Category Archives: Wine news

Two MasterChicks from Wellington cook Beef Wellington with Live-Cook Channel, guided by Chefs Luke Dale Roberts and Pete Goffe-Wood,

 

I was invited by Heidi Kuyper, Sales & Marketing Executive of SA Chef Media, to join Episode 2 of the Live-Cook Channel last Thursday evening, learning to prepare Beef Wellington with the guidance of Chef Luke Dale Roberts of The Test Kitchen, and the MC for the show being Consultant Chef Pete.Goffe-Wood.

Live-Cook Channel launched the concept of cooking with celebrity chefs in the comfort of one’s own home, receiving the ingredients required for the meal delivered to one’s home, enough to serve a group of two or four diners, with guidance of a recipe card and by the celebrity chef via the broadcast on a YouTube channel as to how to prepare a signature dish. Continue reading →

‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’ launched, after qualifying as a Tourist Guide during Lockdown!

 

In January I attended a Tourist Guiding course run by the Tourist Guiding Institute, with a theoretical as well as a practical content, and received my Certificate last week, the issuing thereof much delayed due to the Covid-19 Lockdown. I am qualified as a Cultural Tourist Guide, as well as a Wine Tourist Guide, for the Western Cape as well as Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route, and guide in English and in German. I have created a Facebook page, calling my Guiding Service ‘My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide’. 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 →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5, 1 June 2020.

 

Monday 1 June 2020, Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days of Lockdown Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of ❤️, happiness, and beautiful weather; I went to exercise at my now-normal time, loving the early morning freshness and sunrise to photograph, getting as far as Glen Beach, there being lots of litter to pick up due to overflowing bins, with lots of disposable coffee cups from the weekend; to have our Building Manager Henry back at work, working with him in applying the Covid Compliance Code, setting up a Sanitation Station; for meeting Stephané Schoeman and her husband Anton Velleman, owners of the Vida e Caffe in Camps Bay, who invited me for a tea to chat about my post about Camps Bay yesterday, Stephané getting a garbage bag to clear out the green bin across the road from their outlet, overflowing this morning, so I squashed its contents down to make space for more cups whilst I was on my first walk 👏; for a little shopping trip to Tamboerskloof, getting my favorite poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery, lusting for them for 67 days, and at Peppertree Café on Kloof Street, both reopening as Deli’s today; for another walk to Bakoven; for a fun call with Stuart Bailey; for a tremendous feeling of freedom today, being allowed to be outside when we want to; for dancing 💃 to Kfm; for updating the Facebook Restaurant Delivery and Collection Group pages; for hearing from my dearest friend Llewellyn Lambert, missing him so much, a message out of the blue 🍎🍎🍎; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

 

At the end of Exercise Time I checked the store opening and closing times at Pick n Pay and Woolworths, hearing at the latter that they have roast chicken in stock again. This became my most reacted to photograph of the day. 😱

I had to cut my exercise time short as I had to be back at 8h30 to let Henry inside, having kept his keys during Lockdown. We are going to start composting my Veg and fruit offcuts, my tomato plants growing very well already without having planted any.

It felt like a new week, a new month, a new year, excitement in the air, so I put fresh bedding on my bed and got my laundry ready to take to the Laundrette when things quieten down.

After visiting Vida I popped in at Cafe Caprice, which reopened today, chatting to owner David Raad, he reassuring me that the restaurant alcohol prices will be very reasonable. I also popped in at Tiger’s Milk, having heard that they had reopened too, but they will only operate from tomorrow. I loved their Sanitation Station ……. in Corona boxes. 😱. Funniest was a foot bath in which to disinfect one’s feet….. 😷😂 . Next I said hello at Rainbow, which has been open since May, but not during Exercise Time. I succumbed to a mask with red hearts – how could I not buy it…. ? ❤️

A walk through the Promenade was scary, every second Shop closed down: Daluca gift shop, the hair boutique, two pop-up boutiques, Jessy’s Waffles, Out of this World, and The Butcher. 😢

I compiled a first list of the more than 20 restaurants which have closed down in Cape Town and the Winelands since Lockdown. And there are more, I heard this afternoon.

Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

But I’m delighted for the Restaurants that are open, offering Food Delivery & Collection, and if licensed, also selling alcohol from their restaurants from today onwards. Some crazy pics of bottle store queues today, who would want to stand in one?

