Food & Wine

Traditional Portuguese Seafood Feast

The festive season is almost upon us and the restaurants are stocking up.

To get into the spirit of the "silly season" we decided to go hunting for some decadent seafood.

We visited o'Galito Woodlands, Friday 16 October 2015 for lunch and selected the freshest products available for our seafood platter, recommended by the manager.

Make sure to always ask the staff or managers what they suggest you order as they have inside information and can guide you to make the correct decision.

For starters we ordered, traditional Portuguese chicken & prawn rissoles, which left us wanting more. They are very tasty and some of the best rissoles I have had.

This dish is not on the menu but only available when in stock. Remember to ask for them.

Time 4 Wine @ Brooklyn Mall - SA vs Germany

Time 4 Wine was hosted by Con Amore Home Brooklyn Mall. 

Our theme for the evening was SA vs Germany, where we mostly discussed the aromatic white variety, Riesling. 

 

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. 

Because of Riesling’s sweetness and acidity, it makes the perfect accompaniment to spicy food. Strong Indian and Asian spices are a perfect match with Riesling. 

 

 

 

 

 

Time 4 Wine @ Brooklyn Mall - Summertime Wines

Time 4 Wine was hosted by Con Amore Home Brooklyn Mall. 

Our theme for the evening was Summertime wines - MCC (bubbly), white wines, cocktails and summer reds. 

 

Cape wine master Junel Vermeulen had us mesmerized as usual by her passion for wine. 

 

Some of the things we learned was how to easily make a few colourful cocktails for the next “pool party”. 

 

1. Red cocktail - bubbly & cassis

2. Breakfast cocktail - bubbly & orange juice

 

3. Blue cocktail - bubbly & blue curaçao, add a cherry to make it look even more attractive. 

 

 

Time 4 Wine @ The Harlequin Restaurant - Vrede en Lust

Time 4 Wine was hosted by the popular harlequin restaurant, in Groenkloof.

Vrede en Lust is a family owned and operated wine estate in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, South Africa.

Nico Davel is the Brand Ambassador for Vrede en Lust and was as entertaining as ever with his interesting stories about the history of this estate and his comical song choices to introduce each wine.

On the menu:

  • Vrede en Lust Dry Rose (grapes from Simonsberg-Paarl) - Explosion of ripe red cherries, watermelon and strawberry, combined with red summer fruit flavours on the nose followed a smooth, mouth watering finish. 80% Pinotage 20% Shiraz.

    Pairing: This juicy, fruity wine was paired with an equally juicy and fruity canapé of Strawberry, brie and basil pesto.

  • Vrede en Lust White Mischief (grapes from Elgin) - Unique blend of 5 white grapes! Citrus, floral and tropical notes on the nose are followed with hints of white pear and fruit salad on the palate. Soft, beautifully balanced mouth-feel. No pairing

Time 4 Wine @ Brooklyn Mall - Malbec & Merlot

Time 4 Wine was hosted by WeylandtsBrooklyn Malland presented by wine master Junel Vermeulen. Our theme for this tasting was SA vs International Malbec & Merlot

On the menu:

  • Bellavue Morkel Malbec - SAPaired with spicy pork rillette on sourdough bruschette with a horseradish foam and beetroot chip
  • Misterio Malbec from ArgentinaPaired with grilled plum and whipped gorgonzola cream wrapped with prosciutto and a rosemary spear.
  • Meinert Merlot - SAPaired with Medallions of confit duck on a vanilla turnip puree & mange tout, finished with a jus de gras & blueberry coulis with crackling
  • Ronan by Clinet Merlot from FrancePaired with Merlot gluhwein poached pears with vanilla bean ice cream and Amarula chocolate sauce.