In celebration of dancing for the past 18 months, I am launching my first book ‘SwitchBitch: My Journey of Transformation from Sour to Sweet!’ next Sunday 25 March at Cape Town’s best loved dance party at La Parada Constantia Nek, with music created by DJ René and his team.  (more…)

Some may question the wisdom of the announcement last week that Day Zero has been moved out to 2019, in its potential effect on water saving by Capetonians, in them becoming more lax about reducing their water usage, given that the target of 450 million liters per day has not yet been reached. But the city’s water consumption is declining steadily, a positive achievement in itself! (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Jade Pearl Boutique in Stellenbosch, and its staff member Caitlin van Heerden, for reading about the assault by Graham Goble at Artscape, resulting in one of my strings of pearls breaking. She invited me to have the pearls restrung. As I was heading to Franschhoek two days later, I dropped them off in the morning, and collected them later that day, ready to wear again. 



The Bootlegger Coffee Company has grown by leaps and bounds, opening branches not only locally but internationally too. It was a surprise therefore to read that the company had partnered with serious fine-dining Chef Eric Bulpitt of Faber at Avondale in creating Bootlegger Café and Grill in High Constantia, the home of the former very popular Greens. (more…)

Chef Piet Huysentruyt, founder and owner of Likoké one star Michelin restaurant in France, has lifted the bar of the cuisine served in Franschhoek, with his two-week pop-up restaurant at his The Conservatory, which finishes off on 15 March. It impressed with the unusual and creative combination of ingredients, and the presentation of the dishes. (more…)

Tomorrow the 40th Cape Town Cycle Tour, more commonly referred to as The Argus after its former media sponsor, will be held in Cape Town, a year after the race had to be called off due to extreme wind speeds. No such action is likely tomorrow. The event planners have gone out of their way to make it as water-friendly as possible. It is surprising that Cape Town appears so empty, and that so few cyclists have been seen on the roads this year. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Dalewood Fromage factory shop and its Manager Tracey Falconer. I was in Franschhoek and wanted to stop by the shop in Klapmuts, but was running late from a lunch. I called to find out at what time they close. Tracey told me that they close at 16h00, but that she had to do some admin work, and would still be there until 16h45, which suited me perfectly. Not only did I buy their fabulous Camembert and Brie cheeses, but fresher than fresh same-day laid eggs too. (more…)

Last week’s Water Statement by the City of Cape Town was uncharacteristic in two respects: it was only issued on Thursday instead of the usual Tuesday; and #DayZero was not moved forward or backward for the first time since the weekly Water Statements were issued.  The latest statement appears to suggest that #DayZero may move into later in 2018, or even into 2019.

Yesterday I visited Splash Café at the Vineyard Hotel, having parked close to it, to attend the Strauss & Co Art Auction. Clearly named after the king size pool onto which the Café opens, I was left with a sinking feeling of despair about one of the worst service experiences in a long time! (more…)

New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands appear to still be on the slow side. Chef Oliver Cattermole’s Bovine Restaurant has opened. Chef Piet Huysentruyt of one Michelin Star Likoké restaurant in France has a pop-up at The Conservatory in Franschhoek, running until 15 March. Top chefs John van Zyl and Constantijn Hahndiek have left Thali and Hartford House, respectively. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#.  Janse & Co has opened in the former Yuzu space on Kloof Street, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg of The Kitchen at Maison, with Liezl Odendaal. (photograph) (more…)

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