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The Test Kitchen and The Foodbarn Restaurants transformed to cope with aftermath of Covid Lockdown!

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every person and business, and restaurants and their owners have not been excluded from its impact.  One of our country’s top restaurants, The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, as well as The Foodbarn in Noordhoek, have transformed themselves in their offering, even going so far as to change their restaurant names. These are two restaurants which have reacted to the effects of the Corona Lockdown of the past six months. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 19 of Level 2, 5 September 2020.

 

Saturday 5 September 2020, Day 19 of Level 2, Day 163 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a loooong sleep, over 8 hours long; for only one Loadshedding today, already done this morning, sleeping through the first half, and then walking the second half of it; for having a strawberry milkshake at the brand new Firefly Café, as they currently only stock Rooibos Tea, so I connected them to Dilmah (my favorite) via Instagram; for a second walk, through Bakoven; for a light drizzle most of the day, not stopping me from going outside; for not being sent to bed in the dark by Eskom at 20h00, as has happened twice in the past three days; for completing my steps of the day to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Two MasterChicks tackle a Chick…en Ballotine, live-streamed with Chef Jenny Morris, iCook, and Live-Cook Channel!

 

Cooking shows have become even more popular during Lockdown. Earlier on in Lockdown I was invited to participate in a Cooking Show, which was guided by Chef Luke Dale Roberts, with Chef Pete Goffe-Wood as the MC, in which we prepared Beef Wellington. I invited my dear friend Jenny Stephens to join me in preparing it, especially as we both grew up in Wellington, and because she has learnt so much from the many  MasterChef Australia episodes she has watched during Lockdown. It was a great evening, and we were very proud of our cooking capabilities, especially as both of us Singles cook infrequently.

Last Thursday I invited MasterChick Jenny again, to assist me in preparing Chicken Ballotine, guided via Livestream on Live-Cook Channel by Yumcious Restaurant owner and Chef Jenny Morris. I had been invited to participate by Kim Crowie, Editor of Film & Event Media. My good friend Stuart Bailey joined us for moral support, and poured the wine during our dinner. Continue reading →

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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 →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 3, 25 June 2020.

 

Thursday 25 June 2020, Day 25 at Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny morning, switching to clouds and rain from late afternoon; for an upside down morning which became a lovely day, feeling calm and peaceful; for my lawyer calming me down about the Body Corporate AGM; for a walk along Camps Bay, popping in at the new Sunset Sessions Deli, ‘bottle store’, and coffee bar; for receiving a box of cooking ingredients to make Beef Wellington, under the guidance of Chefs Luke Dale Roberts and Pete Goffe-Wood for Live Cook Channel; for a walk to Bakoven, as the rain made its way to us; for a surprise visit ❤️🐱; for the fabulous company and assistance of Jenny Stephens in preparing Beef Wellington for our dinner tonight, being very happy with our end result; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Lockdown Level 3: More than 660 Restaurants offer Food & Alcohol Delivery & Collection in Cape Town & Winelands!

 

Yesterday our new total of Restaurants offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service in Cape Town and the Winelands reached 660, with 4800 members in the Facebook Group which I created at the beginning of May, when the introduction of Level 4 allowed restaurants to open for the Delivery of Food, boosted from 1 June by restaurants being allowed to sell alcohol and to offer a Collection Service from their premises at Level 3.

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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.

 

While a few restaurants already announced their closure at the beginning of March, when the COVID-19 Virus Lockdown had not yet been announced, a flood of restaurant closures is expected when restaurants are allowed to reopen to the public in Level 1 again, at an unannounced date in the future.

An exciting start on the first day of Level 3 today is that Restaurants may offer a Food Collection service from their outlets. In addition, they may offer sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages for sale too, if they have a liquor license, enabling them to make some profit after two months of little trade. Many restaurants reopened at the beginning of May, when Level 4 Restaurant Food Delivery was announced.  A number of our Top 10 Restaurants are offering a Food Delivery Service. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus Lockdown: Increasing number of Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants offering Home Food Delivery!

 

South Africa is two months into Lockdown, 62 days of restaurants not being allowed to open to serve sit-down customers. For the past 27 days many restaurants have reopened, operating within the Government regulation of offering a Food preparation and Delivery Service. On the eve of Restaurants being allowed to offer a Delivery as well as a Customer Collection Service from Monday 1 June, I looked at what the 2019 Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants are doing currently in terms of keeping their Restaurant brand names visible, and generating income to cover their costs and to employ some of their staff again.

I found that only three of the Eat Out Top 10 Restaurants are trading under their restaurant name in offering a Lockdown Food Delivery Service, and offering dishes that are similar to those that they offer at their award-winning restaurants. Continue reading →

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Travel & Tourism: Top 10 things to do and see in Camps Bay, Cape Town!

I was invited by journalist Andrew Thompson of UK-based Culture Trip to submit an article about the Top 10 Things to do and see in Camps Bay in Cape Town. This is what I wrote just prior to the Corona Virus Lockdown:

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 7 of Level 4, 7 May 2020!

 

Thursday 7 May 2020, Day 7 of Level 4 after 35 days at Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another beautiful day, even if it was slightly cooler at 20C; for being allowed to get out of the house for the luxury of exercising, and meeting and catching up with so many friendly locals and friends, today Mahmud for the first time, and Thomas and Haakon for the third time since Lockdown started; for seeing the kids on their little bikes loving riding inside the old children’s pool; for seeing a greater number of persons wearing their masks properly every day; for meeting staff of the City Parks Dept for the first time in 6 weeks, and being able to ask them to stop irrigating the lawn as the grass is very long and it was spraying the Exercisers on the pavements and walkways this morning ; for a spectacular sunset tonight; for receiving a gift of a box of Adhara olive oil from the Mayer Family via Janet Pillai, to be offered as a give-away on the Lockdown Food Delivery Facebook page, which now stands at over 300 restaurants today: for lovely long chats with Rufus Scholtz about the Facebook page, and with Tracey Blom, reconnecting with her for the first time in 15 years, having worked together in Franschhoek; for no longer feeling the urge to leave my home to shop walk given the morning exercise, yet still exceeding my daily Step goal; and for feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙

 

The benches at Vida e Caffe were taped up this morning, to prevent the cyclist coffee drinkers from sitting down there. They now drink their coffee across the road.

This morning I wrote a story about Chef Luke Dale Roberts entering the Food Delivery market at the extreme high end, at prices which are out of reach to most.😱

Corona Virus Lockdown: Chef Luke Dale Roberts enters Food Delivery market, with very high-end up to R5000 Gourmet Hampers!

I wasn’t suitably dressed when a colleague of Janet arrived to deliver the olive oil, and had to blow dry my hair for the obligatory photograph. And then I realized that I didnt wear my mask inside my house…. whereas she did.

An aircon repair company came to check on the aircons of the upstairs neighbour, which have started leaking in front of my door. What they needed to fix the problem they did not bring along. The water is leaking onto the steps I use to go downstairs, making them very treacherous to use.

I called Discovery, to check why they hadn’t taken the payment for the Building Insurance I signed up with them on 30 April. It was too late to teach the bank for the May stop order, but all organized now. Weird that a Discovery staff member tried to call me at 8h15 this morning, during Exercise Time!

WebAfrica must have the worst Call Centre, I having to hold on for ages. They offered to call back ‘shortly’, and I am still waiting, four hours later. 🥵

I danced to Kfm in-between updating the Restaurant list, a never ending story. 💃🎶👣

SA Corona Status : 8232 cases 161 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 14000 steps 10 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, and lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, 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

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