All posts tagged: cape town

Humans of coffee: Zoë Brown

Who is Zoë Brown? I’m just an ordinary girl with an extra ordinary job. I am a presenter and the unofficial DIY’er on the Expresso morning show on SABC 3. I’m also a radio presenter on the Cape’s number one hit music station, KFM. Apart from having a career in the media industry, I’ve completed my honors in a BA International Relations degree. What’s your best childhood memory? One of my favourite childhood memories was created in the kitchen. I really wanted to impress my aunt and bake her a coffee cake. The recipe called for a cup of coffee to be added to the mixture and that was what I did. I added 250g of instant coffee powder to the mixture instead of making a cup (one teaspoon of coffee with hot water)! My cake came out rock-hard and completely inedible. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? They say that hindsight is perfect vision, although I don’t regret any decisions that I’ve made, I would …

Humans of coffee: Bilbo Steyn

Who is Bilbo Steyn? This is a very tricky question, it feels a bit like an online dating bio! I’m just your average 31 year old chick who can make a party out of almost any occasion and always have the essential ingredients on hand for a slap up meal. My life is busy with work but I ironically work very hard to balance it out and retain some sense of spontanatiety. I have a really good career and life in Cape Town, I am blessed with a ridiculously awesome family and my friends are loving, generous and heaps of fun, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible, yet I’m very independent and can happily do my own thing. What is your best childhood memory? The truth is I had a very happy upbringing, we toured Southern Africa extensively during school holidays (my parents were both teachers) and always spent Christmas holidays surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. There are vivid memories that stand out, my mom would always …

Humans of coffee: Dan Carter

Who is Dan Carter? That really famous All Blacks fly-half? Afraid not (I get that a lot). I guess first and foremost I’m a brother and a believer. I have so much faith that our strength, determination and will is enough to get us to where we want to be. I also happen to be a blogger and photographer which has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and adventures that life has to offer. What is your best childhood memory? It was a few days before Christmas and I was standing in the middle of field somewhere in Belgium. My feet were as numb as a rock from the bitter, icy wind and I hadn’t felt my hands in a few hours. My sister was competing for England in a Cross-Country race when the snow began to pour down. I remember screaming and chasing her down to the finish line, my eyes welling up with pride as she took gold. We spent the afternoon eating waffles and drinking endless amounts of hot chocolate which …

Humans of coffee: Andy Fenner

Who is Andy Fenner? A have a lot of exes. Ex advertising. Ex PR. Ex branding. Even ex property developer. Ex food writer. Current? Butcher & restaurateur. What is your best childhood memory? Eating white bread rolls stuffed with potato crisps on the beach with my family at a tiny seaside cottage, where we went every single year. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would take university more seriously, or I just wouldn’t go. I sort-of didn’t do either. I mean, I went. But I just fucked around like a spoilt brat. I wasn’t paying for it and I acted like I wasn’t paying for it. I regret that. I would have learnt a lot more if I had just travelled for a couple of years. With hospitality, especially, personality, willingness to work hard and passion are worth way more than a piece of paper with some qualification on it. That said, if I did go back I’d study something totally different. I mean I …

Humans of coffee: Winston Thomas

Who is Winston Thomas? Winston Thomas is a god serving, people loving, coffee consuming individual. I live in Strand, a small town outside the greater Cape Town. What is your best childhood memory? My family used to own a house right by the sea at a place called Buffelsjagsbaai or also known as “Buffelsjag.” We’d go there every long weekend and for holidays every year. Most of my favourite childhood memories took place here. Playing sport with my brother, fishing, snorkelling, running around the beach etc. I remember my father taking myself, my brother and a few friends to a little bay where fishing boats would go out. Each with a mini fishing rod in hand we’d walk through knee high water to a spot of rocks and catch fish called “harders.” The house no longer exists. It was built right behind a sand dune and over the years the dune eventually moved over the house. There was nothing we could do about it, a natural disaster so to speak. So I like to think …

Matt Preston does a delicious tour of Cape Town food & coffee spots

  Without a doubt, my favorite of the Masterchef franchise is Masterchef Australia. It’s where I was introduced to Matt Preston – who has done as much for the Australia food scene as he has done for the humble cravat. I came across this piece he did for Delicious.com.au about the food & coffee scene in Cape Town. It was written in November but still very relevant. It’s making my mouth water for another trip to Cape Town. While we’re on the topic, here’s my idea of how to spend the perfect weekend in Cape Town.

Here are the ingredients for a perfect long weekend in Cape Town

I was lucky enough to visit Cape Town again last week. For business. And at the end of a very productive week, I had a long weekend to do with as I please. Here are my ingredients for a perfect long weekend in the Mother City. Airbnb I love Airbnb. If I could marry Airbnb I would. We’d move into a loft. Have 2 kids. And drive a Prius. The process is simple. The hosts are great. And the prices are amazing. I got this view for $55 a night. Lunch at Maison Chris Weylandt has expanded his taste empire to include a wine farm, Maison. Lunch at the bistro-style restaurant, The Kitchen, is a must. Every dish will impress your palate. And any lady accompanying you. Which on this visit was my mom. Coffee For me, no trip to any city is complete without a sampling of it’s speciality coffee. And Cape Town has some of the best in the world. It was a short but perfect weekend. And it was good to home …