* Nando’s, Prince Harry’s and Beyonce’s favourite chicken take-out in London, will be opening its first store at Gatwick airport.
* Heathrow needs a third runway to deal with the estimated doubling of traffic by 2030. One plan is to build a floating runway on an estuary of the Thames, instead of demolishing houses in a village close to Heathrow.
* Wide-spread flooding hit Somerset West, Franschhoek, Hermanus/Stanford, Strand, and Cape Town on Friday evening. The Franschhoek Pass, Chapman’s Peak, Betty’s Bay/Gordon’s Bay road, and Victoria Road* between Camps Bay and Hout Bay are still closed.
* Eben Sadie of The Sadie Family Wines is the winemaker featured in the weekly Terroirist blog interview!
* Not only is Stellenbosch famous for its many wine estates producing excellent wines, and for its status as Gourmet Capital of South Africa, but now is also admired for being an ‘innovation hub’ and the ‘Silicon Valley’ of South Africa. The head office of Mxit is located in the town, as are the head offices of Distell, British American Tobacco, and Remgro.
* Food Routes has been launched as an accommodation portal for establishments that offer 5 star accommodation and an equivalent quality dining experience. Only Delaire Graff, Majeka House, and Hartford House have Eat Out Top 20 restaurants attached to their accommodation offering. The site is endorsed by Chef Reuben Riffel, his four Reuben’s and Racine Restaurants hardly a good example of quality restaurants, not having made the Eat Out Top 20 shortlist for a number of years.
* SARIE magazine won the most awards at the Magazine Publishers’ Association of South Africa’s PiCA Awards on Thursday, its five awards including best consumer magazine as well as best consumer editor (Michélle van Breda). Woolworths’ TASTE magazine won best customer magazine.
* The first winter snow is expected in Ireland and the United Kingdom from Monday.
* Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2012 by Boekenhoutskloof is one of three Syrah recommendations in The Observer‘s Wines of the Week.
* Elvis Blue will be performing at a concert at Blaauwklippen on 16 December, with Dan Patlansky and Jesse Jordan. Tickets cost R300. (received via e-mail from Waterford Communications)
POSTSCRIPT 18/11: Victoria Road* between Hout Bay and Camps Bay was re-opened for traffic late last night.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: WhaleCottage