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#cakebread

#cakebread

My dear friends Mari-Louis Guy and Callie Maritz from Cakebread recently took a series of pics of different woman to celebrate the women behind Cape Town`s food scene – capturing what inspired each of these women on a daily basis. I was fortunate to be amongst an amazing bunch of ladies. Marie-Louis and Callie specially created cakes to suit each person’s personality.

Photograph: Cakebread Photographer: Henk Hattingh

Photograph: Cakebread Photographer: Henk Hattingh

I got this colourful, bright pink and yellow creation – very Frida Kahlo’esque – and very much me. I loved it. A floral artist handcrafted our head pieces. How extraordinary and how beautiful! Thank you! Mari-Louis, Callie and Henk for the treasured gift of spending the day with you, the lovely pics … and of course the obligatory tequilas.

They asked me 5 interesting questions. If you want to know a little bit more about me… read on Cakebread.

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The Top 10 restaurants in South African announced

The Top 10 restaurants in South African announced

The Top 10 restaurants in South Africa were announced yesterday at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

The Test Kitchen did it again, taking top honours among South African Restaurants as the Restaurant of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Scot Kirton of La Colombe won the coveted title of Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year.

Restaurant of the Year_Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen with Claudia Walters of Mercedes-Benz and Abigail Donnelly of Eat Out.

Restaurant of the Year_Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen with Claudia Walters of Mercedes-Benz and Abigail Donnelly of Eat Out.

Franschhoek-based restaurant The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français was recognised for maintaining the highest level of service with the Service Excellence Award for the second year running and also took third place in the Top 10.

Restaurant nr 3 and Service Excellence Award winner,  The Tasting Room. L-R: Morne Wessels, Eleanor Kerwan, Margot Janse, Gerald van der Walt_Harry Rawana, Gregory Caci

Restaurant nr 3 and Service Excellence Award winner, The Tasting Room. L-R: Morne Wessels, Eleanor Kerwan, Margot Janse, Gerald van der Walt_Harry Rawana, Gregory Caci

The Nederburg Rising Star Award went to Carmen Muller of The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild in Franschhoek for her promising talent, and the Wine Service Award for a top sommelier was won by Lloyd Jusa of Five Hundred at The Saxon in Johannesburg. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort received the Boschendal Style Award.

Boschendal Style Award Winner, Peter Tempelhof of Greenhouse

Boschendal Style Award Winner, Peter Tempelhof of Greenhouse

Says Eat Out Editor and Chief Judge Abigail Donnelly: “It’s been a phenomenal judging season with seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy fantastic food. South African dining really is of a world-class quality – I am honoured and humbled to have experienced such excellence this year.”

The 2015 winners are:

1. The Test Kitchen
2. La Colombe
3. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français
4. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort
5. Five Hundred at The Saxon
6. The Restaurant at Waterkloof
7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
8. Terroir
9. The Pot Luck Club
10. Jordan Restaurant

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test kitchen takes No. 1 spot again – #eatoutawards

test kitchen takes No. 1 spot again – #eatoutawards

Abigail Donnelly (Eat Out Editor) and Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen

Abigail Donnelly (Eat Out Editor) and Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen

I attended the Eat Out 2014 Restaurant Awards last evening. It was a massive event – more than 800 people in attendance…definitely too large an affair for my liking. This is a pity as this prestigious occasions seems to have lost its intimacy and charm. The food too disappointed but that did not deter of the excitement of the evening…

The Test Kitchen took the title of Best Restaurant – for the third time in a row! Congratulations Luke you are a well deserving winner.

