Yesterday I attended a Garden Party to celebrate today’s  Garden Day, an annual celebration of the enjoyment of our gardens. The Avant-Garde-n celebration was held in the Boutique and Gallery of designer Kat van Duinen and artist Kelly Gough at the Old Biscuit Mill. (more…)



Yesterday Archbishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 86th Birthday. To commemorate this special day for one of Cape Town’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates, affectionately known as The Arch, the City of Cape Town and Design Indaba created Arch for Arch at the entrance to The Company’s Garden, next to St Georges Cathedral, at the corner of Wale and Adderley Streets.

Yuppiechef was an innovative online business focused on the home cook, launching this unique service eleven years ago. Now the online retailer is making a move into traditional retail, opening a store at Willowbridge in Durbanville on 1 October.  (more…)

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, referred to as Zeitz MOCAA, is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum in the Silo district of the V&AWaterfront, which collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits 21st century art from our continent of Africa. This exciting art project is set to catapult Cape Town into the centre of the African art world, when it opens to the public on Friday! It is the largest museum of African art in the world! (more…)

I love hearing about small producers growing into a success story, and so it is with Tessa’s Bakery, which began as a home bakery thirty years ago, and has grown into a successful bakery retail outlet with 21 staff. I was very impressed with the creativity of the cakes and cupcakes offered at Tessa’s Bakery. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Fireplace Studio, and its salesman Wayne Malgas, for the speedy installation of a gas fireplace, in less than a week after I gave them the go-ahead! The unit had to be couriered down from Johannesburg, and a gas bottle had to be delivered by Eddles Gas, all parties doing their best to meet my deadline. I am still waiting for a fireplace quotation from Italcotta, despite having done a follow up call to the sales consultant, two weeks after he called.  (more…)

Yesterday the Rotolabel-sponsored Wine Label Design Awards were held for the third time, and the quality and quantity of entries received has improved considerably. Black Oystercatcher Noble Late Harvest 2014 won the Grand Prix Award as the best wine label design overall, for a label design by Anthony Lane Design Consultancy.  (more…)

It was at the opening of the MyUtopia yoga studio in the V&A Waterfront that I met Chantal Lascaris, writer of ‘All Sorts of Salads’ and wife of advertising industry guru Reg Lascaris. Chantal was so enthusiastic about her new book that she gifted me a copy. (more…)

imageThe Village Tart is Franschhoek’s newest restaurant, having opened two months ago on the main road, where the Pancake place used to be.  It is a friendly restaurant, offering the best baking in Franschhoek, but serves lunches and breakfasts too.  (more…)

imageFashion was the theme for episode eleven of Season 2 of Koekedoor, the episode leading to the demise of one of the four contestants, the Top Three remaining, one of them becoming the winner of Season 2 in two weeks from now.  The theme was chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Huisgenoot magazine this year, and was transformed into fashionable baking as the theme for this episode. (more…)

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