FOOD CULTURE: Obrigado, Portugal
venus clams in tomato sauce

FOOD CULTURE: Obrigado, Portugal

Culinary ties that bind the Portuguese community all over the world, and in SA specifically Every weekend in Portugal there’s a festival that celebrates saints — and along with them, always, food. Cuisine has celestial-sized significance in that corner of the Iberian peninsula. SA’s doyenne of Portuguese cooking, author of…

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NEW AT FORTI GRILL AND BAR, PRETORIA

The exquisite chocolates from Jack Rabbit chocolatiers now available in an exclusive range produced solely for Forti Grill and Bar. This is the first product they have ever outsourced, in that Forti truly believes it is the finest chocolate available in South Africa. The five fillings are: Limoncello from Sorrento,…

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MARTINI MASTER CLASS: A guide to the driest of drinks

While many restaurants and bars offer the martini, only a few serve the classic one The US has given us more varieties of cocktails than you can shake a swizzle stick at. But for purely selfish reasons the martini, now back in fashion, is my favourite. A martini cuts to…

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The quest for the perfect cocktail: the margarita

Don’t underestimate the Margarita. It might look easy-peasy to prepare (and drink), but there are caveats My introduction to the margarita cocktail came way before my trip to Mexico. But it was that jaunt that truly opened my eyes. In addition, I learnt how to manage my intake and avoid…

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HOT AND HAPPENING

OK, so I’ve been wrong. Mea culpa.  Whenever I heard the word ‘buffet’ I envisioned animals at feeding troughs, grey food, jostling queues, plates piled high, and plenty of waste. Ivan Govender, general manager of Spiceburg in Greenside as well as Namak in Craighall Park, Jo’burg has changed my mind…

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The game of winning awards

Ever notice how people never say, “It’s only a game” when they’re winning? The psychology of entering competitions and winning awards is an interesting one. We do so for affirmation that we’re the best at what we’re doing. And that’s just fine. Of course Tant Sannie’s egg-in-the-spoon race isn’t really…

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THREE NIGHTS IN BANGKOK

It’s one of my prized possessions. It’s a plain black designer sleep suit, roomy, light and natural-feeling. And free. I was on an ‘educational’ (Business Class freebie) to Bangkok. I had packed assuming I’d be given a sleep suit for the night once on board. When it didn’t materialize, I…

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Monterosso

If you are the enemy of life and love, avoid Monterosso. Lorenzo is the owner of Cantina du Sciacchetra and sells wine and related products of the region. He’s handsome, tanned with a big chest, open linen shirt that shows a gold chain. White teeth that match the white ponytail…

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