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Durban is king of the African sandcastles

  On the sweltering, but beautiful Saturday morning of 15 March, over 800 people trudged barefoot, a little sweaty and a lot enthusiastic, through North Beach's Bay of Plenty with buckets and spades in tow. The aim, as set by Durban-based financial services company, The Unlimited, was to try and break the Guinness World Record...

Raising the bar: the World Class SA Mixology champs making for classy hangovers

We arrived at this event dressed vaguely formally, about as formal as one usually gets in Durbs (slops swapped out for closed shoes). We had a debate about sneakers. As we rolled the car in, we saw men all pressed and polished in black tie and women in dresses worth more than my car when...

How to taste coffee like a pro

Colombo Coffee on Gale Street recently hosted a coffee "cupping" experience. Cupping, which sounds like an awkward internet meme, is actually the universal standard by which coffee taste and aroma is determined. So a coffee taster in America will be able to identify the same elements on her palate as one in Africa or Europe....


Slow Meat Festival Durban

The Slow Food movement is an initiative that began in the 80s in reaction to the rapidly-consumed, mass-produced fast food and packaged food that eliminated the direct relationship between consumer and farmer, and small retailer. The aim of Slow Food is to engage directly with local producers, to enjoy food made with sustainable, seasonably-available local...

Beverly Hills’ 50th Anniversary Luncheon

The most glamorous Sunday lunch we usually experience involves buying a roast cut of cow or tired bird and chucking it optimistically in the oven, hoping for something edible in the end. Or grabbing a takeaway Sunday roast special, dressed in the previous week's unwashed laundry and hoping not to run into anyone familiar in...

Asterix and The Banquet

Mixing pop-up with pop culture, The Boiler Room, at the Lion Match Office Park on Umgeni Road, is hosting a fun franco-inspired dining event. Chef-Patron Graham Nielson and Chef Charlie Lakin will be bringing René Goscinny's comic book characters to life in the kitchen and on the plate, serving up traditional French country cuisine in...

Young Chefs Brandy Infusions Competition – Cooking with high spirits

Photo supplied by Fusion There are a few amazing initiatives cropping up around KZN, and nationally, to nurture and develop chef talent. One such event, where young chefs get to exhibit their cooking mettle, is the South African Chef Association's Young Chef Club Brandy Infusions Competition. Like the brandy that observers got to sample, the...

The Chef’s Table Dining at the Oyster Box

The hottest seat in the house, literally, figuratively, is always the Chef's Table. If you get a chance to dine at one, grab it. It means sitting in the restaurant kitchen, in amongst the organised chaos of prep and service, watching dishes fly past (depending on the kitchen, sometimes also literally), and being hosted by...

Sea, sand and chilling at the SUNCafe at Suncoast

Every year Suncoast Casino sets up their iconic pop-up beach-side SUNCafe lounge out on the lush Casino lawns, just by one of Durbs' best swimming spots. No ocean-facing holiday is quite complete without a lazy lounge by the waves, drink in hand, and the SUNCafe pop-up bar does just that. It kicked off with the...

My Chef Christmas Menu tasting

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the the launch of the My Chef Christmas menu. They hosted the evening inside their kitchens, which I thought was a nice touch. They wanted to give the guests an experience similar to dining at the chef's table - so we got to watch the...

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