Notes from London: Part Two
The past few days in London have been hectic. Christmas is a big deal in Britain - not for the religious aspects naturally, but - you know - for shopping. Fighting through the crowds on Oxford, Bond and Carnaby has been my family’s prime occupation since we arrived. I’ve had a nasty cold though, so in between finding Perfect Gifts for our extended family, I’ve ducked away into...
Cicerones: beer's sommeliers →
Let’s face it: ask most waitrons or bottle store employees about the differences between their beers and you’ll get a blank look. Even in cafés proud of their beer lists, you’ll likely find a dearth of intimate knowledge about what they’re serving – well, other than saying, you know, they’re “real” beers. But what makes a beer “real”? Even...
Photos: Selfridges & Co., Oxford Street, London
Selfridges is an urbanite’s food paradise. Under the swarming floors of designer goods, Chanel-toting Japanese women and faux-fur coats is a food hall devoted to oddities and foodie indulgences. A store in which the very forefront of consumer and luxury goods have made their names for 102 years - not to mention the shop floor on which Louis Blériot displayed his Channel-crossing plane...
The Suip! and Durban Is Yours Guide to Beer in... →
Last week I began a series for Durban Is Yours, notable for being recently voted SA’s Best Music Blog at the SA Blog Awards, as well as being edited by my friend and sometimes-dickhead Bob Perfect. This week’s piece is a quick (and rather polemic) overview of Kwazulu-Natal’s most influential microbreweries, including Shongweni Brewery, Nottingham Road Brewery and Zululand...
Notes from London: Part One
So, I’m in London. It’s a great place. Bracingly cold mazes of cars with iced windscreens and streets of unfairly attractive people under the crispest of blue skies. Although South Africa is my home, Britain is where most of my family live, including my brother and sister-in-law, who I am currently visiting for the next few days. I then travel to Dundee in Scotland to spend Christmas...
Review: Robson's East Coast Ale
I spent this past fortnight in my hometown of Durban unwinding, recharging and catching up with friends after a long and difficult past few months. While I was there I decided to revisit a few beers I used to enjoy at home before I moved down to Cape Town, mostly just to see if my good memories of them still held up now. Shongweni Brewery’s Robson’s East Coast Ale was a beer I...