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On Friday I was lucky to bump into Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King in Camps Bay, the two rockstar chefs who masterminded and led Gäte Restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch until the end of March, and to spend time with them to obtain first details about what they have planned for their new restaurant. (more…)

On Saturday afternoon a Whale Shark beached on Camps Bay Beach, rough seas and high swells complicating the operation on Sunday to remove the Whale Shark, which died when attempts to return it to the ocean failed.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Top Stitch Tailors in the Piazza St John, for its amazing service in creating a skirt for me from two left over pieces of material, and adding an elasticised waist for it, within an hour of bringing it to them, and at the very low cost of R80!  (more…)

Two weeks ago I heard a whisper about Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock Executive Chef Rikku O’Dönnchu and Head Chef Warwick King having left the restaurant that was destined to become South Africa’s number one restaurant in November this year, and was receiving international acclaim in the short time that it has operated since November 2018. Yesterday the news about the departure was confirmed by Quoin Rock as well as by Chef Rikku.

The chef team, operating as the SŸN Group, has announced that it will open a new restaurant in the Cape Town city centre by November.  (more…)

It was in a recent review of FYN restaurant that I read a subtle message that its owner Chef Peter Tempelhoff has left The Liz McGrath Collection. This morning this was confirmed to me by the hotel group staff, Tempelhoff having left on 28 February 2019, and with it, his Executive Chef position of its flagship restaurant Greenhouse, as well as of the restaurants at The Plettenberg and The Marine Hotel.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to KAMERS, and their Marketing partner Magdel Kemp, who very kindly organised a refund of my entrance fee when I enquired why I no longer am on their mailing list, when I attended their pop up store at Jan van Riebeek School recently. It emerged that they had a very out of date email address for me on their system.  (more…)

Few of my Blog readers will know that I have taken the stream near the Camps Bay Tidal Pool under my wing, cleaning it twice a day. One piece of paper or plastic litter in a stream has made me see it all over Camps Bay, when I walk the Promenade twice a day, and sadly everywhere I go in Cape Town. I was delighted that Adidas and Parley have joined forces, to turn ocean plastic into shoes.  (more…)

Winter is on our doorstep, autumn making itself felt already. Traditionally winter commences at Easter, giving the restaurant industry just three weeks to make its last bucks. The only new restaurant that I have heard open is Botanicum Café & Grill in Constantia, previously Bootlegger Café & Grill, now (silently) 50% owned by Bootlegger, as the concept was not working with the Bootlegger name, it being seen as a coffee shop and not a stand-alone restaurant. 

Restaurant openings (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Big Concerts, for their smooth organisation of the Ed Sheeran concert at the Cape Town Stadium last night as well as on Wednesday evening. From booking the add-on show for last night, collecting the tickets early this year at Computicket in Camps Bay, finding parking easily on High Level Road in Green Point, minimal security checks to get into the (more…)

Vinpro has announced that the South African wine grape harvest ‘may be somewhat smaller than last year’, reports Daily Maverick.  (more…)

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