Kim Maxwell loves flavours. Freshly baked sourdough. Caramelised onion and local gruyere tartlet. Portuguese-style piri-piri chicken with bite. Spicy samoosas. Thick pea and ham soup. Creamy Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs bubbly. Do me a flavour was a restaurant column created when she reviewed restaurants for The Cape Times a few years ago. Today Kim reviews Cape Town restaurants for The Times.
Kim’s blog is dedicated to finding flavours in the Cape. For balance there is wine on the side. She learnt at a young age that travel means opening your mind to new flavours, so occasionally she steps outside Cape Town to do just that.
She’s a full-time journalist (and occasional copy editor) who has worked independently in Cape Town since 2000, but don’t expect to see daily updates. This blog is about personal impressions on the side, or expanded versions of commissioned work, once family and work is out the way.
Kim is happy cooking at home with her family, discovering details about farmers markets or new cafes, and enjoying the hospitality of good cooks and winemakers she knows. If hosted winery and Cape Town restaurant events, food products or new eating spots make an impression, they might make it into foodstuff. But any impressions posted under the reviews category are based on anonymous visits where bills are paid. She devotes time to fancy fine dining. But loves simple cafe snacks. Delicious country produce. Quality drinks. And shortcut convenience food. With busy working lifestyles, who doesn’t?
Highlights from an eighteen-year career include interviewing US critic Robert Parker Junior in Singapore and chef Ferran Adrià at El Bulli restaurant in Spain. Kim keeps business hours while providing writing and editing services for a variety of publications and websites. The wine trade, wine tourism, travel, restaurant reviews, chef profiles and editing cookbooks are special interests. She likes to know why people make or market what they do, and where they’ve been along their journeys.