Category Archives: Whisky

Chef Liam Tomlin opens The Bailey on Bree Street today!


Chef Liam Tomlin is a doyen of the restaurant industry in the Cape, owning Chefs Warehouses in Franschhoek, Constantia and at Tintswalo, as well as Thali.
Chef Liam let go of all his restaurant interests in Heritage Square on Bree Street, including his very first Chefs Warehouse, earlier this year.

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Corona Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 179 of Level 1, 28 March 2022.


Monday 28 March 2022, Day 179 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a good day, ending off in a surprise fashion; for it being cooler at 21C, and Lions Head covered, signaling the rain forecast for tomorrow; for a busy working day, posting for clients and finishing one of two client newsletters for April, but taking a lunch break walk to Camps Bay, also preparing my input for the Camps Bay & Clifton Ratepayers Association meeting I could not attend, clashing with a 18h00 event in the Waterfront; for another 2000 steps walked around the couch this Continue reading →

Unique New Proudly SA Cape St Blaize Gin launched in Mossel Bay, named after lighthouse!


Utopia Cape Town is one of the first restaurants to stock the brand new Cape St Blaize range of gins, distilled in its artisanal distillery in Mossel Bay.

I attended a tasting at Utopia, led by Leroy Maritz of the three gin variants.

What makes the gin unique is the beautiful handcrafted hand labelled porcelain ceramic bottles, which have been specially made by Mossel Bay locals. The brand home is a historic building which dates back to 1786/7.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 154 of Level 1, 3 March 2022


Thursday 3 March 2022, Day 154 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day that didn’t start off too well but got better and better; for getting 6 hours of continuous sleep last night 🙏; for a working morning, doing some chasing up of promises made, and preparing for two Status meetings; for fetching my new specs, very happy with them, and delighted that I received a 20% discount as a Discovery client; for donating blood, there being a huge shortage 🩸; for a wonderful gin tasting of Cape Saint Blaize gins from Mossel Bay at Utopia Cape Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 108 of Level 1, 16 January 2022.


Sunday 16 January 2022, Day 108 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a catch-up-on-me day, after a tough time since Friday afternoon, tackling the writing of three emails relating to Litter cleaning, my teeth, and an invoice query, feeling so good to have got over the procrastination; for being able to focus on my writing, with no disturbance 🙏; for getting over my painful yesterday, so grateful for wonderful friends; for being with a fun crowd of friends of Birthday girl Helen Hicks and brother Nicholas Fjord at the pool, with a lovely chat with Ryan about Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 1, 24 November 2021


Wednesday 24 November 2021, Day 55 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day starting off with lots of insecurities and ending off on a high note; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for being able to speak to Stuart Bailey for the first time in weeks, being able to congratulate him on his birthday ; for a lovely 23C day, but windy throughout, especially in Camps Bay this evening; for preparing for meetings today and tomorrow today, feeling very organized; for a Bakoven walk; for good client meetings; for tasting and photographing the new Anatoli Tasting Menu which launches on 1 December; for a lovely dinner at the home of Gary Continue reading →

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen opens in Camps Bay for the summer season, creative cocktails, good food presentation!


World class Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen  has opened in Camps Bay as a summer pop-up, in the space previously known as Sunset Sessions, below the Bay Hotel on Victoria Road. It is the second branch of this Cocktail Kitchen,  its larger Waterfront Branch being the home to many Award-winning mixologists and used for bartending competitions.

Visiting Cause Effect on a busy Camps Bay Sunday, my friend Ian and I experienced a vibrant, fun, and friendly space, and were impressed with the presentation of the food and cocktail offering. It meets its electronic mantra : kinda classy, kinda hood  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13 of Level 3, 27 June 2021

Sunday 27 June, Day 13 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a sunny morning, enjoying sitting in the sun with Dilmah tea at The 42, spoilt by Manager Emma and chatting to owner Giles; for being me-focused, letting go of the busyness of this week; for surviving another noisy tenant evening in our building; for two walks, one to Camps Bay, to The 41 and to Woolies, and the other a late afternoon one to Bakoven, the rain clouds rolling in for the next wave (pardon the pun) of rain forecast, a whole week’s worth, maybe not too bad if we won’t be able to go anywhere ….; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 5 of Level 3, 20 June 2021.


Sunday 20 June 2021, Father’s Day, Day 5 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another fabulous day, a summer’s day at 26C, sunny and warm; for a good sleep in silence 🙏; for a pop in at Paris Cape Town, a growing addiction, sadly most of their breads sold out; for spending lunchtime at Utopia Cape Town, photographing happy families celebrating Father’s Day on such a beautiful day, and the handing over by GM Patso Ivanov of a Father’s Day prize of Bain’s Mountain whisky made in my hometown of Wellington as well as biltong, to Candice Mentoor who brought her family of 7, including her husband, father, and father in law 👏; for meeting Dawn Continue reading →

Musgrave Spirits launches Musgrave Copper flavour-infused Vanilla and Black Honey Brandy, the ‘Bourbon’ of Brandy!


Last week I attended a small intimate Media Event at Musgrave Spirits in Salt River, with only ten guests, to introduce its Musgrave Copper flavour-infused Pot Still Brandy. Musgrave Spirits is well-known for its Gin, and its Pink Gin in particular. We were introduced to the Brandy on ice, with mixers, as Savoury drinks, and ended off the evening with delicious Don Pedros. Continue reading →