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Braai Time in Cape Town

Sizzling coals, rays of sunshine streaming down: yes, we love a good braai! So if you don’t want to mess around with meat yourself where do you go for a perfect stake? Here are our 5 top tips!

The Backyard Grill

Owner JP

Firm favourite in Sea Pont, wonderful food and their Secret Sauce is just perfect! From the outside this place may not look quite that inviting – dead plants for one thing, but that is compensated by the distractingly handsome owner, Mr South Africa JP Robberts. Service is a bit hit or miss, so get that bill when you can…
72 Regent road | Seapoint, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa

The Butcher Man
Not really a proper braai-place, but let’s face it, braai is all about the meat! So no faffing around with desserts or starters, or even drinks, let’s get down to the meat and where better than at the Butcher Man? You can pick out your own cuts of meat and have them cooked by an expert. Do try the burgers, they will blow you away. Quick, clean and inexpensive.
105 Main Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central, South Africa, +27 21 434 1111

Mzoli’s


Mzoli’s is an iconic place in the township of Gugulethu. Owner Mzoli Ngcawuzele went from selling meat from a garage to owning one of the most buzzing places to eat in Cape Town thanks to start up funding. Mzoli’s all about the experience of a proper braai, with different stalls cooking your meat in different ways. Don’t bring your vegetarian mates here, not even for a laugh as they will starve. The cutlery is plastic, as are the chairs, but the atmosphere is very special and authentic.
Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa

Carne on Keerom


Italian run with owner Giorgio Nava rearing his own Italian-South African cattle. Very minimalist, definitely not the cheap option, but the hanger steaks – apparently if you ask for that particular cut people will think you know a thing or two about meat – are spectacular.
70 Keerom St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

Kubu Cuisine


Not a romantic first date kind of place, but if you’d like to try some of the more exotic types of meat, like crocodile, ostrich, warthog or zebra then this is the place to be! Snd because it’s a food court you can pick whatever you want to drink from one of the other stalls. Perfect!
32 Dock Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 811 2606

Cape Town’s Stone Circle Brewing

We love a good pint so we had a chat with Cape Town’s very own Stone Circle brewery, run by Nick and Jo.

Hi Jo and Nick, how is the brewery going?
“Starting any business is has it’s ups and downs but we are lucky enough to have a big group of regulars and our beer is receiving good reviews. The name reflects this: the Stone is for strength, the circle stands for our very special circle of friends.”

How did you get started as a brewer/brewery?
“We have a passion for beer and brewing. For four years we brewed every Sunday at home and then eventually went commercial.”

Favorite styles?
“We love everything and make different each month to keep it fresh. If pushed I would have to admit that I am partial to hoppy beers.”

Best beer experience you ever had?
“Winning the “People’s Choice” Award at the Woodstock Winter Beer Festival 2017”

The world is going to explode in an hour, what beer do you drink and why?
“I would drink something that I have never tried before.”

Anything you want the world to know about: anything goes!
“We are all individuals and we don’t have to be the same as everyone else.”

Love at first bite: Scandalous Foodtruck

Jeroen Janeke woke up one day and decided to radically change everything about his life and get himself a foodtruck. The result? Scandalously delicious Italian food on the go….

What are you cooking right now?
“I am making a very traditional Agnolotti. It is these little pasta pockets filled with slow roast lamb, pappardelle pasta ribbons with Lamb Bolognese. The pasta is of course homemade. I slow roast the lamb, add pecorino cheese, rosemary, garlic, parsley, fried onions and a touch of red wine. For the sauce: either mint and chili oil or creamy oregano drizzle. Both served with a small rocket salad and citrus dressing. E buono!”

I am sharpening my fork as we speak! So Jeroen, that’s not a very Italian name, is it?
“I was born in Mokum, but my family on my dad’s side is Italian. I also lived and worked there as a chef. I grew up in an Italian kitchen. Had my first glass of wine with cheese and capers at age 6 lol… “

Sounds good to me! How did you end up with a foodtruck?
“The lifestyle appeals to me. I got out of the corporate scene, worked in Angola for 8 years doing supply chain there. Also involved in uncut diamonds. I was still living in Johannesburg then. Then I woke up one day and realised that it was not a satisfying place to be. So I sold everything in Johannesburg, moved to Cape Town and then planned and started the food truck. The smile it puts on someone’s face when they take the first bite. That’s what it’s all about.”

