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Food and Wine Pairing Evening at Tides

Tides Raka Wine Pairing

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FoodBlogCT Headlines Week 17 2012
Tuesday, the 24th of April

#FoodFact: There are over 500 different types of bananas

US Study: Discrimination in Restaurants by Waiters

Survey results showed that 38.5 percent of servers reported that customers' race informed their level of service at least some of the time, often resulting in providing inferior service to African-American customers. [read more]

One in seven people in the U.S. gets food stamps

Forty-five million people – that's one in seven living in the United States – received food stamps last year. That's a 70% increase from 2007, according to a shocking new report by the Congressional Budget Office. [read more]

KFC sued over dodgy chicken

An Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was left paralysed by food poisoning won a court case against fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken, in a judgment published on Saturday. [read more]

Food poisoning at Eastern Cape School

Ambulances were bringing 67 children with suspected food poisoning from Chintsa to medical facilities in East London on Saturday afternoon, Eastern Cape health authorities said. [read more]

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Riebeek Valley Olive Festival 2012

Make your way to the annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival. These quaint little towns come alive as they showcase the best they have to offer in food, wine and olives.

The Olive Festival focuses on this popular fruit during this time, showcasing the diversity of olives. Visitors to the Olive Emporium can stock up on a wide selection of olives, olive oils, preserves, tapenades and a selection of olive-based beauty products.

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

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Titanic Last Dinner and Lunch

It’s the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the History Channel on DSTV has dedicated several hours to documentaries about that tragic day for the past few weeks. Some historians and experts were trying to analyse and understand the wreckage to trace the events that occurred between hitting the iceberg and the ship landing at the bottom of the ocean, while other shows were trying to finally put common misconceptions and conspiracy theories to bed. As it turns out, the sinking of the Titanic wasn’t as dramatic as James Cameron makes it out to be in his epic big screen version (which you are now also able to see in stunning 3D at Nu Metro and Ster Kinekor).

A few months ago, we had a feature on our blog asking about #yourlastmeal if you knew the world was to end tomorrow. We received many suggestions and placed them all onto our Pinterest page – have a look! While it may have been fun to plan our last meal, I doubt the passengers on the Titanic knew that the dinner they had on the 14th April 1912 would be their last meal.


Last Lunch on the Titanic

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Taste of Cape Town 2012 Press Release

Pick n Pay Taste of Cape Town in association with Orbit Sugarfree Chewing Gum celebrates its 5th birthday in Cape Town with fun, food and fabulosity galore.

Your tastebuds will be treated to a 5-star experience at this year’s Taste of Cape Town at the Green Point Cricket Oval from 19 – 22 April. This gourmet event allows the public to nibble their way around fourteen of the city’s top restaurants at each Taste session.

The premise is quite simple: Cape Town’s finest chefs line up to showcase their culinary prowess with tantalizing signature dishes. All you have to do is hop from one to the other, sample the best cuisine the city has to offer, all while sipping on superb wines and cocktails. There are plenty of interactive food and liquor classes to attend and foodie folk to meet and greet.

The Festival showcases fourteen of Cape Town’s top restaurants and chefs, who have been tasked to serve the fabulous trend-setting signature dishes that have made them famous.

The impressive list of restaurants and their world class chefs guarantee that there will be something sensational for every palate. The list includes the following restaurants:

  • Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa – Executive chef Henrico Grobbelaar
  • Bistro Sixteen82 – Executive chef Brad Ball
  • II Leone Mastrantonio – Daniel Toledo
  • Fyndraai Restaurant – Shaun Schoeman
  • La Colombe – Head chef Scot Kirton
  • Makaron at Majeka House – Head chef Tanja Kruger
  • Planet Bar & Restaurant - Executive chef Rudi Liebenberg
  • Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace – Executive chef Malika Van Reenen
  • Sofia’s @Morgenster & Overture – Chef/patron Craig Cormack & Chef/patron Bertus Basson
  • Taj Cape Town – Executive chef Shyam Longani
  • Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange Hotel – Executive chef Sanel Esterhuyse
  • 96 Winery Road – Executive chef Natasha Wray
  • The Westin Executive Club Restaurant – Chef de Cuisine Johann Breedt
  • Taste Pop Up Restaurant – featuring guest chefs the likes of Luke Dale Roberts - The Pot Luck Club, George Jardine - Jordan, Richard Carstens –Tokara Restaurant

Taste of Cape Town 2012

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Taste of Cape Town 2012

Taste of Cape Town 2012


Taste of Cape Town, returns to the beautiful surrounds of Green Point Cricket Club from 19 – 22 April, 2012.

