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Cape Town and around again

Will try to answer as much as I can :)

For your remaining dinner day, may I recommend Gold? http://www.goldrestaurant.co.za/index.htm
Aimed at tourists for sure, but the food was pretty good and there was a nice variety, and the entertainment was also good.

If you do want seafood and want to stick to the Waterfront, I would highly recommend Baia. They do fantastically good seafood, and I have never had a disappointing meal there.

When you're doing the Blue bus route, you will have the option of taking the wine tour. Do it and check out Simon's at Groot Constantia for lunch. http://www.thebluebaboon.co.za/
You can also stop at the Hout Bay Harbour and eat at Mariner's Wharf. It's not sophisticated, but it's a pretty good fish&chips place.

Peninsula:
In Kalk Bay, there are several options: Harbour House and Polana have good food and nice views, Kalky's is another decent cheap fish&chips option, Brass Bell isn't my favourite for food but does have a nice location. There's also several other places you can check out on that strip.
There's a restaurant called Black Marlin just past Simon's Town that used to be good. I haven't been in years, so can't comment about what it's like now.

Difficult to comment on gems and local favourites as there are many that make others' lists but not mine, and vice versa. Also tricky to advise without knowing whether you're looking at day/night, meal/drinks, etc.

about 3 hours ago
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What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

Fox's Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. An import, so can't always get it and it's not the cheapest. But I absolutely adore them.

about 3 hours ago
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Asking a restaurant for recipe

I think it's not something you should do for a restaurant in your area as you can frequent the restaurant, but if it's a place you encounter on your travels then you can make contact as you're unlikely to experience that again (just a personal view, and not a rule by any means).

I've done so before (email, not phone) - complimenting them on the meal, indicating that I'd dined there in my travels and asking if they were willing to reveal the ingredients/recipe.

Mar 30, 2014
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Cape Town recs.

It's a chain, so others should be able to find branches in their area easily.

Mar 28, 2014
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Dinner ideas for cooking with girlfriend

Sushi. Prepping the ingredients could take a while, then the fun of rolling and picking combinations.

Mar 24, 2014
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Cape Town recs.

Just replying to note that Test Kitchen is booked until June already. So an early booking is a must if you intend to dine there.

Mar 24, 2014
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What's for Dinner #282 - Spring Daylight Savings Time Edition [through March 13, 2014]

Decided to make something new last night. The other half doubted me until we sat down to eat, then conceded that the flavour profiles all worked wonderfully together.

The base was polenta - first put some fresh corn in the water to cook while the water boiled for a bit, then added the polenta and whisked until it had thickened. I had some mascarpone on hand, and mixed that in to the polenta just before serving. Topped with some feta when put on the plates.

The protein was prawns. I first sauteed some chopped garlic and ginger, then added in some roasted garlic, a chopped (pureed) chipotle chilli in adobo, some sambal oelek, and some water. Added some cream to that, then tossed in the prawns (half shelled, half unshelled) and some jalapeno strips.

The combination worked wonderfully. The polenta was lovely and sweet, with the salty pops from the feta, and the sauce from the prawns was spicy.

I'll definitely make this one again.

Mar 13, 2014
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Cape Town and around again

Savoy Cabbage was good many years ago. More recently... it's not worth having on the list.

I thought The Greenhouse was fantastic, and can't wait for another opportunity to dine there. I didn't experience bad service there as erica did, but I was taken there for my birthday and they may have paid more attention to me because of that, so YMMV.

Feb 08, 2014
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Are you planning on a recipe calling for Velveeta for Superbowl Sunday?

What about making Kenji's cheese sauce/dip? I seem to recall that SeriousEats also posted that as an option for dealing with the 'shortage'.
That being said, I've never tasted Velveeta and still have no idea exactly what it is :P

Jan 13, 2014
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Has anyone tried the chocolate chip cookie recipe posted on Serious Eats?

I read it just around the time I was thinking of making another batch of choc chip cookies, and I have resolved to try his... but haven't gotten around to it yet. Have just make gingersnaps, and going to try Thomas Keller's oatmeal biscuits next. But Kenji's recipe will follow that! Will report back once I've made it.

Jan 03, 2014
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What's Your New Year's Food Resolution?

I just saw the '52 weeks of cooking' challenge on reddit, and decided to follow along. Each week is a new item/theme, and you cook something accordingly and post the results. I've added to it for myself and decided to make stuff that's a bit more challenging and new for each week - eg week 1 is eggs, and I will finally attempt a souffle.

Jan 03, 2014
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Holiday entertaining on a budget - how would you tackle it?

Dec 05, 2013
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Creamed Onions using frozen pearl onions

Kenji (SeriousEats) just did a comparison of the 2, and the results were quite interesting. I think the website also has recipes for both versions.

Nov 20, 2013
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uses for pumpkin butter

Since it's a product I have never seen locally, I would love to hear the homemade recipe so I can try it out.

Nov 06, 2013
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What's for Dinner #248 - Falling Leaves Edition through October 11, 2013

Too much salt and not enough complexity :P

Oct 10, 2013
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FREE Peter Reinhart online Pizza-Making Class - check it out!

It's funny - just opened chowhound and this is one of the first posts I see, and I just got a mail about the classes starting! Super excited for it.

Oct 08, 2013
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November 2013 Cookbook of the Month Nomination Thread

Would also like to see a revisit of ESSENTIALS OF CLASSIC ITALIAN COOKING.

