MARK GOLD CAFE

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MARK GOLD
469 Innes road
Morningside
Call: 031 303 4417
Open weekdays from 7.30am to 3.30pm; Saturdays from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Closed Sundays and public holidays

In the pursuit of the new, trendy and shinier we often forget the coffee shops that were once the new kids on the block and that set the pace for style and the bar for standards. And, most importantly, stood the test of time
One is Mark Gold, something of a vanity project for brothers Dean and Mark Gold who operate one of Durban’s most exclusive jewellery stores.

THE P.I.T.Z

The P.I.T.Z serves more than steak, chops and burgers, such as fresh kabeljou

The P.I.T.Z serves more than steak, chops and burgers, such as fresh kabeljou

THE P.I.T.Z
208 Kenneth Kaunda
Durban North
Call: 031 563 1537
Closed Mondays

INTRO
According to its website The P.I.T.Z is a “genuine South African braai restaurant with a hint of an American theme”, which is, I suppose, a fair enough description.
This was our second visit, with the first being late last year. Inevitably it was looking a little worn and it wasn’t anywhere near as busy as when we first visited, also on a Sunday.
Its location in a somewhat worn-out hotel didn’t help its appeal. Nor did its decor, which was a little rudimentary, or the badly executed portrait of Nelson Mandela opposite the entrance. Worse, most of the tables were set up outside in what is, basically, a car park. Most car parks are bleak, but this one was particularly cheerless.
Despite that we enjoyed the food and were unanimous in believing that if  P.I.T.Z was in Gateway, or similar, it would be a whole different ballgame.

GIVE ME A PLATE, DAMMIT!

Food plated on a wooden board. Good to look at, awkward to eat off

Food plated on a wooden board. Good to look at, awkward to eat off

Guest blogger PIERRE BROUARD declares war on serving food on wooden boards

Please can I get my food served on a plate? If I go to one more restaurant with food perched precariously on a wooden board I am going to declare war. Or vote with my feet. I can’t tell you often the fries have fallen off, the salad’s toppled over or, in my worst experience, a half boiled egg’s rolled lazily away from me as I tried to pin it down with my fork.
I reckon plates were invented for a reason, that reason being to contain the food, allowing the eater to marshal the various bits into bite sized pieces. Perhaps they came about as a result of a ceramic accident, with an early potter making a mistake in some pre-historic kiln, leaving an odd lip around a flat base. But what a happy accident! Sauces cannot escape, peas are secure and there is a satisfying sense of accomplishment when the forkful of food is easily assembled.

AVOCADOS ENDANGERED

The humble avocado has become a victim of its own success

The humble avocado has become a victim of its own success

THE POPULARITY OF THE AVOCADO COULD BE ITS DOWNFALL

The avocado is enjoying worldwide popularity but this may result in it becoming endangered says a report in The Independent in London.
The reasons are water and drugs.

FIFTY TOP FOODS

Pomegranates, one of the fifty top foods.

 

FIFTY FOOD TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET

Hardly a day goes by without a new food list being featured in some publication. Such as: “Ten foods you thought were unhealthy but are actually good for you”; or “Ten foods with hidden sugar”; or “Ten “healthy” foods that are really unhealthy if you want to lose weight” .. and so on.
And that’s not even talking about the faddy diets that keep popping up.
It’s a minefield out there if you enjoy eating but also want to keep healthy and fit.
On May 6 the Independent in London (www.independent.co.uk) published a very interesting list of 50 foods you should include on your shopping list. It was so sensible, we thought it worth repeating. The full story on why the foods are so important is available on their website. Tap in author’s name – Siobhan Norton – in search engine.
Here is the list.