Archive for January, 2012

The New Sweets are Savoury

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Sweet seems to have been done to death over the last few years; so those in the know have decided to replace it with sweets that are savoury. Things like horseradish or olive oil ice-cream, butternut sorbet and other tastebud confusing delights are making an appearance as desserts on restaurant menu around the glob.

We’ve tried this trend and, while it messes with your mind a bit, it’s pretty damn cool. Your eyes expect the dish to taste like one thing – because it looks like ice cream, obviously – and your palate experiences something completely different. Welcome to food’s version of The Outer Limits.

Drinks that taste like food that still taste like drinks

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Yip that’s right … drinks that taste like food, the kind you eat, are big. In fact they’re bigger than big, they are H.U.G.E.

Our favourite, at least for the time being, is The Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwich Infused Vodka Martini. It’s a meal and a drink in one glass.

Mind-warpingly weird, right? But also super futurist. Like the kind of stuff you used to see on The Jetsons.

And the new king of comfort food is?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Drum roll please … The grilled cheese. Yes that’s right, as the sun sets on The Burger a new Grilled Cheese Dawn rises.

We’re huge fans of this tasty delight and we think it’s high time he was named the king of comfort food.


2012 – The Year of the Potato

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This humble starch has been our friend through good time and bad; and we are all delighted that it will take top honours this year. 2012 – year of the Potato – who would have thought?

Well done little spud, we are all incredibly proud of your latest achievement.

Niche Hyperlocal Cuisine

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Man that’s a mouthful. Doesn’t it sound ridiculously complicated?

Basically – for us laymen – it’s what Margot’s been doing in the Tasting Room for the last few years. Which is using local ingredients to create African inspired cuisine.

But to pass as niche hyperlocal cuisine it needs to be truly local, both biologically and culturally.

It’s worth remembering that definition because, as this trend continues to grow, there are bound to be a few impostors who try get in on the action.

Asian Food is Fast and Casual

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Burgers, pizzas and Mexican food have all been fast food staples for years. They’ve been primped, tweaked and reworked to the point where there is nothing left to invent. This has left room for fast foods latest belle of the ball – Asian.

It’s the takeaway space where you can really expect to see and taste the interesting and unusual in 2012.


Rent a Garden?

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Apparently renting someone’s garden for a holiday is a big trend in the UK and Europe. Yes you read right, you can rent someone’s garden for your camping holiday. Don’t believe us, well you can click right here …

Travelers looking to save but still enjoy a relatively private holiday, without being bugged by other weird camping enthusiasts, should look into this one. Insiders say that rental demand is expected to grow, faster than a fertilized shrub, during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Consider yourself warned.

If you’re looking to make a few extra bucks this year why not rent out your spot of greenery? This concept hasn’t yet taken off in Cape Town, Franschhoek or any of the surrounds so you could have first-to-market advantage. Nice.

Games are definitely not only for kids!

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We are really looking forward to the rise of Gamification. We love a game – ala Dr. Von Paris – and a game integrated into our daily lives has to be the best thing ever. Seriously, it beats sliced bread hands down.

Imagine interacting with your favourite brands in a way that makes an otherwise normal experience extraodinary.

We all know that we don’t ever grow up; finally some brands have worked it out too!

Blogs we Love!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Our most recent favourite has to be Coolness. We love the eclectic collection of all things cool from around the world. Great ideas, wonderful inspiration and fabulous writing.

It is jam packed full of our very best things and, if you want to add a little more spice to the upcoming year, this bad boy needs to become part of your daily reading list.

The Modern-Day Polaroid

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Polaroid’s new PoGo is brilliant (with a capital B). An instant digital camera – so it prints the photos you want straight from the camera using ZINK (Zero Ink Printing Technology). We have no idea what that is but it does sound super-fab.

This is something we desperately want and could find a reason to need. Absolutely justifiable.