The Sweet Service Award goes to the Minstrels Parade held on Monday this week, in which 20000 persons participated, marching from the Grand Parade to Bo-Kaap. There was a fantastic turnout, after a two-year absence due to the Lockdown. Despite many road closures, the event appears to have gone off without a hitch. Continue reading →
It’s an exciting day in Cape Town today, being the second New Year’s Day and proclaimed as a public holiday, the city showing its colourful side with two events.
The traditional Tweede Nuwe Jaar Cape Minstrel Carnival takes to the streets between Bo-Kaap and the Grand Parade this afternoon, with thousands of minstrels expected to participate in the procession. Continue reading →
Had I with my friend Ute Hermanus and German Tourist Gloria not been so keen to experience the Street Festival in Bo-Kaap, we would have turned around when we passed three local ladies coming from the Festival, telling us that there was barely any Cape Malay food available, hot dogs mainly offered.
We were surprised that parking was so readily available and that there was no traffic blockage at all. That should have been a further warning.
The Street Festival is one of a series which have seen various Cape Town streets in various suburbs closed off, and the community coming together to enjoy the food of the restaurants in the area, and entertained by musical entertainment. Continue reading →
#grateful for a well-organized busy day; for four hours of writing and working this morning, preparing for two Status meetings; for Status meetings at Utopia, a shorter meeting than usual; for a beautiful hot day at 27C, with the South Easter picking up this afternoon, a very dramatic table cloth of cloud on Table Mountain; Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Atlas Trading in Bo-Kaap, for its well-priced coarse salt and peppercorns, all clearly marked with its content, expiry date, and the price on the shelf. I have always tried to buy refills for these products at Pick n Pay, never having the correct product, or only selling them in expensive non-opening pepper or salt grinders. Continue reading →
With the country at Level 1 for over a month, the restaurant tide is turning, with business in the restaurant industry is improving.
For the first time in a number of months a number of new restaurants are opening in Cape Town and the Winelands, including Rykaarts Stellenbosch, MiCaffé in Bree Street with more restaurants about to open in The Barracks, and in Camps Bay Beach House, Bovine, The Pottery, and Cause & Effect are opening this month.
Since the beginning of Lockdown 19 months ago, 114 new restaurants have opened.
Utopia Cape Town has spoilt Capetonians with its incredible value for money Tasting Menus in the past two years, having become the talk of the town in offering its value Tasting Menus in its 15th floor location, with magnificent views over the city and its icons, and onto Cape Town Stadium, Lion’s Head, the Harbour, and Table Mountain specifically.
Utopia Cape Town launched not only a new Meat/Fish Tasting Menu last week, but added a Vegetarian as well as a Vegan option too. For the first time in two years it has increased its Tasting Menu prices to R245, still offering excellent value.
I looooove ‘Das Traumschiff’, a German TV series that has been broadcast regularly in the past 20 years or so, so I was doubly excited when our city ‘Kapstadt’ was the focus of the Boxing Day 2020 edition of this series.
The edition could not have come at a better time, when our city’s Tourism industry is sorely missing its German tourists, and the Germans are missing not being able to travel to our city. But a subplot of the Cape Town edition has some political sensitivities, not good for our country’s image and tourism future. Continue reading →