Oct 08, 2013
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What's for Dinner #248 - Falling Leaves Edition through October 11, 2013

Bought the other half a Gordon Ramsay cookbook, and he decided we should try a few items from it. Last night, I opted for the chickpea and spinach koftas, which I made cashew butter dressing and purple cabbage coleslaw, along with salad and mini pitas. Having tried 2 of his recipes now, I know not to be cautious with the seasonings, and to actually use a lot more than he recommends (and add a few more in there). I'll just use the book for ideas, I think.

Oct 08, 2013
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What's for Dinner #244 - Slouching towards Fall Edition [Through September 19, 2013]

Yes, opted for store-bought puff pastry as it was a weeknight dinner.

Sep 23, 2013
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What's for Dinner #244 - Slouching towards Fall Edition [Through September 19, 2013]

I was at a fancy restaurant last week and ordered tomato tarte tatin. It was nice... but I thought it could be elevated. So last night, I made my own. It was divine. I think the only thing I would do differently is look for goat's feta instead of the chevin that I put on top.
Served with roasted cauliflower, broccoli and mushrooms on the side. A spinach salad would have been great with it, though.

Sep 20, 2013
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Ungloved or gloved?

Worse! I've seen people do other things with gloved hands then continue on touching food, whereas they would have washed their hands thereafter if not wearing gloves.

Sep 02, 2013
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What's for dinner #240 - it's FINALLY summer here! [through Aug 26, 2013]

What is a mooncake? I could google...

Aug 20, 2013
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What's for dinner #240 - it's FINALLY summer here! [through Aug 26, 2013]

I was visiting my mom for the last 2 weeks, so didn't have an opportunity to cook a thing (she would consider it insulting if I didn't want to eat her food!). Last night was the first time in a while that I was in the kitchen.
Decided on a prawn curry and spicy rice. Had never made one before, and I was pleasantly surprised by how it had turned out. Delicious! I used my sister's trick of adding finely diced gemsquash in the curry to flesh it out - upping the veg count and thickening the curry while adding a nice taste. Will definitely add this one to the memory banks for a repeat.

Aug 19, 2013
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Critique my vegetarian menu

Thanks! That was what I was hoping for :)

It should be 6-8 people, seated, family style.

Yeah, I always go overboard... This is the list that was revised downwards :)

tbh, I don't think any of them have ever had polenta before... or cornbread... so either will be a gamble.

I did think of getting rid of one of the salads too, so will take your suggestion there. The sides are just meant to be for some variety, but I could skip them - and did plan to skip them if I ran out of time.

The other starter I had considered was either focaccia or savoury choux pastry with pepperonata and marinated feta. Could switch out the tomato tartlets with that.

Aug 11, 2013
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Critique my vegetarian menu

I'm having some friends over for a dinner party soon, and when I started thinking of what to make... I thought a fully vegetarian meal might be something different and interesting, since meat is always the star with vegetables playing the supporting role. But I'd prefer to have a menu where they don't miss the meat.

So. What I have come up with thus far (keeping in mind that it's still cold on this side):

Starter:
- Miso-Marinated Portobello Carpaccio
- Roast Tomato tartlets

Main:
- Vegetarian Chilli with Polenta (or cornbread?)
- Very full vegetable tart
- Baby spinach salad with dates and almonds
- Cucumber and avocado salad
- Glazed roasted baby carrots
- Fried leeks

Dessert:
- Banana upside-down cake
- Homemade vanilla ice cream with fudge ripple and meringue

Aug 11, 2013
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Cape Town and around again

I've only dined at the Reuben's at the One&Only, and it was excellent there. Day trips to Franschhoek are always too short to try everything :(

Can I suggest that you make a plan to go to Madame Zingara's on one of your nights in Cape Town? The food was great, the show was fantastic, and it was just one of the more memorable dinners we've had this year. More details at http://www.madamezingara.com/ (including the menu). They are usually fully booked, so I would mail them now to see which dates work for you.

I've heard good things about Overture and Makaron in Stellenbosch, but have not made it out to either yet.

I need to find foodie friends who are willing to try these places out with me!!

Aug 10, 2013
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What's for Dinner #237 - In the Summertime Edition (through August 5)

Bolognaise! It's not summer over here.
I make it crammed full of vegetables (mostly mushrooms), which aren't noticeable. It also bulks it up considerably, so going to freeze the rest for... canneloni or lasagna or sloppy joes or something.

Aug 02, 2013
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Cape Town and around again

I've finally made it to Test Kitchen, and can highly recommend it! Cannot wait for my return trip there!

La Colombe is supposed to be good, but is closed whenever I'm nearby so I haven't tried it out yet.

I have not tried some of the others you mention, but will check them out when I can and report back. I would not go to Pot Luck Club if going to Test Kitchen - the reviews haven't been as positive and the menu looks quite limited.

You should also check out the local markets. There's one happening somewhere in the city almost every day of the week, and it where you can sample a lot of food by small, artisan producers and should suit your requirements. If you're here on a Saturday morning, the Old Biscuit Mill market is quite popular. The EarthFood Fair Market is also really good, and is on 3 or 4 times a week in different locations.

Panama Jack's is still open, but I haven't been there for a while. Was just planning a trip back there with some friends; will report back.

Food Barn was quite nice, but I was last there about 2 years ago.

Aug 02, 2013
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What's for Dinner #227 - Finally, Summer! (thru June 26, 2013)

Haven't posted in these threads in ages - looking forward to getting back into it and picking up ideas from everyone else :)

Jun 25, 2013
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What are you baking these days? June 2013 edition (thru June 26th)

I just recently read about the difference between American and Italian biscotti. I was only really aware of the latter, but I'm keen to try out the former now.
I'm in South Africa. We also have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusk - so I will call them that if need be :P
But there's a lot of moisture in the air right now, and they don't seem as crisp as they were last night.

Jun 25, 2013
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