CUPPAforCANSA: high tea for a great cause

Sadly almost everybody we meet is affected by cancer in some way: a relative, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague… Which is why CANSA – The Cancer Association of South Africa – does such invaluable work. For the past three years CANSA has been raising money with the CUPPAforCANSA at the wonderful Twelve Apostles Hotel. Last year R50.000 was raised, so this year CANSA wants to top that! The tea will be hosted by the lovely Claire Gardiner, there will be delectable pastry and delicious tea. We sat down with organiser Joanne Hayes to hear all about the tea:

What is your personal connection to CANSA?
“Both my Mom (breast) & my Dad (prostate) have been affected & I have two very close friends, one currently with Stage 4 Cancer, who have impacted my life. There is almost nobody, to a person, on the Staff of the Hotel, who hasn’t been affected in some way, through somebody they know or are related to.”

 Why the Twelve Apostles?
“In Cape Town, The Twelve Apostles is synonymous with the ‘High Tea By The Sea’ so having a high tea to raise funds for a worthy cause such as CANSA felt like completely the right thing to do! Drinking tea is also such a social, sharing activity, so that was also a big motivator. In addition, The Twelve Apostles has for a number of years been donating a percentage of the proceeds raised from High Tea By The Sea during the month of October to CANSA.  The Cuppa Event is our single biggest fundraiser in the year.”

Why should everybody come?
“Because they want to play a small part in helping to overcome the challenges that cancer sufferers are faced with on a daily basis.  What’s more it’s a fabulous, fun-filled & inspiring time to celebrate life, love, friendship and the power of positive sharing and support. And finally, because of the fantastic support of our sponsors, everybody is treated royally on the day with prizes, a goodie bag of treats and the most superb food! How could anybody possibly want to miss it ;-}}”

How indeed?! Be sure to book on time for this very popular event, there will be two sittings on Thursday September 28th from 10h00 – 12h30 and 15h00 – 17h30.

Pizza Festival in Cape Town

I love pizza and pasta, so where better to go than the Pizza and Pasta Festival in Cape Town? Surprisingly enough, it’s the first of its kind! Food will be supplied by Tru Pizza, Posticino, The Pizza Punk, Col’Cacchio, Some Oaks Bistro, The Pasta Factory,  Bella Italia and Scandalous food truck, to name just a few. Scandalous’ Jeroen has promised to bring traditional Agnolotti, little pasta pockets filled with slow roast lamb and pecorino cheese…. Throw in music by Majozi, Sean Koch Trio, Daniel Baron & Minx and we feel we are on to a winner with this festival. So we had a chat with organisers Foosic – get it, it’s Food and Music – about the serious business of pizza: No. Bananas.

How did you come up with a pizza festival?
“We have a strong love for Pizza & pasta so we decided to create an event around it 🙂 We have over 30 years experience in the event game, so we are starting to create events based on what majority of people love. Including ourselves!”

So as a pizza lover, what is the best pizza topping?
“Has to have avocado, a meat ingredient and it is never complete without feta :)”

What should never, ever, be allowed near a pizza?
“Pineapple and banana.”

This could be you, eating pizza.

I hear you. Fruit has no business on a pizza. So do come on down to Tokai’s Market at The Range on September 16th, this Saturday. There are two sittings, the first from 11 till 5 pm, the second from 5 pm till 10 pm, seating is limited to 1500 people per sitting. More info here

 

Tea Time: Cape Town’s 5 best places for a nice cuppa

Nothing like a cuppa to lift your spirits. Tea is very hot (yes, pun intended!) at the moment, with both the benefits of drinking the green stuff being a subject of lots of studies and lots of hip tea places popping up all over town. One of the best things about tea in my book? It usually comes with cake! So here’s our top five:

Nigiro Tea Merchants Where better to go than to the source? “Allow the tea do the talking and learn the wisdom that comes from surrendering to tea and silence.” is Nigiro’s motto. The Tea Merchants’ is situated at the back of Origin Coffee and actually Nigiro is Origin spelt backwards! I love that kind of word play. Owner Mingwei Tsai started back in 2009 with 120 different loose leaf teas and nowadays there are over 200 from all over the globe. Relax with a tea ceremony and do check out all those very nice tea pots and cups and parafernalia.
Nigiro Tea Merchants
28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 421 1000

High Tea Café Tucked away in a courtyard in suburban Wynberg High Tea has grown into THE local go-to place for special occasions, not in the least because of owner Irma’s fab cakes… The access is a bit of an adventure, but once you are there it feels very much like your own secret garden. We suggest the honey ginger rooibos!
High Tea Café, Access from Whitby Rd, 53 Constantia Main Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, South Africa