Thurday 19 April 18h30 – 22h30

Friday 20 April 18h30 – 22h30

Saturday 21 April 13h00 – 17h00

Sunday 22 April 12h00 – 17h00

On these dates, several of Cape Town’s best restaurants will create special menus to present their signature dishes in starter sized portions. These can be bought with Crowns – the currency used at the Taste of Cape Town festival. Crowns can be purchased along with your ticket or directly from sellers at the event. Each crown is equivalent to R5 while prices for each dish range from four to eight Crowns.

I’ve been to the Taste of CT festival twice – in 2010 & 2011. And I can’t wait to sample more dishes this year. The restaurants that will be attending this year’s Taste of Cape Town have been listed below. A number of small producers and exhibitors will also be on showcase.


  • Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa
  • Bistro Sixteen82
  • II Leone Mastrantonio
  • Fyndraai Restaurant
  • La Colombe
  • Makaron at Majeka House
  • Planet Bar & Restaurant
  • Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace
  • Sofia’s @Morgenster & Overture
  • Taj Cape Town
  • Savour Restaurant at 15 on Orange Hotel
  • 96 Winery Road
  • The Westin Executive Club Restaurant
  • Taste Pop Up Restaurant – featuring guest chefs the likes of Luke Dale Roberts - The Pot Luck Club, George Jardine - Jordan, Richard Carstens –Tokara Restaurant


R80 Standard

Entrance to the festival and includes a tasting glass

R200 Premium

Entrance to the festival and includes a tasting glass and R120 worth of Crowns (The official currency of Taste of Cape Town)

You can also purchase tickets for the Taste Clubhouse Experience while a Corporate Hospitality ticket is also available. These cost R685 and R750 respectively. Head over to iTickets to purchase your Taste of Cape Town 2012 tickets now


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5 Flies Murder Mysteries

5 Flies Murder Mysteries

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Sentimental Mondays with Sylvestre Kabassidi

Asoka Bar brings you a series of sensational nights of live music to feature Sylvestre Kabassidi.

Sylvestre Kabassidi is a rebel with a sensitive soul whose music breaks stereotypes and takes African song into a new dimension. Armed with acoustic guitar and accompanied by percussion and rich vocals, Sylvestre is part of a quiet revolution in African music that is passionate, classic, and expressive.

Representing the new generation of African artists whose music emphasizes fragile melodies and poetic lyrics, his music is cosmopolitan, yet rooted in tradition, simple in arrangement, but rich in sentiments.

The setting, Asoka, an elegant Victorian Town House transformed into a modern cocktail lounge that oozes comfort and relaxation. Feel at home as you indulge in delectable tapas, mouth watering cocktails and the soothing sounds of Sylvestre Kabassidi’s music.

Join Asoka for a guaranteed great Monday dining experience.

Sylverstr Kabassidi will perform every Monday night in April starting on April 2nd 2012.

To avoid disappointment, call or info us for a table reservation:

Tel: 021 422 0909


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MasterChef SA Week 2 Twitter Reactions

Onion Challenge

Whisking Challenge

Potato Challenge

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The Riebeek Valley Mediterranean Festival 2012

The Riebeek Valley Mediterranean Festival or MedFest is an annual event presenting the unique culinary lifestyle of the Mediterranean and samples its tapestry of tastes and flavours. All the venues and restaurants of the twin towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek Wes participate, each representing the culture and cuisine of an Meditiranian country over the duration of the festival. Live music, wine tastings, markets and party nights are only some of what is on offer.

This year Bar Bar Black Sheep will represent Spain in the 4th annual Riebeek Valley Medfest 2012. [menu]

Solo Flamenco Dance Co. will be performing Spanish Flamenco at its best with 5 dancers, guitarist and vocalist, 9Pm Saturday the 31st of March - R80.00 cover charge per guest will be added to the food bill.

Booking is essential as Bar Bar Black Sheep have limited restaurant seating available but lots of standing space for non restaurant goers.

Join for a bit of a dance in Short Street afterwards to celebrate the Mediterranean!

Directions to Bar Bar Black Sheep

Phone 0224481031.

The Ribeek valley is an easy 60 min drive north west from Cape Town on the N7
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Guide to Dining Out Alone

Picture this scenario: A little old man in the corner of a restaurant eating by himself – all alone with no one to talk to. He doesn’t have a book or newspaper to read, he isn’t on his phone chatting to someone and he isn’t writing or drawing anything either. He is just eating…alone…and it’s so sad.

