5 ways to supersize your Easter Egg Hunt

1. Brandy for the big bunnies

Love Easter egg hunts but you’re all grown up? We have just the thing: follow Van Ryn Distillery’s GPS clues along their adults-only treasure hunt to find a very special reward…a bottle of award-winning 10 year old brandy! Get in on the hunt via Van Ryn’s Facebook page

2. The biggest egg in the village

Get sight (and a taste) of the biggest egg around town: head to La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek and see their enormous Easter egg centrepiece. Then send the ankle-biters off to hunt while you try the estate’s “tapas from around the world”. It’s a win-win, really. Details here.

3. Rabbits out the hat

Easter just got weird, in the best way. Let the kids do a guided egg hunt through a circus while you watch a former world champion trapeze artist do the twist at the South African National Circus School. This one’s for a good cause too – 5% of profits go to the Theo Truter Autistic-ally Auwsome fund. Tickets are R70 for children and R110 for adults. Book via Computicket.

4. Easter goes XXL at Spier

Foodies will be eggstatic about this one: choose one of three Easter-themed dining experiences at Spier Wine Farm over the long weekend, or go XXL and do them all! On Good Friday there’s a dinner with a varied menu of treats, including traditional pickled fish; on Saturday a massive braai, or the market where kids can join the egg hunt in the gardens while you try a workshop in ice-cream making; and on Sunday a wine-cellar family lunch with a mouth-watering Easter dessert menu. Visit Spier’s website for details.

5. Do the boozy bunny hop

Last but not least, just a little All About Cape Town idea… Give your friends clues towards the next bar you’re going to. Each person who DIDN’T guess the place has to do a shot of Nachtmuzik (or any other chocolate flavoured shot) when they eventually get there. But remember: no one likes a boozy bunny on the road. Designate a sober driver or hop home in an Uber. First-time Uber users can use the promo code ALLABOUTCT to get R150 off their first ride. Happy hunting!

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Spier Werf Market – go on, try this new food market in the Cape winelands

Few people know about Spier Werf Market, the Saturday food market at Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. That’s because it’s still fairly new.

The market takes place in the restored werf (“yard” in Afrikaans) area of the estate and has everything from organic vegetables to pasture-reared eggs. Of course there’s also plenty to snack on while you’re there, including local cheeses and freshly-baked breads and pastries.

The Spier Werf Market takes place from 09h00 to 14h00 and offers a wide range of delicious food offerings: expect traditional South African dishes, artisan spirits from Hope on Hopkins distillery, pulled pork from the on-site Hog House Barbecue and delicious tacos from Taco Combi.

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#CTLucky7: Seven ways to carbo-load for the Cape Town Cycle Tour

1. Get fresh – go bakery hunting!

From cult-status bacon croissants to breads made with ancient grains, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into at these top bakeries. Read more

2. Explore the noodles of the East

Before you explore the roads of the Cape, why not dig into a carby broth? It’s pork, citrus, soy and beer flavours for the win at what’s been called Africa’s top spot for ramen. Read more

3. Do carbs the Cape Town way – try a Gatsby!

Filled with slap chips, salads and meat, this legendary local dish doesn’t hold back on filling you up. Read more

4. Hit the trail and catch a market

Chow your way through the Tokai forest market on Saturday, after a fun warm-up ride along the nearby pine-covered, dappled paths. Read more

5. Taste Italian tradition.

Chef Giulio Loreggian brings memories of his mama’s kitchen to life in his famous Pollo Pesto Linguine at this fresh, modern spot in Cape Town’s bustling city centre. Read more

6. Taste (and cycle) your way through the Cape Winelands.

Called the gourmet capital of South Africa, Franschhoek holds a heritage of cuisine and some of the best off-road biking trails. Get your carb on at La Motte, one of the top estate restaurants in the valley. Read more

7. Get your coffee fix

Need a caffeine boost while browsing cycling gear or giving your beloved bike some TLC? Try one of these cycling-based coffee spots: &Bikes Cafe and Bicycle Boutique in Loop Street, The Handle Bar on Hans Strijdom Avenue, Breakaway Café on Waterkant Street or Starling and Hero Bicycle Café at The Woodstock Exchange.

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10 Cape Town sushi spots to suit every pocket

How deep are your pockets? That’s the first question you need to ask yourself before setting off for an evening of sushi in Cape Town.

If they’re not too deep, you’re in luck: Cape Town abounds with affordable sushi restaurants. What’s more, if you dine at lunchtime you’ll find set menus and discount a la carte offerings that make a sushi meal seem like a bargain. In the city centre Active Sushi is usually a good bet, while the low-key Café Paparazzi in St George’s mall serves office workers a quick sushi lunch at good prices. Out of the city centre, Salushi in Claremont and Empire Sushi on Sea Point’s Main Road both offer top-notch sushi at good prices.

If you have a few extra rands to spare, you’re spoilt for choice. Locals swear by Willoughby’s & Co. at the popular V&A Waterfront shopping precinct: the sushi is excellent, and well priced for the quality. The downside? You’re eating in a shopping mall. If you’re going to eat sushi in a mall, rather do it at nearby Balducci’s where you can at least enjoy the harbour views.

Or, better still, head for Izakaya Matsuri. Hidden behind The Rockwell hotel in Green Point it’s a little hard to find, but worth seeking out. Forget boring old California Rolls and look forward to the likes of crunchy tempura eel, and spider rolls with real crab legs. Make sure you start with the excellent miso soup.

In the bohemian suburb of Observatory, 1890 Sushi House is a local favourite with plenty of charm to match the excellent sushi. It’s a little off the beaten track for tourists, but combines excellent value with extremely good sushi. Ask if they have eel available: their Dragon Rolls with roasted eel are memorable.

Takumi in the city centre is also memorable, not least for the famously cantankerous sushi chef known simply as Papa-san. Tucked away a few steps from buzzy Kloof Street, this is a great option for a platter before a party. Papa-san likes to get creative, so although you’ll find good rolls and sashimi here, get ready to be adventurous.

The same goes for Kyoto Garden, just up the road. This serene, stylish restaurant offers perhaps the most authentic Japanese cuisine in the city, and before you move on to sushi you shouldn’t miss out on the array of Japanese-inspired dishes. It’s expensive, but worth every cent for top-notch cooking. The sushi blends authenticity with adventure, and some of the finest fresh fish in the Mother City. Save your rands and pay it a visit.

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