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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…)

I was recently asked if I would be leaving the country on Day Zero, projected to be 16 April currently, something that had never crossed my mind! It appears that a large number of locals are making plans to leave Cape Town, and reside elsewhere in our country or internationally, where they will have access to water! Quite frankly, I wouldn’t miss Day Zero for anything, as Cape Town will be making world history in being the first city in the world to run out of water!  (more…)

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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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…)

 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. 

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

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…)

Whilst writing The Book in Apricale, in Italy, in August, I treated myself to a cappuccino or a gelato at the Apricus Osteria & Bar in the village almost daily. On one of those days I asked a lady sitting at another table if she would mind taking a photograph of me, my selfie skills not being the best. Anna Fill did a great job of it, and gave me her card. I thanked her, and so began a chat about why I was in Apricale in the first place. Anna and I met for coffee, on a Monday when most restaurants were closed, so she drove us to the nearby Bajardo, where we chatted and I got to know more about Anna, and her ‘The Riviera Woman’ digital magazine. Recently she wrote to me, when she had seen on Facebook that I had completed my Book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’, and asked me a number of questions, for an article for her magazine. (more…)

At a private intimate dinner party my first book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’ was launched last night, attended by very special friends. It documents my journey of a mainly physical transformation over a twenty month period.  (more…)

Yesterday the Ritz Hotel opened its doors for accommodation trade, and hosted a soft launch, to introduce writers and the trade to the new Casa restaurant, and to the newly transformed hotel, a renovation process which took about two years. (more…)

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