At least, that is what I used to think.

I love being around my friends. My life would be quite boring without them. But even though they are great, I have to take a break from them at times. Especially when it comes to choosing a restaurant, it can take forever and it drives me insane. There are so many things to consider and I still don’t understand why every single person has to approve of the restaurant we want to go to. They can just stay away if they don’t like the place - majority rules. It's simple and effective. But I have been told - repeatedly - that everyone has to agree on these four things: venue, cuisine, menu & price. Weeks can go by until a decision has finally been made.

To evade the drama, I have started dining-out at restaurants alone – just like the little old man. It sucked in the beginning – it sucked big time! Sitting alone feels awkward and you don’t know what to do with yourself while you wait for the food to arrive. But dining-out alone is not and should not be as intimidating as one might think. After a while I picked up a few tricks to make it less daunting and I have even started to enjoy it. There is the food, décor, and other diners on which you can focus on, and even the opportunity to strike up conversation with the staff asking about the menu and the restaurant itself (which I never do when I’m with a group of friends).

Dining Alone

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Cape Town Markets

We asked for your favourite market in Cape Town yesterday which lead to a massive response on Twitter. Thank you for all your suggestions - we  really appreciate it very much. Every Cape Town market that you have suggested has been added to the blog post below. These include markets situated near Cape Town city centre, the Northern & Southern suburbs as well as along the Atlantic Seaboard. If you'd like to add another venue to this list,  please email us at foodblog(at) or comment on this post.

Cape Town markets

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Valentine's Day at Casa Nostra

Nestled between two giant palm trees on the far side of Regent Road in Sea Point, Italian restaurant Casa Nostra is a slice of home-style Italian comfort that in Cape Town, is particularly hard to come by.

Translated, Casa Nostra means Our House but I suppose we lied because here at Casa Nostra, we would like you to consider our house, your house, by making yourself truly at home

Casa Nostra
Valentines Day 2012 Menu
Sparkling Wine on arrival
Sushi Suprise 8pc platter
Seared Tuna Salad
Main Course
Ravioli with Spinach, Ricotta, Mushrooms and artichokes, served wit a Mozzarella-Pesto-Napoletana Sauce
Homemade Tagliolini served with a cream curried Prawns
Homemade Tiramisu
Bookings essential 
Quote: Foodblog Valentine Special
Arrival 7:30-8pm
R299 per couple
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Casa Labia Picnics
Freshly Baked Focaccio
Chicken Liver Pate
Smoked Snoek Pate
Butternut Hummus
Cucumber Crudités
Carrot Crudités
Roasted Vegetable Salad with Bulgur Wheat
Green Leafy Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
& a Lemon Dressing
Brie Cheese
Mini Fruit Skewers
Mini Chocolate Brownies
Casa Labia Picnics
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Valentine’s Day Picnic with Cravings Delicatessen

It’s that time of the year again when love is in the air and there are few things more romantic than a picnic in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, which is renowned for its beautiful beaches and breath-taking scenery.

When it comes to planning the perfect Valentine’s Day picnic, it can be a daunting and often time consuming task. This inspired Michelle and Mel Uria, owners of Cravings Delicatessen - a quaint health food deli in the vibrant neighbourhood of Sea Point – to provide Capetonians with a healthy and convenient picnic service. On this special day, all picnic basket orders will receive a discount of 20%.

Picnic Valentines Day Cape Town

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1800 Valentines Day Give your heart to a Child

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa resident restaurant, 1800 Degrees Grill will be offering a luxurious Valentines Day treat in aid of the Newborns Groote Schuur Trust.

1800 Valentines Day 2012

The Newborns Groote Schuur Trust exists to save the lives of tiny, fragile babies with the Neonatal team being at the forefront of specialist care for preterm babies.

A five-course wine paired menu, auction of magnificent items, lucky draws, goodie bags ensuring everyone attending walks away with a gift and live entertainment will make the evening an unforgettable experience. Popular TV and radio personality, Liezel van der Westhuizen, will MC the event.

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Valentine’s Day at the Grande Roche Hotel

As the month of February dawns, romance is in the air and nowhere more so than at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl.

February 2012 has a double dose of romance, being a Leap Year and with Valentine’s Day on February 14, the hotel has devised a romantic evening on Saturday February 11 to celebrate the month of love!

Soft background music, a picnic on the lawns and a classic movie that stirs the soul, and the mood is set!

