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A visit to Europe became more exciting when I decided to add a visit to France, dining at one Michelin star JAN restaurant in Nice, and continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurants journey, eating at Mirazur in Menton (6th best), and at L’Arpège (19th best) and Septime (50th best) in Paris. Mirazur is the most highly ranked French restaurant, and has two Michelin stars. Mirazur means ‘look at the blue sea’. Last year I ate at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in New York, and in London.  (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Melissa’s in the V & A Waterfront, and its new franchisee owner Matthews Mazibuko, who comped the ice coffee I ordered as it had not been correctly made (I have one almost every day at the Kloof Street branch) and also had it remade, so that he too could see what it should look like. I was at the outlet to while-away time while my phone was being repaired at iFix (see below). He has only been in the store since the beginning of (more…)

imageEat Out has announced which chefs will be cooking at its Top 10 Restaurant Gala Lunch on 15 November, when the country’s Top 10 chefs will be announced at Mistico Equestrian Centre outside Paarl.

In the past all chefs invited to cook were seen to be sure winners,  When this became so predictable, half the chefs cooking were awarded Top 10 status, while the other half were Top 20 Finalists who did not make it to Top 10. This year Eat Out has (more…)

imageLast night KWV was crowned as the king of the wine industry for the fifth year running, winning 5 Double Gold and 9 Gold Awards for its wines, more than any other winemaker. Nederburg (2 Double Golds and 11 Gold Awards) and Spier (2 Double Golds and 8 Gold Awards) followed in second and third place, respectively, awarded at one of the highlights of the wine industry, a function attended by about 400 wine industry staff and media, with their partners. Kanonkop won the Best Performance by Entry title for 10 wines or fewer entered, while KWV won the title for more than 10 wines entered.  A total of 57 Double Gold, 157 Gold, 473 Silver, and 662 Bronze medals was awarded.  A mix of local and international judges evaluated the entries.

Not only were the wines with their winemakers and related staff celebrated, so too was the 25th anniversary of the Veritas Awards. The highlight of the evening for me was seeing how many women (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Gumtree, the website that allows one to advertise furniture, electronic equipment, and a myriad of other products and services for free, with immediate reaction and action. We have advertised a number of furniture items in the past two days, and the response has been phenomenal.  We have met such lovely ‘shoppers’, one of them being a reader of our Blog, and have been touched about how kind the shoppers have been to help each other in loading fridges, beds, headboards, and other items. (more…)

Hamilton Ruell Right 2015We have had a very soft spot for Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage at our Whale Cottages, the Hamilton Russell second brand suiting our guest house perfectly. It was one of the first wines we added to our wine list (joined by Creation’s Whale Pod more recently) when we opened our first Whale Cottage in Hermanus 19 years ago.

The Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2015 has just been launched, its 21st vintage. The wine has won ‘Best Value’ five times in Wine Spectator. It has complexity, depth, dry minerality, and ‘age-worthiness we are proud of’, explains the media release received from Hamilton Russell.

The Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is unique in that : (more…)

Absa Top 5 Olive Oil finalistsThe ten Finalists for the 2015 ABSA Top 5 Olive Oils have been announced, and the Top 5 extra virgin Olive Oils for this year will be announced in Franschhoek next week.

The Finalists are Andante EVOO (Medium), Andante Intense EVOO, De Boerin EVOO
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imageThis morning I attended the launch and tasting of the new Le Lude Cap Classique, made by winemaker Paul Gerber, from Franschhoek, having received the invitation from Ann Ferreira to attend the launch of Le Lude Reserve Brut and Reserve Rosé.

The venue for the launch was interesting, being a small inner-city winery owned by Tim Martin, down a side street in Salt (more…)

imageCape Town Tourism has launched three new neighborhood videos ‘hosted’ by Cape Town personalities, as tools to market our beautiful city!

The three videos, collectively referred to as ‘Love Cape Town Neighbourhood Series’, focus on the CBD, Woodstock, and Kalk Bay, and are designed to give visitors to Cape (more…)

imageThe Western Cape has 49 newly-awarded Blue Flag beaches, the province with the highest number out of the 84 Blue Flag beaches, marinas, and boats announced for all of our country in 2015. Grotto Beach in Hermanus won Gold Status this year.

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