For the first time in about 30 years alcohol may be sold off-consumption in Camps Bay from today – history in the making … 🍷🥃🥂

A lovely day all in all, feeling so ‘normal’ again, yet still strange. 😷😷😷

SA Corona Status: 17291 steps 705 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 18000 steps 13 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

 

Corona Lockdown Level 3: Tourism Minister presents operation of Tourism industry: Business Tourism only, Tourist Guides to claim financial support and to operate, and a number of other tourism sectors can open up!

 

Tourism Minister Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane addressed the nation this evening, in a short fast half hour presentation, explaining the regulations pertaining to the Level 3 regulations for the Tourism industry. While the focus in Level 3 is on the Domestic market, and on Business Tourism only, the Minister said that the Tourism Industry should be opening up at all levels, including international tourism, from December 2020 onwards! Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Restaurant Association of SA thanks Government for allowing Restaurant Food Collection in Level 3, to lobby for safe sit-down restaurant opening!

 

Last night President Ramaphosa announced that the whole country will move down, or is it up, to Level 3 on 1 June 2020, one of the announced changes being that Restaurants may still not open for sit-down meals, but they may offer not only a Delivery Service, but a Food Collection Service from 1 June onwards too. The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) had lobbied Government for this concession, and has expressed its gratitude for it being granted on behalf of the restaurant industry. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 24 of Level 4, 24 May 2020.

 

Sunday 24 May 2020, Day 24 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for my energy this morning, after a fabulous night’s sleep, heading out at 7h15, my earliest Exercise Time so far, being determined to get to the other end of Clifton, 11000 steps 7,5 km, and high Cardio exertion, earning me 300 Discovery Vitality points; for the number of people I meet along the way, often with a little chat; for it not being so busy as the weekend days normally are; for the fabulous service from Absolute Pets, when I went to buy a cat harness, treats, and catnip for Minsky; for finding my cat kids safe and peaceful when I arrived back home; for bonding with Minsky while KitKat went out wandering; for eventually being able to bring both cats into the apartment space, having had to separate them last night; for going shopping in Sea Point; for a lovely relaxed afternoon, both cats at peace with each other now; for enjoying the last sun before winter strikes tomorrow; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Government announces final Level 4 regulations commencing on 1 May 2020, reverses cigarette sales and allows exercise!

 

In a Speech to the media this evening, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma went through the key regulations contained in the 36 page document of the new Lockdown Level 4 regulations. Tobacco product smokers are beside themselves in anger, having been told that the sale of such products would be allowed from 1 May, only to be reversed again this evening.  Exercising is allowed with a 5 km radius from one’s home, but only between 6h00 – 9h00 in the morning, the assumption being that dogs may now accompany exercisers, having been cooped up in their homes for five weeks. Schools are scheduled to start reopening on 18 May for Grade 7 and Grade 12 learners, it was announced earlier today. Wine exports appear to be allowed again.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: SA Wine exports put under lock and key, industry loss of R800 million per month!

 

One of the shock decisions by the Government during the State of Disaster during the Corona Virus Lockdown has been to make it illegal to export South African wines, and to transport wines from wine estates to the ports, just nine days after exports were allowed, and despite the export of fresh fruit and other agricultural products being allowed. The export wine ban means a loss of R200 million per week to the wine industry, says industry body VinPro.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 13, 8 April 2020.

 

Wednesday 8 April 2020, Day 24 of SA Corona Virus, Day 13 of SA Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another warm beautiful sunny day; for the City of Cape Town truck driving past to clear out the green bins, the staff always happy, smiling, and waving, clearly loving their job; for being able to drive to town for the first time in almost two weeks; for being able to donate blood, hearing ads on radio requesting donors to come to donate, and with such fabulous service; for the most friendly and smiling service at The Olive Branch Deli at Lifestyle on Kloof; for the easy drive to and in town, with hardly a car on the road; for wine now allowed to be exported; for children now being allowed to see the other parent as per custody agreements; for getting a Discovery Vitality Gameboard play, with quite a nice point score; for Discovery having created a Whats App service allowing one to ask questions; for the Waterfront opening all its booms, not charging for parking; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →