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The appeal of foraging is easy to see – a nostalgia for a rose-tinted childhood, wandering country lanes and chewing on the refreshing acidity of a wood sorrel stem, or biting the pointy end off a peppery orange nasturtium flower to suck out the heady trace of honey-scented nectar. Foraged items on a restaurant menu conjure up images of the...
The Black Sheep has been a local Kloof Street institution since it opened in 2013, its constantly changing blackboard menus and lively evening vibe surviving Day Zero, loadshedding and pandemic, and coming out the other side smiling. I visited recently to write a review for The Inside Guide and got way more story than I had space for in that...
“That saying – it’s so vanilla, meaning boring, I don’t understand it!” says Katelyn Allegra. “Vanilla’s a really expensive spice and it’s super complex, over 350 compounds in it. When it’s good it’s amazing.” I’m in her home kitchen chatting to her and her husband, Antonino, all about their chocolate journeys, how they met, innovation and disruption in direct trade...
Every small town weekly market I shopped in over my years working in Italy would have a porchetta truck. Parked strategically near stalls piled high with fresh produce or household goods, it would have a queue in front of it most of the morning. A whole roast pig, crisp and done to a turn, would lie stretched out on the...
The gentle swell of the ocean lapping into rock pools, a cool ozone drenched breeze on a hot summer’s day, views across the bay to Hout Bay’s Sentinel mountain, sailing boats and pinprick distant surfers tackling the Dungeons break point, the ocean shifting between turquoise and darker blue in cloud shadow, the vibe at Tintswalo Atlantic is already magical before...
Kit Heathcock

Writing your stories
and mine

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but words tell the stories behind the pictures. Stories connect us as people; well written content is essential, whatever field you work in. I tell your stories and mine. I’m a freelance writer with experience in print journalism, magazines, brand building and web content. As you see from my blog, food is my compass in this world – good food brings people together, connects people across cultures and always has a story to tell.

Having written the food and restaurant column for Sunday Times Neighbourhood for five years, I love writing about anything and everything to do with fabulous food, restaurants, people, places, lifestyle and travel. I’m based near Cape Town, South Africa and write for local publications and international brands.

Check out my portfolio for a selection of published articles from publications including Daily Maverick, Sunday Times Neighbourhood, Opulent Living, Good Housekeeping. Contact me to chat about commissioning editorial articles and brand content. And tell me about any South African food news for consideration in my blog.

In my blog I explore Cape Town and surrounds through food - restaurants and cafes, old and new, fine dining, family-friendly, pop-ups and casual street food. Every plate has a story and I’m looking forward to telling as many of them as I have time to taste!

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