France


Yesterday Chef Paul Bocuse, the creator of Nouvelle Cuisine, died at the age of 91 years. His restaurant L’Auberge du Point de Collonges outside Lyon held three Michelin stars for the past fifty years! The Gault-Millau guide named him ‘Chef of the Century’! Bocuse was the first Chef to marry cooking with sound business principles, creating a brand for himself and his cooking.

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A year ago I posted here on my Blog that 2016 was the best year of my life. Looking back on 2017, I can echo this sentiment about 2017, surpassing what was already a fantastic 2016! The year was crowned by the publishing of my first book, and I plan to write two this year. I discovered my Self-Love, and now can truly stand on my own two feet!  (more…)

Tuesdays won’t be the same, after the last and eighth episode of JAN TV series was broadcast on viaTV and Showmax last night. Through the TV series we have been blessed to receive such a detailed insight into the life and philosophy of Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, owner of Proudly South African and first Michelin one-star Restaurant JAN, based in Nice. (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…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths W Cafę in the V&A Waterfront, and to its Manager Reneé Keen, for all her kindness, and excellent service she has offered me since I started going to have my cappuccinos there. When she sees me walk in, she alerts her Barista immediately before I place my order, and reminds him/her how I like my dry cappuccino. Very sadly she is moving to the new Tableview Mall and its W Café branch, the shoppers at this branch being fortunate to benefit from her excellent Service, which rubs off onto the staff working for her too!  (more…)

I was very excited to sit with Chef Darren Badenhorst yesterday morning, to hear more about his new restaurant Le coin Français By Darren Badenhorst, which will open in Franschhoek on 11 October.  (more…)

A three-week writing focus at Apricale in Italy saw me complete the writing of a book within the time period I had allocated to this first-ever writing challenge. As the catalyst for The Book was Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, in that I met a special man at his book launch in March last year, and that The Book tells the story of the transformational effect of the meeting, there was no better restaurant to eat at on Saturday, to celebrate the completion of The Book, than at JAN Restaurant in Nice! It felt like Christmas, it being exciting to experience JAN Restaurant again, my third visit in two years!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Hôtel Beaumarchais in Paris, and its receptionist Emily, who went out of her way to make my two-day stay an absolute pleasure. I had booked the hotel via Booking.com, and had no personal experience nor recommendation for it. On arrival Emily offered me a room immediately, despite it not yet being 14h00, and told me that she had upgraded my room to a double – with annoyance I discovered on my travels that one sleeps in a single bed when one makes a booking for one person. I had not made a request re the bed type, and she did not know (more…)

I requested a list of suggestions for pâtisseries to visit whilst in Paris from Chef Glen Williams of Foxcroft, who had visited Paris for a week last year. His top recommendation out of a list of about ten pâtisseries was L’Éclair de Génie. (more…)

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