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New Year’s foodie resolutions for 2013

The clock is ticking towards 2013 at a rapid rate, and with a new year comes resolutions, and of course, ours happen to be food related.

  1. Order something different at your local restaurant
  2. Eat less meat
  3. Buy organic and free range meat, it may be more expensive, so see the resolution above
  4. Try smoking dishes at home
  5. Eat what you’re afraid of (oyster haters we’re looking at you), you never know you might find you quite like it
  6. Support local and private business, the grocers, the cheese makers, the butchers
  7. Aim to eat with people you love, whether it be friends or family at least three times a week
  8. Invest in a good chef’s knife—your cooking skills will improve immediately
  9. Learn about other cooking oils; olive oil is not the be-all and end-all. Try rapeseed, grapeseed, peanut, sesame and coconut
  10. Ditch the cornflakes and eat an exciting breakfast at least once a week
  11. Eat off beautiful crockery, don’t save the good stuff for ‘one day’
  12. Quality above quantity always

What are yours?
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Posted by: Susan Huxter
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Culinary comic of great writers

We love this culinary comic by Wendy MacNaughton in The New York Times and we just had to share. What great writers eat when they’re working.

What’s your favourite desk snack?

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Inspiration,
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Mobile apps to enhance ‘food porn’

It used to be that apps were appetisers in the restaurant game, these days the term is also applied to mobile food photography apps diners use to share their ‘food porn’. Instagram and Hipstamatic are not the only food friendly devices out there, the folks over at FineDiningLovers.com did an interesting article on the best apps to use for this purpose. Here’s our top three.
Filterstorm
Photoshop for an iPhone this app is the whole deal it features even more tools than Adobe’s PS Express. ‘Use it to simulate a narrow depth of field which can make a photo of a plated meal look more appealing, use it as your preferred colour balance app, or even crop if you didn’t get the most pleasing composition to begin with.’
Incredibooth
Use this app to make a photostrip, and tell a story about your food experience.
Over
This one’s for the real foodie, add text to your images, in the forms of notes, details, epiphanies, a great way to record big food moments.

It used to be that apps were appetisers in the restaurant game, these days the term is also applied to mobile food photography apps diners use to share their ‘food porn’. Instagram and Hipstamatic are not the only food friendly devices out there, the folks over at FineDiningLovers.com did an interesting article on the best apps to use for this purpose. Here’s our top three.

Filterstorm
Basically Photoshop for an iPhone this app is the whole deal, it features even more tools than Adobe’s PS Express. ‘Use it to simulate a narrow depth of field which can make a photo of a plated meal look more appealing, use it as your preferred colour balance app, or even crop if you didn’t get the most pleasing composition to begin with.’

Incredibooth
Use this app to make a photostrip, and tell a story about your food experience.

Over
This one’s for the real foodie, add text to your images, in the forms of notes, details, epiphanies, it’s a great way to record big food moments.

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* Photo is from Vanity Fair’s food porn column - definitely worth a look!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Fine Dining Lovers, Food, Food porn, Inspiration,
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Black ingredients for Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in America.
The day’s name was first used to describe heavy traffic, both pedestrian and vehicles on the day after Thanksgiving. These days ‘Black Friday’—as it’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season—means the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are ‘in the black’.
But we’ve decided to give it a different meaning and celebrate our favourite black ingredients: black garlic, caviar, black truffles, and black cherries.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in America.

The day’s name was first used to describe heavy traffic, both pedestrian and vehicles on the day after Thanksgiving. These days ‘Black Friday’—as it’s the beginning of the Christmas shopping season—means the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are ‘in the black’.

But we’ve decided to give it a different meaning and celebrate our favourite black ingredients: black garlic, caviar, black truffles, and black cherries.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Black Friday, Ingredients, Inspiration,
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Finesse Magazine

The official magazine of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Finesse Magazine, is available in digital format as an app

The magazine features original content about The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc. Contributing writers include culinary scribes such as Michael Ruhlman, Ruth Reichl, Scott Haas and Jun Hamamoto.

They say: “each issue highlights poignant chapters of the group’s history, special products born from the evolution of ideas, recipes from the culinary and pastry teams and anecdotes that highlight unique facets of the group’s culture.”

For more information  and to download the app visit the website: www.finessemagazine.com

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Inspiration, magazine,
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Greg Brown posters

We love these whimsical foodie posters.

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Find them here.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Art, Inspiration,
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Mushrooms on a stick for Braai Day

An easy idea for Braai Day. Simply coat a selection of mushrooms in olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs then thread on a stick or skewer for a gorgeous and delicious side.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Food, Ingredients, Inspiration, recipes,
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Braai Day drink-spiration

Moreson Gala

Moreson Gala

Since the 24th of September is a celebration only bubbly will do.  Toast Heritage Day around the coals with a proudly South African Méthode Cap Classique. Try the Gala Cuvée Méthode Cap Classique from Môreson. The balanced fruit-forward palate is a perfect match for smoking and sticky chicken wings straight off the grill.

Happy Braai Day! Cheers!

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Inspiration, Môreson,
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We’re all grown up

We’ve been doing some style surgery at LQF, a nip here, a tuck there, and our reception got an entire facelift. Don’t you thing we look all grown up?

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Hotel, Inspiration, Le Quartier Français,
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Piñatas have never been this glam …

Today we were introduced to CONFETTI SYSTEM. Their art is phenomenal and, if they read this, we’d love to have them come stay with us and exhibit in Franschhoek at is art.

P.S. We’re trying to work out how exactly we’d ship one of these stunning piñata to S.A. We want one so badly it hurts. Aches in fact.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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