On a quick trip around Muizenberg over the weekend, my friend and Muizenberg resident Don Gloy introduced me to husband-and-wife and chef team Quinette and Valie Costea, who own Baby Vegetables, a farm to table baby vegetable delivery  service.  (more…)

Last month Llewellyn Lambert and I went to try out Ben Wei Sushi, Asian, and Fusion restaurant in Wembley Square, by invitation from PMPR Solutions, the PR agency representing the restaurant. We were served a wide variety of Asian, sushi, and fusion foods. Ben Wei means ‘original taste’ in Mandarin. Some of the dishes we tried had not yet been added to the menu.  (more…)

On Thursday a number of writers and I enjoyed lunch at the HQ Courtyard by Laurent, a pop-up which has been opened for the next two months or so, whilst the former Bizerca Bistrot is renovated for a new HQ concept restaurant to be opened in winter. Bistrot Bizerca, owned by Chef Laurent Deslandes and his wife Cyrillia, has closed down and Chef Laurent has been appointed as the new Executive Chef of HQ.  (more…)

At the beginning of this month I attended a weekend Argentine Tango workshop at Temenos, the spiritual retreat in McGregor. I learnt more than just the basic Tango dance steps, and learnt about myself too, in that the dance has a spiritual side. (more…)

On Wednesday I attended a different format of wine tasting at OpenWine, having become an avid fan of the Tuesday evening one hour tastings hosted by different wine estates every week. It was a blind tasting of six Chenin Blanc wines, led by Tom Prior.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Country Road’s Regional Manager Trevone, who came to my rescue when I reported the shocking service I received at the Country Road V & A Waterfront branch, from its store manager Zoelva Brewer. I had arrived at the store just after its opening at 9h00 last week, and put down a top from the Country Road section at the Trenery counter, wandering off to look at a cardigan close by. When I returned to the counter, the top was still lying there despite a staff member standing behind the counter. No other staff member was present, other than two chattering security staff at the opposite end of the store, squeezing the pimples on their face at the mirror! The staff member was standing with a can of Mr Min in her hand, and said that she couldn’t do the (more…)

Yesterday I attended the Winemag.co.za 10 Year Wine Awards at Magica Roma in Pinelands, and 19 wines (six white wines, ten red wines, and three fortified wines) scored 90 points or more. Tokara won the most awards, with three of the 19 awards collected by its GM Karl Lambour. Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007 and Nuy Muscadel 2007 were the highest scoring wines, at 94 points out of 100.  (more…)

Less than a year after opening in Franschhoek, Leeu Estates has been featured on the 21st edition of the Condé Nast 2017 HOT LIST, the only South African accommodation property to make the list of 75 accommodation properties, and one of only seven properties in Africa. The accolade complements the five star boutique hotel making the  2017 Travel + Leisure It List.  (more…)

Last week a special friend and I visited the Cap Classique Cellar Le Lude in Franschhoek, having become dedicated drinkers of this sparkling wine. (more…)

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