The Sweet Service Award goes to Café Roux on Shortmarket Street, and its Manager Lauren Parks, for finding a seat for me in the sold out performance by Acoustic Element, as I had not booked. Lauren always makes a plan. The latest Café Roux evening was made even more special in that local artist Jimmy Nevis sat next to me at the same table!

 

 

The Sour Service Award goes to Olga Jewelry Design Studio in the V&A Waterfront, and its sales person Sandra Weichbold, who was rude when I wanted to proceed with my order to have a tanzanite and diamond eternity ring manufactured. Sandra did not bother to come to the counter when I arrived, and then struggled to find the quotation that Debby had sent me. I had to provide the details to her. She told me that I was rude, when I asked what was taking her so long to find the quote, and that is when I left the shop and cancelled the ring manufacture! What a blessing it was, finding the perfect ring at Tanur jewelers, also in the Waterfront.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog. Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at chrisvonulmenstein [at] gmail.com. Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chris_Ulmenstein

 

Episode 4 of the JAN viaTV series was focused on Apricale, and foraging in the area, both for wild-growing flowers and herbs, as well as for truffles. It was special to see Jeanette van Manen, owner of the Apricus Locanda, at which I stayed in August whilst writing The Book. (more…)

On Monday evening Condé Nast House & Garden presented its Gourmet Restaurant Awards 2017, in conjunction with Discovery Vitality, at Klein Constantia. Restaurants were awarded in a number of categories, with some surprises, and the awards may be an indicator as to which of the 30 Eat Out Restaurant finalists will make it into the Eat Out Top Ten Restaurant list on Sunday! (more…)

Earlier this month I was invited to attend the launch of the Healing Hub, a multi-disciplinary holistic home of health, movement, and lifestyle created at Lourensford wine estate in Somerset West.  (more…)

Recently friends Llewellyn Lambert, Jenny Stephens, and I had lunch at the recently opened Boschendal at Oude Bank, previously the space occupied at SCHOON de Companje. We found a clean, uncluttered, and friendly Farm Shop, Bistro, Bakery, and Butchery, with produce brought in from the Boschendal farm outside Franschhoek. (more…)

On Thursday I was one of a number of writers who was invited to taste samplers of the new Summer 2017/18 Menu at Shimmy Beach Club. It was a meal prepared for us by new Head Chef Mike Keaton, working alongside Executive Chef Adrian Cook.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street, where I experienced double service excellence in one afternoon. I had finished a meeting, and while chatting to Group staff member Linda Hofstetter, saw that my phone battery was down to 5%. I tried to book my Uber trip back home, but I could not get it to work. Linda tried to help me on my phone, and when it didn’t want to work, she called a car for me on her App, and refused to accept payment for it. A security staff member stood at the Kloof Street entrance to the restaurant, and assisted me in identifying the Uber vehicle, and in safely walking me across the road to the car. 

 

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Last night’s episode 3 of #JAN was set in Apricale in Liguria, Italy, the little village on the other side of the Italian border, and north of Ventimiglia. It is Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s favourite escape hole from his busy JAN restaurant in Nice.  (more…)


It is not the first time that Eat Out has broken its own rules in choosing the chefs eligible for the previous Top 20 Restaurant lists (until 2016, The Pot Luck Club of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts having been snuck in, when it had only been open for 11 months and two weeks in 2014), and this year the same has happened in the Top 30 list for the first time. Three restaurants had not opened by 1 November 2016, the cut-off date for eligibility for the Awards this month, according to Eat Out’s own rules, yet are included in its shortlist! Missing from Eat Out’s List is JAN Restaurant in Nice, our country’s best South African restaurant, and awarded a Michelin-star in 2016 and in 2017! 
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Last year I was subject to an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court with a demand to remove a Blogpost about the misleading packaging which Le Chocolatier had used for its chocolate slabs, claiming them to be sugar-free and Banting-friendly. In a landmark case in terms of freedom of speech and defamation in digital Social Media, Judge Dennis Davis refused the demand for my Blogpost to be taken down, with only two sentences required to be removed from the Blogpost. The case sets a precedent for future cases regarding defamation on Social Media platforms. (more…)

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