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Last year I was subject to an urgent interdict in the Western Cape High Court with a demand to remove a Blogpost about the misleading packaging which Le Chocolatier had used for its chocolate slabs, claiming them to be sugar-free and Banting-friendly. In a landmark case in terms of freedom of speech and defamation in digital Social Media, Judge Dennis Davis refused the demand for my Blogpost to be taken down, with only two sentences required to be removed from the Blogpost. The case sets a precedent for future cases regarding defamation on Social Media platforms. (more…)


I have made a decision to stop supporting and attending WineMag events after having been called to a meeting with Christian Eedes, editor of WineMag, and his business partner Jax Lahoud. I was badly disrespected by fellow-writer Eedes, and I will not stand for bullying of any kind. (more…)

By the time I post this Blogpost, I will probably be sitting at the airport in Dubai, on my way to Italy, to write my first book, and hopefully not the last!  (more…)

On 30 June judgement was passed in the High Court (Western Cape Division), in an intermediate interdict brought before it by the South African Butler Academy against ourselves. The matter related to a Blogpost I wrote and posted on 27 February 2013. (more…)

I could not have imagined that my review a week ago of Chef Bertus Basson’s Spek en Bone restaurant in Stellenbosch could have unleashed such vitriol, and become so personal in its attacks, despite my review not having been a personal attack against Chef Bertus. I am grateful for all the messages of support which I have received, reinforcing that I am known as the only honest writer in our country.  (more…)

I hadn’t seen Anél Potgieter for a while, and met with her on Monday at SeaBreeze Fish & Shell, my new favorite restaurant in Bree Street, on an atypical winter’s day, at 28C.  She shared details of her fun new TV program ‘Bak of Brou’.  (more…)

On Thursday a number of writers and I spent the day in McGregor, to enjoy a taste of the wine and food offering of the village, invited by Hot Oven Marketing owner Mira Weiner, ahead of the Wacky Wine Weekend being held in the Robertson Wine Valley until Sunday.  (more…)

Today I depart on a two-week eating tour of France, continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurant journey I began in New York and London in July last year. There is no more exciting start to my culinary trip than dinner at JAN restaurant in Nice on Wednesday, given that it has just been awarded the 2017 Michelin one-star rating. In February 2016 owner Jan-Hendrik van Der Westhuizen did our country proud, in becoming the first South African chef to own a Michelin-star restaurant.  (more…)

Yesterday I attended the HQ Brunch Sunday Social, the first time that the restaurant in Heritage Square opened on a Sunday.  Brunches are a new trend, La Parada Constantia Nek also launching its new Toast Brunch yesterday. (more…)

2OceansVibe kicked off the new year with a ferocious attack on myself and my WhaleTales Blog earlier this week. They referred to a number of matters, even digging back to 2013, just to add bile to their ‘reporting’.  (more…)

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