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Food blogger in ‘Death Cup’ murder mystery by Irna van Zyl modelled on WhaleTales Blog!

Last week I found a reference to my name in a review written about author Irna van Zyl’s second book, called ‘Death Cup: Murder is on the menu’, a play on words with a mushroom by the same name, naming me as the model for one of the main characters in the book, as the writer of the ‘infamous food blog’. As I had been told this verbally on another occasion too, I had to go to Exclusive Books to buy a copy of the book. There is no mistaking the blog of the ‘food blogger’ as being my WhaleTales Blog! Continue reading →

Jade Sweet Service Award! Emile Joubert Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Jade, a shop in Stellenbosch specializing in selling pearls, and its Manager and jewelry designer Ariéne Jansen. On a recent shopping visit, mentioning that the purchase was a birthday indulgence, I received pouches in different sizes from Ariéne, one each in which to keep my earrings, and the other the necklace which I had bought, very convenient gifts for traveling. I had never been spoilt by the shop like this previously, having awarded it a Sour Service Award earlier this year, due to the poor service received from another staff member! On my return ten days later, to request matching up a favorite earring which I had lost, Ariéne efficiently and very inexpensively created the lost earrings and fixed another earring. She also made up a pearl necklace for me, to an exact length, within a two-hour period, which allowed me to browse the shops around Church Street.  Continue reading →

Failed Le Chocolatier interdict against WhaleTales Blog sets Social Media defamation precedent!

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. Continue reading →

I will not stand for Blog bullying, remain true to Honesty in writing!


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. Continue reading →

Honesty is my best policy! And it will always be! Even about unprofessional chefs and PR consultancies!

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.  Continue reading →

‘Bak of Brou’ on VIA TV fun baking challenge with presenter Anél Potgieter, two contestants and a celebrity!

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’.  Continue reading →

Wacky Wine Weekend 1 – 4 June: media visit Tasting day 1!

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.  Continue reading →

JAN Restaurant in Nice awarded 2017 one Michelin star, does SA proud! Start of a French Food experience!

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.  Continue reading →