The 2014 Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants:

1. The Test Kitchen
2. Five Hundred
3. The Tasting Room LQF
4. Mosaic at The Orient
5. Jordan
6. Overture Restaurant
7. Rust en Vrede
8. DW Eleven-13
9. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson
10. Terroir

Other 2014 Award winners:

Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year: Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic
Best Steakhouse: The Local Grill in Parktown North
Best Everyday Eatery – Chef’s Warehouse
Best Italian Restaurant – La Sosta in Swellendam
Best Country-Style Restaurant – Café Bloom
Best Asian Restaurant – Kyoto Garden Sushi

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#eat out awards

#eat out awards

My gosh what a wonderful surprise to win the Eat Out Award for best local food blog for the second time in a row! lifeisazoobiscuit turned 2 years old on the 12th of April 2014 – the same day I received this prestigious award at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket. How’s that for a special birthday present for ‘biscuit?

I have to admit I am ecstatic but humbled by the many people who have put so much faith in me. I am still bubbling with all the excitement but have been so blessed in being able to share my love for food on my blog and even more blessed to have people like you reading my blog. So thank you all for this award.

#happiness

#happiness

Here are some of my fellow blogger friends and colleagues who made it to the Top 8 – check their blogs out … all are so deserving and brilliant:

A Foodie Lives Here – Sarah Graham
The Food Fox – Ilse van der Merwe
The Kate Tin – Katelyn Williams
Real Men Can Cook – Fritz Brand
Simply Delicious – Alida Ryder
Sardines on Toast – Kobus van der Merwe
Food with a Story – Carlin Archer and Deni Archer

#love this wellington

#love this wellington

#best onfectionery – ooh la la

#best confectionery – ooh la la

A complete list of winners of the Eat Out Zonnebloem Produce Awards

Best New Product – Sorbetiere sorbet
Best Small Producer: Baked Goods – Babylonstoren
Best Small Producer: Confectionery – Ooh La La
Best Small Producer: Dairy (Other) – Jenny’s Clotted Cream
Best Small Producer: Dairy (Hard Cheese) – Chrissie’s Country Cheese AND Fynboshoek (tied)
Best Small Producer Dairy (Fresh Cheese) – Buffalo Ridge
Best Small Producer: Earth – Harvest of Hope
Best Small Producer: Grocery/Condiments – Quality Pickles
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Cured) – Woodview Wagyu Beef
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Fresh) – Greenfields Free Range Beef
Best Small Producer: Paddock (Poultry) – Dargle Ducks
Best Small Producer: Seafood – Wayfarer Trout
Innovation Award – Melfort
South African Heritage Award – Oranjezicht City Farm
Best Free-Range/Organic Producer – Farmer Angus
Outstanding Outlets – North: Cheese Gourmet (Johannesburg)
South: Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (Cape Town) – East: Sprigs (Durban)
Outstanding Markets – North: Neighbourgoods Market (Johannesburg)
South: Neighbourgoods Market (Cape Town) – East: I Heart Market (Durban)
Best Local Food Blog – lifeisazoobiscuit.com by Anél Potgieter

#judges

#judges

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eat out honours + accolades + the universe + everything else

eat out honours + accolades + the universe + everything else

“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” – Chris Rock

anel eat out award

2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Best Local Food Blog Award

So what do you write for your next blog after you have received such a prestigious award as the 2013 Eat Out DSTV Food Network Best Local Food Blog Award? …I can honestly admit that I am somewhat intimidated and overwhelmed by it all. Who would have thought that something that I love so much and that I wanted to share with the whole world … will give me so much joy?… my love for food and my wonderful little blog, lifeisazoobiscuit …

I just want to thank everyone who voted for me – I am still completely bowled over by the whole idea and attention and am still struggling to get the smile off my face … at least I am over my hangover after the awards ceremony 🙂 … but that was well worth it!

I have to confess, for once I do not know what to say or share, but the thing I have always known …The universe is a complex yet simple space. Between all the molecules and science stuff there is energy – both good and bad – or as the cosmos theorists would put it – positive and negative. I know nothing about this stuff but I do know that if there is passion and a love exerted into every action, there is an equal, opposite reaction.

