A visit to Europe became more exciting when I decided to add a visit to France, dining at one Michelin star JAN restaurant in Nice, and continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurants journey, eating at Mirazur in Menton (6th best), and at L’Arpège (19th best) and Septime (50th best) in Paris. Mirazur is the most highly ranked French restaurant, and has two Michelin stars. Mirazur means ‘look at the blue sea’. Last year I ate at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in New York, and in London.  (more…)

Michalak pâtisserie came highly recommended by Foxcroft Chef Glen Williams for top pâtisseries to visit in Paris. It has a modern and funky feel, and I got the feeling that its owner Chef Christophe Michalak has had fun in creating his Michalak pâtisserie range.  (more…)

I have just spent close to a week in Nice and Paris, using Uber to and from the train station in Nice, as well as JAN restaurant, and to/from the airport and to/from top restaurants in Paris. I was astounded by the professionalism of Uber France in these two cities, and felt that Uber South Africa, or should I say Uber Cape Town, has a lot to learn! (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Gucci in Galeries Lafayette in Nice, and its sales assistant Anete Petersone. Anete spoke perfect English, helped me connect to the store wifi so that I could get a quick approval for a belt purchase, chose the correct belt size, wrapped the gift beautifully, and guided me to the fourth floor of the store, an absolute professional. I was offered a mineral water whilst making the purchase. She guided me to the Tax Refund department in the store. I returned two days later, to buy another Gucci item, but it was not available in the Nice branch, so Anete contacted the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann branch in Paris, requesting them to keep the item for me.  (more…)

Yesterday I completed my Gourmet Tour of France, eating at the 50th restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, being Septime in Paris. It has one Michelin star, and has held it for the past four years. Despite being understated and hidden in its location, it offers world-class cuisine served by an enthusiastic team.  (more…)

Yesterday I ate at L’Arpège, the 19th best restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and holding three Michelin stars for the past twenty years. He was featured in the French season of Chef’s Table, the superb documentary series on the world’s top chefs. Owner of the restaurant for the past thirty years, Chef Alain Passard has become renowned for discarding meats and fish, and only cooking vegetables for twenty years, without losing his Michelin stars. He has slowly and minimally reintroduced fish and meat. (more…)

Last week I ate lunch at Garden restaurant at the renowned Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, a spontaneous decision after having done some business with Deutsche Bank across the road. I was super impressed with the service offered by the proactive PR department of the hotel, but did not like the arrogance I experienced!

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Cape Town has its first Tea brewmistress, an American who has settled in Cape Town and runs her Theonista company from Woodstock. Meghan Werner and her team produce a range of Kombucha refreshing fermented teas with health benefits.   (more…)

Netflix has developed a reputation for producing exceptional documentaries, and its ‘Chef’s Table’ is the talk of the international restaurant industry. Two seasons of six episodes each have already been launched. Yesterday Chef’s Table Season 3 was launched by Netflix, with a very diverse spectrum of six Chefs and their restaurants featured. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to W Café inside Woolworths in the V&A Waterfront and its Manager Renee Keen, who observes me arriving for a cappuccino, and knows exactly how I like it, dry and with foam and no milk, requesting her barista to make it. She also automatically brings a glass of water. She always has a friendly smile of welcome.  (more…)

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