Saturday 25 July 2020, Day 55 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4. 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a sunny day, cooler at 18C, getting ready for rain tonight, with clouds moving in now; for having Joel to help me clean up Camps Bay, the two of us doing a deep clean; for bumping into David Smith twice in 24 hours, he teaching a German to SUP on the Tidal Pool, not having seen each other in about 10 years, last in my Camps Bay guest house days; for bumping into Lynne Gordon and Linda Gawronsky at the Tidal Pool again, and taking a pic of them with the SUPers in the background; for a short sun snooze on the terrace; for a trip back to town, putting in petrol proactively and fetching a slice of the Peppertree Café Lemon Chiffon cake, they not having it yesterday, and baking it especially, because I love it so much 🙏,; for enjoying a bottle of Durban Poison beer, just having a sudden craving for a beer, not drinking it often; for listening to Hope@Home on Tour, with beautiful baroque music by Concerto Melante from Potsdam; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Today is a day of excitement as well as disappointment for restaurateurs, who have so looked forward to reopening their doors for a Sit-Down Service. The official reopening date is today, but sadly it appears that many restaurant doors will remain closed, restaurateurs citing the prohibition of serving alcohol with a meal, and this being the quietest time of the year for restaurants as the reasons why they will not reopen now, continuing with their Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service. Continue reading →
While President Ramaphosa spoke to the nation on Wednesday evening, announcing the long-awaited news that restaurants are to reopen for Sit-Down Service on an as yet unnamed date, a Tweet was sent out by the Government information service, announcing that the following is prohibited: ‘Consumption of Alcohol in restaurants, bars, shebeens, and taverns’ . This has caused a shitstorm in the restaurant industry, already struggling to make ends meet via Restaurant Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. Furthermore, a bar, tavern, and shebeen that does not serve alcohol is a farce, and cannot survive! Continue reading →
Yesterday our new total of Restaurants offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service in Cape Town and the Winelands reached 660, with 4800 members in the Facebook Group which I created at the beginning of May, when the introduction of Level 4 allowed restaurants to open for the Delivery of Food, boosted from 1 June by restaurants being allowed to sell alcohol and to offer a Collection Service from their premises at Level 3.
While a few restaurants already announced their closure at the beginning of March, when the COVID-19 Virus Lockdown had not yet been announced, a flood of restaurant closures is expected when restaurants are allowed to reopen to the public in Level 1 again, at an unannounced date in the future.
An exciting start on the first day of Level 3 today is that Restaurants may offer a Food Collection service from their outlets. In addition, they may offer sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages for sale too, if they have a liquor license, enabling them to make some profit after two months of little trade. Many restaurants reopened at the beginning of May, when Level 4 Restaurant Food Delivery was announced. A number of our Top 10 Restaurants are offering a Food Delivery Service. Continue reading →
On my trip to Havana from Madrid, after completing the Portuguese Coastal Camino in July last year, I was forced to spend two unplanned days in Madrid. Whilst upset initially, I was grateful for being able to spend the time in a city which I had only briefly met a year before. Continue reading →
Hermanus, and neighbouring towns in the Cape Whale Coast region, has recently been named the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) City of Gastronomy, in a bid led by Darryl David, surprisingly from KwaZulu-Natal. Hermanus takes its place alongside top international cities of Gastronomy, such as Parma, Italy; San Antonio in the USA; Phuket, Thailand; and Bergen, Norway.
On First Thursday earlier this month my Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien and I attended The Belgian Beer Company’s celebration of the ‘Art of Glass’ at the WORLDART Gallery on Church Street, an exhibition of the art by Lizette Chirrime, the first African artist whose work has been used on a Duvel beer glass. Continue reading →
Last Monday I attended The Sommeliers Selection 2018 tasting of the top-scoring wines at Tokara Delicatessen, driving through from Cape Town on a rainy day. My two favorites I tasted were Arra Shiraz 2015, as well as Trizanne Reserve Syrah 2017. The top wines in the tasting were selected by top Sommelier members of the South African SOmmeliers Association, and the Black Cellar Club. Continue reading →
Yesterday I met with Chef Oliver Cattermole and his wife Becky for coffee in Franschhoek, to hear the latest details about their first self-owned restaurant Bovine, which opens today in two weeks on Franschhoek’s main road. Continue reading →