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SA restaurants awarded with stars for the first time in 2022 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards!


The Eat Out Restaurant Awards were held for the first time in three years today, an eagerly awaited event, given the impact of the Lockdown on the restaurant industry, and the change in the restaurant awards system, restaurants no longer ranked, but rated with 1, 2 or 3 stars.

It was a surprise to read a year ago that Eat Out would reintroduce its Awards this year, and that Abigail Donnelly was heading up the judging for the awards again, after an absence of a number of years. Continue reading →

Corona Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 184 of Level 1, 2 April 2022.


Saturday 2 April 2022, Day 184 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a wonderful day, dominated by my disbelief and shock in receiving a message that my new client wanted my bank details, not just to pay me for the month ahead but for six months, not my payment terms at all, and not having started doing any work, but deeply grateful for the trust and generosity it reflects 🥲💙; for a very windy all-day South Easter Day, still blowing a storm, even in Sea Point; for posting for my clients; for a walk to the Hussar Grill parking area, to meet St Cyprians Continue reading →

MasterChef SA Season 4 comes to an end, Shawn Godfrey wins R 1 million!











It’s been an exciting month of MasterChef SA Season 4, which drew to a close tonight, when the three Finalists fought it out in the MasterChef kitchen, Shawn Godfrey winning the R1 million grand prize.

This week started off with six finalists, three cooking challenges and three eliminations, and three guest chef judges, until the 90 minute Grand Finale this evening. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 73 of Level 1, 12 May 2021


Wednesday 12 May 2021, Day 73 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another special day, taught today that one needs to take chances, and that the payback can be so special; for being organized in my work this morning, preparing for my meeting this afternoon; for having tea with birthday girl Vivian Warby at Caprice, loving sitting in the sun on this beautiful day; for meeting the new next door ‘neighbour’, who has bought the erf next to us plus two behind us, planning to build three apartment blocks the size of ours 😱, by coincidence one of them in Houghton Road having the huge amount of litter which we picked up on Sunday afternoon; for a successful client status meeting at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant; for a fabulous treat and spoil Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 1, 13 April 2021


Tuesday 13 April 2021, Day 44 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the perseverance in spending almost all day writing the lengthy Review of the new Grand Pavilion, at which Gary Peterson and I ate yesterday; for a quick walk to Pick n Pay to post my SwitchBitch book to TJ Strydom, he writing the Koos Bekker biography; for a quick shop at Woolies, where the Wifi didn’t work, but one of the Manager gave me a Wifi hotspot from his phone 🙏; for a spontaneous small Pedi at Sorbet, having a gap; for early dinner at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant with Katie Friedman, to try its Restaurant Week Menu, running until 2 May; for the surprise in bumping into Jürgen Muess once again at the restaurant (Donoven Hammond Gloy can you believe this?) and for a Facebook Friend Sarie Spryt from the Garden Route dining there too and recognizing me 😱; for getting home just before Loadshedding started; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

A new career as Hospitality Communications Consultant takes off, reaching new heights!


While I had tried to separate my Blog writing from my new work as a Communications Consultant, my cover was blown (so to speak) when a fantastic 10/10 review for my client was posted yesterday, including me in the praise.

It is the first time that I am offering Communications services for clients, since having owned PR Consultancy Relationship Marketing 25 years ago, focusing mainly on Social Media Communication, but also on client liaison, writing posts and content, organising promotions, proactively identifying all possible Continue reading →

Thank you 2020 for everything that you have taught me, my Top 20 of 2020!


I was very excited about the year 2020, having the 20th as a birthdate, and it being my lucky number. Despite the tragedy of the Corona Virus pandemic and the inconvenience of the Lockdown regulations at times, 2020 turned out to be one of my best ever, learning from it and growing through it.

On Facebook I have posted daily Corona Gratitudes, for the small and big things that have come my way in the past 9 months. There are far too many to mention, so I have turned this post into a Top 20 of 2020, an unforgettable year for all of us. Continue reading →

Carte Blanche exposes SA Butler Academy Marketing deception, first exposed on WhaleTales Blog in 2013!


Seven years ago I wrote a story about the South African Butler Academy, and its marketing deception, having had the poor experience of employing one of its Butler graduates in my Whale Cottage Camps Bay, which I owned at the time. Yesterday Carte Blanche took up the story, highlighting my story of seven years ago, as well as that of Lin Yang, a Singaporean student, who was expelled from the Academy a year ago for being late one morning, and who is unable to get her money back. Once again, the deceptive marketing of the SA Butler Academy was evident when its management was interviewed by Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 52 of Level 1, 11 November 2020


Wednesday 11 November 2020, Day 52 of Level 1, Day 230 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warm 26C day, windstill, with another such day forecast for tomorrow; for a writing morning, followed by a deep clean of my apartment, getting up to 5000 steps before I left for a proper walk in Camps Bay, including a shop at Woolies, needing croissants for my guests this afternoon; for getting help from gorgeous Llewellyn to become the admin of the client’s Facebook page 🍎; for the surprise of receiving two Discovery Gameboard plays, despite not having received any points since I hit Diamond status about 10 days ago; for an easy transition from Discovery Coastal Core to Classic Smart, costing only R19 more per month and heaps more medical and dental benefits, Maki Chase holding my hand virtually 🙏; for a R164 Discovery Insure cash back for driving less; for the honour of being interviewed by THE 6 foot 6 inches Derek Watts today, in my home, more details to come when it is aired; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Cribbing Restaurant lists is not cool, is plagiarism, and is unprofessional!


Twice in the past month a section of one of two of my Blogposts, being lists of Restaurant Closures and Reopened Sit-Down Restaurants, has been cribbed and shared without permission or credit to this Blog as the source. While this is extremely flattering to me as the owner and editor of the Blog, it is downright illegal, constituting plagiarism, and is downright unprofessional! Continue reading →