[Nina Timm] Everybody has an icon or hero; we have just survived the Justin Bieber tsunami and, for we old rockers, Bon Jovi brought new life to our nine-to-five exsistence. Middle-aged people stood in queues remembering days when life was carefree and wild. Burger King just landed in South Africa and everyone rushed off to sink their teeth into a giant Whoopie Burger.
[Jessica Taylor] Peppermint tea and scrambled egg on rye. Good ol' no fuss food is what Sarah ordered and it's what her new cooking show is all about. Bitten: Sarah Graham Cooks Cape Town, an exploration of simple, unintimidating food and the way it should be enjoyed with the people we love.
[Nina Timm] Home-made yoghurt - why would anyone want to make it if the shelves are filled with all sorts of yoghurt? Low-fat, full cream, low sugar, real fruit, flavoured - phew, the choices are endless.
[Nina Timm] Goat's cheese is my new favourite ingredient. These tasty tarts not only require very little baking, but they are also gluten-free, which to me makes this a winning recipe.
[Angie White] Forget "up-and-coming", this venue has arrived - with full trendy force too. Set on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town, from the kitchen of celebrated culinary master, Seelan Sundoo, Shimmy Beach Club's menu presents a stellar array of gastronomic offerings set to delight the most discerning of pallets. Shimmy Beach, as it is affectionately known, is Cape Town's newest 'it' place to be, a tucked away gem of style and sophistication for sure.
[Nina Timm] The older I get the more I think that this Valentine's Day thing is just a commercial trick to get us all to spend money on things we would normally just walk past. Yet, on the other hand, I remember Valentine's Day at varsity and the whole of Stellenbosch just being one big mass of flowers and giggling students. So call me a sucker for love, but maybe forcing us all to be a little mushy one day of the year is not too bad, is it?
[Warren Harding] A relative new kid on the craft beer block, Citizen Beer has been around for about 9 months and is taking the South African craft beer market by storm.
[Nina Timm] A Blessed New Year to everyone from Nina's Kitchen. I hope that you all had a lovely break and time with your friends and family. May 2013 be filled with love, laughter, happiness and lots of happy meals!
[Nina Timm] Your fruit cake should have been baked by now and you should be feeding it with brandy every week! Well, maybe if you were Julia Child or your great granny, yes, but hey, we live in the real world, which is pretty hurried and fast at the moment. With this easy fruit cake recipe, you can make your fruit cake with not much effort and with a drizzle of your favourite brandy every week or so, your fruit cake will be perfect by Christmas!
[Kershin Padayachee] Let's face it, our golden friend has long been the subject of harsh words and, as a result, been dealt a bad rap. Think about that for a sec... Do the terms beer belly or beer goggles ring any bells? Still not convinced? Pop round the Bascule Bar and observe as the local whisky quaffing chaps sneer at your humble order of a cold one.
[Jordan Scott] In the build-up to The Cape Town Festival of Beer (23 to 25 November) 10 bloggers received home-brewing kits from Keg King to begin their blogger brew master competition. Although the brewing kit comes with all the necessary instructions some went off the beaten track and decided to get creative. Almond was added, coriander, orange peel, various fruits and it is still under debate whether or not bubble gum was added to one blogger's brew.
[Nina Timm] This Mexican Family Feast was my meal choice when I heard that I was a contestant and had to cook in the new cooking/blogging series called Dinner Divas. Why Mexican? It's simple, we love it!
[Nina Timm] Ice cream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! A refrain I remember from my childhood, but literally the case for the past two days that have shocked us into summer mode far too quickly. I said to someone just last week, that I am definitely not souped or stewed out yet, so if I had a say in the matter summer could be delayed for just a while longer.
[Justin Williams] What's better than sitting in a German beer hall and sipping authentic Bavarian ales to the sounds of a traditional oompah band? Well not much really, but this year's Cape Town Bierfest sparked our imaginations about what the experience could be like.
[Nina Timm] Yes, spring is finally here and it is wonderful to be woken up by the birds every morning. It is not quite light when I wake up (5-ish) so my early-morning coffee in the garden will still have to wait for another week or so, but, nevertheless, it is time to spring-clean the house, body and soul.
[Sindy Peters] Trenchtown (previously Roots/Cool Runnings), now under the ownership and management of Antonio Manuel, held it's relaunch last weekend, 31 August to 2 September. Having been to the Caribbean-style restaurant only twice before, and briefly, I had no memorable experience of the place. On the Friday night it was packed to the brim, so waiting for drinks/meals to arrive was much like waiting for the second coming.
[Nina Timm] September is almost here and so we would expect spring to be in the air. Luckily for me, we still have some very cold nights and, in the morning, I still prefer to have my coffee in bed rather than on the stoep. I love winter, I love comfort food and, let's face it, if I have to choose between a healthy salad or healthy soup, the soup will win hands down!
[Nina Timm] It is the time of year when mornings are slightly chilled and evenings are darker and colder and it is definitely time to think of soups, stews and steaming puddings. It is without a doubt my favourite time of the year and I love waking up when it is still dark and I can watch the sun rise from my office window.
[Ruth Cooper] Lavish elegance tinged with timeless trendiness and topped with a kiss of romance is what the newly opened Reserve Brasserie, as part of upmarket club The Reserve in Adderley Street, is all about. I was lucky enough to experience this exclusive luxury at both the launch and as a customer for a sit-down meal for two recently.