Category Archives: Cape Town

Sweet Service Award goes to BP President in Sea Point; Sour Service Award goes to McQueens!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to BP President in Regent Road, Sea Point, and its amazing petrol attendant Mike, who greeted me with a ‘welcome’, and proactively asked if he could check the oil, water, and tyres of my car, also giving me proactive feedback about one of the tyres being slightly below the correct pressure. I have never experienced such service at Engen in the years that I fueled up there. Having switched to Discovery Insurance for my car, I have to fuel up at BP or Shell to gain member benefits.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 39 of Level 3, 9 July 2020.

 

Thursday 9 July 2020, Day 39 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for wind, wind and wind this morning, and then rain, rain, and rain, lots more to come tomorrow ☔️; for being a busy writing 🐝, despite only having three hours of sleep, but I did catch up this afternoon, not being able to resist a nap; for dancing 💃 to Kfm in-between writing, and more to come; for being dry, warm, and safe; for not being Loadshedded as threatened; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Bestseller ‘Temptations’ Cookbook ‘fattens the curve’, launch celebrated virtually with a High Tea on Sunday 12 July, features top Cape Town restaurateur!

 

Well-known and highly respected restaurant owner and Chef Prim Reddy of Cape Town based Indian Chapter Restaurant with Prim Reddy is the writer with Durban-based baker, hotelier, and chef Niranj Pather of the ‘Temptations: Exquisite Tastes with an exotic Touch’ Cookbook. The book is described as ‘fattening the curve’, the launch of which will be celebrated this coming Sunday at 15h00 with a Virtual High Tea.

Temptations’ is a lovely name for a book dedicated to Food, and contains 83 recipes from the two writers’ travels, dishes which they have experienced, and their own dishes. The Cookbook has already made the Exclusive Books Bestseller List.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 38 of Level 3, 8 July 2020.

 

Wednesday 8 July 2020, Day 38 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a most wonderful day, all the way through, with much storytelling; for amazing weather at 21C, and even warmer at 23C as I drove home now from Hout Bay, with a strong Bergwind before tomorrow’s downpour; for a tightly scheduled morning, my writing followed by a quick walk through Camps Bay and the purchase of cat treats at Absolute Pets; for buying more plants and seeds at LandsCape Art Garden Centre, including carrots, peas, and radish, getting brave now; for meeting Jenny Stephens and her friend Linda French, taking a Waterfront Granger Bay walk with coffee/tea at The Grand on the Beach; a wonderful hour and a bit in the sun, laughing at each other’s stories and each of us learning from another; my visit to the dentist being a good thing, despite no more toothache, the X-ray showing a serious abscess, which had to be taken care off, and the tooth ultimately needing a crown; for a fabulous sunset; for a good Discovery Vitality Gameboard play; for the most enjoyable, fun, funny, mouthwatering dinner with my Danish friends and Melanie Davidow at Quentin at Oakhurst Barn in Hout Bay, my first visit here, leaving for home after midnight; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Number of Restaurants open for Sit-Down Service in Cape Town and Winelands grows to over 300!

 

On Monday 30 June restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.

Last week I posted a List of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The List I posted had over 100 restaurants. I have been updating the List, and am posting an update today, with 315 restaurants on the updated List.

The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 37 of Level 3, 7 July 2020.

 

Tuesday 7 July 2020, Day 37 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4.😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a perfect day, organized and calm, with no stress, as reflected in a three point drop in my resting heart rate since yesterday, to 58 beats per minute; for a productive writing morning; for the plant shopping at Landscape Art Garden Centre as well as Sunset Sessions in Camps Bay, ahead of the big cold front arriving on Thursday; for two walks to Camps Bay, finally seeing Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay again, who I last saw at the beginning of Lockdown, inviting me into his office for a chat, sharing with him what I see in Camps Bay on my walks – what a lovely man; for bumping into Paul Kovensky, also going for a walk, updating me about the delayed opening of some of his Kove Collection restaurants to after the six-day winter storm from Thursday; for a Pick n Pay shop for my hungry cat family; for lovely weather, sunny and warm, even at 16C today; for a quick chat with my Danish friend Soren, stopping quickly while I was pushing a rescued Pick n Pay trolley back to the store, seeing him for an exciting evening tomorrow 🍷; for dancing to Dansdag on Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

