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Episode 6 of JAN, the TV series about one Michelin Star JAN restaurant in Nice and its owner Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, was dedicated to the chef’s mother, despite being filmed in an Italian village called Castel Vittorio, in Pigna, and also in Apricale, where I wrote The Book in August this year. (more…)

Episode 5 of the JAN TV series of nine episodes broadcast weekly on viaTV, and dedicated to our country’s best chef  Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen of JAN restaurant in Nice, focused on the relationship between sons and their fathers, and more specifically between Chef Jan-Hendrik and his dad.  (more…)

Episode 4 of the JAN viaTV series was focused on Apricale, and foraging in the area, both for wild-growing flowers and herbs, as well as for truffles. It was special to see Jeanette van Manen, owner of the Apricus Locanda, at which I stayed in August whilst writing The Book. (more…)

A week ago I reported on episode one of the #JAN TV series produced and screened on Via TV, on channel 147 on DStv and on Showmax Online. Last night episode 2 (of nine episodes) was broadcast, focusing largely on Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen eating visiting Dulceacqua, in Liguria in Italy.  (more…)

At 19h30 this evening ‘JAN’ will be launched on via, on Channel 147 on DStv, a series of nine hour-long episodes kicking off tonight. It celebrates JAN restaurant in Nice, which has been awarded one Michelin star for two years running, and its co-owner Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen. I have had the pleasure of eating at Chef Jan-Hendrik’s JAN restaurant three times in the past three years, the most Proudly South African restaurant in the world, and deserving of the highest Eat Out accolade in the 2017 Top 10 Restaurant Awards. Excellent news is that Chef Jan-Hendrik is missing South Africa, and has very gently hinted that he will be setting up a JAN restaurant in the Cape!  (more…)

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’.  (more…)

On Thursday evening I attended a four-course cooking demonstration by Private Chef Neill Anthony, at the very impressive very new Reddam House in Durbanville. He cooked from his recently launched cook book ‘Private Chef’. (more…)

Swing dancing was a hit in the ‘Forties, but faded into obscurity. It is making a big comeback, and the new documentary ‘Alive and Kicking’ captures the joy of the vibrant and exhilarating dance! It premiered locally at the Labia Theatre last night.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Labia Theatre, and its usherette Christine, who organized a reserved seat for me for each of the two recent screenings of the Camino de Santiago movie and documentary, screened over two consecutive days. I had pre-paid the tickets, but couldn’t reserve a seat. I was coming through from Franschhoek for the first screening, and was worried that I would not get a good seat. Christine always has a friendly (more…)

I have returned from a special weekend in McGregor. A ‘Weekend with Leonard Cohen’ was exactly that, filled with four documentaries of his concert tours, and two live concerts, held at Wahnfried, and a magnificent lunch at Tebaldi’s restaurant at the spiritual retreat Temenos. The weekend Festival was well attended.

I have special memories of listening to LM Radio in the Sixties on Sunday evenings, whilst doing my homework for the week ahead. There was always one or more melancholy Cohen songs on the hit parade, balancing the upbeat songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and many others. Cohen moved us with the poignant poetry in his music.  (more…)

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