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…)

Last night was the second time that I ate at JAN restaurant in Nice, and the first time since it received the Michelin one-star restaurant rating last year. In the twenty months between the two visits, I can see an enhanced South African focus at JAN. (more…)

I was the luckiest lady in Munich last night, in getting a table at Michelin 2-star restaurant Dallmayr at short notice, due to a cancellation. I had booked at both top restaurants (with Atelier) in Munich, but due to Valentine’s Day, I was on the waiting list at both restaurants. It made my Valentine’s Day even more special, even though I ate on my own! (more…)

Today is the special day of love, and we wish all our readers a gorgeous Valentine’s Day ❤❤❤.

New vintage Graham Beck’s Gorgeous Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2016 is a gorgeous way to celebrate the day, with a lovely pink (more…)

Today I depart on a two-week eating tour of France, continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurant journey I began in New York and London in July last year. There is no more exciting start to my culinary trip than dinner at JAN restaurant in Nice on Wednesday, given that it has just been awarded the 2017 Michelin one-star rating. In February 2016 owner Jan-Hendrik van Der Westhuizen did our country proud, in becoming the first South African chef to own a Michelin-star restaurant.  (more…)

On Thursday evening I tried the brand new open-fire cooking Primal Eatery, at the invitation of Capetonian and international restaurateur Brynn Felix. The menu is exciting, with most dishes being unique, prices are reasonable, and the service was excellent.  (more…)

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