Category Archives: Cocktails

Unique New Proudly SA Cape St Blaize Gin launched in Mossel Bay, named after lighthouse!

 

Utopia Cape Town is one of the first restaurants to stock the brand new Cape St Blaize range of gins, distilled in its artisanal distillery in Mossel Bay.

I attended a tasting at Utopia, led by Leroy Maritz of the three gin variants.

What makes the gin unique is the beautiful handcrafted hand labelled porcelain ceramic bottles, which have been specially made by Mossel Bay locals. The brand home is a historic building which dates back to 1786/7.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 118 of Level 1, 26 January 2022

 

Wednesday 26 January 2022, Day 118 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a warm day with a moderate South Easter; for getting up early and posting for my clients, and preparing for client Status meetings; for a Jason’s croissant breakfast at home with the boys; for bravely going to my gentle ophthalmologist to book two eye ops a week apart, the first on Tuesday, my first ever use of Discovery to cover any medical costs 💙 ; for a lovely Zest lunch to spoil Justin Miller on his birthday, having helped him get the job at newkings boutique hotel 💙; for good Status meetings at Zest and newkings; for a quick shop at Woolies Piazza da Luz; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Cabo Beach Club schizophrenic mass dining, with second Violet Restaurant, better than Shimmy !

 

My friend Gary Peterson invited me to choose a restaurant at which to celebrate my December birthday. I was eager to try Cabo Beach Club, the former Shimmy, in the Waterfront, as I needed a sounding board as I was not expecting much in respect of its food offering, despite knowing that Chef Ryan Cole of Salsify at the Roundhouse is in charge of the restaurants at Cabo. I had a feeling that this restaurant visit might become similar to the one to the renovated The Winchester Hotel and its disappointing Shoreditch Restaurant, a previous outing with Gary.

Cabo Beach Club is similar to Shimmy in its layout, but different in many other respects. Continue reading →

Hospitality industry calls for end to Curfew, to allow for midnight New Years Eve celebrations!

 

A group of Hospitality entrepreneurs has called on the government to lift the Curfew, to allow South Africans to celebrate New Years Eve at midnight and later. The call for the end to the Curfew is supported by the Leader of the DA John Steenhuisen, according to News24.

The Hospitality Leadership What’s App Group has issued a petition,  and received more than 500 signatures to date.  Hospitality leaders Randolf Jorberg of Beerhouse, David Donde of Truth Coffee Roasting, and Ebrahim Asmal of SIX in Johannesburg have initiated the petition. Continue reading →

‘Fancy Finnish Food’ a fabulous Finnish Food Feast in Constantia!

 

As a food writer, I do strike it lucky once in a while. One of the highlights of this year’s invitations was that from the Finnish Embassy to attend their ‘Fancy Finnish Food’ Dinner held at the home of the Finnish Honorary Consul Philip Palmgren. The aim of the event was to communicate to South Africans what Finnish cuisine and spirits are all about.

My friend Gary Peterson joined me for this exciting event, which was attended by 26 guests seated at one long table.  We knew no one else, but I did know of Chef Dion Vengatass, a former Chef at the Mount Nelson Hotel.  Continue reading →

New restaurants opening in Cape Town and Winelands, 5 in Camps Bay, Greenhouse closes! December 2021

 

With the country at Level 1 for over a month, the restaurant tide is turning, with business in the restaurant industry improving. The impact of SA being placed on the travel ban list has already been felt, with booking cancellations.

For the first time in a number of months 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, a most disappointing Shoreditch House restaurant at The Winchester Hotel, and in Camps Bay Beach House, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs Food Truck, Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt, The Pottery, and Cause & Effect have opened, with Bo-Vine opening shortly.  Since the beginning of Lockdown 20 months ago, 122 new restaurants have opened. Continue reading →

The Pottery opens in Camps Bay, owned by locals; pottery, food and cocktails for Locals!

 

Last week The Pottery opened next door to Dizzy’s on The Drive in Camps Bay, after a much-needed renovation of the space, which served as Dizzy’s Bar for many years. Two of the three owners of The Pottery live in Camps Bay, and have promised that at least one of them will be at the restaurant at any time.

Camps Bay is the fourth The Pottery branch to open, other branches being in George, Ballito, and Jeffrey’s Bay.

The food and beverage offering is limited but its quality and pricing is excellent, a bonus for Camps Bay locals.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 56 of Level 1, 25 November 2021

 

Thursday 25 November 2021, Day 56 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a real summer day at 29C, still 23C now, the wind picking up here again and I can smell fire and see smoke 😱, Camps Bay a hit today; for waking up early, and finishing all my work of the day by 11h00 when I headed to town; for donating blood, my blood pressure being far below that measured by Clicks a week ago; for a spoil lunch at Utopia with the owner and GM, to celebrate my first anniversary of looking after their marketing, followed by my weekly Status meeting; for finding Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 1, 24 November 2021

 

Wednesday 24 November 2021, Day 55 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day starting off with lots of insecurities and ending off on a high note; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for being able to speak to Stuart Bailey for the first time in weeks, being able to congratulate him on his birthday ; for a lovely 23C day, but windy throughout, especially in Camps Bay this evening; for preparing for meetings today and tomorrow today, feeling very organized; for a Bakoven walk; for good client meetings; for tasting and photographing the new Anatoli Tasting Menu which launches on 1 December; for a lovely dinner at the home of Gary Continue reading →