Category Archive: Food & Wine

October 19, 2016   /   by natalie   /   ,

La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek

La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek

I like to complain about the weather in the Cape. Cause let’s be honest; the winters are kinda wet and the summers are kinda short. Not to mention windy. But man, when its a perfect summer’s day, you could not be in a better place in the world.  That’s why, when I find a place […]

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October 19, 2016   /   by natalie   /   ,

The Franschhoek MCC Route

The Franschhoek MCC Route

Did you know that South Africa produces Champagne? Well, we produce bubbly using the same method that the French use to produce Champagne. While we can’t call it Champagne (because that name has a copyright) we are essentially producing it right here. Locally, it’s called MCC or Methode Cap Classique. The difference between MCC and “sparkling […]

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October 3, 2016   /   by natalie   /   ,

Spring Tasting at Spier

Spring Tasting at Spier

This past weekend I was hosting a new friend visiting Cape Town from Germany. Since showing people around and meeting new friends are two of my favourite activities (not to mention eating and drinking), I loved having the opportunity to show off Cape Town food, wine and hospitality. It was Anika’s birthday on Sunday, and […]

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September 27, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , , , , ,

Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch

Oude Werf Hotel, Stellenbosch

Tucked away in the heart on Stellenbosch, right on iconic Church Street, is a beautiful courtyard complete with giant oak trees, an idyllic swimming pool and lush green lawn. Surrounded on four sides by Oude Werf Hotel, a national heritage site and South Africa’s oldest hotel, this might be one of the winelands’ best kept […]

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September 26, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , ,

Ten Stunning South African Wines for Under R100

Ten Stunning South African Wines for Under R100

My love affair with South African wine started in 2010 when I moved down from Johannesburg to the beautiful Cape. I’ve spent the last six years exploring the Cape wine regions, from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, Robertson to Paarl, learning about wine and falling more in love with the entire process of winemaking as I go. I’m […]

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September 12, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

Exploring The Robertson Wine Valley

Exploring The Robertson Wine Valley

Thanks to my love of fine wine, I’ve spent A LOT of time exploring Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, two of the Western Cape’s beautiful wine regions. Tasting my way through some of South Africa’s best wine farms is one of my favourite ways to spend time, and a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to do just […]

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August 15, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , ,

VIDEO: Nederburg Auction Food & Wine Pairing

VIDEO: Nederburg Auction Food & Wine Pairing

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to join a panel of food and wine experts for an afternoon of very serious tasting at Overture Restaurant. We were there to taste a variety of fine wines and a selection of gourmet plates, cooked by chef Bertus Basson, to ultimately decide which wines to pair with […]

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July 28, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , , ,

Cape Town Hotspots: Where to try next?

Cape Town Hotspots: Where to try next?

So I’m sure you, dear reader, know that I make a point of eating at as many of Cape Town’s new hotspots as possible. Because I love food and wine and eating out, and because I justify my habit by calling it “work” or “research”. I’m quite into fine dining, so the surge of new […]

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July 26, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , , , ,

A taste of The Orient in Pretoria

A taste of The Orient in Pretoria

I am all about birthdays. But not just my own – I really enjoy celebrating and spoiling the people I love and birthdays present the perfect opportunity to do just this. So when I found out that my dad was going to be away for work on my mom’s birthday, and that she’d be alone at […]

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June 30, 2016   /   by natalie   /   , ,

New Places To Eat In Cape Town

New Places To Eat In Cape Town

While I have a very definite catalogue of my favourite places to eat in Cape Town, I’m always ready to try a new restaurant, bar, coffee shop, juice bar or basically any establishment selling anything edible. Recently there have been so many new spots opening that it’s been hard to keep up, but I do my best. […]

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