Entries tagged with “Marina Nestel”.


The Sweet Service Award goes to Kavanagh’s Hair and Beauty in Sea Point, and its stylist Vera Croeser, who did a complimentary cut and colour of my hair, as well as an eyebrow tint. 

Vera and I had not met previously, and were connected via Marina Nestel, a brand ambassador for Kavanagh’s.

Vera and I had much in common, with an interest and learning in spirituality, a new path for me. She added a funky touch to my new cut, and took extra care of my hair, bringing out the colour with a tonic.

The 20 minute scalp massage by her assistant Lorraine, whilst I was wrapped up in a warm blanket, was an absolute treat and indulgence.  (more…)

I was recently invited by Little Black Book event organiser Marina Nestel to two launch functions at Lou Lou’s Bar, a top new nightspot as well as daytime eatery, which has opened in the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant. 

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imageOn Thursday evening The Alphen hotel hosted hundreds of Constantia and Cape Town VIPs, to present its transformed blanko restaurant, previously 5Rooms, which was the name of the restaurant when the hotel was first taken over by the Kove Collection five years ago. (more…)

imageI was invited by Marina Nestel of The Little Black Book to attend the official opening of Crumbs & Cream on Regent Road in Sea Point this evening, a unique outlet selling ice cream sandwiches which began trading a week ago. (more…)

Seelan Exterior branding Whale Cottage PortfolioFor the first time Chef Seelan Sundoo has opened his own restaurant,  after having been used by investors and operators in the past to be their front man, but not getting the recognition from them for the following he has, which I observed when I was invited to enjoy lunch at Seelan Restaurant & Bar at Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront yesterday.  Seelan Restaurant & Bar reflects the past connections of Seelan as chef at the Grand Café and La Perla, but his Shimmy Beach Club and Reserve Brasserie past are not visible.

Seelan worked as Head Chef at La Perla in Sea Point for many years, and he has employed eight staff from La Perla. One cannot help but feel that one is in La Perla, with the smart white tuxedo jackets which the male-only waiters wear.  Seelan was attracted to The Grand Camps Bay, which he headed up, with Justin Paul Jansen atSeelan Seelan Sundoo Whale Cottage Portfolio his side.  Justin displayed his knack of attracting patrons to the restaurants, remembering their names and faces, and offering excellent service.  The woven cane chairs in the outside section of Seelan remind one of The Grand.  Justin was offered the opportunity to open The Reserve on St George’s Mall,  and Seelan moved to The Grand on the Beach. Justin later called in Seelan to open the Reserve Brasserie, and to be its Chef.  When The Reserve closed down, Justin went to New York, and Seelan started up the Shimmy Beach Club as co-owner, being its front person. It being time to move on, Seelan made the long overdue decision to open his own Mediterranean style restaurant.  Justin said that Seelan is a ‘man of taste and class’, and that Shimmy Beach Club did not suit his style. (more…)