Banting Friendly Chocolate Cupcakes


Who doesn’t love a good Chocolate Cupcake? I’m sure you all have a recipe for chocolate cupcakes hidden somewhere in your recipe file but this one is rumoured to taste like Romany Creams AND it’s Banting friendly! Put on those aprons, pull out your baking supplies and pop the kettle on – you’ll be icing these warm treats in just 40 mins.

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A Culinary Treat at The Raj Constantia

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On Wednesday, 13th July, my partner and I were treated to lunch at The Raj Constantia, in the popular Constantia Village Centre. Having lived in the area for most of my life, I must admit I have never had the pleasure of dining at The Raj. This was mostly due to my lack of knowledge about the Indian cuisine, but also due to my fear of anything too hot and spicy!

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Top 10 Most Unusual Restaurants in the World

Labassin Waterfall - Top 10 Unusual Restaurants in the World

Although we have our fair share of unusual restaurants in South Africa, the rest of the world most certainly wins this one. Dinner in the dark, below freezing temperatures, furry waiters and dizzy heights are just a few of the dining experiences on offer. Here are our Top 10 Most Unusual Restaurants in the World.
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Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration – Den Anker

Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration - Girls - Den Anker

On the 30th July, Den Anker, Ultra Liquors and Luke Krone Events come together for the ultimate battle of the sexes at this years’ Ultra Mussels Wine Tournament. Guests can join in the fun from 12pm until 4pm at Belgian inspired Den Anker Restaurant, in the popular V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

General Manager of the Ultra Liquors Wine Region and noted wine expert, Mark Norrish, has personally selected participants from the Stellenbosch wine region for this years’ battle. This is the first time in the history of the competition that only one wine region will be featured.

Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration - Boys - Den Anker

This unique battle will see the guys and girls in wine compete against each other. The girls in wine will be representing Blaauwklippen, De Morgenzon, Fleur du Cap, Haskell Vineyards, House of J.C. Le Roux, Simonsig Wine Estate, Uitkyk Wine Estate and Warwick Wine Estate whilst the guys will be representing Beyerskloof Wines, Delaire Graff Estate, Ernie Els Wines, Glenelly, Kanonkop Wine Estate, Kleine Zalze and Rust en Vrede.

Says Mark: “Ultra Liquors is constantly re-inventing the wine business in South Africa, and we really enjoy the everyday challenges that test our current way of thinking. This Challenge is a particularly interesting one, as Stellenbosch is a wonderfully famous region, producing many world class wines made by guys and girls alike. What better way to enjoy some superb fruit of the vine and voting for your relevant choice. It is novel, entertaining and unique – the very same qualities that embody the Ultra wine division.”

Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration - Couple - Den Anker

Doekle and Rejeanne Vlietman are well-known for their spectacular Belgian cuisine and will be cooking up a storm in the form of 1kg of mussels for each of the 200 guests. A range of wines and bubblys have been specially selected for patrons to enjoy with the mussels.

Tickets for the Ultra Mussels Wine Celebration cost R230 per person and are available through Webtickets. A ticket includes 1kg of fresh mussels, a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings and live entertainment. Only 200 tickets are available and booking is essential. No under 18’s allowed.

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Father’s Day Specials 2016


Father’s Day seems to have snuck up on all of us this year, but don’t despair if you haven’t made plans to celebrate yet, we’ve got you covered! Restaurants in South Africa are offering great specials on Sunday, 19th June, but we suggest you book soon as these fabulous spots are sure to fill up quickly!

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Top 10 Places for Brunch in Johannesburg

Cover - Top 10 Places for Brunch in Johannesburg

While we all enjoy a good Breakfast, there is nothing better than sleeping in on cold Wintry mornings, snuggled under the duvet in your favourite furry pj’s. However, when 10am hits, the tummy starts to grumble and buttery croissants and cappuccinos are all you can think about. Don’t worry, we’re here to help – visit one of the following spots in Johannesburg for a delicious, leisurely brunch.

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Top 10 Markets in Cape Town & Cape Peninsula

Earth Food Fair Market

Markets are great for shopping for gifts, getting inspiration, indulging in delicious homemade treats and gourmet meals and sampling the likes of craft beer, wines and the latest foodie craze. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to markets in the Cape so we thought we’d make your choice a little easier with our list of the Top 10 Markets in Cape Town & the Cape Peninsula.

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Stay Warm this Winter with the Benguela Group

Benguela Brasserie at Lakeside Lodge - Benguela Group

The Benguela Group has been hard at work thinking up great ways to keep you entertained this Winter.

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New Winter Menu at Shimmy Beach Club

Baked Onion and Tomato Tart Tatin - Shimmy Beach Club Winter Menu

Shimmy Beach Club, in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is known as South Africa’s premier venue and restaurant location. The restaurant has hosted some of the biggest Summer parties and celebrations and has now just launched its new winter menu with a variety of mouth-watering dishes. This heart-warming a la carte menu will be available in the restaurant from 4 May to the end of August, 2016.

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Father’s Day at Benguela Brasserie, Lakeside Lodge & Spa

Benguela Brasserie Father's Day LunchExperience Father’s Day at Lakeside Lodge & Spa

On Sunday, 19th June 2016, we get the opportunity to honour our fathers, once again, at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, a short drive out from Sedgefield on the Garden Route. A hearty winter set menu is planned at the lodge’s on-site restaurant, Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant, this Father’s Day.

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