* Table Mountain National Park is offering South African residents free entry to its Silvermine, Oudekraal, Perdekloof, and Newlands Forest picnic spots today, in celebration of its 16th anniversary.
* SAA has announced that its three weekly flights to Beijing are departing at a more passenger-friendly time of 20h35 from today, four hours earlier than in the past, for the 15 hour flight from Johannesburg to China.
* Only 40% of British men would order a bottle of wine in a pub, compared to 90% of them enjoying wine in their homes, for fear of being ridiculed by their mates. Half of male drinkers would order wine in a restaurant. Male hosts to dinner parties at home would be more likely to choose a wine that could be a talking point to serve their guests, while women hosts are very unlikely to choose such a wine.
* Chef Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient up north is a magnificent plater and creative chef, and she is using YouTube videos to explain her new range of dishes for the Autumn Degustation menu. Her ‘Prints in the Paddock’ main course contains veal, Basque Espelette peppers, moonshadow beans, baby nasturtiums, and more ingredients. (received via e-mail from Restaurant Mosaic)
* Chef Kevin Joseph from The Oyster Box in Umhlanga is cooking a 4-course Indian dinner at Azure restaurant at its sister hotel The Twelve Apostles in Camps Bay on 27 June, offering red wines by Stellekaya for the course pairings. Chef Kevin has been at the Umhlanga hotel for ten years, and prior to that he worked at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, and at Claridge’s Hotel and Tamarind Restaurant in London. Cost is R545 including wine and water. (received via media release from FIVESTAR PR).
* The ban by the European Commission of South African citrus fruit (oranges, lemons, and tangerines) imports is likely to be lifted, reports The New Age. The value of citrus exports to Europe is R15 billion! Last year the European Union banned our citrus imports due to the black spot fungal disease the fruit contained. South African citrus supplies one third of Europe’s demand, and is the main source of citrus supply to the UK, Germany, and France.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: @WhaleCottage