The lawns of the Grande Roche Hotel have to be the ultimate in romantic destinations. Imagine the glorious views across the valley, the roses in the garden of the historic manor house are in full bloom, the sun is setting and the atmosphere is unashamedly about love.

A gourmet picnic basket awaits with the delicious offerings of the innovative dining experience that is synonymous with the Grande Roche Hotel. Enjoy smoked salmon, freshly prepared salad, a selection of cheeses and dried meats as well as fresh fruit and light-as-air cakes. Add to that, as you lounge on the lawn, the softly mellow strains of guitar and saxophone from the Morné Kahts musicians.

After your picnic, it is time to snuggle up under the stars on the seats of the Amphitheatre. The ultimate date night needs a movie that will appeal to all, and the hotel has chosen an all round feel good movie, one which combines both humour and romance. The iconic “Grease” sets the feet tapping and the heart racing and is as popular today as when it was first shown. Couples can also get into the mood by dressing in clothes that reflect the ‘Grease” era and stand the chance to win a weekend for two on an a bed and breakfast basis.

It doesn't need to end there: why not extend the evening into a full weekend and luxuriate in the unique accommodation that the Grande Roche Hotel has to offer. Your reservation is the promise of a treat. Each room has its own unique personality and is identified by a name that reflects an aspect of life on this very special estate. A weekend at the only member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World in South Africa is like a tranquil escape to your own personal country estate. Your experience will make you feel like royalty and this Valentine’s Day will live long in your memory.

Cost s: R 270 per person includes picnic basket and entertainment

To stay over: R 1850 per room including B&B.

Limited rooms are available.

Reservations: 021 863 5100

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Mont Rochelle Hotel Valentines Day 2012

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Mountain Vineyards will celebrate Valentine’s Day with culinary feasts served at its two superb restaurants located in the romantic setting of this working wine farm in the Franschhoek Valley.

A delicious 3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu (R280 per person) will be on offer from Tuesday 14 February (Valentine’s Day) until Sunday 19 February, in the seductive setting of award-winning fine dining restaurant Mange Tout, with its wrap-around views of the valley. At the more informal Country Kitchen, a choice of tasty temptations will be available from a special Valentine’s Day Menu (R180 per person), available for lunch or dinner on 14 February, and also for lunch until 19 February. Here couples may revel in an intimate dining experience on the sunny garden terrace, and toast their love with a glass of one of Mont Rochelle’s own fine wines.

Mange Tout Chef Makhi Maki has created a Valentine’s Day Dinner brimming with irresistible gastronomic temptations designed to melt the heart. Starting with the Panfried Quail marinated in Chermoula, with roasted capsicum and spring onion gel; followed by a refreshing Strawberry Sorbet; and a deliciously delicate serving of Salmon marinated in Teriyaki sauce with ponzu, yuzu, and pickled ginger; this taste sensation ends with a wickedly indulgent Crème Brûlée with layers of strawberry, vanilla and chantily.

At the Country Kitchen Chef Joslin Hawker will be serving up a medley of mouth-watering dishes featuring traditional ‘foods of love’, including starter options such as the Summer White Gazpacho with oysters; and decadent dessert creations that include Strawberry and Champagne Cheesecake and Coulis. Diners are spoiled for choice with main courses ranging from Karoo Lamb Chops Crepinette with butternut puree, frozen pea and mint cream, and pomegranate sauce; to a Cauliflower Risotto, with tomato coulis and broken parmesan, as a vegetarian option.

Known as one of the Western Cape’s top dining destinations, Mont Rochelle offers a multi-sensory experience in a magical vineyards setting, making it the ideal choice for a romantic occasion of any kind. Booking is essential for Valentine’s Day events at both restaurants.

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Bistro Sixteen82 Valentines Day 2012



Steenberg’s cellar door restaurant Bistro Sixteen82 will celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, 14 February with a quirky event to create a refreshing twist to this day of celebration - traditionally reserved for romantic couples only. Chef Brad Ball will present a Tapas Long Table of Friends to cater for single guests and their friends, to seat a total of 20 diners at two sittings (17:30 and 18:30). This relaxed, early-evening rendezvous of great conversation and gourmet cuisine in a glorious vineyards setting is offered at R200 per person, including a glass of Steenberg 1682 ‘bubbly’. Bookings for the Valentine’s Day Tapas Long Table of Friends should be made in advance, as seating is limited. 
(Tel 021 713-2211;

Bistro 1682 Valentines Day 2012

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Five Flies Valentines Menu 2012

  Five Flies Valentines Day Menu

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