Low-Carb High Tea
A festive, yet healthy take on the traditional sugar, fat and carb-heavy tea, The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia are giving you the saintly option, with delicious little snacks, including seeds, yoghurt honey pannacotta and dark chocolate and beetroot cupcakes, to name just a few! I must say being good is starting to sound pretty delicious there.
Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

Tea by the Sea
In the words of the great George Michael: If you’re gonna do it, do it right! So let’s go really fancy at The 12 Apostles. They have their own pastry team. I know. The accent is very much on the food rather than on the tea, you can actually also opt for bubbly!
The 12 Apostles,Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

Kirstenbosch Tea Room
This is the no-frills option at a spectacular location, one of the world’s most renowned botanical gardens and voted number 6 of the world’s most exciting picnic spots in the world. Tea comes in a mug. In a bag. Kids get crayons. If it’s chilly you get a blanket. No. Frills. But: the scenery is spectacular and the scones are pretty epic as well, served with heaps of clotted cream.
Gate 2 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

The Tea Bar
I do love a good (tea) yarn and Lady Bonin’s Tea has just such a great story! Jessica Bonin, the founder of Lady Bonin’s, started selling tea all around Cape Town from a caravan back in 2010. The world’s first tea caravan! She sourced organic tea directly from the farmers, for a decent price. At The Tea Bar you can have tea pairings, tea ceremonies and tea slushies but you can also just have a cuppa.
The Tea Bar, 213 Long Street Cape Town CBD

Did we miss an important place in your tea drinking experience? Please let us know!

 

Waffles, surf dudes and quirky shops: Kalk Bay

Quirky is the word most people use when describing loveable seaside Kalk Bay. You can stroll along the kay, watch whales or surfers, sit down for some fab food or shop in some of the cutest shops Cape Town has to offer. Here’s what our perfect Kalk Bay day would look like:

Breakfast
Did someone say waffles? I sure hope so, because there’s no better way to start the day than with a great breakfast and Lekker (‘tasty’ in Afrikaans) is just the ticket! The menu is short and sweet, we’d suggest the waffles as they are just perfect and if it’s cold why not have some of their legendary hot chocolate as well? Cosy and welcoming with great sea views, Lekker will set you up for a day of exploring in Kalk Bay.
Lekker, 106 Main Road, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa

Walkies!
After all those waffles, you need to burn some energy so why not go and explore a cave and maybe even see some bats?! Boomslang cave is a very nice cave, especially if you haven’t done a lot of caving yet. The tunnel goes straight through the mountain which also makes it an ideal roundtrip for people with kids. There is quite a bit of crawling involved, so wear long pants that you don’t mind getting pretty filthy or just walk down the way you came! Do bring a flashlight but please be nice to the bats, they really don’t like having lights shining in their eyes while they’re trying to sleep!

Did you know: bats can eat up to 1200 mosquitos an hour?? So imagine if there were no bats, all those mosquitos zooming around in your bedroom….
So be nice to bats!

Shopping
You have earned some shopping, why not have a browse at The Cook’s Room in Tin Pan Alley. Is it me or does that give it a very Harry Potter-esk kind of magic? Tin Pan Alley, who knows what might happen there! Here they have all the stuff your gran used to have! Personally I would also have a nice slow wander through ANPA jewellery. They can make you a bespoke piece, but their own collection, often using Mokume Gane the metal bending technique used in Japanese sword making, is just divine. And of course you have to stop by Quagga Trading just to gawp at all the unexpected treasures they have squirrelled away: rare books, sea charts, paintings and a stuffed zebra.

Drrrrrrink!
I don’t know about you but after all that I could do with a drink. Where better than Cape to Cuba? As one of the punters put it: “It makes you want to put on a bikini and sip a cocktail”. The decor is rather delightfully over the top, the music is loud, and the atmosphere is extremely laid back. Too laid back for some people but hey, have a mojito!
165 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa 

Take in a show 
Kalk Bay has its own theatre, a former church revamped to sit an audience of up to 78. The church has seen quite a few changes since its deconsecration in the 50s: it’s been a piano shop, a dance academy and a karate school! Owners Vanessa Harris and Ashley Searle took over the theatre three years ago.  Vanessa is a comedy actress and Ashley is a primarily a dancer, who shot to fame in So you think you can dance? .  They have their own company Follow Spot Productions, that create and produce most of the shows at the FollowSpot Kalk Bay theatre. The restaurant serves á la carte dinner before shows. More info on their website

Get out there! 4 fab reasons to go outside right now

I know, it’s the weekend, you just want to sit and watch TV. I get it! BUT here are so many cool things out there, why not have a look at out favourites and see if you don’t get inspired? I dare you. I double dare you!

