Tag Archives: Fresnaye

Cape of Fires: Lion’s Head and Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge victims of recent fires!

It was a shock to wake up to the news that the main restaurant, lounge, and kitchen building caught fire earlier this morning at Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, the Boutique Hotel beautifully located at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, and looking onto The Sentinel mountain in Hout Bay. It is the second fire at the lodge in four years. This follows the devastating fire on Lion’s Head just over a week ago.  Continue reading →

Harbour House Group uses panel to blind-taste wines for its restaurant winelists!

As a restaurant writer in the main, and focusing on the food side mostly, it was an honour to be invited by Harbour House Group Brand Manager Stuart Bailey to participate in a blind-tasting of more than 500 wines over four days, to select those rated best for the winelists of the 25 or so restaurants in the Harbour House Group. Continue reading →

Councillor Shayne Ramsay Sweet Service and Thrifty Sour Service Awards!

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to newly elected DA Councillor Shayne Ramsay, who is a breath of fresh air in being responsive to City of Cape Town issues of residents of Ward 54, even before she was officially inaugurated. Palm fronds on Avenue Protea and rubbish left lying on Avenue Fresnaye were promptly removed when these were reported to Councillor Ramsay via Facebook, when official Council communication had failed! Her service to our Ward is in stark contrast to that of her predecessor Jacques Weber, who ignored Fresnaye almost completely, and was rude and arrogant!  Continue reading →

Kfm Sweet Service and City of Cape Town Sour Service Awards!

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Kfm, for its Christmas Wish project to share goodwill with Capetonians going through difficult times. Last week I heard goodwill bestowed upon Madeleze Gibson, whose husband David passed away in a car accident while driving to a store to buy nappies for their child. Madeleze was left with three children and a baby on the way shortly. On Rob Vember’s afternoon show both Madeleze and her sister-in-law Desraye, who had Continue reading →

City of Cape Town Sweet Service and Pick ‘n Pay Sour Service Awards!

City of Cape TownThe Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town and its Street Light head Faville Wenn, who made it his business to get the street lights in a section of Upper Fresnaye to work again, after regular outages over a period of almost two months. I reported the problem, which occurred two to three times a week, to the City of Cape Town and our Councillor Jacques Weber via Twitter, and was astounded that the Councillor implied on Twitter that I was lying about the street light outages. I copied him into each of my 20 tweets over the two months, and when I included Mayor Patricia de Lille he became really angry, and expressed this on his Facebook page, telling me to get her to fix the problem!  The transparency of the Councillor’s disinterest is evident when he unfollowed our Twitter account, clearly embarrassed to see the Tweets of their non-performance!  I sent text messages, as I had been advised, to the City of  Continue reading →

A whale of a 19-year Guest House career comes to an end, a new Food career awaits!

imageIt was Futurist Faith Popcorn who predicted a trend of ‘Recareering’ back in the ‘Seventies, one having multiple careers in a lifetime, at a time when I myself was in my first career as a Futurist. I could not have foreseen that my career path from Futurist to Market Researcher, Marketing Lecturer, Research Consultant, Food PR Consultant, and then Guest House owner for the last 19 years would lead me to my new and seventh career, to that as a Continue reading →

Gumtree Sweet Service and City of Cape Town Sour Service Awards!

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Gumtree, the website that allows one to advertise furniture, electronic equipment, and a myriad of other products and services for free, with immediate reaction and action. We have advertised a number of furniture items in the past two days, and the response has been phenomenal.  We have met such lovely ‘shoppers’, one of them being a reader of our Blog, and have been touched about how kind the shoppers have been to help each other in loading fridges, beds, headboards, and other items. Continue reading →

City of Cape Town Sweet and Sour Service Awards!

City of Cape Town logoThe Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, for proactively (or was it a 6-month delayed reaction to our request?) trimming the palm tree on our pavement, which sheds its fronds into our property whenever we have strong winds blowing in Fresnaye. The City has been poor in coming to collect the fronds falling onto the pavements and streets after storms, despite our suburb being heavily populated with palm trees

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