On Tuesday I was invited to attend the hand-over ceremony of StreetSmart SA, of the monies raised by the voluntary R5 added to the bill of 92 restaurants around the country. The more than R1 million raised nationally goes to social upliftment projects for street children. Continue reading →
Despite the number of hotel projects already underway in Cape Town, more are planned, with another 500 hotel rooms to be added in the city, representing an investment of R2 billion. Continue reading →
# La Mouette, Sea Point: 6-course dinner R645. Tel (021) 433-0856
# La Colombe, Constantia: Dinner R1350. Tel (021) 795-0125. Continue reading →
Recently a group of bloggers was invited by its marketing team to experience a part of the 18 km Constantia Wine Route, being Constantia Glen, Groot Constantia, and Steenberg. We had a very informative and wine-derful day, experiencing parts of an excellent wine route of ten wine estates on our Cape Town doorstep! It has been synonymous with sweet wines drunk centuries ago already.
The Constantia Wine Route PR staff Carryn Wiltshire and her assistant Hayley had kindly organized for us to travel to Constantia by Uber, much appreciated for the return journey in particular. Continue reading →
At a function in the lovely Bar of the newly opened De Warenmarkt in Stellenbosch Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2013 was named the overall winner of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards for Bordeaux-style red blends.
Bordeaux-style red blends tend to have the ability to mature in the bottle for many years, most commonly contain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend, but often Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot form part Continue reading →
* Exhibition space for Cape Wine 2015 is practically sold out, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA) CEO Siobhan Thompson. The largest wine expo in the southern hemisphere, it will be held from 15 – 17 September. A conference will run alongside the Expo, and speakers include Leeu Collection owner Analjit Singh, WOSA Chairman Michael Jordaan of Bartinney, and Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* The Table Bay Hotel offers its guests special foraging tours in Cape Town, seeking wild sorrel, num nums, nasturtiums, and sweet peas on Table Mountain, as well as seaweed from the sea in Mouille Point, and dune spinach near the Radisson Blu hotel, ingredients which are transformed into a meal for the foraging guests at Camissa Brasserie. A foraging tour, cooking with the chef and a three-course meal with wine cots R5800 for four and R7000 Continue reading →
* Is it the right thing for Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom to feature in an ‘advertorial’ for Uber, (boringly) showing him booking his ride via phone in his Parliamentary office, and then being driven to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where he addressed the eTourism Africa Summit as keynote speaker?
* Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2009 has won World Champion Cap Classique, Best in its Class, as well as Gold in the 2014 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships in London, with 650 wines from 16 countries evaluated. Klein Constantia MCC Brut 2011 won Gold too, while Simonsig Cap Classique Kaapse Vonkel 2010 won Silver. A total of 185 wines won a Gold or Silver medal.
* Yuppiechef.com has been named the Best eCommerce Store in South Africa for the fifth year running, winning ahead of Continue reading →
* The V&A Waterfront appears to be getting the go-ahead from the City of Cape Town for its new development in Granger Bay, which will include parking, residential accommodation, and a coastal walkway connecting it to Sea Point, reports People’s Post.
* Africa Travel Week, a triple travel and tourism exhibition, will be held in Cape Town from 28 April to 3 May, the first time a tourism exhibition will be held on such a large scale in Cape Town. International travel brand names such as TripAdvisor, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood, and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group (with brands Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, and Hotel Missoni) will be present at the inaugural World Travel Market (WTM) Africa. Africa is regarded as the ‘next key region for international travel brands’, making the continent attractive to global airlines, hotel groups, and technology companies, WTM Africa Event Manager Polly Magraw said.
* Cape Town International is experiencing a shortage of jet fuel, Chevron has announced, saying it is working with Shell and other ‘colleagues’ to solve the problem, proudly stating that no flights were affected today. On Kfm news however a Cape Town International spokesperson said that two flights were delayed by an hour each today as a result of the fuel problem.
