Yesterday I attended the Media Launch of the Leeu Estates new Afternoon Tea, which had been created by Leeu Collection Executive Chef South Africa Oliver Cattermole, and brand new Group Pastry Chef Martin Senekal.  (more…)

Last week I tried the week-old Roast & Co. on Heritage Square, created by new owner and adjoining restaurant HQ Restaurant. The two restaurants share an outdoor patio and a brand new bar! (more…)


As I was traveling in the first week of September, I was unable to attend the Blaauwklippen Blending  Competition, having attended many of the competition events over the years, always a fun and educational lunch at the Stellenbosch wine estate. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Farber Coachworks in Montague Gardens, and its driver Daniel Steyn, for his kindness in driving me between my home and his employer. He is an amazing service ambassador, compared to his colleagues, not one of the persons I dealt with other than him having any redeeming features or service orientation.  (more…)

Last night I was one of a group of writers invited by Chef Jenny Morris to join her in a celebration of Heritage Month at Proudly South African Karibu restaurant in the V&A Waterfront. It was a laugh a minute sitting next to Chef Jenny, and we were spoilt with a ten-course dinner. (more…)

After a quiet August as far as restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands are concerned, September is seeing a number of new restaurants opening between now and the end of the month. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   Roast & Co has opened alongside HQ, in the former Bizerca Bistro space, in Heritage Square (photograph) (more…)

A three-week writing focus at Apricale in Italy saw me complete the writing of a book within the time period I had allocated to this first-ever writing challenge. As the catalyst for The Book was Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, in that I met a special man at his book launch in March last year, and that The Book tells the story of the transformational effect of the meeting, there was no better restaurant to eat at on Saturday, to celebrate the completion of The Book, than at JAN Restaurant in Nice! It felt like Christmas, it being exciting to experience JAN Restaurant again, my third visit in two years!  (more…)


Nitida Coronata Integration 2016, a Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend, was named as the best overall Blend in this category, in the Winemag Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Blend & Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2017, presented earlier this week. 

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The Sweet Service Award goes to Apricale, un’idea, the stationery shop and tobacconists on the Village Square in Apricale, and its kind owner Fabio. My Alice band broke whilst I was writing my book in Apricale, wearing it to hold back my fringe whilst writing. Yesterday I went to the shop, taking a chance on finding a replacement there, but they were very wide, and costly, at €18. I asked Fabio if he had ribbon, thinking of using this as a means of tying back my hair. To make it easier to understand, I mentioned gift and paper, and then Fabio got it! The first colour ribbon roll he took out from under the desk was my absolute favourite blue lilac! Even nicer was that he did not want me to pay for the piece he cut off for me! Grazie! 

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For a number of years I have attended the Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, sponsored by Standard Bank, but had to decline the awards earlier this week, held at Delaire Graff, due to travel. I received the media release, announcing the Top 10 Chenin Blanc wines.   (more…)

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