La Colombe has been announced as Best South African as well as African Restaurant in the inaugural 2020 World Culinary Awards. Its sister restaurant Epice at Le Quartier in Franschhoek was named Best New Restaurant in Africa. South Africa was named Best Culinary Destination in Africa.
The World Culinary Awards ‘serves to celebrate and reward excellence in the culinary industry through our annual awards programme. World Culinary Awards is the sister event of World Travel Awards, itself inaugurated in 1994’, its website states.
I have been fortunate to eat at a number of the award-winning restaurants.
A mutated Corona Virus variant, which has appeared in the UK, and now is evident in South Africa, is causing havoc in that most European countries as are other countries, are banning flights from the UK from today, and South Africa has been added to this list by four countries to date too.
The new Virus strain is not said to be any worse than the current one in terms of its symptoms, but it is spreading 70% faster. It has led the UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock to state that the Corona Virus in that country is ‘out of control’, and for a harsh Tier 4 Lockdown to be imposed in London and Southeast England. Yesterday the country recorded its highest number of new infections, at 35928 cases.
Sunday 13 December 2020, Day 84 of Level 1, Day 263 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a busy weekend, now being able to catch my breath again, and grateful that the President’s Speech has been postponed to tomorrow; for a warm day at about 22C, with glorious sunshine; for a walk through Camps Bay this morning, surprised about the protection I received from managers of businesses across the road as well as our security company, when a drunk/tikked homeless woman threatened to hit me with a brick 😱; for having been invited by owner Judi Fourie to attend the opening of her wow Fideli’s Deli, next door to her Pilcrow & Cleaver on Parliament Street, formerly a branch of Kleinsky’s; becoming the new outlet’s first customer, buying an Argentinian mini cake to bring as a gift to my lunch hostess; for a lovely lunch out in Durbanville at the home of Lorraine Adam, whom I met in our Tourist Guiding class in January, meeting some of her friends; for another Camps Bay walk on my return home, shocked at the volume of litter; for a lovely online Hope @ Home concert from Berlin by Daniel Hope; for the launch of a beach clean initiative by okja, offering a free coffee for every bucket of litter picked up on Camps Bay Beach, to be launched tomorrow 👏; and for being happy and healthy but tired. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
The results of the 2021 Great Wine Capitals’ Best of Wine Tourism Awards have just been announced, not only the best Winery per country, but also the winners in a number of categories in each of six countries in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network. Creation Wines in the Hemel en Aarde Valley has done our country proud by winning the Country Award for South Africa. The wine estate also won the South African award in the Innovative Wine Experience category. Continue reading →
Wednesday 15 July 2020, Day 45 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful sunshine day, with a nippy start, putting a lift into everyone’s step, and happy that we will have another 7 days of sunshine before the next rain arrives; for getting my writing done in good time; for being spoilt by a lunch invitation at Latitude Café in Sea Point, a lovely setting in the 9th floor on the Latitude ApartHotel, connecting with two acquaintances; for donating blood 🩸, Rita Rodrigues being the nicest staff member there, always a pleasure to give, for being offered tea and biscuits afterwards, and receiving a present; for the amazing generosity of Discovery Vitality today…. not often experienced; for picking up two desserts on the Pilcrow & Cleaver menu this week in town, and meeting owner Chef Judi Fourie, only having messaged each other up to now; for a walk through Camps Bay, no clearing up of storm debris done yet, so I’ve booked Joel for tomorrow so that we can start with clearing the pavements, so that locals can walk again; for a walk through Bakoven at sunset time; for missing out on Loadshedding today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Whilst I was travelling in Argentina last year, I discovered that one of the Wine Estates that I visited in Mendoza, Zuccardi Piedra Infinita in the Uco Valley, was named the Number One Vineyard in the World, an inaugural ranking of the World’s 50 Best Vineyards, a similar ranking competition as the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and organised by the same publishing company William Reed in the UK. I am even more delighted to see that Zuccardi has been named the Number one Vineyard in the world yet again, in the 2020 ranking, and that Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch has been named the 14th Best Vineyard in the World, and the Best in Africa, as well as the Highest Climber, having been ranked at Number 39 last year. Continue reading →
Friday 5 June 2020, Day 5 of Level 3, after 66 days of levels 5 and 4 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a very good clean day; for the happy news that the Argentinian AirBnB clients left today, after 73 Days of being locked up/down in our block of flats together; for having Jameson’s left to celebrate with 🥃; for an exercise walk early this morning, getting up to the start of Clifton, despite my hip playing up today for the first time in months; for my back-up Health App in recording my steps the last three days, I never acknowledging it, as an alternative to FitBit, my walk this morning not recorded at all by FitBit; for having Leah here to do a spring clean deluxe, after almost 3 months of little cleaning; for fabulous service at Tiger Wheel & Tyre for the Discovery Insure vehicle inspection and receiving my garage card as well as device in my car to monitor my driving, a very painless process; for a lovely mild day, despite a chill in the air late morning; for the City Council staff repainting the red lines on Victoria Road, and learning what the zig zag lines stand for; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Thursday 14 May 2020, 14 th Day of Level 4, after 35 days of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for such a special day, the highlight being to finally meet the very kind and generous Shuba in their lovely home in Camps Bay, the winner of the ADHARA extra virgin olive oil for her review of Masala Café in the Restaurant Food Delivery Group, and for being spoilt so in their home; for another beautiful 21 C day, with mist in the morning, and soft clouds in the day; for doing so well in coping with 7 weeks of Lockdown; for a good workout walk up to Fourth Beach in Exercise Time, earning 300 Discovery Vitality points after zero yesterday; for seeing a 50 year old birthday being celebrated on the Promenade, at the Thrones, with cake and all; for a lovely chat with Sherryl on the way home, she living close by, both of us living Solo and offering to look after each other when in need; for finishing my writing early today, having done most of it last night; for having a wonderful tan snooze on the terrace, not having slept much last night; for a good step count today, my highest since Lockdown; for a blood sugar reading of 5,1; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Saturday 9 May 2020, Day 9 of Level 4, after 35 days at Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another spectacular 24C day, how lucky we are, and how good for one’s soul and spirit; for going to exercise earlier, and therefore walking further, up to First Beach in Clifton, quickly getting to 10000 steps by the time I returned home; for having a relaxed day after the energetic start to the day; for spoiling myself with a pizza delivery from Col’Cacchio Camps Bay, superbly executed hygiene and ordering wise; loving the Vit D sun therapy on my terrace; for yet another lovely sunset; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Friday 8 May 2020, Day 8 of Lockdown Level 4 after 35 days of Level 5 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a long and deep sleep last night; for another beautiful day, how easy it makes the Lockdown when one sees the sun; for being able to exercise so well that my Cardio was super high and I instantly received 300 Discovery Vitality points this morning, after receiving none the last few days, despite my step total every day ❤️, it being the first morning in a week that I didn’t stop for a chat, walking with Mahmud and then (not met before) Carien from Fresnaye for parts of the way; for having Camps Bay Hardware here and open for business, sharing how well he is supported by locals who prefer to buy from him rather than a big building supply store; for getting on top of updating the Restaurant Food Delivery List, allowing myself a first Vit D sun snooze in 10 days this afternoon; for good advice to grow and publicize the Food Delivery List from Janet Pillai; for the growing number of restaurants opening, after possibly initially not thinking of doing so, and at the upper end too; for feeling really free, no longer suffering claustrophobia in my home during Lockdown; for good dancing and fun on Kfm this afternoon, and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →