Earlier this week my friend Aurélie Jullien and I had lunch at Delaire Graff restaurant, as part of a two-day road trip to show her Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. For me the lunch was the highlight of our trip, not just its excellent food and wines, but also interacting with the estate GM and hearing about their new expansion plans. (more…)

It was on a visit to the newish Lindt Chocolate Studio in the Silo District in the V&A Waterfront that I saw a list of the courses which the Lindt Chocolate Studio offers. On Saturday my Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien and I attended the two-hour Macaron baking course, and we were very proud of our baking success.  We were to,d that there are only two Lindt Chocolate Studios in the world, the Cape Town one, and one in Johannesburg.  (more…)

On First Thursday earlier this month my Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien and I attended The Belgian Beer Company’s celebration of the ‘Art of Glass’ at the WORLDART Gallery on Church Street, an exhibition of the art by Lizette Chirrime, the first African artist whose work has been used on a Duvel beer glass. (more…)

Just over a month ago I met Parisian Instagram follower Aurélie Jullien by chance at a Woolies in Sea Point, she recognizing me, revisiting Cape Town in loving its restaurants and the beauty of the city. On her invitation we ate at Upper Bloem restaurant on Saturday, a new restaurant with a Cape Malay-inspired Tapas Tasting Menu focus.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to CapeWine 2018, its organizer WOSA (Wines of South Africa), and the wine industry, for the smooth organisation and professionalism of the largest wine trade show in the Southern Hemisphere, and for putting the quality and diversity of our wine industry on show. The media registration on arrival was easy, we received a handy bag for all the brochures and booklets, and were offered a wine glass on arrival. My only gripe is that there was so little media information generally upfront, and that we were not sent any information specifically.  (more…)

Despite a hugely challenging year for the wine industry due to the drought, CapeWine 2018 is an impressive showcase of optimism, friendliness, and proudly South Africaness, running at the Cape Town International Convention Centre until tomorrow. I attended yesterday, with my Parisian friend Aurelié Jullien, and we were both impressed with the magnitude and professionalism of the exhibition, held every three years, and attended by the local and international wine trade. (more…)

For the past two days I have participated in a Blind Tasting of more than 130 white, Rosé, and red wines at the offices of sponsorship specialists Divine Intervention, to select wines which will be incorporated into the winelists for the four restaurant brands of the new Cowboys & Cooks restaurant group, which has been founded by highly respected  restaurateur Michael Townsend and his strong support team. (more…)

The best news this year, other than the fantastic winter rain our city has received and still appears to receive this month, is that the City of Cape Town is to reduce the water restrictions from Level 6B to Level 5. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Blanc Canvas in Gardens Centre, and its framing specialist Lisa Janson. I dealt with Blanc Canvas recently for the first time when I had to have a picture reframed after the glass cracked during my move. It was done within a week, at a very reasonable cost. I asked Lisa if she could assist in removing a frame from a painting which I want to send to my son in the UK, and she kindly helped to remove it, without charge. She advised that I buy a tube to transport the painting. But I struggled to roll it and fit it into the tube, so I went back to Lisa for help. She had a wider tube and fitted the painting into it, sealing the open end to make sure that it is not damaged. Once again she did not charge for her service. At least I could leave my newly purchased tube for her to use in future.  (more…)

It was at a dinner with Katie Friedman of Urban Lime that I heard about the opening of Victoire, a French Boulangerie, Pâtisserie, and Bistro in the newly redeveloped Speakers’ Corner building on Church Square in Cape Town. I attended the opening, as well as had breakfast at Victoire the following day.  (more…)

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