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Build Your Own Bowl

A Poke bowl (pronounced PO-KEH) is a traditional Hawaiian dish. Although it has been around for decades, it is only about two years ago that is has become trendy world-wide.  A traditional Hawaiian poke bowl consists of cubed raw fish, often tuna or salmon, which is seasoned with soy sauce and served on a bed of steamed sushi rice.  The key is using high-quality fresh fish that’s meant to be eaten raw, i.e. sashimi grade.

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Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, can be a little intimidating at first sight, but its bark is worse than its bite!  The scaly outer skin of the dragon fruit, which looks similar to that of a pineapple, is not prickly and very easy to peel.  Some say Dragon Fruit was given its name because it looks like the fiery flames coming from a dragon’s mouth!

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Easter 2018

The origins of hot cross buns may go back as far as the 12th century. There are several myths about these popular fruit-studded yeast-risen buns.  One of the more well known stories is that an Anglican monk baked the buns and marked them with a cross in honor of Good Friday.  At some point in history the buns was commonly known as Good Friday Buns. During the 1730s in Europe the buns were sold on the streets, and it was here that the name as well as the popular rhyme emerged, as the sellers would shout out ” One-a-penny, two-a-penny, hot cross buns “…   This tradition was still in practice as little as eighty years ago.

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Easter Chocolate Bark

Although bark doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, this rustic looking sweet treat is quick and easy to make and can be customised to any occasion.  It is the ultimate home made gift!  In its simplest form, it is a thin sheet of chocolate studded with anything from candy to nuts, dried fruit, seeds and even spices.  The chocolate is then broken up into uneven pieces or shards.  It is called “bark” because it resembles tree bark.

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The New Face Of Aviation Gin

“It’s the best damn gin on the planet”, according to Ryan Reynolds, actor, writer and producer. Reynolds, who tasted Aviation Gin for the 1st time in 2017, liked it so much that he recently acquired an ownership interest in Aviation Gin, an American craft gin company. Reynolds will not only be the face of the brand, he will also be involved in the entire creative process for Aviation Gin, including its marketing and strategy.

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December 2017 Newsletter

With less than 7 weeks until Christmas, the countdown has officially begun and it will be here before you know it! The aim of this newsletter is to provide you with everything you need to prepare for your Festive Season entertaining – at least on the ingredient, entertainment and gifting front! It is jam-packed with everything from the latest festivals to attend and restaurants to visit, to ingredients to try and gifts to buy. I have also included a variety of mouthwatering recipes for everything from starters and mains, to side dishes, desserts and drinks. Continue reading December 2017 Newsletter

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The Gin Revolution

The gin revolution is a world-wide phenomenon.  One of the biggest drivers in the incredible resurgence of gin over the past few years is the sheer number of craft gin distillers that have popped up.  South Africa is following suit with a growing number of craft distilleries opening their doors every other month.  No wonder as South Africa provides the natural raw ingredients which allows distillers to produce world-class gins.  South Africans are celebrating the revival of gin in everything from festivals, to craft gin clubs to craft gin loyalty cards at liquor stores.  Not to mention cocktail bars whose main focus is gin and tonic.  I think it is safe to say that gin is here to stay! Continue reading The Gin Revolution

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Gin & Tonic Festival – JHB

It was the interest in local craft gin amongst South African consumers and spirit traders alike, as well as the versatility of gin as a spirit that lead to the idea to build a lifestyle festival around it.  With four successful festivals under their belts, the organisers of the Gin & Tonic Festival continue to provide an unrivaled gin experience. Continue reading Gin & Tonic Festival – JHB

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The Gin Box

The Gin Box is South Africa’s first craft gin club.  According to Jean Buckham, owner and founder of The Gin Box, South Africa is experiencing a gin revolution at present. “South Africa is producing world class gins – thanks to the bravery and innovation of the local distillers but also thanks to the abundance of cape fynbos botanicals – including rooibos, and Highveld bush botanicals which are adding a whole new flavour spectrum to South African gin.  Through The Gin Box we hope to inform gin enthusiasts about which are the best gins to purchase, what to drink them with and how to build up a gin collection, i.e. a few good gins to offer guests with paired tonic waters and garnishes”, says Jean. Continue reading The Gin Box

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Hope On Hopkins

After falling in love with craft gin in the Mediterranean, ex-lawyers Lucy Beard and Leigh Lisk refurbished a rundown warehouse on Hopkins street in Salt River, creating the Mother City’s first distillery, Hope On Hopkins.   Lucy is the distiller – she has a knack for flavours and aromas and has developed the skills required to make the all important “cuts” in the spirit runs.  Leigh keeps the equipment up and running and clean: the cold reality of running a distillery is that it is 90% cleaning and 10% distilling!
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The Spirit Merchant Trading Company

The Spirit Merchant Trading Company was created by two of South Africa’s top bar tenders, Denzel Heath and Kurt Schlechter.  The SMTC team boasts more than 40 years of international beverage industry experience – spanning across consulting, events and global competitions. They saw a gap in the South African market for affordable, quality bar tools in and traveled the world to source quality bar tools for their online business. Their slogan: “by bartenders, for bartenders” shows that they are passionate about raising the level of bar tending in South Africa. Continue reading The Spirit Merchant Trading Company

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Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer

Brian Leopold of Tops Radiokop is the mastermind behind an in-store Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer. Yes, you heard right, you will be rewarded for buying craft liquor!  The loyalty card will enable the holder to gain points according to the amount purchased. The points can be accumulated and then be refunded to the holder in the form of a voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed at Tops Radiokop. Points can be earned on all craft liquors, so remember to take your Craft Card with you – no card, no points! Continue reading Loyalty Card For Craft Gin & Beer