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Celebrating a new generation of culinary stars
Celebrating a new generation of culinary stars

On entering One&Only Cape Town, I can sense that something big is about to happen. It's not just because the scale of the furniture and windows overlooking Table Mountain makes everything seem larger than life; it's because the Vista Bar & Lounge is full of the crème de la crème of South Africa's food, wine, and hospitality world. And it's all for the 4th annual Reaching for Young Stars Competition.

By Eugene Yiga 24 Oct 2014 10:00

[Babylonstoren] A new kind of country getaway
[Babylonstoren] A new kind of country getaway

In the historically inspired restoration of one of the Cape Winelands' oldest estates, owners Koos Bekker and wife Karen Roos, with the help of their dedicated staff, have created a new kind of country getaway.

By Jessica Taylor 13 Oct 2014 09:35

Tea by the sea
Tea by the sea

Seated in the Palm Court, I was reminded of my Zululand days, drinking tea on the veranda of our farmhouse; from the familiar wicker chairs with floral cushions to the Colonial-style rattan-weave slow-turning fans. The chandeliers - purchased from The Savoy in London, excuse me - were a reminder, too, that I was actually having afternoon tea at The Oyster Box.

By Jessica Taylor 18 Sep 2014 10:25

Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches
Summer lovin' as 2014 Klink Awards launches

Summer lovin' had me a blast, oh yeah...! is the exact tune that was playing through my head at the launch of the annual Klink Awards, which took place on Friday, 12 September 2014.

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 Sep 2014 08:58

Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable
Coopmanhuijs - where the comfortable becomes the remarkable

Copies of The Hollywood Reporter magazine in the lounge at Coopmanhuijs Hotel, in Stellenbosch, seem out of place among the books on wine, art and the historic treasures of the area.

By Brian Berkman 29 Aug 2014 10:27

Home sweet Hemelhuijs
Home sweet Hemelhuijs

Ever since it opened back in October 2010, Hemelhuijs has been a restaurant of many faces. Now, as the seasons change, artist and chef Jacques Erasmus has transformed the Cape Town eatery (a finalist for Eat Out's Boschendal Style Award) once again.

By Eugene Yiga 28 Aug 2014 12:42

Durbanville Hills' tasting delights
Durbanville Hills' tasting delights

Passports and padkos ready, off we went to the land beyond the Boerewors Curtain... Just kidding, Durbanville isn't really that far, plus, I'm not one of those Capetonians... You know, those who think everything further than 15 minutes' drive is 'too far'.

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Aug 2014 09:45

[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace
[10 Things I Love About...] Emperors Palace

Contributing Editor, Travel, Brian Berkman, asked Nigel Atherton, Complex General Manager at Emperors Palace, about why he loves his work at the Place of Dreams.

By Brian Berkman 27 Aug 2014 08:51

One Ingredient, two thumbs up
One Ingredient, two thumbs up

How many courses can you prepare using, say, mushrooms, fennel, or perhaps bacon? Can you imagine a delicious dessert with fennel in it? Chef Matt Manning can; showing off his culinary skills at the One Ingredient new venue launch, he conjured up a titillating tasting menu.

By Sindy Peters 19 Aug 2014 09:55

Sevruga with a smile
Sevruga with a smile

"There is only one reason to go to the V&A Waterfront, which is overpriced and has the feel of a giant globalised shopping mall," wrote The New York Times a few years ago: "Sevruga."

By Eugene Yiga 14 Aug 2014 14:08

Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure
Van Ryn's: A rich golden treasure

Pairings have been a hot trend for a while now. My most recent experience was, however, quite unique - a brandy and food pairing at Van Ryn's distillery in Stellies.

By Ilse van den Berg 12 Aug 2014 13:04

Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge
Western Cape dominates Inter-Hotel Challenge

When Showcook.com editor Annette Kesler began the Cape Legends Inter-Hotel Challenge, her goal was simple: to create and facilitate an opportunity for young talent to shine.

By Eugene Yiga 8 Aug 2014 11:25

How I was converted to a steak-lover
How I was converted to a steak-lover

I am sure the majority of you reading this have been to HQ more than once. I, however, experienced this much talked about steakhouse for the first time recently, and the experience has turned me into a steak-lover. True story.

By Ilse van den Berg 6 Aug 2014 13:23

Because life's better with bubbles
Because life's better with bubbles

I've never seen myself as the typical champagne-drinking girl that loves all things glitter and gold, but something happens to you when you walk through the doors of J.C. Le Roux.

By Ilse van den Berg 1 Aug 2014 09:03

Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel
Experiencing Africa's greenest hotel

A mere 400m from the airport I potentially found the solution to make those early flights just a little bit better... Hotel Verde, dubbed "Africa's Greenest Hotel" - and rightly so.

By Ilse van den Berg 29 Jul 2014 10:55

Local is lekker with Chef Hajierah
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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

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