* A week ago the MyCiTi Bus introduced new routes (108 and 109) from Hout Bay, through Continue reading →
* SA Tourism is representing our country on two platforms at World Travel Market in London this week: the 20th anniversary of the ‘new’ South Africa as well as Cape Town’s role as World Design Capital, both in 2014. Today Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the Minister of Tourism, will address visitors to the SA Tourism stand, and a fashion show will represent our country’s eight World Heritage sites, interpreted by top local designers David Tlale, Marianne Fassler, Thula Sindi, and Nkhensani Nkosi.
* 2014 is also an important year in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the SA Rugby Union and the Springboks. SAA will participate in the celebration in February, and commuters can expect to rub shoulders with members of the Springbok team at airport lounges. In November next year the team members will be seen at OR Thambo and Heathrow airports, when the Springboks travel to Europe for the Castle Lager Outbound Tour Series. (received via SAA newsletter)
* SAA is cutting its Buenos Aires route, being one of its loss-making destinations. Its Beijing route is also making a loss, but will be retained currently as China and South Africa are both BRICS countries.
* Western Cape Minister of Tourism Alan Winde is seeking an urgent meeting with SAA to discuss the cancellation of its Buenos Aires route, having seen good growth in the past few years, and benefitting the Western and Eastern Cape in particular. (received via media release frorm Minister Winde’s office)
* The Hotel Le Vendome in Sea Point will be operated by Radisson
* Roberto’s Signature Restaurant, Long Street: 7-course dinner at R539 per couple (R269,50 per person), or R699 per couple (R349,50 per person) with a bottle of Pongracz Rosé. Tel (021) 424-1195
* Five Flies, Keerom Street: 3-course dinner and glass of sparkling wine R295. Tel (021) 424-4442.
* French Toast: 3-courses and 750ml carafe of strawberry sangria R400. Tel (021)
* La Mouette, Sea Point: 4-course dinner R350. Tel (021)433-0856
* ACT Restaurant, Baxter Theatre: 2-courses and glass of sparkling wine R180. Tel (021) 685-3888
* Casa Labia Café, Muizenberg: 3-course meal R250. Tel (021) 788-6062
* Catharina’s, Steenberg Hotel: Seafood platter R1700 for two; Gourmet Menu R850 without wine pairing/R1150 with wine pairing. Tel (021) 713-2222
* Grand Daddy, Long Street: two picnic options with a movie – R250 or R375 (with bottle of Van Loveren). Tel (021) 424-7247
* Nobu, One&Only Cape Town: cocktail and two 6-course meal options R665/R765. Tel (021) 431-4511
* Signal, Cape Grace Hotel: 3-course meal R 375. Tel (021) 410-7080
* Tobago’s, Radisson Blu: welcome drink, flower, live music, and 5-course dinner R375. Tel (021) 441-3414
* Il Cappero, Barrack Street: ‘Vacanze Ronane’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck screened during meal with a la carte menu, 11 – 19 February. Tel (021) 461- 3168
* Dash, Queen Victoria Hotel, V&A Waterfront: 5-course dinner R 495. Tel (021) 418-1466
* Salt, Ambassador Hotel, Bantry Bay: 4-course dinner R450. Tel (021) 439-6170
* 1800 Degrees Grill, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Green Point: 5-course dinner paired with wines R495, monies raised go to Newborn Groote Schuur Trust. MC is radio and TV personality Liezel van der Westhuizen. Tel (021) 430-0500.
* Trees, Townhouse Hotel: 3-course dinner R250, 4-courses R295. tel (021) 465-7050
* Cape Point Vineyards: Crayfish picnic and glass of 2007 Cape Point Vineyards Blanc de Blanc MCC R500 for 2 persons (R250 per person), from 18h30. Tel (021) 789-0900
* Addis in Cape Ethiopia: Valentine’s Day Buffet R190. Tel (021) 424-5722
* Five Rooms, Alphen Hotel: 5-course dinner R295; 6 oysters and a glass of bubbly R100. Tel (021) 795-6300
* Café Chic, Gardens: 3-course dinner R235. Tel (021) 465-7218.
* Buitenverwachting Restaurant: 3-course dinner R325 (with R125 extra for wine pairing), and 5-course dinner R495 (with R195 extra for wine pairing), includes glass of bubbly, rose and a slice of Sacher Schnitte to take home. Also St Luke’s Hospice Valentine’s day picnic with band Spectrum and a bottle of Buitenverwachting, R475 per couple (R237,50 per person. Tel (021) 794-3522.
