Dax Villanueva: Olive harvest 2015

Many small olive producers have already finished their olive harvest and the big producers should be a few weeks away from completing theirs. After a very low yielding harvest last year, the producers are pleased to see a much better harvest in 2015, although certainly nowhere near a record harvest. The olive harvest starts after […]

May 31, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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Reuben’s – restaurant review

When Reuben’s is the name of the restaurant, it’s ideal to have Reuben in the kitchen. I’ve eaten at Reuben’s in Franschhoek with Reuben Riffel present and with him absent. When he was there, the meal was worth every cent. When he wasn’t, his staff fell short of the name on the door. It’s a […]

May 30, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Zhong Cuisine – restaurant review

Cheap sushi is a deeply dangerous global abomination. Most of the inexpensive sushi served in South Africa is a rolling insult to Japanese culinary culture. All those subtle, true and clean, complementary flavours that one ought to find are generally replaced with technically clumsy, clangingly unrefined tastes and textures. I have an Italian chef friend […]

May 18, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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BAPS Shayona – restaurant review

Who wouldn’t love this jalebi? It’s a neat, palm-sized spiral of orange stickiness. It was made by drawing a circle in hot oil, then dunking the deep-fried wheel into fragrant syrup. It’s similar to our plaited koeksister, but much less of a mouthful. The whorl of a jalebi is not doughy. The circles are designed […]

May 13, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Dax Villanueva: Morgenster and the development of the SA olive industry

Giulio Bertrand is well known in the wine industry for the excellent wines produced by his Somerset West wine estate Morgenster . But many people do not know that in 2012 the SA Olive Industry Association nominated Bertrand for a Lifetime Achiever Award in recognition of his contribution to the development of South Africa’s olive […]

May 11, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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Mexican Fresh vs Perron – restaurant review

Tex-Mex is a term that was first used in the late 19th century to describe the route of a cross border railway line. It wasn’t applied to food until 1918 when Miguel Martinez chef-patron of the Dallas restaurant, El Fenix, created a set of anglo-Mexican fusion recipes in an attempt to appeal to the Texan […]

May 9, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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David Donde: Instant coffee be damned

I am reading one of the most inspiring books of my entire life right now. The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré. Fitting I guess as I pen a piece on instant coffee. As Honoré points out, we live in a world addicted to speed. Captivated by the quick and easy. Instant coffee seems a very […]

April 29, 2015
by David Donde
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Bocca – restaurant review

The zucchini fries at Bocca are unmissable. They are cut like skinny chips, but tend to flop modestly. This is not a starchy, upright chip – all brisk posture and uniform texture. With their melting centres and tempura-type coating, these veggie fries offer light crunch and a fresh but velvety filling. The accompanying herb mayonnaise […]

April 29, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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