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Dining Out in Cape Town
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Dining Out in Cape Town

South Africa’s Mother City is home to some truly global gastronomy - Cape Town’s CBD is a veritable melting pot of different cultures. Not only are its locals far from homogenous themselves, there’s also the multitude of ex-pats from far-flung nations who’ve fallen in love with the city of Cape Town and made it their home. The resulting mixture of different customs, clothing and cuisine makes for a vibrant and eclectic city - not to mention a mouth-watering restaurant scene. On any night of the week you can sample culinary arts from around the world, with a side serving of South African ho...
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kwaLapa – telling the stories of food
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kwaLapa – telling the stories of food

It's my week for visiting food stores. And kwaLapa in Newlands Montebello Design Centre, just recently opened, is about to take the southern suburbs organic-and-green-for-lunch crowd by storm. It's not just their catchy byline - telling the stories of food, where the store weaves the stories of its suppliers into the very fabric of the walls - but it is also the menu, filled with organic, wholesome options that include buttermilk flapjacks, raw muesli, organic soup of the day, delectably filled wraps, a freshly tossed salad of the day served with a cranberry or blueberry dip, and various or...
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I thought I soy a sushi bar …
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I thought I soy a sushi bar …

I remember myself, age fourteen, squidging up my face in revulsion at what I’d just put in my mouth. Not the actual taste of it, mind you - in hindsight I’m sure it was delicious - but the thought: raw fish wrapped in seaweed? I wasn’t having any of it. Until about a year later, when I couldn’t have enough of it. Sushi definitely grew on me, and you’d be amazed how many Capetonians list this Japanese cuisine as their number one favourite food. Luckily for me, Cape Town embraced sushi in a big way a few years ago and I can now get my fix just about anywhere in the city. Just in case you don’...
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Rise and shine, Breakfast in Cape Town
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Rise and shine, Breakfast in Cape Town

Rise and shine, Breakfast in Cape Town: Brunch is, almost by definition, a lazy meal. It usually involves waking up late on a weekend morning and easing ever-so-slowly into the day with a leisurely, often decadent breakfast. Which means it might just be the perfect Capetonian mealtime, bowing only to the not-quite-late-afternoon cocktail hour, and maybe not even then. Having picked up on this fact, more than a few Cape Town eateries cash in on the tradition by offering a plethora of scrumptious breakfast specials – most of them available till sometime in the late afternoon. The idea for thi...
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High Tea at the One & Only
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High Tea at the One & Only

In search of an early start to the weekend, I took off to have High Tea at the One & Only Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. Having been lucky enough to enjoy High Tea at The Palace in Sun City, I wondered if Sol Kerzner’s new offering at the Waterfront could match up. Afternoon Tea is served from 14h30 to 18h00 every day in the Vista Lounge. The double volume lounge is certainly quite opulent with a magnificent view of Table Mountain (when not obstructed by clouds) and the waterways which surround the two man-made islands that house 40 of the 131 rooms available at the hotel. Choo...
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Chandani in Woodstock
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Chandani in Woodstock

We're fans of Indian food, and rather than heading off to town to eat at Bukhara's - which, incidentally, has recently had a fire (we learned as much when trying to book a table) where the plush décor is a pre-sentiment of the bill that follows, even if the food is supposed to be indescribably good - we spotted Chandani's in Woodstock whilst leafing through the Time-Out (rather obviously, we don't get out much!). The added benefit of booking a table at Chandani's was that their meat is all halaal and there are a lot of vegetarian options on the menu, since we were dining with someone wh...
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Olympia Café in Kalk Bay
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Olympia Café in Kalk Bay

Aside from the fact that whenever vaguely in the vicinity, I find reason to pop into the Olympia Café's in Kalk Bay, which now offers its breads, pastries, danishes and other delectable tasties around the corner from the eatery on the corner of Main Road and Boyes Drive, I have also had occasion to breakfast there at least once and found reason to dine there more than twice - and I don't even live in Kalk Bay. This rather obviously expresses my enthusiasm for the popular place. The food is, well, it's really good. And for what you receive on your plate, excellent value. The bread is hea...
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