Tag Archives: London

Introducing 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef Nicolene Barrow of Orangerie Restaurant


On Saturday my friend Gary Peterson and I did a road trip to the Winelands, delivering the prize of a 1 litre tube of Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil to each of the five chefs who made the 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs.

Our first stop was at Le Lude in Franschhoek, and we were lucky that Chef and owner Nicolene Barrow was in her Orangerie restaurant, as she almost always is. Continue reading →

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 celebrated in London, FYN Restaurant does Cape Town proud!


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants were announced and celebrated in London this evening.

The 20th anniversary of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants was also celebrated at the awards ceremony.

Last week the 2022 World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranked from 51 – 100 were announced. La Colombe climbed up the ladder to number 56, while Wolfgat dropped from number 50 down to number 90, a huge shock.

As FYN Restaurant was not on the 51 – 100 List this year, it indicated that the restaurant had fallen out of the list or that it had jumped up into the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List. The latter was true.

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Wolfgat Restaurant falls 40 places on World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 List, while La Colombe climbs up steadily!


After flying into the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List at number 50 in 2021, Wolfgat Restaurant in Paternoster has slid down to number 90 on the renowned List.

La Colombe has jumped up the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List by 25 positions, making number 56 on the 2022 List.

The whereabouts of FYN on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List is a mystery!

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Cape Town ranks third on The Telegraph Greatest Cities on Earth list!


In March The Telegraph announced that Cape Town is the greatest city in the world to visit right now. Last week it ranked Cape Town as the third greatest city on Earth, scoring 549 out of 810 points.

Utilising a list of 50 Top city contenders, its annual reader survey, and input from its Travel writers, it ranked the list of cities on a number of factors, including the number of museums, galleries, UNESCO heritage sites, Michelin restaurants,  5-star hotels, beaches, air cleanliness,  transport, tourist attractions, legalized same-gender marriage, and LGBTQ+ community safety. Additional points went to cities with a symphony orchestra, and a metro system.

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Corona Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 180 of Level 1, 29 March 2022


Tuesday 29 March 2022, Day 180 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a gorgeous morning of rain, and a much cooler day at a wintry 17C, fabulous for writing, completing my Blogpost and posting for clients, for a combined Bakoven and Camps Bay walk, with litter to clean up along the way; and for being happy, healthy and free. 💙❤️ Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 111 of Level 1, 19 January 2022


Wednesday 19 January 2022, Day 111 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a busy day, the morning spent writing and Spring Cleaning my home ahead of the arrival of my VIP guests from London in 36 hours, with the help of the very hardworking housekeeper Grace; for a most amazingly wild ocean since last night, with huge waves and swell all along the coast, photographing them in Sea Point and at the Camps Bay Tidal Pool; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for constructive Status meetings at newkings hotel and Zest; for a wonderful walk Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 88 of Level 1, 27 December 2021


Monday 27 December 2021, Public Holiday, Day 88 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for wonderful rain overnight and this morning, just what we wished for from a litter perspective, but then the sun came out and the Tidal pool picnickers arrived 😱; for a working morning, posting for my clients; for a refreshing cool Bakoven walk after putting out the Ebbtide rubbish bins as our Building Manager Henry had the public holiday off; for a Camps Bay walk to Woolies this afternoon, being accessible again after a no-go area this past weekend; for bumping into Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 71 of Level 1, 10 December 2021


Friday 10 December 2021, Day 71 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a cool misty day, this morning and this afternoon, but the fog has moved away now, but Lions Head is hiding completely, looking like it’s covered in snow; for a hard working day, preparing for a client Status meeting; for a Bakoven walk; for a lovely Status meeting with my newest client Ian Halfon, really loving his responsiveness and receptiveness to my ideas, and that we meet in Camps Bay; for a pop in at the new Beach House in Camps Bay; for a quick shop at Pick n Pay; for a chat to Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 37 of Level 1, 6 November 2021


Saturday 6 November 2021, Day 37 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a mixed day of energy and of relaxation; for a cool day of 19C; for a light traffic drive to Harvest Culture Eaterie at Tyger Falls Waterfront for a Status meeting, served my favorite Dilmah Earl Grey tea with a slice of their newest Baked Cheesecake cake addition, so beautifully presented; for getting a Business Card designed at Wizardz in the Waterfront, using a special, realizing that for what I do I need a card, mine being at least 3 years out of date; for a shock discovery of the sign of the times that CNA and the Post Office have closed down in the Waterfront, although the post boxes are Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 29 of Level 3, 24 August 2021


Tuesday 24 August 2021, Day 29 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely long day, which just got better, not feeling so well but all was forgotten when I got to newkings boutique hotel and Zest Restaurant and spent 7 hours there 😱, taking a one hour break to walk along the Sea Point Promenade, with waves crashing and creating spray, a very brave person standing very near the water’s edge; popping in at Woolies and Spar at Piazza da Luz, shopping for soup ingredients for the cold to come; for very good Status meetings with my clients; for Continue reading →