Entries tagged with “Chris von Ulmenstein”.


I have returned from a special weekend in McGregor. A ‘Weekend with Leonard Cohen’ was exactly that, filled with four documentaries of his concert tours, and two live concerts, held at Wahnfried, and a magnificent lunch at Tebaldi’s restaurant at the spiritual retreat Temenos. The weekend Festival was well attended.

I have special memories of listening to LM Radio in the Sixties on Sunday evenings, whilst doing my homework for the week ahead. There was always one or more melancholy Cohen songs on the hit parade, balancing the upbeat songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and many others. Cohen moved us with the poignant poetry in his music.  (more…)

Haute Cabrière in Franschhoek has announced a new Sunday Feast treat, a new winter Menu, and pop-up dinners in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban in July.  (more…)

Last week Morgenster Olive and Wine Estate hosted a media event to launch a new wine, new labels, and the world’s most up to date olive press. I was unable to attend, and was sent a media statement by Morgenster Global Sales and Marketing Manager Jason de Beer, whom I met at a recent Morgenster wine and olive oil tasting at OpenWine. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Dr Toni Bedford, who found my son a one hour dentist appointment slot when he made a very quick visit to Cape Town last week. One filling requires three visits to a dentist via the NHS in the UK, so getting two fillings done in an hour was a huge time saving and far cheaper too.  (more…)

I was invited by Chef Jan Kruger of The Café Racer to visit his restaurant in Somerset West, and try some of his newest burger creations. I had no idea that the restaurant would be dedicated to motorcycles, the passion of Chef Jan, in addition to his passion for cooking. (more…)

This past weekend my son visiting from the U.K. and I attended the 13th Classics for All Festival in Greyton, the second year that I have attended the Festival dedicated to classical music. While we could only attend three concerts, we found the quality of the performances to be of a high note.  (more…)

Today Premier Helen Zille announced that the Western Cape has been declared a disaster area, given our province’s worst drought since 1904. Given that the dams supplying Cape Town collectively only have about 20% water left, one wonders what took her so long to make this declaration! The declaration is yet to be gazetted! (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Takealot.com for its amazing efficient service. I am a very new online shopper, and awarded the company a Sweet Service Award for my previous shopping experience with them. I ordered the DVD ‘Walking the Camino’ via their service, and was notified that it would only be available by the end of May, given that they had to order it in. Two weeks ahead of the delivery date I was notified that the DVD was available for collection. We were very impressed (more…)

I admire Paul Kovensky and his Kove Collection, for his energy in continuously opening new restaurants, his Lily’s in Mouille Point being the newest to open, a mere ten days ago. I have heard about a new one he is working on in the V&A Waterfront, where the Classic Car Bar pop-up restaurant is currently.  (more…)

It is ironic that Shimmy Beach Club introduced its Winter Menu with a media lunch on an almost ‘summery’ day, for the second year running! It was a sociable event, and the food served in taster portions was a step up from previous Winter Menu launch lunches I have attended in the past. (more…)