The Sweet Service Award goes to Harck & Heart, bakers of German gingerbread biscuits, which I had experienced at Kamers two months ago for the first time, having bought a packet of their biscuits then. As I was launching my Book, with an angel on the front cover, I placed an order for Angel biscuits, to place into the goody bags of my guests attending the Book launch. The order was executed effortlessly and an arrangement was made for me to collect the box of biscuits from the Blaauwklippen market four days prior to the Book launch date. Payment was easily executed at the stand at the market. #VielenDank. 

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Earlier this week I drove to Bloubergstrand to meet PR Consultant Peter Marx at Café Blouberg, a restaurant which has operated in its iconic location for the past 18 years, and which has recently changed back to its original name, previously called Petit Fours.  (more…)

Last Friday I was honoured to experience a preview of Coco Safar, which opens in Sea Point’s newly developed Artem, previously the Adelphi Centre, today. It houses the world’s first Botanical Coffee and Rooibos Brewery, the top coffee roastery in Africa, and is a top quality patisserie and chocolate supplier, bought to take away or enjoyed sitting down. An exciting coffee and Rooibos drinking Renaissance is being created at Coco Safar in Cape Town today, the culmination of a ten-year development journey. The decor style is inspired by Belle Epoque. (more…)

Last week I was at Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar three times, for coffee, for lunch, and for a cocktail, not having been there since its opening (with Bilboa sister restaurant) in November.  (more…)

On Friday I was in the Silo District, showing my young friend Bella Bauer around this new area in the Waterfront. Spontaneously we decided to eat at FOOD, on the sixth floor of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art. We found a stylish eatery with a Cafë and Bistro Menu, which runs until the end of the month before the eatery switches to a two- and three-course Menu. (more…)

No matter how I am economizing my water usage, the water portion of my City of Cape Town bill seems to be increasing rather than decreasing. Three months ago my bill reflected a zero amount, and I regarded myself as Proudly Water Saving! As my water usage has decreased severely, now showering twice a week only, running the washing machine every ten days, saving all grey water for the plants and mopping and cleaning, it can only be a higher City charge that is creating an increase in my water bill! Worrying is that Day Zero is 100 days away, the date being brought forward continuously!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Hussar Grill Stellenbosch, and its waiter Aiden. I ‘stumbled’ across the restaurant on a Stellenbosch day, and the charming Aiden made my visit there an excellent experience, a rare treat. He asked the kitchen to plate the Marié Rosé sauce separately for the Prawn Avo cocktail starter in case it had chili in it, helped me to squeeze the hard  lemon over the starter, and brought me another complimentary sweet potato crisp and olive treat when I had forgotten to photograph it initially. It is clear that he loves his job!  (more…)

It is a sad day for our local restaurant industry that super talented but Award under-recognised Chef Jean Delport is cooking for the last time at Benguela on Main in Somerset West this evening, before he moves to the Leonardslee House & Gardens in the UK at the end of this month, also part of the Benguela Collection belonging to Penny Streeter Rea, which opens in April.  (more…)

 New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands appear to have almost ground to a halt, with a few chef changes. Janse & Co, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg, formerly of The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, has opened on Kloof Street in Cape Town. CASA and the Revolving Restaurant have opened at The Ritz Hotel. SALT has opened at Paul Cluver wine estate in Elgin.

Big news is that talented top SA Chef Jean Delport of Benguela on Main in Somerset West is moving to the UK, staying in the Benguela Collection, opening its first restaurant at Leonardslee House & Gardens in April (photograph). This will mean a name, concept, and decor change for the Somerset West space, reopening as Nom Nom at the end of this month. Sister restaurant Moody Lagoon Restaurant has opened at Benguela Cove in Hermanus. 

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Restaurant Openings

#  Benguela on Main will close down on 12 January, with the departure of its Chef Jean Delport to a sister restaurant in the Benguela Collection being opened in the UK. The Somerset West space will undergo a decor change over two weeks, and will reopen as an everyday eatery and bakery called Nom Nom, with Chef Sebastian Smith heading up the kitchen .  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to McQueens Pride & Groom (what a lovely name), for its facial, and added to that the treat of a hand and foot massage for the duration of the facial. The therapist was chatty and friendly and the hour flew by. As some of the cream got into my hair, I was further spoilt with a hair wash and blow by Glen in the BloStyle Bar. The treat was kindly organized by Marina Nestel, brand ambassador of McQueens. 

 

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