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Darling Brew
5 Oct 2012

Micro-brewed beer in a dorp - Yes please. The Darling Brew’s Slow Quarter is worth the hour’s drive from Cape Town. Located in the theatrical town of Darling, the tasting room has four beers on tap accompanied by meals with a distinctive South African flavour. On offer are: Slow Beer, their good old lager; Native Ale, a spicy brown ale; Black Mist, a deep black ale, and the Bone Crusher. The Bone Crusher, named after the spotted hyena, is a love-or-hate-it Wit Beer with more than a hint of orange peel and coriander. I’m a fan, though I won’t be cuddling hyenas any time soon.

- Sara Barnes

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Nightjar Travelled
1 Oct 2012

With rain forecast for the Cape last weekend we decided that a culinary tour of the pretty winelands town of Franschhoek might be just the thing to chase away the blues. Contrary to popular belief that all accommodation in the valley is pricey we found good value at Delicious, and, best of all staying at Le Quartier Français’ little sister meant we breakfasted in the Common Room - quite the most lavish spread of fresh fruits, patisseries and hot treats that I have ever enjoyed. Two hours later we rolled out for a few wine tastings before returning to the cozy Common Room to sample celebratory chef Margot Janse’s small plate skills. Winter ain’t so bad after all!

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