The Sweet Service Award goes to Takealot.com, for its efficient delivery of six Essie nail polishes. It was the first time that I used the internet ordering service, and I was impressed with its substantially lower price, relative to all other internet ordering services as well as retail outlets. I placed the order last Wednesday evening, received a confirmation of the order and payment received via credit card, and received a text message the following day re the delivery. I texted back to say that I would be (more…)

Yesterday the Rotolabel-sponsored Wine Label Design Awards were held for the third time, and the quality and quantity of entries received has improved considerably. Black Oystercatcher Noble Late Harvest 2014 won the Grand Prix Award as the best wine label design overall, for a label design by Anthony Lane Design Consultancy.  (more…)

Tuesday evenings are dedicated to attending the tastings by a wine estate at OpenWine on Wale Street in Cape Town, a complimentary service offered by owners Marta Gobbo and Raphael Paterniti, in conjunction with one of its supplier wine estates. Last night we tasted Villiera MCCs and wines, a tasting which was led by its Cape Sales Manager Paul Kruger.  (more…)

It was a shock to see today that none of our country’s top restaurants have made the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, with both The Test Kitchen and La Colombe named today in the 51 – 100 ranking list, announced a week ahead of the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant ceremony in Melbourne next Wednesday! (more…)

I was looking for a brand new restaurant in De Waterkant, and landed at Stepbrothers Ristorante, it being a new Italian restaurant, bar, and deli, in error. I decided to lunch there, to get a feel for the restaurant, which opened six months ago.  (more…)

Mo & Rose had been recommended to me as the best restaurant in the greater Robertson area, but I had not got to it to try it last year as it only operates at night. Llewelyn Lambert and I had dinner there on Friday evening, and we were disappointed with the experience. (more…)

Five South African restaurants contributed almost a third of the R1 million StreetSmart monies raised last year, with La Mouette in Sea Point being streets ahead in raising the most from the voluntary donations made by its diners.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to La Parada Constantia Nek, which raised R385000 for DARG, to assist in care for the animals affected by the recent fire at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, as well as for Fire Extinguisher Balls, by means of a dinner and charity auction last Saturday. The fire in the township destroyed 3500 homes and left about 15000 residents homeless.  (more…)

A week ago I was invited by Silvermist Tasting Room assistant Declan to visit the wine estate next door to La Parada Constantia Nek, being in Constantia every Sunday when I dance to DJ RenĂ©’s music. On Sunday I took up the invitation, and was lucky to find both winemaker Greg Louw and Declan on the estate, to do the tasting before closing time.  (more…)

In just over twelve months of its launch, Triple Three hand-crafted premium gin made at Blaauwklippen in Stellenbosch has become one of the top three best-selling local gins in our country, and is regarded as a world-class gin. I attended a tasting of the three Triple Three gins at OpenWine on Monday evening, and of their brand new but not yet launched Triple Three Distillers Cut gin last week, at a Blaauwklippen Zinfandel tasting. (more…)

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