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Brent Meersman

Brent Meersman

Brent Meersman is a political novelist (Primary Coloured, Reports Before Daybreak). He has been writing for the Mail & Guardian since 2003 about things that make life more enjoyable – the arts, literature and travel and (in his Friday column, Once Bitten) food. If comments on the internet are to be believed, he is a self-loathing white racist, an ultra-left counter-revolutionary, a neo-liberal communist capitalist, imperialist anarchist, and most proudly a bourgeois working-class lad. Or you can put the labels aside and read what he writes. Visit his website: www.meersman.co.za
Nobody listens to vegans
Nobody listens to vegans
“Nobody listens to vegans,” a good vegan friend warned me. “People think Vegans come from Planet Vega. We are out there with...
The fine art of cooking
The fine art of cooking
Months after the Fifa 2010 World Cup, the Hemelhuijs opened on Cape Town’s freshly pedestrianised Waterkant Street, which formed part of the newly...
Terroir's earthy taste of winter
Terroir's earthy taste of winter
In the past, winter was not a great time to be in Cape Town. I remember as a child the frustration of being indoors for weeklong bouts of nothing...
The feast behind the arts festival
The feast behind the arts festival
These days, one hardly ever sees a substantial profile of a local theatre actor, director or playwright in print. Instead, chefs are the new...
Haute of this world
Haute of this world
Why is it that so many of the best restaurants in the country are concentrated in the winelands? If we are to be guided by awards, such as EatOut's,...
Makaron’s new taste: Chef pairing
Makaron’s new taste: Chef pairing
Many of us neglect our dining rooms. We prefer to hang about the kitchen like the family pet. Perhaps it’s because most of us were fed in the...
Up to the vegan challenge?
Up to the vegan challenge?
An animal-friendly diet is not so difficult, as vegans are ­attempting to show during a ­month-long promotion in Cape Town. Many people...
Stay calm: Kelp is on the way
Stay calm: Kelp is on the way
We were in luck. It was new moon and the tide was at its lowest. The swell was also gentle that day, giving us plenty of time to explore the...
Twelve Apostles get down to earth
Twelve Apostles get down to earth
"You are not allowed to eat there,” I was told by one of my closest friends. He’s entering his 60s; one of Cape Town’s rugged mountain men...
The best of a raw deal
The best of a raw deal
The first dedicated raw food restaurant opened in London in 2005. The movement has continued as background noise for a decade, but in recent years,...
Sexy's simply the best
Sexy's simply the best
Once Bitten
Banting is found wanting
Banting is found wanting
The low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) dietary regime poses little difficulty for restaurants, unless starch is the key dish, which makes the diet bad news...