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Introducing Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef


Isabella Niehaus of Langtafel op die Duin in Langebaan is one of our 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs, and has received this accolade for the third year in a row.

Congratulations Bella.

The Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands were announced on Women’s Day. Each winner receives a 1 litre tube of Rio Large Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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less wine brand launched, focuses on sustainability, less bottle, less paper …. and more!


Last week I met with Marlene Truter, owner of the new wine brand less, with Chardonnay 2021 and Pinotage 2020 cultivars. Its focus is more on sustainability, being sustainably grown, containing less alcohol, and uses the lightest glass bottles available.

The sustainability also pertains to the employee ethics, and so Marlene had a difficult task to find a wine producer who met her sustainability criteria, and would make the wine available in a smaller quantity, as she is starting off from scratch. Viljoensdrift in Robertson was chosen as a partnership that created an excellent fit, given her less brand values. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to The Green Goddess; Sour Service Award goes to Carne on Kloof!


The Sweet Service Award goes to The Green Goddess and its owner Rosy Krämer-Schrott, producers and distributors of quality herbs and vegetables, for delivering the most sumptuous box of organic vegetables, herbs, and eggs. The box included Happy Eggs, spinach, kale, carrots, baby beetroot, a pumpkin, a butternut, cucumber, green/black peppers, black potatoes, tomatoes, baby marrow, cherry tomatoes, chives, rocket, parsley, and thyme, a gift delivered to me to try. Continue reading →

Iconic Brands launches 100% natural, Organic, Vegan, preservative-free, additive-free hand-crafted range of Kalahari Desert Salt!


For most South African businesspersons the Corona Virus Lockdown has been a disaster. For Iconic Brands’ Mark McCarthy it was a catastrophe, being a sales representative for a number of leading alcoholic beverage brands. Yet it brought out the best in him and his partner Tanja, in that an overseas gift of salt created a spark of an idea to launch something similar, leading to the creation of a range of five Bespoke Kalahari desert salts, which are 100% natural, organic, handcrafted, preservative-free, additive-free, colourant-free, flow agent-free, and micro plastic particle-free. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 23 of Level 4, 23 May 2020.


Saturday 23 May 2020, Day 23 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day that didn’t go as planned at all, but was filled with highlights; for our Building Manager Henry coming for the day, doing a fantastic job of cleaning up and doing gardening, so lovely to see him again after 8 weeks of him being at home 🙏; for a very short and sweet Exercise Time, my shortest since 1 May; for going shopping at the Oranjezicht City Farm Organic Market with Shubha Shukla; for meeting Farmer Ian at the Oranjezicht Farm and learning so much from him about the underwater springs and their ’architectural’ style of gardening there; of reaching the milestone of 4000 members in the Facebook Restaurant Food Delivery Group; for returning to my beautiful clean apartment block, after Henry’s hard work; for taking Henry back to Wynberg, giving me an opportunity to have a look at Four&Twenty Café, now purely a Deli during Lockdown; for Miss Minsky 🐱 being delivered to me just as I got home, both of us excited yet very nervous 😱; for dancing far less than usual, having to give love to both Minsky 🐱 and KitKat 🐱; for going to bed early after a busy day; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Getting a taste of Chilean wines in Casablanca and Santiago in Chile!

Through a stroke of luck I was invited to visit Santiago in Chile for four days, and in this time I was able to drink some Chilean wines. I also visited Casablanca, a wine region outside Santiago, with my friends Guy and Pia, who live near Casablanca. Continue reading →