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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review
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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review

At the beginning of June I spent a weekend in Midrand, visiting my brother. Coming from a smallish town on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, a town that boasts a Spur as its only eatery, you can imagine my delight and enthusiasm at having a wide choice of restaurants to have dinner at! Our Saturday night venue was Da Vincenzo in Kyalami.Da Vincenzo, as its name implies, is a family run Italian restaurant owned by Vincenzo and Maureen Incendario. The recipes Vincenzo uses are all derived from recipes his mother brought to South Africa from Napoli and the restaurant itself dates back 3...
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Dinner at Al Pescatore in Ballito – a review
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Dinner at Al Pescatore in Ballito – a review

A few weeks ago we had lunch at the well known Ballito eatery Al Pescatore. This Italian and seafood restaurant has been operating since 1989 and is well of the oldest and most popular restaurants on the Dolphin Coast.Located slap bang on the beach – overlooking Clark Bay in fact, Al Pescatore is popular with both the older and younger generations. The restaurant has a stylishly decorated interior while the wooden deck outside appeals to the younger, more casual crowd who want to come off the beach and have a relaxed lunch.I like the idea of eating on the deck (which is closed in w...
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Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks
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Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks

I have been hearing about The Dogs Bollocks for ages and have just not managed to get there, the other day this all changed. A little bit of background, if you haven't yet heard of The Dogs Bollocks then listen up. This is a little burger joint that is found down a road and in a sort of lane. You'll sit on garden furniture and get to eat a scrumptious burger. This burger joint was started in 2011 and has been growing from strength to strength.It is all about the burger, there is nothing fancy about The Dogs Bollocks (don't expect the fine dining experience of a restaurant in Cape Town) and...
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Two Olives Restaurant in Port Elizabeth – a review
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Two Olives Restaurant in Port Elizabeth – a review

The Two Olives Restaurant is an authentic culinary experience, immersing diners in the basic pleasures of enjoying excellent quality, coupled with flavours that are worthy of a few audible sighs. Situated in the food Mecca of Stanley Street in Richmond Hill, it is at the very heart of the ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ of the Friendly City.The menu is a delight to explore. Even simple sounding dishes are presented beautifully and taste heavenly. The tapas options are a great way to sample a number of different dishes, especially when shared amongst friends. The portions (even the starters) ...
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Getting my Mexican on in Mowbray at Fat Cactus – a review
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Getting my Mexican on in Mowbray at Fat Cactus – a review

On the busy Durban Road of Mowbray, somewhat secluded behind trellis work and bright lights, is the Mexican Mecca of the Fat Cactus. We arranged a dinner there, all at the last moment. Fortunately, Bon Jovi was playing live in Cape Town, so the restaurants were fairly empty throughout the city, so we secured a table. Still, there was a very distinct vibe, and only a few tables to spare.The waitresses are relaxed in their approach and attire, so we waited a while for service, but it was sort of in keeping with the ambience.We started with a strawberry and lime margarita jug, which w...
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A Taste of Mexico from El Burro in Green Point
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A Taste of Mexico from El Burro in Green Point

It was a friends birthday and the plan was to meet up at the mexican place, El Burro on Somerset Road in Green Point. I'd heard many good things about this place and so was excited to try it out. Walking in there was an instant buzz of activity and happy hum of voices in the already packed restaurant - note to self booking is probably always a good idea with this one as this was a week night.We were a big table, many of whom were strangers to one another (except for the birthday girl - obviously) so the first little while was spent getting introduced to one another and completely forgettin...
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Dinner at the V&A Waterfront Harbour House
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Dinner at the V&A Waterfront Harbour House

It was my birthday and I wanted to go out for a special meal with my family after plenty of debate we had a restaurant decided only to discover that so many restaurants in Cape Town are closed on Monday. I almost threw in the towel and was going to opt for a take away pizza instead when my boyfriend (who happens to live and work in Botswana) told me he'd arrange everything and I just needed to tell him what time and how many people.A little while later, I got a message to tell me that a reservation had been made in my name at Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront for 19h00. I have never ...
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Café Paradiso – patio dining in Kloof street, Cape Town
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Café Paradiso – patio dining in Kloof street, Cape Town

