Whilst I wrote SwitchBitch 2 in Apricale in Italy last year, I saw JAN the JOURNAL Volume 1 lying in the Apricus Locanda B & B in Italy. I was intrigued by its look and feel, and content, knowing Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Chef and co-owner of the one star Michelin restaurant JAN in Nice to be highly creative and meticulous in everything that he does. Continue reading →
A lunch at Coco Safar, followed by a dinner three days later, were two chalk and cheese experiences, the former excellent and the latter hugely disappointing, especially as it was a birthday dinner treat for a special friend! I had last been to Coco Safar for breakfast early this year, after it opened in Sea Point, having moved from Cavendish Square. Continue reading →
Last week I attended the soft opening of Restaurant at Villa 47, and could not believe that I had been seated next to André Naudé, a director of Libstar, the holding company of Rialto (which in turn owns Villa 47), and a former Tiger Brands client of mine of 15 years ago. André had organized an invitation for me to attend the launch of their new Denny mushroom burgers at the Libstar head office yesterday. Continue reading →
The seven chefs teams and their sommeliers for Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving 2016 have been announced, for the Gala Dinner which will take place in the Johannesburg City Hall on Saturday 24 September. Continue reading →
Chef Garth Almazan, former long-standing chef at Catharina’s at Steenberg, has announced that he is opening a new, as yet unnamed, restaurant alongside the Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel in Paternoster in summer. Continue reading →
The Tuk Tuk Microbrewery, the newest member of the Leeu Collection, opens on the main road of Franschhoek today, between Leeu House and Le Quartier Français. Continue reading →
I made the booking with Nicole, something I don’t often do, but for the drive between Camps Bay and Constantia it was worth doing, given how full of tourists Cape Town still is. I had invited regular and loyal Blog reader Lisa Harlow from the UK, on holiday in the Cape currently, to join me for lunch, so that we could try Chef Kerry’s Continue reading →
* New draft legislation calls for zero alcohol consumption before driving, with input sought by 27 February. Alcohol in medicines and fruit could lead to wrongful arrests.
* SAA has announced that its direct flights between Johannesburg and Mumbai in India will come to an end on 1 April. It will fly to Abu Dhabi, from where passengers will fly with Etihad or Jet Airways to Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Madras in India on a codeshare basis. This route cut, combined with the one to Beijing, will help reduce costs for SAA. Ironic is that SA Tourism as well as local tourism players is in India at the moment, on a marketing trip for our country!
Before preparing his ‘Feast‘, Chef Reuben took a drive to some of his favourite food suppliers, including Malan’s Dairy; Ryan Continue reading →
On Friday last week we were invited to attend the launch of Delaire Graff’s new Crémant de Loire blend MCC, unique in that it is Chenin Blanc driven, and a unique blend with Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc grapes. The new MCC is named after the ‘118.08 carat Delaire Sunrise Diamond, the largest square emerald cut fancy vivid yellow diamond in the world‘, in reflecting the colour of the yellow diamond.
Winemaker Morné Vrey introduced the MCC to us, saying that in the seven years that he has been at Delaire Graff, he knew the day would come that he would be asked to make an MCC. He wanted to make something different, so traveled to the Loire valley, the making of the MCC being ‘a learning curve for him‘, he said. Given Delaire Graff’s strong Loire-style wine portfolio, he decided to make the Chenin-dominant (58%) MCC, with 34% Chardonnay and 8% Cabernet Franc. The Chenin Blanc grapes came from 20 year old Stellenbosch bush vine, while the Chardonnay grapes came from Elgin, and the Cabernet Franc from Stellenbosch. It spent 15 months on the lees. Residual sugar is 5,9 g/liter.
The first Sunrise was bottled last year, but the MCC will be sold NV (Non Vintage). The MCC will only be sold at Delaire Continue reading →