Tuesday, 08 July 2014 11:53

Not just clouds in your coffee

Coffee art has become an essential element of a great cup of coffee and people like internationally renowned New York based coffee artist and barista Michael Breach keep raising the bar. He arrived in South Africa recently after his world tour to immortalise some South African icons.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:00

The tastes of South Africa

Travelling and eating the cuisine of other countries is wonderful but there are certain uniquely South African foods and flavours that are enjoying a huge offshore celebrity status, thanks to both the diaspora of South Africans and the exposure of tourism. Of course they taste pretty damn good at home as well!
Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:11

Food trends for 2014

 So what are the top foodie trends for 2014? Alternative protein, like pigeon (adds flavour to the expression: "Don't call me pigeon pie and eat me up"?) Expect things like rabbit, guinea fowl, ostrich, kangaroo and all sorts of South African gamey goodies like kudu and warthog. Our fifth taste bud is supposed to be "umami", the salty taste one…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:52

An incredible culinary experience

"Incroyable" was how a French friend described top Gauteng chef David Higgs's food at Jozi's new and very expensive fine dining spot, 500. The French are not quick to give compliments, but clearly the cuisine was of a standard to inspire such culinary passion.
Monday, 15 April 2013 11:58

The new sushi kid on the block

Jozi's latest sushi kid on the block, YuMe Sushi Dim Sum and Noodle Bar, has banished Blue Mondays for ever ... and replaced it with Blue Plate Mondays.
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 12:31

A well seasoned chef

It's not often that a chef looks like he has just stepped out of a Tom Ford ad ... but Chef Coco Fathi Reinharz of Sel et Poivre restaurant is part of a new breed of "designer chefs" who look as good as their food.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:21

Local gets lekker

Want a sophisticated night out without all the hassle that comes from trying to book into your favourite restaurant (closed on Mondays, chef off or, worst case scenario, suddenly goes bankrupt)? Time to try that old classic, the supper club.
Friday, 10 February 2012 08:32

Fast and friendly food

Every country has a culture of street food, available on street level, mostly nutritious and easy to obtain. In Singapore it's fried bananas, in Greece it's roasted chestnuts, and in Italy, well, who could ignore the ubiquitous gelato? (Even America has McDonald's so they have something to munch on!)
Thursday, 17 November 2011 15:58

The many shades of Gray

"Gray is a zone: not black, not white, and certainly not the rainbow nation, which is dictated by colour. Instead, it is so many shades in between. It's classy, it's what it is supposed to be, it's natural," says Philippe Wagenfuhrer of his new enterprise, Gray restaurant, situated next to the Harley Davidson dealership in Boksburg.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 08:59

Cap Classique gets classic

The French have been embellishing their champagne bottles and boxes for centuries, and each house has its signature look which is part of the "DNA" of that brand. Their wines, too, focus on the appearance of the bottle; the great Bordeaux have used renowned artists to design their labels for many years.
Thursday, 22 September 2011 09:00

Gordon to judge Masterchef SA!

Jozi has been a food whirlwind for the past two weeks: first it was Taste of Joburg and now fantastic foodie entertainment with The Good Food & Wine Show, which was held at the Coca Cola Dome in North Riding for the next four days.
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 12:26

Shady Chenins of Stellenbosch

Teddy Hall is known as the "Chenin king of South Africa", having won South Africa's Chenin Blanc Challenge in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005, as well as the Diners Club Winemaker of the Year (2001). He was also invited to join the Cape Winemakers Guild. His wines are sublime, I say, tilting back a bottle of his Chenin Blanc Reserve,…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 12:27

Some very bullish markets

Some years ago I wrote a piece for Good Taste magazine on wholefood and open air markets in Jozi, and how diverse they were. Let's face it, what can beat the feeling of stocking up the fridge and food cupboard every week with everything tasty, homemade and organic straight from your own back yard?
Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:03

The star of food showbiz

 When it comes to sophisticated, stylish, contemporary catering South Africa can be proud of the culinary genius of Vicky Crease. The winner of Best International Caterer 2010 (Catersource ACE, USA), and SIX International Caterers Association's CATIE Awards (USA), her company Vicky Crease Catering & Events has cooked for the best.
Monday, 18 July 2011 15:13

Molecular gastronomy comes to Cape Town

Most people when they think of molecular gastronomy think of froth on a plate, resembling a dying snail, or circles of unidentifiable goo topped with a whippy tail. Whereas it's just the science of food reacting under different circumstances, which is a basic you would learn at chef school. Nowadays, of course, molecular gastronomy has become a series of froths,…
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:19

A lifelong love affair with champagne

Champagne is not something that you are born in love with - unless you live in the region of Champagne. Babies (or Catholic babies at any rate) are given a spoonful of this delicious bone-achingly dry nectar at their baptism, and although they make a funny face and try to spit it out, it is then something that is in…
Monday, 04 April 2011 10:00

Chic downtown dining

From being a major power source for the City of Gold at its inception the Turbine Hall has become one of the most fashionable downtown venues in Johannesburg. Newly weds flock to have their wedding photos taken against its stark industrial background, and the underground section has been converted into a space which miraculously metamophoses into something different  for each glamorous…
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