Nothing like a Sunday morning brunch with views out over the city bowl, and Table Mountain as your backdrop. Somehow these Madame Zingara types manage to get it right every time, and Café Paradiso is no exception (the restaurant is one of several that fall under the Madam Zingara umbrella).The buzz on Kloof Street is evident no matter what time of the week you get there, but a weekend in summer it's even more so. Scooters scoot by - their young, hip, tanned and trendy bearded drivers in sneakers and little else, taxis teem, people lope by in scant, fashionable clothing and parking spaces, ...
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review

Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery is a relatively new kid on the block in Umhlali but its well worth a visit – I was suitably impressed.Originally a farm, Burnedale is named after an Irishman, John Burne, who as a young man, came to South Africa as part of the 82nd Foot Connaught Rangers Regiment in 1843.  Years later, in 1861 he finished his years of service, moved to Umhlali and built his home on the current site of Burnedale.The farm and house have now been transformed into a fantastic venue offering a coffee shop, the unique ‘One of a Kind’ where you can find all sorts of gorgeo...
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti –  A Review
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti – A Review

A friend of mine from the Eastern Cape was recently in KwaZulu Natal for a 40th birthday party so we used the opportunity to catch up over lunch. Our venue of choice was Mundo Vida in Umdloti.  I had eaten there a number of years ago but it definitely doesn’t fail to impress second time around!Mundo Vida is a stylish, contemporary restaurant located slap bang on the beachfront in Umdloti – any closer to the sea and you’d be wriggling your toes in the sand! The views of the Indian Ocean are magnificent; it’s a superb setting for a long lunch or an early dinner to watch the sunset.The re...
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review

Every girl needs a happy place and for me, that place is Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali.  Situated in the ‘newer’ part of Umhlali, Sage focuses on healthy, freshly prepared meals ranging from breakfasts to light snacks, lunches and delicious cakes.Some of the delights on offer for breakfast are mushrooms on toast (absolutely delicious and an enormous portion to boot), Eggs Benedict, a traditional breakfast, a range of omelettes, the ever popular Sage flapjacks served with bacon, potato rosti with smoked salmon and wholewheat toast with cream cheese, anchovette paste, capers, rocket and Parm...
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Anatoli – A little piece of Istanbul in De Waterkant
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Anatoli – A little piece of Istanbul in De Waterkant

Anatoli has been around since the year dot – 1984, if I'm not mistaken. So I'm not uncovering a little gem here. But this popular culinary experience in de Waterkant still deserves a mention, simply for the experience. Food, like everything else these days, is all about the adventure; the sense of pleasure when there is an invitation to overload the senses. Anatoli is wizardry is motion – or is that poetry.Either noun fits the bill. The food, your reason for being there, is incredible. But so are the waiters, the taste, the sound, the atmosphere - that all combine to leave one feeling pamp...
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate

It was the day after the wedding, so sleep had been minimal and of course we had danced the night away so stomachs were grumbling. It was also a birthday so we had more than enough excuses to head off into the town of Oudtshoorn for lunch.The day was a scorcher so I was really happy to be in an air conditioned car instead of my own which is almost like a sauna. We had driven past Surval on our way to Karusa Vineyards earlier in the week and had heard that is was a good spot for lunch.The restaurant at Surval Boutique Olive Estate is set on an olive estate and is a relatively new develo...
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Vista Café – A modern day relic like no other
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Vista Café – A modern day relic like no other

Vista Café needs no introduction to anyone who works around Cape Town's foreshore. The café is not only inundated with the breakfast, lunch and coffee crowd but it has also been around for thirty or so years – not necessarily in the same building or under the same name, but run by the Da Souza family since time immemorial.I rush in here one morning, my car standing illegally idling outside gasping for a chicken pie (not the car, me). I don't usually gasp for chicken pies, it isn't my style at all. Neither is it the type of food I eat. Anyone who knows me would do a convincing jaw-drop-and-...
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Enjoying The Perfect Coffee In Port Elizabeth
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Enjoying The Perfect Coffee In Port Elizabeth

The promise of a good cup of coffee has driven men to some dramatic extremes. The smell of a good brew roasting and percolating is, probably, one of the most comforting and enticing aromas known to someone that appreciates quality coffee. A good coffee shop must, of course, serve superior coffee and, for that matter, teas and other beverages. However, the complementary food also needs to live up to a high standard for the establishment to qualify.The following places are those that, along with an excellent cup of coffee in Port Elizabeth (or latté, cappuccino, espresso, etc), also boas...
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