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Shortly after Chef Luke Dale-Roberts closed down his restaurant at The Saxon Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg, the five-star hotel has announced that it will open Grei fine-dining restaurant on 19 April, with Chef Candice Philip at the helm. 

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While I am very conscious of my weight, and focused on maintaining or even reducing it further, I have not become a Vegan or Vegetarian eater, although my eating pattern largely excludes meat and bread. It was therefore interesting to receive an invitation from the hotel’s Food & Beverage Manager Hilton Ruch, to try the new Vegan High Tea last Friday. (more…)

Many personal discussions about Cape Town’s water shortage have questioned the wisdom of extending DayZero to 2019, a move which was seen by many as politically motivated, an announcement which was made two weeks ago by DA Leader Mmusi Maimane. This ‘generosity’ of DayZero appears to have backfired, as water consumption has increased in the week since the DayZero extension.  (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…)

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.
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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…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Twelve Apostles Hotel, and its F & B Manager Hilton Ruch. On my way home from dancing at Constantia Nek recently, I stopped by at their Café for a dry cappuccino. Not expecting Hilton to be at work after 22h00, I asked one of the staff to pass on my regards to him. She told me he was still at work, and called him. He chatted, and told me about their new Vegan High Tea, a first in Cape Town it would seem, as well as other news. The dry cappuccino was perfectly made, and they have marshmallows too, a weakness. When I requested the bill, I was told that Hilton had taken care of it,
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The Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson, must be very chuffed with his performance in managing the water situation of Cape Town, DayZero being moved out each week since he has taken over this hot seat from Mayor Patricia de Lille!  On Tuesday DayZero was moved out to 4 June.  (more…)

I spent four days in the village of McGregor last week, last having been there four months ago. I spent such a relaxing and special time there, that I wish to acknowledge with gratitude the contribution which each of the following made to me during my stay: 

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A Facebook post shared yesterday by leading hotels in Cape Town informs tourists about the water shortage in Cape Town and surrounding towns, and reassures them that they are welcome in the Cape and can still enjoy their holiday, despite a potential Day Zero scenario.  (more…)

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