Moonlight Mass bike ride

A few years ago Daniel Graham and Elad Kirshenbaum thought it would be cool to organise a bike ride by the full moon. Half of Cape Town agreed and Moonlight Mass was born. The event grew so quickly that it turned into a bit of a logistical nightmare and by late 2014 Elad and Daniel decided to call it quits. However, recently an organisation called Critical Mass decided to reinstate the full moon bike fest to promote the bicycle as a form of transportation and cyclists’ right to participate in traffic. Hundreds of people join in each month in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Some of the rules: CM is about having fun, in a group, on wheels. Nobody gets left behind, everybody’s welcome.

More info here

Surf like an Egyptian!

Sandboarding may sound like something newfangled, but actually the ancient Egyptians already saw the awesome opportunities huge sand dunes could provide. I am totally imagining Cleopatra gliding around on a very blingy board! Sandboarding has aspects of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding but the great thing is you don’t have to rely on snow or waves, all you need is some decent sand! Luckily there’s loads of great sand around Cape Town, such as the Atlantis and Betty’s Bay dunes and plenty of companies catering for the aspiring sandboarder.

Try Sidewinder or Mamba!

RUN CAPE TOWN

A very active way to see the sights: sightrunning. Yep, it’s a thing with Sightjogging enterprises popping up in places as varied as Vienna, Barcelona, Brussels, Venice and, yes, Cape Town! You run along with a guide who takes you along the highlights of the city, but also shows you their version of the city they live in. It’s been a huge hit all over the world and Cape Town is no exception. It’s a lot more dynamic than following a guide with an umbrella and listening to a standard talk. And afterwards you will have earned that pint!

Run Cape Town  

 

Shark Cage Diving

For some this may sound like their worst nightmare: being stuck in a cage, under water, waiting for the Great White to show up. However, for the less Jaws-traumatised among us this could be at the very top of their bucket list! The Cape waters are one of the rare places in the world where there are still actually a lot of Great Whites left. Not such good news for the Cape Fur seals who are their main staple but hey, that’s nature for you :).   

The guys at Downhill Adventures have years of experience

Coffee Time in Cape Town: Our 5 pics

Nothing like a good cup of coffee to start the day, pick you up during the day or to unwind with! We are sharing our 5 fave places:

Coffee is the common man’s gold, and like gold, it brings to every person the feeling of luxury and nobility.

Sheik-Abd-al-Kadir, In Praise of Coffee (1587)

Bean There

Sustaining people today and the earth tomorrow is Bean There’s slogan and they mean business!

They are South Africa’s first and only roaster of Fairtrade coffee from Africa, buying small batches direct from local growers and roasting them in South Africa. Empowerment for small growers, exclusive coffee for the rest of us, as there are only small batches. The Cape Town Roastery is in a nice brightly decorated locale on beautiful Whale Street and hosts cupping nights.

58 Wale Street, Cape Town

Origin Roasting

Roasters Mike and Jorge roast upstairs so if you ask nicely you can always pop in for a look. Or ask for a proper roastery tour. They always have ten different single origin coffees to choose from including ones from Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda. Origin only use free range eggs, free range chickens and grass fed beef. They also do an all day breakfast. As breakfast is my favourite meal of the day that thrills me to no end! How about this: Classically-blanched, al dente asparagus topped with soft poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and shavings of cremalat local and parmesan cheese. I am sharpening my fork as we speak…

Department of Coffee in Khayelitsha

Coffee is a big deal all over Cape Town, but Department of Coffee is the first artisan coffee place to open in Khayelitsha. Wongama, Vusumzi and Vuyile, three entrepreneurial 20-somethings from Khayelitsha decided it was time to bring coffee to the townships and as it turns out, they were right on the money! Department of Coffee is now a big draw, especially since it is situated right next to Khayelitsha train station. Very clever: DOC also deliver to nearby venues, such as the court house and the hospital! Now who hasn’t wished for a decent cup of coffee when they were confined to the hospital… Brilliant! They also run a muffin project where customers are invited to buy a muffin which is then handed out to hungry kids in the area. Three thumbs up!

