Category Archives: Non-Wine Beverages

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 3 of Adjusted Level 3, 31 December 2020


Thursday 31 December 2020, Day 3 of adjusted Level 3, Day 281 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another special day, the last one of this amazing year ❤️❤️❤️; for a cooler day, with a little rain this afternoon; for a Bakoven and Camps Bay walk with my Camps Bay Clean helper Carmen, back at work today while Imtiaz is still off ill, with lots of dreadful litter in Bakoven; for Woolies keeping a roast chicken for me until I could fetch it; for my SwitchBitch trilogy order coming through, so I collected a courier bag for it from Pick n Pay; for getting my preparation for my client Status meeting completed in good time, very happy with what I have achieved for my client, and what I have learnt too; for the amazing kind compliments paid to me by Utopia waitrons Ruramai and Alain, thanking me for filling the restaurant so well, it obviously affecting their tips too, so touched by this ❤️; for Hartlief keeping some German treats for me, all ready to collect at the Garden’s Centre; for a good efficient Status meeting, I being up to date with all our Marketing activities; for meeting and later sharing a glass of Lautus de-alcoholised red wine, with 0,05% alcohol, with Astrid Gillwald who lives a few blocks from me, and her friend Brandon from London, who were lunching at Utopia; for the treat of a movie and popcorn at The Labia cinema, just a pity it was such a disappointing movie; for a short burst of fireworks from Clifton/Bantry Bay, which I could see from my home, just before Curfew; for the fabulous dance music which Kfm’s Jonathan Duiguid is playing, such a pity he has to talk so much….🥵; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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


Tuesday 9 June 2020, Day 9 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy day, turned upside down in its usual routine, a nice change; for a good and deep sleep; for a coffee visit to discuss our Tourist Guiding forms to be handed in to the provincial Tourist body by Martin Koch, a laugh-a-minute class and First Aid course colleague, who grew up in Paarl, which was my second home town alongside Wellington, his politician mother and grandmother very well-known; for Martin boldly helping Minsky to aquaint herself to the outdoor, loving it, having her first tree climb today, and now lights-out after all the outdoor excitement 🐱; for a smooth trip to Sea Point to hand in my FitBit to be sent for repair 😢, to have my bracelets repaired at FreeRange, and doing a Winter Weather Lockdown shop at the Garden’s Centre, including some wine, given the forecast of very strong storms and snow heading our way from tonight; for feeling no hip pain today, allowing me to walk all the way to Clifton First Beach this afternoon, feeling super refreshed when I got home, meeting Lisa Hayden on the way, only having ‘met’ on Messenger to date; for being so happy that I danced to Kfm Dansdag, to old favorites such as Mambo no 5 and Makarena 💃; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Cape Town & Winelands Restaurants offering a Lockdown Delivery and/or Collection Service, and Alcohol Sales, grows to over 500!


Just before the beginning of May I created a Facebook Group ‘Lockdown Restaurant Food Deliveries Cape Town and Winelands’, since amended to add Collections to its name too.  Initially during May the restaurants listed were offering Deliveries only, in line with Lockdown Level 4 regulations, but since 1 June restaurants are allowed to offer a Collection Service as well as Alcohol Sales, in line with Lockdown Level 3 regulations. The Facebook Group has close to 4500 members.  Continue reading →

First Franschhoek One Naughty Lemon Limoncello!

One Naughty Lemon 001 lrThe first artisanal Limoncello made from Franschhoek lemons has been produced, with the naughty name of One Naughty Lemon!

The limoncello has been made by Franschhoek-based Sicilian Giuseppe La Gattuta, using an old family recipe, from the juice and skins of the lemons only, and without any colourants or preservatives. Continue reading →

New Country Club non-alcoholic classic beverages launched!

Country Club - Range lrA new range of ‘retro-cool’ alcohol-free classic beverages Country Club has been launched, for drinking as such, or mixing with favourite spirits, to drink as Sundowners and Cocktails.

The three classic beverages are Rock Shandy (with ginger and bitters), Lime & Soda, and Passion Fruit & Lemonade, and are available in 330ml cans at R7,99 from leading outlets.  Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 7 September

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*.  Ad agency J.Walter Thompson subsidiary Innovation Group has identified trends in the beverage industry. Consumers are supporting trends to regional and seasonal foods and beverages. In the USA cocktails have added Kobe beef fat and cheese liquor, for example, demonstrating that consumers are willing to experiment more. ‘Hybrid drinks’ are on trend too, wines being aged in whisky barrels, and a ‘Bourbon-infused Continue reading →

Proposed changes to national Liquor Act not easy to swallow!

imageThe Department of Trade and Industry has proposed amendments to the Liquor Act, which many alcoholic beverage users will find hard to swallow!

The most controversial amendment proposal is raising the legal drinking age to 21 years , reports the Atlantic Sun. Even more onerous for retailers, and restaurant and bar owners, is the proposal that such establishments be held liable for damage which is done by their intoxicated customers! One Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 3 July

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   London’s first underground farm Growing Underground has been created in a disused bunker from World War II, below the Northern Line  at Clapham, reports The Daily Telegraph. The Farm will soon supply herbs to London restaurants, all grown without any impact on the environment.

*   More capacity has been added to flights traveling to Cape Town in Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 12 June

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   Angelina Jolie and her son Pax were spotted arriving at OR Thambo airport yesterday, but the reason for the visit is not known, speculations including attending the meeting of the African Union. She was rumored to be celebrating her 40th birthday at Singita Lemombo, reports The Daily Mail. Subsequent reports have confirmed her attendance at the Africa Union meeting.

*   The new Silo Hotel, being built in the grain elevators above the new Continue reading →