Breaking News: Vivienne Morrisby takes over ownership of Cheyne’s, Lucky Bao, Mexicola Locale, and Ding Dong!

 

Vivienne Morrisby, wife of Chef Cheyne Morrisby, has taken over the ownership of the family restaurants: Cheyne’s, Lucky Bao and Mexicola Locale in Hout Bay, and Ding Dong on Shortmarket Street in the city centre.  Ding Dong was previously in De Waterkant, and will re-open opposite The House of Machines in the pedestrian section of Shortmarket Street in June.

Himitisu at the Camps Bay Retreat closed down at the beginning of this month, and all other restaurants owned by the family in De Waterkant and in the Egg in Cavendish have been closed down. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to MiCaffè; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery Insure!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to MiCaffè, and its Manager Melissa. I went into the restaurant to order an ice cream to kill time before a next appointment, and was served by a waitress who appeared to have no knowledge of the ice cream flavours available. She asked me whether I wanted it in a cup or cone. I said cone, and she brought it in a cup. Throughout my ordering, the waitress laughed at me. Melissa came to me when I sat down, and apologised. When I asked for the bill, she told me that I didn’t have to pay, and gifted me coffee pods on top of that! Continue reading →

‘Penguin Town’ Netflix documentary puts Simonstown on the map (again), nominated for 6 Daytime Emmys!

 

Following hot on the heels of the documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ winning an Oscar for the South African and Cape production in 2021, a new local documentary ‘Penguin Town’ has been nominated for six 49th annual Emmy Daytime Awards.

The Film has been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program’ category, one of five contenders in the category. It has also been nominated in the ‘Outstanding Music Direction and Composition’ (with the theme song ‘Pushin’ On’ composed by Cape Town’s The Kiffness), in ‘Outstanding Single Camera Editing’, in  ‘Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing’,  in ‘Outstanding Daytime Program Host’, and in the ‘Outstanding Cinematography’ categories. Continue reading →

Cape Town tourist icon Chapman’s Peak turns 100 years old!

 

The 100 year inauguration anniversary of Chapman’s Peak, or Chappies as it is known locally, was celebrated in Cape Town recently.

Work on the Drive commenced in 1915, cutting a road along a number of ridges, to connect Hout Bay and Noordhoek.  The building of the road by prisoners, at a cost of £20000, was hailed as an engineering feat when it officially opened on 6 May 1922, inaugurated as Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Motorists were offered free access through Chapman’s Peak Drive on the anniversary weekend. The normal fee for motor vehicles is R54.

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Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis leads by example, gets his hands dirty to keep beautiful Cape Town clean, including Camps Bay!

 

On Saturday 14 May Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis attended our Community Litter Clean at Maidens Cove in Camps Bay, his presence attracting 77 adults and children, with 145 bags filled and taken for recycling by I know a Guy Recycling!

I organise a Community Litter Clean in Camps Bay once a month, usually focusing on the Camps Bay Beach area, meeting opposite The 41 Restaurant, which sponsors a beverage for each participant, and a prize of two The 41 burgers for the person collecting the most litter. Continue reading →

Cape Town ranks third on The Telegraph Greatest Cities on Earth list!

 

In March The Telegraph announced that Cape Town is the greatest city in the world to visit right now. Last week it ranked Cape Town as the third greatest city on Earth, scoring 549 out of 810 points.

Utilising a list of 50 Top city contenders, its annual reader survey, and input from its Travel writers, it ranked the list of cities on a number of factors, including the number of museums, galleries, UNESCO heritage sites, Michelin restaurants,  5-star hotels, beaches, air cleanliness,  transport, tourist attractions, legalized same-gender marriage, and LGBTQ+ community safety. Additional points went to cities with a symphony orchestra, and a metro system.

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The secret is lifted: Himitsu closes down at Camps Bay Retreat after tumultuous year!

 

Himitsu, meaning secret in Japanese, opened quietly and secretly at the five star Camps Bay Retreat Boutique Hotel just over a year ago, Chef Cheyne Morrisby taking over all the Food & Beverage requirements for the guests of the hotel, a first for Morrisby, who by then already had a number of restaurants in Hout Bay and in De Waterkant.

After an explosive Sour Service Award I awarded to Himitsu Restaurant for a shocking breakfast experienced there in January, and it coming to light that Morrisby had not been to the Camps Bay restaurant in four months, Morrisby announced a week ago that he has closed down Himitsu at the Camps Bay Retreat. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Sea Point Dental Studio; Sour Service Award goes to Nu-Line Lifts !

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Sea Point Dental Studio, for its excellent service in making two dental appointments to attend to a crown which had come loose, and which needed gel impressions for a replacement crown. Despite being a brand new client, I was accommodated within 24 hours for each of my appointments. Continue reading →