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Lily Allen gets so drunk she forgets she made and ate a croque monsieur after night out

We love Lily Allen for a lot of reasons – her wacky wardrobe, her crazy lyrics and her cookery skills.


8 Types of Hangovers You Know Too Well

You’re getting old. Well, older than you were yesterday anyway. A last minute call leads to grabbing a drink with friends. One turns to two, then four, and so on.


First Pomegranate Farm in South Africa

The Van der Merwe brothers from Merwespont, Bonnievale, a fruit and wine farm established in 1883 in the Breede River Valley, are the proud owners of Pont Juice, also known as the Passionate Pomegrana


RECM Best Value Rosé

SA producers are faced with a difficult choice when it comes to getting stickers onto bottles and as any retailer worth her salt will confirm, stickers shift stock. Mainstream competitions like Verita


Beer Review: Vedett Extra White

Beer: Vedett Extra White Brewery: Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV Origin: Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium Alcohol: 4.7% a.b.v. Available: Cape Town, JHB, DBN Full disclosure – when available, this is


Whisky with a R2m price tag

The 750ml whisky inside the decanter is said to leave 'you speechless'.


Creative Brandy Drink Brings Glory For Cape Mixologist

 A student at the Cape Town Hotel School trumped the competition by whipping up the winning brandy cocktail at the 4th annual One&Only Reaching for Young Stars competition for chef schools. Matt


Robertson Rules at the RECM Best Value Rosés

Well when it comes to rose, Robertson are sure in the pink. Half of the RECM Best Value rosés hail from the valley of wine and rosés - Van Loveren, Arabella and Rooiberg. Van Loveren Blanc de N


Impressive Double Gold Harvest For Brandy At Veritas

Five superb brandies, all potstills, achieved the highest honour in this year’s Veritas Awards by being awarded the coveted double gold medal. KWV triumphed with two double gold medals, while Oude M


Sauvignon Bank from First National Blanc

The awards lunch at Cassia Restaurant on Nitida for the First National Blanc Sauvignon Bank Top Ten next week is shaping up as an interesting affair. While serious Sauvignon lovers and soaks will rel


Clos Malverne Sauvignon 2013 – 16.10.14

When Seymour Pritchard bought his wine estate from its previous owner, it was named Malverne Heights after the Malvern Hills in the English counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershir


Destination of the Week: Constantia Wine Valley

The Constantia Wine Route, only 15 minutes’ drive from Cape Town,  is the most spectacular wine experience in the world offering a unique blend of century-old established wine homesteads and n


Butternut & Parma Ham Salad – Carey Boucher Erasmus

Serves: 2-4 Ingredients 500 g cubed butternut 2 cloves garlic, chopped and a drizzle of olive oil 12 slices of Parma ham, prosciutto or presunto 2 sticks of danish-style feta, crumbled Parmesan shavin


López Heredia – The world’s most traditional wines

The trend of modern, ‘Parkerised’ Spanish wines that started in the late 1990s seems to have lost some momentum. Consumers are now seeking more honesty and elegance, and López Heredia is fast reg


Boland Cellar Five Climates Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – 16.10.14

Talking to Johan Joubert, the Cellarmaster at Boland Cellar, I was interested to be reminded again of the five different micro climatic regions from which the winery draws it grapes. While the macro c


Durban’s GREAT Food and Wine Show! Win some tickets here.

Food, beer and wine lovers rejoice! One of Durban’s top culinary events is finally around the corner and promises to be the ultimate foodie experience of the year. Be sure to put a reminder in your


Caramelized Onion, Potato & Mushroom Pierogi – a MasterClass by Jamie Schler

For the dough: 2 cups (500 ml) full fat plain or Greek yogurt 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tsp salt 2 ¼ cups (280 g) flour + more for kneading For the filling: ¾ lb (350 g) potato for mashing 1 lb (500 g


A Walk Down Bree Street Part 7: Orinoco

Whenever I hear the word Orinoco I am brought back to many childhood memories of the Wombles. But in fact- Orinoco is more popularly known for being the name of one of the longest rivers in South Ame


Asara The Bell Tower 2011 – 15.10.14

Asara Wine Estate and Hotel sits in the Polkadraai Hills just outside the town of Stellenbosch and is at the heart of its eponymous Wine Appellation. Though wine history on the estate goes back to 169


Dalla Cia Pinot Noir 2013

The maiden vintage Pinot Noir 2011 from the renowned Giorgio Dalla Cia was serious and demanding, perhaps too much so. He declined to release a 2012 and now the 2013 is upon us, the wine showing more


Baked Fish with Gremolata Crumb & Caper Mayo – Le Creuset

Succulent chunky SASSI friendly white fish fillets with a crunchy, breadcrumb topping with fresh garlic, lemon and parsley bound with a little olive oil. The topped fish is baked in the oven until gol


Pecanwood Oktoberfest

So this past weekend we headed off to Pecanwood in the Natal Midlands for Oktoberfest.  More perfect weather we could not have asked for. We got to the queue at around 11h00 and though there was a w


Peter Falke Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – 15.10.14

You can’t get any closer to some of the finest wine country in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation than up the Annandale Road, tucked in under the Helderberg. Some pretty impressive names as you drive


Winter Salad – Vickie de Beer

Serves 4 All the flavours and textures in this salad combine perfectly together to create a visual and flavour feast. Ingredients ¼ small pumpkin, sliced into thin wedges 45 ml olive oil 2 handfuls o


Neal Martin on the wines of López Heredia

The wines of López Heredia are some of Wine Cellar’s most prized imports and we are blown away each time we open a bottle. View our López Heredia offer here; and see Neal Martin’ s review o


Specialized bicycles up for grabs at Fnb Wines2Whales MTB events

The Organizers of the FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events together with Specialized Bicycles are excited to introduce the #MySpecializedDraw at each of the three MTB events: Adventure, R


The Swartland celebrates Chenin Blanc in Cape Town

Chenin Blanc is as much part of the South African landscape as braaivleis, rugby and sunny skies. It’s not only one of the very first wine grape varieties ever planted in South Africa, but it still


The wines we drink: Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2013

Natural wine making – the process of making wine with as little wine maker influence as possible. Or as Wikipedia calls it “natural wines are wines that are produced without adding or rem


Q&A with Woodstock’s First Espresso Bar

Flatmountain Roasters is a newly opened espresso bar located at 101 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock. Now, admittedly I’m more of a tea fairy myself, but something about these guys and their passion for C


The Old Men and the Duo of Beauties from Robertson by Lafras Huguenet

“Blanc,” said Dolf Hershowitz brushing some fluff from his white cocktail jacket, “blanc is French for white.” Stienie Boshoff looked up from his Louis L’Amour novel. “Really? I thought