What does this all mean to me and to all that have joined me in this zoo biscuit adventure? If you work your passion then you can achieve anything. It’s all about just doing what you love! If you do what you love you will achieve success! It is so simple. So simple! If you love cooking, cook with your whole heart, if you paint – walls or masterpieces….it does not matter just paint with your whole heart, if you love, love with your whole heart – never, ever let go of chasing the dream that you want to achieve.

I am humbled by the kind words of encouragement and thank you all as each word – each message I have received has refueled my passion and belief in the very recipe that makes our world wonderful.

I want to leave you with something … although I am not one to quote American comedians – unless they are funny of course, but I do think Chris Rock sums things up pretty well … “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.”

With that I can only say … dankie, thank you, ngiyabonga, ndiyaphila, cheers, salute and pass the bubbles, sweetie darlings.

Talking about bubbles I found this great and interesting article on 10 Unique Champagne Food Pairings by winefolly.com – check it out!

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food + fears + dinner divas + everything else

food + fears + dinner divas + everything else

On Saturday, 27 October you will see me in action on Dinner Divas, SABC 2 or for those with Dstv Channel 192 @ 8.30am.

I was as nervous as hell at the prospect of exposing myself to the whole of South Africa.  Nervous of the cameras – don’t we all hate seeing ourselves packing on another 5 kilos when we are already overweight?  Seeing every imperfection of ourselves on these modern day large format TV screens?  What would my first school boyfriend (Hennie Theron)  think seeing what I look like now? How would I measure up to the extreme and grueling challenges of breakfast TV? Would I be able to show my abilities and keep my nerve on camera, focus on thinking clearly and not strike a blank – well, let’s be honest here….not to make my name ass? And what about the thing we all don’t want to hear – criticism – to be criticised by amazing chefs and food people for something you love to do – for something you think you are good at?

Gathering the courage to enter Dinner Divas took a lot of guts as I had to overcome so many of my own personal fears. Before I entered, I had all these negatives in my head – I did not want to do it because I did not want to feel hurt or feel exposed… yet  I decided to face my fears  with the support of my biggest fan, my amazing husband Rick.

The great thing was that I could take my blog with me – I was not alone. I am so proud of this little blog of mine – lifeisazoobiscuit.  It brought me out of a deep depression and I wanted to see how much further this blog could lead me in life.

Can you actually believe that this blog took me out of the depths of depression?  Throughout my whole life I had been searching for that “thing” that would make me happy – I have always been fortunate enough to have been  successful in my career but there was still this thing – I wasn’t ever happy with myself, with me  who I was and who I am and all that I had achieved so far – something was missing.  To counter all these negativities I would eat and then I would gain weight … go on diet … and then the whole vicious cycle would begin again.  You see I love food but then again I   hate it as well – it is my passion and my poison.  But through it all and more than anything I wanted to prove myself to my mom, my brothers, my family, my friends how good I was with food, thinking about food, working with food,  for putting flavours together and everything else.    I tried to start a restaurant, I did my own deli range at the local markets … but at the end it all just faded away again …

But then earlier this year, again in the midst of a very deep and lonely depression I started eating (againJ) zoo biscuits … a week later on 12th April 2012 still eating zoo biscuits I woke up and decided I needed to write about food … and the blog lifeisazoobiscuit was born. Well, since then nothing has been the same.

lifeisazoobiscuit gave me the chance to appear on Dinner Divas and I recall that I did not sleep the night before we started the first shoot. When I arrived on set for make-up, the producer of the show Anne Myers  just looked at me once and said “on the coach lady, legs up under the cushions, and bring the tea bags”. I realised then and there that I was in good hands and although nervous and insecure as all hell, I knew it was going to be one of the most exhilarating days of my life. 20 minutes later I met Barry. How on earth was I going to compete against this big huggy bear of a man?

Watch me this Saturday on SABC 2 overcoming my fears + making very good friends with one of the most amazing men I know!

Carpe Diem.

 

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