green tea

A trend for tea

Dawn Kennedy discovers where to slake the global thirst for gourmet tea in Cape Town. Tea, the staple beverage in the East, is becoming the drink of choice for an increasing number of people. Many are exploring ancient cultures and traditions and discovering the pleasures of, for example, the Japanese tea ceremony and Indian chai. […]

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THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES – The pleasure is in the detail

THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES – The pleasure is in the detail FOOD & WINE NEWS Dawn Kennedy – Nov 11th 2013, 20:22 Themed on the billionaires coastal paradise, The Hamptons, the Light House Boutique Suites emits a light of luxury guiding the discerning traveler towards an oasis of calm and culture in the heart […]

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Organic pools

Creating an organic swimming pool

If you could incarnate as a plant, you’d probably want to avoid being a Cape Flats fynbos plant. For a start, you’d have to withstand flooding in winter. Then, because you grow in sandy soil, in summer, any available water drains rapidly, leaving you parched. Add to this relentless urban development and the accompanying march […]

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Breaking the Ice – Lewis Pugh

From Camps Bay, via the Arctic to 10 Downingstreet, 021 maps Lewis Pugh’s journey form cold water swimmer to environmental activist. Meeting Lewis Gordon Pugh in person, it’s easy to fathom what drew him to the Arctic. His chiselled, cheek-boned, icemelting good looks cry out for a sleigh and a pack of huskies. His handshake, […]

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Sprouting Health, Wealth & Wisdom

Dawn Kennedy gets on the same wavelength as Cape Town ecopreneur Joseph Feigelson. Joseph Feigelson is passionate about sprouts and eats nearly three hands full a day. It’s no wonder, 13 years ago they cured his debilitating heartburn. The alternative was acid reflux surgery, a rather unpleasant procedure. Since incorporating sprouts into his diet, Joseph […]

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Eco Fashion

Nature rubs shoulders with the city in Karolina Olowsdotter’s fashion label. A Swedish fashion designer living in Cape Town, Karolina describes her label – Olowsdotter – as an eco-industrial look. This merging and clashing of contradictory elements expresses the duality felt by the 21st-century free-spirited nature lover who longs to feel the grass under her […]

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From Stellenbosch to stud farms

After our arrival in Stellenbosch, like the seven dwarfs traipsing after Snow White, we follow Hanli Fourie’s red apron through historic streets. Although I’ve visited Stellenbosch countless times, Hanli reveals a city hitherto hidden to my eyes that are usually busy counting coffee shops. It is suspected that Schreuderhuis, on the corner of Church and […]

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Snowboarding In The Matroosberg

With his love of surf and snow, Jeremy has an intimate, almost obsessive, relationship with weather reports, which he reads at least 10 times a day. He’s looking for subtle things, not just a good swell or a cold front. Jeremy checks a special aviation website to measure the freezing levels. A cold front followed […]

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West Coast Spring: Fossils and flowers

Our trip starts amid contemporary consumerism: The West Coast Shopping village, with its iconic wind pump situated beside Blaauwberg Hospital, is the first sign that we are on the right route. We travel onwards, alongside the Blaauwberg hills, but there is no sign or plaque to indicate the pivotal role that they played in South […]

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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The dramatic drive to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, with mountains forming crested waves to the right and rising up in jagged peaks to the left, is the perfect build-up to the stately Assegaaibosch Manor House. The homestead, built in 1790 and acquired by CapeNature in 1960, is situated in the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, the 204 ha […]

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