambo
#YouthMonth: Top young chef Katlego Mlambo

Semi-finalist of the 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and former chef at Ruste en Vrede, Katlego Mlambo chats to us about TV cheffing, food trends and emojis for #YouthMonth.

By Ruth Cooper 28 Jun 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: SA wine industry could add 100,000+ jobs by 2025
#WeeklyWineWrap: SA wine industry could add 100,000+ jobs by 2025

This week we take a look at how the Brexit decision could influence the UK wine trade, get some good news regarding South African job creation, learn more about China's millennial connoisseurs and congratulate Stellenrust on its inclusion in the SAWi Grand Wines Collection.

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 27 Jun 2016

The bounty of Babylonstoren
The bounty of Babylonstoren

Fortunately, my line of work allows me to dine and drink at some of our best local offerings (no complaints here); however last Friday was the first time that I was lucky enough to experience the amazing Babel at Babylonstoren in Paarl.

By Ruth Cooper 24 Jun 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Move over red & white, blue & orange wine is now a thing
#WeeklyWineWrap: Move over red & white, blue & orange wine is now a thing

This week we gear up for the 2016 Juliet Cullinan Wine Festival that is set to rock Joburg's socks in less than a month, find out what the deal is with blue and orange wine...

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 20 Jun 2016

Discover Paarl in winter
Discover Paarl in winter

I have to say that Paarl hasn't really registered on my list of places to explore, besides a trip to the beautiful Laborie Wine Farm last year.

By Ruth Cooper 20 Jun 2016

Snug as a bug at the Capital Mirage
Snug as a bug at the Capital Mirage

Arriving at the Capital Mirage, the location is the first detail that gets you excited with a variety of trendy spots and coffee shops literally down the road...

By Angie White 15 Jun 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: 19th-century fine wine turns up at Czech castle
#WeeklyWineWrap: 19th-century fine wine turns up at Czech castle

This week's Wine Wrap takes us to the Czech town Becov nad Teplou, the International Volcanic Wine Forum in Italy...

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 13 Jun 2016

A food love affair at Dalliance
A food love affair at Dalliance

In Cape Town's beautiful V&A Waterfront, the Kove Collection has added another restaurant to their group. Dalliance, which means "a little love affair", opened their doors in 2015 and serves an authentic tapas menu.

By Kim Lawrence 10 Jun 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: World's first wine theme park opens in France
#WeeklyWineWrap: World's first wine theme park opens in France

Last week was quite an eventful one in the world of wine and we are happy to bring you some good news from around the globe.

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 6 Jun 2016

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