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Vegan for a month! Part one

Posted on 15 April 2013

Hello, my name is Neil, and I am a vegan. Yes, vegan – a word that strikes fear into the heart of many an omnivore. Telling your friends this before going to a restaurant may feel like admitting you’re an alcoholic, and is often met by similar responses (“you need help”, etc. etc.). And yet, here I am, having accepted a challenge to go a full 30 days without any animal products in my diet at all.

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If you can't stand the heat - climate change with Professor Fung

Posted on 30 March 2013

On Tuesday last week we had the opportunity to attend a lecture on climate models by a prominent international climate scientist Professor Inez Fung. The models are showing some interesting things, none of which are hopeful.

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Coffee on me! for the next person who can't afford one

Posted on 28 March 2013

The concept of 'pending' or 'suspended' coffee apparently originated in Naples, known there as "caffe suspeso". The idea is simple but sweet - day to day charity from human to human.

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News roundup - from sustainable seafood to saving the farmlands and more

Posted on 19 March 2013

It's been a pretty busy week around Cape Town. Here's a quick summary to keep you up to date. Sustainable seafood, save the farmlands, wine and food awards...

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Announcing the SASSI Seafood Circle "Trailblazer chefs"

Posted on 19 March 2013

Last week WWF-SASSI announced its new initiative, the SASSI Seafood Circle. This initiative, which is sponsored by Pick n Pay, celebrated chefs that are taking responsibility for seafood choices in their kitchens.

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The Taj Wine Classic Award winners

Posted on 19 March 2013

The annual Taj Classic Wine Trophy awards ceremony was held on the 8th of March 2013 at the Taj Hotel. The awards celebrate the top SA wineries as adjudicated by a panel of respected French judges.

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Win an Escargot Decanter! Complete the survey

Posted on 08 March 2013

Participate in this Wine Bottle Closure Survey and stand a chance to win a beautiful Escargot Decanter.

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Rooibos Tom Yum Soup - recipe

Posted on 08 March 2013

We came up with this South Africanised version of my favourite - Tom Yum Soup. Rooibos is used as the base, and it works really well! Try it out :)

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Tea and coffee drinking in Turkey

Posted on 25 February 2013

If you’ve been to Turkey then you’ll be familiar with their love of tea and coffee drinking. It’s a practice that is woven deeply into Turkish culture, and everyone does it, all day long.

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Travelling Turkey - The story of a love affair

Posted on 15 February 2013

In January this year, Deni visited Istanbul. Four and a half days of sensory heaven ensued. Read about her foodie findings, or just peruse her photo journal. Go on - whet your appetite for Istanbul.

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Tactical Nuclear Penguin - A review of a high alcohol beer by BrewDog

Posted on 04 December 2012

Scottish brewery BrewDog's 32% alc. beer, Tactical Nuclear Penguin, made an appearance in Cape Town recently at Banana Jam in Kenilworth. Neil Bester was there with an open mind, and mouth, to see what all the fuss was about.

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Whisky Live - Cape Town 2012

Posted on 29 October 2012

We visited the Whisky Live event in Cape Town this year. The largest whisky festival in the world! Well worth a visit for whisky lovers and learners.

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A little positivity for World Food Day 2012

Posted on 15 October 2012

This year, World Food Day comes at a time when the news is full of dread. A looming food crisis, among them. While it's hard to see the silver linings, we're determined to take the glass half full approach.

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In defense of organic food

Posted on 07 September 2012

This week has seen media interest in organic food once again. This time, it's a study by Stanford University saying that organic food isn't any healthier than conventionally grown food. Here's what we think.

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The Hop 'n Vine Craft beer and wine festival

Posted on 26 July 2012

The Hop 'n Vine Festival organised by The Craft Beer Project, Jolie360 and Simons at Groot Constantia this year was a hit, despite the Cape Town winter weather...

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Carlin's Real Food Trip: Part 2 - The Midlands to Mozambique

Posted on 25 July 2012

This is Part 2 of a blog about The Real Food Trip across South Africa in 2012. Carlin describes his experiences of the Midlands, Johannesburg and Mozambique.

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Carlin's Real Food Trip: Part 1 - From Cape Town to Durban

Posted on 06 July 2012

At the beginning of 2012 we set of on a voyage of discovery across South Africa. We were in search of inspiring stories, interesting people and good artisan food experiences. This story is about my experiences from the trip as a New Zealander living in South Africa.

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Wild at heart: A conversation with UK chef Valentine Warner

Posted on 07 June 2012

Valentine Warner is a British chef, TV personality and food writer, with a penchant for the outdoors and ‘culinary adventure’ which strongly influences his style of cooking. In this blog, we talk to him about hunting, seasonal and local eating, backups and *ahem* 'pig's vagina taco's'...

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Watch out wine glasses - your days are numbered!

Posted on 14 May 2012

Gone are the days when food could only be paired with wine. Tea is making a foray into the food pairing world, thanks to Carmien Tea and their quest to change the face of rooibos tea...

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The Food Movement, Rising - an excerpt from Michael Pollan's essay

Posted on 09 May 2012

The modern marketplace would have us decide what to buy strictly on the basis of price and self-interest; the food movement implicitly proposes that we enlarge our understanding of both those terms, suggesting that not just “good value” but ethical and political values should inform our buying decisions, and that we’ll get more satisfaction from our eating when they do.

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Finding food in the City of Gold - Johannesburg

Posted on 08 April 2012

Johannesburg is a city of many faces. from Houghton to Hillbrow you'll find manicured suburbia giving way to grungy urban dystopia. But we came here to find the food worth talking about, so here it is.

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So much more than great food - the Midlands

Posted on 08 April 2012

The Midlands meander is well known for its arts, crafts, and some tasty treats. But we found more than we bargained for in the people, too.

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Durban - fans of food security

Posted on 01 April 2012

Our second day exploring Durban took us to a couple of food security initiatives. The first was a grassroots project in Umbumbulu, while the second was a rooftop farm in the central city.

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Durban - Food hunting on foot

Posted on 30 March 2012

On our first day food hunting in Durban we opted to go on foot. It was a good choice. The experience took us closer to culture than usual - an experience we'd highly recommend.

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Organic farmers, friendly cities, community empowerment - a synopsis of the Eastern Cape

Posted on 28 March 2012

The Eastern Cape is part farmland, part wilderness. While we were there, we visited the Addo area, Port Elizabeth, and an area of the Transkei. Here's what we found.

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