The House of Machines

Honouring man and machine, THoM (the house of machines) is an edgy mix of bike shop, clothes store and café. They have combined their joined interests, great coffee, craft beer, fashion and bikes, and turned it into a great place: “We’ve combined things we really dig and think others would like too.” Love it!
Have a look at their website

 

Espresso Lab Microroasters is a specialty coffee roastery based at The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, Cape Town.

For the true coffee nerd, Espresso Lab’s aim is to showcase different botanical varieties of coffee, from different areas and processes so the curious coffee explorer can try all sorts of different flavours and textures. Their website mentions ‘terroir’ so you just know they mean business!

Try the Helsar Cascare from Costa Rica. The cascara is the dried outer skin of the coffee cherry with a hint of residual fruit attached. Apparently if you brew it just so the coffee is delicious and tea-like.

Espresso Lab

Winter’s here, now what? 5 cool things to do in Winter!

Winter is here and with all the cool stuff going on in Cape Town you will be spoilt for choice! We have scoured for the cosiest, nicest, most delicious and most fun events we could find that suit your winter needs to a tee. 

Whale watching

Ready to see some seriously majestic creatures? Come down to Hermanus and watch the whales! Some of the species you could observe: humpback whale,  Bryde’s whale, Southern Right whale and the occasional orca. Starting from June whales come from Antartica to breed and rear their young in Walker Bay. Rated one of the twelve best spots to watch whales in the world by the World Wildlife Foundation, Hermanus is just the ticket! They have a whale crier, a person who watches out for sightings of the big creatures and then blows a horn made of kelp. I know, I so want that job!

The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December. You can also book tours via Hermanus

Or if you would like to combine whale watching with those other important w’s, namely Wine tasting and Worse (sausage) eating why not book via www.wineflies.co.za who combine the three? R650p/p.

Dalin Oliver – Face for Radio

Nothing like a good laugh to chase away the cold and the rain: comedian and Good Hope FM presenter Dalin Oliver is trying to grow up, basically because his mum has told him that he’ll never find a girlfriend if he doesn’t start cleaning his room. And pay tax. And learn how to parallel park his car in busy traffic. Basically, Dalin needs to get his head around ‘adulting’. His previous One Man Show I Came, I Taught, I Left was a huge hit, selling out night after night, so we have high hopes for lots of belly laughs!  More info here

Wake up and smell the coffee: barista academy

Did you splurge on a top of the line machine only to have it sit in a corner of your kitchen like a silent reproach? Well, no more! Finally find out what all those little buttons do and amaze your friends next time they drop by your house. Truth Coffee has a Barista Academy where you can learn how to make coffee like a pro. Yes, even those cute cappuccino-foam designs! Their entry level “Coffee Appreciation Course” costs R451 and will teach you the history of coffee, allow you to take a tour of their roastery and bean chamber and school you in the art of cupping and appreciating different blends and brews. Truth Coffee weren’t  named second coolest coffee shop in the world by The Daily Meal for nothing!

Truth’s Website

Read!

What better way  to spend a cold winter night than snuggled up with a book? Well, spend it snuggled up to 150 literary events all over the city during the Open Book Festival 2017! From September 6th until September 10th there are over 150 literary events scheduled in and around the Fugard Theatre. They do some cool stuff at the Open Book, remember this Guinness Record Attempt?
This year is the 7th edition and Open Book are back, stronger than ever with none other than Booker Prize Winner Paul Beatty! eFoodies wanted to find out more so we spoke to Open Book organiser Frankie Murray:

 

“We have so much exciting stuff happening! #cocreatePOETICA is packed full of performances and discussions, including a session that feeds out of a 3 day poetry journey selected poets will participate in. They will spend the 6 – 10 September exploring language, space and identity and I am very much looking forward to hearing more about the experiences they share. We’ve always got strong events looking at the challenges we face as South Africans and this year is no different.” Read the rest of the interview here
And eFoodies gets to give away 2 tickets to the Open Book event of your choice (subject to availability so get in there!) if you like eFoodies on FB. And we are a very likeable bunch, so why not?

More info @ Open Book Festival

Get comfy by the fireplace

And once you have splurged on a fresh stack of great books, you can read them ensconced by one of the THREE fireplaces in lovely Kloof Street House! Kloof Street House is a Victorian gem with a lovely garden for endless lounging in summer, but in winter you can soak up the old world charm by the bar – made of old suitcases – and the lovely eclectic menu, which currently includes oysters, truffled mash, bouillabaisse and salted caramel cheesecake.

Check out their website here

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