What tickled our taste buds?
Food star of the year: Cauliflower The banting diet got us all saying ciao to carbs. With people focusing on a low-carb, high-fat diet, cauliflower was used to make everything from mash and couscous, to rice and pizza bases. Hipster craze: Kale Remember kale? This leafy green veggie made a comeback as part of the banting craze and was hailed by trendy food lovers for being anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. Health craze: Beet leaves Stepping into the spotlight were beet leaves, known for being rich in vitamin A. Healthconscious eaters loved this leaf, which is similar to chard and spinach, and used it in soups and smoothies. Most hyped opening: Krispy Kreme Despite the fact that we should all know by now how bad sugar is for us, South Africans still camped out overnight at the opening of US donut franchise Krispy Kreme, which opened in Rosebank in Joburg at the end of November. At last look, the queue was still there. Food villain: Sugar Sugar is really, really bad for you. Period. It’s also crammed into virtually every food we eat. We watched how the documentary That Sugar Film exposed how foods usually seen as healthy, such as flavoured yogurt or granola bars, are crammed full of this sickly sweet ingredient. Despite this, South Africans still consume sugar like it’s crack. When will we learn? The worst drink: Fanta Grape A revealing #Trending graphic listed the staggering sugar content in South Africa’s most popular cooldrinks. Topping the list was Fanta Grape, with an eye-watering nine teaspoons (44.1g) of sugar per 330ml can. Not far behind was Schweppes Bitter Lemon with eight and a half teaspoons, followed by Fanta Orange with eight teaspoons. Coke has seven teaspoons per can. Eew! Coffee stop of the year: Truth Coffee Roasting If you have to get your fix of coffee in the morning, then South Africa’s own Truth Coffee Roasting in Buitenkant Street, Cape Town, has been the place to go, if only for its extraordinary steampunk-styled café and delicious brews. Tea craze: Chai This coffee competitor became very popular this year. It has fancy benefits because of the spices infused in the tea, and is said to be calming, revitalising and mentally clarifying, eradicating the mental stresses of modern life. Aah.
Restaurants of the year:
As selected by food critic Anna Trapido, our restaurants of the year were as follows:
African eatery of the year: Addis in Cape (41 Church St, Cape Town) and District Six (Emmarentia, Joburg) Best American eatery: Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room (Cape Town CBD) and Dukes Burgers (Greenside, Joburg) Asian food: 1890 House Sushi and Grill (Observatory, Cape Town) and Chinese Northern Foods (Cyrildene, Joburg) Best Steakhouse: Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town) and Alpine Restaurant (Randburg, Joburg)
– Grethe Koen and Palesa Morei