* Altydgedacht wine estate: 4-course Italian dinner R300. Tel (021) 975-7815
* Rhapsody’s, Green Point: A la carte menu with complimentary glass of wine. Tel (021) 434-3004
* Jordan Winery: 2 glasses, ice bag, bottle of wine, red rose, and 2 chocolate mousses R200; 2 glasses, ice bag, bottle of wine, red rose, picnic basket with cold meats, cheese and bread, 2 chocolate mousses R300. Tel (021) 881-3441
* Waterkloof, Somerset West: ‘Valentines with a View’: 6-course dinner R450 per person, and paired with wines R 550 per person. Tel (021) 858-1292
* Warwick Winery: Moonlit picnic from 17h00, with jazz, picnic basket, personalised red velvet cupcakes, glass of sparkling wine with rose-petal syrup, R399 per couple (R199,50 per person). Tel (021) 884-4410
* Sofia’s, Morgenster, Somerset West: 3-course dinner plus canapés and glass of sparkling wine R260. Tel (021) 847-1993
* Slaley’s: Dinner Dance, 3-course dinner and bottle of Rosé R550 per couple (R275 per person). Tel (021) 865-2123
* Cuvée, Simonsig wine estate: 5-course Aphrodisiac Valentine’s dinner with glass of Simonsig Brut Rosé Cap Classique R350. Tel (021 888-4932
* Morgenhof: 3-courses plus glass of Morgenhof MCC R295. Tel (021) 889-2032
* Clos Malverne: 5-course dinner, each course paired with wine R295. Tel (021) 802-2022
* Makaron Restaurant, Majeka House: glass of bubbly and 3-course dinner R 325. Tel (021) 880-1549
* Franschhoek Kitchen, Holden Manz wine estate: 3-course dinner plus glass of sparkling wine R550 per couple (R275 per person). Tel (021) 876-2729.
* Pierneef à La Motte, La Motte: 3-course dinner R295, and with wine R395. Tel (021) 876-8000
* Allée Bleue: 3-courses plus glass of MCC Brut Rosé R295. Tel (021) 874-1021
* Mange Tout, Mont Rochelle Hotel: 3-courses R280, 14 – 19 February. Tel (021) 876-2770
* Country Kitchen, Mont Rochelle Hotel: 3-courses R180. Tel (021) 876-2770
* Grande Provence: 3-course dinner R320. Tel (021) 876-8600
* Salmon Bar: 2-courses R220, 3-courses R270, paired with Haute Cabriere wines and a welcome glass of bubbly or a cocktail. Tel (021) 876-4591
* Cosecha Restaurant, Noble Hill: Picnic for two plus welcome drink R 295 (R147,50 per person) or a la carte menu. Tel (021) 874-3844
* Boschendal: Valentine’s Day picnic with glass of Boschendal Brut Rosé R190. Tel (021) 870-4275
* Fyndraai, Solms-Delta: 3-course lunch R210 Tel (021) 874-3937
* Café BonBon, La Petite Dauphine: welcome drink, live entertainment and 3-course dinner R 375. Tel (021) 876-3936
* Leopard’s Leap and Liam Tomlin Food: 4-course dinner cooked ‘live’ by Liam Tomlin, with bubbly and wines R 650. Tel (021) 876-8822
* Haute Cabriere: 7-course dinner, each course paired with wine R 650. Tel (021) 876-3688
* Harvest, Laborie: 3-course dinner R245. Tel (021) 807-3095
* Backsberg: Breakfast R250; picnic lunch R 250 per couple (R125 per person); dinner platter and Danièlle Pascal show R250. Tel (021) 875-5952
* Annie se Kombuis: Platter for 2 plus dessert, live music, bottle of sparkling wine R290 (R145 per person). 10 – 14 February. Tel (021) 028 313 1350
* La Vierge: 4-course dinner paired with wines R220. Tel (028) 313-2007.
* Season: 4-course meal R170. Tel (028) 316-2854
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