Not so long ago, if you ordered a cup of coffee in South Africa you needed to specify "filter" to avoid getting instant.
A decade ago, there was no cafe culture, nowhere to go for a flat white and certainly no expectation of locally roasted beans.
Those days are gone. Specialist coffee shops did nearly four times the business here in 2012 as in 2007.
Miranda Lynch believes a vegetable garden has the power to revolutionize a community.
It's the idea behind of Isipho, the nonprofit organization Lynch conceived when she was just 12 years old. It all started in 2008 when her father, Tom, won a trip to South Africa at an auction.
The father-daughter adventure began with a stay on a wild game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. Assuming it would be the only time he and his daughter would set foot in South Africa, Tom wanted Miranda to see more than the commercialized landscape of the reserve.
"It was important, as she was turning 13 that year, for her to see that the world that she knew was not the entire world," Tom says.
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
A few things are sacred to a South African, and a braai is definitely near the top of that list. A braai (rhymes with fry) is the Saffas version of a barbecue – essentially cooking meat over an open flame. But to us, it goes way beyond that. Its cultural significance is such that braaing has its own day – National Braai Day.
September 24 was designated National Braai Day in 2005. It falls on the same day as Heritage Day – a public holiday that serves to promote “creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live,” or in other words, all the things that make South Africa the exceptional place it is.
You can't help but be stunned by the visual splendor when walking around the Western Cape region of South Africa, in towns like Stellenbosch. Immediately you see why this part of the African continent is so well suited for the wine making craft, which was recently my mission for "Inside Africa."
The mountain ranges here reach upwards of 1,500 meters, circling a valley of rolling hills packed with rich soil. Winds become funneled forces of nature, sending gusts of clay and other minerals over the landscape. This kind of weather and topography help give Western Cape grapes their unique taste - but to make really good wine people have to be smart.
No, it's not made from rabbit. "Bunny chow" originated in the city of Durban, South Africa, and is a vegetarian fast-food dish made from a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry.
The Cape Malay cooking safari melds the flavors of Thailand, India and Malaysia, all wrapped up in a cultural lesson.
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Recently, Eatocracy shared A Taste of the World Cup to prime your palate for South African fare. Now Nadia Bilchick leads a tasty tour of this fascinating cuisine.
As the world turns its attention to South Africa during the World Cup, will they also be thinking “let’s order South African tonight?”
Bars, restaurants, homes and even some offices are packed with nail-biting fans as they watch and cook up their allegiance to their respective teams.
But with the World Cup excitement lasting until the final match on July 11, all that cheering can certainly leave stomachs grumbling as loud as those droning vuvuzelas.
When that rumble in the jungle occurs, rarely do you hear soccer fans suggest a nice meal out at the South African joint down the road.
So what exactly is South African food all about?