I did a 6 hour sleep in one stretch without painkillers last night, feeling refreshed when I woke up. I had been very busy last night, writing up my notes of the aspects I discussed at the AGM last week, to make sure that the Minutes will be far more comprehensive and correct than they were last year. Getting this off my chest must have brought my heart rate down.

My Blogpost focused on the unprofessional copying of my Restaurant lists out of two Blogposts I posted in the past month, without permission or credit. Good to get that off my chest too.

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

Henry and I are so excited about our expanding vegetable and herb garden, I buying beetroot, lettuce, rosemary, lavender, thyme, origanum, parsley, cauliflower, and garlic to keep the snakes from next door away 😱. Henry has green fingers, so I bought more agapanthus, and he split some existing ones too. He replanted some other existing plants too. We have started making compost, and used the first batch of it to prepare the beds for the new plants. ☘️🍃🌿

The service at Landscape Art was fabulous, Luke knowing his plants, and my maturity-discount made it even more of a pleasure to shop there. They have a new coffee shop inside the Garden Centre too. I bought rosemary and some lillies at even more amazing prices at Sunset Sessions in Camps Bay. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

I have just been spoilt with a most delicious Roast Duck delivery by Chef Kuan Geo Lai mmmmm ❤️❤️❤️.  Thank you Chef Kuan Geo Lai for the very kind compliments you paid me about the Facebook Restaurant Delivery & Collection Group, and about my passion for the Restaurant industry. ❤️❤️ We have never met, but we did connect on the phone briefly today, Chef Kuan wanting me to try his Roast Duck, nothing I like eating more, a love I shared with my late dad. Chef Kuan offers a Delivery service, as well as Kuan Kitchen Club Cooking classes via YouTube. He also has a Deli service, sending me some kimchi too. Chef Kuan was previously at Kitima in Hout Bay, renowned for its cuisine. https://kuankitchenclub.com/shop/

#Thankyou for the spoil Chef Kuan. 🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏💙💙💙

SA Corona Status : 215855 cases 3502 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 14000 steps 10 km

Lovemylife ❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

About Chris von Ulmenstein

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

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 →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 36 of Level 3, 6 July 2020.

 

Monday 6 July 2020, Day 36 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 😷

#Grateful for another beautiful day of mixed seasons, fog this morning, sunny this afternoon, and grey and overcast now; for no toothache all day, going to see my dentist on Wednesday to make sure all is in order; for Henry’s surprise at how our vegetable garden progressed with Joel’s work this weekend, we finishing it off tomorrow before the big winter storm hits us from Thursday; for being surprised at how lovely Cape Town is in winter, I having run overseas for the past four years to avoid it; for two Camps Bay walks today, bumping into Craig and Howard, my walking friends, on my second walk; for a productive work day; for a lovely sunset; for the fun I had in opening an Instagram account for @MinskyMaus 🐱, please do follow her, she would be so grateful 😻; for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant industry most discriminated against during Covid-19 Lockdown, Court plea to the Government to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on-site with meals!

 

Yesterday I was requested as a restaurant writer to prepare a submission for an urgent court proceeding to be brought against Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, should he not meet the demand by today 6 July of restaurateurs that restaurants be allowed to serve alcohol with meals served, and to allow the distance rule for persons sitting at the same table to be reduced from 1,5 meters. The matter is being handled by Advocate Theo Nel, with support if the Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale, and Chef Liam Tomlin’s six restaurants, including three Chefs Warehouses.

