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Sam Wilson's Top 10 foodie moments

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26 Jan 2012

Hi everyone,

I’m leaving Food24 at the end of the month, but wow... what a meal it has been. As a farewell, I thought I’d collate another of our most popular articles, a Top Ten of favourites from my 6 years here. (Again, apologies for the Western Cape-focus, but that is, after all, where I live. Eat local, and all that!)

Best dinner date EVER – My husband Andreas and I went through a 7 course wine paired dinner at Luke-Dale Robert’s Test Kitchen, practically wriggling with delight. (Actually, I think I did wriggle.) Sexy, sensual, delicious, intimate... seriously incredible date night stuff.

Best +1 – As a food editor I go alone to a lot of events. Arriving to find Dax at any venue always relaxes me... he is kind, funny, interesting and polite. And what more can one ask for in a date?

Best Margarita – It’s expensive, but it’s worth it. (Or, as Dreas tells me... ‘ONE is worth it. Two is pushing it.’) One and Only’s Vista Bar  makes a smoked Margarita that sends bubbles of delight dissolving through to my toes.

Best lunch – Richard Carsten’s 1st birthday lunch for Tokara last year was extraordinary. The man is a genius, and his team a dream.

Best sauce – Michael Broughton makes the most amazing sauces I have ever tasted. Go to Terroir and order practically anything... seriously. He has a light touch which paradoxically results in an astounding depth of flavour.

Best foodie surprise – In 2006, on our first “review lunch” ever, Dreas was served a pork belly dish by caterers Food Fanatics that exploded through his customary reserve, causing him to tell the chef: “Seriously. If you put this in a can you could affect world peace.” Six years later, it remains my favourite foodie moment.

Best desk drop –A Soda Stream! Is there anything more childishly fun than making your own soda through a serious of farts loud enough to rock your open plan office?

Best wine experience– really ‘getting’ the forest undertones in Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, while sitting next to Peter Finlayson himself. Delicious, DELICIOUS!

Top restaurant launch FAIL - At infamous Cormac Keane’s Portofino launch, where killer cocktails were – bizarrely enough - served instead of food, causing a worse-for-me to say eye-wincingly rudely “I give this restaurant 6 months, tops! Don’t you think?”, only to turn to find my restaurant editor Choccy33 (Cath), passed out on my shoulder. Not our finest moment.

Best comment thread – Has to go to the spicy chickpea wraps, which can be served with 60g of ham or smoked three-year-old, whichever you prefer.

I could go on, but there’s nothing more undisciplined than a Top Ten or 11 or 12 don’t you think? And it is, after all, time for me to go.

It’s been an absolute blast.



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