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Sweet Service Award goes to TakeaLot ; Sour Service Award goes to Trecastelli in Blouberg!


The Sweet Service Award goes to TakeaLot, the delivery service I trust, not being a fan of online ordering generally. I found a reasonably priced USP to keep my internet router going, and ordered one as well as some cat food.  I was given a one week delivery time, probably due to the USP availability, but the actual delivery was done in two working days after placing the order. The company communication about the delivery is easy, and even allowed me to change the delivery date to suit my availability. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Hartlief; Sour Service Award goes to Deus Café!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Hartlief in the Garden’s Centre, for its friendly staff in the cold meat section and at the till, noticing when once has not shopped there for a while (for dietary reasons). On my last visit I was warned that their droëwors was drier than usual, and I was given a piece to try. Compared to its Constantia Branch, and Continental Butchery on Kloof Street, it is the most pleasant and least expensive German Deli to shop at in my experience. One can pre-order telephonically, one’s order being ready and waiting when one arrives!

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 171 of Level 1, 20 March 2022


Sunday 20 March 2022, Day 171 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a quiet peaceful day; for a beautiful warm 29C day; for writing a blogpost this morning; for doing some client work; for a walk to Camps Bay; for Marlene Du Plessis-Zoetl coming to visit, with cocktails and snacks, catching up on the local restaurant scene and life in Germany 💙; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 167 of Level 1, 16 March 2022


Wednesday 16 March 2022, Day 167 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a catch up day, postponing today’s client meetings to tomorrow; for posting for my clients; for a call from Jeanine at The Grand, apologizing for the service issues 🙏; for a lovely message from my Safari Tour clients; for a good sunset walk in a strong wind, blowing away the cobwebs; for enjoying the silence around me today; for Zest receiving a good review in the Good Bad and Nasty FaceBook Group; for seeing kind Henry again; for two Discovery Gameboard plays and cashing in on a Woolworths shopping voucher; and and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

The Bailey new Bakery, Brasserie, and Bars on Bree Street, to be opened by Chef Liam Tomlin!


Now that Chef Liam Tomlin’s planned Russian restaurant in Moscow is unlikely to see the light of day for some time to come, he is putting all his energy into the renovations of an historic three-storey Tintswalo-owned building across the road from his first-ever Chefs Warehouse in Heritage Square, now called Pinchos.

It is said that Chef Liam is planning to leave or close Pinchos, the branch just not as successful in attracting customers as the Chefs Warehouses at Beau Constantia, Tintswalo, and Franschhoek. Tomlin has recently walked away from his Mazza and Local establishments in the former HQ, also located in Heritage Square.

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The Pottery opens in Camps Bay, owned by locals; pottery, food and cocktails for Locals!


Last week The Pottery opened next door to Dizzy’s on The Drive in Camps Bay, after a much-needed renovation of the space, which served as Dizzy’s Bar for many years. Two of the three owners of The Pottery live in Camps Bay, and have promised that at least one of them will be at the restaurant at any time.

Camps Bay is the fourth The Pottery branch to open, other branches being in George, Ballito, and Jeffrey’s Bay.

The food and beverage offering is limited but its quality and pricing is excellent, a bonus for Camps Bay locals.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 49 of Level 1, 18 November 2021


Thursday 18 November 2021, Day 49 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a Thursday with a difference, my Thursday Status meetings moved to tomorrow, Utopia doing extremely well in being fully booked until the end of Monday; for Cape Town having a new Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, the youngest City Mayor ever at 34, and for all our Councillors being inaugurated today; for the weeds having been removed from ‘my’ stream at the Tidal Pool by the City Parks department, after my request to Nicola Jowell; for an uninterrupted day of client work, with no Ebbtide maintenance issues to attend to 🙏; for a walk to Bakoven and to the Tidal Pool; for a warm Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 1, 13 November 2021.


Saturday 13 November 2021, Day 44 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a relaxed social day, going back to my roots; after an admin morning responding to very many restaurant reviews, I met Gary Peterson at The Winchester Boutique Hotel (no more Mansions) to explore the refurbished 99 year old lady, which reopened on Monday, it being my first home for 9 months when my parents and I arrived in Cape Town from Germany, when I was 3 months old, an apartment block at the time, and also where I got engaged in its fabulous Orangerie Restaurant, one of few exceptional restaurants in Cape Town at the time, and also where my sisters and I and our families celebrated the life of both my parents; for being shown the room in which we Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Homespun by Matt at The Andros – Excellent Food but its story not told!


On Friday last week we wanted to spoil Chef Pavel Dimitrov of Zest Restaurant on his birthday, and took him on a surprise trip to Homespun by Matt at The Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont.  Both Zest and Homespun at The Andros opened in June, a few days apart.

I have experienced two amazing meals at Homespun by Matt in Blouberg, the restaurant which Chef Matt opened seven years ago. I was invited to the Soft Opening of Homespun at The Andros, so I was excited to see the Homespun restaurant settled in and operating smoothly. Continue reading →

Notorious Chef Conrad Gallagher opens new restaurant in St Francis Bay, after leaving trail of debt in SA, USA and Ireland!


It’s not often that an Irish or any other international newspaper would take an interest in the opening of a restaurant in a holiday town in South Africa, or contact me about this news, requesting my reaction. The Irish Sun did so last week, and published its story two days ago.

I have written about Chef Conrad Gallagher’s  shenanigans before, when it became known that he did not pay his rental in the beautiful Breda Street Café Chic building in Cape Town, nor his staff, nor cake supplier Charly’s Bakery. He left in a hurry, only to return to Port Elizabeth, with a similar manner of escaping payment, leaving unpaid debt. Continue reading →