In preparing my document, I came to the conclusion that the restaurant industry in our country has been the one most severely discriminated against, given the number of hoops and hurdles it has had to deal with in terms of do’s and dont’s in the period just before Lockdown commenced, and the 102 days since it commenced! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 5 July 2020.

 

Sunday 5 July 2020, Day 35 of Level 3 after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a typical Cape Town day, at least two seasons in one day, with light rain most of this morning and lovely sunshine late this afternoon; for it being pleasant to go for a walk at lunchtime, combining Camps Bay with a Bakoven walk in one go; for the support I received about the cribbing of my Restaurant Sit-Down list; for the invitation by Juandre to enjoy a Jasmine tea at Bootlegger Bakoven; for a day without any toothache or any other pain, almost 24 hours without a painkiller ❤️❤️❤️; for feeling on top of the world after 9,5 hours sleep, a record for me, clearly what I needed; for visiting DARG in Hout Bay, from which I adopted Minsky, to fetch a tablet for her; for an hour spent at my ‘third home’ La Parada, my home of dancing, but there was none of that today; for shopping at Woolworths in Hout Bay, buying ingredients for a soup; for not being stopped at a massive roadblock in Hout Bay, passing through it in both directions 🙏; for a lovely sunset; for loving the Beethoven and Mozart played by flautists Sir James and Lady Galway in Zürich with Daniel Hope at Hope @ Home on Tour, lovely happy lively music which reflects how I feel today compared to yesterday, and enjoying it with my cousin Ulrike in two different countries and hemispheres; for being requested by two restaurant owners to assist them in two issues affecting our local restaurant industry; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙

On my walk I saw Sunset Sessions having put out tables and chairs, to create sit-down opportunities. I almost literally bumped into Howard in Bakoven, coming around the same corner on Beta Road from different directions. Juandre from Bootlegger not only invited me to tea but also helped me to look at the Cape Town Eats Facebook Group now that I have been deleted from it…. the Group owner having cribbed from my Sit-Down Restaurant list on my Blog without permission.

What a transformation at La Parada for a Sunday afternoon, few cars outside, all tables set up on ‘our’ dance floor of days gone by but no dancing allowed, and DJ Rene Tanguy playing there, seemingly still angry with me about the honesty of my feedback about the music he plays these days, not making eye contact or acknowledgimg my presence there at all. What was weird was that he turned his back on his ‘audience’, the diners! But the staff was lovely, and having an appetite for the first time in two days, I ordered fried calamari. Mmmmmm 💙

I have some writing to do for one of the restaurant owners this evening, he going to court tomorrow on behalf of the restaurant industry.

I’m very happy with my pot of home-made vegetable soup.

So much 💙💙💙💙 in the sky over Camps Bay today.

SA Corona Status : 196750 cases 3199 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 12000 steps 9 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️

 

I posted a separate post about plagiarism from parts of my Blogposts on Facebook without permission or credit, this having happened twice in the past month, which created a lively discussion. The latest perpetrator is Pamela McOnie of Cape Town Eats, cribbing the Atlantic Seaboard section of my list of Sit-Down restaurants that have reopened:

‘Dear Friends

It’s the second time in a month that a section of one of two of my Blogposts, being lists of Restaurant closures and Reopened Restaurants, has been cribbed and shared without permission or credit to the source.

Even worse is that the Admin of the Sea Point Community Group gave permission to one of the offenders to do so. When I questioned him on this, this was his reply:

Chris Von Ulmenstein when something gets posted on this group, it becomes public information. Admin has the right to allow any member to copy, paste and share if they deem fit to do so. Since when do you own the sole rights to publish which Restaurants are open for business in Cape Town, and specifically the Sea Point and Atlantic Seaboard area?’

Surely a Facebook Group Admin does not own my content and cannot give a third party permission to commit what is outright plagiarism? 😱😢😡‘

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

About Chris von Ulmenstein

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein